Book Review Week: Smythe-Smiths Quartet series by Julia Quinn
Sugar Daily staffs have been planning to write book reviews but we either have no motivation or just plain lazy (ahem). So, this will be our first blog reviewing books. If you are bookwarm, come join the club.
I love reading anything romance because I am just a hopeless romantic. If it has no romance, then it is kind of boring. I read from teen adult to adult romance, contemporary and historical novels. My first review will be set in historical romance written by Julia Quinn, who is famous for her The Bridgerton series. This latest series focuses on the Smythe-Smiths cousins. So far, only three books are release for this series. They are stand alone, so you don’t have to read it in order.
I really like this first installment of the series so far because there is no instant lust and the hero isn’t a rogue reform. Julian Quinn’s dialogues are always witty, lively and plain funny. Marcus, the Earl of Chatteris and Honoria Smthye-Smith have known each other basically at a very young age because he is best friend with Daniel Smythe-Smith, Honoria’s brother. Before Daniel left England, he made Marcus promise to take care of Honoria and his family. Marcus did, by chasing all her suitors. Marcus is a shy, quiet, and serious character but according to other people he’s a formidable and imposing person but we only get to see his soft and sweet side with Honoria. Through a variety of comedic and dramatic circumstances, brought the two together and that’s when they realize their love for each other. One of the thing I don’t like about this book is that half of the book Marcus was injured and Honoria has to nurse him back to healthy state. The ending as always is a rush. If you like intense, suspense and slap/kiss, this is definitely not for you. However, if you want a book to read for laughs this is one of them during a cold rainy day. I just simply wish it is a lot longer because by the time I noticed, there is no more page. I give this a 4/5 stars.
Julia Quinn – A Night Like This
Daniel Smthye-Smith, the Earl of Winstead just return back from his 3 long years of exile out of England. On the first night of his return he met Miss Anne Wynter, a governess to his three cousins. He falls in love at first sight and pursue her. But Miss Wynter is a lady of many secret that she doesn’t want anyone to find out. It might be dangerous (it wasn’t as big as she made it to be). Another reason why she keep pushing him away is because he is an aristocracy and she is just a commoner. How can a commoner have a happy ending with a title gentleman? It is frown upon in society.
Julia Quinn never fails to deliver her sense of humors but this is not one of my favorite. There is something about it that I don’t like. Maybe, my expectation was too high so I was kind of disappointed. There is something annoying about Daniel and his simplicity. I also find it unrealistic that his mother has no objection when he announces he’s marrying Anne Wynter, a commoner. They don’t even know her that well. She also has her own set of drama that Daniel is caught up with. This is still a good book to read if you’re into historical romance. Also, if you’re into fairy tale prince charming. I’ll give this a 3/5.
Julia Quinn – The Sum of All Kisses
The summary from the back of the cover. Hugh Prentice has never been a 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, even if Hugh did grow to enjoy her company, it wouldn’t matter. A reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now, unable to run, ride, or even waltz, he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.
Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought three years earlier, the one that forced her cousin into exile, nearly destroying 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 when the pair is 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 her self speechless.
I also like this third installment. Hugh may seems like a heartless guy at some point because he really doesn’t have patience for dramatic girl like Sarah. She thinks he owed her something but he doesn’t think so. She’s only a cousin and haven’t ruined her directly. Sarah holds this grudge for the longest time because the year Daniel was exile was the year she and Honoria was suppose to come out in society. The duel caused a scandal so they have to hide their face in the country. So, she lost 40 potential men who could have propose to her. Typical female in those era and sounds stupid? She’s just desperate to get married so she doesn’t have to play in the horrible Smythe-Smith musicales. Once you’re married, you don’t have to play in the talent-less Smythe-Smith Musicale. For Huge, this is a petty thing. But when they were forced to be in each other’s company, they try to tolerate each other’s presence. What’s unrealistic is one day they were arguing and then she just extends her hand for a truce. I was looking forward to more bickering and witty exchange between them. Then Hugh’s issue with his father was so easily solved too, after Hugh so many years try to put his dad on a leash. But Sarah was able to set foot and tell his father off. I give this a 4/5 too.
What books are you reading now? What would you recommend? I don’t really like erotic books because every page they are having sex. I’m not into Fifty Shades of Grey.