Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Night Like This by Julia Quinn [Review]
A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2) by Julia Quinn
Format: paperback
Source: library
Date read: December 19, 2013

Smythe-Smith Quartet
1. Just Like Heaven
2. A Night Like This - Paperback | Kindle
3. The Sum of All Kisses

Julia Quinn
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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 . . .
Thoughts on A Night Like This: This book had me at "with a ten-year-old who thinks she's a unicorn." Yes, I went into it for the imaginary unicorn but I got a WHOLE lot more than that. Whole lot.

For example, I got an Earl who doesn't give a fig for what most of society thinks. I got a governess with secrets. Dangerous, dangerous secrets. I got a perfectly wretched musicale that managed to bring these two together. Frankly, as awful as the Smythe-Smiths play, their annual program ends up being a blast. I love how it's the cornerstone of the family.

I'm going to pause for a moment to mention how much I like Hugh Prentice. Clearly he's dealing with things and I wonder how his story will play out in book 3. I also liked seeing Marcus and Honoria again. Because those two are adorable. Absolutely adorable.

Okay, back to the main characters. Anne's situation is painful. What her family did to her is awful and the fact she did everything she was supposed to and she's still being punished gave me a case of the angry eyes. Daniel is in a bit of the same situation. He never meant to hurt Hugh and he's paid dearly for his mistake. But then, one could argue, Hugh's paid for it even more. But that's not the point.

Because of their situations, both Anne and Daniel know what it's like to be forced away from their families. And Daniel's single-mindedness in pursuing Anne was kinda awesome.

You know what? I like these Smythe-Smiths. They're fun.

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