A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 . . .

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Long-time Quinn fans remember the Smythe-Smith family from her popular series about the Bridgertons. In this second book in the more recent series (after Just Like Heaven), she focuses on the burgeoning relationship between Daniel, the lone Smythe-Smith brother, and governess Anne Wynter. VERDICT A governess and an exiled Earl? This is, of course, the perfect pairing for a Quinn novel, as usual full of fantastic characters and a sweet and spicy romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062072900
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 117,616
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of twenty-three previous novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Wonderful!

    For years I have watched the Bridgertons attend Smythe-Smith musicales and wondered when those girls would get their story. This second installment in the Smythe-Smith quartet is more than I could have ever asked for.

    What I love about Julia Quinn's characters is that they are believable people. I throughly enjoy her story-telling, and cannot wait for the next installment.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Will my heartfelt dreams ever be fulfilled? Running, hiding, an

    Will my heartfelt dreams ever be fulfilled?

    Running, hiding, and always looking over your shoulder are no way to live. Both Daniel Smythe-Smith, the Earl of Winstead and Anne Wynter have been chasing and trying not to be noticed for too many years. Daniel is finally free of his demon, or so he hopes and finds Anne just when things are looking up is no coincidence.

    Anne’s poor decisions created a situation where she cannot reveal her true identity. She needs the governess job she holds to make sure she can survive and still looks over her shoulder every moment of the day. Daniel is more than a distraction for her; he is a complete and total obsession. The feelings are mutual for both of them and they know the obstacles. The question becomes which one will have the good sense to stop a relationship before it starts. Anne will allow one kiss to hopefully put a stop to it all but that one moment of bliss is the heart of every magical moment either of them could have imagined.

    Daniel will pursue, Anne will taunt, and both will make wishes upon stars in the night. But will any of it fulfill their desire to be together. What Daniel wants he normally achieves but this time the hurdles are society as well as family with both proving to be daunting opponents what the heart wants. When Daniel becomes Anne’s protector and they both show how strong they are together perhaps, the walls between them can come down.

    Julia Quinn has the ability to take the written word and turn it into a magical experience. Readers are always treated to the joy of romance and the passion that comes from the simple touch of a hand.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Loved it!

    This was a great read that kept me entranced. I am a Julia Quinn fan and
    I have read all of her books. I thought this was better than her last. I love romances that contain characters that actually converse and laugh. The dialogue in this book was quick witted and funny. Plus, I'm a sucker for the damsel in distress, so I fell for this hook, line, and sinker. It was nice that the damsel had a brain. Way to go Julia!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    No plot, no chemistry, no romance

    This one is not worth $7, maybe not even worth checking out from the library. She had to have written this in less than a week. The characters fell in love immediately and there was no real reason why, nor any chemistry or tension. The hero of the story seemed a little on the simpleminded side and immature. The plot could have been very well done, but was resolved with extremely little effort and not even wrapped up very well. The writing was at about a jr high or lower level of difficulty. I've read teen lit that was more sophisticated.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Loved it

    I love a book that makes me laugh so hard my dog walks off in a huff. A lovely feel good love story. I cannot wait for the next.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Very disappointing! I read all of Julia Quinn's books and they a

    Very disappointing! I read all of Julia Quinn's books and they are fun,
    light, and very enjoyable. This book was terrible. I had a difficult
    time believing this was her writing...it was so bad! I will think
    twice before buying her next book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

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    Love it!

    Have you met the Smythe-Smith's? I was introduced to this delightful family last year with Just Like Heaven. The Smythe-Smith is a family who upholds tradition especially when it comes to the Smythe-Smith Quartet. The family has a lot going for them but musical talent is not one of those things. Every year the family gathers to put on a ghastly musical. This particular book focuses on Anne Wynter. She's is not a Smythe-Smith but rather the governess of Harriet, Elizabeth, and Frances, that steps in when one of the members of the quartet falls suddenly ill.
    Daniel Smythe-Smith has just returned from exile. Although he's assured that all has been forgiven, he can't help but still look over his shoulder. He's immediately attracted to Anne. Both characters have secrets they've been hiding. Anne thwarts all of Daniels attempts to woo her. She has a shady past that has taught her to stay clear of men like Daniel but she can't help but be attracted to him and living under the same roof as him threatens to undo everything she's worked so hard for.
    I loved every page of this book. Julia Quinn has quite a knack for story telling. She combines romance, humor, and a bit of danger and turns out a fantastic story. The Smythe-Smith's are an endearing family that I wish I was apart of. Daniel's and Anne's story is fantastic but I have to say Anne's students Harriet, Elizabeth, and Frances stole the show. These three girls are hilarious. Their dialog and banter literally made me laugh out loud at times. I love how Quinn writes her characters. I could picture the expressions on their faces which made me laugh even more. The Smythe-Smith's are characters that will warm your heart and win you over. Overall I thought this is a great story. This is a series that I highly recommend. You won't regret it!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Disapointed

    I am one of Julia London's #1 Fan, but not anymore. This book took care if that. What a dissapointment. Not very original for Julia London. I read this same story line from another writer but done better. The main characters are spoiled and not very engaging. I had to keep checking to be sure it's a Julia London am reading. Readers who gave this book four stars must know the writer. $6.99 + tax down the drain. I want a refund.

    2 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very goo

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    I read it in less than a day

    I wonder if Hugh will get his own story next? Perhaps with Sarah? I can't wait to see!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Julia Quinn a night like this

    I bloody well think this book is boring boring you hear boring that's just what it is hm I gust liked how the covering looked and bloody well good coluring on the top cover
    I guess but still a not good book hm

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Enjoyable read!

    This was the second book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet Series. I enjoyed it more than the first! This is about Daniel, The Earl of Winstead, the older brother of the Smythe-Smith girls. The story begins with a young Daniel seriously injuring a friend in a duel. Yes, it is an accident, but he still must flee the country or risk retribution by a vengeful father. Then we jump three years and Hugh the friend Daniel injured comes to tell him all is forgiven to please come home. He arrives home on the day of the year that his very musical (wink, wink) female siblings/cousins are performing in the annual Smythe-Smith Quartet Musicale. Sarah one of his cousins fakes illness to get out of playing in the musical and in her place is the governess Anne. Daniel sees Anne from the back of the room where he is hiding to avoid a scene and when their eyes meet there is an instant connection. Yes, they fall in love and live happily ever after, but this story is a very enjoyable read getting to that point. Anne has a secret and is in danger and must eventually rely on Daniel to save her. I really enjoyed the younger cousins interactions with each other and Daniel. They infused a lot of humor in this book. Looking forward to the next Smythe-Smith Book!!! I originally wrote this review for another e-book site.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Good read

    Good read! Loved the "play"!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Anonymous

    Loved this book. Great addition to the series. Made me laugh and cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Bounty

    Pads into her den and lays down curled up.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    :)

    This is really good if you like good books

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    On A Night Like This in Regency England, anything can happen,



    On A Night Like This in Regency England, anything can happen, especially when a beautiful pianist sitting in at the annual Smythe-Smith musicale catches the eye of a haunted, hunted man in desperate need of redemption.


    Julia Quin has such a clever talent with her witty dialogue and entertaining secondary characters. Her settings are fantastic, I always feel as if she’s set me smack dab in the middle of a fairy tale, where I pleasantly lose myself in the beautiful surroundings and historical details. I love the escapism she provides. The debonair Daniel Smythe-Smith has an interesting back story. Make no wonder Anne Wynter so easily falls under his spell and make no wonder how easily I fell under the spell the author wove with this enchanted story. I will admit that these two were not my favorite pair of all the author’s couples but I loved the humorous moments and I adored Anne’s charges, making this a light and breezy read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Recommended

    This was the first book I read by Julia Quinn. The sample was enough for me to decide that I had to read the rest of the story. I'd buy other books by Julia Quinn.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Ok

    Well written.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Great new series

    Like this new series . . .

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