Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #4
Also in this series: Just Like Heaven, A Night Like This, The Sum of All Kisses
Genres: Historical, Romance
Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.
*flails for JQ* *flails some more*
My Thoughts on The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Oh, Richard. Like Iris, I just can’t quite hate you. And I don’t want to, either.
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy takes a different… tone (for lack of a better word) than previous JQ books. There’s still humor — and the beginning of the book showcases this perfectly — but it’s muted, especially later on. Because RICHARD!
Anyway. Richard has secrets. And, like Iris, we don’t know what they are until he chooses to reveal them. Which takes, approximately, forever. (Though maybe that’s because I wanted to know RIGHT THAT VERY MOMENT and we’re forced to wait. And wait. And wait some more.) It was GOOD. Well, his secrets weren’t good, exactly, but they were good in that I wasn’t able to guess the full extent of them. AND I LIKE THAT.
Sooooo. Normally I don’t like when characters hold BIG SECRETS back from us, and Richard’s secrets are a bit of a doozy, but JQ manages to make him care enough for Iris that we never completely, totally, 100% feel like he’s the douchiest of douches. He’s very aware of the situation.
As for Iris, she was awesome. For Richard, for his sisters, for everything. I only wish I had more time with her and them. Though I’m not sure if that’s because I read this book in bits and pieces over a couple days (not my usual MO) or because I JUST WANT ALL THE JQ! It’s probably more the latter.