Saturday, June 6, 2015

Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (The Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) by Julia Quinn

Book coverThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (The Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) by Julia Quinn
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame

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. 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.

I want to start off my saying that Julia Quinn is one of my favorite Regency historical authors and I've read pretty much all of her books. I love her wit and the humor that she puts into her stories. I love the lightness of her writing so that the books are a fun, happy read. These are all the things that I have come to expect from a Julia Quinn Regency romance.

This book, however, did not deliver that for me. It was still written in the quintessential Julia Quinn style and the writing was fantastic, I couldn't fault it, but I got bored. I got to about 32% and I read a particular scene and thought "well, this just got a bit dull!" and that was the end of it for me. I put the book down and never picked it up again. I didn't even get far enough to find out what Sir Richard's secret was. :-(

It breaks my heart that this has happened but I fear I have been cursed with becoming bored of the traditional Regency romances and they just are not holding any appeal to me right now.

Just because I did not finish this book does not mean it is not a good book. I think the fault lies more with me as a reader than it does Julia Quinn or any other writer. I'm just thoroughly over traditional Regency romances. I've read so many of them leading up to this that I think I have just been over-saturated by them.

I would still highly recommend Julia Quinn as a writer and her books for some fantastic traditional Regency romance reading.

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Other books in the series:

Book 1  - Just Like Heaven

My rating: starstarstarstar
4 of 5 stars
Book 2 - A Night Like This
My rating: starstarstarstarstar
5 of 5 stars
Book 3 - The Sum of All Kisses
My rating: starstarstarstar
4 of 5 stars

About the author
au#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and several years back she did so in grand style, competing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

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