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...
If you can believe it, this was my first experience with a Julia Quinn book, and I had no IDEA what I was missing.
I've heard great things about Julia Quinn, but I've been burned in the past by overhyped writers, especially in the historical romance genre. It turns out, I have very specific tastes in historical romance. I've fallen in love with the Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan brand of historical romance, which mainly consists of smart, out-of-the-box women, snappy dialogue, lots of humor, and slow-burn romances. I've become pickier and pickier with each book that I read, and I have little patience for books that waste my time. I'm so happy that this book lived up to my expectations, because now I can one-click away at Julia Quinn's back-list with gusto!
Billie Bridgerton is exactly the type of MC that I enjoy reading about. She is smart, independent, and shrugs off the expectations of her status without being too overbearing or preachy about it. I loved her sense of humor and how stubborn she was, but it never got to be so much that I found her annoying. I really liked her as a person, and I loved seeing her slow slide into romantic feelings for George. George was a good counter-balance for Billie, though I thought that he certainly took the backseat personality-wise in this book. The chemistry between them grew and grew (which is how I like it!), and I loved the interactions between them and between them and their families.
The plot was pretty straightforward (very few twists and turns there), but it was a ton of fun never boring. It was a simple acquaintances-to-lovers story, but Julia Quinn is such a talented writer that it felt smooth, polished, and endlessly entertaining.
While I thought that the ending was a bit rushed, the book is so engaging that you'll want to devour the whole series, book by book. Julia Quinn will just have to write faster to appease me!
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Catch ya later!