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

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

by Julia Quinn

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

He thinks she's an annoying know-it-all

Hugh Prentice has never had 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.

She thinks he's just plain mad

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 herself speechless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062072931
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet Series , #3
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 25,325
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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The Sum of All Kisses 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 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!!)
ClarisaO More than 1 year ago
My favorite JQ's to date. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super great lots of excitement and romance
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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