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A Night Like This

(Smythe-Smith Quartet #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  17,603 ratings  ·  1,353 reviews
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 Winst
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Avon
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2.5 stars

I'd been wondering how old Daniel is. Which was why I skimmed through the pages of Just Like Heaven to find some clues. Turned out Honoria is twenty one years old, five years younger than Marcus. Marcus and Daniel are at the same age, and that would be twenty six. Since the first and the second book of Smythe-Smith quartet series are set in the same year, Daniel is still twenty six when he came home to England. Why am I babbling about his age? I had hoped he's much younger. Because that
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Pure entertainment! I stayed up late to finish this one because I was enjoying it so much.

I have probably said this before but Julia Quinn writes excellent dialogue which is often laugh aloud funny. Her characters are just like Georgette Heyer's but racier. In A Night Like This our main characters fall in love at first sight but the obstacle between them is Ann's position in society - just a governess and not appropriate in the eyes of Society to be the wife of a Lord. Of course events lead to t
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

Daniel Smythe-Smith, Earl of Winstead and his friend Hugh Prentice, get drunk and foolishly end up in a duel. Honour dictates that they face each other, but having sobered up and wised up, both realise they need to aim wide. Though Hugh's shot hits Daniel accidentally, it is superficial. But Daniel slips and his shot sees Hugh badly injured, nearly crippled. Threatened with death by Hugh's father, the Marquess of Ramsgate, Daniel escapes to the Continent, in fear of his life for the nex
4 ½ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

Oh, how I love Julia Quinn’s witty, winsome writing! She’s one of my absolute favorite authors for feel-good, sweet romances that put a huge smile on my face and lift my spirits. The musicale scene in the first chapter had me laughing so hard that I had tears streaming down my face and that part alone was worth 5 stars. This actually has a bit of angst as well, but it’s tempered with Julia’s engaging, heartwarming style.

Another enchanting, romantic winner f
Rachel (BAVR)
Back when BAVR still had her baby talons, we read a ton of Julia Quinn books. Almost all of them, really. And despite those years of frivolous happiness, I swore off Quinn books after the first in the Smythe-Smith series, Just Like Heaven, was pointlessly dumb enough to make me rethink what I was doing with my life. Did I really want to read the same banter and self-gratifying me so clever "comedy" for the rest of my life? No, I said. No, I do not want to read this funny stuff that isn't funny f ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Is this really the same author I enjoyed reading all of her 28 books in a month after her Bridgerton series? She introduced me to the world of Historical romance and I didn't find a more witty author till date. But what went wrong with this one? Well...EVERYTHING!!

So, was the book funny?

Were the characters endearing?
No (with the exception of Frances and Harriet)

Were there solid supporting characters?
No!! (both the mothers portrayed in the boo
Blacky *Romance Addict*
If you're looking for a sweet historical romance, this is the book for you Photobucket

It's entertaining, funny and witty, it has a great romance with characters you'll love and who love each other like crazy Photobucket

I just have one problem with this, it somehow gets too sweet for me in the second half of the book Photobucket I know, I know, what's wrong with sweet? Nothing, but I personally don't like those sugary endings. Maybe sometimes I love them, but most of the times not. This was in the most of the times category

JQ has the gift of being a great pick me up storyteller, her stories are always smart and alot of fun. The focus on the Smythe-Smith and their crazy family and well known ear bleeding musicals bring a smile to anyone's face if they'll read JQ's books.
A Night Like This follows in the same vein as the book before it Just Like Heaven with it's at times very simple plot. At the sane time reminded me of an older novel On the Way to the Wedding, but lacked the spark I found in On the Way to the We
5.00 Stars - Regency/Historical Romance

Thoughts before reading:

I wish I at least knew who our hero/heroine will be in this one, at this instant...June 2012 will just take forever to come around :(

Thoughts after reading:

Daniel Smythe-Smith returns home to England after a 3 year exile at the continent on the night of a Smythe-Smith musicale. Soon enough he takes notice of the beautiful stranger amidst his sisters and cousins and suffers an instant pang of attraction which m
Some of my thoughts in no particular order:
• Was low-key disappointed this book wasn’t one of the Smythe-Smith cousins we met in the 1st book who performed with Honoria.
• I like how Anne fought back against her attacker. And hearing her story about how she lost everything and was shunned by her family made me feel for her. She really did well for herself by maturing and finding jobs to survive after that.
• Peaceful read. The romance is sweet and slow-going. I was skeptical at first because it s
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Smythe-Smith Quartet (spinoff series of Bridgerton Series)
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

This book reminded my why I fell in love with Julia Quinn’s books so many years ago. It was lighthearted without
Sha Mslvoe
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love love love the cover art. Bright blue dress and sweet pink heels. ohhh it's cute!!! I love the way Julia Quinn makes me laugh, cry and sigh with satisfaction.

It was so good to finally wrapped with a good romance. The epilogue make me continue my reading till evening. I was glued and I can't take my eyes of this wonderful story.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Another wonderful book by Julia Quinn! And a fabulous addition to the Smythe-Smith Quartet series.

❤'d Daniel the Earl of Winstead

❤'d Anne the Governess

❤'d Daniel's cousins Sarah, Elizabeth, Frances and especially Harriet. They all made for so much fun.

Next up is Sarah and Hugh's story. A very interesting couple indeed. :)
Oops. I wasn't supposed to finish it today, but I guess it was inevitable. There was no way I was going to be able to read it in small chunks over a period of a week, especially when I wasn't planning to anything especially exciting today.

We already sorta met Daniel and Anne in book 1. Daniel had just returned from his exile while the beautiful Anne seems to be serving her own exile as the governess for 3 of the Symthe-Smith girls. This book starts with some details about how Daniel got kicked o
Lisa Kay
Anne dares to go out with only her cloak on over her nightgown.
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★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Excellent narration by the always versatile and elegant Rosalyn Landor , who certainly kicked this up a notch. I will admit that I had to increase the speed from 1X to 1.25X, as it was just a tad slow. Though secondary characters, I loved the banter between all the Smythe-Smith cousins, Elizabeth, Harriet, Frances, and Daisy; Ms. Landor manages to keep them all sounding diffe
Dec 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, meh
DNF @40%.

Dear Julia Quinn,

I know you're considered a VIP in the historical romance genre, and as such, I'm supposed to like your books...

I don't.

Let's just chalk it up to the old "it's not you, it's me" I just can't seem to stay interested and life's too short to read a full book knowing at best I'll give it 2 "I didn't really like it but I guess it was okay" stars.


Joanna Loves Reading
The best parts are with the governess’ charges. Delightful, quirky girls. Particularly Frances.

The hero was selfish and obtuse. Barring heroes that physically and/or mentally abuse their heroine, I would be hard-pressed to find a more unappealing hero.

Normally I really enjoy Quinn, but this is one that doesn’t work for me on any level.
Sophie Barnes
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Smythe-Smith, the Earl of Winstead, returns from his three year absence from England, arriving home on the evening of the yearly Smythe-Smith musicale. Before he even manages to make his presence known to his family, he stumbles upon a mysterious woman - a lady more lovely thank any other he's ever seen before (sigh =) ) - and, forgetting himself completely, he unexpectedly kisses her.
Their little encounter is brought to an abrupt end by the incident that many of you may remember from 'J
1.5 stars

DNF at 23 %

The characters are _I am afraid _ boring and clichéd.
And right at the beginning we get presented to a case of "insta love/lust".

She looked up.
Time stopped. It simply stopped. It was the most maudlin and clichéd way of describing it, but those few seconds when her face was lifted toward his . . . they stretched and pulled, melting into eternity.
She was beautiful. But that didn’t explain it. He’d seen beautiful women before. He’d slept with plenty of them, even. But this . . .
Lexxi Kitty
I'll be quick, just a little note. Possibly more later. Possibly.

I spent the entire time reading this book, at least if you look at my status updates, noting to myself and others that I wanted to DNF the book after every page (or every other page). Then I end up rating this book 3 stars. Am I overly generous? Do I never give ratings worse than 3 stars? Of course not. No, the things I despised were relatively minor, but seen in both main characters (the man, Daniel, was overly pushing and demandi
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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One thing I enjoyed about Quinn's previous books are that they are highly character-driven; there is often little plot, and little world-building (these being wallpaper historicals), but the books are still engaging purely because of the character development, and the development of the relationship between hero and heroine. My reading preferences are such that I take this development of the characters and their relationship to be THE key element in a romance.

The reason why I think Quinn's newer
(Nat) Reading Romances

This book has a few common elements such as love-at-first-sigh, and a governess with a big secret! It has a consistent pacing to a much darker turn of events. I was expecting a different conclusion to the story, not as predictable as it turned to be.

A Night Like This has great pacing and one of the kindest heroes I've ever read about in romance novels! Daniel was absolutely fantastic! I still don't feel like I'm a part of the Smythe-Smith family, but it was a believable romance, with clev
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Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
A NIGHT LIKE THIS is the second book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series and, although I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book JUST LIKE HEAVEN, it still combines all the elements that make Julia Quinn an absolute favourite of mine. I always know that I’m going to be drawn into her captivating world full of wonderful, loveable, quirky characters.

I completely fell for Daniel's charm and wicked sense of humour. He’s someone who has learned from his past mistakes and takes his responsibili
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I have always been a Julia Quinn fan and with this book, I am reminded of why I loved her work. A NIGHT LIKE THIS goes back to what Quinn is known for. It opens with a fun scene with Daniel Smythe-Smith, Earl of Winstead and sets up the reason why Daniel left for so many years.
When he returns, Daniel is a changed man. After all, having your life threatened can do that to you. Time has done him good because he has matured. No longer the impulsive and brazen youth, Daniel shows a great amount of g
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anne Wynter and Daniel smythe-smith were just plain boring. Anne was drop dead gorgeous and Daniel could supposedly charm anyone. They both have past mistakes that catch up with them and they fall In love while dodging a number of villains. The end.

While I loved the crazy Frances, one of Anne's charges, I felt no connection to Daniel or Anne. I skimmed through pages just so I knew what happened to move on with the series. These characters felt flat to me and not at all what I've come to love abo
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; A-

Continuing on where book 1 left off, the author smoothly transitions to telling Daniel and Anne's story. There were many funny scenes with the family as well as a sweet love story. Enjoyed it.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Once upon a time an English aristocrat called Daniel returned home from three years of wandering abroad. You see, he was hiding from another aristocrat who wanted to kill him. Ok, never mind.  As soon as he returned he saw a beautiful girl. "She was petite, small in that way that made a man want to slay dragons". I don't doubt she looked like this:

Oh no, sorry, wrong picture. She was of course looking like this:

Nononono, wrong picture again. Ok, I am pretty sure she l
Adi Rocks Socks
2.75 stars

I like Julia Quinn’s style of writing, I really do, but this book just tried so hard sometimes. You know those women at the bar reeking of perfume and those men with faux gold watches, all desperately trying to catch someone, anyone’s attention? This book was a lot like that.

For the first 150 pages or so, all I could do was be annoyed at how desperately the book was trying to be funny. It wasn’t funny. It didn’t even make me smile, all this so called witty banter between the two leadin
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Daniel Smythe-Smith, Earl of Winstead, has been in a self imposed exile for three years after a drunken card game got out of control and he ends up shooting his good friend, Hugh. He has been constantly looking over his shoulder, guarding his life against Hugh's father who vowed to kill him for damaging his son. When Hugh tracks him down one day to say it is safe to return home finally, Daniel does and arrives just in time for the annual Smythe-Smith quartet musicale. He is intrigued by the love ...more
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“Love is blind,” Harriet quipped.

“But not illiterate,” Elizabeth retorted.”
“He said he loved me,” she whispered.

Daniel swallowed, and he had the strangest sensation, almost a premonition of what it must like to be a parent.

Someday, God willing, he’d have a daughter, and that daughter would look like the woman standing in front of him, and if ever she looked at him with that bewildered expression, whispering, “He said he loved me . . .”

Nothing short of murder would be an acceptable response.”
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