A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #2)

A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #2)

by Julia Quinn

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Nora Roberts calls Julia Quinn’s novels, “Delightful.” The #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the irresistible Bridgerton family, Quinn offers historical romance readers new delights with A Night Like This—the second book (following the phenomenal Just Like Heaven) to feature the affairs, romantic and melodic, of the endearing, if painfully untalented, Smythe-Smith musicians. On A Night Like This in Regency England, anything can happen, especially when a beautiful pianist sitting in at the annual Smythe-Smith musicale catches the eye of a haunted, hunted man in desperate need of redemption. There is simply no author in the realm of historical romance fiction hotter than the remarkable Julia Quinn—and anyone who has ever been swept away by the love stories of Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas, or Jill Barnett will cherish A Night Like This.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062072900
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 134,838
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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A Night Like This 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For years I have watched the Bridgertons attend Smythe-Smith musicales and wondered when those girls would get their story. This second installment in the Smythe-Smith quartet is more than I could have ever asked for. What I love about Julia Quinn's characters is that they are believable people. I throughly enjoy her story-telling, and cannot wait for the next installment.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Will my heartfelt dreams ever be fulfilled? Running, hiding, and always looking over your shoulder are no way to live. Both Daniel Smythe-Smith, the Earl of Winstead and Anne Wynter have been chasing and trying not to be noticed for too many years. Daniel is finally free of his demon, or so he hopes and finds Anne just when things are looking up is no coincidence. Anne’s poor decisions created a situation where she cannot reveal her true identity. She needs the governess job she holds to make sure she can survive and still looks over her shoulder every moment of the day. Daniel is more than a distraction for her; he is a complete and total obsession. The feelings are mutual for both of them and they know the obstacles. The question becomes which one will have the good sense to stop a relationship before it starts. Anne will allow one kiss to hopefully put a stop to it all but that one moment of bliss is the heart of every magical moment either of them could have imagined. Daniel will pursue, Anne will taunt, and both will make wishes upon stars in the night. But will any of it fulfill their desire to be together. What Daniel wants he normally achieves but this time the hurdles are society as well as family with both proving to be daunting opponents what the heart wants. When Daniel becomes Anne’s protector and they both show how strong they are together perhaps, the walls between them can come down. Julia Quinn has the ability to take the written word and turn it into a magical experience. Readers are always treated to the joy of romance and the passion that comes from the simple touch of a hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a book that makes me laugh so hard my dog walks off in a huff. A lovely feel good love story. I cannot wait for the next.
Sillysally More than 1 year ago
This was a great read that kept me entranced. I am a Julia Quinn fan and I have read all of her books. I thought this was better than her last. I love romances that contain characters that actually converse and laugh. The dialogue in this book was quick witted and funny. Plus, I'm a sucker for the damsel in distress, so I fell for this hook, line, and sinker. It was nice that the damsel had a brain. Way to go Julia!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing! I read all of Julia Quinn's books and they are fun, light, and very enjoyable. This book was terrible. I had a difficult time believing this was her writing...it was so bad! I will think twice before buying her next book!
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Just a little slow.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an OK read, but not one that I found as funny or as interesting as other books written by Quinn, or the first in the series. It just felt all too predictable and I just couldn't sum up enough interest to care about either Daniel or Anne. Still there were some funny moments and it passed the time.
SharonR53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have never read a Julia Quinn book that I didn't love and this is no exception. Daniel Smythe-Smith has come home after three years abroad. His exile in Italy was the result of a duel in which he accidentally shot and wounded his friend and the man's father swore to kill him. Now assured that the threat has been removed, Daniel returns home on the night of the dreaded Smythe-Smith musicale.Anne Wynter is the governess of Daniel¿s nieces and has been coerced into playing the piano for the recital after one of the girls fakes an illness. Anne is mortified at having to perform in public, not only because she knows how horrible the group sounds but also because she does not like to be on public display. Anne has secrets in her past and she means to keep them there. Daniel spots her right away and is drawn to her but she has been burned before by the master of a house she works in and doesn¿t want to lose her job.Ms. Quinn has written a delightful tale of a man charming his way into a woman¿s heart. There is plenty of romance to be had and a good helping of suspense as well. What always make me happiest in Ms. Quinn¿s books are the little vignettes she adds that show the caring and good humor of the characters. There is a scene where Daniel participates in a 12 act play that one of the girls wrote that is absolutely hilarious. Daniel and Anne are both good people who have made tragic mistakes in their lives which they have paid a heavy price. Daniel has made peace with his past and is ready to move on but Anne is not there yet and has a lot of fear about her future and what could happen if she lets her guard down. As always love conquers all but it is a convoluted path to the end. I am on pins and needles for the next Smythe-Smith installment.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you met the Smythe-Smith's? I was introduced to this delightful family last year with Just Like Heaven. The Smythe-Smith is a family who upholds tradition especially when it comes to the Smythe-Smith Quartet. The family has a lot going for them but musical talent is not one of those things. Every year the family gathers to put on a ghastly musical. This particular book focuses on Anne Wynter. She's is not a Smythe-Smith but rather the governess of Harriet, Elizabeth, and Frances, that steps in when one of the members of the quartet falls suddenly ill.Daniel Smythe-Smith has just returned from exile. Although he's assured that all has been forgiven, he can't help but still look over his shoulder. He's immediately attracted to Anne. Both characters have secrets they've been hiding. Anne thwarts all of Daniels attempts to woo her. She has a shady past that has taught her to stay clear of men like Daniel but she can't help but be attracted to him and living under the same roof as him threatens to undo everything she's worked so hard for.I loved every page of this book. Julia Quinn has quite a knack for story telling. She combines romance, humor, and a bit of danger and turns out a fantastic story. The Smythe-Smith's are an endearing family that I wish I was apart of. Daniel's and Anne's story is fantastic but I have to say Anne's students Harriet, Elizabeth, and Frances stole the show. These three girls are hilarious. Their dialog and banter literally made me laugh out loud at times. I love how Quinn writes her characters. I could picture the expressions on their faces which made me laugh even more. The Smythe-Smith's are characters that will warm your heart and win you over. Overall I thought this is a great story. This is a series that I highly recommend. You won't regret it!
Cats57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Night Like This by Julia Quinn Anne is a governess and Daniel is a recently returned from exile, Earl. When they meet at a Smythe-Smith musicale, some small sparks start flying. We know as well as they do, that there can be nothing they can do about these sparks; after all think of the class system in England. An Earl and a Governess? Well stranger things have happened and so the story begins! We learn a lot about Daniels¿ exile and return very early in this book, but we don¿t learn anything about Anne until later and I love how that seems to make the story much more interesting. When evil things start happening, it is assumed that Danie.ls `enemy¿ is behind it, but can he really be sure. After all he doesn¿t know that there is someone out there that may like to see Anne dead too.¿A Night Like This¿ is told with Ms Quinn usual style; combining romance with humor and wit, a lot of mystery and excitement and a sensuality that can make you shiver. Perfectly fleshed characters allow you to visualize them with no trouble, although this book doesn¿t have Ms Quinns usual brisk pacing and some parts of it sort of lag, things do pick upon to an almost fever pitch in the second half of the book. A wonderful and worthy read for any of Ms Quinn¿s earlier works. In addition, this may be read as a standalone book, since nothing that may refer to earlier works will muddy the reading of this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, exciting,romantic. Great great book
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Loved it. it was a very good book, and I will be reading the next book.
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Very interest catching. Holds your interest throughout the whole book. A must read!
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I bloody well think this book is boring boring you hear boring that's just what it is hm I gust liked how the covering looked and bloody well good coluring on the top cover I guess but still a not good book hm
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Loved this book. Great addition to the series. Made me laugh and cry.
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