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Preview — Courting Julia by Mary Balogh. Courting Julia Sullivan 1 by Mary Balogh. When Julia's rich stepfather died, his legacy drew suitors to Julia like bees to honey.
Yet for all the practical men who offered their hands, none could make her heart soar like Frederick, the reputed rake. Julia knows it's safer to be sensible, but how can she resist the rapturous desire she feels for Frederick?
Original Regency Romance. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Courting Julia , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Courting Julia Sullivan, 1. Aug 16, Ivy H rated it really liked it Shelves: beautiful-heroine , hero-a-bit-nerdy , broody-hero-with-tortured-past , no-sex , ensemble-cast , virginal-heroine , hero-was-a-stubborn-asshole , heroine-lacking-common-sense , sexy-hot-hero , feisty-funny-heroine.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The wild, untameable, hoyden heroine is matched with the ultra conservative, stuffy and non rakish hero, in this delightful, clean traditional regency romance.
Julia, the heroine, is the shining star of this novel. She's at the centre everything that happens, including the minor storylines, because she's by nature a sociable, feisty and adventurous young heroine. Sometimes she's annoying but it's impossible to dislike her because she was such a sweet and kind individual.
Daniel, the H, 3. Daniel, the H, is the polar opposite of Julia. He's cold, haughty, dislikes having fun, is always concerned about his image as the new Earl of Beaconswood and takes himself too seriously. Daniel spent most of the novel complaining and criticizing other characters' behaviour and life choices. This would've ended up being a 3 star rating but the author salvaged my opinion of Daniel by explaining, in detail, why he'd grown into such an unhumorous man.
Mary Balogh also redeemed him at the end by turning him into a happier and more light hearted individual who finally accepted that he needed to have some sort of balance in his life.
Julia's an orphaned poor relation whose guardian left her in quite a financial bind after his death. The late Earl, whose late daughter had been Julia's stepmother, stipulated in his will that Julia will only be able to acquire his one unentailed estate if she marries one of his nephews.
There are 5 nephews to choose from and the H is eldest; he's also the one who has inherited the old Earl's title and entailed properties. Daniel's greedy mother resents Julia but wants her son to maintain possession of the unentailed estate. The H, however, dislikes Julia intensely because she's not his idea of what a perfect Countess is supposed to be. He takes himself out of the running and it's up to the other 4 young men to court the heroine.
Three of them are quite nice but Frederick is a rake with huge gambling debts. The confused Julia doesn't know what to do. She's reluctant to marry any of them because she's not attracted to them except for Daniel but she's also scared of ending up with her hateful relatives who live in the north of England. What follow is a charming little story that focuses on the heroine's attempts to choose a husband from among these men.
The MC's spend a lot of time arguing but they're unable to deny their attraction for each other. Daniel fights it more than Julia because he's already picked out an insipid, "suitable" debutante to whom he'd been on the verge of proposing. I was honestly annoyed with Daniel for most of this story. The term hoity toity could've been coined to epitomize this H. It's only in the latter half of the story that Daniel begins to loosen up a little and it all happens due to Julia.
The heroine kept getting herself into wacky situations due to her love of adventure and Daniel often found himself right in the middle of all her drama. It seemed that he was the only one unlucky enough to be right there just when she decided to go swimming in the pond or riding wildly on her stallion. I loved how Julia challenged Daniel and forced him to accept the sexual attraction that they shared: "You did not follow me because you were outraged," she said.
Be honest with yourself, Daniel. You followed me because I am a woman. More woman than you have ever encountered before. More woman than you know what to do with. He was unskilled in the art of casual flirtation and his sexual experiences had been strictly confined to his few former mistresses. Julia, while being a virgin ingenue, was still far too sensuous and free spirited for Daniel.
He didn't know what to do with her and he was ashamed of the passion that he felt whenever she was near. There was no sex in this novel but the author included quite a few passionate make out scenes in the latter half of the story and it was wonderful to see the way Daniel unravelled in Julia's arms: He had possessed many women, and had taken several of them with an energetic lust.
He had never—not once—lost all touch with reality, been so absorbed with the woman in his arms that sensation had deprived him of thought and reason. Not once until just now, that was. The last quarter of the novel was filled with grand drama when Frederick kidnapped Julia to take her to Gretna Green and force her to marry him.
It's only then that Daniel finally becomes assertive and takes control of the situation. Frederick ended up developing a conscience at a last minute but the H was still there to save Julia and to propose to her. Daniel also proved his love for her by gifting the unentailed estate to her. There was also another minor romantic storyline between Daniel's sister and one of the other cousins.
This novel wasn't filled with the usual type of London Ton and aristocratic ballroom regency drama because it's set entirely at the country estate. But it was a cute and refreshing traditional regency. Safety: No sex, no OW drama. The H had been courting a debutante during the London season but his interaction with that lady had been platonic. The heroine kissed a couple of the OM the candidates for the post of her husband during the time she was trying to vet which one would be suitable.
This is Daniel, the H: This is Julia, the heroine View all 16 comments. They both annoyed me. There were supporting characters I preferred more- Camilla, Malcolm, and Lesley. Still, it was readable and I especially enjoyed the theme of childhood's end, loss, and family. There were some tender scenes and noble moments with touches of Austen interspersed here and there without being predictable. I'm very pleased that I have read more of this author's later books to know that her works evolved to greater heights beyond these earlier publishings.
View 1 comment. Oct 24, Christa rated it really liked it Shelves: booksfree-com. Courting Julia was a traditional regency romance. While her "Slightly" series books are my favorites by Balogh, I also enjoy her regency romances. The heroine, Julia Maynard, was a sweet, carefree, likeable young woman who dreamed of a marriage filled with love.
The hero, Daniel, Earl of Beaconswood, was a responsible man to whom duty and respectability were everything. His determination to always be honorable and upright was admirable, but his continued disapproval of the heroine quickly became Courting Julia was a traditional regency romance. His determination to always be honorable and upright was admirable, but his continued disapproval of the heroine quickly became annoying.
This is the only book I have read by Balogh in which the physical relationship between the hero and heroine was not consummated during the story.
The Earl of Beaconswood wanted his beloved step-granddaughter to be married and settled happily before he died, but when he realized it was not going to happen, he amended his will. He left his home to Julia on condition she accepted an offer from one of her five step-cousins within a month. Will he offer before the month is over? More to the point, will she accept if he does? Already have an account?
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