Review: The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn

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About the book:

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.

I loved this book! Hugh and Sarah are both so deliciously mean to each other in the beginning. Sarah takes out her frustration of missing her first season (and the fourteen(!) matches that were made that year) because of the duel fought between Hugh and Sarah’s cousin, Daniel. Hugh just thinks Sarah is overly dramatic and obnoxious. They snap and pick at each other every time they are in the same room with each other. When Sarah’s cousin Honoria asks her to sit by Hugh and to “babysit” him during her wedding Sarah can’t say no (even though she wants to). I love the tension between Hugh and Sarah. Their barbs between each other quickly turn into something more. While on their way to happily ever after trouble comes in the form of Hugh’s father and his vendetta against Sarah’s cousin, both Sarah and Hugh realize they are something more what others believe them to be. Sarah won’t let Hugh be defined by his injury and through her dealings with Hugh and his father Sarah comes into her own. THE SUM OF ALL KISSES has humor, romance, and of course a Smythe-Smith musical. The book is a perfect addition to the series.

the book girl gives THE SUM OF ALL KISSES a 5/5

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