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From Julia Quinn, the New York Times bestselling author of steamy historical romances, comes the third seductive installment of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, The Sum of All Kisses. Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly. Although neither protagonist from Once Upon a Tower actually appears "on screen" in The Sum of All Kisses, both are mentioned, and Iris's frantic search for . The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, From Julia Quinn, the New York Times bestselling author of steamy historical romances, comes the third seductive installment of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, The Sum of All Kisses. Sarah Pleinsworth can.

Never mind that once Sarah pops out an heir or two there is no reason to keep Daniel and Hugh alive. Hugh considered himself damaged goods, and Sarah was convinced she could have been married by now if she hadn't been forced to miss her debut season. A very funny, romantic, sweet Regency period romance. Hugh stood by next to the surgeon, who was just full of useful information. His father gave him a disgusted look but otherwise ignored the sarcasm.

He was perfect in his imprecations, his leg didn't stop him at anything and his scars he carried only made him that more of s special man who learned from his mistake and made him stronger from it. Sarah could be blinded by her narrow mindedness but once she let go of her anger, she was able to see beyond it to the great man in front of her. She showed what a firebrand she is as she stood up the monster and slay a great dragon to prove her love to her man! And those first kisses between the two were so smokin' The sensual level was yummy with great sexual tension I really miss in HR's now of days!

It was heartbreaking when Hugh's past is shown and the death deal was reveled. I felt Sarah's reacted was a tad over the top but believable because it showed she truly, truly cared about his well-being and his state of well-being.

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She quickly goes after Hugh so the pity party is short lived hide spoiler ] This quickly became one of my all time favorite JQ books and romance books. It was sensual and charming and oh so romantic- One of JQ's best!

View all 9 comments. Why do people hate this book??? I truly loved it. It was a very slow-burn romance, almost excruciatingly slow, and there's nothing I love more than that in an HR. It felt like a real HR, not a contemporary in disguise.

I know Julia Quinn writes those love-at-first-sight books like book 2 as often, but IMO she's at her best when she's doing slow-burn. Maybe that's a matter of personal preference though.

Readers who want action will not find it here. At first they were enemies, they hated each other and this didn't change overnight. I could see their relationship changing and evolving along with their feelings before my eyes as they got to know each other better and spend time together. I could see them beginning to appreciate each other, grudgingly at first, with all their heart later and eventually falling completely in love.

I loved Hugh! I loved his beautiful mind and his kind heart and his leg was just one vulnerability about him that made me feel even more drawn to him. Sarah was an interesting heroine. She was very kind, but could also be very selfish.

Strangely, selfishness is not a quality that easily bothers me. Probably because I believe very few people are truly pure and completely selfless in their hearts and selfishness just makes a character feel more round and multi-layered. I couldn't stop laughing! Especially about the unicorns. I really, really, really need Francis's story!! Please Mrs.

Maybe you could pair her up with one of the new Bridgertons you're writing about!! Wouldn't that be great? I don't know why people think Julia Quinn has lost her charm.

I can see her talent shining brighter than ever. The whole series has been nothing but excellent. And I like that it's laugh-out-loud funny, but in a very subtle way, not, for example, like Tessa Dare's humour that feels too modern for an HR with all the pop culture references and the outlandishness. View all 52 comments. Dec 27, Sharon rated it really liked it. I love when a series is consistently good throughout. Here are some of my thoughts in no particular order: Sarah and Hugh are so cute.

A solid, noble guy. He is so stiff and grumpy in the beginning, but he turns out to be rather sweet later on. Funny, argumentative. She never gets annoying. I get why she says certain things, and I end up appreciating that she is vocal about her feelings. Seeing how much Sarah cares about her imperfect, crazy family is sweet. Overall, there is a good vibe and flow throughout the book during the development of the relationship, but by the end, I feel like there should have been something more, maybe another scene, maybe another plotline, idk.

Overall, this is a great read. Angst level? Other things to note? Very, very faithful relationship. No other people at all. When Hugh and Sarah are sitting outside on the lawn together, bantering. Explicit details on sex. Vague mentions of rape and child abuse no graphic scenes or actual scenes in the book hide spoiler ] So far, a very amusing and funny series.

Hoping this one will be just as good as the others. I know that Julia Quinn will captivate me with the romance, charm and humour of her stories. Hugh is definitely the most tormented of the heroes in this series Even though he did everything in his power to make things right after the reckless, drunken duel, he is still filled with overwhelming guilt. He seems a lonely figure… constantly in pain from his lameness and believing it makes him less of a man.

Both he and Sarah have preconceived ideas about each other. For that, I can never forgive you. There are many delightful scenes but I absolutely love this one…for me it is gloriously romantic! It was the strangest, most awkward waltz imaginable. Instead of a clasped pair of hands, elegantly arched before them, they both put their weight on the cane.

He hummed in three-quarter time, and he led with light pressure on her back, moving the cane whenever it was time to turn. He had not danced in nearly four years. But tonight … It was magical, almost spiritual, and he knew that there was no way he could ever thank her for this moment, for restoring a piece of his soul. Ms Quinn always imbues her stories with a strong sense of family and the scenes between Sarah and her younger sisters are a sheer delight.

There appeared to be sixteen different conversations going on at once. With only three participants. View 2 comments. So I went from hating the heroine Sarah to liking her once she put her dramatic sighs and high handed judgmental attitude away. Her and Hugh were really sweet together once they realized they were crazy for each other Everything just fell apart right after when the silly melodrama with Hugh's father got in the way tying your grown ass son to a bed?

I thought Hugh's backstory was interesting and heartbreaking but I think Quinn went to extremes to make So I went from hating the heroine Sarah to liking her once she put her dramatic sighs and high handed judgmental attitude away. I thought Hugh's backstory was interesting and heartbreaking but I think Quinn went to extremes to make his villainous father unhinged and disgusting. I'm not a prude by any means when it comes to reading tastes but I need good motivation behind why a bad character does what he does, what drives him.

Some of the things Hugh's father did were a little all over the place that it left me feeling I don't know, or maybe it was the fact that some of his uh His father likes rough sex, he man-handled and possibly beat his wife in bed, he's clearly a horndog.

But the things he did to Hugh's older brother Freddie when they were younger just left me going huh? His hellbent fury and revenge against Daniel for ruining Hugh's life was a little extreme and convoluted to me given how little he thought of his own family and again, how he treated his own off-springs.

Did Julia forget this? I don't know, something just wasn't clicking for me with this whole conflict. And doing this all for the family title didn't jive with me.

The villain's motivations for giving Hugh and his loved ones such grief was contrived and all over the place. And don't get me started on the ludicrous deal Hugh makes with his father to leave Daniel alone.

Are you kidding me?? And Sarah's reaction to it was so dramatic and OTT. He made this deal way before he even met her, so I didn't understand her I want to die! Everyone acted like it was a done deal and Daniel's offended angry reaction to finding Sarah with Hugh didn't make sense and was just unnecessary. The love story, whatever there was, was nice but it fell short for me, not enough alone time for these two.

I loved the ending but I wanted more. And the author's habit of rambling inner monologues got tedious fast. The number of things our heroine feels necessary to point out, and emphasize and break down further with parenthesis was so pointless and annoying. What's with all the parenthesis usage? It's nearly on every page and adds nothing to the dialogue.

It only makes things more long winded. Is this a new thing with JQ? I can't stand it. Her characters seem to love to go off on tangents while talking with others and speaking internally as well. It just doesn't work and got annoying fast. Bottom line: I really feel JQ's only successful work is the Bridgerton series. Even her backlist works haven't worked for me with the exception of Minx the OTT silly dramatic characters with never ending conversations where everyone interrupts each other is not my idea of witty.

I thought it was just a writing quirk of hers she phased out I guess not. It was definitely more pronounced here with Sarah's squabbling nosy younger sisters. Forgive me but I did not find the endless arguing, shrieking and bantering cute but rather annoying. And Sarah's behavior in the beginning of this is like nails on a chalkboard and unforgivable. It focuses on a family of girls who can't play their instruments but nobody has the heart to tell them they suck. I mean How is this cute?

Or funny? I'm not laughing here. The overall humor falls so flat. Instead of quirky and charming it's rather insufferable. I honestly don't get the appeal or purpose behind this other than "they know the Bridgertons" and milking that angle for all it's worth. It's like that one annoying relative or acquaintance who shows up everywhere and never goes away. Humoring senseless annoying characters is not my idea of witty at all.

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Iris did intrigue me a little, her blunt honesty and lack of drama for one lol but I honestly don't know if I have enough interest or patience to sit through another Smythe-Smith rambling monologue. And given the overwhelming reaction to Book 4, I think I'll pass. Feb 05, Louisa rated it it was ok Shelves: Julia Quinn is the very definition of hit-or-miss to me. I love her Bridgerton series and some of her older standalones. I really liked the first book of this series.

At the same time, I loathed her Wyndham series and several of her other standalones. I hesitate to say that she's lost her charm since she's written some HRs I've quite liked recently, but not as many as I would've wanted. There's a LOT of suspension of belief here. HRs are usually pretty ridiculous hey, I read them when I don't wa Julia Quinn is the very definition of hit-or-miss to me.

HRs are usually pretty ridiculous hey, I read them when I don't want to tax my brain but this one takes it to another level. The whole premise of the series is that Hugh Prentice, the hero, accuses Daniel Smythe-Smith of cheating at cards, and gets shot in the thigh by Daniel during their duel the next morning.

Because even though Hugh's dad has an heir, he thinks of Hugh as the better one and thinks Daniel's robbed Hugh of the chance to sire more heirs to keep the title in the family. What follows is sheer strangeness. He then locks them up in the room to make sure they're caught in flagranto and have to marry. It's why Sarah got mad at Hugh and began second-guessing marrying him.

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Of course they end up married anyway because they love each other. And Sarah manages to solve the whole suicide problem when they'd been up in arms about it for four years.

Extremely rushed. Hugh and Sarah hate each other from the beginning. I didn't believe it at all. Yeah, don't bother with this. I just hope the next book Quinn writes doesn't make me want to slam my head against a wall multiple times. Jun 08, Ginger rated it liked it Shelves: The Sum of All Kisses was good! It's not amazing but it's definitely "middle of the road" for a historical romance. I've read other Julia Quinn books in the past and this is typical of her writing.

Decent writing, characters and some witty dialogue. So not much new with this addition but it's nice to go to something familiar and solid at times. I read this as a stand alone and it worked. I don't think you have to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. There's obviously reoccurring c The Sum of All Kisses was good!

There's obviously reoccurring characters in this book from previous books so starting from the beginning is also a good option. That's if the reader wants to commit to the whole series. Lady Sarah Pleinsworth was a good character to cheer for and I loved her attitude in most situations. I enjoyed Hugh Prentice more though. He had more depth put into his character, into his family life and how it shaped him as a person.

If you like historical romance, this is a good one to get to one day! Sep 13, Kat rated it it was ok. To be fair though I read it as kind of a rebound book, meaning my mind and heart were still completely engaged in another story.

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But I guess in the end, any book review is somewhat situational isn't it? The book had some sweet moments, but I did not care much for the characters and their story. Have to say that I am not a big fan of Quinn's style in general, this was my second try after having disliked "the duke and I" and I probably won't go in for another one anytime soon or ever. View all 14 comments.

Jun 17, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Another delightful romance from the talents of Julia Quinn! Watching our couple, Lady Sarah Pleinsworth and Hugh Prentice, go from enemies to friends to lovers was a journey that will please many romance fans. Julia Quinn is one of my favorite authors due to the way she injects humor throughout the entire story and this was no exception. Along with the humor, though, comes a deep sense of family and heart that is guaranteed to make you smile.

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The action at the end will have you flipping the page Another delightful romance from the talents of Julia Quinn! The action at the end will have you flipping the pages but I did feel like it was a bit out of place and just a little over dramatic. View all 6 comments. Apr 15, Anna D. I love our hero!! Hugh is just the best kind of imperfect, wounded hero to read about. He is scarred inside and out and our heroine will give him the love and happiness that we, as the readers, want to give him.

The whole enemies-to-lovers theme works well here too as well as the circumstances that bring them together. I enjoyed their witty conversations, the insecurity we were granted privy to, and I believed and felt the tension and passion they had for each other. After every cruel and evil thing we know about Ramsgate, I found it really hard to believe that he folded so easily to Sarah. I wanted Ramsgate to face serious ramifications for the spousal rape, the physical abuse to his children, and the attempted murder of Daniel.

I certainly hope she get a book of her own one day! View all 7 comments. Dec 13, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: They both changed so much that I got the feeling that Quinn wanted to show them growing through the book, being tempered by love and their relationship. Sarah's sisters and female cousins were hilarious additions to the book providing plenty of chuckles, especially during the scene in the carriage. Hugh's threat to his father to stop him from exacting vengeance on Daniel was completely insane and ridiculous, but that only happened in the last few chapters of the book, so it didn't impact on my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

Hugh's father was so crazy that it did occur to me that he had untreated tertiary syphilis and it was turning his brain into Swiss cheese not a completely unlikely scenario considering his sexual proclivities , but the reasons for his behaviour weren't explored beyond Hugh's declaration that "He's a mad bastard.

Still, I look forward to reading the first two books in the series, maybe in Jul 24, Didi rated it really liked it Shelves: Just the thought of Hugh courting Sarah - or the other way around?? Such high expectation I have over this couple! I dearly hope Ms. Quinn will come up with some witty title too.

Gelince de bekletip durdum, neyse. View 1 comment. Jun 25, Addie H rated it it was ok Shelves: I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book Enemies to Lovers, Scarred hero limp This is how my 15th re-read held up.

It dropped from a 5 to 2. In I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. In a moment shrouded in alcohol and misunderstandings, Hugh Prentice made a foolish mistake to challenge his friend, Daniel, to a duel, which resulted in him wounding said friend in the shoulder. What really rubbed me the wrong way, was how strongly Sarah judged Hugh for what happened. This, Hugh could not bear. And the next time you feel so wronged—you, who do not even bear the same surname as Lord Winstead—you would do well to remember that one of the lives I have ruined is my own.

Their mutual animosity leaves no room for polite conversation, which leads to delicious dialogue. Too quickly. This was not the Sarah Pleinsworth with whom he was familiar. There she was. It will go to my head.

His brows rose. He waltzed with a cane. He did not deserve to have his life defined by a single mistake. Then like gave me a whiplash when it suddenly turned to love. Then her nose, then each of her eyes in turn. It was bursting out of him that he was falling in love with her, but he had never been a man to speak of his feelings, and the words choked in his throat. But in a weird twist of events, that I am not sure I quite understood why is so dramatic as it is made out to be, causes Sarah to suddenly question her feelings.

Also, there is very little smexy times in this book. And by that time, I rushed through it, as I was not at all invested. Sep 12, Jess rated it really liked it Shelves: Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: I LOVED yup, an all-capper Hugh, a man who, in a duel he initiated, was shot in the leg and will live the rest of his life depending on a cane to help him walk.

He has a photographic memory and can do high level math easily in his head. But not Review posted: Hugh tried to right that wrong by finding Daniel and bringing him back home, insuring his safety from his father by putting his own life on the line.

Gallows humor is heavy throughout and I loved it. Both Hugh and Sarah have an odd sense of making jokes at awkward moments, or inappropriate jokes my favorite kind at random times. I enjoyed Sarah although I found myself more charmed by her younger sisters early on. They had me laughing throughout with their random conversations that ranged from unicorns to a play being written that has a heroine based on Sarah who is neither to pink nor too green it makes sense, at least to the sisters.

The story focuses more on the friendship building between Hugh and Sarah then it does on their actual romance, as in the bedroom. He really just becomes a focus at the end and I could have taken or left his inclusion in the story, but it does serve as a catalyst of sorts for Hugh and Sarah. Even though they were already on their way to a happy future together, it lets Sarah shine as she stands up for Hugh against the man who made his life a living hell growing up.

Honoria discussing the seating arrangements at the main table at an upcoming wedding: Oh, please say I may take his place! I would love that above all things. I would actually be above all things.

Aug 30, Jaclyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is an outspoken and highly dramatic young lady. Hugh Prentice is a logical and careful thinking, not to mention a mathematical genius. The Sum of All Kisses is the story of how a drama queen tempts the nerd, and it was fantastic! Lady Sarah is desperate to get married. Not only has her best friend just been married, but only through marriage or death can she escape playing in the Smythe-Smith Quartet.

At her friend and cousin's weddings, Sarah is forced into close contact w Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is an outspoken and highly dramatic young lady. Likewise, Hugh is also not thrilled about being paired with Sarah. Sarah has made it very clear that she dislikes Hugh and although Hugh is not really sure why she dislikes him so, he returns the favour, since he disapproves of her hyperbolic ways. I have been anxiously awaiting this one since I knew the next book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series would be about Sarah and Hugh.

I found Sarah to be an entertaining character in the snippets we got of her in the first two books in the series, and I was not disappointed by her in The Sum of All Kisses. She blamed Hugh for her marriage-less state, which took talent, if you ask me.

These girls were an absolute hoot, especially Frances. Frances was obsessed with unicorns, to the point that she made Harriet include one in her play. It was completely ridiculous but they were a great addition to the novel. I think that Quinn writes fantastic child characters in all of her books that I have read up to this point and they always seem to add a lot to the story; The Sum of All Kisses was no exception.

Read-Alikes available at The Book Adventures. View all 3 comments. Oct 26, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Sum of all Kisses is a historical romance, published by Avon. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Hugh Prentice is the only son his father can count on to produce an heir. So when Hugh, a math whiz, gets a little drunk and starts playing cards with a group of men who have also had too much to drink, the night ends in a ridiculous duel.

Hugh takes a bullet in the leg. His father is so angry he vows to kill the man who shot his The Sum of all Kisses is a historical romance, published by Avon. His father is so angry he vows to kill the man who shot his son, and most likely ruined his chances for a grandchild.

It took a few years, but Hugh finally convinced his father to back off.

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Now three years later, the man that crippled Hugh, Daniel Smythe-Smith, is getting married. Hugh and Daniel had long ago put the past behind them and are now friends again. Hugh must make an appearance to all the pre-wedding celebrations and dinners as well as the wedding.

Unfortunately, this puts him in direct contact with Sarah Pleinsworth, Daniel's cousin. Sarah blames Hugh for the scandal that caused Daniel to flee and Sarah to miss her fist season. Now she must be polite and social with Hugh for the sake of her family. The first encounters between Hugh and Sarah were hilarious. They traded stinging barbs and bickered incessantly. Both of them strongly disliking the other. However, once they were forced to spend a little time together they each realized what the other has suffered as a result of the duel.

Hugh considered himself damaged goods, and Sarah was convinced she could have been married by now if she hadn't been forced to miss her debut season. But, Sarah soon learns that her miseries are nothing in comparison to what Hugh lives with everyday. Soon, the two are seeing the other one in a different light and both of them like what they see. Naturally, there are complications.

Hugh has a few secrets that could prevent the two from having their unlikely happy ever after. Julia Quinn has been at this for awhile. Some books are better than others, that's to be expected. However, I've yet to be disappointed with one of her books. This one was no exception.

What a great guy. He was smart, funny, and honorable. He had a difficult childhood, a monster for a father, and now must live in pain for the remainder of his life because of stupid mistake. Sarah's anger evaporated quickly once she got to know Hugh. Any immature grudges she may have harbored disappeared as she took it upon herself to right the wrongs of the past once and for all.

A very funny, romantic, sweet Regency period romance. I must also mention the cover art on this one. The dress was beautiful and I loved the color contrast. I loved it! Oct 25, Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it really liked it Shelves: It looks like Julia Quinn has gotten some of her mojo back. I enjoyed this book a great deal more than I've enjoyed many of her others. That's sayings something since I generally enjoy everything she writes.

Anyway, this is still typical Quinn, but that spark that is sometimes missing in her books is back here, with a compelling plot, a spunky heroine, a tortured but adorable hero, humor, suspense, and a cast of supporting characters that are just as enjoyable and diverse as the main protagonist It looks like Julia Quinn has gotten some of her mojo back. Anyway, this is still typical Quinn, but that spark that is sometimes missing in her books is back here, with a compelling plot, a spunky heroine, a tortured but adorable hero, humor, suspense, and a cast of supporting characters that are just as enjoyable and diverse as the main protagonists.

Sarah was a little hard for me to sympathize with at first because she starts off so unforgiving and irrational, but unlike some stories where we're supposed to accept these flaws as endearing, Quinn chose to showcase Sarah as someone who has a lot of growing up to do. And she does so while still maintaining her sense of self. Hugh Prentice is an adorable devil, right up there with some of my favorite literary heroes. He's not nearly as fleshed out as some of Quinn's other leading men, but he has a charm, wit, and compelling vulnerability all his own, and he made reading this story a real pleasure.

View all 8 comments. Jun 16, Pamela AllHoney rated it really liked it Shelves: In an effort to show that he has no hard feelings towards Daniel and his family, he accepts the invitations to the weddings of Honoria Smythe-Smith and the Earl of Chatteris and Daniel Smythe-Smith and Anne Wynter.

Sarah has yet to forgive Hugh for the duel and her cousin's subsequent exile. But she is asked to put aside her feelings for the duration. Then they get to know each other An enemies to lovers theme. Fun with a lot of witty banter. Nicely paced so that there were no lags that took my attention away from the story. Anyone who loved Ms. Quinn's Bridgertons will surely love this too. Jun 30, Mei rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved, loved, loved Hugh!

And Sarah too! A very unlikely couple, but so very well suited for each other! I loved the enemies to lovers theme and I did enjoyed all the fun and witty stuff!

Great book! View all 4 comments. Feb 07, Susanne rated it really liked it Recommended to Susanne by: Jan 31, Caz rated it really liked it Shelves: Guilty, heartsick and destined to be in pain for the rest of his life, Hugh knew the duel had been his fault and wanted the killers called off — but Ramsgate refused to listen, causing Hugh to come up with a somewhat drastic — albeit creative — way to force his father to leave Daniel alone.

The hero and heroine of book one, Just Like Heaven , the Earl of Chatteris and Honoria Smythe-Smith are about to walk down the aisle, and as a long-standing friend of Chatteris, Hugh has been invited to the wedding. Hugh is still full of remorse for the actions which caused so much hurt to Daniel and his family, but knows that his absence from the wedding of one of his oldest friends would also cause upset besides the fact that neither Marcus or Daniel would permit him to absent himself from so august an occasion!

She hates him intensely — an emotion Hugh found himself completely at a loss to explain at their first meeting a couple of years back, but which he has since attributed to her penchant for the overly dramatic and her tendency towards hyperbole, things with which he has little patience.

She also bears a massive grudge against Hugh because of the duel — but not just because of the danger to her cousin. Ever since What Happens in London , which is one of my favorite books of all time, the Quinn books have been missing something. Luckily, The Sum of All Kisses more than makes up for the flat spell Quinn had subjected me to before.

For one thing, this book has tropes I adore and a tendency to mess around with them in fresh and interesting ways. When this book is angsty, oh my, there is some serious angst. This topic is alluded to very vaguely throughout the book and suddenly leaps into the forefront of the plot towards the end.

The abuse happens off page and is alluded to, rather than graphically described, but that almost makes it worse because my imagination fills in the gaps in the most upsetting way. I forgot conflict! I want Freddie to have his own novel. He deserves it. I know there are limitations on the life that Freddie could lead, but I think he could find a measure of romantic bliss and I need to see that after reading about all his pain.

Fingers crossed. I'm giving this bok an A- because it made me so darn happy. The minus is because some of the tonal shifts regarding abuse were akward — not because I'm always opposed to dark material, but because they seemed to be shoehorned in somewhat awkwardly.

Anyway, my fingers are crossed, too. Lack of resolution or at least a conversation between Hugh and Freddie really bothered me. Also the mathematician stuff felt thrown in whenever convenient. But the character growth worked for me. These two reviews are so interesting! Ward style fiasco. I loved this book for the most part; I agree that Quinn is back at her old form after what seems to be a very long flat spel with this one.