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review 2017-11-22 00:23
I think I'll give up on romance.
What Happens in London (Bevelstoke, #2) - Julia Quinn

So a nosy neighbor is intrigued by the possibility that her neighbor killed the woman he was supposed to marry. Said neighbor is actually far more boring and does mundane work. But he notices his neighbor watching him from her window. While it might be just her not minding her own business Sir Harry is roped into a possible conspiracy and must watch neighbor Olivia to see if what her relationship is to a foreign prince who might be plotting against England. Gasp!


Or something like that. Admittedly I've never read Quinn before but thought the spy angle would be something that would intrigue me. Nope. This has good ratings but the romance genre is just not for me. Neither the heroine nor hero were particularly compelling, although I felt Quinn really tried with a fascinating backstory (drunk father, grandmother who prefers Russian or French over English, etc. for Harry's background) but...not really.


Criticisms were right: I didn't think the writing was very good and find it hard to not agree with the stereotypes of the romance genre. I just don't get it, I guess. Not really sure what drew me to the book (other than the spy angle) but I think it might have been one of those books recommended to me as a gateway to the romance genre.


Skip it. It has its fans and maybe it might be a book for you. But I'd recommend the library if you're not sure.

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review 2017-07-08 09:54
Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn

Billie Bridgerton, it has been assumed, will marry one of the Rokesby brothers, they've grown up with each other and it's only logical that she would marry one. But not George, she finds him insufferable and he finds her annoying.  Then they're thrown together and they find that there's an attraction, but can they tolerate each other?


Entertaining and funny, enjoyed the read and the realisations by the characters that there was an attraction there.

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review 2017-05-30 20:08
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgertons Prequel - Julia Quinn

'THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND' by Julia Quinn is book Two in the "Rokesbys" series. This is the story of Cecilia Harcourt and Edward Rokesby. I have not yet read the previous book in this series so for me this was a standalone book.
Cecilia just has her brother for family other than a scheming cousin who is not a good family member at all. So Cecilia decided to go look for her brother who has been injured in battle. But she was unable to locate him but found his best friend Edward. Edward was in a hospital and they were not letting anyone near him but family so she claimed to be his wife. Edward's injury were so bad that he was not conscious. When he does wake up he doesn't remember to much by he does know Cecilia. Edward easily believes that they are married.
Anytime I see Ms. Quinn's name attached to a book I know that I will be getting a great story that will keep me entertained.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

Source: www.amazon.com/Girl-Make-Believe-Husband-Bridgertons-Prequel-ebook/dp/B01LL0JGW0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496170634&sr=8-1&keywords=THE+GIRL+WITH+THE+MAKE-BELIEVE+HUSBAND
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review 2017-05-27 00:00
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband - Julia Quinn Not very many authors are capable of blending sensitive romance with courageous adventure. Julia Quinn transitions between the two with a smoothness and clarity that appeals to readers like me who are fans of both. The Girl With the Make - Believe Husband exudes classic romance while squeezing in a few modern day subjects. With a strong sense of female empowerment Cecilia sets out in search of answers and ends up facing more than she could have imagined. Edward holds the key to all she seeks, if he can forgive her in the end.
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review 2017-05-13 22:35
Again, Eh
Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn

Found the heroine hard to connect with, she was a bit oblivious/ignorant of how rude she would come off. The hero was a beta treat and their enemies-to-lovers trope I'm a sucker for but their interactions and chemistry seemed a bit off and uneven. This could have been a novella as a lot of the story dragged and felt like not much happened, very character driven but problems with unevenness I mentioned hurt it. Quinn's writing is always good so I liked it but this felt uninspired compared to her original Bridgerton series.

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