ARC Review: The Sum of all Kisses by Julia Quinn

Posted October 27, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 1 Comment

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ARC Review: The Sum of all Kisses by Julia Quinn
The Sum of all Kisses
by Julia Quinn

4 Stars


Released: October 29, 2013
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #3
Pages: 373
Format: ARC


I got exactly what I wanted from this book, a lovely romance with some really likable and great characters and finished the last page with a smile on my face ~ Under the Covers

Hugh Prentice has enough to deal with with his bad leg, an injury that was entirely his fault and the result of a stupid and drunken duel with his best friend, and now it seems that the overly dramatic Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is also to plague him, despite her obvious dislike of him. Then again, it was her cousin he had the aforementioned duel with and it did result in a scandal and his friend, Daniel Smythe-Smith having to leave the country. As Sarah gets to know Hugh, her first impressions begin to crumble and her feelings take a dramatic change, especially when his kisses drive her so wild.

I love a Julia Quinn book! They are so refreshing yet familiar, when I open up one of her books I know I am in for a nice romance, some funny moments and often a glimpse of some favourite characters, for instance Lady Danbury a staple of Julia Quinn’s world. The Sum of all Kisses didn’t disappoint, I got exactly what I wanted from this book, a lovely romance with some really likable and great characters and finished the last page with a smile on my face, looking forward to whatever Ms Quinn writes for us next.

Ofcourse, if you are looking for something deep and dark with complicated emotions and an original plot line you will have to look elsewhere. Although that sounds disparaging about this book, sometimes what you need is an uncomplicated romance with characters that are easy to understand. Hugh and Sarah were great, Hugh was a brilliant mathematician who had a cruel and insane father and as such had a little bit of a tortured soul, but was still a complete gentleman. Sarah was feisty and funny, and although a little overdramatic she was fully aware of this and this made me like her more. Together they had good chemistry and I really liked how their relationship changed from enemies to so much more as their banter and understanding of each other deepened as they got to know one another properly.

The characters that really stood out for me though weren’t the main couple but Sarah’s 3 younger sisters, they had me laughing at their antics and their delightfully ridiculous, yet intelligent, conversations. They were also a highlight of the previous book A Night Like This and I hope at some point Ms Quinn will write give them a book of their own.

This was a good book, Julia Quinn has once again delivered us a fantastic book, it was witty, it was romantic and I enjoyed every word, I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Her most popular series, The Bridgertons, is currently being developed by Shondaland as a Netflix series. Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen will adapt and showrun.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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Loved the first 2 books in this series & can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for the great review!