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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #4)Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second-or third-look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one.

Iris Smythe-Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can’t quite believe it’s all true. And when his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can’t help thinking that he’s hiding something...even as her heart tells her to say yes.

My Review:

Intro: This is going to come as a shocker but I haven’t read much Julia Quinn books. I have them all but I haven’t read them. I have a system where I assign authors numbers and then pick a number at random and that’s the author that I read. Julia Quinn’s number hasn’t come up yet. It will someday but that day hasn’t happened yet. I feel a bit like a romance reading fraud.


Heroine: Iris- She reminded me a bit of Grace from Never a Gentleman. And that’s not at all a bad thing. Grace is one of my favorite heroines. Iris has the same type of story. She’s the type of heroine who fades into the background a bit and is forced to marry a hero who is not so nice to her. I loved Iris’ quiet strength.

Hero: Richard-I wanted so badly to dislike him and, at some points, I really did. He was a difficult hero to get a read on. But I ended up loving him. Not because he is a paragon of how to treat a heroine but because he learns from the bad things he did to Iris.

Chemistry: This book was angsty and gut wrenchingly perfect. I love nothing more than a gold old angsty book and this one was definitely that. They were not at all perfect together because they had a lot to learn from each other but I really loved their journey.

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Conclusion: I have decided that after I am done with Mary Balogh, I am going to forgo the random number thing and just read all of Julia Quinn’s books. This one was amazing. It’s another one that ended up on the favorite book list. I had a really lucky couple of days there readingwise.

Overall Rating

Author Info
JULIA QUINN started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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