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The Sum of All Kisses

(Smythe-Smith Quartet #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  14,982 ratings  ·  1,322 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: 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
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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

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 Hug
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
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

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
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 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
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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
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
Mamacita Slacum
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!

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
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
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
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
Oct 26, 2013 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
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
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!
Book Wonderland
*3.5 stars
I liked Hugh and Sarah, but that whole situation with Hugh's dad was annoying.
Jan 31, 2013 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
Primrose Jess
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sometimes the mood strikes me to change my reading up a bit and try something different. My library's Overdrive Audiobook selection is abysmal but I was desperate to find something and I thought.. "Why not. You haven't read a Regency romance like this in awhile. Try it out on Audio"

OH GOOD LORD. It was bad. So bad... I kept listening to see how much worse it could get. It didn't help the narrator was the awful one that read the one and only Maeve Binchy book I've read. So I wasn't sure if I was
Sarah despises lord Hugh because of what his altercation did to her family, and ultimately in her mind to herself. Taking that into consideration everyone seems to have forgiven him but her. Now, she is strapped entertaining him at her cousins wedding and the sarcastic so remarks somewhere along the way become flirtatious banter.

I loved the enemies to lovers portrayal Hugh and Sarah had going on. Also, the carriage scene was my absolute favorite, I think that was a major turning point for our
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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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