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She was in the wrong place…
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…
He found her at the wrong time…
Known to society as a reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real-and his duty to the Crown means he’s stuck with her.
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?
When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal-though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?
I was browsing for book recs when I came across the new Rokesby book - which was up for pre-order, then I saw The Other Miss Bridgerton, clicked it and read the synopsis, and guess what? I had somehow missed a WHOLE Julia Quinn release and not even realised it 😱…
Thankfully, after some looking around I found out that my library had it available so I was able to borrow it a couple of weeks later.
On paper, this book sounded just like what I was in the mood for, not to mention I usually speed through anything Julia Quinn in a matter of days. I had this one for THREE MONTHS before I even decided to finally start reading it. I wish I had waited even longer before starting it now because the magic, the something, that gave Julia Quinn’s books that edge over other historical romances was missing (at least for me).
The characters were textbook Julia Quinn characters but as I said above… Something was missing from their interactions (and just the book overall), I couldn’t ‘see’ the attraction, between the characters – it all just fell flat for me, the characters as individuals and whenever they were together. I just wasn’t feeling it.
So I did what I’ve never done for a Julia Quinn book before, I didn’t finish it. Maybe I’ll come back to it at a later date and maybe I’ll enjoy it more then (and question why I ever stopped reading it in the first place) but for now? It’s a very relieved did-not-finish for me.