Welcome to my stop for the 4th title in Julia Quinn’s Smythe-Smith Quartet series, Please read on for the excerpt and review, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win A Print Bundle of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, including A NIGHT LIKE THIS, JUST LIKE HEAVEN and THE SUM OF ALL KISSES. Then don’t forget to check the other tour stops to see what others thought about the title! But First…
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
From my first introduction to this series in book 2 through this installment, I’ve become a fan of Julia Quinn’s storytelling: she manages to make her characters breathe from the pages, full of quirks and traits that work perfectly as an adjunct to the story progression.
Iris is the focus of the story, and from being a rather background character for the other books, here she shines throughout. Logical, thoughtful and inches from a pragmatist, she isn’t one to be overwhelmed and dramatic, a retreat and a good think seem to be more her style.
Richard is in need of a wife – yesterday if truth be told, but he’s not found anyone that sparks an interest, until Iris. He’s not a bad sort, a bit too concerned with his ‘big secret’ but determined to make a marriage and take care of his sisters, even when he was being a boneheaded prat. But, he finds Iris intriguing, and flirts outrageously, a bit too much emotional outlay from him.
Iris is intrigued by Richard but everything is just ‘too”, too fast, too much, too good to be true. She’s put through the ringer with him – he’s attentive then aloof, with plenty beneath the surface that she only senses, but he won’t reveal. I had to admire her caution with him, her soft prodding and gentle reactions, and the eventual forgiveness for his bad behavior. Even more interesting for me was her non-reaction to this ‘secret’ that he was sure would end everything. It really was an anticlimax, and Iris should have been told, but fortunately for him, she didn’t overreact or call things off. She did, however, make him work for her declarations and affections as well she should have.
Quinn takes you in, creates characters that are never all good or bad, and then allows them to work their way into your heart and head while detailing a romance that is perfectly on point, even when it isn’t. A lovely addition to the series, these are well worth an afternoon’s escape with tea and cookies.
Title: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Author: Julia Quinn
Genre: Historical Romance
Published on: 27 January, 2015
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 58 minutes
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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. And 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.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.