"A Night Like This"
By: Julia Quinn
Synopsis from Amazon:
Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is . . .
But she's managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge—in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy—no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly tempted her, and it's getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.
Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger . . .
But that's not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family's annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she's a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending . . .My Thoughts:
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Julia Quinn is a best-selling author because of her unique voice in romance. She could write about a squirrel and I would read it. She has an amazing track record of romances, and “A Night Like This” is no different. She can really write great, flawed people that create a sense of realness unlike any other author.
“A Night Like This” starts with a duel, so you know its gonna be good. Daniel Smythe-Smith accidentally injures one of his friends in one of those duels that young men know better than to have but feel they must. Daniel leaves the country after his friends' father vows revenge over the injury. The story then picks up years later when Daniel's friend approaches him in his isolation and asks him to come home, promising that no one will try to try to hurt Daniel again.
Anne Wynter is a governess to the Smythe-Smith cousins. Daniel first meets Anne when she's filling in for one of the cousins at the famous musicale the Smythe-Smith's put on every year. Anne isn't simply a governess though and the magic in the story is watching Anne discover its ok to be yourself and Daniel finding out who Anne really is. The two characters are irresistibly drawn together, yet determined to keep their secrets.
This story has it all...romance, intrigue, hilarity, and great characters. Daniel is so earnest its endearing. Anne is so surprised to find someone who is willing to take chances...willing to put themselves on the line. A great addition to the Smythe-Smith series, I can't wait to see what comes next.
I received this book from Edelweiss in order to give a fair and honest review of the material.
Date of Publication: May 29, 2012
# of Pages: 384