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Poppy Bridgerton is dragging her heels on the marriage mart. She isn’t about to settle for just any man who asks her – only someone who can match her quick wit and will treat her as an equal could catch her interest and none of her suitors have even elicited the slightest glimmer of attraction from her. Taking a break from London, she goes to the Dorset to visit a friend. While exploring the coast, Poppy discovers a smugglers cave…which would be delightful if there weren’t smugglers in it when she did! Resourceful as she is, this is one mess Poppy isn’t able to escape and she soon finds herself kidnapped and taken aboard the Infinity, to be presented to its less-than-pleased captain.
Captain Andrew Rokesby loves excitement, but a captive miss in his bed is definitely not the kind of thrill he seeks. Andrew would like nothing more than to set Poppy free, but his duty to the Crown and the time-sensitive nature of his mission means the lady is stuck accompanying him to Portugal. A battle of wills and words is about to take place on the high seas…the kind of battle that could cost both sides their hearts.
Oh, what fun The Other Miss Bridgerton is! Julia Quinn’s characters are always lively and loveable, but there seems to be a special sort of magic to her work when the Bridgerton family is involved.
Poppy is cousin to Edmund Bridgerton (father of the original eight Bridgertons) and she’s as smart, curious, and sprightly as you’d expect her to be. I absolutely adored her from the very first and couldn’t wait to see her fall in love. Andrew is her match in every way; he’s charming, competitive, and bright. I loved the banter between the two of them and really enjoyed watching them peel back the layers of each other’s characters. Though their story begins in what both would consider less than ideal circumstances, it’s easy to see these two were made for each other. In fact, had they met at an ordinary family event (quite possible since Poppy’s cousin Billie is married to Andrew’s older brother), you just know they would have fallen in love anyway. But close quarters lead to a slightly less conventional love story and I loved watching their slow-burn romance unfold. Add in a dash of adventure and what’s not to love about this book? It’s a sparkling romance with good humor, endearing characters you can root for, and it’s so light on its feet that the pages of the story seem to fly by. I absolutely adored The Other Miss Bridgerton and cannot wait to read it again.