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The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #3)

The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #3)

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by Julia Quinn

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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 destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh


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 destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh himself with a badly injured leg. That’s fine with Hugh, who can’t tolerate Sarah’s dramatic ways. But when the two are forced to spend a week together, they find that unexpected kisses, and mutual passion, may have the power to change both of their minds.

Written with Julia Quinn’s trademark style, The Sum of All Kisses is a witty and lighthearted Regency romance.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The already well-worked Bridgerton universe (subject of eight books, including On the Way to the Wedding) is attenuated by this novel linking it to Quinn’s Smythe-Smith stories. Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is 21, melodramatic, and tactless, so it’s not really a surprise that she’s on the shelf. Her nemesis is the lame mathematical savant, Lord Hugh Prentice, younger son of an insane, sadistic marquess. Hugh rouses himself from bleak self-recrimination over the long-ago duel that crippled him only to express how he despises Sarah in terms such as “fingernails on slate.” Romance, of course, is inevitable. Quinn’s verbal Punch and Judy performance has lost some of its charm in repetition, and these characters are little but mouthpieces for witty repartee. A last-minute inheritance plot tangled by homosexuality, insanity, suicide, and kidnapping leads to a dramatic denouement, but the conflation of lust and coercion among both the good guys and the bad guys makes it difficult to see how a happy ending is possible for Hugh and Sarah. Agent: Steven Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-10-21
Sarah Pleinsworth and Hugh Prentice have good reasons for disliking each other, so neither expects the attraction that springs up when they're forced to spend time together; however, there are a wealth of secrets and obstacles they must overcome to win happiness. Sarah has nursed her antipathy toward Hugh for years. After all, he wrenched her family apart one horrible night when he forced her cousin into a duel that ultimately sent him into hiding. Now, Daniel is back, apparently due to some secretive dealings on Hugh's part, but that doesn't mean Sarah should like him. Daniel is getting married, and his fiancee, Honoria, asks Sarah to keep Hugh company during the reception, since Hugh's leg was injured during the duel, and he is now lame. To her extreme consternation, the more time she spends with Hugh, the more she likes him, and as the couple--not to mention most of London's ton--moves from Daniel's wedding to another wedding of mutual friends, Sarah and Hugh find themselves moving from rapprochement to affection to love. However, there is much more to the story of Daniel's flight after the duel, and dark shadows from that time will reappear once it becomes clear Sarah and Hugh may be headed for a match. Quinn brings her signature style and wit to yet another late-Regency romance, with some character favorites fans have met before in both the highly popular Smythe-Smith and Bridgerton series. Hugh's mathematical brilliance combined with a self-imposed wariness toward his companions make for an enigmatic hero. Sarah's and Hugh's overcoming of their mutual dislike as they open up to one another is a winsome choice that makes perfect sense for the relationship arc and works well for the storyline, especially once they face Hugh's dark past and the specter that threatens their happiness and Daniel's life. Charmingly romantic, with compelling edges of dark conflict and sexual tension.
“[A] wild romp... There’s witty banter, a colorful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read.”
“[Q]uintessential Quinn: witty, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic.”
Library Journal
Ever since "The Duel" sent her cousin Daniel fleeing to France, Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has absolutely loathed Lord Hugh Prentice; after all, it was his fault that she couldn't make her come out on time and lost her chance at marrying any of the 14 men who became engaged that dismal season. Of course, Hugh doesn't think much of Sarah, either, especially since their first disastrous meeting. So when they find themselves at a wedding and are forced to spend time together (and behave) as a favor to the bride, they anticipate being vexed—a lot. They never imagine what will happen. VERDICT A fiercely outspoken heroine and a mathematically brilliant hero whose eidetic memory is both a blessing and a curse clash splendidly in an unstoppable romp that sparkles with enough hilarious situations, over-the-top characters, and laugh-out-loud dialog to keep the chuckles coming long after the book is closed. A lovely tale that is just plain fun! Quinn (The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After) lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Smythe-Smith Quartet Series , #3
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4.36(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

A New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York but can sometimes be found in Italy.

Connie Brockway, the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, is an eight-time finalist and two-time winner of the RITA® Award. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two spoiled mutts.

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The Sum of All Kisses 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. THE SUM OF ALL KISSES starts with the most ridiculous, melodramatic and irrationally entertaining first meet I have ever read. When Lady Sarah meets Sir Hugh, fireworks fly, words are swung like knives and feelings are hurt. And yet, I laughed. I laughed, giggled and chuckled through most of this book, but that opening is gold. Sarah's hatred for Hugh is melodramatic, but also legitimate and it seems impossible that these two people will ever fall in love. Loved this book! I read the whole book first night I bought it. I loved Hugh Prentice in A Night Like This, and was so happy to see him get his own story. Every book I read of JQ I say is my favorite, it'll take a lot to bump this one out of that title!  I was so looking forward to this novel because not only do you get a chance to see a new romance but you get to see how couples from past books are doing. I felt as though this story took forever to get going. I always liked Sarah in the other series (Daniel/Anne, Marcus/Honoria) but I found myself liking her a bit less after this novel. She was annoyingly dramatic and in my opinion not very funny. For me, the first half of the book was dull and flat. Sarah and Hugh both felt a bit whiny and there was way too much interacting with other random characters/cousins in the book. The second half was much better as the characters finally got around to interacting with each other and getting the story going but even still it was only okay. The big dramatic event for me was way too dramatic (Hugh threatening to kill himself?..) and I found myself rolling my eyes a bit. In all it was just okay but that's alright because Julia Quinn is still the best author when it comes to romance novels. Still a good read.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julia Quinn is one of my favorite regency authors. Although i preferred the Bridgerton series, ive enjiyed these books too. I was bored by this book. The main characters were not very likable. The storyline was bland. Really not much to recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Julia's stories...but this one might be my favorite. The hero is so broken but is such a good man. Our heroine has her flaws too...so when they really look at each other...sparks fly! MS QUINN you were born to tell us love stories. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked Hugh's character but Lady Sarah Pleinsworth's was shallow and sometimes just annoying. Good read overall
Crytal More than 1 year ago
I don't really know how I want to rate this one. On the one hand, I really liked the story. Probably better than the others in this series. But on the other hand, it was a let down, as far as Julia Quinn's typically go. It was missing the massive amount of humor that I'm used to from her, especially in the series. I guess I'll go with a solid 3 stars, but I'm not satisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is about all that happens in this book. It could have been so much more. Hugh started out as an interesting character & I had so many questions about him unanswered. If he is the second son how does he support himself? & his future wife. Where is Freddie? What does he do? If he likes men does his father support him? If Hugh despises his father so much does he take an allowance from his father? Most perplexed by Hughs transformation in the first chapters of the book from a smart man to a piece of fluff. Found the end scenes with the father to be unrealistic and icky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to really love Julia Quinn. With the last few books of her she has fallen short of my expectations. I didn't hate it, but it will not be going on my re-read list. I know that I will continue to buy and read her books, but not with as much enthusiasm!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh I loved this book. Possibly my favorite since When He Was Wicked--which is for sure one of my favorites, though really, so many are favorites.... The world Julia Quinn has created is warm, funny, loving--and kind, actually. I miss it when I leave. These characters are folks we've known for a while, especially Hugh, and it was good to really get to spend time and know the man Hugh is. They're quirky people, and interesting--and my gosh I do love those little girls, too. Thank you Julia. It was wonderful. But here's the thing. I know it's hard work to write, even though it must also fun, and it obviously takes way longer to write the book than it does to read the outcome, and I really do re-read, and treasure the books I have. And I do know I'm a horridly demanding harpy...but...even so... who's next??? ;) (PS--but if you're sick of it and need a break--know you have blessings when you take it!! We want you whole-hearted and happy when you write. Spend some time in the south of France!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved spending my day with this book!
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Moves along at a quick pace. Keeps your interest at all times. A very good read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes but this novel it was only okay. The storyline was far from believable and the characters did not capture my interest.
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Friendship turn into hot romance! I love friendship as much as romance and this book definitely delivers what I want between two characters. Did I mention how much I love the idea of Frances and unicorns in this story? Not only did I enjoy the scenes between Sarah and Hugh. I enjoyed the scenes between Hugh and Frances, as well as with the rest of the sisters. I admit that I was a bit tired of the whole sobbing-contract-evil-father-situation, the development between Sarah and Hugh was worth the reading and buying. Definitely one of my favorite books from Julia Quinn.
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ButterflyKN More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed in this book. Julia Quinn seems to have a hit and miss with me and her books. The characters in this book were not likeable, they were bitter and annoying. If you like the hero to be a hot-head and get his shot through and ruined, then you might enjoy this book.  I personally like my hero's to be able to dance, run and swope-up the heroine. His constant leg pains through out the book was draining. Julia Quinn's best books she's written is The Viscount Who Loved Me, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cleever, Splendid.
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