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.
Number 7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, and 9 is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to:
10. Happily. Ever. After.
©2010 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
I love Julia Quinn's writing! Not only is she humorous and interesting, she creates characters that you want to know and wish you knew better. Sebastian Gray is a delight, as is the heroin and many of the other characters. The story is light, fun and a joy to listen to. It's great to listen to because there isn't a lot of the vulgar description or language that I find detracts from other author's stories. The story is believable and makes the reader want to go back to the time of the ton... even just for a peak. If you enjoy a good period romance, you will very much enjoy this offering.
This was my first Julia Quinn book and I did enjoy it though she used terms that did not fit the time properly. If you are willing to overlook that then the book was very entertaining. I would have given the book a 4.5 if it was available but well including it here is just as well. The only thing I did not like about this book was the ten things JQ kept listing in the book. A bit silly especially since they were not all meaningful points. Nevertheless, If you like historical romance then this book is a good one to listen to.
This brings back Sebastian from What Happens in London, Olivia and Harry also make a few appearances. I loved Sebastian in that book and I love him even more in this one. The absolute best character is the Grandmother, Lady Vickers. OMG...laugh out loud funny scenes with her. I laughed so many times with this book, I don't really care that the plot is a little thin. There is no mystery, intrigue, danger, broken hearts, dark secrets, etc., it's just FUN. The dinner scene had me laughing hours afterwards. There are a couple of descriptive loves scenes, tame by my esitmation, along the lines of Lisa Kleypas, Julie Garwood, etc.
"Ten Things I Love About You" brings back some of the characters of "What Happens in London". I was not overly impressed with the plot, but I gave the book 4 stars, mainly because it made me laugh so many times. I love the author's sense of humour and her writing style; she's got that special way with words that makes the reading so pleasant and enjoyable. Rosalyn Landor (narrator) is outstanding, as usual, and makes you feel like you are 'watching' a movie... The story itself is not very believable but who cares if it's funny and well written! :) My favourite character is the Grandmother, who adds the "spice" to the plot. It's a shame the book contains some unnecessarily detailed erotic scenes, otherwise it would be perfect for all age groups.
All in all, a suitable book for listening while driving.
Sadly, I was a bit disappointed. I normally love all of Julia Quinn's books, every single one of them. I think this has to be the only one that's disappointed me. It got a little... tedious & boring about 3/4ths of the way in.
Fluff... Lots of fluff... but I really enjoy the light heartedness that Julia Quinn puts into her characters. So I found myself smiling throughout the book - and sometimes that's just what I need! The plot is predictable but the quirky characters are just fun and the author ensures you really do care about what happens to them. A fun, pleasant read perfect when you need a smile.
My biggest problem with the book was the narrators voice for our Hero... it took me half the book to "listen through" the voice. He sounded like a popinjay - someone that lacked strength or intelligence. I didn't like it at all.
I like reading Julia Quinn's books because her characters are really likable and enjoyable. This book was no exception. Unfortunately, this book did not have an interesting plot as her previous book "what happens in London" or her wonderful Bridgerton books. Still, it was a good light listening.
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
Oh wow! I have fallen hard for Julia Quinn!! And Rosalyn Landor's performance was one of her best!
This is my favorite of all JQ's audiobooks. (I've now listened to all of them.) It's clever and witty, with a perfect balance if passion and drama to keep you up late into the night listening. It will leave you wanting more! In fact, I've listened to this book at least three times in the last few months.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST BUY FOR HISTORICAL ROMANCE FANS!!
Sebastian Grey is possibly my favorite Hero in Historical Romance. He is a charming, funny and wildly attractive. I love each of the books in the Bevelstoke series, I recommend listening to them all. But I listened out of order and had no trouble understanding the plot.
If you have read What Happens in London, you've already met Sebastian, who was one of the most entertaining people in that book, as the hero's best friend. He more than deserved his own book! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way Quinn introduces her characters. Annabel, his heroine, is a perfect match for Mr. Grey.
The story is filled with lovable and fascinating secondary characters; Annabel's grandmother is one of the most interesting and quirky characters I've read in a long time! I loved the plot, which never felt contrived.
With the fantastic story and Landor's stellar performance, this audiobook will not disappoint!!
YES! I really enjoyed this book. I like books that continue a family. I have enjoyed the characters and the narrator.
Julia Quinn is always a joy. This is one of her funny books. You'll laugh out loud throughout the book.
"Romantic but racy in the Pride & prejudice era"
This is the third book in the Bevelstoke series. (No1 was The secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever & No2 was What happens in London). It is up to Julia Quinn's usual standard - romantic but a bit racy and all set in the Pride & Prejudice era.
I liked how it flowed from the first two books but that the references to them were such that you could read it without having read the first two books.
She emphasised the emotions really well and brought it to life.
Yes, I couldn't 'put it down' and even missed one of my favourite programme on TV to finish it off.
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