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Released: May 25, 2010
Series: Bevelstoke #3
It was a riot reading this book and if you’re not careful, you could probably spring a rib just by laughing so much! ~ Under the Covers
Annabelle Wislow has entered her very first season and she is being courted by the Earl of Newbury. At 75 and in possession of a horrid personality, the last thing Annabelle wants is to wed the old man. But because of father’s recent death, he seems the most prospective suitor she can have. That is until she meets the Earl of Newbury’s nephew, the handsome and roguish Sebastian Grey.
Ahhhh, Sebastian! What a magnificent character he is and possibly one of my many favorites of Julia Quinn! He is utterly charming, in possession of devilish good looks and isn’t shy about using it against Annabelle. He loves teasing her until she is bright red like a tomato and he’s got to be the sweetest man ever! So much so that sweetness can be harmful to our heroine!
I loved the other half of Sebastian as well. Quinn creates depth in Sebastian’s character right off the bat. We see his struggle with insomnia and what he does in that time when the world is asleep. We see his PTSD become fully realized in certain scenes of the book and we also see how Annabelle’s presence in society brings forth a sparkle in Seb’s life.
Suddenly, Seb is noticing the minute details that make Annabelle so desirable and he picks at her until it’s funny. It was a riot reading this book and if you’re not careful, you could probably spring a rib just by laughing so much! Quinn infuses humor in every sentence of this book and it shines because of it.
I have to say a few things about the audiobook. This is where I wasn’t too ecstatic about it all. At times I liked the narrator and then at other times, I hated it. She pronounced Sebastian’s name in such a grating way that I winced every time she did and sometimes, I felt she was taking away from the storyline rather than adding to it. At one point, I contemplated stopping to audiobook to simply read the book myself, but due to time constraints, I just toughed it out instead. That being said, this wasn’t my favorite audio adaption of the book, but I still found a lot to like about Quinn’s writing. Her trademark humor and incredibly unique characters shine even through bad accents and weird pronunciations.
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