Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: May 25th, 2010
Mass Market paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by publisher
Annabel Winslow is in a fix. As the eldest daughter, she is pressured to agree to marry the loathsome Earl of Newbury, an old man who once romanced her grandmother! Knowing her duty, she agrees so she can have her family and siblings settled yet longs for a way out of this marriage. Lord Sebastian Grey hates his uncle the Earl yet when he meets Annabel he is enchanted and determined to save her from his uncle’s clutches. Secrets, romance and mystery chase after these two even as they fall for one another. Can Annabel and Sebastian get their happily ever after?
I haven’t read one of Ms. Quinn’s historical books in quite a long time and found this to have her staple of subtle humor and likable characters still there. Tight writing, memorable characters, fast paced storyline and passion that simmer amid the pages keeps the reader glued to the very end. Should Annabel follow her heart and go with Sebastian or do her duty and marry the dreaded Earl? That is the question that Annabel wrestles with even as she falls for the one man perfect for her. Ms. Quinn delivers some wonderful protagonists that resonate with the reader and you begin to root for them to get their happily ever after half way through the story.
Meet Annabel Winslow, a woman who is in quite a dilemma. The eldest of her family of seven siblings, she knows her duty is to marry well so her brothers can stay in school and food can be on the table but when her hand is asked by the family friend, Earl of Newberry, a man old enough to be her grandfather, she finds herself wondering if duty is enough. Then she meets Sebastian Grey, the Earl’s nephew. He makes her heart pound, lust stirs in her and she yearns for him even as she tries to make herself follow the coldness of duty. What got to me was how Annabel came off as a charming and intelligent woman, not a martyr or doormat, which pleased me to no end. So many times I have read books where the heroine was an idiot and in TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU, it doesn’t happen. Sebastian is a complex man who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty or find a way to have Annabel for himself. Ms. Quinn delivers likable characters that had me altering between laughing, cheering and gasping at the twists that abound between the pages. I had a few issues though that I felt should have been explored more in detail though it didn’t steal away from the story at all.
TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU is a wonderful summer beach read that will satisfy any lover of Ms. Quinn’s book. If you enjoyed her other books, then run to grab her latest one. It is truly one that will leave you smiling after the last page is read. I am eager to check out her backlist for more stories to enjoy in the future.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.