Review: A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2) by Julia Quinn

September 16, 2013 Review 1

Review: A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2) by Julia Quinn

Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is . . .

But she's managing quite well as a governess to threehighborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge—in a singleweek she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playingan evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or mightbe a comedy—no one is sure), and tending to the wounds ofthe oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodgingunwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly temptedher, and it's getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.

Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger . . .

But that's not going to stop the young earl from fallingin love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family'sannual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that meansspending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she's aunicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to seehim dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril,he will stop at nothing to ensuretheir happy ending . . .

Title: A Night Like This
Author: Julia Quinn
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Sum of All Kisses, Because of Miss Bridgerton, Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Sum of All Kisses
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: 29 May, 2012
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 373
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Stars: four-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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If you want a sweeter and less challenging but still mostly enjoyable story: A Night Like This by Julia Quinn will fit that bill.  When newly minted earl, Daniel is well into a long night of drinking and poker and accused of cheating, the argument fast gets out of hand.  A penchant for remembering the deck, and the ability to recite the cards played was not enough to avoid the challenge to a duel.  Unfortunately, Daniel shot his opponent, and needed to flee England until the furor died down.

Anne is the governess to Daniel’s cousins, with secrets of her own.  From this point forward, the story is a cat and mouse game of attractions and secrets, with plenty (perhaps too much) perseveration from both Anne and Daniel.  Daniel is tongue tied and sweetly gawping each time he encounters Anne.  While this was sweet to believe he was so enamored of the governess; his hesitations never were clearly explained.  Anne, meanwhile has carefully cultivated this refined and cultured persona, hiding secrets within.

Slowly but surely the two manage to relax and become more comfortable with one another: wide ranging discussions of events of the day, and current likes do lay a solid foundation for their relationship to grow beyond that instant attraction phase.  A few twists on a Cinderella story, with a quietly insistent but never overbearing Daniel carefully cultivating Anne.  And her ability to see beneath the title and the obvious inequity in their social standing, even as she repeatedly bemoans the fact that she is the “governess’ do tie the attitudes of society at the time to the story, even as the characters are flouting convention.

A few pacing hiccups and some too-oft repeated lamentations from both Daniel and Anne did detract from the flow of the story, and while there are several moments of sugary sweet scenes, the story will leave you smiling at the end.

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