Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Ten Things I Love About You - 3rd in the Bevelstoke series - Sequel to What Happens in London
Author: Julia Quinn
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1822 London
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Julia's Website: www.juliaquinn.com
As far as her grandparents are concerned, she is to encourage and accept a proposal to wed Lord Newbury, a contemporary of said grandparents – ICK! As far as Annabel Winslow is concerned, she may have to marry Lord Newbury to provide dowries for her sisters and to allow her brothers to stay in school.
Annabel doesn’t want to marry Lord Newbury! She would be most happy to fall in love and wed. Perhaps with someone like the mysterious stranger whom she met in seclusion, under the stars...but, oh, no, it turns out her mysterious stranger is none other than Lord Newbury’s nephew! What a mess! Fortunately for her, it’s most likely she’ll never cross paths with him again. At least…until…the wedding. SIGH. One could hope he’d refuse to attend given their strained uncle-nephew relationship.
Sebastian Grey’s uncle despises him so much that he would rather wed the best candidate for breeding (wide hips) than to allow the title to pass into Sebastian’s hands. Fine with him. He really isn’t all that interested in the title, or marriage. He’s living life as he pleases, keeping a secret from the rest of the world, all of his pleasure-ly needs are taken care of; yes, all is as he likes it. At least he thought it was until he met a unique and refreshing virginal miss under the stars.
Well aren’t things going from bad to worse? Annabel meets Sebastian in a most public place, the park. She struggles to keep quite the fact that his uncle--still eww!--is more than interested in offering for her hand. Yet there it is again, the conflict between her heart’s desire and what her head knows she must do. But it’s so enjoyable, thrilling even, to keep company with Sebastian.
Unfortunately, once society has seen them together, the gossipmongers begin to wag their tongues at a furious pace. Lord Newbury seems as if he might withdraw his suit (not that it would be awful if he did, but it would). Sebastian. Well, Sebastian tries to help the situation, but is he really helping or making things worse? She desperately wants to be with him, but she fears there can only be heartbreak when it comes to what should be done and what must be done.
It’s with her usual flair that Ms. Quinn brings us Ten Things I Love About You. Everything from the plot to the settings to the descriptions is simply detailed yet oh so inviting and compelling. The characters are the stars and they sweep the story away with panache and dignity and lots of wit and intelligence.
No one brings a story to life quite like Julia Quinn. While one title of hers may be your favorite above all her other titles, you can always be sure you’ll get a story full of tangled emotions, comedic situations and dialogue, yet at the heart of it all there is pure romance. Just the way life and love truly are.
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