This book was one of those that I got months ago and was really excited but then waited ages to read it. Julia Quinn's books are always solid reads for me but the last few have been good but not amazing. Part of it I think is that she was amazingly fresh and funny with spectacular dialogue when she came out and so she really stood out. Now so many authors have caught up to her that while her books are still good they're not quite as groundbreaking. Any day that involves a new Quinn is still a good day though!
The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: Mass Market Paperback off my Spring TBR stack
Description: Lady Sarah Pleinsworth only hates one person. He is the person who caused her cousin to have to flee the country and the person who caused her first season to be delayed which she meant the biggest year of eligible gentleman. But is it possible that Hugh Prentice may not be the bad guy that she believes? Is it possible that once she gets past all her anger that he might actually be nice? And could she possibly be falling in love?
Why I Picked This Book: Quinn is an auto-buy for me.
Pros: Once again Quinn is an expert at drawing warm, likable and just plain entertaining. I loved Sarah's sisters and cousins - especially Iris and Frances - and am already looking forward to later books. Hugh is just plain dreamy. He is incredibly strong and intelligent and has had to rely so completely on his own that you just want to hug him. That being said he has a sweet side as well as we see when defends unicorns for Frances to the other girls. I really think Sarah and Hugh work well together. You can see the common interests and how they compliment each other. And the ending...the last 20 pages or so were just perfect Quinn. This is a couple you really want a happy ending for.
Cons: It took me awhile to warm up to Sarah but I did get over that pretty quick. My primary issue was something that happened about 2/3 of the way through the book. The reaction to the issue seems way over the top. I can see being upset, I can see trying to find work arounds but Sarah's reaction just seemed ridiculous. I also question how much sense the story of why Hugh is such a villian if you hadn't read the book before this one.
Overall Impression: I really enjoyed this book. All of the negatives were things that could be overlooked and didn't ruin the book for me. The characters are strong enough to overcome the few minor flaws.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Of course!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes though I think it might be more enjoyable if you read the book before this one.