A Night Like This- Julia Quinn(3 out of 5)

Daniel Smith-Smythe comes back to town and becomes quickly intrigued with Anne Wynter, a mysterious denizen of the town. She’s governess to three very individual young ladies, and you are highly entertained by the strange situations she finds herself in as a result(hiding amongst tubas, trying to talk one of her charges out of thinking they’re a unicorn, etc). Daniel makes up his mind immediately to pursue the mysterious Anne, come hell or high water. And it comes quickly.

Anne’s past is a well-disguised mystery, down to even her name. She’s running from her past in the form of the dangerous ex George. George is out to get revenge upon Anne, because upon being told he didn’t reciprocate her feelings of love(after losing her virginity to him, no less) and that he had proposed to someone else(Anne was nothing more than a piece of ass), she spurns his further advances and ends up scarring his face. He is out to return the favor, or at least find a way to destroy her life in the process. 

Those who have read Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series will recognize Marcus from those books. Marcus continues to be a strong, calm presence in the face of Daniel’s not-so-calm emotions, and it’s always a pleasure to see anyone from Quinn’s other novels make an appearance. This book- the kids are hysterical, I almost wish she spins them off into their own series when they reach the age of marriage. Daniel is a good, solid male lead. Anne is a whip-smart female character, but there is something missing here. I’m not quite sure what it is, there is always an edge to Julia Quinn’s novels. There seems to be a lot of cooing and lovey-dovey here, but again, something is off this time. The storyline wraps up too smoothly, and the happily ever after comes too soon. Doesn’t sound realistic? Not at all. And the thing I like about Julia Quinn’s books are that they are realistic, even in the Victorian age of romance. This almost felt like a saccharine version of The Bachelorette. Sad to say, for I hate the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows on TV, and I definitely do not hate Julia Quinn. She is by far my favorite romance author- and believe me, I don’t read a lot of romance. So I would advise to read it, as she is a not-to-miss author, even when she’s not batting 1000%. I just felt like it went too smoothly and was too happily ever after. Some of her trademark humor wasn’t as present, either. 

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~ by generationgbooks on July 27, 2012.

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