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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061491888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061491887
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and several years back she did so in grand style, competing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch on June 30, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sir Harry Valentine has been fluent in English, Russian, and French since the age of twelve. After years in the Army, Harry now rents a residence south of Rudland House. The War Office often delivers documents to Harry which needs to be translated to English quickly. Harry spends most of his time in his office doing these translations; however, he keeps getting distracted by the fact that Lady Olivia Bevelstoke keeps standing at her window staring at him. Harry has no idea whether she is just a curious debutante or is actually a spy. After a couple of meetings Harry decides Lady Olivia is neither a spy, nor kind. In fact, Harry decides he does not like her at all.

When Harry is summoned to the offices at Horse Guards in Whitehall he knows the reason cannot be good. A Russian prince is visiting at the same time that three known sympathizers of Napoleon are in town. It is rumored the prince's late father had favored Napoleon, but no proof was ever found. It is also rumored that his fortunes have diminished and the prince seeks a bride. He has been paying much attention to Lady Olivia. Thus Harry has been ordered to keep an eye on the prince and to make sure Olivia did not unwittingly commit treason. As Harry spends time with Olivia he finds that she is not as cold and remote as he had assumed. Olivia is full of humor and mischief. Perhaps Harry's mission will not be as boring as he had once believed.

***** FIVE STARS! This story overflows with humor to help offset the serious spy content. Harry gives Olivia "a lurid gothic novel" that had been recommended by his sister. Over half of this story is sprinkled with hilarious gems from the gothic novel (which Olivia demanded Harry read and suffer through too).
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Geheimnis on July 1, 2009
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This latest book by Julia Quinn is, I suppose, a pleasant read. I was somewhat bored in that this book is highly similar in nature and structure to her last few books, all of which lack a certain something that made her early books and the Brigerton series so fantastic. It's almost like Ms. Quinn is trying too hard to make her novels quirky and different from other books in the genre. The rambling inner dialogue of her characters has become annoying in its redundancy. While I can remember the plots and characters of her early books clearly, these last three or four are all jumbled in my mind. The heroines look different but share the same personality, it seems.

Anyway, this was a light, easy read (of course) and I've already forgotten most of it. I put it on my paperback swap list as soon as I was done reading it. Not a keeper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2010
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I'll be honest: the only reason I bought this book was because I was stuck in an airport with nothing to read and very limited options at the bookstore. I've been a faithful JQ fan for years, but I was so mad at her after the five-book-long streak of disappointments (It's in His Kiss, On the Way to the Wedding, Miranda Cheever, and the horrible failure that was the Dukes of Wyndham experiment) that I had completely given up on her. This book changed things for me. It's not the best JQ book (I doubt she'll ever be able to top When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Family Series)), but it's definitely one of her better ones.

Olivia and Harry are both interesting characters and are actually good people. Neither of them has a particularly haunted past or an undeserved bad reputation or a deep, dark secret or any of the other traits that have become cliches in Regency romances. Harry has some bad memories, true, and he has a secret, but JQ doesn't define him based on these things--they're details, not his whole story. For the most part, the characters don't do stupid things for no good reason. It's a very believable book: the main characters act like real people, and they fall in love slowly, gradually, and realistically. There is something that keeps them from being together immediately, but if there wasn't, it would be a very short book. The humor that was forced or missing in her last books is back in this one, and I laughed out loud several times (mostly in relation to the Miss Butterworth book).

The proposal scene was unexpected and fabulous. The perfect ending to a sweet, happy story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on May 20, 2010
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When you are a perpetual gossip like Lady Olivia Bevelstoke and you hear that your new neighbor Sir Harry Valentine is a potential fiancée killer you have to kick it up a notch and turn into a spy of some sort even though Olivia is not a very good sneak and an even worse spy. So Olivia decides keeping track of him through her bedroom window is a brilliant idea since she can see into Harry's bedroom with a nice, clear view even if this is not the proper thing to do. The problem for Olivia is Harry is working for a spy office and while he is not in the covert side of it he is still involved enough to have a few tricks up his sleeve and when from day one he sees her he is able to out-maneuver her tactics and figures two can play at this game and play they do. They court, argue, dance and burn up the night with long talks and book discussions through their open windows - or at least that is what they are leading everyone to believe.

This matchup is great since Olivia is outgoing and Harry reserved but both are competitive individuals and when a Russian prince comes to town to court Olivia and invades Harry's space well the game just went into overtime. A normally laid back Harry becomes ferocious in his pursuit of Olivia and while he is still recovering from the effects of his service in her Majesty's Army as well as the drama of growing up the child of an alcoholic Harry is more than prepared to take this contender on especially with his first class knowledge of Russian thanks to his grandmother. What Harry also discovers is something new never thought to obtain - unconditional love. Olivia turns out to be not only a beautiful and somewhat chaotic surprise for Harry but a wonderful breath of fresh air in his stale life.
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