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A Night Like This by Julia Quinn
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A Night Like This (edition 2012)

by Julia Quinn (Author)

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Anne Wynter, a governess with some dark secrets in her past, is tempted by the dangerously handsome Daniel Smith-Smythe, Earl of Winstead, who relentlessly pursues her despite her social station.
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Title:A Night Like This
Authors:Julia Quinn (Author)
Info:Avon (2012), Edition: FRST AVONJ BOOK MASS MARKET PRINTING, 384 pages
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Oh, how I love Julia Quinn. And I love how Anne fights for herself. I don't know why it took me so long to get to this one, even though the first book in this series was my first ever romance, but I'm so glad I did. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
2.5 / 5

While Julia Quinn writes a charming romance, I could not make myself overlook glaring discrepancies between the ending and certain social expectations that were mentioned throughout the novel.

Also, Mary-Sues/Marty-Stus all over the place. EVERYWHERE. ( )
  treehorse | Nov 7, 2019 |
A Night Like This
3.5 Stars

Likeable characters but is missing the wit and charm of Quinn's other books and the plot is too drawn out at the beginning.

The first 1/3 is boring. The interminable scenes with the Pleinsworth girls are excessively long and add nothing to plot or characterization. Thankfully, things begin to liven up when Anne's big secret comes back to haunt her.

The suspense plot is well-developed and intense, and the villain truly despicable - this is what saved the book for me. The story from this point is darker in tone than Quinn's other books (it shares some similarities with An Offer from A Gentleman but is much harsher).

Anne is a strong and admirable heroine. Her traumatic past and the descriptions of how she suffered and coped over the years are heartbreaking at times.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Daniel. It is never a good thing when you prefer a secondary character over the hero and Hugh is for more intriguing. Daniel's immediate and all encompassing infatuation with Anne is unrealistic and his stalker-like tendencies are potentially disturbing as is his disregard for the consequences Anne faces if they should be caught. He is, however, somewhat charming, patient and loyal which softens the more annoying aspects of his personality.

All in all, the book is a little disappointing but the suspense plot and the exciting climax make it a worthwhile read. Looks like Hugh's book is next and I'm salivating already. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book. I love that the smythe-smiths girls can't play their instruments! It was a nice enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next in the series. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book. I love that the smythe-smiths girls can't play their instruments! It was a nice enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next in the series. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
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Landor, RosalindReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bozai Ágotasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Jana, one of the strongest people I know.

And also for Paul, even though I still don't understand why anyone might need seven sleeping bags.
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Prologue: "Winstead, you bloody cheat!"
Chapter 1: For a lady who had spent the last eight years trying not to be noticed, Anne Wynter was in an awkward position.
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Anne Wynter, a governess with some dark secrets in her past, is tempted by the dangerously handsome Daniel Smith-Smythe, Earl of Winstead, who relentlessly pursues her despite her social station.

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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....
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