I completely adored this book. It is an enemies to lovers story done right. These two characters are just so much fun in their sniping and snarking, I was completely entertained from the first page until the end. It feels so effortless; there is nothing forced in their dynamic, nothing contrived. I believed it, as the attraction –and later, affection– grew. And I didn’t want to put it down.
If you’re a fan of Julia Quinn, you’ll likely recognize the Bridgerton name. This new series is a prequel to that one. Billie is the Miss Bridgerton in question. She is a bold and frank hoyden, who grew up bosom friends with her neighbors, the Rokesbys. Mary was always her best friend, but she was just as close with brothers Edward and Andrew. Only George, the oldest, was different; a little older, a little stodgier, an heir through and through, he got on her nerves every bit as much as she grated on his.
And as the story begins, this is all still true. But when George has to rescue Billie from one of her scrapes, somehow, things begin to change. It’s not immediate, but for the first time, a friendship of their own begins to spark. All of a sudden, they find more reasons to be in each other’s company, until finally they realize all that fire between them needs somewhere to go.
I really liked both the hero and the heroine. Billie may be a plainspeaking tomboy, but I could totally relate to her self-possession and unwillingness to try to be something she’s not. Even better is the fact that she knows herself, that she likes herself. And while George may seem a little stodgy at first, compared to his free-spirited siblings, he’s really not. He just has to be the heir. The absolute best part of this book is watching these two realize just how great the other one is. For George to see how Billie shines. For her to value his steadfastness. For the tension to build and build, and then pay off spectacularly.
The characters are so fleshed out, I felt like a really knew them. I believed in them –and their awakening towards each other. The dialogue is witty and entertaining. The pacing is pitch perfect. And we’re set up with a strong cast of characters for future books.
I was totally entertained and satisfied with the entire story. Would definitely recommend.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Because of Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn
Release Date: March 29, 2016