by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys #1
Published on March 29, 2016 by Avon
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should...
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying, and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor...
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...
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I’m not really sure why I read Because of Miss Bridgerton beyond needing an audiobook to fill the void for the night and the library had this one. I’d never even heard of it.
This book was sweet. Cute, even. But wow was I bored. There was no tension. No heat. No chemistry. Billie Bridgerton is about as much of a tomboy as you can get and for a good bit of the book acts like a small child. George Rokesby is a family friend and they’ve never gotten along, but suddenly he’s falling for her too. But I didn’t believe any of it for a moment.
My initial impression of the couple was that of siblings, the big brother caring for his younger sister (REALLY not a good way to start a romance. . . ). From there, I could recommend the banter between them, I suppose. I found Billie’s opinions amusing and she always kept George on his toes. But that’s really it. I fell asleep 3 different times while listening to this audiobook. Not a good sign. I had no reason to believe anything exciting would happen, and there was nothing between Billie and George that I could look forward to.
The audiobook itself had its good and bad moments as well. While the narrator did a good job with the book’s prose, the voices she used for the dialogue made them sound either like small children or were overly exaggerated male/female pitches. I think I’d have preferred reading this one in print.
Because of Miss Bridgerton was cute but I don’t really have any reason to recommend it. To be honest, I don’t really have much to say about the book at all. It was bland and uneventful.