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…
Goodreads Rating: 3.89 / 5
I loved the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn so skipping out on this Rokesbys series was not possible for me.
Billie Bridgerton must have been a breath of fresh air in those days we are talking about in here (late 18th century) as there was not even a single bone of demureness in her or the aura of a damsel in distress. This I stick to even after the way the story started.
George on the other hand is also something different from what one reads about titled gentlemen of the time especially in romance. He seemed more real. A person I could sympathise and empathise with. Unlike a score of heroes who drink at all hours, gamble at Whites, have become cynics, smoke pipes and always (and I mean ALWAYS) have a mistress around. George is different. He prefers to be a country gentleman who is happy among his family and never once in the story it is mentioned that he may have had a mistress and I love this about him.
The story began in an awesome way and I am not adding any spoilers but I could simply love that cat who brought Billie and George together for the first time ever and it is pertinent to mention that I am so not a cat person.
Billie and George’s bantering kept a smile on my face all the time not because of the wit involved but the smile was brought on by the emotion that was the backbone in all the banter that we get to witness because cupid had already struck.
The jealousy, the possessiveness and the patriotism are all done in the right amount so as to keep it light and emotional at the same time.
I am eagerly waiting for the next in the series.