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Romantic, funny and heart melting, the second book in Quinn's Smythe-Smith quartet is simply enchanting. Lancashire Evening Post (Preston) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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 . . .

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062128523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062128522
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
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Julia Quinn's latest novel A Night Like This has a wining pair of protagonists both keeping secrets and both with sensitive spirits.

This tale starts out in a rather rousing manner, Daniel Smythe-Smith, a newly minted Earl is accused of cheating and since Daniel is well into his cups he accepts a challenge to a duel from his inebriated companion. Daniel accidentally shoots his opponent and finds himself exiled for years. His opponent's father is determined to kill him for maiming his son. He has been away for three years before he can return to England.

Anne Wynter is a governess and she is a gentle woman who likes her charges. She meets Daniel on his first day back to England, when she is playing in an awful quartet with Daniel's cousins. She admires Daniel from the beginning; he is dashing, protective of his sisters and a gentleman. Daniel finds her beautiful and witty. They are both correct in their assessment of each other.

Anne has kept her past a secret and for good reasons. She has cultivitated a new persona and she works hard at being a good governess to Daniel's cousins. She realizes the differences in their stations but Daniel is rather persistent and he finds ways of "calling" upon Anne albeit his cousins are inevitably their chaperones.

Miss Quinn has done an excellent job of showing the reader how this couple falls in love. The leads have interesting conversations usually about present day situations and rarely about their pasts yet their feelings are sincere. Daniel is patient and he is also thoughtful for the most part, he does not take advantage of his title to harass or coerce Anne into a situation that she does not want. Both leads are insightful.
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Julia Quinn does it again with this book. She has a certain magic to her writing that just makes her stories so fun to read. I love this time period, and this story had me enraptured from the beginning. I didn't want to put it down. The romance in this story was endearing and affectionate. It never felt sordid or dirty, and I like that. It wrapped you up in the characters and made you feel like you war living it with them. That's a sign of a good book. I think I can safely say, Julia Quinn is perhaps my all time favorite historical romance author. Loved this book! It made me swoon! :)
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The second entry into the Smythe-Smith Quartet is a wonderfully romantic story featuring the one male Smythe-Smith, Daniel, and a governess who might not be who she says she is.

Daniel Smythe-Smith has been in Italy for three years following a duel that went horribly wrong. Finally he is told it is safe for him to return to England and he happily does so. His return coincides with the annual Smythe-Smith musical and after being away for so long Daniel is even happy to hear the "music" performed by his sister and cousins. However, he is surprised to see an unknown face at the piano and as soon as their eyes meet something magical happens. He feels something for the stranger that he has never felt before.

Anne Wynter hates being part of the musical evening, but as governess to the Smythe-Smith cousins she really had no choice when the eldest cousin came down with an illness. Although she doesn't really believe the girl is sick, Anne takes her place at the piano. All is going as well as it could be when she feels someone watching her. After the music ends she is surprised to find herself face to face with the most handsome man she has ever seen. She is pulled to him by some invisible cord and knows that after meeting Daniel nothing will ever be exactly the same - no matter how much she hopes it will.

I loved both Daniel and Anne. They are both strong characters who know what they want and how to get it. Even though they have both had bad things happen in the past, they haven't let those things overshadow who they really are deep down.

I adored the banter between the two. There is a scene where Daniel, Anne, and his cousins are putting on a play written by one of the girls.
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The adventures of the Smythe-Smith family are the most fun reading since the infamous Bridgerton family series. The Smythe-Smiths were first introduced in the Bridgerton series. Each year the family presents a musicale performed by four ladies from the large group of cousins. Each performance is memorable due to the fact that the Smythe-Smith family has no musical talent- but don't tell them!
In A Night Like This, Daniel arrives home from abroad on the eve of the annual musical. He discovers a new face in the quartet. Anne Wynter, governess of his cousins, has been required to stand in for his ill cousin. He is immediately attracted to Anne, but Anne has a secret that forces her to fight her desire for Daniel. Can Daniel find a way to convince Anne he can be trusted with both her secret and her heart?
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When I was a kid I thought Spaghettios were the best tasting food ever created. I could devour an entire can on my own and would have them as an after school snack all the time. When I grew up, I went years without having any, until one day, when I was in my late 20s, my toddler niece was having Spaghettios and remembering how much I loved them, I had some too...and proceeded to spit them out of my mouth almost immediately as I discovered they are disgusting beyond words. I am starting to have a similar reaction to Quinn's books.

Even though I have not cared for the last several Quinn titles (pretty much everything after the Bridgerton series), I continue to read each new release in hopes of capturing the delight I experienced when I read her earlier works. I checked A Night Like This out from the library (at least I have learned to stop paying for the privilege of reading books I end up disliking) and hoped for the best.

No such luck. I was not especially drawn in by the prologue, but I soldiered on. I found Daniel Smythe-Smith to be somewhat bland and not the brightest tool in the shed to the point that he reminded me of Nigel Berbrooke from Quinn novels past (not exactly the image I would prefer for the hero of the book). Daniel was a little too emotional for my liking. By the middle of the book, I was skimming. There didn't seem to be much depth to the characters. This story just didn't captivate (for me) and felt rather colorless and bland as though we were all just going through the motions. There were too many coincidences for my liking ("You have a crazy person stalking you? Me too!").
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