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Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and 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.

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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 (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I'm not a blindly adoring JQ fangirl who automatically thinks that everything she churns out is literary gold (or, um, even literary stainless steel), but when JQ is at her best or even close to best, there are very few writers of any genre or era who can charm and delight me more.

I absolutely, unreservedly loved this book. There are more technically flawless, smoothly paced books I've read over the past year, but very, very few which elicited this degree of personal attachment and that "awww, see, THIS is why reading is my favorite thing to do on this planet" adoration.

I always struggle to discuss writing style since it's so wholly subjective and difficult to define: an author's style either works for you or doesn't, and JQ's just happens to work for me so very, very perfectly that I can merrily excuse imperfections in her plotting and pacing. It's eminently witty, sharp and brimming over with clever insights and unexpected jolts of poignancy. And suffice it to say that within the first 20 pages I found her characters far more vividly defined and root-worthy than many authors manage after 420 pages.

Harry emerged immediately as one of my very favorite Quinn heroes---which means he's one of my very favorite heroes, period. Because in addition to the writing style gushed about above, the thing I've always appreciated most about Quinn's books is that she (usually!) creates heroes who are genuinely kind, decent, and well-meaning men. Imperfect, of course, but in amusing, colorful and relatable ways.
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