Publisher/Year Published: 2015 by Avon
How I got this book: I bought it from Half Price Books for my sister
Why I read this book: Last book in a series of four and I needed something to read on the plane.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.
Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.
Thoughts:Recently, Julia Quinn's books have been hit or miss for me. I love her humor and her characters, but the stories just seem a bit old and overdone. They are light and fluffy and that's about all. It was actually perfect for the plane ride back after a rough week at work.
The thing that kept me reading this book was the Secret. What was it? Why couldn't I figure out what was going on with Sir Richard that was making him act so strange? I like that she kept his secret from the reader as well as from Iris. It took me a bit to figure it out, but once one piece of information fell into place, I figured it out.
The love story is sort of cute. I liked the time Iris and Richard spent together playing off each other the best. The characters are quite strong, even the secondary ones. I just miss the unpredictability.
Overall it's a nice story and a good end to the four Smythe-Smith books. I still read Julia Quinn, and I probably still will read her new books, but it is just not something I am flocking toward with any sort of urgency anymore. Ah well. Still worth the time it took to read it :)