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The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet #3)

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He thinks she's an annoying know-it-all...

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less d
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Avon (first published May 28th 2013)
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Cs This is book three out of four, but can be read as a standalone.
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Oct 26, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
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. The action at the end will have you flipping the page ...more
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Nov 06, 2013 Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Hughnicorns... erm, I mean unicorns, and JQ of course
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Aug 24, 2014 Didi rated it really liked it
Just the thought of Hugh courting Sarah - or the other way around?? :p - had me smirking. Such high expectation I have over this couple! I dearly hope Ms. Quinn will come up with some witty title too. :)
Originally Posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

There is something about Julia Quinn’s writing that hits all the pleasure sensors in my brain. I laugh, cry, love and hurt with her books. She is probably my favorite living author and all I need is to see her name on the cover to grab it up. I could not wait to get my hands on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES and Ms. Quinn did not disappoint. Probably, because Julia Quinn never ever disappoints!

The story of Hugh Prentice and his duel with Daniel
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
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
**4.5 Captivating Stars**

THE SUM OF ALL KISSES, the third book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series, was just what I needed after the darkness and intensity of my last book. 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. His friend Daniel might ha
♥ Melody
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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...but that lasted like a minute. 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? Really?). I thought Hugh's backstory was interesting and heartbreaking but I think Quinn went to extremes to make
Sep 27, 2013 Jay rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, ebooks, arc
For readers who've been following Quinn's Symthe-Smith series, THE SUM OF ALL KISSES is the book where we finally learn about exactly what happened between Daniel Smythe-Smith and Hugh Prentiss. In previous books, Hugh has been portrayed as somewhat callous and maybe a little evil, since it was because of him that Daniel had been banished from England for several years. In THE SUM OF ALL KISSES we get to know Hugh and learn that all is not what we believed it to be concerning that fateful duel.

Nov 04, 2013 Nefise rated it liked it
There are some authors for me that whatever they write, eventually I read it with quite contentment. Of course there are some things that I don't like or don't make sense. Neverthless I have an enjoyable time.
Julia Quinn is one of them for me. Because I like her writing style, her sense of humor, plot and most of all communication and socialization between family member and society member. Usually her books' romantizm factor is remain in the background compared to other factors. So if I want to
Jul 24, 2016 Caz rated it really liked it
Having listened to – and enjoyed - the previous two books in the Smythe-Smith series, I’m inclined to think this is the best of them so far. Each one has been full of Ms Quinn’s trademark wit and excellent characterisation, but for me, The Sum of All Kisses had a little something extra in the romance between the maimed hero and sharp-tongued heroine.

Each of the books in the series opens with an account of the events which lead to Daniel Smythe-Smith’s (hero of the previous book) flight from Engl
Michelle Robinson
Dec 12, 2013 Michelle Robinson rated it it was ok
Perhaps I was too excited to read Hugh's book.

We are not allowed to see him grow in any real since.

There is one scene, on the lawn at night, which was lovely.

The rest of the book became overrun with high melodrama. We lost the measured progression of the actual romance.

Frances, Sarah's sister, was my favorite character. I won't wait impatiently for a book about her, as I am sure to be disappointed.

As an aside, I'm over them embracing being pleased to play horrid music, by the end of almost every

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
Oct 11, 2014 Sory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noviembre-2013
Quiero leerlo YAAAAAAAA aaaahhh!! me muero de ganas de saber! Hugh me llegó al alma en el libro anterior, esa cojera sexy me conquistó totalmente!! ...more
Khanh (the Grinch)

It's difficult for me to put my feelings about this book into context. I'm just devastated by this book because it was such a huge letdown. It was still pretty funny, and light, and amusing, but on the other hand, this is Julia Quinn, and I feel like this book should be more than just brain candy. The characters are largely forgettable, the plot is just ridiculous, and I am so sad that I can only give this a 2. There is just no substance to it. It is all fluff, and so completely lacking in every
The third book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series by Julia Quinn. Hugh Prentice was injured in a duel with Lady Sarah Pleinsworth's cousin, Daniel Smythe-Smith, years before. 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 he ...more
Jul 11, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, historical

Disclaimer: No, this isn’t a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. But you will enjoy it just as much!

There’s some of this…

And some of this…

(giggling) And some of this…

And OMG, some of this…

Julia Quinn = the modern day Jane Austen.

Yep. I said it.

Her writing is elegant and sophisticated.

She knows how to write a story…a wonderful story. She knows how to tug at my heart.

Her tongue. Her lips. His downfall.

Lord Hugh and Sarah hate each other. They insult each other at
Oct 28, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

I always find Julia Quinn’s books to be such enjoyable, fun reads and The Sum of All Kisses is no exception. 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’s super brilliant, and has the ability to see numbers differently than everyone else. He has a photographic memory and can do high level math easily in his head. But not
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I discovered Julia Quinn with her Bridgerton series, and when she started her spin-off Smythe-Smith Quartet, I followed. Unfortunately, if the first book, Just like Heaven, was excellent in my opinion, the other two, A night like this and The sum of all kisses, aren’t at the same level.

At the beginning of this book, we learn more about the duel which forced Daniel Smythe-Smith, the hero from the previous
Oct 12, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
Shelves: sensual-content
I’ve never had an “auto-buy” list. Even if I like an author, I like to research what the individual story is about - there are plenty of plots that simply do not appeal to me. Often times I’ll pick and choose books even within a series. The one time this rule does not hold true is with Julia Quinn. I’ve read every book she’s written, and will probably continue to do so for the rest of her writing career. Regardless of the storyline, I know it will be a book worth my time.

In many ways, The Sum of
Oct 19, 2013 Gaele rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva, avon
I am fast becoming a fan of Julia Quinn, in this second of her titles I have read, the stories are easy and engaging: with enough angst that is resolved by the end to make them the perfect afternoon getaway. In this book, the third in the Smythe-Smith Quartet, we have an unusual hero for most romances of this era. Hugh has a brilliant maths mind, little patience for the niceties of courtship, and a limp sustained in a duel after a night of cards with his best friend.

While Hugh has known the Ple
Katrina Passick Lumsden
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 ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
The Sum of all Kisses is a 2013 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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 Enchanting, Delightful, Passionate Stars!

The Sum of All Kisses is the sum of all things I love in historical romance! It’s romantic, witty, passionate, charming… it’s a story that had me smiling and sighing from the very start, and kept me there right to the very end.
Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left t

This book triggered an old memory as I read..
When in class we're stuck learning to dance. With a friend as my dance partner, the first steps were awkward, there was some major stumbling and few tumbles. Slowly, the steps started to glide together, the steps go easier and even as we started to master the dance there was still a few trip ups but the joy of dancing on air was something that can't be describe.

The Sum of All Kisses was much like that. There was alot of awkwardness when Lord Hugh
May 03, 2015 Susanne rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susanne by: Jennifer
4.5 Charming Stars!
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. The book is full of dialogue and the H/h spen
Anna D.
4.5 stars rounded up (because of Hugh!)

I love our hero!! Hugh is just the best kind of imperfect, wounded hero to read about. He has a malicious father, had a horrible childhood, bears guilt for having ruined three years of a friend’s life, and has a small disability that makes him feel like he doesn’t deserve our heroine’s love. 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. **Sigh**

Our heroine too is likeable – Sarah
Jun 30, 2015 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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!
Oct 26, 2015 Steelwhisper rated it did not like it
15/12 - I didn't like either Hugh or Sarah at the start of the book, but by the end I felt like maybe I wasn't supposed to like them from the beginning. 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 exa
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British an ...more
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Smythe-Smith Quartet (4 books)
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  • A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #2)
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“That was very rude of me.”
“Think nothing of it. You’ve done worse.”
“Why do you joke about such things?" she snapped.
He let his gaze land rather intently on hers. "When the alternative is despair, I generally prefer humor. Even if it is of the gallows variety.”
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