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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062072927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062072924
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Quinn brings her signature style and wit to yet another late-Regency romance, with some character favorites fans have met before… Charmingly romantic, with compelling edges of dark conflict and sexual tension.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

“[A] wild romp... There’s witty banter, a colorful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read.” (RT Book Reviews on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

“[Q]uintessential Quinn: witty, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic.” (Booklist on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

“[A]n unstoppable romp that sparkles with enough hilarious situations, over-the-top characters, and laugh-out-loud dialog to keep the chuckles coming long after the book is closed. A lovely tale that is just plain fun!” (Library Journal on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

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He thinks she's an annoying know-it-all

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, even if Hugh did grow to enjoy her company, it wouldn't 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 of marrying her.

She thinks he's just plain mad

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 doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's 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, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless.

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By Susie Njiks on Nov. 29 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Julie Quinn's The Sum of All Kisses is a well-written book. In fact, I consider it the best in the Smythe-Smith series. The characters are well-developed so that the conflicting emotions that make stories interesting come out so well in this book. The plot is good and the descriptions made the flow of the story even smoother. Like in Splendid Comets and Anna Karenina, the reader anticipates something fascinating with every page and chapter.
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4.5 stars

This book had me chuckling from the first page or two. I love Julia Quinn's characters. It was a wonderful book. Only took half a star away cause I felt slowed down by the bit with his father but other than that great book!!!
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By yukoner on Jan. 28 2014
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Julia Quinn is one of the best story writers for romance, i would recommend each and every story of hers.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Huge fan of Julia, but this book is only ok Oct. 29 2013
By Eyhung47 - Published on
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I have all of Julia Quinn's books, and have enjoyed them. Even her "ok" books are better than most other authors' best stories. That said, I felt like the actual interaction between Hugh and Sarah took too long to get started, and that their relationship missed the depth that we saw between Honoria/Marcus and Daniel/Anne. Also, even though Honoria and Daniel are pretty prominent in this book, there are almost no scenes with the two couples, and one of the most fun things about reading Julia Quinn is how we get to see the couples in love in subsequent books. I liked Hugh and Sarah, but the story and dialogue felt forced, like Julia tried too hard to be witty. The other sisters/cousins interrupted too much and needlessly. When I finished reading this I couldn't help but feel like there needed to be more to the story to make me feel the love and romance.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
No passion, no romance, no story...where to start?? Feb. 6 2014
By kay marion - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read and enjoyed most of Julia Quinn’s books, it’s really sad to see a dependable author put out a book this poorly written; it seemed more like a rough draft than a finished novel. It seems in her recent books, she has taken the sibling banter from the later Bridgerton books and expanded it more and more until, in this one, it completely took it over. I think this bantering is supposed to be witty and charming. It is neither—it is annoying, boring and very bad writing.
This stupid dialogue fills the book until there’s no room left for things like character development or even plot!! I found I could skim pages and pages without missing anything important to the story. The characters were all shown superficially so there was no depth of feeling, which meant no romance. I couldn’t even tell why Sarah and Hugh suddenly liked each other. Having her sprain her ankle so that she then understood about Hugh’s problem was contrived and silly. This petty arguing (oh excuse me, witty banter) continued even into their love scenes! If there had been any romance or passion that would certainly have killed it. His father was ludicrous. Her sisters added nothing to the story but distraction-- I think they were supposed to be funny. They weren’t.
Another problem was the actual language they were speaking, as well as their behavior and attitudes. It’s supposed to be historical fiction but it is full of glaring anachronisms. This has been a growing problem in her books and reached new lows here. Take out the carriages and corsets and it could have been a modern setting.
So, sorry to say, but good –bye Julia Quinn. There are so many better written books to read.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Julia Quinn Never Disappoints! Oct. 29 2013
By BookGeek - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is something about Julia Quinn's writing that hits all the pleasure sensors in my brain. I laugh, cry, love and hurt with her books. She is probably my favorite living author and all I need is to see her name on the cover to grab it up. I could not wait to get my hands on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES and Ms. Quinn did not disappoint. Probably, because Julia Quinn never ever disappoints!

The story of Hugh Prentice and his duel with Daniel Smythe-Smith will never cease to bring pure drama to the pages. It will always be the dramatic, heartbreaking and defining moment of this series. A moment where two young men made a stupid mistake that will define them forever. More than define them they will always carry scars and it seems will keep paying for a youthful mistake.

Well, at least that's what life looks like for Hugh Prentice. Daniel suffered for a long time, but now he is home, back in the bosom of his family and about to get married to the love of his life. Hugh on the other hand is broken. He has a damaged leg and a reputation for being a bit too serious. More than that, Hugh can never dance, never carry a woman in his arms and never feel like he is a complete man.

I loved this book. THE SUM OF ALL KISSES starts with the most ridiculous, melodramatic and irrationally entertaining first meet I have ever read. When Lady Sarah meets Sir Hugh, fireworks fly, words are swung like knives and feelings are hurt. And yet, I laughed. I laughed, giggled and chuckled through most of this book, but that opening is gold. Sarah's hatred for Hugh is melodramatic, but also legitimate and it seems impossible that these two people will ever fall in love.

Then they do. They fall in love, slowly, realistically and oh so romantically. This relationship is similar to Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth. Their dislike for each other is so strong it seems that only God could change their opinion. But God wasn't needed in this situation, just time and openness. That's what makes these kinds of stories work so well. It quickly becomes obvious that two people are perfect and that misunderstandings could actually keep them apart. It makes you wonder about your own misunderstandings and whom your snap judgments are keeping you away from.
Julia Quinn did a wonderful job with Hugh's injury. It's strange to say wonderful job about something so heartbreaking, but honestly I believed it. I believed Hugh's inner turmoil. The idea that you are alive and you should be happy to be so, but you are not whole. There are certain characteristics that society has made us believe makes us a man or a woman. For a woman it's the ability to have children and for a man it's virility and strength. Hugh's injury takes some of that strength from him.
There is a moment where Sarah falls out of a carriage and Hugh does not have the ability to catch her. His absolute disappointment in himself is something so strong that I felt it in the pit of my stomach. I felt his despondency and his shame. I felt so much sorrow at the idea that he thought less of himself, because of something he could not help. Something that is not his fault.

THE SUM OF ALL KISSES is romantic, funny, heartbreaking, dramatic and charming. Like all of Julia Quinn's books. It is packed with so much drama and entertainment it's hard to put down. A must read.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
No connection Nov. 4 2013
By Tracy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
To be honest I don't know how or when the couple fell in love. The romantic feelings, the feelings of longing, seem to come out of left field. She situated his leg on a table and he felt a burning passion for her? It's like he was let out of prison recently. Would any female in close proximity do that to him? To be frank, I think so.

And what exactly did she see in him? Just that she could talk to him? While I didn't directly see her talk to another man aside from her cousin, it wasn't intimated that she had difficulty talking to men. I don't see what especially drove her to Hugh. It...Just...there was no real connection as far as I could tell. Other than she desperately wanted to be married and he would like female companionship. It's not unlike real life where people are thrown together because of circumstance rather than a passionate, all consuming love. I was disappointed in the story. It didn't evoke the emotional response I'm used to getting from Julia Quinn's novels.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very Disappointed - A Negative Review Jan. 10 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me start off by saying I have been a reader of Julia Quinn's novels for several years now. In highschool I discovered some of her earlier works from her adorable Bridgerton series (The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton) and upon finishing each book I always had a grin on my face. As time passed during my university years I would take a quick break from the concentration and intensity of my academic studies to read a lighthearted tale by this author in the form of the Bevelstoke series (The Secret Diaries, What Happens In London). I was disappointed with these, and decided not to spend any more money on buying Ms. Quinn's novels. Now, a few years later, I saw this brand new book at my local library with a pretty cover page and a blurb about the Smythe-Smiths, which I had recalled from her Bridgerton works. Why not give it a chance over the Christmas break, I thought. Upon finally finishing it, I am now writing this negative review because I feel that I thoroughly wasted my time in reading it, so much so that it will be the last book I ever read by this author.

There were several major things I didn't like in the story. The plot was sorely lacking. In short the characters have a flimsy 'I detest you!" relationship before they drop the pretense. The action consisted almost completely of dialog and banter that attempts to be witty and humorous but fails miserably. The prologue was promising but after 200 pages I was bored. In short they move from one wedding celebration to another, during which time the main characters get to know each other with meaningless fluff and chatter punctuated by quirking of brows. The climax of any novel should generally be riveting but I was close to snoring with this one. It was held in a nearby inn with a villain whose actions were more of a joke than anything else.

Secondly, the grammar was deplorable. Many times there were phrases that were repeated in the same paragraph for emphasis. In one case, the hero states over and over within one page that he loves the heroine, but this is overdone in my opinion. Words and descriptions should touch the soul, not hammer away like a bludgeon to the head. I also found that there were a few instances where connecting words were missing and I would have to mentally add the word into the sentence while reading, which was very annoying. If it was not a printing error, then the editor should have caught these mistakes. Whenever this happens with books, I usually give up and don't waste any more of my time reading it, but I know Ms. Quinn is very talented, so I persevered. Like an essay though, these are easy but critical ways to lose points as well the reader's trust in the intellect of the writer.

The characters were bland to the point that I probably won't remember their names a few months from now. I do appreciate the fact that the hero is not the typical alpha male but is one living with a physical injury and its limitations that make him feel sorry for himself and not worthy to be a husband to any gentle young lady. The heroine appeared selfish and annoying to me, so I didn't really care for her. But my main issue here is that there didn't seem to be an emotional connection that pulls the two people together. There was nothing really special about the couple that pulled at my heartstrings, which is the whole point for why I read romance novels. I want to laugh, cry and rage at the characters for all of their winning moments as well as their faults and then fall asleep dreaming of their happily ever after. All I found between them was boring babble after which they came to understand each other. Other than that, there didn't seem to be any other action in the plot.

Sadly this is the book that has crossed Julia Quinn off my reading list for good. Usually I read a historical romance in between other genres like fantasy, science fiction, mystery or contemporary, but I was so dissatisfied with this one that the next one I plan to read is not the complex Atlas Shrugged (whose first page held more interest to me than this entire book did) as I had planned but A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I guess I just didn't get any of the satisfaction that I usually expect from historical romance with this one, so I'm going to try a classic romance tale that has received rave reviews before moving on to more serious literature.

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