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Because of Miss Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #10)

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #10)

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by Julia Quinn

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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...


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...

Or not.

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...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Quinn (The Sum of All Kisses) skips back a generation in her best-selling Bridgerton family series, establishing the relationships and connections of the family during the late 18th century. Billie Bridgerton is a reckless tomboy who grew up playing with her neighbors Andrew and Edward Rokesby. She's dismayed to wind up trapped on a farmhouse roof with their disapproving older brother, George. Billie and George have never been friends, but they keep being thrown together in awkward situations, such as a house party to celebrate Andrew's leave from the navy. Soon they join up on purpose to locate Edward, who's missing from his regiment in the American colonies, and they realize that their time together has changed the nature of their relationship. George and Billie are clear preludes to their descendants, and their love hinges on both their self-discoveries and their interactions. The dangling threads of other characters may be frustrating for those looking for a standalone experience. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Mar.)
Booklist (starred review) on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON
“Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters, Because of Miss Bridgerton is top-drawer, polished-to-perfection Quinn that will most certainly be savored by both longtime fans and new readers alike.”
“Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters, Because of Miss Bridgerton is top-drawer, polished-to-perfection Quinn that will most certainly be savored by both longtime fans and new readers alike.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick) on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON
“Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic. This is Regency romance at its best, with strong characters, fast-paced action and lots of drama between two unlikely sweethearts destined for each other.”
iBooks Best Books of March on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON
“Like an episode of Downtown Abbey mixed with a great rom-com.”
San Francisco Book Review on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON
“For all the Bridgerton family fans who worried the series was over once all the siblings stories were told, prepare to rejoice! [F]ans will not be disappointed.”
Heroes and Heartbreakers on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON
“Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time.”
Library Journal
With their homes in Kent only three miles apart, the Rokesbys and the Bridgertons were practically family, and although it rarely crossed her estate-focused mind, forthright Billie Bridgerton assumed that if she married at all, it would be to one of the Rokesby boys. It just would never be George Rokesby, Viscount Kennard, the condescending, serious eldest son and heir, the one brother with whom she'd never gotten along. But when George tries to help Billie down from a roof and ends up trapped on top of the structure with her, their relationship begins to shift, and despite their resistance and the inevitable ups and downs, it's only a matter of time before they are made to yield to their feelings. A pair of childhood acquaintances who couldn't stand each other growing up are thrown into a tizzy when they realize they are falling in love. VERDICT This lively, effervescent Georgian tale takes place a generation before Quinn's wildly popular Bridgerton series and nicely adds to the family history. Quinn (The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy) lives in the Pacific Northwest. [An LJ Editors' Spring Pick, ow.ly/ZVCzS; a March LibraryReads pick.]
Kirkus Reviews
Two childhood friends finally stop squabbling and realize they're meant for each other in 18th-century England. At 23, Sybilla Bridgerton—known as Billie to her friends and family—is impulsive and tomboyish, riding around her father's estate in breeches and reading agricultural treatises for fun. The latest installment of Quinn's (The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, 2015, etc.) Bridgerton series opens with Billie stranded on the roof of an abandoned house, nursing a sprained ankle. She climbed a tree to rescue a cat, then fell onto the roof from the tree. She's appalled when her nemesis, George Rokesby, Viscount Kennard, happens along and she's forced to ask for his help. Although the two grew up on neighboring estates, Billie has always been closer to George's three younger siblings. George, as the heir to an earldom, was always too serious and busy to romp with the other kids, and when they did interact, George and Billie always needled each other mercilessly. But after George helps rescue Billie from the roof, they begin to see each other in a new light, and gradually both are horrified to realize that their strong feelings of antipathy have given way to strong feelings of a different kind. For both of them, "this had to be the most inconvenient attraction in the history of man." Although George and Billie are both likable characters and Quinn is an accomplished writer, the book's exciting opening is not followed by additional exciting plot points. A brief house party and a single ball make up nearly all the events in the novel. Everything else is just the characters' thoughts and conversations. Although the plot is rather a sleepy one, the book is worth reading for fans of the Bridgerton clan and for readers who like character-driven novels.

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Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Because of Miss Bridgerton 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julia Quinn can be depended on to deliver a good story. For those who are confused, this story happens before the other Bridgerton stories. I believe Billie is their Aunt and their father is at school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was great! I have read all her novels and I have enjoyed every one. Another great read. Didn't want it to end. Hate that I have to wait for her next book! Write quickly please!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An engaging and entertaining read. While not her absolute best, reading it is great way to spend a spring day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful return of the Bridgeton clan... can't wait to see what's next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was okay. I was a little disappointed. I didn't think it was one of her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humorous, fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a is fun and humerous read. Billie's character is funny and witty. I fell in love with fun she has with Andrew and how she finds surprising love with George! I love all the trouble she is and found myself laughing though this book. I assume she is Aunt Billie to a someday Edmond & Voilet brood. Fun prequel since we never know much of Edmond other than from Violet and a little from Anthony's memories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book just like all the others I've read of hers. However I was disappointed with Billie's parents. Since reading all of the other books in the series I expected more from the secondary charaters. JQ didnt even bother to mention their first names. Which I guess makes sense because if they were the characters from "The Viscount Who Loved Me" they are complete opposite personality wise from that book.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
A Cannily Penned, Sweet, & Slow-Burning Romance 3.5/4 Stars | Hot Steam Every new release from Julia Quinn is a cause for celebration. Her impeccably written novels, filled with glorious romance, adventure, and brilliant wit, never fail to entertain, inspire, and satisfy. And, while I’ve greatly anticipated each of her past novels’ debuts, my delirious excitement for BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON was uncontainable. I live for the Bridgertons. They are my all-time favorite fictional family. THE DUKE AND I, my very first Historical romance, spurned my utter devotion to the genre. So, when the divine Ms. Q announced that there would be more Bridgertons featured in a brand new series, I jumped for joy, set my expectations to the stratosphere and counted down the days until I could immerse myself in the dramas, delights, and desires of the next generation of Historical romance's most beloved and enduring dynasty. And, what fun it was! Enchanting, lively, and blissfully passionate, Billie and George’s adversaries-to-friends-to-lovers story is a cannily penned, sweet, and slow-burning affair that takes its time to build a meaningful foundation for the couple’s deepening connection, startling attraction, and fated love to thrive. Admittedly, I was skeptical at first as Billie seemed a tad immature for a grand romance. Young, isolated, tomboyish, wild, reckless, and impulsive—men aren’t on her radar. Her time and energy is wrapped up in taking thoughtful care of her family’s estate. But, as the novel progresses and she and George grow to appreciate, understand, and confide in one another, everything fundamentally shifts for her. Still as impulsive as ever, she steadily matures and approaches her awakening sexuality and budding feelings for George like she does everything else in her life—boldly, with spirit, zeal, abandon, and pure joy in the moment. And I loved her for it! Equally wonderful and perfect for Billie, I adored George so much. Having always frowned upon Billie’s britches and wildness, I loved his shocking realizations, again and again, as Billie, just by being herself, shakes him to his core with increasing lust and admiration. He begins to seek out and relish her unconventionality, strength, compassion, intelligence, drive, and dizzying beauty. The unkempt girl he’s known and dismissed his entire life is suddenly vital to his every breath and happiness. I loved reading his tantalizing POV as his rattling fascination with Billie turns into a red-blooded obsession. He has such riveting fire in him, and I couldn’t get enough! Sigh…I so enjoyed this romance! What a fabulous start to the Rokesbys series! I simply can’t wait for Billie & George’s charming, boisterous, and hilariously incorrigible siblings to each find their own unique happily ever afters too! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Rereading this one as I could not recall what it was about. Now I know why I couldn't remember... I'm about 75 pages in and bored. So far I really dislike Billie and I still have no clue what is going to happen. I'm forcing myself to keep reading and hoping it will end up at least as good as hyacinths book (which is my least favorite Bridgerton book). Also, this could really use a family tree in the front. I think this is about older generation, but I just don't know for sure.
toniFMAMTC 7 months ago
This was a pretty fun read. The female lead is very outgoing for her time. She's not great at being girly and doing girl things. The male lead has been her friend since they were kids. Finally something clicks for them. It has amusing dialogue and entertaining scenes. Since this is connected to Bridgertons series, I think readers of that series will be more involved in the storyline. I have not read it so I didn't recognize all the characters, but that didn't distract me from liking the book.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
This book was exactly what I thought it would be! Funny, charming, passionate, sweet and an all round fantastic read! I loved Billie and George together, their snippy bickering becoming playful once they start to really notice the other person. They have wonderful chemistry that you can feel building, and once they get together.. look out! When I realized this book takes place before all the other Bridgerton books, it added a nice little surprise of learning how the mallet if death got its name! Or at least I like to think it was how (I haven't read the other Bridgerton stories in a while so perhaps the next generation called it that for a different reason instead of the name being handed down so-to-speak.) Regardless, it's fun to read about the generation that came before the Bridgertons that I love. The secondary characters were great! I hope all the Rokesby boys get their own story. As always with Julia Quinn, I look forward to her next release!
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def618 More than 1 year ago
I've read, I think, all of Julia Quinn's books and she is a very good author. This book has very good characters, but the plot is too predictable to be 5 stars, but it's still a good read. Billie Bridgerton and George Rokesby have always had some friction between them. While the families are constantly together, George is a few years older than his siblings and the Bridgerton children so he didn't interact with them much as children. George, as the heir, is very proper. Billie likes to wear breeches and help run her family's estate. While trying to rescue a cat, she becomes stuck and George attempts to rescue her. From that point on the sparks start to fly. I would recommend this as it's a nice quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For starters Julia Quinn is one of few authors on my "drop everything and buy" list; having said that I feel like this isn't one of her best. I found myself skimming through the book rather than being truly drawn in. There really was no central conflict, so the issue of why the main characters couldn't be together was weak at best. I really hope if this is the start of a new series that it gets better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful start to revisiting the Bridgertons. I loved it and can't wait for the next book.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
They say that opposites attract and this was certainly the case with George Rokesby and Billie Bridgerton. Growing up with George’s younger brothers, Billie thought he was stuffy and aloof. Now she is 23 and sees him in a different light. In love with George Rokesby? Heaven forbid! As George really sees Billie, he is stunned to find he is falling in love with the girl who rides astride her horse. Surely he has better sense than that! Now I will go back and read the other books in the Bridgerton series. This was a good love story as two antagonists find themselves falling in love with each other and don't know what to do about it or even admit it. There were lots of parts where I found myself laughing out loud. A thoroughly enjoyable book and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story immensely. I loved every minute of it. Billie is a breath of fresh air and George her perfect mate.
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julieford More than 1 year ago
Because of Miss Bridgerton is a fun, quirky story filled with mishaps, competitions and an unexpected love connection. Billie Bridgerton has always been a bit of tomboy and daredevil. She grew up running and playing with the younger Rokesby's. George, the heir, is a bit older and never ran with the rest. But George is the one to come to Billie's aid when she falls out of a tree and lands on a farmhouse roof trying to save a cat. Billie hurts her ankle and George carries her home. George and Billie have always been at odds over her behavior and his but things start to change. They both start seeing a new side to the other and with it, new feelings develop. Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have missed reading Ms. Quinn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful read by Julia. Quinn