Inside Ten Things I Love About You

  • Sebastian first appeared in What Happens in London. He kind of stole the show, so it was pretty clear to me he’d need his own book.
  • Sebastian and Annabel meet at Lady Trowbridge’s party in Hampstead–the same party at which Daphne and Simon share their first kiss in The Duke and I. (Not the same year, though; I’ve decided Lady Trowbridge’s party is an annual event.)
  • In What Happens in London, Harry Valentine had to leave The Magic Flute after the first act, and Olivia had to miss the performance entirely, so I was happy to give them an opportunity to finally see the opera.
  • I have often been asked if I plan to write a paranormal romance. The answer is no, but I will confess to pride and amusement at my having managed to use the word, “undead” in this novel.
  • Lady Twombley is the former Cressida Cowper, who appeared as the “mean girl” in The Viscount Who Loved Me and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.
  • At the Hartside Ball, Annabel dances with a veritable compendium of characters from my previous books: Nigel Berbrooke (from The Duke and I), Mr. Albansdale (who married Felicity Featherington), Neville Berbrooke (from On the Way to the Wedding), Mr. Cavender (the villain in An Offer from a Gentleman), Prince Alexei (from What Happens in London), Sir Harry Valentine (the hero from What Happens in London), and Gareth St. Clair (the hero from It’s in His Kiss). Except for Harry, none of these men have anything to do with the plot of Ten Things I Love About You. But I needed to list the men Annabel danced with, and I thought I might as well use characters we’d seen before.
  • I can’t skip stones. I’ve always wished that I could.
  • In the epilogue, Sebastian says that if he takes Annabel’s advice he will “go down in a flaming pit of ruin.” I said the exact same thing to my husband, for the exact same reason.
  • Any Spinal Tap fans out there? This book goes to eleven.

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