Ten Things You Should Know About This Book
- Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.
- Annabel Winslow's family voter her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind AND The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.
- Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.
- Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.
- Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all his problems.
- Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.
- is shocking,
- is delicious, and
- is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to
- Happily. Ever. After.
I loved this book! Annabel is delightful with her full laugh and common sense. She wishes everyone would speak plainly. She knows there are a lot of undercurrents to conversations and that there are entire histories that others allude to in conversations that she herself is unaware of. She does not want to wed the Earl of Newbury who is old, can't keep his hands to himself, and has never had a single nice thing to say about his nephew. However, Annabel also knows that her father is dead, she is the oldest of eight, her sisters need a governess and her brothers need someone to pay for their terms at Eton.
Sebastian is perfection...he is funny and charming and witty (I know those sound the same, but they aren't there are nuanced differences but Sebastian personifies them all). He writes under the pseudonym Sarah Gorely, loves his cousin Harry and Harry's wife Olivia, is happy to be a rake and can't help but be attracted to Annabel. At first he has no idea who she is to his uncle and when he finds out he is hurt and disappointed but he pulls on his big boy pants when Annabel needs his help.
Both Sebastian and Annabel bring out the best in each other and they get each other in ways that no one else does. The reader can see them falling in love and while they are aware of becoming friends, the depth of their feelings for each other tends to catch them off guard. How are they going to have their happily ever after when there is a persistent earl (and Annabel's grandparents) who keep showing up to muck up what should have been a straight-forward path to marriage. The relationships between Annabel and Sebastian, Annabel and her cousin Louisa, Sebastian and Harry, Sebastian and his brother Edward, etc. are another strength to this book. I enjoyed everything about this book from the first page to the last. Now I'm off to check my bookshelves for some more un-read Julia Quinn's. Maybe I'll get lucky and find another delightful couple to fall in love with.
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I purchased this book with my own funds.