Saturday 22 December 2018

#BookReview The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband & The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn @avonbooksuk @LittleBrownUK

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While you were sleeping...

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true...
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.


I had planned to read The Other Miss Bridgerton, then I realized that The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was the second book in the series and I had yet to read it. So, I picked this one first. First, I want to say that I rarely read romance books. Historical romance just doesn't rock my boat. The plots are way too predictable. However, I find Julia Quinn's books to be charming, the humor suits me. So, I make an exception for Quinn's books.

This book worked well for me, I found the pacing to be nice. I was a bit skeptical to the plot (of course), a lie like this, will, in the end, be found out (even the blurb says it) and I pretty much just waited for it to happen. But, it's a sweet story, Cecilia and Edward are a nice couple. I loved the fact that they pretty much fell in love through the letters they wrote to each other.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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 rascal and 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…?


The Other Miss Bridgerton started off great with Poppy being abducted by two pirates and taken to Captain Andrew Rokesby ship and there held captive. The rational part of me does think this whole kidnapping thing is crazy. And, yes Andrew is now a real pirate, and he's a gentleman. Still, it's still kidnapping. Then again, I do read more crime and thriller novels than romance, so kidnapping for me is seldom a good thing when it comes to books.

Anyway, this story worked well at first for me, there are a lot of funny moments and I found Poppy and Andrew to work well together. Then, it all fizzles out. I'm sorry, somewhere along I just lost interest in the story. I think around the starting to fall in love moment is where I just didn't enjoy the story so much. The whole plot in Portugal and what happened after that was just plain boring. So, a good beginning, but not a very good ending.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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