Oh Julia Quinn, you did it again.
A Night Like This is the second book in her Smythe-Smith quartet, and I’m happy to say that it was just as good as the first one (Just Like Heaven).
So, because I’m feeling lazy, here’s the description on the back of the book:
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 Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he’s the first man who has truly tempted her, and it’s getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.
Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger . . .
But that’s not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family’s annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she’s a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending . . .
So, SWOON. For some reason, I was totally feeling the romance in A Night Like This than most other romance novels. Julia Quinn does a wonderful job at writing light-hearted books that are also super sweet and romantic. While there were definitely a few really funny moments, the hilarity didn’t seem as obvious as in Just Like Heaven.
Anne Wynter has a secret past that is coming back to haunt her, and she misses being a part of something real, part of a family. She does a great job with teaching the girls and they like her, but her position is quite clear until Daniel notices her and starts blurring the lines between governess and friend. I totally like Anne though – she’s smart, resourceful, and a bit impertinent. And her while her big secret definitely turns out to be a bit scandalous, it made me like her even more.
Daniel is also likable, but maybe not quite as memorable. He has his own demons from his past to face, but nothing dramatic. He is a good male character though – honorable, respectful, and good-natured. He also has good close friends – Marcus (from Just Like Heaven) and Hugh. I was actually thinking while reading this book that Hugh would make an interesting male lead, and I’m happy to say that according to Julia Quinn’s website, he will be the main male character in the next book. Yay!
I really liked that Anne and Daniel had a lot of alone-together time that allowed them to get to know each other, without anything too sexy sexy going on. They shared memories and had a lot of great back-and-forth joking going on. And there were plenty of little super-romantic passages that I underlined in my book so that I could go back to them later.
So basically this book turned me into one great big sap. But I couldn’t help it, it just made me smile and was a great book to read on lazy mornings with my cup of coffee.
Sarah Says: 4 stars