A Night Like This by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 3 February, 2014 by Amanda / 16 Comments

A Night Like This by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}A Night Like This by Julia Quinn
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #2
Also in this series: Just Like Heaven, The Sum of All Kisses, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Anne Wynter’s job as governess to three highborn young ladies 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 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. 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 …

Giggling out loud equals total win.

Thoughts on A Night Like This

Oh. OH. A book that can make me giggle out loud is always good. And that’s precisely what A Night Like This did, on multiple occasions. The interactions between Anne, Daniel, and his cousins were so much good fun. Sometimes you need a little lightheartedness in your stories.

Especially when both characters have their own secrets and problems.

As the second book in a series, the couple from the first book made an appearance in A Night Like This. In fact, there were overlapping scenes and that just made it all the more entertaining. If you haven’t read Just Like Heaven, though, no worries. A Night Like This is able to be read on its own. But you get more depth to the story with your knowledge of what happens in book 1.

And I liked the way it all rolled and fit together.

Anne’s past (and Daniel’s) made for an intriguing match between the two. But it was sweet and forbidden and rather darling. Which is not a word I use normally, but somehow it seems to fit, so I’m going to stick with it. This is the fourth (I think) book of Julia Quinn’s I’ve read, and while it’s not a heavy hitter like Sarah MacLean or Tessa Dare, Julia Quinn’s books are the perfect kind of escape read when you need something light and fun.


Filed under: ESR: 8, Historical Romance, Review: Amanda,


16 Responses to “A Night Like This by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I’ve only read one Julia Quinn novel and that is completely unacceptable Amanda. I NEED MORE! Darling is the perfect word to describe her stories (at least the one I’ve read), they’re sweet and cute and so well done, and this one is clearly no different.

    I just finished the new Tessa Dare (I’m not firing on all cylinders this morning so I can’t remember the name. The series has something to do with castles), and it was adorable. Have you read it yet?

  2. I’m a HUGE Julia Quinn fan. She’s in my top three historical romance writers list, right up there with Julie Garwood and Tessa Dare. And I like her books more than Sarah MacLean’s. I’ve really been enjoying Quinn’s Smythe-Smith Quartet, but I have to tell you to read her Bridgerton series. You’ve probably heard this before. And although JQ’s books almost always have quite a bit of humor in them (she is known for it, and it’s what makes me love her books so much) some of her Bridgerton books are a little meatier. I think The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (this one is probably many people’s favorites!) are particularly amazing. Have you read those?

    Also, I think describing JQ’s books as darling is perfect. They really are delightful.

    • I haven’t read her Bridgerton series yet—mostly because I have to request the first in the series and I haven’t quite gotten around to it. But it is on my list to read!

  3. Tee hee! This one is my least favorite of the three so far, BUT it is still so enjoyable! I laughed a lot while reading it (both times). Julia Quinn knows how write the giggle-inducing scenes and a fantastic family dynamic. I would definitely agree this book is darling!

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