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Review- The sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn

Title: The Sum Of All Kisses

The Sum of All Kisses

 Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon, 2013

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh himself with a badly injured leg. That’s fine with Hugh, who can’t tolerate Sarah’s dramatic ways. But when the two are forced to spend a week together, they find that unexpected kisses, and mutual passion, may have the power to change both of their minds.

**

I thought this the third in the Smythe-Smith Series was the best yet.  I had missed the bantering family feel that was so delightful in the Bridgerton Series and seemed in short supply in the first books of this series, but this book captured all of that once more with the Pleinsworth girls and the Smythe-Smith daughters.  Here we not only have a hero bogged down in guilt but we have a heroine who initially has every intention of making him pay for past deeds.  There is a villain whom we revile and whom our heroine takes to task.  The romance is slow to build, the dialog wickedly witty and the book splendidly entertaining.

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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 amazon.com:

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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Review Anthology- Where’s My Hero by Kleypas, Quinn and MacGregor

Title: Where’s My Hero

Genre: Anthology/ Historical Romance

Author: Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Kinley MacGregor

Publisher: Avon, 2003

Source: purchase, secondary market

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com

Dear Avon Books,

Where are my heroes? Whenever I’m reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I’m falling for the wrong guy — not the hero, but the other man — and what I really want is for him to have his own story.

Like Jake Linley, from Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas…that doctor could sit by my bedside if I ever got sick. And Ned Blydon in Splendid by Julia Quinn…he makes me want to learn to waltz! I never thought living in a drafty castle would be much fun until Simon of Ravenswood in Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor came along.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that these are my men — when do they get their stories?

Sincerely,
A Romance Fan

**

Three novellas by three of romances best talents.  I enjoyed all three of these stories.

Lisa Kleypas wrote Againist The Odds about Regency era doctor Jake Linley who is in love with Lydia Craven who is about to marry Lord Wray.  Lydia has resigned herself to this marriage of convenience until she spends time alone with Jake.

Kinley MacGregor (AKA Sherrilyn Kenyon) has a medieval romance about Simon of Ravenswood, Midsummer’s Knight.  Kenna, cousin to the king, thinks she is betrothed to Stryker but it is Simon who has been writing words of love to her.  Will she be forced by the king to marry Stryker?

Julia Quinn wrote A Tale of Two Sisters about regency era Ned Blydon who is a viscount and one day to inherit the title of Earl of Worth.  Ned is betrothed to Lydia who loves Rupert and plans to elope with him.  Charlotte, Lydia’s sister manages to get embroiled in the elopement scheme. The resulting story is a testament to the brilliance of Julia Quinn.

In an anthology it is usual that one story, at least, will not be as good as the others.  Not so in this book, all three are wonderfully written and it made for a very satisfying read.

 

 

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Review- Mr. Cavendish I Presume by Julia Quinn

Title: Mr. Cavendish I Presume (book #2, The Lost Duke of Wyndham)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon, 2008

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting . . . for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all . . .

It’s true. He doesn’t. Thomas rather likes having a fiancée—all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay—and he does intend to marry her . . . eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas’s world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he’s not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love . . . with his own fiancée!

**

There was a bit of controversy about this book.  Many readers were disappointed saying that it was basically a rehash of the first book, THE LOST DUKE OF WYNDHAM.  Lucky for me I totally missed reading the first book and so thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

We really don’t know until the end who will retain the title of Duke and what will happen to the other.  This makes for a page turning plot.  The characters are well drawn and the action is non-existent but true romance for all is the cornerstone of this novel.

I liked this book and I highly recommend it to all Historical Romance fans.  However, perhaps you should read this one and not the other or you too may be disappointed.

 

 

 

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Review- It’s In His Kiss (Bridgerton Series Book #7)by Julia Quinn

Title: It’s In His Kiss (Bridgerton Series Book #7)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Pub: 2005 Avon books

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy rating:  5

 

The Bridgerton Series ( H or h) 

  1. The Duke and I (Daphine)
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)
  3. An Offer From A Gentleman (Benedict)
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin) 
  5. To Sir Phillip With Love (Eloise)
  6. When He was wicked (Francesca)]
  7. It’s IN His Kiss (Hyacinth)
  8. On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory)

 

I have to confess to reading this series out of order but you probably have guessed that by now.  It is not how I like to approach a series but I have been reading these from the library and taking what I can get.  So far I have read #’s 1, 2, 4, 6, 7&8.  I did have to purchase a few but #3&5 are still eluding me.   I will try my darndest to find the others because I love the Bridgerton family. So far, out-of-order has not impacted my enjoyment of these books.  Each does stand alone.  Some have been recent reads and others I read back at the beginning of the year.

This installment is about the romance of the youngest Bridgerton, Hyacinth.  Her mother, Violet, is starting to worry that she is being far too selective when it comes to choosing a husband.  Of course Hyacinth disagrees and is looking for just the perfect match.

Gareth St. Clair is a second son of a Baron.  His  father has nothing but disgust for him.  We learn about the lifelong animosity that Gareth has had to endure and the reasons why.  This upbringing has turned Gareth into a rogue and a rake but Hyacinth sees him for the true gentleman that he is.

There is a mystery that these two try to unravel and it brings them closer to true romance.

Once again Julia Quinn has enthralled me with another episode of the Bridgerton Saga.  She is a master at keeping the reader turning pages into the wee hours with no hope of sleep until we know what will happen.  We care about her characters and feel we know them intimately.  We ache for them and we cheer for their triumphs.  We fall in love when they fall in love. The romance is lovely and the sex is sizzling.  Mmm, yummy!

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Review- When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn (#6 Bridgerton Series)

Title: When He was Wicked (#6 The Bridgerton Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: AVON 2004

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the back of the book:

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one’s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one’s life will never be the same.

For Michael Stirling, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught and then turning the tables until he was the victor, of caressing and kissing and making love to them but never actually allowing his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and so hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing.

Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton a mere thirty-six hours longer; the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

**

This has to be the most emotionally engrossing novel in the Bridgerton Series.  The torment of Michael’s secret love, the torment of Francesca’s grief , their guilt and passion.  Well it is just the absolute best for a sentimental fool such as Moi.  Quinn knows how to write and brings to life the personalities of these two people so that we totally understand them and their feelings.  The romance is long in coming to fruition and perhaps people long denied would become so passionately free.   Quinn gives us a study in the consequence of guilt and how it can impact a relationship.  This is no light and fluffy read.  Have tissues handy and enjoy a good cry.

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Review-The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (#2 Bridgerton Series)

Continuing on with Julia Quinn Week—

Title: The Viscount Who Loved Me (#2 The Bridgertons Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Pub:  Avon Books (Large Print Edition), 2003

Source: Library

Rating: 5

Sexy rating: 5

For me, there is no romance more delicious than the kind where the H/h are truly disliking each other and then fall in love.  It is wonderful to see them transform from antagonists to lovers and Julia Quinn has written the perfect story in this theme with her delightful THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME.

Kate Sheffield is the older, plainer of two sisters at their first London Season.  It is imperative that the sisters find marriage partners who are, if not wealthy then at least well off since they cannot afford to come to London for another season.  Edwina the younger sister is considered the beauty and most likely to attract a proposal.  Because of this Kate is devoting her attention to her sister’s cause and screening likely suitors.  

Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton, has a reputation as a rogue and a rake of the first order.  He is the head of a large family that relies on him for their protection and wealth.  He is 29 and he feels it is his duty to marry and produce an heir and this is the Season he intends to do just that.  Edwina Sheffield seems to be the ideal candidate.  For him it will be a marriage of convenience and certainly not love.

The fun of this book starts with Kate’s determined attempts to thwart Bridgerton’s pursuit of her sister since she does not want Edwina marrying a man with his reputation. They are like cats and dogs and of course they are both strongly attracted to the other but refuse to acknowledge the attraction.

There is humor and pathos in this book which makes for a totally satisfying read.  This book was rated by readers of www.likesbooks.com as # 8 out of 100 all time top romance novels in print.  It is truly deserving of the distinction.

The Bridgerton Series ( H or h)  [rating given out of 100]

  1. The Duke and I (Daphine) reviewed on Monday July 25,2011
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)
  3. An Offer From A Gentleman (Benedict)
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin) ]
  5. To Sir Phillip With Love (Eloise)
  6. When He was wicked (Francesca)]
  7. It’s IN His Kiss (Hyacinth)
  8. On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory)

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Review- The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (#1 Bridgerton Series)

Title: The Duke and I

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Harper Collins July 2011

Source: purchase, Kindle edition $1.99 until August 9,2011

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description: Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town’s marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn’t as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry – though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon’s heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

**

I have been all over reading this series out of order.  It doesn’t really spoil the books but I think reading them in order is more desireable.  This one at $1.99 from Kindle is a great bargain and it is book one in the series.

Let me get this out of the way; I am in love with the Bridgerton Series.  There, now you know so that is why I am totally biased about each of the books.  Every time I read one I think “Oh, this is the best one.” And then I read another and think the same thing again.

This first in the series sets the tone for all the ones to follow (see the list below).  Daphne is not a raving beauty, although certainly not unattractive, so all her potential suitors look on her as a pal and not a sweetheart.  Simon the Duke has had a traumatic childhood and has no desire to marry and continue the lineage.  In their attempt to “help” each other they fall in love but not without problems to overcome.

Quinn is a master of dialog, scene setting, romance and plot. You’ve got nothin’ to lose, go for it.

Bridgerton Series:

  1. The Duke and I
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me
  3. An Offer From a Gentleman
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
  5. To Sir Phillip, With Love
  6. When he was Wicked
  7. It’s in His Kiss
  8. On The Way to the Wedding

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Review- Ten things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

Title: Ten Things I Love About You

(Book 3 in the Bevelstoke Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon 2010

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating:5

Description from back of book:

Ten Things You Should Know About This Book

1. Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.

2. Annabel Winslow’s family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.

3. Sebastian’s uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.

4. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.

5. Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems.

6. Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.

7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, and 9 is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to

10. Happily. Ever. After.

**

I enjoyed this entry in the Bevelstoke Series better than the others and I have enjoyed all three.  Once again there is humor, with a secret author who writes gothic novels and a voluptuous heroine who is desperate to be rid of an elderly suitor.   All beautifully brought together by Ms Quinn’s wonderful ability to weave a story. The entire series is light hearted and a delightful escapist read.

(other reviews in this series posted on June 17 & 20, 2011)

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Review- What Happens In London by Julia Quinn

Title: What Happens In London

(Book 2 of the Bevelstoke Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Pub: Avon 2009

Source: Library

Rating: 4.5

Sexy rating: 5

Lady Olivia Bevelstoke lives next door to Sir Harry Valentine.  She spies on him from her bedroom window because she has heard from the London rumor mill that he killed his fiancée.  She doesn’t believe it,  but she’s watching him to find out just what sort he is. 

Sir Harry has been working on his job at translating documents for the war office and noticing that Lady Olivia has been watching him for a week.  When the war office calls him in to officially keep close tabs on Olivia and especially her interactions with a visiting Russian prince, Harry must make an effort to be in Olivia’s company even though they have had animosity between them.  It doesn’t take long for the two to find out they are infatuated and then the fun starts.

This book is rather predictable in that you know the H/h will end up together but getting to that point is often hilarious.  Quinn once again develops a story that has humor, surprises and suspenseful tension along with sizzling sex and heart pounding romance.

(other reviews of this series published on June 17th & June 24th)

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