Our story begins with a country girl from a large family. They’re not so poor that they’re begging for alms, but there is no money to pay tuition forOur story begins with a country girl from a large family. They’re not so poor that they’re begging for alms, but there is no money to pay tuition for her four brothers to continue at Eton. They have rich relations who are going to “help” by seeing to it that the eldest daughter, Annabel, marries a wealthy man. They already have one picked out for her…
Enter the vile villain, an elderly earl desperate to find a broodmare who can produce an heir for him. He already has one heir, his nephew Sebastian (the happy-go-lucky cousin of our hero in What Happens In London), whom he hates. He’s determined to replace the nephew with a son.
Now, so far it sounds like a typical regency plot line, right? Yes, Sebastian and Annabel meet. Well, sort of. They share a kiss without ever knowing one another’s names or their mutual acquaintance with a certain elderly peer. And they would have had a lovely time at the opera if it weren’t for all of London society watching.
Oh, but I forgot to mention that Annabel makes lists. It just helps to break everything down into easily defined parts. It’s really the only way she can keep herself sane as she endures the lecherous attentions of the earl.
And I really should mention that Sebastian has an alter ego. Well, perhaps not really an alter ego. He has a female pseudonym because he’d never receive another invitation should it be discovered that he, a charming rogue received in the best of homes, writes lurid gothic romances.
I first read Ten Things in early June, but wanted to do a quick re-read before writing this review. I found myself reading every word all over again. It’s well-paced and Quinn does an excellent job of setting a scene but does not spend a lot of time describing locations and attire. She knows we’d rather read about what is happening and listening in on conversations (eavesdroppers that we are).
In addition to the handsome hero, the damsel in distress, and the vile villain, Quinn also gives us some colorful secondary characters: Annabel’s grandmother, Lady Vickers, who has found her own ways of making life among London society tolerable; her cousin, Lady Louisa, who embodies London’s unmarried daughters of the peerage; Sebastian’s cousin, Edward, a young buck whose thoughts of the curvy Annabel are anything but respectful; and Harry and Olivia, our hero and heroine from What Happens In London. Now add some very unusual and unexpected plot twists. Julia Quinn is not your typical regency author. So don’t assume situations will be resolved as they would by any other writer. You’re going to be surprised and delighted.
The only thing I found lacking in Ten Things I Love About You? I want copies of the lurid novels penned by Sarah Gorely! If you like contemporaries by Jennifer Crusie, replete with irreverent and unexpected moments of humor, you’ll enjoy Ten Things I Love About You. If you read What Happens In London beforehand, you’ll find Ten Things doubly delicious. This is one of those books that is difficult to read in the office breakroom. You’ll be giggling and then everyone will want to know why…...more
I liked/hated this book. The premise is a widower whose wife left a letter to be opened one year after her death. In it, she tells him it's time for hI liked/hated this book. The premise is a widower whose wife left a letter to be opened one year after her death. In it, she tells him it's time for him to start living again and gives him a list of three very different candidates for him to date. Okay so far. But...
While I can really, really, really understand why this story is best told from the grieving widower's point of view, I HATE first-person POV. You don't see movies, TV shows, or plays that way (well, there was one very weird episode of House). I want the omniscience, the omnipresence of 3rd-person POV. Making this a little weirder, every other chapter was outside the storyteller's realm of knowledge, so every other chapter was 3rd-person POV.
I don't know if it's what is popular, if romance authors are chasing the chic-lit audience, or if twenty-something editors are encouraging this nonsense. I hate reading books that are I, I, I. It's all about me!
Okay. Past the rant. It took me 3 days (instead of my usual one-day marathons) to get through this book because I had no trouble putting it down. Wanting to know how it turns out did compel me to pick it up again and again, but getting to the point where I cared about the HEA took some effort.
This story is loosely related to Macomber's Blossom Street series in that one of the secondary characters is Alix Turner's boss and a few of the other Blossom Street regulars are mentioned.
Is Hannah's List worth your time? If you're a Macomber fan, you'll like it. Is it worth $20+ for a hardcover book? Wait for the paperback. ...more
This book is actually a trilogy of 3 stories (Roped, Hitched, and Lassoed) previously e-published. It's so HOT, I'm surprised the paper didn't burn coThis book is actually a trilogy of 3 stories (Roped, Hitched, and Lassoed) previously e-published. It's so HOT, I'm surprised the paper didn't burn coming off the printing press.
The stories of 2 brothers and their older sister, all ranchers in small town Wyoming. All 3 are drawn to the BDSM lifestyle, but that just adds to the steamy sex.
The real stories... First, about a man wounded in war who doesn't think he can still be the Dom he once was. But the woman he wants is sub through and through. Second, his older brother has decided he wants the monogamy his brother has found, but his reputation as a dungeon keeper and local bad boy, he can't get a date with the woman he wants. Lastly, their older sister has been a sub to an abusive husband. Now he's gone and she has very real trust issues. But her high school sweetheart has wanted to love her for the past twenty years.
The BDSM descriptions are not just a nod on the lifestyle - a few spanks here, a tie-her-down there - it's more intense and not something that will appeal to all readers. But if you like D/s stories, you'll find these well written, demonstrating a familiarity with the subject as well as three-dimensional characters with very real emotions.
I would say the only flaw is the speed in which the characters resolve their inner conflicts. It's not unexpected given the shorter length of the stories, but I usually like to see them endure more torture and mental anguish. ...more