Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke, #3) by Julia Quinn
Series: Bevelstoke #3
Also in this series: What Happens in London (Bevelstoke, #2), Ten Things I Love About You
Publication Date: May 25th 2010
Genres: Historical Romance
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Annabel Winslow is in a pickle. Having newly arrived in London for her first season and being in possession of a voluptuous figure, is being openly courted the the Earl of Newbury, who is at least 75 and a nasty brute to boot. Annabel does not want to marry him, of course, but feels that she has no choice since her father has recently died and left the whole family, including Annabel's mother and her 7 siblings, almost destitute.
Then, while attending a party in the countryside, Annabel met Sebastian Grey, the Earl of Newbury's nephew. And suddenly she found herself not only courted by the lecherous uncle, but also the charming young nephew. Should she follow her heart so that she can be with the one she loves, or should she marry the loathsome earl just so she can put food on the table for her family and make sure that her brothers get to stay in school?
I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t focus on this book. I started reading it back in April but never got past the 2nd chapter before I’d set it down again. Yesterday I finally decided to push through and I’m glad I did. It was a cute book.
I liked how open and honest Sebastian and Annabell were with each other. Annabell was in a tough position, needing to do what was best for her family (her mother and brothers and sisters) but also wanting happiness for herself. Sebastian wasn’t looking for anything permanent with anyone, much less a virginal lady, but I loved that he didn’t shy away from his feelings for her.
Lord Newbury’s character – the villainous earl Annabell is supposed to marry, and Sebastian’s uncle – was pretty cookie-cutter. But I absolutely adored Annabell’s grandmother. From her clandestine drinking to the advice she gave Annabell on how to deal with marital relations and keeping a lover, she was a riot.
It was nice to see Olivia and Harry again, though Harry seemed somewhat different in this book. Or maybe I just expected to see more of them together and not so much of Olivia without him? I’m glad that they played a part in the story but didn’t overwhelm the current plot or take away from Sebastian and Annabell.
I loved Sebastian. I loved the way he thought, his charming attitude and the way he stood strong for Annabell. The fact that he was a sniper in the army really made sense and added the perfect serious balance to his otherwise affable character.
Annabell was adorable. I loved that she was always confused, trying to figure out the real meaning behind what people said, then getting angry because everyone spoke in riddles. She was open and honest, which was very refreshing. I also loved that shew as a country miss, proud of being the Winslow Most Likely to Outrun a Turkey and happiest away from the city. She wasn’t naive or too innocent, she was just sweet and preferred the simpler life.
Overall I enjoyed the story. It was sweet and light and a great way to pass an afternoon. It isn’t one of JQ’s best, but I’d recommend it if you’re looking to be entertained.
4 out of 5