The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he...more
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Rarely have I encountered a more loathsome, pitiful piece of trash as the love interest in this book.
Julia Quinn introduced me to HR. She made me love the genre, and I've been so disappointed in her books lately.
Seriously, I didn't like him.
10 things I hate about Dick:
1. He chose Iris for being plain, desperate, and lowly.
2. He planned to compromise her reputation.
3. He manipulated her while pretending to court her.
4. His supposed "guilt" that he felt did nothing to make him do the right thing.
5. He made her feel undesirable.
6. He refused to tell her the truth when she called him out on his motivations.
7. He was gaslighting he ...more
Though not quite as bad as I'd imagined, nevertheless the hero really is a tool of the first order. Hereinafter, this shall be known as The Dick Award and Sir Richard (Dick) Kenworthy the inaugural winner.
Sir Richard Kenworthy is in a hurry to find a bride and marry. Iris Smythe–Smith, though not quite yet on-the-shelf, suits Richard's specifications for a wife and plans for a quick betrothal.
What started out as a typical and delightful Julia Quinn novel, became less so in the second half of the ...more
I’ll keep this short because I am raging right now.
After finishing this book I only have one word for it: NOPE.
I’m pissed off.
I cannot even begin to tell you just how pissed off I am. I don’t even want to know what Ms. Quinn was thinking because this is so horrific and I cannot.
Gone is the humor that characterizes Ms. Quinn’s novels and instead we have painful rejections and awkward interactions mixed with selfish sisters.
That sorry excuse of a relationship. I’m sorry. Iris deserves ...more
Julia Quinn is my go-to author for humor and light hearted romances. As I started to read The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy I thought I was reading another winner from this already good series. As the chapters flew by I just fell in love. Then like seeing the storm clouds rolling in to ruin a bright sunny day, I saw a huge problem looming on the horizon.
The lying and manipulative nature of Richard, "our hero", just got worse and worse and with two dumb, selfish sisters- it just didn't get ...more
There is nothing even remotely appealing about Sir Richard Kenworthy. He is a sniveling, cowardly little rat. I understand there is an underlying theme of loving your family so much you will go to any lengths to protect them but when those lengths include lying and deceiving a spouse to their detriment you have gone too far. The more I read of this book the more I hoped Devil St. Ives would show up to hor ...more
For as many disappointing reviews I've seen around of Julia Quinn's newest book, I was surprised how much I really. really liked the whole thing. I shouldn't be surprised though - I am not in the same sphere of people who think Quinn has gone downhill since her Bridgerton books.
I especially applaud this book because it tackles forgiveness in a relationship without the crime that begs forgiveness being infidelity. You know, sometimes it's just that people you love disappoint you in major ways and ...more
I'm officially breaking up with Julia Quinn.
Which is sad because she was my auto-buy HR author for years. JQ is the one who introduced me too the world of historical romance, her Bridgerton series is to die for and her book When He Was Wicked is in my top 5 all time favorite HR books, right up there with Devil in Winter.
I don't know what's going on, but lately her books have not been doing it for me. I'm so pissed off right now so I'll try to keep this short and simpl ...more
I’ve seen a lot of very mixed reactions to this book, which is the final novel in the author’s Smythe-Smith Quartet. All the negative comments I’ve seen concern the actions of the hero, the eponymous Sir Richard, who - it’s true - perpetrates a rather despicable deception on the heroine. But when I reached the end of the book, I found I was thinking of him as a decent man who had been backed into a corner and who made ...more
I read a lot of romance and I've read a lot of romance from the '70 and '80s so when I began hearing of a "secret" that was throwing everyone into a frenzy in this story, my imagination went wild. I'm going to put what I was imagining in spoiler tags so as not to ruin anything people who haven't read the book may be imagining.(view spoiler)[I imagined an insane wife locked in the attic, old blood feud that required the killing of the enemy's daughter, and as I read the story I, seriousl ...more
• I really like Iris. She is so sensible (which I am as well). I find myself rooting for her throughout the book because she is really trying to do her best given her situation, while Richard is being difficult and confusing. She is also family-oriented (as all the Smyth-Smiths seem to be) and intelligent.
• Richard. I like him, but dang he makes things unnecessarily complicated at times. His actions make sense during his *secret* situation, but Iris definitely stepp ...more
"Love is when you forgive the unforgivable "
Well, color me impressed. I have read so many books in a lifetime that I'm not usually easily shocked when it comes to a story plot but Julia Quinn is definitely someone you shouldn't take for granted.
Excuse me for sounding so smug, but it's so hard not to gloat when you are in possession of an entertaining book. The Smythe-Smith series is an absolute delight and the characters are adorable. (Unicorn, anyone?)
Blog rating: C
Richard Kenworthy needs a wife and fast. We don’t know why initially he’s in such a rush to get married. Only that he needs to quickly find the right kind of woman and he thinks he has in Iris Smythe-Smith. The fact that he sees her first at the annual (and still tragic) Smythe-Smith musical and he still wants to meet her should have warning bells going off all over the place. Iris is definitely skeptical and being someone who observes and n ...more
Its sometimes a blessing - how often do casual acquain ...more
Lately, Ms. Quinn has been writing rather bland books… but this one was actually kind of insulting. Which is new for her… and hopefully a situation not to be repeated.
You probably already know the premises: a peer of some kind comes down to London to hunt for a bride in two weeks or less. He finds the pale redhead to be adequate to his tastes and requirements, kisses her in a awfully brutish way ...more
Rating: 2.5 Stars. The book pained and sickened me as much as the first time.
First Read: Feb 2, 2015
Main thought: Not one of JQ's best. Quite disappointed. Not certain how to rate this.
For once she was going to let herself be happy without knowing why.
Because sometimes it was best not to question a gift. Sometimes one simply had to be glad for it without knowing why.
My initial reaction: Well, this is awkward. I’m confused about what I’ve read so far. I could practical ...more
How you would think it was ok to sacrifice someone else's chance at happiness and shackle them to you for life is beyond me. When that person was not well-known to you, and had done you no harm and had aways been sweet towards you makes it worse. Iris simply did not deserve to be used in this way. But use her our noble hero doe ...more
I liked Iris, she was an interesting combination o ...more
The big secret was STUPID! Maybe JQ was sniffing glue when she came up with this gem of a plot? There wasn't even any of her trademark humor to help this boat float. Nope.
I've never given a JQ book only 1 star, but I can't even find it in my heart to give it a 1.5 and round up. Why would she create a character like ...more
Richard needs to marry quickly in order to cover a big family secret, so he looks for someone simple and desperate enough to consent to be his bride in two months time. He finds Iris and uses some despicable methods in order to force her hand in marriage.
Even though Iris feels something is definitely fishy about her husband, she decides to marry him and hope for the best.
They marry quickly and move to his family esta ...more
To tell the truth, the beginning was okay but I have had some little problem digesting the middle part, that is...the part where Richard keep trying to conceal the secret from Iris. It was really really unfair to her and really really stupid action(s), really. I had some difficulty trying to read pass that part, dragging by little by little bit at a time.
But after the truth was out, the pace picked up really fast. I can't put the book down. The actions, the drama, the emotions...all is ...more
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And indeed, it seemed that all was lost for the poor, sweet shepherdess and her strangely changeable flock. But just then, there was a mighty roar—
“Is there a lion?” Richard wondered.
—and the unicorn burst onto the scene!
“Die!” the unicorn shrieked. “Die! Die! Die!”
Richard looked to Iris in confusion. The unicorn had not thus demonstrated an ability to speak.
Henry’s scream of terror was so chilling, the woman behind Richard murmured, “This is surprisingly well acted.”
Richard stole another look at Iris; her mouth was hanging open as Henry leapt over a cow and ran behind the piano, only to trip over the littlest sheep, who was still licking the piano leg.
Henry scrambled for purchase, but the (possibly rabid) unicorn was too fast, and it ran headfirst (and head down) toward the frightened king, plunging its horn into his large, pillowed belly.
Someone screamed, and Henry went down, feathers flying.
“I don’t think this was in the script,” Iris said in a horrified whisper.”