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Julia Quinn
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29. Oktober 2013 Smythe-Smith (Buch 3)

From Julia Quinn, the New York Times bestselling author of steamy historical romances, comes the third seductive installment of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, The Sum of All Kisses.

Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh himself with a badly injured leg. That’s fine with Hugh, who can’t tolerate Sarah’s dramatic ways. But when the two are forced to spend a week together, they find that unexpected kisses, and mutual passion, may have the power to change both of their minds.

Written with Julia Quinn’s trademark style, The Sum of All Kisses is a witty and lighthearted Regency romance.


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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Avon (29. Oktober 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062072927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062072924
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,4 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 6.737 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Quinn is always a delight! ... a wild romp ... there's witty banter, a colourful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read RT Book Reviews -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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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.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyed it 29. November 2013
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Julie Quinn's The Sum of All Kisses is a well-written book. In fact, I consider it the best in the Smythe-Smith series. The characters are well-developed so that the conflicting emotions that make stories interesting come out so well in this book. The plot is good and the descriptions made the flow of the story even smoother. Like in Splendid Comets and Anna Karenina, the reader anticipates something fascinating with every page and chapter.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Witzige Dialoge wie zur Zeit der Bridgetons 4. November 2013
Von maMadame
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Im 2 Teil "A Night Like This" wurde die Geschichte von Daniel Smyth-Smith erzählt, der nach einen Duell mit Hugh Prentice (wo Daniel Hugh schwer verletze) vor dessen rachsüchtigen Vater fliehen mußte. Hier erfährt man nun wie es zu dem Duell kam und wie es die Leben vieler beeinflusste.

Sarah Pleinsworth, die Cousine von Daniel, kann Hugh Prentice einfach nicht verzeihen. Sie mußte wegen diesem Duell ihre erste Season absagen bzw. um ein Jahr verschieben. Da sie geplant hat schon in der ersten Season sich einen Mann zu suchen allein um dem jährlichen Smyth-Smith-Musik-Abend zu entgehen, und nebenbei natürlich auch, weil er die Familie Smyth-Smith sehr geschadet hat.
Auf einem Baal konfrontiert sie ihn mit ihrem Vorwürfen. Hugh ist ebenfalls ein Opfer der ganzen Geschichte, sein angeschossenes Bein ist und wird nie wieder richtig heilen, er mußte die letzten 3 Jahre damit verbringen wieder laufen zu lernen und neben bei seinen wahnsinnigen Vater davon abbringen Daniel töten zu lassen. Er ist zwar der Verursacher der des ganzen gewesen, aber er hat auch am meisten dabei zu leiden, physisch und psychisch. Das dann da eine ihm völlig unbekannte Debütantin plötzlich an den Kopfwirft ihr Leben ruiniert zu haben und damit gar nicht aufhören will, ist dann doch einen Spur zu viel des Guten und er geigt ihr kurz und knapp seine Meinung über ihr Verhalten.
Eines ist mal ganz klar, die beiden werden keine Freunde werden... es sei denn unter Zwang!
Und genau dass wird dann lange, genauestens, wirkungsvoll und extrem witzig beschrieben.
Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wie immer, mal angefangen kann man nicht aufhören 28. Dezember 2013
Von Andrea
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Die Story hat mir gut gefallen. Die Geschichte ist witzig geschrieben. Die Helden der zwei Vorgängerbücher sind auch mit dabei und Daniels Exil wird von einer anderen Seite her beleuchtet. Und so kann man Hugh auch nicht böse sein.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen New Julia Quinn 20. Dezember 2013
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On time delivery, book in perfect condition. Order regularly from Amazon as it is quite convenient and will soon try out the depot idea.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Huge fan of Julia, but this book is only ok 29. Oktober 2013
Von Eyhung47 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have all of Julia Quinn's books, and have enjoyed them. Even her "ok" books are better than most other authors' best stories. That said, I felt like the actual interaction between Hugh and Sarah took too long to get started, and that their relationship missed the depth that we saw between Honoria/Marcus and Daniel/Anne. Also, even though Honoria and Daniel are pretty prominent in this book, there are almost no scenes with the two couples, and one of the most fun things about reading Julia Quinn is how we get to see the couples in love in subsequent books. I liked Hugh and Sarah, but the story and dialogue felt forced, like Julia tried too hard to be witty. The other sisters/cousins interrupted too much and needlessly. When I finished reading this I couldn't help but feel like there needed to be more to the story to make me feel the love and romance.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Julia Quinn Never Disappoints! 29. Oktober 2013
Von BookGeek - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There is something about Julia Quinn's writing that hits all the pleasure sensors in my brain. I laugh, cry, love and hurt with her books. She is probably my favorite living author and all I need is to see her name on the cover to grab it up. I could not wait to get my hands on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES and Ms. Quinn did not disappoint. Probably, because Julia Quinn never ever disappoints!

The story of Hugh Prentice and his duel with Daniel Smythe-Smith will never cease to bring pure drama to the pages. It will always be the dramatic, heartbreaking and defining moment of this series. A moment where two young men made a stupid mistake that will define them forever. More than define them they will always carry scars and it seems will keep paying for a youthful mistake.

Well, at least that's what life looks like for Hugh Prentice. Daniel suffered for a long time, but now he is home, back in the bosom of his family and about to get married to the love of his life. Hugh on the other hand is broken. He has a damaged leg and a reputation for being a bit too serious. More than that, Hugh can never dance, never carry a woman in his arms and never feel like he is a complete man.

I loved this book. THE SUM OF ALL KISSES starts with the most ridiculous, melodramatic and irrationally entertaining first meet I have ever read. When Lady Sarah meets Sir Hugh, fireworks fly, words are swung like knives and feelings are hurt. And yet, I laughed. I laughed, giggled and chuckled through most of this book, but that opening is gold. Sarah's hatred for Hugh is melodramatic, but also legitimate and it seems impossible that these two people will ever fall in love.

Then they do. They fall in love, slowly, realistically and oh so romantically. This relationship is similar to Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth. Their dislike for each other is so strong it seems that only God could change their opinion. But God wasn't needed in this situation, just time and openness. That's what makes these kinds of stories work so well. It quickly becomes obvious that two people are perfect and that misunderstandings could actually keep them apart. It makes you wonder about your own misunderstandings and whom your snap judgments are keeping you away from.
Julia Quinn did a wonderful job with Hugh's injury. It's strange to say wonderful job about something so heartbreaking, but honestly I believed it. I believed Hugh's inner turmoil. The idea that you are alive and you should be happy to be so, but you are not whole. There are certain characteristics that society has made us believe makes us a man or a woman. For a woman it's the ability to have children and for a man it's virility and strength. Hugh's injury takes some of that strength from him.
There is a moment where Sarah falls out of a carriage and Hugh does not have the ability to catch her. His absolute disappointment in himself is something so strong that I felt it in the pit of my stomach. I felt his despondency and his shame. I felt so much sorrow at the idea that he thought less of himself, because of something he could not help. Something that is not his fault.

THE SUM OF ALL KISSES is romantic, funny, heartbreaking, dramatic and charming. Like all of Julia Quinn's books. It is packed with so much drama and entertainment it's hard to put down. A must read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I’m thoroughly enamored of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, and can’t wait for the next installment. 30. Oktober 2013
Von Gaele - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am fast becoming a fan of Julia Quinn, in this second of her titles I have read, the stories are easy and engaging: with enough angst that is resolved by the end to make them the perfect afternoon getaway. In this book, the third in the Smythe-Smith Quartet, we have an unusual hero for most romances of this era. Hugh has a brilliant maths mind, little patience for the niceties of courtship, and a limp sustained in a duel after a night of cards with his best friend.

While Hugh has known the Pleinsworth family for a long time, in fact, the duel in which his leg was maimed nearly resulted in the family’s downfall, and Lady Sarah missed her debut because of the fallout. Outspoken, matter of fact and actually quite clever, Sarah can’t stand Hugh: his personality and hers are oil to water.

When Hugh starts to see Sarah in a different light, he believes his disability will keep her at bay: his own self-esteem is shot to bits, he feels less than manly and cannot imagine his life full of laughter.

The first interactions between Hugh and Sarah are melodramatic, as befitting the females of the family: and while the barbs are sharp, the dialogue is clever and telling, and nothing short of pure entertainment. Of course, this being a romance and we must push the issues: they are in close company with preparations for a wedding, and they must learn to at least exist in the same space.

Slowly but surely their understanding in one another grows, as does their attraction. What Sarah often sees as Hugh being ‘too serious’ is his own lack of faith or belief in his own worthiness as a man. Even more interesting, Sarah barely acknowledges his disability: it wasn’t the reason she didn’t like him, or consider him a possible match.

These two characters are so well developed and detailed, with moments that will bring you to tears when seeing Hugh’s dismay and self-loathing. While not being a highly conventional (for the time) man, he does actually appreciate Sarah’s brain and outspokenness, even if it may give others fits.

Slowly over the course of the book the two manage to discover the hidden gems under the exteriors, as preconceived notions and old hurts are healed and they work toward their own happily ever after. Moments of laughter, tears, anger and joy are thoroughly sprinkled throughout this story, perfectly suitable to read as the introduction to the series as Quinn is careful to provide background information without overloading the reader more familiar with the first two books. I am fast becoming a fan of Julia Quinn, in this second of her titles I have read, the stories are easy and engaging: with enough angst that is resolved by the end to make them the perfect afternoon getaway. In this book, the third in the Smythe-Smith Quartet, we have an unusual hero for most romances of this era. Hugh has a brilliant maths mind, little patience for the niceties of courtship, and a limp sustained in a duel after a night of cards with his best friend.

While Hugh has known the Pleinsworth family for a long time, in fact, the duel in which his leg was maimed nearly resulted in the family’s downfall, and Lady Sarah missed her debut because of the fallout. Outspoken, matter of fact and actually quite clever, Sarah can’t stand Hugh: his personality and hers are oil to water.

When Hugh starts to see Sarah in a different light, he believes his disability will keep her at bay: his own self-esteem is shot to bits, he feels less than manly and cannot imagine his life full of laughter.

The first interactions between Hugh and Sarah are melodramatic, as befitting the females of the family: and while the barbs are sharp, the dialogue is clever and telling, and nothing short of pure entertainment. Of course, this being a romance and we must push the issues: they are in close company with preparations for a wedding, and they must learn to at least exist in the same space.

Slowly but surely their understanding in one another grows, as does their attraction. What Sarah often sees as Hugh being ‘too serious’ is his own lack of faith or belief in his own worthiness as a man. Even more interesting, Sarah barely acknowledges his disability: it wasn’t the reason she didn’t like him, or consider him a possible match.

These two characters are so well developed and detailed, with moments that will bring you to tears when seeing Hugh’s dismay and self-loathing. While not being a highly conventional (for the time) man, he does actually appreciate Sarah’s brain and outspokenness, even if it may give others fits.

Slowly over the course of the book the two manage to discover the hidden gems under the exteriors, as preconceived notions and old hurts are healed and they work toward their own happily ever after. Moments of laughter, tears, anger and joy are thoroughly sprinkled throughout this story, perfectly suitable to read as the introduction to the series as Quinn is careful to provide background information without overloading the reader more familiar with the first two books. I’m thoroughly enamored of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, and can’t wait for the next installment.

I received an eGalley copy for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Fun, Romantic Story! 8. November 2013
Von Seirra Poirier - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A review copy was provided for an honest review. The Sum of All Kisses equals another enjoyable romance historical written by Julia Quinn. The way she writes you find yourself instantly amused and prone to laughter. It's not hard to identify with the character's self-loathing and inner turmoil. The fun tone and humor are what I most love about her novels. Though A Night Like This offered more laughs and immediate chemistry between the two main characters, Hugh Prentice and Sarah Pleinsworth's stubborn love made the story. Both of them are repelled by one another until they are given no choice but to get along when they have to attend two upcoming nuptials for their friends and family therefore putting them in close proximity than they care to be.

The prologue recounts the night that changed Hugh Prentice's life when he and his friend Daniel Smythe-Smith, Earl of Winstead, drank too much and played piquet (a card game). The night that Hugh—a known mathematician—accused Daniel of cheating, then challenged him to a duel, lost the draw, sustained an injury to his leg that now makes him walk with a limp, deeming him less a man for it. The drunken mistake cost the two everything - leaving Hugh without a fully functioning limb—making him look weak—and Daniel sentenced by Hugh's father to exile. Years later after Daniel's return Hugh's story begins...

At first I wasn't on board with Hugh and Sarah's relationship because they seemed to have nothing in common apart from their dislike of one another, but as the pages turned I started to see how they worked together. Hugh's self-hate over how inadequate he is due to his injury makes him feel like he's broken, and undeserving. That crushed me. Some scenes really hit the mark and made you feel sad, happy, and all the emotions in between. Sarah whose a bit too dramatic with a strange sense of humor dwells on how Hugh ruined her chances at meeting an eligible husband by missing out on her first season thanks to her cousin Daniel's exilement. They both have pent up issues and take awhile to face them and move forward. When Sarah and Hugh are forced together they get to know the person beneath their previous misconceptions. The romance takes time to get started—granted, they aren't even friends at first—but in the meantime the growing chemistry is fun to see unfold. Though it's slowly paced it's worth reading to the end especially if you're a Smythe-Smith Quartet fan.

The Sum of All Kisses will charm, entertain, and sweep you away with many feelings. Though not my favorite of the series, I liked it nonetheless. Julia Quinn's a wonderful romance writer, and I always walk away from her books with contentment.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen No passion, no romance, no story...where to start?? 6. Februar 2014
Von kay marion - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Having read and enjoyed most of Julia Quinn’s books, it’s really sad to see a dependable author put out a book this poorly written; it seemed more like a rough draft than a finished novel. It seems in her recent books, she has taken the sibling banter from the later Bridgerton books and expanded it more and more until, in this one, it completely took it over. I think this bantering is supposed to be witty and charming. It is neither—it is annoying, boring and very bad writing.
This stupid dialogue fills the book until there’s no room left for things like character development or even plot!! I found I could skim pages and pages without missing anything important to the story. The characters were all shown superficially so there was no depth of feeling, which meant no romance. I couldn’t even tell why Sarah and Hugh suddenly liked each other. Having her sprain her ankle so that she then understood about Hugh’s problem was contrived and silly. This petty arguing (oh excuse me, witty banter) continued even into their love scenes! If there had been any romance or passion that would certainly have killed it. His father was ludicrous. Her sisters added nothing to the story but distraction-- I think they were supposed to be funny. They weren’t.
Another problem was the actual language they were speaking, as well as their behavior and attitudes. It’s supposed to be historical fiction but it is full of glaring anachronisms. This has been a growing problem in her books and reached new lows here. Take out the carriages and corsets and it could have been a modern setting.
So, sorry to say, but good –bye Julia Quinn. There are so many better written books to read.
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