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A hilarious adventure into London's high society...The lovable rake Dunford from Ms. Quinn's first two books meet his match at last. Refreshing, hilarious, and brimming with witty repartee, Minx will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)"
Our contemporary Jane Austen.-- "Jill Barnett, author of Bewitching"
Smart, funny.-- "Time Magazine" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Lucy Rayner has starred in numerous short and feature-length films, including English20 and Total Retribution. For her performance in Bolero, she was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival. A native of South Wales, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- File Size : 2513 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : October 13, 2009
- Print Length : 400 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reissue Edition (October 13, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0380785625
- ASIN : B000FC28CQ
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,698 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The heroine, Henry, also seems much younger than her twenty years, especially having had the responsibility of running an entire estate. The hero, Dunford, seems much older than his twenty-nine years and not at all the rake we're told he is. I also didn't understand why she's trying to drive him off. Another reviewer said it was because she was afraid he'd take over her beloved home and throw her out in the street. Why would she think that when she knew she was his ward? Wouldn't it have made more sense to get on his good side and make him like her so much that he'd want to give her what she wanted? From their first meeting he gives no sign of being cruel or hard hearted. Her plan makes her seem like she's eight years old.
The misunderstanding later baffled me, too. We're repeatedly told and shown how brutally frank she is at all times. How could a misunderstanding that could be cleared up instantly by a smidgeon of brutal frankness exist around this girl? Then she tries to get him to jilt her, but when he gives her the option of jilting him, she refuses. Huh? I thought the plan was to not marry him no matter what?
Despite all this the story is fairly fun and I think most romance readers, particularly undemanding ones, will enjoy this story. Those who require maturity in their heroines and consistency in plot and tone, might want to give it a miss, or read with lowered expectations. All in all, it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Not everyone loves this book. The guy kinda turns into a douche canoe at one point. But the book is funny, tugs on your heart strings and he is redeemed eventually.
I reread this one every year or so because it makes me smile.
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Henrietta ('call me Henry, everybody does') Barrett has been running the Stannage estate for years. She loves the life she leads, loves Stannage Park, love Cornwall and isn't about to let some society fop saunter in and ruin everything. So, even though Dunford is far from what she expected, she launches a campaign to drive him screaming back to London.
But Dunford isn't so easily fooled, and he sets about charming his young estate manager in a counter offensive of his own. For a young woman who wears breeches and lacks any knowledge of how to be a young lady, it's so nice for Henry to have someone pay attention to her. When he buys her new dresses, seeming to care for the person inside, she is so overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness that she can't help falling a little in love with him.
Dunford finds himself equally charmed by his little estate manager - until he discovers that she's his ward. Duty and responsibilty, both new concepts to him, crowd in to ruin the easy friendship that has grown between them.
Yet, when he drags Henry to London, it is him rather than her who soon begins to regret it.
This tale of transformation - from country hoyden to society miss, and carefree rake to responsible landowner - manages to combine humour, humiliation, love and heartbreak as both main characters discover that their previously perfect lives have in fact been flawed all along.
This tale is sweet and charming - although Henry's transformation is a little too quick and smooth, and as other reviewers mention, the 'conflict' is quite pointless - but in traditional JQ style, it's still enjoyable. For lighthearted Regency, you can't go far wrong.
(Oh, and fans of Ned Blydon should get hold of the 'Where's My Hero?' anthology, to see him find a HEA of his own.)
Henry (short for Henrietta) is not an usual girl, having been in charge of a large country estate for several years, she is independant and head strong. Enter Dunford, an unwilling guardian, who fights his (almost) instant attraction to Henry. There are several obstructions between Dunford and Henry, most of them which could be solved by them talking, but then there would very little plot to the book, so you can excuse their lack of communication.
An enoyable read, perhaps not on of Quinns best books, but still very good.
Charming story although, as others have said, it didn't really need the conflict at the end. I also could have done without the slightly icky scene where Dunford talks with his friend Billington about passing his mistress on to him.