Three years ago Hugh Prentice made a decision while drunk that cost his friend Daniel (from A Night Like This read my review here) two years of his life and left Hugh with a damaged thigh and permanent limp. In The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn, Hugh and Daniel are trying to show the Ton that they have put everything in the past by having Hugh attend Daniel and Daniel’s sister Honora’s (from Just Like Heaven) weddings. Hugh has become fairly reclusive since the incident but is willing to do whatever Daniel requests of him in an attempt to make up for Hugh’s dad having spent the last two years trying to have Daniel killed. But when one of the cousins in the wedding party becomes ill, Hugh finds himself in the spotlight and partnered with Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, the one woman who annoys Hugh to no end.
Daniel may have forgiven Hugh but Lady Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive what his actions cost her family. So when she finds herself partnered with Hugh for the wedding, Sarah is upset and anticipates a horrible three weeks of wedding festivities. But as Sarah and Hugh spend time together they both start to realize that what they thought about the other is wrong but will events conspire to keep their budding relationship from progressing forward…
The Sum of All Kisses is a fabulous read with an unconventional hero who was endearing in his insecurities. Hugh is not your typical historical romance hero, he has never forgiven himself for the events that led to his being injured and Daniel being forced to leave England for two years, on the run from the assassins sent by Hugh’s father. His actions on that night and his injury that prevents him from participating in all the normal manly pursuits have led Hugh to not value himself, making him think that he doesn’t have anything to offer a woman. Sarah was an interesting heroine but it is her sisters that really stole the show, we met Harriet, Elizabeth and Frances in A Night Like This (read my review here) and we get to spend some more entertaining time with them in The Sum of All Kisses. Julia Quinn’s novels are always an entertaining read (I love the Bridgerton series) but it is her ability to have entertaining, quirky secondary characters that add a richness and humor to the story line without overpowering the main story. The Sum of All Kisses is a stand alone novel but I highly recommend reading the entire series in order so you can appreciate the appearance of some old favorite secondary characters (Lady Danbury anyone?!).
The Smythe-Smith Quartet Reading Order:
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: The Sum of All Kisses
Author: Julia Quinn
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.