Daniel Smythe-Smith, Lord Winstead has just returned from three years of exile after a foolish duel with a friend that went drastically wrong. Unfortunately for Daniel, he has come back on a night society dreads: The Smythe-Smith Musicale, but he feels his luck change when he sees a beautiful young lady take place of one of his “sick” cousins on the piano.

Miss Anne Wynter is the governess of the Pleinsworth daughters, cousins of the Smythe-Smiths and after being rather forcibly persuaded to play the piano to replace her charges supposedly ill older sister she spots a stranger watching the musicale. Even if, in this instance it is Lord Winstead she can feel her past catching up with her and the next hidden stranger could well be a lot more dangerous then the handsome, charming Lord Winstead.

What I love about Julia Quinn boos is that I am guaranteed a really fun read. I have found all her books to be full of laughs and various quirky but lovable characters. This book is exactly the same, funny and sweet, a book tha is quickly read and fondly remembered.

I really liked both the main characters Daniel and Anne; they were great to read about. Daniel was something rare in romance; a man who is fairly light hearted and loves his family without reservation (despite the regular torture of the Smythe-Smith Musicale) and I found it refreshing, although I do love a dark broody hero, sometimes it’s nice to read one with a sense of humour. Anne was actually the more tortured of the two with a horrible past that she has been hiding from for eight years. It was really nice to read such likable characters get together and the witty teasing between them was fantastic and one of the things that Julia Quinn does best.

But although the romance between them was great and they were good characters, the characters I loved most were the Pleinsworth girls, Frances, Elizabeth and Harriet. They were hilarious; I loved it when they were in a scene as I know their banter would have me in fits of laughter. I warn you at around 44% of the book, go read it in a private place, as I discovered, giggling to yourself in the work restaurant is not the way to make friends!

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good but light read, although this is number two in the Smythe-Smith series it can be read as a standalone, but there is mention of the previous book in this.

*ARC provided by publisher

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