THE SUM OF ALL KISSES
Quinn is always a delight! The third installment to her Bridgerton spin-off series, the Smythe-Smith Quartet, is a wild romp about adversaries who become friends and then lovers. There’s witty banter, a colorful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read.
Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is the veteran of three unsuccessful London seasons. Two of her cousins are now getting married, and she is still on the shelf! And whose fault is it? Lord Hugh Prentice’s. His duel with her cousin, Daniel, cost the family greatly — and cost her a season.
Sarah hates Hugh, but ironically finds herself his partner for two of her cousins’ weddings. He turns out to be a worthy adversary, with a quick mind and sexy smirk. Soon, disdain turns to admiration, and then to love. Hugh knows he is the villain in Sarah’s eyes. He tries to steer clear of her without success. He, too, is captivated — by her striking beauty, her loyalty and her sharp tongue. Now, their love beats strong — strong enough to overcome years of hatred and bitterness. (AVON, Nov., 384 pp., $7.99)