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Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

February 26th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 27, 2015

Publisher: Avon Books

Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #4

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

About the book:

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.

My Review:

Wow, I cannot believe I happened to read books from two of my all time favorite authors, back to back and hated both!  I never thought the day would come I would ever write a 2 star review for either but here I go again.

The majority of the book was pretty slow going.  Richard has some dark secret that is hinted at for a good 2/3 of the book which in itself was kind of irritating.  We know he thinks Iris will hate him and he laments over it yet he trudges on with whatever stupid plan he came up with.  So while both Richard and Iris had a wit I really admired and I liked them both I couldn’t love him since so much of his character revolved around this dark secret he’s holding.

THEN we finally find out what the secret is and OMG I seriously cannot believe Julia Quinn went there.  Yes, I can see why he was afraid Iris would hate him and rightfully so.  Then the way he spoke to Iris once she found out.  There was no shame or apology, just a “you’re my wife damn it, this is how it is and you will suck it up.”.  Yes, he berates himself in private but still what a total d-bag.  He finally tries to redeem himself in the last 30 pages of the book but too little, too late.  He doesn’t make any grand gesture or anything.  Just throws out an “I’m so sorry, we will fix this” and then poof! Iris forgives him.  WTF?!  I had actually liked Iris for the majority of the book and felt bad that she got trapped into this situation but then for her to forgive him so easily.  I guess I don’t have that kind of a heart.

Ugh, I cannot get over this “hero” and hope Julia Quinn will return back to actually writing heroic characters.  I have read every single one of her books and am a huge fan but just couldn’t stomach this one.

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Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Historical Fiction, Romance

One Response

  1. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Aw man Debbie it stinks when it’s once but twice so close together?? I’ve seen some great reviews for this one and have it on my tbr pile. Sorry to hear it was a miss for ya. Have been there with favorites over the years too.

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