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A Night Like This | [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 resist.
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Publisher's Summary

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 10-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....

©2012 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Clarice 06-13-12
    Clarice 06-13-12
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    "Much Dialogue, Little Plot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Julia Quinn and her witty wriitng, you'll like this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne, the heroine, is a truly likable lady, if a bit sad.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    I like all her charcacter voices. She is a good performer of Julia Quinn's style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reacton, and that is what is preventing me from giving this five stars.I would like to have been totally involved, but this was a book about conversations and not well-rounded plot and characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-03-12
    Karen 06-03-12
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    "Excellent Author, amazing narrator; great listen!"

    Julian Quinn always provides a compelling storyline. What really differentiates her, though, is her keen insight into human nature and her marvelous, often wry, sense of humor! Rosalyn Landor is absolutelyl perfect as a narrator, as she clearly "gets it" and has the capacity to act, as much as read.

    I also appreciate Julia Quinn's ability to take the reader to the "highs", and clearly represent the "lows" -- without wallowing in the "lows" chapter after chapter. Bright, witty, compelling romance! Thank you, Julia and Rosalyn!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 06-01-12
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 06-01-12
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    "Love Julia Quinn and Rosalyn Landor"
    Would you listen to A Night Like This again? Why?

    Yes, I'll listen to this over and over again. I love just about every book I've ever read by Julia Quinn and paired with Rosalyn Landor as narrator you can't go wrong.


    What other book might you compare A Night Like This to and why?

    Many of the other Julia Quinn books, but also Lisa Kleypas and Mary Balogh.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    I like anything narrated by Rosalyn Landor. She is my all time favorite narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I could definitely listen to this book in one sitting. I just need a little more free time or a long road trip!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kellie 06-01-12
    Kellie 06-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "JQ does it again!"
    Any additional comments?

    Julia Quinn has always wrote books that I enjoy, this one is right up there with her best. Loved the characters and found myself not able to stop the audiobook. Will be listening to this one over and over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 02-26-15
    Sara 02-26-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Your Mileage May Vary"

    If you're likely to be distressed by scenes describing abuse and borderline sexual coercion, you might want to skip this book. If you're not particularly entertained by high melodrama, you might also want to skip it. I haven't listened to the next book in the series yet, as this one rather put me off.

    While the story itself left a lot to be desired for me, the narration was quite good. So at least there's that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stasie Brenham, TX, United States 02-14-15
    Stasie Brenham, TX, United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good enjoyable book"

    I like listening to books in a series. You get an opportunity to learn the characters better and these are likable ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good start to a new series"

    Read from April 30 to May 12, 2014

    Story: 4 stars
    Narrator: 4.5 stars

    Why, oh, why, oh, why is Julia Quinn obsessed with the idea that a couple cannot have a happy ending without pregnancy/babies?

    I'm getting ahead of myself.

    After enjoying Quinn's Bridgerton series, I decided to go ahead and jump right into the Smythe-Smith series.

    Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith is the youngest of a large family (and there's the obsession with people having lots and lots and lots of babies again!). Her older brother, Daniel, had a school friend, Marcus, whom he brought home on holidays because Marcus is an only child and he and his father didn't really have much of a relationship. So Marcus has been around pretty much ever since Honoria can remember.

    As the story begins, mortified at the idea that she's going to have to play in the infamous Smythe-Smith Musicale again this year, Honoria is determined that she will find someone to marry before the end of the season (which hasn't quite started yet). Honoria decides to set a trap for one of the young men at the houseparty she's at by digging a "mole hole" and pretending to twist her ankle in it. Of course her scheme doesn't unfold as planned.

    Quite a bit of the story is focused on this incident and its aftermath. There's even a stolen treacle tart involved. Ah, that's true love---stealing a treacle tart for someone! ;-)

    This is where Julia Quinn's writing sparkles---the banter between hero and heroine. I also appreciate the fact that she doesn't go for the instalust type of "romance development." I love that while her characters may think about their attraction---or even desire---for each other, it never devolves into a rapacious, prurient, animalistic, "can't control themselves" sex. I never fail to appreciate this about JQ's stories, and it's here in full-force.

    If you've read any of the Bridgerton books, you know what the Smythe-Smith Musicale means, and in this book, we get an insider's perspective of it, which only makes me happier that I didn't actually have to sit through it myself.

    I was a bit surprised by how Quinn chose to end this story, though. It was so . . . out of left field that it was quite obviously a setup for Marcus to come in as the knight in shining armor and defend her honor; but by that point, the scene had lost all credulity for me.

    Epilogue aside (again, Quinn's obsession with baby-ever-after epilogues really annoys me), I did enjoy this book. While I don't feel it's the best JQ has written, it was far from the worst.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 10-03-12
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 10-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "Typical JQ, so I liked it!"

    This is a typical JQ book. Witty dialogue, but not much richness in the story. But this book was better than the first in the series. Rosalyn Landor, was FLAWLESS. The best narrator in Audible so far!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl APO, AE, United States 05-24-15
    Cheryl APO, AE, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"

    Predictable, trite and smothered with a goodly serving of boring. If you are a Harlequin Romance fan, then you will love this book. I admit that I was looking for a little intrigue, a little romance, and a little entertainment. I didn't find it here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 04-16-15
    Robin 04-16-15
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    "Weak Heroine and stuffed with generic phrases :P"
    What was most disappointing about Julia Quinn’s story?

    The casual endorsement of the almost-rape of the Heroine by the Hero character.
    The heroine's constant apologising for not wanting the be in a relationship with him.
    The constant reinforcement of the trophe "I am a handsome man and I want you, so you will want me too".
    The frequent use of generic and over used descriptive phrases for the characters's interactions and observations of each other.


    What aspect of Rosalyn Landor’s performance would you have changed?

    Rosalyn Landor has a lovely voice and had it been a lessor narrator I would not have bothered listening to the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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