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
Julia Quinn is always a joy. This is one of her funny books. You'll laugh out loud throughout the book.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
This was the first book I listened to for Julia. I enjoyed it! The characters interactions were wonderful, smart, and charming. I am planning to listen to more of Julia Quinn
This is a fantastic author who has real talent. She writes passionate love tales that just flow until - oops - a gratuitous sex scene. Too bad.
I enjoyed this book but I had a problem with the voice the reader used for the hero - it made him sound stuffy and not at all sexy.
Most probably. .. I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was a good fit. The story line was simple but enjoyable. Once it was over I thought "all that book for so little story", but still I would listen again.
I don't give spoilers, which is what this question requires! But I can say that the interactions between Annabelle and Sebastion are great.
Its a simple book. Nothing extreme. But I did find tears escaping mysteriously at one point.
If you want something simple that gently holds your attention then you will enjoy this one. Worth a credit? Yeah... but I wouldn't put it at the very top of my wish/want list.
Teacher, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic.
I was anticipating loving this story as a light-hearted sequel to "What Happened In London". In some ways, that's exactly what it is - Miss Butterworth's author "Sara Gorley" strikes again in really awful (and yet fantastic!) gothic romances which make the interaction between the characters smile worthy. Yet this book deals with more somber themes in general than "What Happens In London" - the both the heroine and the hero are struggling with issues and Quinn briefly touches on women's rights (or lack thereof) in the era she writes in.
My one complaint about this book is that the heroine and hero waffle. I understand their motivations, I understand their logic, but they are both so clearly not okay with the situation she is placed in and flabbergasted that her relations would put her in this situation - yet reluctant to abandon the familial plans for her. I struggle with the on-again-off-again "I should, I shouldn't" aspect of the plot, even while I acknowledge that the reality of life at that time would have meant Annabelle would not have been able to simply ignore her family's plans for her, despite how despicable (or weirdly connected - there's a twist at the climax that I didn't anticipate) the villian is to Annabelle.
Olivia and Harry make quick appearances, but really Edward is the teaser in the book. Maybe there will be a book for him sometime? (Hint, hint, Ms. Quinn!)
I'm giving this three stars for story because it was 1) harder to pull me into, 2) a more frustrating listen plot-wise (Listen to Louisa already, Annabelle!) and 3) a little slower, yet heavier thematically than I was expecting. If I could give it three-and-a-half, I would because I do like that we get to know Sebastian-the-Charmer's more serious side and background and kudos to Quinn for not pretending that Annabelle could instantly make "the right choice".
To sum it up: Sara Gorley and her Miss Butterworth series made this book an entertaining read.
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I have read all Julia Quinn's books. I have heard Rosalyn Landor many times. I will use my credits for them.
This is my first listen but I believe this book is a bit below Quinn's normally excellent standard. Whether a book is read or heard the story must carry the "reader" from start to finish. This one had very good moments. When you laugh out loud or tear up the book has you involved. That makes it a good book worth the price. No one can expect an author to hit a home run everytime and getting to second is nothing to be ashamed of.
Each character lived up to their part of the story. The good were good and the bad were bad!
There are authors you read once. Then there are authors you follow and anticipate any new offering. Quinn is one to follow.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This is the third book in the series and in my opinion it is the best. Also in the series is Miranda Cheevely Secret Diaries and What Happens in London. This is a sweet and simple romance that easily keeps your attention. Although I didn't mind the narrator, I didn't care overly for the male voice impression.
I really enajoy Julia Quinn's work, however I found the narrator to be annoying after a while of listening to her. Julia's books always tend to have good humor, mix with interesting char, however much of the wit and humor I so enjoy was lost by the narrator tone of voice, or intones at given times. I actually purchased the book in paperback half way through the reading to finish it and found the book far more enjoyable that way.
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