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Intro: This is going to come as a shocker but I haven’t read much Julia Quinn books. I have them all but I haven’t read them. I have a system where I assign authors numbers and then pick a number at random and that’s the author that I read. Julia Quinn’s number hasn’t come up yet. It will someday but that day hasn’t happened yet. I feel a bit like a romance reading fraud.
Heroine: Iris- She reminded me a bit of Grace from Never a Gentleman. And that’s not at all a bad thing. Grace is one of my favorite heroines. Iris has the same type of story. She’s the type of heroine who fades into the background a bit and is forced to marry a hero who is not so nice to her. I loved Iris’ quiet strength.
Hero: Richard-I wanted so badly to dislike him and, at some points, I really did. He was a difficult hero to get a read on. But I ended up loving him. Not because he is a paragon of how to treat a heroine but because he learns from the bad things he did to Iris.
Chemistry: This book was angsty and gut wrenchingly perfect. I love nothing more than a gold old angsty book and this one was definitely that. They were not at all perfect together because they had a lot to learn from each other but I really loved their journey.
Conclusion: I have decided that after I am done with Mary Balogh, I am going to forgo the random number thing and just read all of Julia Quinn’s books. This one was amazing. It’s another one that ended up on the favorite book list. I had a really lucky couple of days there readingwise.
JULIA QUINN started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
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