There were Bridgertons before the eight alphabetically named siblings. In the third of the Bridgerton Prequel series, we go back to where it all began. . . from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn
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…?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Kidnapping! Piracy! Espionage! In the latest installment of Julia Quinn’s adventure romance series, Poppy Bridgerton is captured by Captain Andrew Rokesby, an undercover spy for the Crown, after she’s caught snooping in a smuggler’s cove. Andrew plans on keeping Poppy locked away (and unaware of his real identity) until he finishes his secret mission and can return her safely to England, but his hostage’s thirst for excitement lowers his defenses. Brimming with flirtatious banter and laugh-out-loud humor, The Other Miss Bridgerton reminds us of the very best old-school romances we cut our teeth on.
Quinn's superlative third prequel to her Bridgerton Regency series (after The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband) introduces one of her most delightful couples yet. Adventurous and curious Poppy Bridgerton finds a smuggler's cave on the coast of Dorset and is taken captive by the privateers who claim it. Capt. Andrew Rokesby is traveling under an assumed name, under orders to get secret government documents to Lisbon as soon as possible, when Poppy, his neighbors' cousin, is deposited in his cabin. Although he cannot let Poppy roam the ship or reveal his true identity to her, he does his best to make her comfortable. Charming discussions of geography, equal education for men and women, and family dynamics create a deep connection between the pair that sustains them through the voyage to Lisbon and during their separation afterward. Quinn's clever dialogue makes the characters sparkle, and Andrew's passion for engineering especially educates and entertains. This is a real treat for Quinn's fans and anyone who loves historical romance.
I enjoyed this prequel to The Bridgerton series. It had some absolutely hilarious scenes. I was laughing out loud and disturbing others quite callously. Poppy Bridgerton is too curious and gets herself kidnapped by “smugglers”. Captain Andrew James has secrets that must be kept the first being his identity. I think this is a very good book. There are several steamy sex scenes in it.
Intriguing and exciting. Curiosity gets someone into trouble. Then it’s more trouble for the captures. The more time goes by the more intriguing it becomes.
It kept me captive through the book. I could barely put down this treasure.
Brought my heart to the vast ocean and more!
I truly enjoyed the poetic and sometimes stream-of-consciousness language of this book. They are mostly soothing and all contributed to the wholeness of the story.
My favorite part is that sunny day in Lisbon, oh, that really reminded me of the old days when I lived in a place with way more sunshine than my current residence and was able to travel all I want and hangout with interesting people...(It was early 2021 when I read the book, it should explain.)
Another thing I’ve noticed, as a non-native-English-speaker and strangely enjoyed while reading, is its slightly unusual choice of words. I should have read more than 15 JQ novels by now, and this one appeared to have the most unfamiliar words to me. Although my intention is not to improve my english through reading the book, it’s still very nice to build up my (maybe not so useful)vocabulary with a delightful heart-warming novel.