Review- A Night Like This by Julia Quinn

Title: A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is . . .

But she’s managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge—in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy—no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he’s the first man who has truly tempted her, and it’s getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.

Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger . . .

But that’s not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family’s annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she’s a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending . . .


The beginning is interesting; a rake with a past and a governess who has secrets.  Well of course, the rake wants to woo the governess and now the story falls into all kinds of silliness with this man frolicking with the governess and her three precocious charges.  I’m sorry but this is just not very likely.  I forge past this unsatisfying part and toward the end there is actually some drama and danger which pulls this novel out of the two star to the three star rating.  I found this book just an “okay” read and  it is definitely not up to the standards of her Bridgerton Series.


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