on June 10, 2010
Funny, hilarious, delightful, brilliant, clever, whimsical, and just plain awesome. What can I say, this book had me laughing the whole way though. I want more! Just thinking back at the book and the comical characters has me bursting out laughing.
Sebastian is the dashing rake with a sleeping problem and a teeny tiny secret, Annabel is the fish out of water heroine with a lack-of-money problem. Annabel needs to marry a man with money and her grandparents have decided to "help". Enter the Earl of Newbury, three times her age, but filthy rich. Sebastian Grey is Newbury's nephew and a not a beloved one. If Newbury dies before siring a son, Mr. Grey inherits everything. Lord Newbury will NOT let that happen! That set up, combined with the most delicious humor makes this book one of the best books I've read in a while. I really do hope we can revisit those characters again. I loved all of them from Olivia and Harry Valentine, Edward Valentine (Sebastian's cousins), Louisa (Annabel's cousin), Annabel's Grandmother Lady Vickers, even Frederick the dog. This book is such a mood lifter. I highly recommend it.
on June 6, 2010
Set in London, 1822. Annabel Winslow is staying with her grandparents, Lord and Lady Vickers, in London for The Season. She hopes to find a husband rich enough to bring financial support for her family and ease her mother's burdens. Her grandparents are determined she would wed the Earl of Newbury, a horrid, portly man who is actively seeking a bride to beget an heir with. Lord Newbury's son died a year prior. Unless a new heir is born, Lord Newbury's title and wealth would go to Sebastian Grey, the nephew he deeply despises. Since Lord Newbury is in his late sixties, he has no time to lose. Of course, Annabel knows the slimy old man is interested in her because the females of her family have all proven extremely fertile. It has become a jest among the mature gentry that the birds begin singing whenever Annabel walks by. If only Lord Newbury's gaze did not make her skin crawl.
Sebastian Grey is not eager for his uncle's title or wealth, though the money would be convenient. Most believe Sebastian has little money to call his own. However, unknown by even his closest friends, Sebastian has a secret income. Due to his insomnia, caused by memories of being a sniper in the war, Sebastian writes outrageous gothic novels. They are published pseudonymously and over the last few years have become all the rage.
When Sebastian meets Annabel, he has no idea that she is his uncle's latest victim...uh wife-to-be. Annabel becomes the object of both their affections. Soon Annabel must choose between her family's livelihood and the man she has come to love.
***** FIVE STARS! To read a book by Julia Quinn is always a pleasure. This story overflows with Quinn's signature talents. ONE: The characters are very well developed. TWO: The plot is believable because THREE: many young ladies of this era had to wed much older men for titles and/or money. Of course, there is also FOUR: the witty dialogue, FIVE: humorous scenes and SIX: romance, which leads to SEVEN: some laugh out loud antics (or contagious giggle fits). All of which concludes with EIGHT: a happily-ever-after ending and NINE: readers feeling so happy that TEN: the book is given a place on their Keeper Shelf.
This is one of Quinn's best, in my opinion, and not to be missed! STELLAR! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
on January 24, 2014
Sebastian Grey is funny, a war hero, a writer--wait for it--of romance! Was there ever a man more perfect than him? Well apart from the Bridgerton brothers and Michael Stirling and a few other Quinn heroes, I hardly think so.
Not only is Annabel Winslow gorgeous, she has a wonderful sense of humour, almost as good as Sebastian's. Their courtship is turbulent, wrought with mishaps, obstacles and hilarious one-liners from Sebastian. Must Read. No actually, MUST-MUST read. Like, right now.