The Sum Of All Kisses

Julia Quinn
The Sum Of All Kisses
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Release Date
October 2013
Historical Romance

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.

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Oct 14, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
78 people found the following review helpful
THE SUM OF ALL KISSES is book #3 in this already stellar series by Julia Quinn. I found the story to be totally delightful and so much fun to read. The plot was filled with hilarity, witty banter, charming characters and ridiculous melodrama. This is the realistic love story of two people that really don't like each other, until they're thrown together and a second glance shows that they have more in common than they realized. I had so much fun reading this book that the pages seemed to fly by, and I loved watching the show as Hugh and Sarah slowly fell head over heels in love.

Here we find out the truth about what happened between Daniel Smythe-Smith and Hugh Prentiss. Ridiculous drunken revelry led to the fateful duel that caused Daniel to be banished from England. Two young lives ruined by a stupid mistake. Now Daniel has his life back and is marrying the woman he loves. He and Hugh have reconciled, and it is revealed that Hugh wasn't the evil villain of the piece. Sadly, Hugh can't put the past behind him. The injury received in that fateful duel will forever be with him. I saw Hugh as a broken man. Vulnerable and ashamed at his loss, yet still very handsome and virile. He just needed the right woman to heal his wounded soul.

As the story opens, Hugh meets his soul mate. Except this was not love at first sight! Sarah hates Hugh with a passion. Her reasons were real, but a bit melodramatic. She makes her dislike clear from the beginning in a few deliciously over the top moments. A match made in heaven? Not quite. At first, it seemed impossible that these two people could ever fall in love. Sarah's hatred was vitriol, and Hugh didn't think much of her either. Then as the story goes along and they are forced together time and again, they slowly get to know one another. They start to realize that maybe they were wrong in their rush to judgment. They fell in love slowly, and I felt it was all so real.

As the story went along, there were many golden moments that simply delighted this reader. The moment where Sarah falls out of the carriage and Hugh is helpless to catch her. He berates himself for not having the strength to help her. Ms Quinn brilliantly showed every nuance of his shame and despair. He questions himself as a man. This was a first for me to see the hero of the story as being vulnerable physically. Pure gold. It made me fall even more in love with Hugh, and I loved it.

This was a book that I enjoyed immensely. Every page, every scene, and every moment. I loved it, so I'm giving it four flying stars. I am recommending this one to all historical romance readers.
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