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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

5 Star Review & #Giveaway! The Secrets of Sire Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn @TastyBookTours

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Smythe-Smith Quartet # 4
By: Julia Quinn
Releasing January 27th, 2015
Avon Romance

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. And 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.

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This book reminded me how much I love historical romance! I’ve always been a fan of Julia Quinn, her historical fiction is so romantic and believable.
The plot for this book is aptly described in the title, but the author does a fantastic job of keeping you guessing. Throughout the book, she gave just enough of a hint to have me wracking my brain trying to figure out his secret. I did finally guess it, but only a few pages before it was revealed! It’s a great mystery when you’re kept wondering.
Iris is a great female heroine. She is dry, logical, and intelligent. These are all traits that draw Richard to her and I loved that he recognized her unusual beauty right away. Even if it is only a very little, he still noticed. Then as he spent time with her, he began to truly see that she has beauty on the inside and the outside. She is also honorable and willing to sacrifice for her family. One of my favorite characteristics is the fact that she isn’t a complete doormat. When she is confronted with reasons to be enraged, she lets the recipient have it!
Sir Richard’s aim is to find a wife…quickly. This could easily make him reprehensible to the reader. However, Julia Quinn brilliantly creates a character that is loveable, giving you the ability to overlook his dishonesty. He is quick to smile, funny, handsome, suave, and smart. He sees the positive traits in Iris almost immediately. I loved that about him. For the most part, he was intrigued by her dry wit and her intelligence. However, her physical beauty becomes apparent to him quickly, though little by little. He romances her in the sweetest ways and I fell right along with her.
            Despite some serious roadblocks, there is an abundance of desire in the book. The sexual tension is thick and it had me on edge waiting for it to explode raging passion. Iris and Richard are well suited together and I was rooting for their happily ever after. The end of the book left me smiling and had me reaching for another book from this author. For me, this book is worth reading more than once which means it gets 5 fabulous stars!

Displaying JULIA QUINN-NEW PHOTO.JPGJULIA 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-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.