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The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013
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For her cousin Honoria Smythe-Smith’s sake, Sarah Pleinsworth will do her very best to hold her tongue, but asking her to be civil to Hugh Prentice really is asking the impossible. It isn’t enough that four years ago, Hugh’s alcohol-induced actions nearly ripped Honoria’s family apart. The resulting scandal also cost Sarah the chance to participate in what turned out to be the best husband-catching season in recent memory. However, nothing is going to ruin Honoria’s wedding to the Earl of Chatteris, and if that means Sarah must paste a smile on her face while talking to fellow guest Hugh, so be it. Of course, that smile becomes much easier to maintain with each additional kiss Sarah finds herself suddenly sharing with this impossible man. The third sparkling book in her Smythe-Smith quartet is quintessential Quinn: witty, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic. --John Charles
“Quinn brings her signature style and wit to yet another late-Regency romance, with some character favorites fans have met before… Charmingly romantic, with compelling edges of dark conflict and sexual tension.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)
“[A] wild romp... There’s witty banter, a colorful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read.” (RT Book Reviews on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)
“[Q]uintessential Quinn: witty, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic.” (Booklist on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)
“[A]n unstoppable romp that sparkles with enough hilarious situations, over-the-top characters, and laugh-out-loud dialog to keep the chuckles coming long after the book is closed. A lovely tale that is just plain fun!” (Library Journal on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)
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What I Liked
---Lord Hugh Prentice is the type of romance hero that always draws me in. He is a math genius who sees everything as numbers/patterns and is less than comfortable in social situations. His life takes a drastic turn when he gets in a drunken argument with a friend (Daniel Smythe-Smith from A Night Like This) that results in a significant leg injury. I am always intrigued when an author forces a character to rethink their entire existence after an injury or illness and I thought JQ did a fabulous job here. Hugh is a complicated hero who is struggling with the fact that he believes he is less of a man because of his weak leg yet still wants to find happiness in some way.
---I will admit that Lady Sarah Pleinsworth did not endear herself to me early on this book. I found her a bit too melodramatic and loud for my personal taste. Plus it didn't help that she was so horrible to Hugh whom I had already fallen for. But, as always, Julia Quinn showed the development of Sarah's character in such a way that I warmed up to her and was rooting for her to find her HEA.
---Because of the past, Hugh and Sarah's relationship starts off pretty rocky and could be defined as an example of the hate-to-love theme. And I find this type of story so entertaining! I love it when characters are thrown into awkward situations that force them to see things from another side and discover that maybe their arch nemesis isn't so bad after all. Plus it is always fun to read the snarky comments and banter between such characters and Hugh and Sarah didn't disappoint me.
---Family is a big part of this series due to the fact that it centers around this large band of untalented musicians. In The Sum of All Kisses, readers get to see two different types of family with Sarah's warm (and often embarrassing) crew and Hugh's demented father. I personally loved every scene that involved Sarah's little sisters especially Frances and her unicorn obsession. And this book continues to showcase the close bond between the Smythe-Smith cousins (Honoria, Sarah, and Iris).
What I Didn't Like
---I thought the "villain" of The Sum of All Kisses was too over-the-top for this type of story. I understand the need for external drama to keep the interest going, but the danger section felt abrupt and out of place. Despite my misgivings, I do have to admit that I liked the fact that the heroine got to save the hero. It was a nice change of pace in this genre that is full of damsels in distress.
While this book will not be remembered as one of the best Julia Quinn books I've read, I found it to be enjoyable and worth my time. The Smythe-Smiths are just so much fun to read about and the characterization is spot-on. I can't wait to see who gets their story next though I'm hoping for stoic Iris or vibrant Daisy.
They are forced to spend time together during the two wedding of the family- the Earl of chatteris is marrying Honoria Smythe-Smith and then the marriage of Daniel Smythe-Smith to Miss Anne Wynter- the ex-governess of Lady Sarah’s sisters. Lady Sarah and Lord Hugh agree to a truce for the duration of the weddings. During this truce they get to know each other, share time together, share secrets and grow to like, even love each other. They both struggle with their own doubts and inner demons. They find that sharing their issues brings them closer.
One of my favorite secondary characters is Sarah’s younger sister, Frances, aged 11 years. She is wonderfully precocious, has a strong conviction that unicorns are real and loves cake. She has a crush on Lord Hugh and thinks he is brilliant. She loves that he does not talk to her like she is a child and they keep each other company during part of the wedding festivities of Honoria’s wedding. She brings out a side of Lord Hugh that he seems surprised by and is admired by Lady Sarah.
This is a wonderful book that does not disappoint. Lady Sarah finds her inner personal strength and defends Lord Hugh to his father and states HER terms for the way the future will be. I cheered and shouted for her when she told the men in her life, Lord Hugh, Daniel and Lord Hugh’s father, Lord Ramsgate, “I am sick of you (all) trying to solve things. You’re useless the lot of you….” It was fabulous! You will enjoy every page.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Hugh has been mentioned in the other books as almost a villain like character - understandably so, considering his role in "the duel". But this story shows that there are always two sides to every story, it shows that good people can make horrific, life altering mistakes without evil intent. It shows us the importance of withholding judgement without knowing all the facts - the good and the bad. It shows us the lengths someone will go to to try and fix an unfixable mistake. And it shows us the healing power of forgiveness.
Hugh is a tortured man, both physically and emotionally. He has all but given up any hope of a happy life. Sarah is a woman who holds a grudge - she (like most of us) judges Hugh without knowing all the facts - she hates him for what he did and basically uses him as a scapegoat for everything that gone wrong in her life since the duel.
The two are thrown together at Marcus and Honoria's wedding. Slowly Sarah starts to realize that Hugh is not the evil man she thought. When she finally looks past her preconceived notions - she sees what a wonderful man Hugh is and starts to fall in love.
But whenever does the path of true love ever run smooth? Not in this book, that's for sure! Personally I thought Sarah's reaction to Hugh's bargain with his father was over the top and childish. But she redeems herself.
When all is said and done, I loved the book and I look forward to Iris' story but I think it will be hard to beat this story!!