Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Avon
ISBN 0062072943 (ISBN13: 9780062072948)
seriesSmythe-Smith Quartet #4
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.
Julia Quinn's books are just fun to read. I have many 'laugh out loud' minutes whenever I pick up a book she's written.
This book is the 4th in the Smythe-Smith Quartet and it's a humdinger. Sir Richard comes to London to find himself a wife. He needs to marry quickly. Why? Well, that's his secret. He zero's in on Miss Iris Smythe-Smith. Anyone who's read anything by Julia Quinn knows about the Smythe-Smith musicales.
Iris is a witty young woman, full of charm and intelligence. She doubts Richard's intent but through circumstances is forced into marriage. Richard, himself, is a charming young man the reader will love. Richard has two sisters, we meet them later in the book.
The courtship of Iris and Richard is just plain fun. When you learn Richard's secret, well it will be up to you, the reader, how you feel about Richard. I still loved him, and I think he and Iris formed a great pair.