Thursday, April 2, 2015

Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julie Quinn (The Smythe-Smith Quartet, Book 4)

Synopsis: 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. (from the back of the book)

Review: Once again, Quinn has written a book that is both heart-felt and humorous. More so than many of her others, this one has a depth that was surprising. And while I figured out the secret rather early in the story, this only made watching the characters more interesting. I wasn't sure how things would turn out - indeed, until the very end. But the way it did turn out was perfect. Quinn has a knack for making characters with realism and depth - even secondary characters are fleshed out (which makes sense because those secondary characters often become main characters in future books). This was one of my more favorites of her work, and I highly recommend.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-0-06-207294-8
Date Finished: 3-28-2015
Pages: 378

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