Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Julia Quinn - A Night Like This

Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is . . .
But she's managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge -- in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy -- no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly tempted her, and it's getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.
Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger . . .
But that's not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family's annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she's a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending . . .

Comment: The second book of the Smythe-Smith quartet brings us the story of Daniel. He has been in exile for three years due to an misunderstood between him and his friend Hugh over a game of cards while they were drunk.
After all this time Daniel was finally able to return home and it happened exactly during the musicale, where he met Anne for the first time.
Anne Wynter is a young governess just trying to make a living. She obviously hides things from her past and we get the feeling she's hiding herself as well.
These two are the protagonists in a very good story, very interesting and easy to read. It's like a candy we can't get enough of.

Daniel pursues Anne quite intensely because she seemed appealing and mysterious but he also felt she could end up meaning so much more to him. Contrary to some people's idea, Daniel is a honored men, he tries his best to help his friends and trusts people, his years of exile didn't change his nature or moods and when he realizes Anne is for him, he tries to woo her and make her see she's the one for him. Of course it's not that easy but we know he will succeed not only because its expected but also due to his sense of protection, he does try to protect the ones around him, the ones he loves and whether it happens in mad drive to save his beloved or in being playfully mocked by his young cousins, there's love there to make the reader want to see him reaching what we feel he deserves.

Anne has secrets, and we start seeing little tidbits of them as the story moves along. She is also fierce in her protection of others, trying to spare them bad feelings but she can't help trying to protect her too because she was badly treated in the past and people she thought were her allies were exactly the opposite.
Then, there's her beauty, that created some tough times for her during her jobs as governess, but she never gave in and tried her best to not cause trouble even when it meant she had to leave.
I liked how practical she was, but when she fell in love with Daniel she wanted to believe it could be better, but when an old threat showed up she let her practical side win and tried to avoid intimacy because it would mean the end for her but like in all fairy tales, love conquers all and I liked seeing her happy.

This author always delivers sweet, tender stories with several streaks of drama that are just enough to bring more feeling to the book without overpowering the story itself. I think there's always a good balance in the emotions in her books.
I like how she writes, easy and fluid and it's a writing I'll always feel compelled to came back to.

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