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
This book was such fun! I love Billie Bridgerton. She is full of snark, a tomboy, watches over her father's estate, wears breeches as much as possible, she's just great. She is definitely not like the woman in 1779. She likes to ride her horse out and check on the crops and the tenants. I think it's brilliant. But she won't be the one inheriting, one day it will be her younger brother. I'm sure she can whip him into shape though.
They are also great friends with the Rokesby family. Billie's best friend was Mary and two of the brothers, Edward and Andrew. She never did get a long with George though, as the eldest he is Lord Kennard and he stays home while all of his younger brothers go off to war. This does not make George happy because he wants to go as well, but alas, he stays home as well as the youngest brother.
The setting takes place in Kent, England and the beginning of the book is what caught me and had me laughing as Billie is stuck on a roof.. with a cat.
Oh bloody hell, what did it matter what the time was? It wasn't going to get her off this damned roof.
"This is all you fault," she said to the cat.
Predictably, the cat ignored her.
"I don't know what you think you were doing up in that tree," she continued. "Any fool would have known you couldn't have got down."
Any fool would have left it up there, but no, Billie had heard the mewling, and she'd been halfway up the tree before it occurred to her that she didn't even like cats.
"And I don't really like you," she said.
Needless to say who do you think comes to her rescue? George, only some crazy stuff happens and he gets stuck on the roof as well. They have a great arguing match with each other. Although, he's not to harsh with her as she has hurt her leg when um.. her and the cat fell from the tree onto the roof. Anyway, they soon get rescued by Andrew, George's brother who is back from the war because of an injury. I love the banter between these three any time they are together.
"Sixty-two," she said
He almost stopped walking. "You counted?"
"I had nothing else to do. The weather was beastly, and I couldn't go outside."
George knew better than to inquire about embroidery, or watercolors, or any of a dozen other indoor pursuits commonly taken up by ladies of his acquaintance.
"Probably a few more now," Billie admitted. "It's been a prodigiously sunny spring."
"What are we talking about?" Andrew asked.
He'd got a bit ahead of them and they'd only just caught up.
"My freckles," Billie said.
He blinked. "My God, you are boring."
"Or bored," Billie countered.
"Must be the company."
"I've always thought George was dull," Andrew said.
George rolled his eyes.
Something strange is happening between Billie and George. They are acting strange around each other. You know what that means right? And then one day there is a kiss... a kiss... did you just kiss me? did he just kiss me? What just happened?
There are a little house parties that Billie detests because she has to wear dresses for these. George doesn't really care for them either. It seems someone is always trying to set the both of them up with people. And little known to anyone else or to themselves, they are slowly falling in love.
There turns up some bad news in the Rokesby family and the Bridgerton family is there to lend their support. And finally confessions are made and it's mostly all good. I do believe I'm going to have to continue on with this series as it comes out to see what all is going to happen. But I really enjoyed this book!
*I would like to thank Avon Books for a print copy of this book through The Reading Room in exchange for my honest review.*
Even though the book is out now, I got to it a little late and with this being the uncorrected proof copy I have to add that the excerpts may have changed in the published edition.
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