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The second in the Smythe-Smith quartet of books which are a spinoff from Ms Quinn's Bridgerton books. It's the Smythe-Smith musicale again, and Daniel Smythe-Smith returns from exile to see an unknown pianist taking part. He's instantly smitten, but he's an Earl and Anne is a governess with past she would prefer to keep hidden. But Daniel is not to be put off, even though someone keeps trying to kill him. But who is the real target? Again, a witty and bright read. The same core characters reappear, but this time the focus is on Daniel.
JQ does excellent characterisations with a touch of humour and plots that are like cantilever. The regency backdrop may not be perfectly historically accurate but does provide a perfect society to hang many historical and contemporary belief. This book didn’t solely rely on the prologue to tell the backstory but allowed Anne’s tale to be released gradually. There are also some very funny bits.
Another enjoyable book. I liked Anne and loved Daniel, which surprised me because I didn't expect to like him more than Marcus in the last book. I enjoyed the story and the fact they both had a past. Interesting that Anne has to be the first JQ heroine, apart from Francesca in "When he was Wicked" (who was a widow) to not be an innocent at the start of the novel, having been seduced as a 16 year old girl by the man she is now on the run from. Mind you, she does appear to be as inexperienced as all the other heroines in the obligatory sex scene with our hero. Well at least I found her reactions at first to be those of someone who was. I little thing I noticed in this and recent JQ books is the distinct lack of tongues in the kissing scenes. Has someone complained to Miss Quinn about them? I just found it odd because the love scenes themselves are as explicit as ever and tongues are certainly mentioned there. LOL!