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IT TAKES A MINX TO TEMPT A ROGUE... Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian's remote Cornwall estate, wears breeches instead of frocks, and answers to the unlikely name of Henry. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin. ...AND IT TAKES A ROGUE TO TAME HER William Dunfor IT TAKES A MINX TO TEMPT A ROGUE... Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian's remote Cornwall estate, wears breeches instead of frocks, and answers to the unlikely name of Henry. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin. ...AND IT TAKES A ROGUE TO TAME HER William Dunford, London's most elusive bachelor, is stunned to learn that he's inherited property, a title . . . and a ward bent on making his first visit his last. Henry is determined to continue running Stannage Park without help from the handsome new lord, but Dunford is just as sure he can change things... starting with his wild young ward. But turning Henry into a lady makes her not only the darling of the ton, but an irresistible attraction to the man who thought he could never be tempted.


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IT TAKES A MINX TO TEMPT A ROGUE... Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian's remote Cornwall estate, wears breeches instead of frocks, and answers to the unlikely name of Henry. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin. ...AND IT TAKES A ROGUE TO TAME HER William Dunfor IT TAKES A MINX TO TEMPT A ROGUE... Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian's remote Cornwall estate, wears breeches instead of frocks, and answers to the unlikely name of Henry. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin. ...AND IT TAKES A ROGUE TO TAME HER William Dunford, London's most elusive bachelor, is stunned to learn that he's inherited property, a title . . . and a ward bent on making his first visit his last. Henry is determined to continue running Stannage Park without help from the handsome new lord, but Dunford is just as sure he can change things... starting with his wild young ward. But turning Henry into a lady makes her not only the darling of the ton, but an irresistible attraction to the man who thought he could never be tempted.

30 review for Minx

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks

    Belle clapped her hands together. How delightful! Dunford had just come into an unexpected inheritance. She rather hoped it was something good. One of her friends had just unwillingly inherited thirty-seven cats. This novel started out as the perfect lazy night in. It was thoroughly entertaining and Julia Quinn has once again managed to include a few subtle barbs at her own profession of romance novel writing. “How about this. La, sir, but you should not call me sweetheart.” “It’s a start, but if Belle clapped her hands together. How delightful! Dunford had just come into an unexpected inheritance. She rather hoped it was something good. One of her friends had just unwillingly inherited thirty-seven cats. This novel started out as the perfect lazy night in. It was thoroughly entertaining and Julia Quinn has once again managed to include a few subtle barbs at her own profession of romance novel writing. “How about this. La, sir, but you should not call me sweetheart.” “It’s a start, but if you happen to be holding a fan, I strongly urge you to poke it into the bounder’s eye as well.” Dunford was inclined to agree with her, considering how badly he wanted to drag her back to his town house, haul her up the stairs, and have his wicked way with her. But he remained silent, partly because he didn’t care to frighten her, and partly because he realised his thoughts were sounding like a bad novel and he didn’t want his words to do the same. Henry (Henrietta) is a fantastic heroine for us to fall in love with. She’s spunky, she’s resourceful and she’s fairly independent. Her plans to stay that way lead to some fantastic, albeit childish, antics to convince her new guardian, Dunford, he would rather not have inherited Stannage Park. I found Henry very likable, her independent streak and determination to run Stannage Park on her own despite the resistance from the outer community to her being a female literally wearing the pants. “Did you hear that? I managed to use ‘above all else’. It’s a silly phrase, to be sure, but I think I am finally beginning to sound like a debutante.” Dunford makes for a pretty great hero. He’s ever so dreamy, because although he’s been around the block a few times, he has a heart of gold underneath that roguish bachelor exterior. He’s also pretty determined that Henry is not going to force him out of his inherited home. Dunford has some fantastically sweet moments as he brings Henry out of her shell. While this novel definitely has a major My Fair Lady theme, it doesn’t feel quite so patronising in Minx. Dunford doesn’t dress her up in new clothes to prove he can polish the commoner. Dunford genuinely wants her to live a fuller life, to overcome her social anxieties and experience more opportunities that her previous guardian neglected. “Hush up, minx. You’re a funny one, but you’re certainly more likeable than unlikeable.” Obviously they fall in love but can’t admit it. As soon as Dunford sees her he can’t help but want to snog her senseless and then plough her. Henry swoons as soon as Dunford unleashes his smile on her, but she’s not sure he really returns her affections. …those grins of his were so devastatingly effective, she was convinced she could probably feel the force of one through a brick wall. It’s all very sweet and the secondary characters like Belle, John and Emma are a lot of fun and great mentors to Henry. This book was probably going to get four stars from me. Then I got to “the complication”. I don’t want to go in to a whole lot of detail, but I do want to say this: Rape is NEVER okay. Physically intimidating someone is NEVER okay. Playing mind fuckery with someone is NEVER okay. Psychically and verbally abusing someone is NEVER okay. Threatening that you will “have your wedding night” regardless of your wife’s feelings on the matter is NEVER okay. Telling your future wife she “doesn’t want to see you angry” isn’t a sign of your sexy, manly appeal. It’s a sign to walk away because they don’t have anger management classes in the Victorian era. If your wife says no, she says no. You don’t keep having a grope until she eventually “begs for it”. She wasn’t saying “mmm no dear, I’d really rather read the paper tonight.” SHE WAS INTIMIDATED BY YOU. When someone looks at you with fear in their eyes, you stop whatever the hell you are currently doing. You don’t keep doing it til they come around to your way of thinking. “That’s alright,” he murmured, cupping her breast with his hand. “Your lying mouth is not the part of you that most interests me.” “Stop!” She pushed against his chest, but his arms were closed around her like a vise. “You can’t do this!” One corner of his mouth tilted up in a mockery of a smile. “Can’t I?” “You are not my husband,” she said, her voice shaking with fury as she wiped her mouth with the back of her hand. “You have no rights over my person.” . I was disgusted and I felt physically ill. Due to misunderstandings both intentional and unintentional on both sides, they treat each other horribly and fuck everything up. Sure, they end “happily ever after”, if you can call it that, but I felt absolutely no sense of happiness at the end. That two people who supposedly love each other could do such horrid things and think such horrid things about each other at the first sign of trouble does no bode well for the rest of their marriage. I in no way approve of Henry’s actions either. She did some stupid things and caused half of the situation that happened. But Dunford is older and supposedly wiser and his reactions were far worse. I could in no way enjoy the resolution and I felt pretty disgusted with Quinn as an author for what her characters did under the guise of love and misunderstandings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Al George

    The pig was the real star of this book. That should tell you something. Series: Indeed Sexy times: A few, I think. Nothing sticks with me. Plan on reading more by the author: It's JQ. I cannot resist. Synopsis Dunford is the new boss of Henry or rather Henrietta. Read, he's her new guardian. She knows this fact, he does not. She sets out to scare him right off her, well, his, land and starts off smelling like pig mud. She later gets him to work in said pig mud all in the name of, again, scaring h The pig was the real star of this book. That should tell you something. Series: Indeed Sexy times: A few, I think. Nothing sticks with me. Plan on reading more by the author: It's JQ. I cannot resist. Synopsis Dunford is the new boss of Henry or rather Henrietta. Read, he's her new guardian. She knows this fact, he does not. She sets out to scare him right off her, well, his, land and starts off smelling like pig mud. She later gets him to work in said pig mud all in the name of, again, scaring him off. Meantime, pig mud or no, Denford has the hots for breeches clad Henry and when he realizes she's his ward he gets all sorts of freaked out. Eventually, he brings her to London to give her the chance of a season and so she can see what she's been missing out there on that farm of hers. Of course, she becomes this season's incomparable, because this is Romancelandia. And he seethes with jealousy eventually deciding he must have her for himself. Cue the big MU which is a bit ridic imho as it goes on, like, forevs. And forevs, and forevs... And when it gets wrapped up, it gets wrapped up real quick like. Too quick like. Heroine: Henry. Charming. Sweet. Nary a bad bone in her ingenue body. Hero: Danford. So he's a guy... Why it did or didn't work for me: It was a tad bit on the boring side and the narrator...gah. Her version of Dunford's voice...man oh man. Not to my liking. It finishes rather quickly and it was just a tiny bit on the meh side. Not this author's best work, but a good escape which was what I needed. A decent to underwhelming read. But don't let my opinions sway you. Read away, my friends. Signed, Let's hope the last one I have left in the series is better.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    This was soooo close to 4 stars, but the ending ruined it. Otherwise, I loved the whole guardian/ward romance here!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deniz

    I seriously, seriously enjoyed this book. Quite simply, I love it! Minx was funny, sweet and romantic, the characters were so descriptively written and well developed. A true romance book with the happy ending. I highly recommend this book,as well as the rest of J. Quinn's work. I seriously, seriously enjoyed this book. Quite simply, I love it! Minx was funny, sweet and romantic, the characters were so descriptively written and well developed. A true romance book with the happy ending. I highly recommend this book,as well as the rest of J. Quinn's work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Cons – Miscommunication issues = Last quarter of the book spiraling down, down, down – Concept of and behavior towards a mistress = Cringeworthy – Heroine when thinking the guy is cheating on her chastises herself for being unworthy, too manly, and not good enough for him – and never once putting the fault on him = Weakkkkkk Pros – Plot = Was pretty damn cute and funny at times – Other Characters = Good family and friends support system – Ending = Cute epilogue Final Thoughts It started out well, Cons – Miscommunication issues = Last quarter of the book spiraling down, down, down – Concept of and behavior towards a mistress = Cringeworthy – Heroine when thinking the guy is cheating on her chastises herself for being unworthy, too manly, and not good enough for him – and never once putting the fault on him = Weakkkkkk Pros – Plot = Was pretty damn cute and funny at times – Other Characters = Good family and friends support system – Ending = Cute epilogue Final Thoughts It started out well, but ughhhh that last quarter though. Both the characters became so unlikable and just plain irritating. 2 stars because I was liking it, until the last section of the book ruined it. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Is there a happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Happy. (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[No. There is a presence of a mistress. The guy doesn’t do anything with her after meeting the girl though. Medium angst. (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[Can be emotional. (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Some. (hide spoiler)] What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Mature audience. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Wonderland

    I loved Dunford since the first book, and I was waiting for his book to read. I really enjoyed his love story with Henry (Henrietta). She was very different from Emma and Belle, but I liked her boyish character. One tiny negative thing is that in the end I would prefered them to realize the truth earlier, because the misunderstanding went a bit too long. (view spoiler)[ I was surprised they didn't realized the misunderstanding Before the wedding (hide spoiler)] I loved Dunford since the first book, and I was waiting for his book to read. I really enjoyed his love story with Henry (Henrietta). She was very different from Emma and Belle, but I liked her boyish character. One tiny negative thing is that in the end I would prefered them to realize the truth earlier, because the misunderstanding went a bit too long. (view spoiler)[ I was surprised they didn't realized the misunderstanding Before the wedding (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alla

    I've been looking forward to read Dunford's story since the beginning of the triology. I had a feeling that I would enjoy his story and I sure did, it is my absolute favorite! I've been looking forward to read Dunford's story since the beginning of the triology. I had a feeling that I would enjoy his story and I sure did, it is my absolute favorite!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥

    I borrowed the audiobook through the library. I'm either going to need a lot of booze to get through the female narrator doing male voices or I need to DNF. I'm sorry Lucy Rayner, just not enough vocal range for me. I'm gonna go with DNF because, based on my friends reviews, this is probably a really good book. Will try again. Until next time. I borrowed the audiobook through the library. I'm either going to need a lot of booze to get through the female narrator doing male voices or I need to DNF. I'm sorry Lucy Rayner, just not enough vocal range for me. I'm gonna go with DNF because, based on my friends reviews, this is probably a really good book. Will try again. Until next time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna D.

    You know how sometimes you watch a movie because you’re favorite actor is in it? That’s how I feel about this book. Dunford is my favorite Quinn hero - based on his role in all three books of the Splendid series and his cameo in How to Marry a Marquis - but Minx is not my favorite Quinn book. Don’t get me wrong, this book still earned my 5 star rating. It's quite entertaining and a recommended read especially for Quinn fans. I loved 90% of the book (see my dislike below for the other 10%) Becaus You know how sometimes you watch a movie because you’re favorite actor is in it? That’s how I feel about this book. Dunford is my favorite Quinn hero - based on his role in all three books of the Splendid series and his cameo in How to Marry a Marquis - but Minx is not my favorite Quinn book. Don’t get me wrong, this book still earned my 5 star rating. It's quite entertaining and a recommended read especially for Quinn fans. I loved 90% of the book (see my dislike below for the other 10%) Because I want to end on a positive note, I will list my dislikes before my likes… Dislikes – 1) In every romance book, there’s a hurdle each couple must get over before they live happily ever after. I didn’t particularly like the hurdle presented in the book. They both, in a way, already declared that they loved each other before he proposed but because of a misunderstanding on Henry’s part, they both had a miserable time before, during, and shortly after their wedding when that should’ve been the happiest time of their lives. 2) I didn’t feel like the misunderstanding they were presented was believable. It could have been easily avoided if Henry brought it up – which seemed like something she would’ve done. 3) Dunford and Henry are such strong and fundamentally good people that what they did after that night Henry saw Dunford with his mistress were too out of character for them. Dunford is a morally good guy, and even if he was crazy in love, I couldn’t believe he was willing to sacrifice Henry’s and his own happiness just to make her “his” or turn so ugly right around the time of their wedding. Also, Quinn wrote Henry to be strong willed and outspoken, therefore it seemed that she would’ve just confronted Dunford about her concerns. Like – 1) As always, I love Quinn’s secondary characters. Alex, Emma, John, Bell, and Ned. Especially the use of Ned to make Dunford jealous. Plus I liked the mention of Charles Wycombe, the hero in Brighter than the Sun. 2) There were a few very funny scenes when they were living at Stannage Park. 3) The dress shopping scene..swoon! So sweet! 4) The scene at the end when Henry finally confronts Dunford. It gave me goose bumps.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    This was a re-read. I liked it better the first time, but it was still enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed Henry (the heroine). She had so many modern sensibilities. The writing was funny and intriguing. I finished quickly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hailee

    The first 80% of this novel was excellent and just what I have come to expect from Julia Quinn's books. However the last 20% or so had the heroine acting so out of character that I started to get slightly irritated and it has cause me to drop a star from my rating. Why the heroine, who the author has on numerous occasions demonstrated as being quite blunt and direct and having no fear of discussing topics that aren't strictly ladylike, suddenly had an about face and became the complete opposite I The first 80% of this novel was excellent and just what I have come to expect from Julia Quinn's books. However the last 20% or so had the heroine acting so out of character that I started to get slightly irritated and it has cause me to drop a star from my rating. Why the heroine, who the author has on numerous occasions demonstrated as being quite blunt and direct and having no fear of discussing topics that aren't strictly ladylike, suddenly had an about face and became the complete opposite I really don't know but it just struck me as wrong and really spoiled that portion of the book for me. Still I enjoyed the majority of it and Julia Quinn is still one of my favourite regency romance authors.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    This book must be my favorite Quinn, I read it and reread it many times. I was such a tomboy as a kid and Henry felt like me when I read the book. Dunford is one of the funniest male characters in Quinn's novels. This story will always have a special place in my heart. I don't remember how many times I read this book in my teens and early twenties but now that I reread it I find it quite cute, romantic and fun but as much as I love Henry I don't know why she didn't come and tell Dunford about his This book must be my favorite Quinn, I read it and reread it many times. I was such a tomboy as a kid and Henry felt like me when I read the book. Dunford is one of the funniest male characters in Quinn's novels. This story will always have a special place in my heart. I don't remember how many times I read this book in my teens and early twenties but now that I reread it I find it quite cute, romantic and fun but as much as I love Henry I don't know why she didn't come and tell Dunford about his mistress... I'm sure he would have told her everything but that letter bit at the end is truly a nightmare. The story is about a girl called Henrietta but goes by Henry, she is an orphan living in Cornwall with her guardians, until they both die and the new lord is to inherit the estate and her! She is an unusual girl for the time, totally tomboyish, always in breeches and runs the estate. Dunford is the new lord and Hen's guardian, but he doesn't know it, as she tries her best to make him leave the estate they fall in love. Dunford rein down his feelings because Hen is very innocent and she had an unusual upbringing, so he decides to take her to London to his friends so she can learn to be a lady and maybe find a husband in the season. Hen doesn't want another man... she wants Dunford but he insists on the season. When Henry is a success and men are all over her, he goes nuts and marries her within a month! A jealous woman tries to break them apart and it almost destroys their wedding and marriage, but they work it by the end and have a little baby girl named Georgina, Little George!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    The first 80% of the book was glorious. We had a sweet, funny romance between 20-year-old Henry and her new guardian, Dunford, who's just inherited the estate she looks after. Her attempts to run him off are genuinely hilarious, and the dialogue is incredibly witty. THIS was what I read historical romances for. But then at 80% the goddamned drama began. First, the hero paid a visit to his old mistress just before the wedding to cast her off. This by itself I could have handled; I would never tole The first 80% of the book was glorious. We had a sweet, funny romance between 20-year-old Henry and her new guardian, Dunford, who's just inherited the estate she looks after. Her attempts to run him off are genuinely hilarious, and the dialogue is incredibly witty. THIS was what I read historical romances for. But then at 80% the goddamned drama began. First, the hero paid a visit to his old mistress just before the wedding to cast her off. This by itself I could have handled; I would never tolerate a hero meeting an ex-girlfriend like this in a contemporary, but I can make some allowances in my historicals. The OW pulls him into a kiss. Infuriating, but he didn't initiate it, so I was forcing myself to give him the benefit of the doubt. But then... he gives her a 'brotherly kiss on the lips' during their meeting. NO. NO. A hundred times no. I've a brother myself, and I can assure you, he does not kiss me on the lips and it wouldn't feel 'brotherly' if he did. Would he take the heroine giving an OM a 'sisterly' kiss on the lips? Thought not. He never even tells the heroine he did this, and it torpedoed the rest of the book for me. I am still SO ANNOYED because until that point, it was so good. I'm trying to pretend the last 20% doesn't exist. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiko

    *sigh* it doent need any more comments... or maybe it does... i laughed so much :D dont listen to anyone who says that bridgertones are julia quinns best books... those are truly fantastic but this one... omg... it was certainly no less fantastic... *sigh* *sigh* *sigh* you could say that this book had 3 parts 1st was veeery funny and i loled a lot :D 2nd was funny too but not as much as first and was much more full of actions( i guess it begins when they go to london) 3rd part was soo sweet and lovely... s *sigh* it doent need any more comments... or maybe it does... i laughed so much :D dont listen to anyone who says that bridgertones are julia quinns best books... those are truly fantastic but this one... omg... it was certainly no less fantastic... *sigh* *sigh* *sigh* you could say that this book had 3 parts 1st was veeery funny and i loled a lot :D 2nd was funny too but not as much as first and was much more full of actions( i guess it begins when they go to london) 3rd part was soo sweet and lovely... so its really easy for me to say that i loved this book a lot xD i recommend it to everyone!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny E

    Re-read December 10-11, 2012 - just re-read this book, and I don't know what the hell I was thinking!! Probably a three star book for me this time. The conflict was annoying and there wasn't enough action, too much talk! ------------------------------ January 2012: I think this is officially my favorite Julia Quinn book! I LOVED this book so much. I could not stop laughing throughout. These two characters, Henry and Dunford, will definitely go down in my all-time favorite couple category for sure. Re-read December 10-11, 2012 - just re-read this book, and I don't know what the hell I was thinking!! Probably a three star book for me this time. The conflict was annoying and there wasn't enough action, too much talk! ------------------------------ January 2012: I think this is officially my favorite Julia Quinn book! I LOVED this book so much. I could not stop laughing throughout. These two characters, Henry and Dunford, will definitely go down in my all-time favorite couple category for sure. The funny thing about this book was that I actually HATED the conflict that was the climax of the story. I can't stand the "I'm not good enough" and "I'm going to break your heart before you break mine" and the misunderstanding/noncommunication plot... I hated HATED hAtEd it, but I only had to endure a couple of chapters of it and all-in-all this is STILL definitely my favorite book from JQ. Don't ask me how that happened, but I just LOVED the hero and especially the heroine, Henry, was just so wonderful and different, she just came alive to me, and the fact that Dunford appreciated her differences was so endearing. I especially liked the sweet way they fell in love as friends first and then something more. I definitely swooned over Dunford! Definitely a wonderful and funny and swoony read that I won't soon forget. Another added to my all-time favorite list for sure!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Jeffries

    Not only is JQ enormously funny, but her heroines are always tremendously likeable and this one is no exception. This book made me laugh a lot, but also made me cry and that's no small feat, believe me. Not only is JQ enormously funny, but her heroines are always tremendously likeable and this one is no exception. This book made me laugh a lot, but also made me cry and that's no small feat, believe me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    valee

    Well, this was a book I really, really enjoyed. The beginning was terrific. So much fan, and the main couple is great. The hero is super entertaining and charming, while the heroine has a very strong personality and a great sense of humor. Both of them together share an amazing chemistry which will make you wanna read one page right after the other. I loved this book, loved that there were not stupid reasons for them to be apart as in other books from this author were the characters fight becaus Well, this was a book I really, really enjoyed. The beginning was terrific. So much fan, and the main couple is great. The hero is super entertaining and charming, while the heroine has a very strong personality and a great sense of humor. Both of them together share an amazing chemistry which will make you wanna read one page right after the other. I loved this book, loved that there were not stupid reasons for them to be apart as in other books from this author were the characters fight because enemies are trying to kill them or things like that, which IMHO makes the story terribly lame. In the case of William and Henry, both of them get in love as they should. Taking the needed time to do so and being true about what they feel with one another. No excuses, no pretending, just the truth. I really liked that because I was getting bored of those couples which invent poor reasons to stay apart. **possible spoilers** My only problem was that, as in every historical romance book, once they found a reason to fight or get apart for a while, that time was just too long. They even get married while having problems in the relationship. I mean, the wedding should have been a time of joy and it was terrible. They should have mend all their problems before getting married. If that would have been the case I would have given 5 stars to this one because I loved it. But I just felt so sorry for Henry that I just couldn't. But as always we get the HEA, so don't worry. **end of spoilers** Nevertheless, this was a great read, the best in this series IMHO, or at least better than book 2 because book 1 was great as well. I definitely recommend this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    3.25 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ivana Azap Feješ

    The best book in the Splendid Trilogy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked this story, I love Julia Quinn, but I do have one complaint. The ending. Tiny spoiler here about a plot line that you'll pick up on as you near the last quarter (and a lil swearing), so don't read further unless you want to know. Are we clear now? This was the third in a series focusing on William Dunford- a strong character in other two novels "Splendid" and "Dancing at Midnight." Dunford, a happy bachelor inherits a title and an estat The best book in the Splendid Trilogy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked this story, I love Julia Quinn, but I do have one complaint. The ending. Tiny spoiler here about a plot line that you'll pick up on as you near the last quarter (and a lil swearing), so don't read further unless you want to know. Are we clear now? This was the third in a series focusing on William Dunford- a strong character in other two novels "Splendid" and "Dancing at Midnight." Dunford, a happy bachelor inherits a title and an estate unexpectedly from a distant cousin. When he arrives, he finds that the estate being overseen by a "distant poor relation." The heroine is Henrietta Barrett, "Henry" a charming character whose been living in the country managing a farm. Henrietta (who goes by Henry) lives at an estate in Cornwall where the owner has just died. The owner had been distant from the running of the place, so Henry (who wears men's clothes) has been running it for years. Henrietta is an odd, charming woman who runs the estate like a man, wearing pants and working hard. Now a very distant relative of the previous owner, William Dunford (who only goes by Dunford), owns the place. Henry is convinced to drive him off so that she can run the place in peace. William becomes her guardian, friend and lover. I loved Henry. I loved this fresh, unusual historical romance. It was utterly delightful and I loved seeing Henry blossom into a swan. But I don't like stupid misunderstandings that can be easily resolved. Sweet story but Henry was TOO Insecure- didn't like that. Well, this was a book I really, really enjoyed. The beginning was terrific. So much fan, and the main couple is great. The hero is super entertaining and charming, while the heroine has a very strong personality and a great sense of humor. I do love a good historical romance! Okay, umm... I hate to say it, but DANG! I had tears streaming down my face! Apparently I don't go back and read previous reviews before I read some book, because this is becoming a bit repetitive! If you follow my books, you know I love me some Julia Quinn. They are always light and fun, well written and easy to read. The basic formula stays the same- but sometimes you need a good story that doesn't make your head hurt with twists and turns. Quinn always adds some 'conflict' which is always resolved- but I'm a sucker for a good Regency Romance. ;)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I enjoyed many facets of this book, but I can't say that I enjoyed the book as a whole. The quirky, funny, witty, falling-in-love parts were almost overshadowed by TBM pain & angst. And the back-and-forth inner dialogs that both Dunstan and Henry (Henrietta) have with themselves became endlessly maddening. Dunstan and Henry are perfect for one another. And perhaps discovering that so early on in the story is what made the rest of it seem to drag. Because, after all, Henry is a little miss from Co I enjoyed many facets of this book, but I can't say that I enjoyed the book as a whole. The quirky, funny, witty, falling-in-love parts were almost overshadowed by TBM pain & angst. And the back-and-forth inner dialogs that both Dunstan and Henry (Henrietta) have with themselves became endlessly maddening. Dunstan and Henry are perfect for one another. And perhaps discovering that so early on in the story is what made the rest of it seem to drag. Because, after all, Henry is a little miss from Cornwall with very little knowledge and no experience with society or the ton. It only makes sense that we can't leave Dunstan and Henry happily-ever-after in Cornwall on a farm. Dunstan's world *is* society. So Ms. Quinn has to contrive a way to get Henry to Town and into a Season. But that's just how it feels - contrived. Don't get me wrong -- there is much about the plot that makes sense. I *get* why Dunstan wants to give Henry a Season: not just because, as her guardian, it's the right thing to do, but because he also has to show her she truly is a woman, give her women friends, and help her learn and practice a bit in society. And OK, I understand that his motives are pure (or he wants them to be) by giving Henry a choice in whom she marries... even whom she might be interested in or fall in love with. I even understand his reluctance to claim her for himself once he discovers that he's her guardian. But. It. Just. Takes. So. Long! And TBM (the big misunderstanding) between Dunstan and Henry also seems highly contrived. The Mistress. Am I Enough? Does She Love Me Or Doesn't She? Does He Love Me Or Doesn't He? Yes, there must be drama. Yes, there must be something standing in the way of True Love, or we'll blow not only the romance formula but also prove Shakespeare wrong about the course of true love. But... it almost seemed cruel for them to marry in the middle of TBM. And the "happy ending" is a last minute save, a la the early Star Trek episodes where everything is righted and the world is saved in the last 2-3 minutes of the episode. Wish I could love it. Just didn't.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Two stars seems pretty harsh, and I fully intended to bump it up to three, but I just keep thinking about how there were parts that were just agonizing to get through. First, the story: Dunford inherits an estate and a title from a long, lost cousin and travels to Cornwall to take in his new estate. There, he encounters Henrietta Barrett, "Henry", the girl running his estate, dressed in pants and smelling of muck. The friendship is sweet that develops as this "My Fair Lady"-esque story progresses, Two stars seems pretty harsh, and I fully intended to bump it up to three, but I just keep thinking about how there were parts that were just agonizing to get through. First, the story: Dunford inherits an estate and a title from a long, lost cousin and travels to Cornwall to take in his new estate. There, he encounters Henrietta Barrett, "Henry", the girl running his estate, dressed in pants and smelling of muck. The friendship is sweet that develops as this "My Fair Lady"-esque story progresses, but the beginning was so light and lacking in substance that I was bored. Dunford easily saw through Henry's plots and they fell in love (but couldn't admit it) so quickly that it was predictable. (view spoiler)[ I was turning pages just to see if it got better. I suppose it did improve during the London portion. Belle was a wonderful companion for her, but their engagement came too quickly. With all the denial Dunford was doing, THAT should have been the big complication. His reticence to get married at all. His reticence to realize that Henry was perfect for him. Instead, all the build up to her season and one lousy dance? The whole mistress scandal was difficult to swallow as was Henry's absurd solution and then Dunford's reaction. One of the other reviewers suggested that their wedding night was rape, and it very nearly was, which didn't make it fun to read. At least Dunford asked her before he "took her", even if he was a bit too gropey and heavy handed before that. I really think Quinn went the wrong way with the book after Henry's first ball. (hide spoiler)] I have no compulsion to keep reading Quinn's books, other than that I have a stack sitting beside my bed. Stupid impulse buys.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nelly

    That book was so annoying... I like Julia Quinn and that's the only reason I forced myself to finish it. But the story was aggravating!! Henrietta aka Henry aka Hen aka Minx... was a country girl who dressed up as a man to run an estate. Said estate was the inheritance of Dunford, who came to Cornwall to see it. The dumb girl decided to get rid of the new lord, with idiotic plans! I've never wanted to slap a character that much... Anyway, they resolve that issue, became friends and fell in love with That book was so annoying... I like Julia Quinn and that's the only reason I forced myself to finish it. But the story was aggravating!! Henrietta aka Henry aka Hen aka Minx... was a country girl who dressed up as a man to run an estate. Said estate was the inheritance of Dunford, who came to Cornwall to see it. The dumb girl decided to get rid of the new lord, with idiotic plans! I've never wanted to slap a character that much... Anyway, they resolve that issue, became friends and fell in love with each other. But then again, there is a huge drama due to a miscommunication between those two. Well, mostly due to Henry who was too stupid to clear the issue (view spoiler)[ Dunford had a mistress before meeting Henry. He didn't see the other woman since he met Henry and he only mentioned her when talking to another man - He was going to end the relationship and arrange for the other guy to be her protector... But an evil woman hears him and decided to torture Henry by telling her her husband-to-be has a mistress and plan to keep her. Henry of course believes her, never confronts Dunford who would have denied it. Instead she follows him, misunderstanding happens and then she writes a letter saying she doesn't love him so he would hate her and cancel the wedding... Silly drama just to create angst and ruin an already not so-good story!! (hide spoiler)] Henry wasn't that funny to me. And I didn't really like the other characters. Belle was annoying, her cousin Emma was bland, their men were supposedly handsome and blah, I couldn't wait for the story to end. It had some cute moments but the huge drama near the end ruined it for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linds

    After being underwhelmed by Quinn's Brighter than the Sun this book was such a pleasant surprise. I do love a good historical romance! Dunford, a happy bachelor inherits a title and an estate unexpectedly from a distant cousin. When he arrives, he finds that the estate being overseen by a "distant poor relation." Henrietta is an odd, charming woman who runs the estate like a man, wearing pants and working hard. Henrietta hates Dunsford on principal. She fears he will usurp her after all her hard w After being underwhelmed by Quinn's Brighter than the Sun this book was such a pleasant surprise. I do love a good historical romance! Dunford, a happy bachelor inherits a title and an estate unexpectedly from a distant cousin. When he arrives, he finds that the estate being overseen by a "distant poor relation." Henrietta is an odd, charming woman who runs the estate like a man, wearing pants and working hard. Henrietta hates Dunsford on principal. She fears he will usurp her after all her hard work and tries to manipulate and play petty tricks on him so that he will live in London and leave the estate alone. It doesn't work because they genuinely like and admire each other. She's been isolated in the country for years and loves having a friend. Dunsford is tired of all the cynicism and loves her freshness. Dunsford finds out in the will that he's technically Henrietta's ward and feels it's his responsibility to give her a season in London. Of course he gets jealous of all the attention and they start to fall in love. There are misunderstandings and they work them out. It's a lovely, if a little predictable, story. It's a fun, quick, charming read and I would recommend it to any regency romance fan.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    I loved Henry. I loved this fresh, unusual historical romance. It was utterly delightful and I loved seeing Henry blossom into a swan. But I don't like stupid misunderstandings that can be easily resolved. Otherwise, this would have been a sparkling five star. I am a sucker for Pygmalion themed books and it was a pure delight following Henry's journey from independent tomboy to equally independent Incomparable beauty. I loved loved the interaction with the ton. And I loved the side characters and I loved Henry. I loved this fresh, unusual historical romance. It was utterly delightful and I loved seeing Henry blossom into a swan. But I don't like stupid misunderstandings that can be easily resolved. Otherwise, this would have been a sparkling five star. I am a sucker for Pygmalion themed books and it was a pure delight following Henry's journey from independent tomboy to equally independent Incomparable beauty. I loved loved the interaction with the ton. And I loved the side characters and I will definitely go back and read their stories.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    An early Julia Quinn that didn't really grab me when I tried the sample. Doesn't seem as well written as her later, famous Bridgerton series. I don't think I'll bother with this one. An early Julia Quinn that didn't really grab me when I tried the sample. Doesn't seem as well written as her later, famous Bridgerton series. I don't think I'll bother with this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    2.5-3 stars - Historical Romance

  27. 5 out of 5

    B.A. Wilson

    This one was my favorite of the trilogy. It’s absolutely charming and adorable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Aggghhhh I'm so torn because I loved this for most of the book with equal intensity to the short periods of book that I hated it. It is 80% adorable cinnamon roll fun and banter and Julia Quinn has clearly been a historical romance comedic genius right from the very start of her career! Unfortunately there's moments that feel very out of place for the characters to add extra drama and angst that just....it's not good. I think it's likely a product of the times (although I could be wrong) but I f Aggghhhh I'm so torn because I loved this for most of the book with equal intensity to the short periods of book that I hated it. It is 80% adorable cinnamon roll fun and banter and Julia Quinn has clearly been a historical romance comedic genius right from the very start of her career! Unfortunately there's moments that feel very out of place for the characters to add extra drama and angst that just....it's not good. I think it's likely a product of the times (although I could be wrong) but I feel like alpha males were just...not make a pun of it, but totally dominating the scene in the early 90s and if your character didn't have that vibe it was required regardless. That complaint aside this book was otherwise SO MUCH FUN. I legitimately had a big grin on my face while reading. On the eve before election night it is very much the book I needed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marianj

    Just cute, funny, and romantic. *deep sigh* ❤️😍

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I have liked all of Julia Quinn's books that I have read. But this one really touched my heart. We have already come to know Dunford from the previous books. He is a charmer and a rake. Determined never to marry, he inherits a title and a small estate in Cornwall from a very distant unknown relative. He also finds out he has become the guardian of Henrietta, known as Henry, who had been taken in by the previous owners when she was 8. She was the niece of the lady of the estate who had died six y I have liked all of Julia Quinn's books that I have read. But this one really touched my heart. We have already come to know Dunford from the previous books. He is a charmer and a rake. Determined never to marry, he inherits a title and a small estate in Cornwall from a very distant unknown relative. He also finds out he has become the guardian of Henrietta, known as Henry, who had been taken in by the previous owners when she was 8. She was the niece of the lady of the estate who had died six years ago. Henry had virtually been running the estate since then. She is now 20. When the earl died, she began to scheme to find a way to make the current earl stay in London where she felt he belonged. Dunford and Henry develop a close friendship once they come to know each other. And Dunford has a hard time accepting that he loves her. He finally does and Henry admits her love for him. There is a heartbreaking misunderstanding involving Dunford's former mistress. I could feel their pain as they viciously hurt each other. But the reconciliation was oh so sweet. I loved Henry for all of her insecurities. She had to work very hard to be who she thought Dunford wanted her to be. She had no idea how to be a lady, never having been out of Cornwall. And I loved Dunford for only wanting her to be herself. What a sweet story this was.

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