Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesby #3
Price: $6.99 (e-book) $5.77 (mass market paperback) $21.55 (Audible)
From the Publisher:
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…?
As she watched him…she realized he had become a different person, right in front of her eyes…[H]is arms moved through the air as if drawing pictures and plans, and he practically hopped in place as he illustrated his invisible canvas and drew equations in the air…He wasn’t the captain and he wasn’t the rogue. He was just Andrew. (The Other Miss Bridgerton, Quinn, Kindle edition, location 3232)
Honestly, I think this is the moment Poppy fell in love with him. I loved how much he wanted her to have an adventure and their trip through Portugal was the most fun part of the book.
Not long after this section, came a portion of the story that had me cringing–Danger Boner. You have no idea how much I hate this trope. No one of any period of time would be willing to get down and dirty in the situation Andrew and Poppy found themselves in, and I find it hard to believe that an aristocratic woman in the Georgian period would want to risk not just her reputation but pregnancy when their very future was up in the air. Having sex, even if only one character reaches climax, is never a good idea when death is on the line. (I’m sure that would be one of Vizzini’s rules had he thought of it.)
I did enjoy the way the book was wrapped up, although I wish we could have gotten to see a little bit of how Andrew and Poppy explained knowing each other to their families as I imagine it would have been hilarious. I would definitely been happier with that scene rather than the baby-logue at the end.