From Julia Quinn, the New York Times bestselling author of steamy historical romances, comes the third seductive installment of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, The Sum of All Kisses. Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly. Although neither protagonist from Once Upon a Tower actually appears "on screen" in The Sum of All Kisses, both are mentioned, and Iris's frantic search for . The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, From Julia Quinn, the New York Times bestselling author of steamy historical romances, comes the third seductive installment of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, The Sum of All Kisses. Sarah Pleinsworth can.
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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn The Wicked Deeds of Daniel . If there is, Julia Quinn caught a bad case of it. I'm so frustrated by The Sum of All Kisses. We begin in such a fantastic place that I start to think. The Sum Of All Kisses - Julia Quinn ~ Chương PDF Download PDF A6 - mobile. Bạn cần đăng nhập để download eBook. Đăng Nhập Đăng Tác giả: Julia Quinn . “He can multiply monstrously huge sums in his head.
She hates him intensely — an emotion Hugh found himself completely at a loss to explain at their first meeting a couple of years back, but which he has since attributed to her penchant for the overly dramatic and her tendency towards hyperbole, things with which he has little patience.
She also bears a massive grudge against Hugh because of the duel — but not just because of the danger to her cousin. No, the cause of her displeasure is far more selfish.
The duel and ensuing scandal meant that her family removed itself from London until things had died down somewhat, meaning that Sarah missed her come-out and the chance to ensnare an eligible bachelor in that year. They are awkward together — Sarah barely able to conceal her dislike, and Hugh his contempt. But even though their conversations are stilted, there are flashes of humour underlying them that neither is able to ignore. But when Sarah injures her ankle and experiences just a tiny piece of what Hugh must have gone through, her opinion of him — which had already been softening a little — undergoes a major change, as she starts to really think about the obstacles Hugh must have had to overcome since his injury.
Hugh is a truly lovely beta-hero. He is still torn apart by guilt over the duel, unable to forgive himself even though Daniel has offered Hugh his forgiveness several times over, and one of the most heartbreaking things about the story was the way Hugh felt himself to be diminished by his disability.
Both Hugh and Sarah were very likeable characters, and I thought that their developing friendship was a real delight. Ms Quinn has once again given us a very appealing central couple and imbued them with intelligence and wit.
She also gives us a splendidly observed look at the family dynamic between the Pleinsworth sisters and their female cousins, who needle each other and argue in that way that siblings do, all with that sense underneath it all of a deep caring and love. I would also have been quite happy had the book not contained what seemed to be the obligatory sex-scene near the end. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. They're thrown together by force at Daniel's wedding, improbable hijinks follow, and for some fucking reason, they fall for each other on the spot, considering they have not been able to stand each other for years.
The plot: I give Historical Romances some room for levity when it comes to plot, but I cannot overlook a plot that is so absolutely absurd as to be absolutely unbelievable by any extent of the imagination. The plot and the eventual resolution is incredibly fucking absurd, and please believe me when I say I take no pleasure at all in critiquing this book.
I may not like you at all, but you are absolutely right. The book starts off fairly well, and then devolves into a ludicrous resolution that I can't even hint at because there's no way that you could see it coming. There is no rationality, there is no reason. The resolution and the climax was just pulled out of thin air. I can't even hint at it because there is no foreshadowing involved and no subtlety because the ultimate confrontation just doesn't make any goddamn sense.
The climax of the plot was grandiose, overdone, unnecessary, a complete fucking farce: it's the equivalent of using a jackhammer to insert a pushpin into a wall.
Some series needs to come to a graceful end. The Smythe-Smith family have been a long-running insider joke since the days of the Bridgerton series because of their terrible musical skills and their annual intolerable musical performance. Well, the joke should stop here. The characters: There's just nothing about the characters in this book that stands out. The characters are more or less cookie-cutter dull, and the main character Sarah got on my nerves. For a book that is Regency, there's but the mildest effort at making it historically accurate, considering the inclusion of children at parties, the use of unicorns within discussions, and the use of the word "typecast.
There is just not even a pretense at making the characters' dialogue in this book anywhere near historically accurate. I found Hugh to be inoffensive.
I found Sarah to be quite annoying and grating on my nerves. She used far too many adverbs. And exclamation points. Sarah even admits it herself. And I. How to say it? Sarah reminds me of Helen Lovejoy in the Simpsons, largely because she is so overwrought and more offended FOR someone than the person who was actually hurt.
She is uptight, snippy, and a mess of nerves. Yes, Daniel is her cousin. Yes, he got hurt. No, Sarah should not be screeching like a harpy and acting more hurt on behalf of Daniel than his actual family.
Sarah is one of those types of people who are offended and even more so on your behalf; they mean well, but overall, they should just shut up and let the actual parties involved deal with it rather than taking it on as their personal cause. The supporting characters includes a group of Sarah's teenaged sister' ranging from 11 to their late teens, and all the headache and squabbling that entails, as well as Hugh's Sad, Sad Past and an Evil Father who's more evil than any Disney villain.
I just did not enjoy this book, and I feel like I have to be apologetic for not liking it. The Romance: Not believable. Mainly because Hugh and Sarah have hated each other for years.
He hated her because she's an annoying twit who runs at him screeching like a harpy at every single public appearance at which they meet.
All of a sudden, they re-encounter each other at a wedding. They fight and avoid each other like two particularly ill-tempered cat and dog.
Out of fucking nowhere, the sparks fly. For him. They seemed to tell a man that she knew things, that she knew how to laugh, and if he only laid down his soul for her, she would light up his world with a single smile. And her. And his mouth—he rarely smiled, or at least he rarely smiled at her, but there was something rather wry about it.