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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Sum Of All Kisses by Julia Quinn


Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shyor retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, even if Hugh did grow to enjoy her company, it would'nt matter. A reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now, unable to run, ride, or even waltz, he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream if marrying her.  

 Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought three years earlier, the one that forced her cousin into exile, nearly destroying her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. she does not care that his leg is less than perfect, its his personality she can't abide. But when the pair is forced to spend a week in close company, they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, four, the mathematician may lose count and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless.


Reading this book, I found it to be really sweet. Two people, who are complete opposites, and completely separated by the after affects of a silly duel (when you read it, you will understand why I say its silly) find themselves drawn to each other in a way neither had expected. Even though Sarah cannot forgive the past, She finds herself drawn to Hugh and before she even realizes it, finds herself defending him and also reveling in his company. Hugh, who would have otherwise found her annoying, had instead found her intriguing and discovers that although most times she is fairly dramatic, there is a depth to her that until then went unnoticed. There are challenges to this new love that have them both at the height of anxiety and at a point their love seems almost doomed. Wait till you read how they overcome this almost disastrous circumstance. It will leave you smiling and with a sense that sometimes imperfections are the real character traits that make a person, instead of taking away from them.

Although the book is really sweet, I do find it a bit average in the grand scheme of novels. It caters more to true romantics then it would the average lusty novel reader.

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