The Sum of All Kisses

The Sum of All Kisses

Paperback - 2013
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When they have to spend a week together, the antagonism between Hugh Prentice, a crippled, bookish mathematician, and Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, who blames him for the duel that forced her cousin into exile, turns to something more.
Publisher: New York : Avon, c2013
ISBN: 9780062072924
Branch Call Number: ROM QUI
ROM QUI
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 18 cm

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Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jul 07, 2016

I liked the main characters. However, I do agree with other comments that the plot elements that are supposed to build tension, just seem to be wacky and illogical, despite the fact that the hero prides himself on his logical mind. The love scenes are quite late in the story, so there's lots of 'witty' dialogue. Quick read, that kept me entertained for a couple days.

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Sarah1984
May 04, 2016

15/12 - I didn't like either Hugh or Sarah at the start of the book, but by the end I felt like maybe I wasn't supposed to like them from the beginning. They both changed so much that I got the feeling that Quinn wanted to show them growing through the book, being tempered by love and their relationship. Sarah's sisters and female cousins were hilarious additions to the book providing plenty of chuckles, especially during the scene in the carriage.

Hugh's threat to his father to stop him from exacting vengeance on Daniel was completely insane and ridiculous, but that only happened in the last few chapters of the book, so it didn't impact on my enjoyment of the book as a whole. Hugh's father was so crazy that it did occur to me that he had untreated tertiary syphilis and it was turning his brain into Swiss cheese (not a completely unlikely scenario considering his sexual proclivities), but the reasons for his behaviour weren't explored beyond Hugh's declaration that "He's a mad bastard."

This was similar to The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, the next and last book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet, in that the last few chapters of the book were the worst and involved a crazy scheme that pushed the boundaries of disbelief, even for a romance. Still, I look forward to reading the first two books in the series, maybe in 2016.

Barbara5060 Apr 14, 2014

Another fun book from Julia Quinn.

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Bryher
Nov 15, 2013

My goodness! I had been so excited for this book and had such high hopes for it that I worried it wouldn't be up to the high bar I placed for it. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it quite exceeded my expectations.

Sarah is such a wonderful girl who is very dramatic. But dramatic in a good way! She often has these outbursts about things that plague her life, but I felt they were always made with good cheer. Such as her being plagued by weddings. But I know she's truly happy for both her cousins Honoria and Daniel. She is such a good older sister to her three younger sisters. Throughout all of their interactions I was very jealous as I didn't have any female siblings.

Hugh is an absolute comedian. I was consistently laughing at his comments, even though they were quite morbid. I loved his mathematical genius. And of course, he doesn't believe he deserves Sarah, so that immediately made me fall in love with him.

Together the two both grow as characters in this book so well. I believe they become better people from having known each other and that is what makes a true relationship.

I loved this book tremendously and it's currently fighting in my head with Romancing Mister Bridgerton and To Catch an Heiress as my favorite Julia Quinn book.

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