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Ten Things You Should Know About This Book
1. Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.
2. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.
3. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.
4. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.
5. Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems.
6. Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.
7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, and 9 is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to
10. Happily. Ever. After.
About the Author
Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.
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This was not just my favorite JQ book; this was easily among my favorite of the many, many, MANY (no, I don't have a life!) HRs I've read over the past few years. You know how occasionally you come across a book that seems almost custom written for your particular quirks and preferences? This was it. As someone who's semi-insomniac and who's forever compelled to list and rank pretty much everything I come across, I related to these characters scarily well...these were my kind of people ;) It's funny, because while I almost never *dislike* Quinn's heroes or heroines---something of a feat for me---I don't often connect quite as strongly to them as I do with some other authors' H and hs. They're often blandly likable but easily forgettable for me. In this book, though, I found myself absolutely adoring Annabel, our relatably flawed but very endearing heroine. Sebastian, while my clumsy attempts to describe him will make him sound like 'just another charming, amusing and underlyingly kind recently reformed "rogue"' catapulted towards the very top of my surprisingly selective Favorite Heroes Ever list. Seriously, he is THAT awesome. And it's not just that I happened to love them---it's that I totally bought THEIR compatibility, chemistry and soulmate-y connection to each other. That's more of a rarity for me than you might expect: many HR couples strike me as far more in lust than in love, or as having a sort of fiery but superficial passion and chemistry that's likely to fizzle out all too quickly, leaving them as one of those perpetually bickering, sniping, woefully ill-suited couples you dread having to go out to dinner with ;) But I truly, deeply loved Sebastian and Annabel and bought their love for each other.
Despite my fangirly adoration for this book, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for those craving a lot of angst, a lot of sex scenes (there's only one main sex scene, which for me was a plus but for others will probably be a drawback!), a very brooding, dark and tortured hero and a lot of dark intensity in plot and tone.
If, however, you want humor, charm, razor sharp dialogue, mood-lifting joy that doesn't descend into eye-rolling sappiness and one of the most awesomely lovable (though endearingly imperfect!) heroes ever, I truly cannot recommend this one highly enough!
A/A- for objective quality; A+++++ for my subjective, off-the-charts enjoyment :)
I have several authors on my "when I grow up, I want to be like..." list, and Julia Quinn is definitely somewhere near the top of it. Once again, she's woven light humor, sharp wit, and incredible passion into a lighthearted tale of two people who were never meant to fall in love--but of course, they did.
Annabel Winslow is by far one of my favorite JQ heroines. She's thrust into the desperate situation of being the eldest of eight siblings. Her family's financial future rests solely on her shoulders and Annabel's ability to marry well. The best prospect is the unappealing--and old--Earl of Newbury. Newbury is determined to beget an heir, and much to Annabel's dismay, she is the very picture of fertility in Newbury's eyes.
But one evening, attending a Season event, the lovely Annabel escapes to the heath because--much to her horror--Newbury cornered her and fondled her. Strangely, she finds a man there awaiting an assignation, and they engage in an entertaining conversation. Annabel finds herself wondering who this interesting character could possibly be. She finds out the next day when she runs across Newbury's nephew, Sebastian Grey, in the park while walking with her cousin Louisa.
What ensues after they discover one another's identity is laugh out loud funny. While Annabel would prefer to forget the meeting, Sebastian is fascinated by her. Annabel feels the pressure of her family's position, and attempts to keep Sebastian at a distance while remaining disgusted with his uncle's continued attentions.
This is definitely reread worthy, and I would like to see JQ write Louisa and Edward's stories. They are strong secondary characters I want to get to know better.
2. Entertaining story
3. Hero is down to earth and
4. Heroine is true to herself
5. Grandma Vickers is such a character and
6. She pulled the unexpected twist
7. Lady Louisa is a good support for Annabel
8. It's great to have Lady Olivia play a crucial role
9. Edward is a good support for Sebastian
10. Sarah Gorely was a big success!
I really liked the character of Sebastian who was introduced in IT HAPPENED IN LONDON. This story was nice and was somewhat an attempt to reflect the gothic novels that are so important to the story. To that end, the villain earl is overly broad, the situation very melodramatic. However, I mildly enjoyed the story. It is not one that would be memorable, but it was certainly an adequate story for a one time read.