Size Doesn’t Matter (66): Because of Miss Bridgerton; A Lady by Midnight; The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

Size Doesn’t Matter (66): Because of Miss Bridgerton; A Lady by Midnight; The Bridgertons: Happily Ever AfterBecause of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys #1
Published by Avon on March 29, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 375
Format: ARC
Source: Edelweiss
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four-half-stars

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...

I OFFICIALLY HAVE A FAVORITE JULIA QUINN. Because of Miss Bridgerton was immediately my favorite from the very first page. This is by far the funniest of Quinn’s books that I’ve read, and the ship is pure fucking gold. SHIP SHIP FLAIL SHIP.

I mean, the heroine, Billie, has climbed up a tree to save a demon cat and fallen on a roof where she is now stuck with an injured ankle. Where, of course, the only person nearby is George Rokesby, the oldest of the neighbor boys, the only one who’s not her dear friend and the only one with a stick up his ass. The opening is so funny and puts their relationship in motion, because they begin to see each other in a new light and omg ship, guys.

Aside from the ship of bantery perfection, the Rokesbys and Bridgertons are adorable. The two families are besties and basically act like one big family. They meet up for dinners and talk about vaguely scandalous stuff, and I love them all dearly. I cannot wait for more Rokesby books because YASSS. Also, the mothers are such shippers and I love it.

READ IT READ IT READ IT. Tessa Dare fans, this is probably the most ideal introduction to Julia Quinn you could possibly have.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (66): Because of Miss Bridgerton; A Lady by Midnight; The Bridgertons: Happily Ever AfterA Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #3
Published by Avon on August 28, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-stars

A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?

Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and he knows it's not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It's the toughest battle of this hardened warrior's life . . . and the first he seems destined to lose.

Speaking of Tessa Dare, I’m finally going to finish off all of her published books. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself when I run out tbh. Start over on the good ones, I suppose. A Lady by Midnight was not my favorite of Dare’s books, and it may be my least favorite of her two later series. The ship just didn’t work for me as well as I’d hoped, and it’s not nearly as funny as most of them.

I’d actually really been looking forward to Kate and Thorne’s book, but they didn’t click for me as well as I expected. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t unship them, but I only ship them mildly. The fact that Thorne knew how much she wanted to know about her past and still didn’t help her made me even madder than it made her. That really put a damper on everything for me. They also aren’t very bantery, because Thorne barely has a sense of humor. I do, though, like how Kate feels confident in his feelings for her, even as he lies to himself and to her.

The star of A Lady by Midnight is badger, the puppy. My favorite scenes all featured Badger being a lovable scamp. After Badger, I enjoyed the Gramercys quite a lot. Bless Dare for having a canon f/f ship in her historical romance, even though we only see one half of it in this book. I would give a lot for an extensive novella about Harry’s season out and her love affair with Ames. A LOT. I’m also hoping/assuming there will be a romance for Evan at some point. Very here for it.

So yeah, a better ship than A Night to Surrender but also less funny. Neither one holds a candle to A Week to Be Wicked, but whatever they’re still so much fun whatever.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (66): Because of Miss Bridgerton; A Lady by Midnight; The Bridgertons: Happily Ever AfterThe Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons
Published by Avon on April 2, 2013
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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three-stars

ONCE UPON A TIME, A HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR CREATED A FAMILY…

But not just any family. Eight brothers and sisters, assorted in-laws, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, (not to mention an overweight corgi), plus an irrepressible matriarch who’s a match for any of them… These are the Bridgertons: less a family than a force of nature. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love. But they wanted more.

And so the readers asked the author…

What happened next? Does Simon ever read his father’s letters? Do Francesca and Michael become parents? Who would win in a Pall Mall grudge match?

Does “The End” really have to be the end?

Now, with The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, Julia Quinn delivers eight sexy, funny, and heartwarming “2nd epilogues,” plus a bonus story about none other than the wise and witty Violet Bridgerton herself. So get to know the Bridgertons all over again—because Happily Ever After is a whole lot of fun.

Because some of my ebooks didn’t have the second epilogue included, I had to pick this guy up from the library to finish my Bridgerton experience. Though the second epilogues often spoiled elements of later books in the series, they’re definitely more enjoyable read in lockstep with their books when emotions are high.

The epilogues are a mixed bag. Some of them are adorable and just what you would have wanted and some are pretty laughably bad. Like, seriously Julia Quinn, no one wanted to read about Lucy ALMOST DYING, but thanks for that. And that’s the very last note for the series as a whole which srsly? Quinn also tries her hand at first person in the Sir Phillip epilogue and it reads like bad fan fic, which lol.

I’m glad I read them and finished out every bit of the series, but, for the most part, I think you can take or leave these second epilogues.

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One response to “Size Doesn’t Matter (66): Because of Miss Bridgerton; A Lady by Midnight; The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After”

  1. Joanne Levy says:

    I haven’t yet read BoMB yet but I’m definitely going to. I’m still muddling through the Smythe-Smith books (my library is slow to add the whole series) but will move this one up the pile. 🙂

    If you’re looking to binge on more Historicals – have you read any Elizabeth Hoyt? I like all of her books (some more than others, as happens) but really enjoyed the Princes Trilogy.
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