Bk 2 - Smythe-Smith Quartet
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After three years in exile for wounding his friend, Daniel Smythe-Smith, Earl of Winstead, has finally returned to London, and his first order of business is to attend the annual Smythe-Smith concert being given by his cousins. But one look at the young woman at the piano and he’s certain of two things: that she’s not one of his cousins…and that he means to kiss her. The only question is when.
Anne is a governess to the family, pressed into taking the place of one of the daughters. It’s not ideal, but working for this spirited family has always been a challenge—in a single week, she could find herself hiding in a closet full of tubas or playing an evil queen in an impromptu play. And now, to top it all off, she has the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead pursuing her! But she knows a governess has no business consorting with a nobleman…especially a governess with a secret, sordid past. Too bad a smitten Daniel has other ideas. Ill-advised or not, he knows one thing: Anne is in need of seduction…and he’s just the man to do it.
Part of Julia Quinn’s Smythe-Smith Quartet, A Night Like This is romance done right, filled with wit, unforgettable characters, and—most of all—love.
Hardcover Book : 384 pages
Publisher: Avon Books/Imp Of Harper Collins Pu ( May 29, 2012 )
Item #: 13-592656
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Not as good as her earlier works, but still good compared to most of the writing out there. I'm still a huge fan of Ms. Quinn's and will definitely be buying the next novel in this series when its released.
I have been a fan of Julia Quinn since Brighter Than the Sun came out. While this book has some of her trademark humor in it, the story felt as if it were trying to decide if it was a comedy, frivolous romance, or melodrama. The characters lacked chemistry and the plot was really weak. As a huge fan of the Smith-Smythe musical tradition, I was very disappointed withit he musical being such a tiny part of this story. I had a difficult time finishing it, yet it might be something to read if you are on the beach or in a plane. Not a keeper!
Once again Ms. Quinn has a hit on her hands. This is the 2ND in the Smythe-Smith Quartet and was enjoyable from cover-to-cover. It tells the story of two people Daniel Smythe-Smith and Anna Winters (Annelise Shawcross), who in their youth did something which caused their lives to go horribly off track, Daniel, is back home trying to get his life back on track,when he meets Anna Winters at one of the now infamous Smythe-Smith musicales. And the book takes flight from there.
It is filled with wonderful and funny Julia Quinn dialogue, and like her previous books everybody gets good lines...even the bad guys! This book made me smile and laugh to the very end. I like the backdrop of the infamous musicales, and seeing the bad music from the side of the participants. The secondary characters are also wonderful,a favorite of mine was Lady Pleinworth. When an author can write a secondary character as well as this one, well, the rest of the book has got to be a hit. Brava Ms. Quinn. Looking forward to the final two in the series. And FYI, I was checking out the authors website and the final two 2ND Epilogues will be out in November in a collection of all 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!