>Review: Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn


by Julia Quinn
[Bevelstoke 3]

As you may have seen by now, I have read Julia Quinn’s Bevelstoke series completely out of order. However, this has made no difference in my enjoyment of the series. Ten Things I Love About You is the dashing Sebastian Grey’s story and a very fun read.

Sebastian Grey was where he could always be found almost any given day when he learned the latest bit of gossip surrounding his uncle, the Earl of Newbury. Restless already from another sleepless night, the young Edward, Sebs cousin, was irritating him further with the topic of his uncle. Truth be told, Sebastian really didn’t care if his uncle wed again having tons of kids thereby cutting him out of the running as heir to the Earldom. As of now, no one really new what to do with him. Was he the marriage marts greatest catch or just another fortune hunter? What Sebastian really wants is for it all to be over because he has his own secrets to contend with.

Annabel Winslow is the eldest daughter of eight to a simple country family. Though, through her mother, she retains the quality of good blood and breeding thereby making it possible to be plucked by her grandmother to be “cleaned up and married off” Which is why she now finds herself in the most awfullest of situations. Lord Newbury is on the hunt for a new young and fertile bride. As best friend to her grandfather, Lord Newbury has casts his sights on her.

One night while fleeing the groping hands of Lord Newbury, Annabel escapes to the gardens of a country estate ball. When she stumbles upon Sebastian, she’s trying to escape the notice of one couple creating their own tryst, while Sebastian has just finished one himself. Sebastian is a very beautiful man and he well knows it. He’s by far one of the most popular of rakes, and being seen with him, could ruin any woman for ever. Though, Annabel knows all this, she doesn’t know the man she’s just tripped over is him. Not willing to break the freedom of anonymity, they keep their introductions to themselves. Only after a meeting in Hydes Park does Annabel find out who Sebastian really is, but she’s unwilling to share the truth of her identity to him. So when an innocent conversation turns into a scandal, Sebastian must set things right. Though, in doing so, he’ll discover exactly what he’s really been looking for.

Ten Things I Love About You is very funny. It had me laughing-out-loud through out. Though, it was Olivia Bevelstoke that made this book so humorous as she takes the center stage when ever she’s around. I love that she’s in all three books so far and I hope we continue seeing her in future novels. I almost wish she was paired with Sebastian instead of Harry, because the scenes with Sebastian and her together had me in tears. Though, since they weren’t, Annabel really was a great choice. She completely compliments Sebastian in every way. Annabel has a good head on her shoulders, she’s quietly strong (instead of Ms. Quinn’s usual feisty heroines) and she’s extremely practical. All to which Sebastian is the complete opposite of. One thing I did love about  Annabel is that she’s a fuller, curvier woman. I haven’t seen much of this body type in romances and it always has me wondering why. It was a nice change.

As usual with Ms. Quinn’s romances this story isn’t one you probably haven’t seen before. It really is as simple as the blurb indicates. However, It was well written and a really light hearted read. The villain was little much, though, because even now, I’m not sure to the why of his hatred for Sebastian. Also, Sebastian’s quick change in his feelings about marriage really took me by surprise. He went from “Not me. Never.” to “Will you marry me?” in the span of about three hours. One of the best things about Ten Things I Love About You is Sebastian’s secret. And once you find out, it totally make sense from the scenes in What Happens in London. However, you won’t be getting hints from me, you’ll have to read Ten Things I Love About You and find out. 

Bevelstoke [HR]
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever-June 26, 2007
What Happens in London-June 30, 2009 My Review
Ten Things I Love About You-May 25, 2010
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This book was purchased by KittNLuv.


1 Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.

2 Annabel Winslow’s family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind AND The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.

3 Sebastian’s uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.

4 Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.

5 Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems.

6 Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.

7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, 9 is downright wicked, all of which leads the way to

10 Happily. Ever. After.



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