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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, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dHe 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, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now 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 that nearly destroyed 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 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 ...New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn's enchanting third novel in the Smythe-Smith quartet is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and tug at your heartstrings in equal measures....

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The Sum of All Kisses Reviews

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2018-09-28 17:24

    It's difficult for me to put my feelings about this book into context. I'm just devastated by this book because it was such a huge letdown. It was still pretty funny, and light, and amusing, but on the other hand, this is Julia Quinn, and I feel like this book should be more than just brain candy. The characters are largely forgettable, the plot is just ridiculous, and I am so sad that I can only give this a 2. There is just no substance to it. It is all fluff, and so completely lacking in everything that was bright and beautiful in the early Julia Quinn books that I loved.Let me preface by saying I absolutely adore Julia Quinn. She is on my auto-buy. She is STILL on my auto-buy despite this book. Why? Julia Quinn is single-handedly responsible for my introduction into the cult of Regency Historical Romance. I have always scorned historical romance novels until I reached for one of her books one day, thinking the premise looked interesting, and well, she's a Harvard graduate, so surely it's less shameful to read a romance novel by someone so pedigreed. Yes, I am a book snob sometimes. I'm not perfect, and it's stupid, but I needed to rationalize my urge to read a genre of books that was inherently shameful to my conservative Asian upbringing.With that said, my first few Julia Quinns were absolutely fantastic. I laughed til my sides hurt, I felt for the characters, and it finally got knocked into my stupid, silly, youthfully immature brain that I should not judge a book by its covers because a good book with amazing characters and humors can transcend a genre. Julia Quinn is the first romance author who taught me that romance novels have value, too, that it is a genre worthy of reading when it is so spectacularly written, that they're not merely bodice-rippers with brutish alpha males as the hero who ravish wilting maidens with heaving bosoms (no, thank you, Catherine Coulter).But lately, it feels like Julia Quinn's books have lost the magic. This book is no exception. The last Julia Quinn book I remember loving is the 5th in the Bridgerton series. Since then, her books have been largely unmemorable for me.Don't get me wrong, they're still good...but this is Julia Quinn, man. I don't read Julia Quinn books to merely have a "good" reading experience. I can reach for any light Regency novel and expect to get a book that's at least a 2.5 to 3-rating reading experience I expect sparks. I expect magic. I expect transcendence. I hold Julia Quinn to a higher standard, and I'm sorry, but I feel let down. Am I selfish? Do I have too-high-expectations of an author so beloved to my heart?Summary: This book follows the Smythe-Smith family, you might be a little lost if you plunged in without having read the previous books, but not by much. This is Hugh and Sarah's story. Hugh is the second son of a Marquess, who has what would today be called a eidetic (or photographic) memory; he's also highly mathematical, being able to calculate enormous sums in his head. Hugh got pissed drunk a few years ago, and wound up making a mistake he never makes: he lost a game of cards. While drunk off his ass, Hugh makes the enormous mistake of challenging the man who beat him to a duel. That man happens to be Daniel Smythe-Smith, a good friend. The duel was a mistake, and what happens was also a mistake--Daniel shot Hugh in the leg, cripping him, and is forced to flee the country the escape from the wrath of Hugh's father, the Marquess. Daniel leaves behind a devastated, broken family, and a cousin, Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, who is more righteously angry about the entire situation than the entire Smythe-Smith family.Things happen, namely Books 1 and 2 in the Smythe-Smith series, and Daniel is back in England, and getting married. Hugh and Daniel have since mended their differences, but he and Sarah still cannot stand one another. He dislikes her because, well, she's annoying. She hates him because of what he did to Daniel. They're thrown together by force at Daniel's wedding, improbable hijinks follow, and for some fucking reason, they fall for each other on the spot, considering they have not been able to stand each other for years.The plot: I give Historical Romances some room for levity when it comes to plot, but I cannot overlook a plot that is so absolutely absurd as to be absolutely unbelievable by any extent of the imagination. The plot and the eventual resolution is incredibly fucking absurd, and please believe me when I say I take no pleasure at all in critiquing this book.“No.” Sarah shook her head, aghast. “That can’t be true. It’s preposterous. It’s mad, it’s—”Nope, Sarah. I may not like you at all, but you are absolutely right. The book starts off fairly well, and then devolves into a ludicrous resolution that I can't even hint at because there's no way that you could see it coming. There is no rationality, there is no reason. The resolution and the climax was just pulled out of thin air. I can't even hint at it because there is no foreshadowing involved and no subtlety because the ultimate confrontation just doesn't make any goddamn sense. The climax of the plot was grandiose, overdone, unnecessary, a complete fucking farce: it's the equivalent of using a jackhammer to insert a pushpin into a wall.Some series needs to come to a graceful end. The Smythe-Smith family have been a long-running insider joke since the days of the Bridgerton series because of their terrible musical skills and their annual intolerable musical performance. Well, the joke should stop here.The characters: There's just nothing about the characters in this book that stands out. The characters are more or less cookie-cutter dull, and the main character (Sarah) got on my nerves. For a book that is Regency, there's but the mildest effort at making it historically accurate, considering the inclusion of children at parties, the use of unicorns within discussions, and the use of the word "typecast." Really? "Typecast?" In the 1800s? There is just not even a pretense at making the characters' dialogue in this book anywhere near historically accurate. I get it, I don't want to read flowery purple prose and overly archaic language any more than I want to stab myself in the eye, but I read Historical Romance largely for the HISTORICAL part, and the speech should at least attempt to reflect the time.I found Hugh to be inoffensive. I found Sarah to be quite annoying and grating on my nerves.when Lady Sarah spoke, it was difficult to ignore her.She used far too many adverbs. And exclamation points.Sarah even admits it herself.And I . . .” She paused. How to say it? “There are people in this world who find me quite annoying.”She is overly judgmental, and she is overly sensitive.Sarah reminds me of Helen Lovejoy in the Simpsons, largely because she is so overwrought and more offended FOR someone than the person who was actually hurt. She is uptight, snippy, and a mess of nerves. Yes, Daniel is her cousin. Yes, he got hurt. No, Sarah should not be screeching like a harpy and acting more hurt on behalf of Daniel than his actual family. Sarah is one of those types of people who are offended (and even more so) on your behalf; they mean well, but overall, they should just shut up and let the actual parties involved deal with it rather than taking it on as their personal cause.The supporting characters includes a group of Sarah's teenaged sister' ranging from 11 to their late teens, and all the headache and squabbling that entails, as well as Hugh's Sad, Sad Past and an Evil Father who's more evil than any Disney villain. I just did not enjoy this book, and I feel like I have to be apologetic for not liking it.The Romance: Not believable. Mainly because Hugh and Sarah have hated each other for years. He hated her because she's an annoying twit who runs at him screeching like a harpy at every single public appearance at which they meet.All of a sudden, they re-encounter each other at a wedding. They fight and avoid each other like two particularly ill-tempered cat and dog. Out of fucking nowhere, the sparks fly.For him.And her lips, he realized now that she wasn’t hurling insults at him, were utter perfection, full and pink, and touched with just the right sort of curve. They seemed to tell a man that she knew things, that she knew how to laugh, and if he only laid down his soul for her, she would light up his world with a single smile.And her.And his mouth—he rarely smiled, or at least he rarely smiled at her, but there was something rather wry about it. She supposed some people might not find that attractive, but she . . .Did.Dear LordOh, please.I've lost that loving feeling for Julia Quinn novels =(

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2018-10-20 10:19

    4 Enchanting, Delightful, Passionate Stars!The Sum of All Kisses is the sum of all things I love in historical romance! It’s romantic, witty, passionate, charming… it’s a story that had me smiling and sighing from the very start, and kept me there right to the very end.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, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed 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 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...I don’t know how else to explain it except to say there was something endearingabout the gruff, bitter, Hugh Prentice. Even when he was being an utter ass, even when his self-deprecation was at its peak, I wanted to cuddle him and love him and make him all better. And even when Sarah was being a stubborn ninny, I wanted to cuddle her… okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to smack some sense into the silly chit’s head and shout, “Can’t you see he’s hurting? Can’t you see he needs you??” Thankfully, she figured that out on her own without the need of violence on my part. Close call, that.Julia Quinn has such a gift for writing about family and close friendships. Story after story, she pulls me in, makes me care, and keeps me coming back for more. My thanks to Avon Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. Truly, it was a pleasure!

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-30 10:17

    4.5 MODERN-DAY-JANE-AUSTEN STARS!!!Disclaimer: No, this isn’t a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. But you will enjoy it just as much!There’s some of this…And some of this…(giggling) And some of this…And OMG, some of this…Julia Quinn = the modern day Jane Austen.Yep. I said it.Her writing is elegant and sophisticated.She knows how to write a story…a wonderful story. She knows how to tug at my heart.Her tongue. Her lips. His downfall.Lord Hugh and Sarah hate each other. They insult each other at every turn. It’s not a flirty banter either. They truly do not like each other. Though he doesn’t know it, but Hugh ruined Sarah’s life, and Hugh doesn’t care for Sarah’s personality. He didn’t like her. He really didn’t, but by God, he’d have sold a piece of his soul right then to dance with her.My Hugh:Hugh – MEGA-HARD-SWOON!!!!! After participating in a duel with Sarah’s cousin, Hugh’s leg is forever injured and in pain, so he must walk with a cane. He lives in regret. Even when he starts to fall for Sarah, he doesn’t think he is good enough for her. Hugh isn’t able to sweep Sarah off her feet, literally, because he can barely walk himself. He’s the best kind of broody :).My Sarah:Sarah – The girl has got attitude and I loved her!!!It’s one of those books that make you hug your kindle :).Find me on

  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    2018-10-01 17:10

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn was one of my most anticipated releases this year. Now that I’ve read it, I’m heaving a sigh of pure contentment. This had a little of everything à la JQ; funny scenes, witty (even sometimes confusing) dialogues, Smythe-Smiths, Pleinsworths with a very short mention of the Bridgertons.For those who have never read JQ before, start with the Bridgerton series because that is where the Smythe-Smiths were introduced. This is a yearly musicale of ‘legendary’ reputation with four Smithe-Smith cousins butchering Mozart enthusiastically. A musicale that has been going on for a long time and even though the ‘music’ in question is horrendous more often than not, everyone invited always attends for some odd reason. The cousins change as they marry. Married women can’t be in that musicale, only unmarried ones, in the hopes of making a good match, hence showing off their ‘talents’. Their mommas are always convinced, just as the girls, that they’re prodigies in the making! But, there would always be one unfortunate girl who is intelligent enough to know how bad they actually are and even though you’d feel for her, there’s nothing to be done as she has to go along with the flock, or so to speak.As it happens in this series, each book starts with a gambling scene that took place about 3 or so years ago. A brawl, then a duel that changes a few lives forever. Daniel Smythe-Smith, the handsome young rake in the making and Hugh Prentice, the nerd-extraordinaire (no seriously, he’s brilliant!) who got drunk, and did all of the above because... they were drunken idiots, their friendship could take a hike! Daniel’s friend, Marcus, who had the coolest head and a maturity even at that age, tried to stop it but to no avail. Hugh, who is the second son of an Earl, is badly injured. So much so that he now can’t walk without a limp. Daniel had to flee the country because of the Earl’s deadly threats. Marcus, well, he was left to look after Daniel’s family on his request because he was rather lonely himself.Book 1, Just Like Heaven, was about one Smythe-Smith, Honoria, Daniel’s sister who was trying to make a match but all in vain. She IS one of those girls who know how bad they are in the musicale and wants to escape the next at all cost. But somehow she’s still a spinster. Not that she’s ugly or plain or an idiot. Honoria is very smart and has that jolliness about her that everyone likes. And men certainly show interest. But for some reasons, after sometimes, they just... flee every time she tries to communicate with them. Then we find ‘the cause’, Marcus who was attracted to Honoria for a longtime but being reserve, kept his feelings to himself. Even though he convinced himself that he’s only looking after Daniel’s sister’s (alongside his family) well-being so that she makes a good match, on the inside... well, you can guess. He couldn’t let anyone come near Honoria. It was funny in an endearing way. Also loved being introduced to the secondary characters, such as Anne Wynter, the governess for the Pleinsworth girls, Sarah Pleinsworth (Honoria’s cousin) and her ever confusing bunch of sisters, Iris, another cousin, Hugh, even the little mention of Bridgertons. Daniel was not seen but at the end of the book when he returns, finally, after Hugh himself took step and reach an ‘agreement’ with his father so he leaves Daniel alone. Finally, Honoria and Marcus marry with Daniel’s blessing. But most of all, the shadow of scandal that was hanging over Honoria’s family (another reason why most men wouldn’t be interested in her) seemed gradually lifting because everyone assumed that the trouble is over.In book 2, A Night Like This, we find Daniel in pursuit of Anne. It was fun, I loved that book. It wasn’t just a fluffy, warm read but had its own darker aspects. The day Daniel returns in the day he also sees the beautiful and graceful Anne playing the piano with the Smythe-Smith cousins and falls for her on-spot. Actually it was a love-at-first-sight-thing, which worked for me just fine! As they grew closer, we learn of Anne’s secret past and her running from it. The 4 Pleinsworth girls were there too, giving us the much needed laughter. There were some superbly laugh out loud moments, something also JQ does the best. But the ending was also gripping, with Anne’s kidnapping by someone from her past and Daniel going insane, thinking he couldn’t help her. We also learn a bit of what Hugh has agreed to keep his father’s men at bay and let Daniel live a normal life. Hugh was more than eager to start anew, so was Daniel and the strain in their relationship ends on a note of forgiveness and understanding with a desire to move on.(a day in Sarah’s head)“I am plagued by weddings.” Sarah was there in all three books. She’s a vivacious thing; a bit loud and straightforward, melodramatic, given to hyperboles, fancies and dramatic sighs. She takes a little time to grow on people, not being the more easygoing type. And she hates Hugh with a passion. He’s everything mean and villainous to her for what he did to their family... her family, because she was about to make her debut the year that ‘incident’ took place. Instead, she had to flee to the country and couldn’t be seen in London for a full year! Sarah is mad because according to her, there were 14 very eligible men who got engaged and later, married that year of 1821. Even though we don’t know if she wanted to snag any of them, but hell and damnation, she couldn’t have her debut parr-tay and it was Hugh Prentice’s fault!Ah, the good old Sarah. It might sound ridiculous at first but when you get inside her head, you feel for her and be surprised to find that she’s not as empty-headed as she gives the impression of! Sarah is as smart as the rest of them, but she’s vulnerable. For some reason, she thinks she’s not beautiful, graceful or jolly enough to grab a husband. I understood, even when she grated on my nerves, especially with her uncalled for animosity towards Hugh as they met at a house party for the upcoming nuptials of Marcus and Honoria, which were to be followed by Daniel with Anne. Hugh was invited because of Daniel. But Sarah didn’t know that and their meeting for the first time (they met before but not like this, certainly not ‘officially’) was rather... awkward with an angry Sara and a very confused (later angry) Hugh trying to deal with her accusations (I’ll leave you to imagine her ‘accusations’ but those were, indeed, confusing).(a day in Hugh’s head)“Hugh Prentice noticed everything. And he remembered it all, too.”Hugh was just trying to make amends. He still feels guilty for everything that happened between him and Daniel and the lives that were affected for one drunken night. Knowing a rotten childhood because of his psycho of a father, the Earl of Ramsgate, Hugh didn’t want to ruin anymore lives. His father is very concerned about keeping his ‘noble’ bloodline alive and that is his sole reason for breathing. Now, the problem is, Hugh’s elder brother, Freddy, who is the ‘official’ heir and should also sire heirs, is gay and hence, a humongous disappointment to Ramsgate. Even though few know of Freddy’s choices, Ramsgate knows he’d never marry, so no chance of an heir. That leaves him Hugh. Now, after Hugh’s injury, which runs closely to his erm... well, let’s just say Ramsgate thinks Hugh would probably never father a child as well. But Hugh knows better. He has experienced all the signs that says he’s very much able. And this led us to relive what Hugh went through months after months; of pain and suffering. It’s a miracle that he didn’t give into depression IMO. With a father like that (that guy is pure and simple loony, just how much you get an example later in the story) and no mother... gosh, I felt for him. It was a painful recovery; not only physically but also all the time knowing his leg would never be the same again. He’d never walk dashingly or ride a horse or dance with a graceful partner. I didn’t berate once that he felt sad that he won’t do some of those things (also sometimes, later in the story, feeling that he can’t be the sort of man Sarah needs). Post-injury, Hugh hasn’t been with a woman in the past 3 or so years. It has a lot of do with the scar which he thinks is very ugly and any woman would find it gross. But as I already mentioned, he knew his body’s reaction just fine.Hugh only wanted a little peace of mind, which seems farfetched now that he’s meet Lady Sarah... again. It struck me, really, when he thought to himself how well he knows her voice and could recognize it anywhere. And her odd animosity towards him leaves him speechless... every time. Hugh has an ah-meh-zing brain and can do math (no matter how big the numbers) without any help. Also, his memory is very sharp. Even then, Sarah’s voice seems to stand out. So for the rest of the wedding, Hugh is determined to ignore the crazy Sarah Pleinsworth and be done with it.But it’s easier said than done when he keeps meeting her everywhere. And even though, they rather heat it off with all sorts of wrong, one could see that Hugh and Sarah only needed the right ‘push’ to see what they can mean to each-other. At one point, they actually started having somewhat normal conversations because the Providence provided that ‘push’ in the form of that house party. :D Hugh also meets Sarah’s sisters- Elizabeth, Harriet and Frances. They’re all... endearing in their own way. Hugh is especially taken with the youngest, Frances, the one with a very deep passion for anything that spells ‘unicorn’. We all know how confusing, yet entertaining the Pleinsworth sisters can be. You start reading their dialogues and then, you just stop trying to make sense of things at all. But I guess that’s the type of effect JQ was trying to achieve and succeeded without a doubt. I distinctly remember one carriage scene where they were on their way to Daniel’s estate for his wedding. The carriage had all the Pleinsworth girls... together... speaking, among other things. Poor Hugh, he weathered quite well IMO. He rather enjoyed that ride actually, more so because Sarah was there with him.As Sarah and Hugh started becoming friendlier, the story also started picking up its pace. I was eagerly waiting to see when/how they actually fall. There were some lovely scenes at this part of the book. One would be the scene where Hugh has this conversation with Frances on the wedding of Honoria-Marcus. He couldn’t dance like the rest, so Frances brings him a piece of cake to share with hers. Hugh was engrossed in Sarah, who was dancing with someone, feeling a little listless that he can’t be the one she’s dancing with (trust me there is a superb scene at one point where they do dance). But he didn’t have to wait to have her in his arms. I thoroughly enjoyed this transformation from haters to almost lovers on that scene at night (at Daniel’s estate) when Sarah goes out because she was feeling restless. Hugh couldn’t sleep due to his injury, but more specifically, because of his disturbingly erotic thoughts on one certain Sarah Pleinsworth. Then he sees her outside, only in her nightdress... ‘WTF?’ was Hugh’s reaction! I didn’t know what to expect next, certainly not one of the most beautiful scenes of the story; the scene where Sara and Hugh finally sort out their mutual feelings. It was marvelous... and grand, to watch Lady Sarah finally fall in love.And I’ll quote (because it goes so beautifully with the title):“And when he kissed her . . .All she wanted was more.“You are so beautiful,” he murmured, and for the first time in her life, Sarah truly believed that she was.She touched his cheek. “So are you.”Hugh smiled down at her, a silly half grin that told her he did not believe her for one second.”Things heat up after that for our Nerd Extraordinaire and Miss Melodramatic; secret kisses and fondlings, stolen glances and smiles. Sisters giving unexpected privacy, when they’re not being pesky or making up illogical words such as ‘Hughnicorns’ that is! Sarah and Hugh were sure, so sure they’re going to be each-others. But then Hugh had to come clean about his crazy contract with his father, making Sarah mad. Since Hugh was pretty precious to his father because of his probability of siring an heir someday, he was able to ‘sway’ his father with threats on his own life in leaving Daniel alone. Crazy, crazy scheme! I certainly didn’t blame Sarah for being mad!The rest was just a big, bad climax with some confusing, entertaining and sometimes maniac strings of events (thanks to Hugh’s daddy dearest). You just have to read to see what I mean by that. To me, Sarah showed her mettle when she stood up to the Earl and gave him a good bit of what-for. Oh that was F.U.N! Hugh certainly was more than proud of her. Then came the epilogue which was just sighworthy. Well, I certainly grinned like a lunatic. It was such a treat to see them finally together, letting all the bitterness go.The next book is supposed to be of Iris’s. Though we still don’t know who will be her hero, I’m eagerly waiting for it. I just hope we don’t have a loooooooong wait ahead of us... again. 4 ‘Hughnicorns’.(couldn’t help it, seriously. :p)This ARC was provided to me by HarperCollins/Avon via edelweiss which didn’t influence my review and rating in any way.

  • Naoms
    2018-10-12 10:30

    Originally Posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book GeekThere is something about Julia Quinn’s writing that hits all the pleasure sensors in my brain. I laugh, cry, love and hurt with her books. She is probably my favorite living author and all I need is to see her name on the cover to grab it up. I could not wait to get my hands on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES and Ms. Quinn did not disappoint. Probably, because Julia Quinn never ever disappoints!The story of Hugh Prentice and his duel with Daniel Smythe-Smith will never cease to bring pure drama to the pages. It will always be the dramatic, heartbreaking and defining moment of this series. A moment where two young men made a stupid mistake that will define them forever. More than define them they will always carry scars and it seems will keep paying for a youthful mistake.Well, at least that’s what life looks like for Hugh Prentice. Daniel suffered for a long time, but now he is home, back in the bosom of his family and about to get married to the love of his life. Hugh on the other hand is broken. He has a damaged leg and a reputation for being a bit too serious. More than that, Hugh can never dance, never carry a woman in his arms and never feel like he is a complete man.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.Then they do. They fall in love, slowly, realistically and oh so romantically. This relationship is similar to Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth. Their dislike for each other is so strong it seems that only God could change their opinion. But God wasn’t needed in this situation, just time and openness. That’s what makes these kinds of stories work so well. It quickly becomes obvious that two people are perfect and that misunderstandings could actually keep them apart. It makes you wonder about your own misunderstandings and whom your snap judgments are keeping you away from.Julia Quinn did a wonderful job with Hugh’s injury. It’s strange to say wonderful job about something so heartbreaking, but honestly I believed it. I believed Hugh’s inner turmoil. The idea that you are alive and you should be happy to be so, but you are not whole. There are certain characteristics that society has made us believe makes us a man or a woman. For a woman it’s the ability to have children and for a man it’s virility and strength. Hugh’s injury takes some of that strength from him.There is a moment where Sarah falls out of a carriage and Hugh does not have the ability to catch her. His absolute disappointment in himself is something so strong that I felt it in the pit of my stomach. I felt his despondency and his shame. I felt so much sorrow at the idea that he thought less of himself, because of something he could not help. Something that is not his fault.THE SUM OF ALL KISSES is romantic, funny, heartbreaking, dramatic and charming. Like all of Julia Quinn’s books. It is packed with so much drama and entertainment it’s hard to put down. A must read.Recommended for fans of Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas and Eloisa James.

  • Rane
    2018-09-25 09:23

    This book triggered an old memory as I read.. When in class we're stuck learning to dance. With a friend as my dance partner, the first steps were awkward, there was some major stumbling and few tumbles. Slowly, the steps started to glide together, the steps go easier and even as we started to master the dance there was still a few trip ups but the joy of dancing on air was something that can't be describe.The Sum of All Kisses was much like that. There was alot of awkwardness when Lord Hugh Prentice and Lady Sarah Pleinsworth first met where there's still alot of anger and unanswered questions. Sarah still hasn't forgiven Hugh for the heartache he put her family through with the duel and her cousin Daniel being chased from home. Hugh is still dealing the effects of this duel with a ruined leg and his very crazy father.As peace finally reigns for both families things come to head for these two when their stuck together for a week and surprised when a spark flares between them.. I've been waiting for Hugh's story and I wasn't disappointed! This story just felt different like JQ tapped into one of the later Brighton's books with a more depth and less fluff for her characters. She had awkward sentences and conversations between Hugh and Sarah that at times were bothersome, but was creative as it reflective on how they acted around each other or tried to.Both didn't have the greatness first impression so it was a great dance to see them become friends. This I truly treasured it made it stand even more out for me. They became friends who slowly started to understand one another and become to know one another and that became wholly romantic for me because they started to fall "in love" and not insta-love or have some misunderstanding throwing them together.With Sarah being a tad selfish and Hugh being a tad gruff and a tad cool. To have them play off one another from arguments to falling in love had me grinning and sighing cause it made it all that more special because they were so human in their interactions. I loved loved Hugh, from his way with numbers, his memory of the small things and his rare grins and especially his understanding that one can believe in unicorns even when your a grown up. He was perfect in his imprecations, his leg didn't stop him at anything and his scars he carried only made him that more of s special man who learned from his mistake and made him stronger from it.Sarah could be blinded by her narrow mindedness but once she let go of her anger, she was able to see beyond it to the great man in front of her. She showed what a firebrand she is as she stood up the monster and slay a great dragon to prove her love to her man!And those first kisses between the two were so smokin' The sensual level was yummy with great sexual tension I really miss in HR's now of days!It was heartbreaking when Hugh's past is shown and the death deal was reveled. (view spoiler)[ I appreciated that JQ just didn't hide that under the rug and didn't make it a funny matter when Hugh threated to kill himself if something happen to Daniel to keep his crazy father away. I felt Sarah's reacted was a tad over the top but believable because it showed she truly, truly cared about his well-being and his state of well-being. She quickly goes after Hugh so the pity party is short lived (hide spoiler)] This quickly became one of my all time favorite JQ books and romance books. It was sensual and charming and oh so romantic- One of JQ's best! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Iliada
    2018-10-10 12:36

    Why do people hate this book???I truly loved it. It was a very slow-burn romance, almost excruciatingly slow, and there's nothing I love more than that in an HR. It felt like a real HR, not a contemporary in disguise. I know Julia Quinn writes those love-at-first-sight books (like book #2) as often, but IMO she's at her best when she's doing slow-burn. Maybe that's a matter of personal preference though. Readers who want action will not find it here. The book is full of dialogue and the H/h spending time together and getting to know each other. At first they were enemies, they hated each other and this didn't change overnight. I could see their relationship changing and evolving along with their feelings before my eyes as they got to know each other better and spend time together. I could see them beginning to appreciate each other, grudgingly at first, with all their heart later and eventually falling completely in love.I loved Hugh! I loved his beautiful mind and his kind heart and his leg was just one vulnerability about him that made me feel even more drawn to him. Sarah was an interesting heroine. She was very kind, but could also be very selfish. Strangely, selfishness is not a quality that easily bothers me. Probably because I believe very few people are truly pure and completely selfless in their hearts and selfishness just makes a character feel more round and multi-layered.Hugh's father was a bit too villainous and crazy to pass off as a real and complex character, but, on the other hand, Sarah's sisters and especially Francis, who is the most adorable little girl <3, were so wonderful and funny! I couldn't stop laughing! Especially about the unicorns. I really, really, really need Francis's story!! Please Mrs. Quinn!! Maybe you could pair her up with one of the new Bridgertons you're writing about!! Wouldn't that be great?I don't know why people think Julia Quinn has lost her charm. I can see her talent shining brighter than ever. The whole series has been nothing but excellent. And I like that it's laugh-out-loud funny, but in a very subtle way, not, for example, like Tessa Dare's humour that feels too modern for an HR with all the pop culture references and the outlandishness.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-09 09:16

    3 good ones in a row! I love when a series is consistently good throughout.Here are some of my thoughts in no particular order:• Love-hate relationship. Sarah and Hugh are so cute. I love the nonstop bantering, and how they increasingly started admiring each other and enjoying each other’s company.• Hugh: A solid, noble guy. He is so stiff and grumpy in the beginning, but he turns out to be rather sweet later on. • Sarah: Funny, argumentative. I usually don’t like argumentative, hot-blooded characters, but she does it in a way where it makes sense to me. She never gets annoying. I get why she says certain things, and I end up appreciating that she is vocal about her feelings. • I love the strong family theme. Seeing how much Sarah cares about her imperfect, crazy family is sweet.• Seeing the old couples from the previous books – aw.• I think I would have liked to see a bit more of something towards the end. Overall, there is a good vibe and flow throughout the book during the development of the relationship, but by the end, I feel like there should have been something more, maybe another scene, maybe another plotline, idk.Overall, this is a great read. I’m giving this 3.5 stars (maybe 4).Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below)Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? Other things to note?(view spoiler)[No, no, low.Very, very faithful relationship. No other people at all. The girl is a virgin and the guy hasn’t had anything with anyone since his injury a few years ago. (hide spoiler)]Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Humor? (view spoiler)[Yes, but not laugh-out-loud funny. (hide spoiler)]Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[Seeing Marcus and Honoria again. When Hugh and Sarah are sitting outside on the lawn together, bantering.(hide spoiler)]What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Mature audience. Explicit details on sex. Vague mentions of rape and child abuse (no graphic scenes or actual scenes in the book)(hide spoiler)]---------So far, a very amusing and funny series. Hoping this one will be just as good as the others. 🤔🤔

  • Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
    2018-09-29 14:27

    **4.5 Captivating Stars**THE SUM OF ALL KISSES, the third book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series, was just what I needed after the darkness and intensity of my last book. I know that Julia Quinn will captivate me with the romance, charm and humour of her stories.Hugh is definitely the most tormented of the heroes in this series Even though he did everything in his power to make things right after the reckless, drunken duel, he is still filled with overwhelming guilt. His friend Daniel might have forgiven him but it seems he can’t forgive himself. He seems a lonely figure… constantly in pain from his lameness and believing it makes him less of a man. I think that’s why he stole a piece of my heart and the fact that he is an unconventional hero…with his amazing memory and mathematical genius.Both he and Sarah have preconceived ideas about each other. Hugh can’t stand Sarah’s tendency to overdramatize …Sarah Pleinsworth was one of those dramatic females given to hyperbole and grand announcements.and Sarah hates Hugh for causing her family so much pain and hurt…“They are my family,” she said in a choked voice, “and you have hurt them beyond repair. For that, I can never forgive you.”So watching their feelings gradually change and evolve as they learn more about each other was so heart-warming. There are many delightful scenes but I absolutely love this one…for me it is gloriously romantic!It was the strangest, most awkward waltz imaginable. Instead of a clasped pair of hands, elegantly arched before them, they both put their weight on the cane. Not too heavily; they didn’t need that much support, not while they had each other. He hummed in three-quarter time, and he led with light pressure on her back, moving the cane whenever it was time to turn. He had not danced in nearly four years. He had not felt music flow through his body, nor savored the warmth of a woman’s hand in his. But tonight … It was magical, almost spiritual, and he knew that there was no way he could ever thank her for this moment, for restoring a piece of his soul.Another memorable scene, but for very different reasons, is where Sarah massages Hugh’s leg and he’s having all sorts of randy thoughts! I’ll leave you to read that one!!Ms Quinn always imbues her stories with a strong sense of family and the scenes between Sarah and her younger sisters are a sheer delight. I love Hugh’s reaction to their conversations…Hugh could only stare. There appeared to be sixteen different conversations going on at once. With only three participants.The youngest sister, Frances steals every scene she’s in…she’s so adorable. The least said about Hugh’s father the better, other than to say, when he is described as a rat bastard, it is definitely no exaggeration!My only criticism is that the drama towards the end of the book, involving Hugh’s father, seemed excessive but it certainly didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of the book.THE SUM OF ALL KISSES is a charming romance with loveable characters, sparkling dialogue and delightful touches of humour.REVIEW RATING: 4.5/5 STARSThe Smythe-Smith series to date (click on cover for more information):

  • ♥ℳelody
    2018-10-01 16:21

    So I went from hating the heroine Sarah to liking her once she put her dramatic sighs and high handed judgmental attitude away. Her and Hugh were really sweet together once they realized they were crazy for each other...but that lasted like a minute. Everything just fell apart right after when the silly melodrama with Hugh's father got in the way (tying your grown ass son to a bed? Really?). I thought Hugh's backstory was interesting and heartbreaking but I think Quinn went to extremes to make his villainous father unhinged and disgusting. I'm not a prude by any means when it comes to reading tastes but I need good motivation behind why a bad character does what he does, what drives him. Some of the things Hugh's father did were a little all over the place that it left me feeling...confused? I don't know, or maybe it was the fact that some of his uh....vices weren't explained clear enough. The hero would explain *just enough* to leave readers to put 2 and 2 together but it did not add up to 4 in my head. His father likes rough sex, he man-handled and possibly beat his wife in bed, he's clearly a horndog. But the things he did to Hugh's older brother Freddie when they were younger just left me going huh? cause it made no sense. (view spoiler)[Freddie is gay so their father would hire prostitutes and lock them in a room together and I guess force him to have sex with the prostitute and he would stay in the room to watch and cane Freddie as punishment? pleasure? juries still out. (hide spoiler)] Their father clearly hates both his sons yet he went to such above and beyond extremes to try and get them to get married and have an heir to carry the family name. His hellbent fury and revenge against Daniel for ruining Hugh's life was a little extreme and convoluted to me given how little he thought of his own family and again, how he treated his own off-springs. Did Julia forget this? I don't know, something just wasn't clicking for me with this whole conflict. And doing this all for the family title didn't jive with me. The villain's motivations for giving Hugh and his loved ones such grief was contrived and all over the place. And don't get me started on the ludicrous deal Hugh makes with his father to leave Daniel alone. Are you kidding me?? And Sarah's reaction to it was so dramatic and OTT. He made this deal way before he even met her, so I didn't understand her I want to die! betrayed reaction. Everyone acted like it was a done deal and Daniel's offended angry reaction to finding Sarah with Hugh didn't make sense and was just unnecessary. The love story, whatever there was, was nice but it fell short for me, not enough alone time for these two. I loved the ending but I wanted more. Too much time was spent on back and forth repetitive flashbacks of how the h/hr met (from BOTH POVs), Sarah and Hugh hissing at each other, her sisters and cousins getting in the way and the stupid vendetta with his father. And the author's habit of rambling inner monologues got tedious fast. The number of things our heroine feels necessary to point out, and emphasize and break down further (with parenthesis) was so pointless and annoying. What's with all the parenthesis usage? It's nearly on every page and adds nothing to the dialogue. It only makes things more long winded. Is this a new thing with JQ? I can't stand it. Her characters seem to love to go off on tangents while talking with others and speaking internally as well. It just doesn't work and got annoying fast.Bottom line: I really feel JQ's only successful work is the Bridgerton series. *ducks head* Everything outside of that I have struggled to enjoy and have been complete misses for me. Even her backlist works haven't worked for me (with the exception of Minx) the OTT silly dramatic characters with never ending conversations where everyone interrupts each other is not my idea of witty. I thought it was just a writing quirk of hers she phased out...I guess not. It was definitely more pronounced here with Sarah's squabbling nosy younger sisters. Forgive me but I did not find the endless arguing, shrieking and bantering cute but rather annoying. And Sarah's behavior in the beginning of this is like nails on a chalkboard and unforgivable. Nobody can be that dramatically whiny & judgmental and call themselves "sensible" and "easy to relate to". Seriously? lol That's a special kind of self-absorbed. SMH. I honestly feel this whole Smythe-Smith spin off series is rather pointless & entirely tone-deaf (in more ways than one) since it focuses on a family of girls who can't play their instruments but nobody has the heart to tell them they suck. I mean.....really?? How is this cute? Or funny? The overall humor falls so flat. I honestly don't get the appeal or purpose behind this other than "they know the Bridgertons" and milking that angle for all it's worth. It's like that one annoying relative or acquaintance who shows up everywhere and never goes away. Half the time I kept rooting for Sarah or Iris to yank that damn violin out of Daisy's hand and throw it out the window and tell her to just SHADDUP! Humoring senseless annoying characters is not my idea of witty at all. Iris did intrigue me a little, her blunt honesty and lack of drama for one lol but I honestly don't know if I have enough interest or patience to sit through another Smythe-Smith rambling monologue. And given the overwhelming reaction to Book 4, I think I'll pass.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Louisa
    2018-10-01 15:23

    Julia Quinn is the very definition of hit-or-miss to me. I love her Bridgerton series and some of her older standalones. I really liked the first book of this series. At the same time, I loathed her Wyndham series and several of her other standalones. I hesitate to say that she's lost her charm since she's written some HRs I've quite liked recently, but not as many as I would've wanted.There's a LOT of suspension of belief here. HRs are usually pretty ridiculous (hey, I read them when I don't want to tax my brain) but this one takes it to another level. The whole premise of the series is that Hugh Prentice, the hero, accuses Daniel Smythe-Smith of cheating at cards, and gets shot in the thigh by Daniel during their duel the next morning. Hugh's father is a ~~buttload of loony~~ and chases Daniel off to Italy while sending assassins after him. Why? Because even though Hugh's dad has an heir, he thinks of Hugh as the better one and thinks Daniel's robbed Hugh of the chance to sire more heirs to keep the title in the family.What follows is sheer strangeness. (view spoiler)[Hugh's father summons him later in the book, ties him to the bedpost and waits for Sarah, the heroine, to come find Hugh. He then locks them up in the room to make sure they're caught in flagranto and have to marry. Did I mention he's OFF HIS ROCKER? AND Hugh managed to get Daniel back to England by threatening to kill himself should any harm befall Daniel. It's why Sarah got mad at Hugh and began second-guessing marrying him. Of course they end up married anyway because they love each other. And Sarah manages to solve the whole suicide problem when they'd been up in arms about it for four years. ARGH. (hide spoiler)]The romance isn't particularly well-done. Extremely rushed. Hugh and Sarah hate each other from the beginning. The next second he's fantasising about her lips and she's wondering how his green eyes got so ~~pretty~~. I didn't believe it at all.Yeah, don't bother with this. I just hope the next book Quinn writes doesn't make me want to slam my head against a wall multiple times.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Katharina
    2018-10-19 11:19

    To be fair though I read it as kind of a rebound book, meaning my mind and heart were still completely engaged in another story. But I guess in the end, any book review is somewhat situational isn't it?The book had some sweet moments, but I did not care much for the characters and their story. Have to say that I am not a big fan of Quinn's style in general, this was my second try after having disliked "the duke and I" and I probably won't go in for another one anytime soon or ever.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-06 17:16

    Another delightful romance from the talents of Julia Quinn! Watching our couple, Lady Sarah Pleinsworth and Hugh Prentice, go from enemies to friends to lovers was a journey that will please many romance fans. Julia Quinn is one of my favorite authors due to the way she injects humor throughout the entire story and this was no exception. Along with the humor, though, comes a deep sense of family and heart that is guaranteed to make you smile. The action at the end will have you flipping the pages but I did feel like it was a bit out of place and just a little over dramatic. While not my favorite JQ, A Sum for All Kisses was still perfectly proper romance that I was happy to be swept away by. 4 starsReview copy provided by Avon books via edelweiss.

  • Didi
    2018-09-24 10:15

    Just the thought of Hugh courting Sarah - or the other way around?? :p - had me smirking. Such high expectation I have over this couple! I dearly hope Ms. Quinn will come up with some witty title too. :)

  • Anna D.
    2018-10-20 14:27

    4.5 stars rounded up (because of Hugh!)I love our hero!! Hugh is just the best kind of imperfect, wounded hero to read about. He has a malicious father, had a horrible childhood, bears guilt for having ruined three years of a friend’s life, and has a small disability that makes him feel like he doesn’t deserve our heroine’s love. He is scarred inside and out and our heroine will give him the love and happiness that we, as the readers, want to give him. **Sigh**Our heroine too is likeable – Sarah is quirky, brave, honest, and a perfect opposite and match for Hugh. The whole enemies-to-lovers theme works well here too as well as the circumstances that bring them together. It wasn’t so farfetched to render an air of implausibility, but rather a quality of chance or a lucky coincidence – or rather unlucky for Sarah to have sprained her ankle. I enjoyed their witty conversations, the insecurity we were granted privy to, and I believed and felt the tension and passion they had for each other.The only thing I didn’t love was the scene where Sarah confronts Hugh’s father. After every cruel and evil thing we know about Ramsgate, I found it really hard to believe that he folded so easily to Sarah. Quinn went the comedic route in dealing with Ramsgate and I felt it should have been dealt with seriously since his past actions towards Hugh’s mother and brother and Daniel were grave. I wanted Ramsgate to face serious ramifications for the spousal rape, the physical abuse to his children, and the attempted murder of Daniel. I didn’t want his downfall to be a scolding from the likes of Sarah; as much as I like her, it was too easily dealt with.Anyway, back to the good stuff…this couple is a favorite of mine in JQ’s world and we were again diverted by the younger Pleinsworth sisters, especially Frances. I certainly hope she get a book of her own one day!

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2018-10-20 16:16

    The third book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series by Julia Quinn. Hugh Prentice was injured in a duel with Lady Sarah Pleinsworth's cousin, Daniel Smythe-Smith, years before. In an effort to show that he has no hard feelings towards Daniel and his family, he accepts the invitations to the weddings of Honoria Smythe-Smith and the Earl of Chatteris and Daniel Smythe-Smith and Anne Wynter. Sarah has yet to forgive Hugh for the duel and her cousin's subsequent exile. But she is asked to put aside her feelings for the duration. Then they get to know each other...An enemies to lovers theme. Fun with a lot of witty banter. Nicely paced so that there were no lags that took my attention away from the story. Anyone who loved Ms. Quinn's Bridgertons will surely love this too.

  • Jess
    2018-09-26 16:25

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - ReadsBlog rating: BI always find Julia Quinn’s books to be such enjoyable, fun reads and The Sum of All Kisses is no exception. I LOVED (yup, an all-capper) Hugh, a man who, in a duel he initiated, was shot in the leg and will live the rest of his life depending on a cane to help him walk. He’s super brilliant, and has the ability to see numbers differently than everyone else. He has a photographic memory and can do high level math easily in his head. But not all is wonderful in his life, aside from his bum leg, he has a horrible father, and doesn’t think he’ll find a woman who will ever love a cripple. He puts on a brave face but he’s lonely, he thinks all the time about the things he used to love to do that he’ll never be able to again because of his leg and he’s just muddling through life right now. He’s been invited to two weddings taking place just a few weeks apart, one wedding being for the man who he shot and who shot him in their infamous duel years ago. This duel changed the course of not only Hugh’s life but that of his opponent’s Daniel Smythe-Smith who had to live on the run from Hugh’s evil father. Hugh tried to right that wrong by finding Daniel and bringing him back home, insuring his safety from his father by putting his own life on the line. Now Daniel’s getting married and wants Hugh to be at the wedding. Also at the wedding is Daniel’s cousin, Sarah, an opinionated young woman who can’t stand Hugh.Gallows humor is heavy throughout and I loved it. Both Hugh and Sarah have an odd sense of making jokes at awkward moments, or inappropriate jokes (my favorite kind) at random times. At first, Sarah can’t figure Hugh out, she doesn’t get his humor even though she’s a bit similar in that regard and they don’t exactly have a great first meeting. But they’re thrown together during this wedding extravaganza and she slowly starts to realize that there’s much more to Hugh than what he lets society see.I enjoyed Sarah although I found myself more charmed by her younger sisters early on. They had me laughing throughout with their random conversations that ranged from unicorns to a play being written that has a heroine based on Sarah who is neither to pink nor too green (it makes sense, at least to the sisters). It’s that charming type of dialogue and banter that I’ve come to expect from Julia Quinn and I looked forward to all the scenes with the sisters, especially when Hugh takes a liking to Sarah’s youngest sister, they form a friendship that’s sweet and made me love Hugh even more for taking the time to defend young Frances and her belief and love of unicorns.The story focuses more on the friendship building between Hugh and Sarah then it does on their actual romance, as in the bedroom. They have a sweet courtship that starts out as them not being able to stand each other, especially on Sarah’s part toward Hugh. But as they start to actually talk and get to know each other they understand the other person better and their friendship grows from there; especially when it comes to Sarah’s perception of Hugh. She’s always blamed him entirely for the duel between him and her cousin Daniel, but when she starts to see what Hugh has to live with regarding his leg and how that impacts him daily, she starts to let go of that hate and starts to see him for the real Hugh and not just as the man who ruined the lives of so many in her family when Daniel was forced to flee. Don’t expect a lot of sexy times between these two, their one and only sex scene on page happens at the very end. But it’s their friendship and courtship that pulled me in as these two unlikely people find their match together.Hugh’s father provides the drama for the story in his never-ending quest to be basically an ass in manipulating Hugh and his future. He really just becomes a focus at the end and I could have taken or left his inclusion in the story, but it does serve as a catalyst of sorts for Hugh and Sarah. Even though they were already on their way to a happy future together, it lets Sarah shine as she stands up for Hugh against the man who made his life a living hell growing up. It also brings the entire storyline that started in Daniel’s book full circle with a resolution that impacts Hugh’s future. I did find it a little out there that Sarah would be able to stand up Hugh’s father the way that she does and the results from that confrontation. I mean, here’s Hugh, Daniel and Hugh’s father in a room all fighting, but it’s Sarah that comes to rescue. That whole scene was a bit out there for me, but I’m willing to overlook that moment because my enjoyment of Hugh and Sarah up to that point overpowered that one odd sequence.My expectations are always high going into a Julia Quinn book and while I can’t say this is my favorite book of hers I’ve read, Hugh is up there as one of my favorite heroes. He’s charming, sweet and endearing and I loved seeing him interact with everyone on page, especially Sarah and Sarah’s sisters. It’s a fun, enjoyable read and one I’d recommend.PS - Because I loved her so much, here’s a moment with Frances: (Honoria discussing the seating arrangements at the main table at an upcoming wedding): “The good news is that Sarah was going to have to sit with Rupert tomorrow, but now she doesn’t.” Frances gasped and leapt across the room. “Does that mean I might sit at the head table? Oh, please say I may take his place! I would love that above all things. Especially since you’re putting it up on a dais, aren’t you? I would actually be above all things.”

  • Sarah
    2018-09-23 11:37

    15/12 - I didn't like either Hugh or Sarah at the start of the book, but by the end I felt like maybe I wasn't supposed to like them from the beginning. They both changed so much that I got the feeling that Quinn wanted to show them growing through the book, being tempered by love and their relationship. Sarah's sisters and female cousins were hilarious additions to the book providing plenty of chuckles, especially during the scene in the carriage.Hugh's threat to his father to stop him from exacting vengeance on Daniel was completely insane and ridiculous, but that only happened in the last few chapters of the book, so it didn't impact on my enjoyment of the book as a whole. Hugh's father was so crazy that it did occur to me that he had untreated tertiary syphilis and it was turning his brain into Swiss cheese (not a completely unlikely scenario considering his sexual proclivities), but the reasons for his behaviour weren't explored beyond Hugh's declaration that "He's a mad bastard."This was similar to The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, the next and last book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet, in that the last few chapters of the book were the worst and involved a crazy scheme that pushed the boundaries of disbelief, even for a romance. Still, I look forward to reading the first two books in the series, maybe in 2016.

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    2018-09-24 09:26

    It looks like Julia Quinn has gotten some of her mojo back. I enjoyed this book a great deal more than I've enjoyed many of her others. That's sayings something since I generally enjoy everything she writes. Anyway, this is still typical Quinn, but that spark that is sometimes missing in her books is back here, with a compelling plot, a spunky heroine, a tortured but adorable hero, humor, suspense, and a cast of supporting characters that are just as enjoyable and diverse as the main protagonists. Sarah was a little hard for me to sympathize with at first because she starts off so unforgiving and irrational, but unlike some stories where we're supposed to accept these flaws as endearing, Quinn chose to showcase Sarah as someone who has a lot of growing up to do. And she does so while still maintaining her sense of self. Hugh Prentice is an adorable devil, right up there with some of my favorite literary heroes. He's not nearly as fleshed out as some of Quinn's other leading men, but he has a charm, wit, and compelling vulnerability all his own, and he made reading this story a real pleasure.

  • Mei
    2018-09-26 12:28

    I loved, loved, loved Hugh! And Sarah too!A very unlikely couple, but so very well suited for each other!I loved the enemies to lovers theme and I did enjoyed all the fun and witty stuff!Great book!

  • Susanne
    2018-09-21 15:18

    4.5 Charming Stars!

  • Caz
    2018-09-24 15:31

    Having listened to – and enjoyed - the previous two books in the Smythe-Smith series, I’m inclined to think this is the best of them so far. Each one has been full of Ms Quinn’s trademark wit and excellent characterisation, but for me, The Sum of All Kisses had a little something extra in the romance between the maimed hero and sharp-tongued heroine.Each of the books in the series opens with an account of the events which lead to Daniel Smythe-Smith’s (hero of the previous book) flight from England told from a different perspective. In this book, the viewpoint is that of Hugh Prentice, the other participant in the duel that almost ruined Daniel’s life and which left Hugh so badly injured that he will need to walk with a cane for the rest of his life.Hugh is highly intelligent – a mathematical genius, in fact – which he confesses is the reason he’s so good at cards. He’s the second son of the Earl of Ramsgate, who we know from the previous books is – to put it at best – mentally unstable (and to put it at worst, completely off his trolley!) Hugh might be the second son, but he’s the ‘favoured’ son (insofar as someone like Ramsgate could favour anybody) because his older brother, Freddie, prefers the company of his own sex and is therefore unlikely to marry and produce the heir for which Ramsgate is so desperate. When Hugh was badly injured in the duel, Ramsgate swore that he’d have Daniel killed, going so far as to send hired killers after him when Daniel fled to Europe. Guilty, heartsick and destined to be in pain for the rest of his life, Hugh knew the duel had been his fault and wanted the killers called off – but Ramsgate refused to listen, causing Hugh to come up with a somewhat drastic – albeit creative – way to force his father to leave Daniel alone.The previous book, A Night Like This saw Hugh’s plan put into action and Daniel’s return to England; The Sum of All Kisses picks up Hugh’s story shortly following Daniel’s return and before the latter’s forthcoming marriage.It’s another wedding, however, that sets in motion the train of events followed in this book. The hero and heroine of book one, Just Like Heaven, the Earl of Chatteris and Honoria Smythe-Smith are about to walk down the aisle, and as a long-standing friend of Chatteris, Hugh has been invited to the wedding. Hugh is still full of remorse for the actions which caused so much hurt to Daniel and his family, but knows that his absence from the wedding of one of his oldest friends would also cause upset (besides the fact that neither Marcus or Daniel would permit him to absent himself from so august an occasion!) Hugh had expected to be able to keep his presence at a minimum and lurk in the background of events, until he’s asked by Honoria to be one of the wedding party and to take a vacant place at the head table.Hugh is not insensible of the fact that it’s an honour to be asked – but his reluctance is not just due to his preference to remain as unobtrusive as possible. He learns that he is to be partnered at the occasion by Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, one of Honoria’s cousins whom he doesn’t particularly like. Sarah is not at all pleased at having to spend her time in Hugh’s company, either. She hates him intensely – an emotion Hugh found himself completely at a loss to explain at their first meeting a couple of years back, but which he has since attributed to her penchant for the overly dramatic and her tendency towards hyperbole, things with which he has little patience.It’s true that Sarah is rather outspoken and given to fits of high drama, such as when her desperation to get married urges her to insist she’ll die if she doesn’t marry that year. She also bears a massive grudge against Hugh because of the duel – but not just because of the danger to her cousin. No, the cause of her displeasure is far more selfish. The duel and ensuing scandal meant that her family removed itself from London until things had died down somewhat, meaning that Sarah missed her come-out and the chance to ensnare an eligible bachelor in that year. Even though she agrees to Honoria’s request to partner Hugh, she does it without much grace and makes it abundantly clear that she’d rather be doing something – anything – else instead.They are awkward together – Sarah barely able to conceal her dislike, and Hugh his contempt. But even though their conversations are stilted, there are flashes of humour underlying them that neither is able to ignore. I do enjoy a good “enemies-to-lovers” story, and this was certainly a very good one. Because, to start with, Sarah doesn’t much care what Hugh thinks of her, she is able to all but force him to let her help him when he won’t acknowledge that his leg pains him; and Hugh finds himself talking to her about things he’s never mentioned to anyone else – partly because she does not scruple to ask the questions other people think to spare him.But when Sarah injures her ankle and experiences just a tiny piece of what Hugh must have gone through, her opinion of him – which had already been softening a little – undergoes a major change, as she starts to really think about the obstacles Hugh must have had to overcome since his injury. She’s already surprised by the fact that she finds him attractive, but in the time they spend together because they are the only two people amongst a large house-party who are unable to participate in the numerous excursions and entertainments taking place, Sarah comes to see much in Hugh to admire and respect.Hugh is a truly lovely beta-hero. He’s quiet, considering, and somewhat aloof, but there’s an innate kindness in the way he never talks down to Sarah’s precocious youngest sister and even puts himself out to spare her from being teased. He is still torn apart by guilt over the duel, unable to forgive himself even though Daniel has offered Hugh his forgiveness several times over, and one of the most heartbreaking things about the story was the way Hugh felt himself to be diminished by his disability. Even though he is determined never to give way to self-pity, there are times he can’t help feeling bitter about the things he will never be able to do again – to run, hunt, dance or sweep a woman off her feet.Both Hugh and Sarah were very likeable characters, and I thought that their developing friendship was a real delight. Their spoken exchanges, once they’d begun to shed their mutual dislike, were warm and full of wit, and even though they appear to have fallen in love in quite a short space of time, I nonetheless felt there was a true and deep affection between them, and not than the “insta-lust” that so often seems to take the place of relationship development in some romance novels. There was some truly delicious sexual tension simmering between them from quite early on which built gradually, culminating in what I thought was one of the most romantic scenes I’ve read recently, in which, although suffering from differing degrees of lameness, Hugh and Sarah actually manage to dance together.Up until the last section of the book, I was thinking I’d be giving The Sum of All Kisses a B+ at the very least. Ms Quinn has once again given us a very appealing central couple and imbued them with intelligence and wit. She also gives us a splendidly observed look at the family dynamic between the Pleinsworth sisters and their female cousins, who needle each other and argue in that way that siblings do, all with that sense underneath it all of a deep caring and love.She contrasts those familial relationships very starkly with what she shows us of Hugh’s childhood, of growing up in fear of his cruel, autocratic father – and given the type of man Ramsgate is, it’s a miracle Hugh has grown into the sensible young man he is.But then, at around three-quarters of the way through, the story descended into what I can only describe as the sort of melodrama that would probably have inhabited the pages of the book so favoured by many of Ms Quinn’s characters, Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron!Hugh is forced to confess to Sarah what he had to do in order to secure Daniel’s safety, and she is both utterly devastated and utterly enraged. Her reaction felt rather over the top to me, and what followed – in which Hugh’s completely bonkers father embroils them both in an unpleasant and ridiculous scheme – felt even more so.I would also have been quite happy had the book not contained what seemed to be the obligatory sex-scene near the end. I have no objection to sex in romance novels, but I do like those scenes to feel as though they’ve happened naturally and as part of the story; but this one, coming as it does after the resolution of the conflict between Hugh and his father, did feel somewhat “tacked on”.That said, however, there’s much to enjoy in The Sum of All Kisses and even though the story went off the rails a bit towards the end, I’m still going to recommend the book to anyone who likes their romances to be character driven and full of warmth and humour.

  • Jess
    2018-09-23 13:13

    Sometimes the mood strikes me to change my reading up a bit and try something different. My library's Overdrive Audiobook selection is abysmal but I was desperate to find something and I thought.. "Why not. You haven't read a Regency romance like this in awhile. Try it out on Audio" OH GOOD LORD. It was bad. So bad... I kept listening to see how much worse it could get. It didn't help the narrator was the awful one that read the one and only Maeve Binchy book I've read. So I wasn't sure if I was in Ireland or Britain as she kept switching accents up. The story itself was so so eye roll worthy. Two people hate each other but then they really don't after being "thrown together" in a few social situations. There is some angst, a few attempts at silly humor, and overall absurdity. I can overlook some of that because, hey, that's what this genre is all about. You knew what you were getting yourself into, Jess, when you picked this one up. But this one was one of the worst I've read. The main character seemed whiny, juvenile, and then assertively "hands on her hips" confident in her charms annoying. Also, the reason why she suddenly couldn't marry the guy was absurd. I also thought all the use of suicide and "I'm going to kill" myself over {insert situation} was in poor taste. Individuals who choose to commit suicide have a great many more issues than "I need to draw up a contract to tell my evil father I'll kill myself to ensure the end of our dynasty if you don't try to stop killing my friend" C'mon now. Rereading that sentence I just typed makes me think I just stole a plot out of General Hospital circa mid 1990's....

  • ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
    2018-10-17 16:11

    tanrım tşk tşk tşk hugh'ın kitabı olduğu için TEŞEKKÜRLER!

  • Jaclyn
    2018-10-19 17:28

    Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is an outspoken and highly dramatic young lady. Hugh Prentice is a logical and careful thinking, not to mention a mathematical genius. The Sum of All Kisses is the story of how a drama queen tempts the nerd, and it was fantastic!Lady Sarah is desperate to get married. Not only has her best friend just been married, but only through marriage or death can she escape playing in the Smythe-Smith Quartet. At her friend and cousin's weddings, Sarah is forced into close contact with her worst enemy, Hugh, and she makes it clear that she’s not happy about it. Likewise, Hugh is also not thrilled about being paired with Sarah. Sarah has made it very clear that she dislikes Hugh and although Hugh is not really sure why she dislikes him so, he returns the favour, since he disapproves of her hyperbolic ways. However, when Sarah twists her ankle and is unable to participate in the many activities at her cousin’s wedding, she spends more time with Hugh and learns that there is more to the silent and frowning man than meets the eye.I have been anxiously awaiting this one since I knew the next book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series would be about Sarah and Hugh. I found Sarah to be an entertaining character in the snippets we got of her in the first two books in the series, and I was not disappointed by her in The Sum of All Kisses. Sarah and Hugh’s conversations were delightful, and I liked the fact that Sarah dramatized everything. She blamed Hugh for her marriage-less state, which took talent, if you ask me. Her outrageous statements were as entertaining as Hugh’s reaction to them. As for Hugh, he was a more serious character, but he was the perfect balance to Sarah’s exuberance.Despite how much I enjoyed Sarah and Hugh, the real stars of The Sum of All Kisses are Sarah’s sisters, Harriet, Elizabeth and Frances. These girls were an absolute hoot, especially Frances. Frances was obsessed with unicorns, to the point that she made Harriet include one in her play. It was completely ridiculous but they were a great addition to the novel. I think that Quinn writes fantastic child characters in all of her books that I have read up to this point and they always seem to add a lot to the story; The Sum of All Kisses was no exception.Overall, The Sum of All Kisses was filled with Quinn’s characteristic wit and fun. The only thing I would have wished for was a better resolution of the issue of Hugh’s father. Hugh’s dad was a twisted villain and I really wished that Sarah and Hugh could have been rid of him because you’re left with the feeling that he could interfere down the road and disrupt their happily ever after. But, I will choose to believe that Sarah and Hugh will be able to overcome any future manipulations since Sarah was able to deal with Hugh’s father so swiftly when needed (and that scene was awesome!).The Sum of All Kisses was a fantastic and fun romance romp and I think Quinn’s fans with be happy with this one.*Review copy provided by Edelweiss. Read-Alikes available at The Book Adventures.

  • Julie
    2018-09-21 14:37

    The Sum of all Kisses is a 2013 historical romance, published by Avon. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Hugh Prentice is the only son his father can count on to produce an heir. So when Hugh, a math whiz, gets a little drunk and starts playing cards with a group of men who have also had too much to drink, the night ends in a ridiculous duel. Hugh takes a bullet in the leg. His father is so angry he vows to kill the man who shot his son, and most likely ruined his chances for a grandchild.It took a few years, but Hugh finally convinced his father to back off.Now three years later, the man that crippled Hugh, Daniel Smythe-Smith, is getting married. Hugh and Daniel had long ago put the past behind them and are now friends again. Hugh must make an appearance to all the pre-wedding celebrations and dinners as well as the wedding. Unfortunately, this puts him in direct contact with Sarah Pleinsworth, Daniel's cousin. Sarah blames Hugh for the scandal that caused Daniel to flee and Sarah to miss her fist season. Now she must be polite and social with Hugh for the sake of her family. The first encounters between Hugh and Sarah were hilarious. They traded stinging barbs and bickered incessantly. Both of them strongly disliking the other. However, once they were forced to spend a little time together they each realized what the other has suffered as a result of the duel. Hugh considered himself damaged goods, and Sarah was convinced she could have been married by now if she hadn't been forced to miss her debut season. But, Sarah soon learns that her miseries are nothing in comparison to what Hugh lives with everyday. Soon, the two are seeing the other one in a different light and both of them like what they see. Naturally, there are complications. Hugh has a few secrets that could prevent the two from having their unlikely happy ever after.Julia Quinn has been at this for awhile. Some books are better than others, that's to be expected. However, I've yet to be disappointed with one of her books. This one was no exception. I loved Hugh! What a great guy. He was smart, funny, and honorable. He had a difficult childhood, a monster for a father, and now must live in pain for the remainder of his life because of stupid mistake.Sarah's anger evaporated quickly once she got to know Hugh. Any immature grudges she may have harbored disappeared as she took it upon herself to right the wrongs of the past once and for all.A very funny, romantic, sweet Regency period romance. I must also mention the cover art on this one. The dress was beautiful and I loved the color contrast. Overall this is an A+ for me. I loved it!

  • Michelle Robinson
    2018-10-22 16:11

    Perhaps I was too excited to read Hugh's book.We are not allowed to see him grow in any real since.There is one scene, on the lawn at night, which was lovely.The rest of the book became overrun with high melodrama. We lost the measured progression of the actual romance.Frances, Sarah's sister, was my favorite character. I won't wait impatiently for a book about her, as I am sure to be disappointed.As an aside, I'm over them embracing being pleased to play horrid music, by the end of almost everyone of these novels, simply for the sake of tradition.

  • Steelwhisper
    2018-10-01 09:39

  • Sory
    2018-09-21 10:12

    Quiero leerlo YAAAAAAAA aaaahhh!! me muero de ganas de saber! Hugh me llegó al alma en el libro anterior, esa cojera sexy me conquistó totalmente!! ♥

  • Pamela
    2018-09-24 09:20

    4.5 stars