Review: A Night Like This by Julia Quinn

22 Jun

Cover: A Night Like This by Julia QuinnMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fluffy bit of fun!

Summary via Goodreads:

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…


  • is not who she claims to be
  • is a smart, competent heroine
  • knows how to take care of herself
  • (with a well-placed knee when truly necessary)
  • is beautiful, but more importantly, she’s a nice person.


  • has his own experience with life on the run
  • is back now, and intends to stay
  • is willing to do anything for the woman he loves
  • even when that involves shopping or hanging out with young cousins
  • particularly when it means dropping everything to rescue her
  • and then not objecting to her playing a major roll in her own rescuing

For those who have read Just Like Heaven, this book starts at the Smythe-Smith performance where it leaves off. There’s no need to read it first, as familiarity gives some of the side characters more background, but doesn’t effect the primary story at all.  As this book ends at the next annual musicale, I suspect that will be the starting point for the next entry in the series, which is a fun device.

A Night Like This has a gentle comedy running through, and the steam factor is relatively mild. The writing is very good.  Mostly, it’s a fun story about two appealing people with some adventure, romance and a little humor thrown in as well.

I read A Night Like This as part of a TLC Book Tour.  Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Avon Books for providing this book to read and review this book. To see other perspectives, check out the other tour stops:


Posted by on June 22, 2012 in books, reviews, tour


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2 responses to “Review: A Night Like This by Julia Quinn

  1. trish

    June 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I really liked how you did this review!

    I can see the light comedy when the synopsis mentions the Earl ends up having to spend his days with a 10-year-old who thinks she’s a unicorn. I don’t usually get humor in books, but I think I would find that quite amusing.

    Thanks for being on the tour!


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