Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy Book Tour: Review + Giveaway! @avonbooks

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Welcome to my post for the Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a print set of the series. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #4)
Release date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #4

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the final, dazzling installment of a four-book series featuring the Smythe-Smiths

Sir Richard Kenworthy needs to marry quickly. His 17-year-old sister is pregnant, and she won’t tell him who the father is. Richard does not want to cast her or the baby out, so he decides that he will get married and then have his wife pretend to be pregnant. After a very brief courtship, he makes sure that he is seen kissing Iris Smythe-Smith, and they marry. But Richard is beginning to feel very guilty about this. He likes Iris a great deal, and as they travel north toward his home in Yorkshire, he starts to desire her, too.

Iris is puzzled. She’s not the sort of woman who inspires instant grand passion (or at least she never has been before). So she can’t quite believe it when Richard seems to fall head over heels in love with her. It’s even stranger when, on their wedding night, he takes a separate room, telling her he respects her too much to have their wedding night in a dusty inn. When they reach his home, his sister is gone (visiting an aunt), and so Richard puts off telling Iris the truth. The sexual tension grows, his sister comes back, Iris learns the truth, and everything explodes . . .

My Rating: 4 Roses

A charming, witty, utterly delightful read, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy was a lovely romance that I really enjoyed. It was fun, romantic, and a really wonderful book.

Iris was a great heroine. Sensible, kind, and forgiving, she wasn't the type of heroine to be lost in melodrama. She was more the type to stay calm and deal with the situation, which made her a wonderful character in my book. I really liked her.

Richard was good as well. He was sweet and determined to take care of his sisters as best he could. He occasionally got some ridiculous ideas into his head that made situations more complicated than they needed to be, but overall he was an adorable character.

The romance was lovely. Despite their shaky circumstances, it was clear that they had real feelings for each other right from the start and those feelings continued to grow. I thought they were a wonderful couple.

My only issue with the book was what the big secret turned out to be. When it was revealed, it seemed like all the drama that came with it was blown way out of proportion. It should have been something calmly discussed, but apparently, that's not how it worked with the Kenworthys. I was appeased by the fact that Iris saw it the same way. Once she found out, her thoughts were basically "are you kidding me? The answer is staring you right in the face." So, that kept me from really getting annoyed.

The plot kept me engaged all the way through. The humor in this book was a delight and I found myself smiling as I was reading more than once. I really liked the story and the ending was perfect.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy was a delightful historical romance and I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a print set of the Smythe-Smith Quartet.
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About the Author:
JULIA 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.


  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. Oh I just loved the humor in this one. Great review hun.

  3. Great review and it got me further along the road to buying this newest book by Julia. Thanks for the post.