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The Sum of All Kisses

(Smythe-Smith Quartet #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  19,645 ratings  ·  1,598 reviews
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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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

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
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
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, favorites

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
Hugh and Sarah's book is standard Julia Quinn.
It's a 3 star cute-enough regency romance but nothing super special.
I don't know what's wrong with me, but for some reason, I can't seem to stop myself from reading (listening to) all of the Julia Quinn books I can get my hands on. They aren't amazing but they're like a bag of chips that I just cannot seem to close and put away.


Hugh is mathematically gifted and socially awkward.
Sarah is overly dramatic and annoying in the way that only those p
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
TW for discussion of abuse and kidnapping

This was SUCH a good hate to love romance with a wounded hero and it's definitely my favorite in the series! I loved Hugh so much in Daniel's book and really enjoyed seeing the duel from his perspective in the prologue. Hugh and Sarah do not get along at all, but they are forced to spend time together at Honoria's wedding. This very much centers around the wedding and they even go on a road trip (9 hour carriage ride) and that was one of my favorite scene
ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]
Jun 18, 2012 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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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
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
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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 ma
Carol Cork *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

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
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 good ones in a row! I love when a series is consistently good throughout.

Here are some of my thoughts in no particular order:
• Love-hate relationship. Sarah and Hugh are so cute. I love the nonstop bantering, and how they increasingly started admiring each other and enjoying each other’s company.
• Hugh: A solid, noble guy. He is so stiff and grumpy in the beginning, but he turns out to be rather sweet later on.
• Sarah: Funny, argumentative. I usually don’t like argumentative, hot-blooded char
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
4.5 out of 5 stars. I binged this in one sitting because I'm a sucker for a damaged hero and an enemies to lovers romance. ...more
Nelly  Swilla
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this romance which was a signature mix of Julia Quinn's beautiful writing, witty banter, and layered character portrayal. Hugh Prentice is the second son of the Marquess of Ramsgate. He is extraordinarily clever with numbers and has a photographic memory--a talent that he uses to great effect to gamble and support himself. He never loses at cards. Sarah Pleinsworth is the eldest of four charming sisters. Bold, intelligent, and desperately impatient to get married, she is ver ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible

Y'all are probably sick of all my 5 star reviews but this was another story I loved. And made for a wonderful addition to this series!

The Sum of All Kisses was such a delight to listen too. I'm a HUGE fan of Rosalyn Landor. She is fabulous!

Lady Sarah Pleinsworth and Hugh Prentice were fabulous. Their story was one of enemies to lovers. It was filled with sarcastic banter, humor (thanks partly to Harriet and her play writing) and of course historical lusting!

I enjoyed having Daniel around as
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2018
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
Addie H
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zz-rereadfavs
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 15.

(Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Scarred hero (limp)

This is how my 15th re-read held up.


Oof. It dropped from a 5 to 2. And it’s Julia Quinn. ☹

“You don’t like me,” she said.
“Not really, no.” He probably should have lied, but somehow it seemed that anything less than the truth would have been even more insulting.
“And I don’t like you.”
“No,” he said mildly, “I didn’t think you did.”


Quick plot: In
Jun 17, 2012 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
Mamacita aka MawMaw
Oh My God! This book was SOOOOO GOOOODD!!!

They were HILARIOUS together!! Their love story was so good. This has been my Favorite JQ book so far!

Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
"Oh, Hugh?"
"Yes, my love?"
"I said I didn't need a ring." He quirked a brow.
"I do." She wiggled her fingers. "Need a ring. Just so you know."
He threw his head back and laughed.

That's right, girl! If he likes it, he had better put a ring on it!

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Yeah, he gets it, Ladies! Omg, he's so stinking cute!

This book almost felt like a follow-up to the last one. The cast of characters are almost all the same, just a slight shift of focus. But, I did like this better than the last one.

One left in the
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-goal, hf-romance
The best (and funniest) thing about the Smythe-Smith books are the musicales. Sure to elicit a chuckle, no matter which book they appear in.

Unfortunately, many of those charming but sadly non-musical ladies haven’t received the same delightful romances that the Bridgerton clan seem to receive.

I liked Lady Sarah, but not until about half-way through— too shrewish while trying too hard to be assertive. As she softens toward our tortured hero, vintage Quinn dialogue and plotting takes center stag
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
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
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
Jul 24, 2012 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. :)
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
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
Jun 30, 2015 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!
Sep 12, 2013 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
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Sarah hates Hugh; he destroyed her family's happiness and doesn't laugh at her jokes. Hugh hates Sarah; she's too flamboyant and a little too upset about the whole dueling thing. But then forced proximity means they come to a better understanding of one another and fall in love. Then someone tacked on another book and things go off the rails in a bad way and it's dictated that everyone lives happily ever after.

1. It has to be said: WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT ENDING. Even though this book suffers fro
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
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