Thursday, March 29, 2012

"It's In His Kiss" By: Julia Quinn Review

"It's In His Kiss" 
By: Julia Quinn
Synopsis from Amazon:
Meet Our Hero . . .

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past . . . and the key to his future. The problem is—it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.
Meet Our Heroine . . .
All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won't quite let go . . .
Meet Poor Mr. Mozart . . .
Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other . . . and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.
My Thoughts:
      I have been a fan of Julia Quinn since the beginning of her Bridgerton Series, "The Duke and I." For some reason, I had missed the last two in the series, so when I was at the library the other day, I picked up "It's In His Kiss," the story of Hyacinth, the youngest of the Bridgerton's. While I was enjoyed entering the Quinn's world, I can see why I missed this title when it was published.
      Hyacinth Bridgerton is the youngest child of the Bridgerton clan. In previous books you see her as she grows into herself, so its fun to see her finally get her happily ever after. She is matched with Gareth St. Clair, the grandson of Lady Danbury. Fan of the series will easily identify Lady Danbury, she's a dragon lady from previous books and knows the ton like the back of her hand.
      Hyacinth initially meets Gareth at a legendary Smythe-Smith musical. Each time they meet, they trade verbal barbs, which I enjoy. I love witty heroines, and I think Hyacinth is extremely funny while being intelligent. Being the grandson of Lady Danbury, Gareth is bound to be a little onery too, which was fun to witness.
    Beyond the character though, I have to say, the story was incredibly boring. The Bridgerton siblings only make limited appearances, not nearly enough for me. I understand the book is about the two main characters, but the secondary characters have brought me here and I want to see them! I also felt there wasn't very much romance between Hyacinth and Gareth, it was almost as if they heard they should be together so they were.
     Fairly disappointed with this title, "It's In His Kiss" is just your standard romance. Nothing your going to rave about but a nice addition if you want to find out about Hyacinth's life. Julia Quinn is an amazing writer, I just don't think this is her best effort. 

Book Details
Publisher: Avon
Date of Publication: June 28, 2005
# of Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0060531249


  1. I haven't read this one yet but I've mostly enjoyed the handful of Julia Quinn books I've tried (my favorite is What Happens in London). It is too bad that the last Bridgerton book was a disappointment for you. Sometimes it isn't as interesting when reading in a series and you only get brief mentions of characters you really liked from earlier books.

  2. I haven't read Quinn in a very long time. She was getting famous just about the time I was burning out on romance. Great review, I think I'll give this one a pass unless I stumble across an audiobook version.