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2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love. At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day s2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . ....

Title : The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever Reviews

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-04-09 14:27

    ▒ 24 JULY 2015 ▒Good Lord. Today I fell in love. And then I fell out of love. Sigh.I ought to be shameful, I know that. What is it exactly? Have I the attention span of a squirrel (don't ask why a squirrel, I have no idea)? I wonder, I wonder. And yet things had started so well. It appears that I can't help myself : give me a smart, brave, strong-minded heroine who doesn't shy away from her desires and a - a what exactly? A sexy broken man? Put them together and then let the magic begin : hilarious and witty banter, ever growing sexual tension - how could I not fall in love now tell me? It must be a conspiracy or something. And then Turner started to act like a selfish jerk, so childish, really (I mean really? Seven weeks?) - not to mention 2 or 3 occurrences of grabbing wrists to make people listen to him (I know I'm sensitive about that, maybe too much, but I can't help, there are other way to make a point than using your strength) - just get over yourself, guy, you've been betrayed in the past, yes, but come on. There's a difference between being tortured and bitter, broken and bully. Turner crossed this line and I couldn't find in me to care about him anymore. And then everything went downhill : pages and pages of unnecessary drama (I mean 2 pregnancies, a wedding, ridiculous and downright stupid miscommunications, a near death experience Aaaghhh THIS IS TOO-MUCH!). Oh. My. God. Just stop already. And please don't give me a child to explain the big revelation (aka. Turner finally realizing that he loves her). I might choke on the cliché here. They both stay too whiny and insecure far too long for me to bear.In the end, I couldn't care less about their HEA, and the last page made me GAG. But hey, to each his own, right? As far as I'm concerned, I'll stick with Lisa Kleypas and Tessa Dare. Can I have a cookie now?For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Yaz *The Reading Girl*
    2019-04-08 10:38

    ***FULL REVIEW*** 2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.This book was so good. First of all here are some of my emotions or whatever you want to call it.[image error][image error]Now you saw how I felt.Now my thoughts:5 incredibly HOT SEXY Stars!Now when I first saw this book I was stupid enough to not realize that it was an erotic romance novel and written by one of the best erotic romance author ever. Now when you first see the cover of the book you think its like a diary of someone or like a normal romance story or just the story of a girl suffering or whatever. But when you start reading this book your eyes just come out of your face and it makes you want to read more. I got tricked by the cover, hehe. I couldn't put this book down. Its like the best thing ever. Now some topics are: Beauty, England, love,romance, and hot sex ;). Turner:Nigel Belvestoke or "Turner" as he likes being called is a really handsome man or beautiful as Miranda would describe him.He is smart, rude(sometimes), a gentlemen(sometimes), and he was funny to ME. He is the brother of Miranda's best friend Olivia and is 10 years older than Miranda. He is the oldest of the three Belvestoke siblings and the man Miranda has always loved. But Turner is a broken man. He has had his heart broken by his cold-hearted wife and can't bring himself to start looking for another after her death, let alone mourn her. Until he starts talking to Miranda when she is all grown up...Miranda:Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her. She is used to being called ugly or barely getting attention from any men. She is a very smart young women too. Sarcastic and sensible at times. She has always loved Turner. Since the day she had met him... Miranda was at a party. She was being bullied by one of her best friend's friend. She always thought she was ugly until she met Turner. Who at that time was 19 and Miranda was 10. Amazed by his handsome and dashing looks Miranda immediately falls in love with him. but what makes her love him more is the fact that he solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.So that day Miranda fell in love with the man she would always be in love with.“Oh, very well, do you want to know why I really think you should keep a journal?"She nodded."Because someday you're going to grow into yourself, and you will be as beautiful as you already are smart.” So ten years later Miranda and Turner meet again. Miranda has grown into a beautiful women and has had good years and Turner is still a beautiful man but cold hearted and bitter. When they talked or got together it was very amusing and funny. i couldn't stop laughing with their conversations.Miranda is still attracted to Turner and does everything possible to gain his affection, sometimes unsuccessfully. So sexual things happen and let me tell you that those sex scenes were hot!! Seriously. Very detailed and perfect and they were just GOOD. I loved them.“And then what would she say? I just told your brother that I love him, and I'm afraid that he hates me? I can't be alone with Turner because I'm afraid he might ravish me? I can't be alone with Turner because I'm afraid I might ravish him.”And those sexual things make Miranda pregnant. “Turner let his face fell into his hands. "I'm never going to touch her again", he moaned. "He's never going to touch me again!" they heard Miranda roar."Well,it doesn't look like you'll have much argument from your wife on that point", Olivia chirped.”“I have friends who have children, and they have told me how remarkable it is to have a new life that is a piece of your own flesh and blood. But I --""I realized that I didn't love her because she was a piece of me, I loved her because she was a piece of you.”oh-uh!Now this part of the book I wont spoil, but let me just say that its the best part. Its when Miranda and Turner get more closer than ever and its a very emotional part too.Oh and did I forget beautiful? Yes, i did. Its a beautiful part of the book.So this whole book is like a fairy tale. Its beautiful. Its well written and PERFECT. Everything. Its also Kind of like Pride and Prejudice. But like 20 times better.But i didn't like how Miranda treated Turner during that part:“I just -- I know my own heart and I love you, Turner. And if you have even the tiniest shred of decency, you'll say something because I've said everything I possibly can, and I can't bear the silence, and -- oh for heaven's sake! Will you at least blink?"He couldn't even manage that.” And finally: This story is a must read. I just really loved it. Despite my emotions up there I really enjoyed this book. Its a good thing I did a re-read it. And I can just walk and say: I read this book and its awesome!! :)P.S. I have read this 5 time( you can see how good it is) and I recommend it for people 18 and Up :)SEE IT AT THE READING GIRL

  • Jilly
    2019-03-26 13:15

    My favorite moment in this book is when the heroine has to be physically restrained because she opens a can of whoop-ass on a bookstore owner who refuses to sell her a book because he only sells to men. Apparently, they had bookstores for men only, and women only. WTF?You go, girl!Our story is about a kid who develops a crush on her bff's older brother and then carries that torch for him for years. Even though he turns into kind of an ass, she sees him through rose-colored glasses and is madly in love with him when she is old enough to have him take advantage of that crush marry.So, of course he ruins her.They eventually get married, but he refuses to say "I love you" to her. Hmm, trapped into marriage and yet he doesn't love her? How dare he? And, she spends her marriage being all butt-hurt.Well, girl, maybe if you had kept your legs closed, you wouldn't have this problem.In the old days, before cellphones and dinosaurs were running wild, my old grammy used to say that you always had to hold a quarter between your knees when you went out on a date. If the quarter ever falls to the ground, you pick it up and find a pay phone to get a ride home immediately.Grammy was a wise woman.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-04-09 13:34

    4.5 starsA couple of years ago when I first joined Goodreads, one of my favorite things to do was stalk my favorite authors' bookshelves.It probably still would be, but when I say "stalk" I mean it, so I've already added anything of interest, and to keep doing it would crossover into creepy territory.Can't have that. *snickers*At the time, I still hadn't ever read a straight-up historical romance, but after my success with KMM's Highlander series, I was more open to the possibility, so when Ilona Andrews (my FAVORITE) recommended When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James (again, HR with a twist--this time of the fairy tale retelling persuasion), I. Was. So. There. And thus began my pursuit of my new favorite guilty pleasure.So now you know two important things:1. I've only read MAYBE a couple dozen historical romances, and am by no means an expert.2. Only two of those were written prior to 2000, so I have a very skewed and admittedly biased perception of what I refer to as, "my grandmother's historical romances."Well, you didn't know that second one, but you do now. SO. I'm my limited HR experience, I've discovered several authors whom are almost guaranteed to send me into raptures of pure delight and happiness. Those authors are: Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, and Julia Quinn.This is (so far) my favorite Julia Quinn.Miranda Cheever meets her best friend's elder brother Turner for the first time when she is only ten years old, and she loves him instantly. Nearly ten years later, she still loves him, but Turner is no longer the bright and optimistic young man she first gave her heart to.I've already said that HR is my new favorite guilty pleasure, so I have no problem admitting that I LOVE this premise--girlish crush becomes unrequited love becomes not-so-unrequited love. LOVE it. And of course there are many (MANY) obstacles along the way. Said obstacles are why I lowered my original rating, incidentally. On the second pass, the book was still as funny and clever as I remembered. The characters, both main and secondary, were still as endearing . . . BUT Turner was just a bit too thick-headed for me this time. He could have saved both himself and Miranda a ridiculous amount of heartache if he had just stopped being so damn stubborn. For me, there's a fine line between, "Nothing worth having comes easily," and, "I'm over it already." Turner didn't quite cross that line, but it was a near thing.Still, it was an absolutely divine historical romances, and I recommend it to all lovers of the genre as well as anyone contemplating giving HR a chance for the first time. "Lovely. Lovely, lovely."

  • Sans
    2019-04-19 15:24

    Fair warning: This is a gut-reaction review, written under the influence of my monthly "gift" from mother nature. Perhaps if I'd read this at a different time, I could have found some redeeming qualities about it. But I didn't, so I can't.I'm slightly horrified by this book. Specifically by Turner and, to a lesser extent, by Miranda herself. I can't think of anything in the book I can qualify as "romance" and still hold my head up high.First, Turner. An asshat of epic proportions. He's an emotionally stunted bully, pure and simple. I dislike his character so intensely, I can't even state why in clear, concise terms. It's a visceral reaction to his selfish, underhanded, borderline violent ways. Pushing his own sister against a wall and basically threatening her is despicable. Grabbing his mother's wrist and squeezing it in warning? Doing the same to his own wife on numerous occasions? No. Just no. There is no excuse for behaviour like that. I don't care how scared poor widdle Turner is. You don't use force on women. EVER.Now, why was I forgiving of Kerrick inwhen he backhanded Avry but I'm ready to lead a lynch mob out for Turner's blood? Simple. Kerrick didn't know Avry and he was very sorry he did it. Turner knew every single woman he put his hands on in anger and didn't apologize but once. No remorse, just a flimsy excuse of not being himself. Moving on to Miranda. Poor, misguided Miranda, who would prefer to stumble into an unhealthy relationship with her childhood obsession than pick herself up, patch up her heart, and find someone who will treat her the way she deserves to. She's spent the entirety of her formative years pining over a man nine years her senior, never giving a second thought to finding someone who will actually tell her that he loves her and do more than play with her body and placate her. No. She'd rather blindly believe she can "fix" the damage done by Turner's first wife. I call bullshit. You can't change someone and you can't fix something they want to stay broken. Also: Carriage sex. Really? Did we have to go there? I'd take a star off for that alone if I wasn't rating this so low already.I had no sympathy for either of these characters and am frankly disgusted by them. The only reason I gave this two stars instead of one is that Quinn has a very good writing style, even if I don't like what she's writing.

  • Miriam
    2019-03-24 11:27

    This book really fell off for me in the last third. I like Quinn's writing (despite the scattering of anachronistic expressions which sometimes threw me out of the era), I mostly liked Miranda, and I was prepared to like Turner if he got over his conviction that his previous lousy marriage entitled him to be a jerk. But I was really waiting not for him to fall in love with Miranda but to develop some respect for her and treat her as an adult, a friend, an equal. And I felt that Quinn wrote their personalities so that would have been believable, then for some reason pulled a cliched "oh noes you almost died having my baby I luuuv you!" This was one of a number of cliches that weakened the book: running into the drunk hero in the library in a virginal-yet-hott white nightgown, check. Raining catching the h/h in an isolated shed where they must remove their wet garments and immediately be overcome by passion, check. Make-out scene in a carriage, check. Also, the titular "secret diaries" neither had a role in the plot nor much substance to them. Basically, I thought it was a decent book that was marred by a degree laziness on the part of the author and editor.

  • Ginger
    2019-03-24 14:21

    And the end of the year ends with a sweet romance, so sweet that my teeth ache! 😂I loved parts of the book, especially the character of Miranda. And other parts of the book annoyed me. The whole, “Why don’t you love me?” plot was a bit much. The book could have been about 70 pages less and got a better rating from me.I’ll still continue with the series though because I’m sure there will be a story about Olivia and I’m looking forward to that book!

  • valee
    2019-04-15 15:33

    Oh, this was such a sweet story. I loved every page of it. I couldn't put it down, which I'm sorry because it was over so fast that I feel bad for having spend money in something that lasted useful in my hands only some hours,lol. Then again, I can't think in anything better than spending my money in this amazing books,lol, I don't regret it of course. It's just that sometimes it hurts to see my money being consumed so fast. But I guess you just can't help it when you find a good book.Julia Quinn is just an amazing writer. I would strongly recommend this author to all LK fans because they are so much alike that you just can't help to love them both. I mean each has her own writing style but it doesn't come any more similar to LK than JQ and vice versa. Love them both terribly, they are my two fav romance writers. I'm glad I took some time before reading another historical romance book again. I guess now I realized I was missing the genre. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to switch between genres for once in a while, that way you will enjoy them much more.I loved everything about this book. I don't wanna loose time talking about the book because for that you can read the summary at the back of the cover. Just wanted to say that after having read her Bridgerton's series I though she couldn't write anything just as good, but let me tell you that this series does not disappoint.

  • Brittany B.
    2019-04-05 12:24

    I'm not surprised ths one the Rita award in 2008! It very much deserved it. A Must Read! I ADORE Miranda Cheever. She and her sweet friend Olivia are two of my favorite characters in modern writing. The story was lovely and unexpected, filled with the unrequited love of a ten year old girl. (Miranda Cheeser) And with the pain and disenchantment with life that comes when all your hopes and dreams in life are shattered. (Turner Bevelstock) And it is about so much more, to be sure. One of the themes that affects me most is the loss of wide-eyed innocence; the true detriment of a broken heart and soul. It happens to all of us at some point in our journey. How we rebuild is a measure of our character and resilience. Quinn has a very interesting way of writing, that feels different with each book. She never fails to deliver. And this in one of my favorites! Thanks for the rec Anzu! :)))) Audio format: narrated by Jenny Sterlin = 3.5 not the worst, but only because the story was so good. Sounded like she just got braces and head-gear that day.

  • Olga
    2019-04-17 14:22

    Como siempre una apuesta segura leer a Julia Quinn.... Es de esos libros que te gusta releer con el tiempo y disfrutar como la primera vez.....Adoro las historias de amores infantiles que con el tiempo madura y se convierte en un amor verdadero.... me gusta ver como los personajes van madurando y vas viendo como cambian sus personalidades... Miranda es un personaje adorable ( aunque hay veces que la daria un coscorron por ser tannnnnn persistente jejeje), cree en el amor y en Turner y sabe ver los defectos de este ( no se ciega por el amor infantil que siente desde siempre).... y Turner (ayyyy que cabezon muchacho!) con el corazon roto por un mal matrimonio y curado de espanto, no sabe reconocer lo bueno cuando se lo ponen delante....Ayyyy Julia cuando nos haces de Sufrir ( y de disfrutar):))

  • Rane
    2019-04-18 10:30

    At the tender age of ten Miranda Cheever fell in love with the brother of her best friend; Viscount Turner, with his act of kindness to a awkward growing girl, Miranda never forgot his words that day to her and kept a journal with her thoughts of love since then. Now years later the once kind and caring Viscount Turner, Nigel Bevelstoke is left a bitter and cold hearted man after his wife ripped all his dreams of love and family to sheds with her numerous affairs before her death.To return the once precious gift of a young girl and a second chance, Miranda seeks to heal Turner’s heart with her love. A relaxing read, with nothing heavy or dark and a pretty predictable storyline that doesn’t have surprises jumping out at you at every turn. It true JQ fashion, there’s a lot of humorous parts that will have you smiling. Miranda was a fun and strong female lead, holding her one-sided love close to her heart. With her shy sense of humor and sometimes surprising temper, I could really relate to her as both of us keep journals of our sometimes-mundane lives and events. She was levelheaded and knew what she wanted and fought for it, but was also sensible to know when to step back.I didn’t care for Turner; he never once came across as a tortured hero only very bitter and shallow. I can fully understand why he was the way he was after his first disastrous marriage. For me, he kept that as a shield and super-imposing his first wife onto Miranda, even when he knew she was nothing like his first wife at all and loved him deeply. He acted like a child then went hiding out and then running away from the truth. He was very much a coward in my eyes and only when he was going to lose Miranda did he “finally” see he loved her.* face plam *The plot pretty much kept pace with it only dragging toward the end and the steam level was lukewarm at best.The saving grace for me was the interactions between Miranda and her best friend Olivia as they go through life making their way through the ton. Overall: a cute read, that did make me shed a few tears at the end as Miranda finally gets her love of her life to return her love.

  • Nadia
    2019-03-28 17:24

    I have no bookshelves to put this book on. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever was my third book by Julia Quinn, and it seems that the third try is the charm. -ish.While I wasn't deeply offended by it, as I was with The Duke and I, or so indifferent to it that I found it utterly forgettable, as is the case with To Catch an Heiress, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever leave still a lot to be desired.What bothered me most, besides the age difference and the fact that the heroine is only nineteen, which I can't state enough, creeps the ever loving life out of me, is the great imbalance between Miranda and Turner. The author did nothing to try to even the ground between those two, instead, as almost on purpose trying to show us just how immature Miranda is and how grown up Turner is.His manner with Miranda is always either patronizing or condescending. And even as she tries to hold her own with him, he somehow always gets the upper hand. I had the feeling that they weren't equal, that he'll always have some imaginary advantage over her and she'll always be lacking. Because she's so freaking young. *major creeps ensue when they're making love because she seems too young for him*Two stars because 60% of this book are perfectly enjoyable. So I guess, it's not the worst book that I've read. That title goes to The Duke and I. I will be continuing with the series in the hope that it'll improve with every sequel.

  • Yolanda
    2019-03-23 15:36

    #RetoRitaUna delicia.Es una novela de esas con una protagonista femenina con carácter, apasionada e ingeniosa. Es la historia de un amor infantil, se transforma en un amor adulto, verdadero y apasionado.Turner, desengañado y absolutamente decepcionado del amor (con toda la razón). Los diálogos entre ellos son chispeantes, un tira y afloja continuo, muy divertidos.Es una de esas novelas, que sin ser una historia con grandes pretensiones, resulta una delicia. Romántica, divertida, dulce. La he disfrutado muchísimo otra vez.

  • Christine
    2019-03-29 15:21

    This is a rare one-star book that I actually finished, largely because I'm still waiting for the two books I want to read to come in the mail and I couldn't sleep last night. I'm afraid this is everything trite and meaningless about HEA romance. I can't stand romance novels in which the crux of the tension is the hero's inability to say three words. This book exacerbates the problem because it is so perfectly obvious that the hero does love the heroine and he shows her in a million ways, which leads to the other eye-rolling part of the tension: the heroine's desperate need to hear three little words or her life is simply unbearable. Gag.I hate to say it, but this novel would have been better if the heroine had die. It's a bit of a spoiler to say but not much since I already said it's an HEA romance (that's happily ever after for those who are unaware). But there was an opportunity for the heroine to die at the end as we waited in not-so breathless anticipation to find out that she would make it, I found myself thinking how much better the book would be if she did die. Because then there would, at least, be a moral in the idea that you need to love people while you have the chance. I'm not saying the book would have been good had that happened, but I think it would have deserved at least 3 stars that way for sheer nerve. And I hate to continue this rant here when I have generally been enjoying Julia Quinn's books (every author has a doozy) , but it really would be nice if romance authors would *consider* breaking the rules once in a while.

  • Floripiquita
    2019-04-08 10:29

    14 libro del #RetoRita. Hacía tiempo que no leía nada de Julia Quinn y me ha parecido un libro muy de su estilo, entretenido y dulce, aunque mucho más explícito en las escenas de amor que la saga de los Bridgerton. Aunque me ha gustado la pareja principal, no me han vuelto loca. Le doy un 3,5.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-04-03 17:24

    Miranda Cheever fell in love with her best friend's older brother when she was a young girl, now as a young woman...she's still just as in love. Seeing him so wracked with hatred and unhappiness after his philandering wife's death she longs for the man she remembers, the kind and funny man she fell in love with. Turner doesn't remember Miranda being so interesting or desirable, but after his bitter marriage full of disappointment and heartbreak he isn't willing to risk falling in love again, especially not with his sister's best friend.Way back when this book has to be one of my first reads by Julia Quinn and so has a special place in my heart, which is why when I was recently in a bit of a book slump that I decided to give it a go. You know sometimes you go back to a book you have loved in the past, but upon a second read it isn't quite as good as you remember? Well, I am pleased to say that wasn't the case with The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever it was just as funny and heart warming as I remembered, a classic Julia Quinn novel.It has the perfect blend of humour, romance and sexy that Quinn is known for, what I especially love about this book is Miranda, she is one of my favourite heroines. She has a dry wit and intelligence and warmth about her and is the perfect counterpoint to her best friend Olivia's exuberance. Turner is also a good hero, his youthful naivety has been ruthlessly crushed making him a bitter man, but Miranda's warmth and innocence calls to him.I like reading Quinn's early books as I feel that although this is still a lighthearted read and in no way a dark and stormy novel, it does have a little more depth than her more recent books. I feel like they are more emotionally complex and less straightforward, yet not laden with unnecessary angst. So, if you haven't read any Julia Quinn I recommend you try this book and if you are a recent reader and have only cracked open her newer releases I encourage you to try out her earlier releases, it's well worth it.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-03-23 17:39

    The prologue of The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever introduces us to an adorable ten-year-old girl who still has to grow into herself. That was what Viscount Turner, then 19, told her when he escorted her home. That and to start writing a journal. Their conversation on their way to her house is lovely. You'll fall in love with her character right away.So, she listened and asked for a journal from her absent-minded scholar father and wrote: 2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love. Adorable.Fast forward ten years or so and she is still best friend with Turner's sister Olivia. He is not a wonderful young man any more, though. His wife just died on her way to see a lover (yes, a lover). Miranda still loves him. That's the meat of the story. What comes next follows a pattern from most romances - one of the characters has to get their head out their ... you get my meaning. I got almost to the end thinking Turner's was stuck.In comparison to the Bridgertons, this family is a bit smaller (three siblings) and they aren't really as connected. I liked both Miranda and Olivia and their friendship. I liked the way they acted with each other.(view spoiler)[ Every now and then I run into a review of mine where I hint at stuff and I have no idea what is it that made me like or dislike a book, its characters, the plot and so on. So, I'll just put the thing that completely messed up my reading experience in this one.It may sound as nothing to some, but I loathe when a character is with someone else in a book after there was something between the main characters and the author didn't set the it up so you aren't unpleasantly* surprised. Turner kisses another woman and Miranda sees it. This works in some books and some authors do it really well. But, in a historical romance like this one that's just plain wrong.*the unpleasant part may stay with you in such a story, but at least you knew the rules of the world beforehand (hide spoiler)]Overall, a lovely story that took its sweet time to get its main character accept what is going on. I did like most of it.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2019-03-29 10:18

    I was so excited for this book as Julia Quinn is a favorite of mine; I normally love her work and I also (surprise, surprise) love to see the quiet/shy girl get the guy. Though there was witty dialog and moments that had me laughing out loud, I really have to say I was disappointed and bothered by many aspects of this book.PRAISE:(1) Funny moments that will make you laugh(2) Connection between Turner and Miranda is interesting to watch in about the first half of the book(3) I liked Olivia and Turner's motherCRITICISM:Key: *Semi-spoiler, **Spoiler(1) Turner (hero) and Miranda (heroine) are not written / portrayed consistently; they seem to (often) do things that are just very out of character(2) Depiction of Miranda's father was very flat and I know he's supposed to be the absent-minded-doesn't-really-pay-attention type of character, but these type of one-dimensional portrayals bother me(3) Development of their relationship is very uneven and they have sex at a pretty reasonable point in the book page-wise (halfway or so), but their relationship had definitely not developed fast enough for that; only two other physical scenes before that, both kissing, and one of them doesn't count because it is before Turner is really attracted to Miranda and is done more in anger* (4) Miranda was really spineless throughout the latter half of the novel. I think that Turner's horrible absence either needed to be kept and her reaction and anger upped or he needed to show up much, much sooner to deserve her easy acquiescence. (I mean she caves in to marrying him after 3 days when she doesn't supposedly want to? Have a backbone!)** (5) Miranda is not even UPSET by the fact that she miscarries and regardless of the kind-of-explanation that her mother had many miscarriages also, I just found this VERY troubling - you'd think she would somehow be affected** (6) I didn't like the progression of the book, one example being the fact that we basically skip over the first six months of Miranda's second pregnancy and are just given one of her diary entries as a substitute** (7) I was annoyed with Miranda (if you couldn't tell, Miranda gets progressively more annoying as you read) when she finally gets her long-awaited declaration of love and she reacts negatively at first because she doesn't want him to have realized his love only because he almost lost her(8) The ending was very, very corny and yes, I know, I'm reading a romance novel, but the whole journal-revealing moment and Turner's comments ("My God, Miranda," he breathed reverently. "You really love me, don't you?")CONCLUSION:Save your money, buy one of Julia Quinn's other books as she has many great masterpieces to offer that will be one of those reread and keep-forever historical romances. Some suggestions include: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, and Romancing Mister Bridgerton - these three are amazing.

  • Maxine
    2019-04-04 17:35

    Awful. Usually I like Julia Quinn, but this was awful.Why:1. Nigel is a huge douche. He knocks Miranda up and does not ask her to marry him even though anyone who's read even a page of a Regency romance knows that just a kiss means you're a dirty dirty whore to the Ton. After he finds out he knocks her up, he goes on a six week bender. No letter, no communication, just getting crunk in Cornwall or whatever. When he finally mans up and goes to her Scotland baby-birthing place to do the right thing, he is relieved that she miscarried. WTF? After they marry (under duress or relief, who can tell?), his inability to say I love you proceeds to ruin his marriage. Does he man up and say it? Only when Miranda is on her childbirth deathbed, no sooner. Makes me question: does he love her or does he love her because she's dying? Way to take her for granted. Douchebag.His reason for his marriage aversion? His dirty dirty whore wife. Get over it... don't you know what goes on in peripheral Regency marriages? Get a courtesan and get over it.2. Miranda is a doormat and a fool, loves Nigel after all his douchebaggery. Why? He's only said one kind thing to her once when she was 10. He has minimal contact with her in the years between then and the book's present. Then he proceeds to completely disillusion her of the idea of the man she believes him to be. She forgives him too easily for it too. Just because she wrote that she loved him in her diary however many years ago doesn't mean she has to make it true. Hell, it doesn't even mean that it was true in the first place. 3. People are strangely unemotional about her miscarriage. Weird. I mean sure, her mother had them pretty often but you don't just get used to that sort of thing.4. Nigel is a huge douche. Oh, I said that already.5. The worst part is that Julia Quinn writes this with the conviction that Nigel is A Good Man in Bad Circumstances. Nigel is not a good man, if he was that randy bastard would have kept his dick in his pants out of respect for Miranda.

  • FlibBityFLooB
    2019-04-03 09:41

    I think that this is one of those books that lots of people won't like, but I am not one of them. I love a bittersweet story of romance. The kind of melancholy tale that pulls your heart strings because it's more realistic. I read some reviews where people complained about a hero not being able to say the dreaded three words (I LOVE YOU). However, I honestly felt bad for the hero in this story. I could feel his pain, and I could feel the heroine's pain.One reason I love Julia Quinn as an author is the way she can craft a captivating story with no gimmick (spies, action, murder, time-travel, etc). She is very talented at just writing a story with good character development. I really appreciate that. :)I will say that I absolutely loved the narrator for this audiobook. She had a way of creating the characters voices in a slow manner that brought forth more emotion from me. If I had read some of the same passages that I heard her read, I might not have been moved to tears. But, with some of the aching pauses she put into the dialogue, it really moved me and I found myself teary eyed on a couple of occasions.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-20 09:36

    So...I started off loving this book even though the "hero" (Turner) was kind of (for a lack of a better word) weak. I instantly connected with Miranda... oh how I love the ugly duckling turned beautiful swan stories...but something happened that threw the book way off track and it never came full circle for me. I have read so many books where the main man went through a great tragedy and never quite moved on until he was faced with the loss of the smartest and the most gorgeous gal in England. Turner just didn't fit the bill and I kept hoping Quinn would man him up a bit, but she never really did. I hate that Miranda didn't get the man that she deserved...I bet that's one thing she'll never write in that diary of hers!

  • Cindy
    2019-04-10 12:28

    Regency romance with sex. I really don't think Julia Quinn even wrote this. It just doesn't seem like something she'd write. There's very little humor in it & JQ is all about humor in her stories. I didn't like Miranda. Her heart is always on her sleeve & for what? One act of kindness 10 years ago? We get the tired old "Let's get you out of those wet clothes" trope. Divested of her virginity, Miranda waits in vain for a kind word or marriage proposal.Turner is a Jerk with a capital J. Selfish. It's all about him & his poor 1st marriage. After having sex with Miranda (NOT making love!) he takes off for 7 weeks to a rowdy house party. Nice. IMO the worst book JQ has ever written :(

  • Nani
    2019-03-25 09:18

    #RetoRita (no sé cuantos llevo ya )RELECTURA.Pues bien, la primera vez que lo leí le puse 4, así sin más, sin pensarlo o meditarlo. Por lo que esta vez, ya habiendo meditado durante, mmmm, 5 minutos tras haberlo terminado, le pongo 5.He disfrutado como una enana con los ellos (Miranda y Turner). Que personajes más geniales, bien construidos, con su temores (ésta parte más bien por parte de Turner).Aquí nos encontramos con un amor infantil, que se transforma en amor maduro por parte de Miranda. Me ha encantado como ella se decía, que no, que era pasajero este "enamoramiento", que al día siguiente se le pasaría ( que ilusa la pobre). Miranda es una mujer serena, sensata, cauta pero no una ñoña, o sensiblera. Tenía claro lo que quería (a Turner) y porqué lo quería. Se ha enfrentado durante todo el libro a las emociones, acciones, palabras o falta de todas ellas por parte Turner, con un estilo, saber estar, sinceridad aplastante y sobre todo, sincera consigo misma. Lo ha pasado mal, o mejor dicho, Turner se lo ha hecho pasar canutas. Por mucho que estuviera perdidamente enamorada de él, ella no se amilanado, y le ha cantado las cuarenta, muy bien cantadas. Pero como es un libro romántico, acaba bien. :).Por otra parte está Turner, un hombre que se enamoro de una manera desbocada, pasional de su primera mujer, y posteriormente, sufriendo por dicho matrimonio, convirtiéndolo en cínico con respecto al amor y a las relaciones en el matrimonio. Le he entiendo y comprendido, cuando él lo exponía con mucha claridad. Ha sido también sincero, nada hipócrita, pero había ese "algo" que le impedía avanzar. Si es cierto, que me daban unas ganas de gritarle "DESPIERTA Y HAZLO", pero luego pensaba, es que es normal, menuda primera mujer que tuvo.He disfrutado de sus conversaciones (que diálogos más buenos). Julia Quinn, no se ha andado con las ramas, ha tratado y escrito exclusivamente de ellos dos. Tan poco hacía rellenar con tonterías para llenar el libro, ellos dos sólitos lo han hecho fantásticamente bien.Por cierto Miranda en la actualidad, sería otra de nosotras, usando Goodreads, foros, reseñando. Me la he imaginado así debido a la escena de la librería (brutalmente graciosa).

  • Zoe
    2019-03-30 14:40

    It was all rather sweet, writing definitely on the more sophisticated side in this genre. This whole "why won't you love me" thing got on my nerves. It dragged on for too long. The characters of Turner and Miranda were inconsistent. But I did not dislike either of them so that was ok. This book reminds me ofNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, where a little girl who felt insecure about her looks was re-assured by a big brother and decided at a tender age that he was THE ONE. But Miranda is not a pathetic heroine like Callie, thank God Almighty. Miranda was poised and had dignity and did give Turner a hard time for being the cad that he was. The miscarriage was treated waaaayyyy too casually. Turner didn't even ask about what happened! He was told that Miranda "was pregnant before but no longer". That was it!! I was thinking wow you guys are certainily taking this all in stride. So all the "hiding out in Scotland to have the baby and rushing to Scotland to pursue the mother of my child" scene just ended with "she was pregnant but is not anymore"? No "what happened?", no "are you ok?" I have never been pregnant myselft but losing a baby is a TRAUMATIC experience. I was appalled by how cool Turner and Miranda both were about the miscarriage. It was unnatural. The book has all the Julia Quinn charms which is why I still found the reading experience positive. I won't be gushing about the book but it is worth a read.

  • Yankeecountess
    2019-04-19 12:40

    So I have this mental list of amazing male protagonists from novels, men who get to stand proud and tall in their billowy tucked-in, unbuttoned shirts, as I bestow upon them admission to the exclusive “Best Romantic Heroes in Literature” Club. …Nigel Bevelstoke, Viscount Turner is not one of them.**Full-Steam Spoilers (and Rants) Ahead**First off, I would like to point out that this is the third book by Ms. Quinn that I have read, and funnily enough, the three books I have read have been THIS little series of hers (The Bevelstokes). The first book I read was actually book #3, Ten Things I Love About You which I *loved*--Sebastian, the hero from that book? HE gets admission to the club. Book #2, What Happens in London was ok, though it by no means wow-ed me the way #3 had, but all in all, it wasn’t bad. So I finally pick up book #1, and I read the premise and think “this will be good!”Boy was I wrong.Fair warning, I am going to spoil the crap out of this book, as well as rant about how much I hated it, and I’m not saying that lightly—I hated it, and the hero can have admission to the other club for WORST “romantic” Heroes of All Time.The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever opens with our darling Miranda at the tender age of 10, attending the birthday party of her best friend Olivia (the future heroine of What Happens in London). Miranda needs an escort home as apparently her father is neglectful and spends all his free time studying ancient antiquities rather than knowing where the hell his only child is, and so Olivia’s mother asks Olivia’s 19-year-old brother Nigel (who hates that name and prefers to be called “Turner”, the name of his title…but since I hate him, I’m calling him Nigel) to take Miranda home, which he dutifully does. And while traveling, Miranda reveals that another girl teased her at the party, making some mean comment about her looks (she’s not supposed to be very pretty), to which Nigel says that the other girl was wrong, that he thinks there is nothing wrong with Miranda’s looks, even going to the point of declaring that he believes the color violet looks lovely on her, unknowingly going against something the mean girl previously said to Miranda. FROM THIS ONE REMARK ALONE, 10-year-old Miranda falls head over heels in love with Nigel Bevelstoke, and for the next ten years, harbors a crush on him.During this ten year period, Nigel (I’m still refusing to call him Turner) gets married to a cardboard cut-out villainess named Leticia, who has recently died, as well as done many a dastardly deed off page, so all we have to go on when it comes to her horribleness is Nigel’s rather bias memories of her. Apparently Leticia (the hussy) charmed him, making him think he was in love with her, convincing him to marry her even though she was pregnant with another man’s child, but after marrying, not only does she lose that child, she continues with her various affairs for years and years and years, until finally one day she dies due to a riding accident.“…Under mysterious circumstances”…actually no, that never comes up, though I thought it might. It certainly would have made things a bit interesting, as this book was rather BORING, when it wasn’t pulling out all the stops to infuriate me.But Loathsome Leticia has left her mark on “poor wittle Nigel”, and it’s apparently all her fault that he’s now a complete asshat. Miranda attends the funeral, momentarily reminiscing about the day she witnessed him marry Leticia, and how “in love” he seemed, while she remained in love with him (gag). The Bevelstokes often invite Miranda to stay with them (they’ve practically adopted her), and so she goes to the library to fetch something and runs into a drunk Nigel who makes several bitter remarks before shocking Miranda by kissing her. But it’s not sweet, nor is even done out of passion, or if there is passion, it’s an angry, punishing kind, and Miranda even remarks to herself that his kiss is hurting her. He then dismisses her and she runs back to her room, tears streaming down her face, her heart shattered because the kiss she has always longed for and imagined from him has been destroyed. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with him and I’m thinking, “Ok, this might work—she’s ‘woken up’ from her crush and now he’s going to have to reform and seek forgiveness and earn her love and trust…” Oh if only I had been so lucky. But not so. His apology to her the next day is half-assed at best, and despite her “convictions” to detest him, she fails miserably and continues to love him from afar.As a reader, this romance was so “painful” to watch. Miranda seemed to have multiple personalities, because one minute she was “strong-willed heroine who wasn’t going to put up with Nigel’s bullshit” and the next she was “submissive doormat who can’t stop mooning over him”. It was exhausting to see. As for Nigel, for the first half of the book—perhaps even longer—he has 0 interest in Miranda; he sees her as nothing more than Olivia’s friend, he even thinks of her at times as a “little sister”, if he does think of her. He’s condescending, he’s patronizing, he’s a bully even, he makes it clear that he doesn’t want to marry again, he just wants a shack up with some widow, and when he does learn that Miranda is in love with him, he’s practically horrified by the revelation! You would think if he were THAT steadfast in his convictions of wanting to avoid her or at the very least, not wanting to develop anything further than an acquaintance through his sister, he WOULD return to the country, he WOULD encourage his younger brother to pursue Miranda, but no, he has to mettle, and he strikes me as one of those guys who can’t stand the thought of a girl liking anyone BUT them, even if they themselves have no intentions of pursuing something.But while that’s pretty bad, that isn’t why I hate Nigel Bevelstoke. Because up until this point, I was willing to give this book 2 stars, in fact I WANTED to give it 2 stars, because that would mean there was something salvageable about it, but no…no, Nigel ruined everything after he seduces Miranda against her will.There are AL OT of “red flags” in this book in regards to abuse. Nigel and Miranda find themselves seeking shelter from a storm in a little hunting lodge (typical trope, it was even used in Lisa Kleypas’ Scandal in Spring, a book I gave 5 stars to!), and Miranda asks Nigel to leave the room she’s occupying so she can undress and dry off. Instead, Nigel makes it SOUND as if he’s left the room, walking away and shutting the door, BUT without really leaving. Miranda doesn’t realize he’s still in the room (she has her back to him) until he groans at the sight of her naked skin and quite rightfully she shrieks and tells him to get out, but he doesn’t! No, NOW he wants her, NOW he’s interested; never mind that he disregarded her wish to be left alone in that moment, or that he betrayed her trust and refused to listen to her when she asked him to leave.Things quickly go downhill from here. They have sex, and he promises Miranda that they will get married, BUT, he needs time to “think”, apparently (YOU SHOULD HAVE “THOUGHT” BEFORE YOU HAD SEX, YOU ASS!) but yeah, he needs a fortnight to think about things before announcing their engagement. He “assures” Miranda this is for the best, because if he announces right now that they’re engaged, everyone will assume they’re guilty of the thing they actually did, so really, he’s doing this out of HER best interests! But turns out he’s not gone for a fortnight, he’s gone for 2-3 months! And Miranda has no way to contact him, and then she learns that she’s pregnant.So Miranda has been knocked up and left to fend for herself by a man who MORE THAN ONCE has shown NO regard for her feelings, and has made it clear that entering into a marriage with her is not on his priority list. When Nigel does finally reappear, instead of groveling and begging for Miranda’s forgiveness, he gives half-assed apologies and makes various threats that THEY WILL marry because HIS PRECIOUS HONOR is at stake.It’s not about Miranda, it never has been. The guy couldn’t give a flying fuck for her feelings or reputation in all this, but oh no, HIS HONOR might be called into question, so NOW they have to marry. THAT is the incentive, not her.The threat of physical violence is EVERYWHERE in this book. Nigel shoves his sister against a wall when she’s upset at the prospect of losing her friend, he shakes her like a ragdoll and threatens to backhand her if she doesn’t tell him why Miranda has gone to Scotland (she retreated there when she found out she was pregnant and Olivia is the only person who knows the reason), and when he corners Miranda in Scotland, he tells her that he has people watching her house so she can’t escape, he grabs her wrist and painfully squeezes it until she complies and agrees to whatever he wants, and gives her many a disturbing glare, all with the threat that something *bad* is going to happen to her if she dares disobey him.This is NOT a man to fawn over. This is not a man, period. This is a monster, and by no means is worthy of giving one’s heart to. Furthermore, Nigel treats Miranda like a child, cruelly teasing her, bullying her, continuing to talk to her in a patronizing manner, taking the book she’s reading straight out of her hands and mocking her…HE IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER ASS!…And yet she still loves him. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??? She can’t stay angry with him, though I truly wish she would. She gives in, marries the douche, but apparently he’s a “stand-up guy” again (like he ever was) and I skimmed over the wedding night chapter because I’m not that much of a masochist. Oh, and she loses the baby. Apparently during that 2-3 three month period when Nigel was away leaving Miranda to fend for herself, she miscarried, but no one seems to be heartbroken about it, least of all Miranda. It’s skimmed over and presented like an after-thought. But not to worry, because she soon gets pregnant again, and then the book does a crazy time jump in a matter of two pages and BOOM, it’s now 8-9 months later and Miranda is approaching her due date.And if Nigel weren’t enough of a asshole, let’s also throw in the fact that Miranda tells him, just before he leaves for London (why, I don’t know) that she loves him (because all this time, he’s never once said the big L word to her). Nigel panics and his throat dries up. He CAN’T say it back; his speech is quite literally crippled. Miranda’s heart is broken (again) and they begin a “separation”, where they are married, but living like two strangers under the same roof. Nigel fumes and broods and is angry at Miranda for forcing them to be apart, but doesn’t truly try to make things right. He’s man enough to recognize that *this* is at least his fault, but he doesn’t seem to be as sorry as he should be. And it should be noted that while he can’t say “I love you”, he WANTS to hear her say to him over and over. Double-standard hypocrite.Well the book does have a “happy ending” if you can call it that. For me, a happy ending would be Miranda leaving Nigel’s ass and running off with his younger brother who seemed sweet on her at the beginning of the story. Any other writer would have done just that, but nope! No, in this case, it’s the sound of his daughter’s cry when she is born that FINALLY has Nigel realize “OMG, I *DO* love Miranda!” But before he can say anything, she’s losing blood AND MIGHT DIE. But she doesn’t, and when she wakes up from her mystical birthing coma, she hears Nigel confess that he does love her. Awwww—barf.I mention all of this because I NEED people to know how disgusting and unlikable Nigel Bevelstoke, aka “Turner” is. He’s not swoon-worthy, he’s not admirable, and he definitely is not the kind of guy, fiction or real, that should be desired by anyone. He’s a condescending, patronizing, hypocritical, abusive dickhead who needs to be kicked in the balls repeatedly.Miranda can do so much better. And so can readers.

  • Lady Wesley
    2019-03-27 15:26

    This book appealed to me more in the audio version than when I read it several years ago. Jenny Sterlin did a fine job narrating.

  • Nuria Llop
    2019-03-29 12:33

    (21ª. del #RetoRita, Mejor Romance Histórico 2008) Entretenida, con un comienzo que engancha y se sostiene hasta la mitad de la novela. A partir de ahí, se suceden varios clichés del subgénero de regencia que me han aburrido un poco, aderezados por unos diálogos que pretenden ser ingeniosos y que a mí no me lo han parecido tanto. Tal vez, si el protagonista masculino, Turner, o su hermana (que es la amiga de la protagonista femenina) no repitieran constantemente que ella, Miranda, es ingeniosa me habrían resultado amenos, pero la insistencia en el ingenio de Miranda no lo he visto en la mayor parte de las conversaciones. Tampoco en sus diarios, a los que el título de la novela parece darles una gran importancia y, en cambio, tienen la justa, pues no revela mucho más que lo que ella ya nos demuestra en las escenas que le corresponden, tanto con su comportamiento como con sus pensamientos. Por suerte, después de esa parte intermedia algo insulsa, la novela remonta y nos ofrece un final emotivo y bastante bueno. Creo que lo mejor de la novela es lo que la autora nos quiere contar por medio de Turner: cómo un matrimonio infeliz al que te has lanzado con ilusión puede destrozarte y dejarte insensible, pero que eso no es el fin del amor, que puede haber una segunda oportunidad. Turner no es un buen protagonista de romántica en el sentido de que resulta difícil, como lectora, enamorarse de él, pero me ha parecido muy real, mucho más que Miranda. Ella es el ejemplo de que el amor es ciego, sordo e irracional, y me lo habría creído en otro tipo de mujer, pero no en una a la que se califica de ingeniosa e inteligente. Creo que la autora podría haberle sacado mucho más jugo a la protagonista. Los secundarios que rodean a la pareja son personajes estupendos y mejoran una historia que no está a la altura de otras de Julia Quinn. Su serie Los Bridgerton es muy buena, pero esta novela es prescindible. Solo la recomiendo a las adictas a la romántica de Regencia.

  • Avid Booker
    2019-03-21 17:44

    At some points I REALLY liked this book and at some points I hated it or was bored. The first half will bore you to tears. The middle will have you uncomfortable and feeling bad for the heroine. The last portion will have YOU CRYING.Honestly this book I felt bad for the heroine. She has unrequited love for her best friend's brother who had merely said some kind words to her while he was going through her awkward stage. She loved him through his failed marriage and everything. Luckily she was younger than him so when his wife died she was fresh out and ready to marry. She proclaimed her feelings too much to be comfortable. YOU CANNOT MAKE SOMEONE LOVE YOU. That was her problem. I wasn't completely angry at the hero. Because it was her fault too. I REPEAT. You cannot make someone love you.The hero, Turner, real name Nigel. He was.... there wasn't much to love about him. I don't understand her love and neither did he. Which is why I can't be angry at him. He was attracted to her and he kind of just went with that attraction. Not that he doesn't have ANY redeeming qualities about him. But... I wouldnt have let him touch me yet. Like..... I mean getting fucked by your childhood crush and supposed love of your life is a dream I guess. But... not with these circumstance tbh. She should've passed.What seemed like a plot that was going to be I'm falling for my best friend's brother plot. Ended up being that, a forced marriage, and pregnancy plot. I REALLY enjoyed the pregnancy part. I wish there was more regency novels that showed it. Seems super interesting!The last portion really made up everything for me. It was really emotional and it made me cry so I feel like it was worth it to read.Also song for the book :My Best Friend's Brother by Victoria Justice lolQuotes:"What's wrong with her?" he ground out."Turner...""Tell me!""No, I can't. I..." Olivia went white. "Oh, my God."A look Turner had never seen before, on his sister, or indeed anyone, came over her face, and then-"How could you!" she screamed, pummeling his upper body with her meager fists. "How could you? You're a beast! Do you hear me? A beast! And it was positively wretched of you to leave her like that!"Turner stood stock-still throughout her tirade, trying to make sense of her words and her rage. "Olivia," he said slowly. "What are you talking about?""Miranda is pregnant," she hissed. "Pregnant.""Oh, my God." Turner's hands fell away from her arms and he sank down onto the bed in shock."I assume you're the father," she said coldly. "That is disgusting. For God's sake, Turner. You're practically her brother."His nostrils flared. "Hardly.""You're older than she is and more experienced. You shouldn't have taken advantage of her.""I am not going to explain my actions to you," he bit out coldly. Olivia snorted.But sometimes, when she did not realize he was watching her, he caught her looking at him with such longing. She always looked away, so quickly that he could not even be sure that the moment had occurred."But I look like a cow.""Mmm-hmm." His lips never left hers. "But a very attractive cow." (this reminds me of a youtube video lololol)Lady Rudland sighed. Do I need to spell it out for you, son? Go away.""Why?" Turner looked incredulous."There is no place for men in childbirth.""There was certainly place enough for me beforehand." He muttered.

  • Sruthi
    2019-04-10 11:32

    I was expecting much more , and hence disappointed. #Bevelstoke2 has been so much interesting , funny and fluffy , ohh well I will never be tired of reading it . Mirinda is in love with Turner since she was ten , and she loves him with all his heart , she is not the most beautiful woman but definitely the most lovable one . But Turner failed that quality , he is smart , cares for Mirinda , Adores being with her , he sounded more like brother till the very end . He is a jerk , believe me when I say it , she tells him she lost their baby and god not even a single apology , he jumps with marriage proposal after his master act of 2 month disappearance . Wow , just wow quite some hero , isn't he ? P.S- The last chapter was Mirinda going into labour and all . Hell child birth in 19th century is so damn unbelievable . Doctor gives up and so does everyone , they don't even take her to hospital , only expect her to die and they all start murmuring their last words for her . I can't believe it . And Men have no place during a child's birth , what an irony though . Started reading #Bevelstoke3 , lets see how it turns out , I am quite hopeful though , Sebastian is a darling .

  • Chandra
    2019-03-29 10:19

    Story Rating 5 StarsCharacter Rating 5 Stars Romance Rating 4.5 StarsHeat Level 2 StarsOverall Rating 4.25 StarsThis book was brilliant.