The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 5 May, 2014 by Amanda / 8 Comments

The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #3
Also in this series: Just Like Heaven, A Night Like This, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

He thinks she’s an annoying know-it-all…

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she’s long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

She thinks he’s just plain mad…

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn’t matter. She doesn’t care that his leg is less than perfect, it’s his personality she can’t abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless …

Need more Smythe-Smith in my life.

Thoughts on The Sum of All Kisses

Oh, book. Julia Quinn gives good historical romance. Uncomplicated in the best way possible. And now I just want to read the rest of her books.

So, Hugh. We’ve known about him from the beginning of this series, and the previous book revealed some… interesting THINGS. And I was so very curious to see what would happen in his book. And I wasn’t disappointed. By him or Sarah.

I love, love how lighthearted and uncomplicated these books are. Which isn’t to say there aren’t complications. But they tend to be outside complications rather than internal ones. The characters know what they want.

And the family? Awesome. The unicorns are BACK. It makes me want to climb in the carriage and witness the shenanigans. I do hope they’ll be back in the next book.


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8 Responses to “The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    “But they tend to be outside complications rather than internal ones. The characters know what they want.”

    YES!!! That’s always what I look for in romances to be honest. The internal conflicts, when well done, work really well for me, but so often they’re blown way out of proportion and I’m just left frustrated by all the unnecessary drama. I like that these two know exactly what they want and they just have to deal with outside forces. Together. Win:)

    • Yes! That’s exactly it about internal complications. They’re out of proportion. Usually a simple talk OR ceasing making assumptions could completely solve the problem. Which is probably why I like Julia Quinn’s books. I rarely have to deal with that. :)

  2. I am reading a Julia Quinn series RIGHT NOW! And I was all set to recommend it (Bevelstroke), but the first book has complications. Internal complications :( But I think the second book would be your style. AND there are spys! Now I need to go add this series to my list . . .

    • Ha! I just actually read the second book in the Bevelstoke series (I didn’t realize it was the second when I picked it up) this weekend and it was EXACTLY my style. I might have to jump ahead to book 3 then and see how it goes. :)

  3. I do enjoy Julia Quinn’s writing — it’s quick and simple but still a great story. Nothing wrong with that! I do prefer more humor in my stories but the love stories in these books are always satisfying.

  4. Julia Quinn is the best!!! She’s one of my favorite authors. Which JQ books have you read? Which ones havne’t you read? Have you read The Bridgerton series? Because, seriously, that series is amazing. Especially books 1, 2, and 4!!!!

    Oh, and have you read What Happens in London? Because I really like that one too. OH!!! And How to Marry a Marquis. That is an older one, and maybe not quite as polished, but so great!

    Anyway, I really liked The Sum of All Kisses too. I also liked that the complications had to do with other things, and not a lot of angst on the characters’ parts. I smile so much while reading, and after finishing a JQ book. Usually anyway.

    • I’ve read the following JQ books:

      The Lost Duke of Wyndham
      Mr. Cavendish, I Presume
      Just Like Heaven
      A Night Like This
      The Sum of All Kisses
      What Happens in London (just read it this weekend and adored it)

      I haven’t started the Bridgerton series because my county library system doesn’t have the first book, though I might see if I can get it from a different county library or skip ahead to the next book or both. :)

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