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I enjoyed reading this book, but I was a quite disappointed; I haven't compared the length of it against Julia Quinn's other books but it felt really, really short in comparison.
I was also disappointed with the plot development. You don't really learn much new in this book when you compare it to Just Like Heaven whereas in the Bridgerton series, despite the overlapping timespans, there was often a lot of new material in each book. Where there were areas of the plot that could have been fleshed out it seemed to have been done as a bit of a rushed afterthought.
It is definitely not one of Julia Quinn's best efforts, I'd actually go as far as to say it is the worst of her books I have read to date. If I could give it two and a half stars I would.
This is the second book in the Smythe- Smith Quartet by Julia Quinn, following
Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet)
, where we were first introduced to the protagonists of this book. Daniel, Earl of Winstead, has just returned to England from exile in Europe, after a drunken duel caused him to lame and almost kill a friend, and incur the fury of his powerful father. Anne Wynters is a governess to one of the many branches of the Smythe-Smith family, but she also has a secret and knows what it is like to be afraid. A Night Like This, explores their growing relationship as circumstances, and madmen, try to keep them apart.
I enjoyed this book. Like Just like Heaven, it still was not up to the high standards as some of Quinn's earlier books, but I still found myself engrossed, despite the missing spark. There were several times I found myself laughing out-loud at Quinn's humorous and lightning paced dialougue, especially at the scenes involving Annes charges, the young Smythe-Smiths. I found myself liking Daniel some more than Anne, whose character was quite conflicting at times, but my favourite character was Hugh Prentice, the man who Daniel shot. After the end of the book, I found myself very much hoping that he would be the hero of the next book of the Smythe- Smith quartet.
J'aime beaucoup lire J.Qinn. Il y a un côté décalé, genre je copie Jane Austen et je m'amuse énormément qui rend ce livre tout à fait plaisant quand on veut se nettoyer la tête et mettre son cerveau en vacances en continuant à améliorer son anglais.
I've recently re-read this book in preparation for the latest, A Sum of all Kisses, and now I remember why I'd forgotten it. I was disappointed at the time because it just didn't feel like the writer's usually wonderful writing. It's hard to put my finger on exactly what's wrong but I guess it was the slightly sad tone to the book overall.
+++Spoilers+++ It's never an easy thing to come back from the basis of the h having lost her virtue carelessly at 16 to an unworthy man, who then goes on to become our villain. It's a fair enough, though regretful premise. The fact that the H returns after being a way on the continent for years because of a duel fought years in the past is also slightly sad. The thing that really doesn't work for me is how the H falls in love with the h and is willing to marry her so quickly, despite her lack of lineage etc. He's an Earl and I doubt there would have been so few obstacles. I know it's only a story and I'm not doing a very good job of describing why I didn't love the book, other than saying it's the tone.
The ending was good though, and saved the book from being really mediocre.
This is a pleasant little storyline that reads slow. I read two other books while read this one. I kept coming back and finally finished but there wasn't a lot of action to keep me reading for any length of time. I do enjoy the ongoing storyline of the girls and their musical recitals that are so terrible, yet no one seems to mind. Some of the girls love them while others realize they don't have a lick of talent and fake illness to get out of performing. That bit of humor is fun reading. This kindle adaptation had few printing errors which I found refreshing.