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I have to say first off, that I am a big fan of Julia Quinn, and have read most of her books. This one was a nice read, and in parts quite witty, but it is missing something and I cannt even put my finger on what it is. I enjoyed it, dont get me wrong! but it didnt enthrall me in the way that others have. I still think it is well worth a read, and I will probably go ahead and get the 2nd book as well, but I am just that tiny bit reserved in my praise because this story isnt brilliantly good, which Julia's usually are. Having said that, Julia on a not-so-good day still outshines many other regency writers!! and I found the leading man to be charming and fun. I dont regret reading this, but I probably will not do so again, and thats rare for Julia Quinn, I can always re read her and enjoy the story again.
As a Georgette Heyer fan I was delighted to discover Julia Quinn's books a couple of years ago. Of all the Regency novelists I felt that she alone was able to capture at least some of the humour that Heyer put into her books. This one was a bit of a disappointment though. It is a bit thin on storyline and I hate to say this and don't wish to offend anyone but there are a few mistakes in it that perhaps a US audience would not pick up on (for instance, Jack speaks of looking forward to a 'slice' of shepherd's pie!). This spoilt it a little for me although I was able to overlook them in her other books (the heroine travels so many 'blocks' across London etc). It is an easy, entertaining read with little plot which Quinn fans will still, no doubt, enjoy reading. I'll still be buying her next - I just hope it's a bit better.
This book was ok, but a bit of a disappointment after reading the Bridgertons series. The only really developed character was the nasty-tempered dowager and I was sorry she didn’t really get her comeuppance. One aspect of Julia Quinn’s books that I really enjoy is the epilogues. It is nice to see a glimpse, several years on, of how life has continued for the couple.
It breaks my heart to have to give this book a mediocre review, because I've always found Julia Quinn's books everything that romance books usually aren't- she has strong characters that make sense, with interesting plots, sprinkled with wit and fabulous dialog. I can't quite put my finger on what this book didn't have, but it just wasn't great. Perhaps there was too much reliance on dialog and not quite enough characterization? I know there were things that did not make sense- why did the Duke let his hideous old grandmother live with him? When Jack made his confession at the end, it seemed utterly unrelated to what was going on at the time. I needed some segue way. I think the problem was that I felt like I was reading the 2nd of 5 drafts- I could see the potential, but it just wasn't there yet. Better than most romances, but that is damning with faint praise.
I liked this and had it been any other author I would have given it more stars. But because it's Julia Quinn my expectations are high. I usually devour her stories. This one took me a lot longer to get through.
I don't know I miss the old Julia this book just did not pull me in and Jack annoyed me at some points in the books it was an ok read but think I would pick something else to reread not going back for a second reading