Sunday, 17 June 2012

Books Read: Julia Quinn - A Night Like This

Source - Received from publisher to review

Anne Wynter's job as governess to three highborn young ladies 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 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. 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 . . .

Before I get onto my review of this book I'd like to thank Little Brown Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.  As mentioned when I reviewed Julia Quinn's previous book, The Lady Most Likely, these types of historical romance novels are not my standard reading but I have to confess that they are growing on me.... or maybe it's a sign I'm getting older!

A Night Like This is the second book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series in which we see the return of Daniel, the Earl of Winstead, from his exile in Italy.  He arrives during his family's musicale where he spots a stranger, Anne Wynter, playing the piano instead of one of his cousins which goes against the family tradition.  

He feels an instant attraction to her which is reciprocated by Anne when they meet in person after the concert but she knows that nothing can come of these feelings due to her position as governess to his cousins but also because she is not who they all think she is.  She has a secret and as the story progresses we learn more about Anne's history and why she's so secretive about her past.  

This was a charming old-fashioned love story where the hero swoops to rescue of the women he loves when she's in danger... it certainly doesn't happen like that in real-life, well not in my experience anyway, but it was a pleasant enough read for a cold and damp day. 

If this sounds like the type of book you'd like to read, why not head to Amazon where you can buy a copy in paperback or e-book format.

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