I’m back. Did you miss me? Don’t answer that.
- Title: The Sum of All Kisses
- Author: Julia Quinn
- Series: The Smythe-Smith Quartet, Book 3
- Genre(s): Historical (Regency)
- Publisher: Avon, October 2013
- Source: Purchased
- Length: 373 pages
- Trope(s): Enemies to Lovers, Big Misunderstanding, Evil In-Laws, Scarred/Injured for Life
- Quick blurb: Heroine who holds a grudge is forced into spending time with the man who (according to her) ruined her life.
- Quick review: This may end my auto-buy relationship with Ms. Quinn.
- Grade: C-
“I looked out my window,” he choked out. “I looked out my window at half bloody three in the morning, and there you were, gliding across the grass like some sort of erotic specter.”
Rolling along with a B-level grade — totally predictable with all the usual fluff and banter and light angst — and that lovely first kiss, and then… What the HELL happened? A ridiculously drawn-out Big Reveal sent the whole thing veering off the rails into a bad gothic melodrama like one written by Quinn’s fake-novelist creation Mrs. Gorely. I half-expected death by pigeon. Yeesh.