Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia QuinnBecause of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys, #1) by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys #1
Published by Avon on March 29th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency
Pages: 375
Source: Edelweiss

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...


As a huuuge fan of the Bridgertons, I was head over heels happy to hear there was going to be more!

Going back in time a little, we get to our favourite eight siblings’ aunty Sybilla “Billie” Bridgerton and an introduction the neighbours, the Rokesby. Our hero and heroine, Billie and George were the perfect example of the loath-to-love couple, a favourite trope of mine, so I was hella excited for all the sparks and bantering.

As neighbours, they’ve known each other since the nursery days, and Billie loves all the Rokesby, expect maybe George. They’ve never really seen eye-to-eye, George being the oldest and most serious, and Billie, a little more wild, but the times they are a changing…

No. No. No. Anyone but him. But of course it was him. Because who else would stroll by at her lowest moment, at her most awkward and embarrassing, at the one bloody time she needed rescuing?

I was a fan of  both Billie and George. Billie’s spunky and wild but still a little shy and awkward despite her bravado. And George is the quiet, almost unexpected kinda hero. He’s not overly roguish but he can be charming when he wants to be. I liked that they both had depth to them and that the change and growth of their relationship also meant self-growth, and getting to face their internal fears.

I loved their romance. It was a bit of a slow discovery for the both of them as they realized maybe they didn’t hate each other as much as thought.

“I hate you!” she called.

He couldn’t help but smile. It was quite the merriest declaration of hate he’d ever heard.

“I hate you, too,” he murmured.

But he didn’t meant it, either.

The awareness and that bit of tension as they try to work out their feels, and when they finally accept the truth…so cute!

“Trust me,” he whispered.

“You keep saying that.”

His forehead rested against hers, and she had a feeling he was trying not to laugh. “I keep meaning it.”

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This was lovely prequel with a lot of the things I love about a Julia Quinn novel: adorable characters, hilarious moments, a sweet romance and great family dynamic. The only downfall for this book was I wished the story focused a little more on Billie and George and their relationship, rather than a multitude of secondary characters; though I get this is the first book and it’s setting up for the rest of the series. The ending was also a bit abrupt feeling (buy a good happy feels ending!). That being said, this was a fun, sweet book and I’m excited for more Bridgerton shenanigans!


“When have you ever backed down from a dare?” […]

“Never,” she declared, staring him straight in the eye.

He smile, and his gaze grew how. “That’s my girl,” he murmured.

“I’m not-”

“You will be,” he growled, and before she could utter another word, his mouth captured hers in a searing kiss.


It was the loveliest sound he’d ever heard. And quite possibly them most terrifying. Because he had a feeling he knew what it meant. And if there was one person in this world he was not going to fall in with, it was Billie Bridgerton.

{Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


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Author: Cyn

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12 Replies to “Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn”

  1. Oh I’m so glad you liked it! As I was starting reading your review I kept thinking – “please don’t hate it, please don’t hate it!” My amazon cart is just getting more and more jammed but I don’t think I can wait for a copy of this one to arrive at the library!

    1. That was me when I started the book! I was so scared I wouldn’t like, but I love Julia Quinn, so definitely happy this was a good one. Hope you enjoy it!!

  2. I need to read this Cyn. Lovely review 🙂 It’s on my wishlist!

    1. Thanks, Kim! Hope you enjoy it!!

  3. Awww the romance here sounds absolutely adorable with all that romantic tension!

    1. Who can resist some romantic tension right? 😉

  4. oh it sounds like these two have some great tension here which I love!! I do need to pick this one up soon. I am a bit nervous about it since the past couple of books she wrote, I didn’t like as much as her other books, but you definitely have me excited now.

    1. Her last smith-smythe, I wasn’t a huge fan of, but this one I enjoyed the characters! I wished it focused a bit more on the couples, but it was still a fun read 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Shhhhh Please don’t tell anyone….but I haven’t really read a single Julia Quinn book!!!! I vaguely remember starting one BUT I don’t think I finished it! Great review, Cyn! Def something that I want to read…

    Can you recommend a book by JQ that I should start with first?

    1. Whaaaa! You definitely need to try again 😉 I highly recommend starting with the (original) Bridgerton series!

      The Duke and I is the first in the series. My favourite is the Viscount Who Loves Me! It’s nice when you start from the beginning and get to see all the characters develop 🙂

  6. evaallbooksconsidered says: Reply

    Awesome review! I haven’t read anything in this series or by this author but I’ve seen it all over the place with rave reviews and I added to my TBR! I think I’m going to start the original series next month after my Raven cycle re-read! 🙂

    1. Oh man, she’s definitely worth checking out! The original Bridgerton series is amazing. I hope you enjoy them!! 😀

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