ARC Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

Posted January 26, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
by Julia Quinn

3 Stars


Released: 27 January 2015
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #4
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
Format: eARC


“An enjoyable and heart warming read, perfect for cuddling up with and whiling away a cold night, as always Julia Quinn has written a solidly good read, even if it isn’t an exciting one” ~ Under the Covers

Sir Richard Kenworthy needs to find, court and marry within the month in order to protect his family. When he sees Miss Iris Smythe-Smith in one of her family’s infamous musicales, he may have found the perfect candidate. Although quiet and unassuming, she manages to capture his attention making marriage seem like an ideal prospect after all. Iris knows she is not the kind of woman to inspire such a whirlwind romance, especially with a handsome man such as Sir Richard, however, after being caught in a compromising position her misgivings about marrying him become superfluous. But what secrets is Richard hiding and will her growing love for her secretive husband die when he reveals the true reason behind their marriage?

Do you know what you need on a cold, wet January night? A cup of something hot, a warm blanket and a Julia Quinn book to pass the dark night away. With Quinn I know I will always get a light-hearted romance and something that will make me chuckle and that’s exactly what I got with The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy. It may not have had me gripped to my kindle eager for the next page, but it was well written and left me with a smile on my face.

Both Richard and Iris were great characters, funny and likable without a dark edge in sight, which made this an easy going and enjoyable read. It doesn’t make it particularly memorable read though, as with the previous books in this series, although I really liked them as I read them they have not stuck out in my mind as the best the genre has to offer.

An enjoyable and heart warming read, perfect for cuddling up with and whiling away a cold night, as always Julia Quinn has written a solidly good read, even if it isn’t an exciting one.

*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.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne


I agree her books are always good for some fun, light-hearted romance but they haven’t been as memorable lately

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Thanks for the review, sometimes an easy enjoyable read is what’s needed.