Review: The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
Author: Julia Quinn
Published: October 29, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.
Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless ...
There is always something about the Smythe-Smith books that put me in a good mood. I know that when I read them I'm going to be thoroughly entertained. I know I'll laugh, swoon, and happily sigh by the end of it.
The Sum of All Kisses is no exception.
Sarah is what you might call a drama queen. Everything is life or death with her. She has it out for the male lead, Hugh, because of the duel that almost ruined her family. She loathes him and he doesn't like her either. Which makes them the perfect two to fall in love. There is banter, witty and silly. There is family drama on Hugh's side. And of course there is romance. Sweet, sweet romance. All the ingredients for a good novel.
I love reading about this family. However this book is not my favorite. It's still really good, though. Julia Quinn knows what her readers want and delivers it every time. If you haven't met the Smythe-Smith family yet, you really need to be acquainted. I would start with the first book, Just Like Heaven. You could read The Sum of All Kisses without reading the others, although it would help you get the bigger picture. Now, I have to patiently (or not) wait for the next book to come out!
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