This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Night Like This, A
Julia (1) Quinn
Date of Review: 07/20/12
He looked at her across the room and knew that he wanted her. But the lady proves to be a little too mysterious and he has many attempts on his life.
Daniel Smythe-Smith, Lord Winstead, has returned from the Continent where he has been in exile for three years after he made a silly mistake in a duel. He was threatened by this man’s father and fled to the Continent. The man he accidently shot finds him and tells him it is okay to come home. He returns to find his extended family in residence and the lovely governess. Daniel fears that Ramsgate is still trying to kill him when he finds that he has been mugged by footpads and the reins to his curricle are cut. He finds himself in pursuit of Anne and wants to have her regardless. He fends off the attempts on his life and tries to find the source.
Annalise Shawcross, or Anne Wynter as she is known, is the governess for the Pleinsworth family. She is intelligent and conscious that she needs the job. Anne has a past. She was in love with someone who turned out to be a cad and attempted to take from Anna what she had been willing to give, until she found out he was marrying another. Anna stabbed George and left a scar which George is willing to find her and repay the mark.
Anna enjoys her role at the Pleinsworth’s and does more so when she encounters Daniel but is also aware that if there is any rumor, her job will be finished with no reference and she doesn’t have the backing resources to find another job.
Daniel thinks that he is the one who is being threatened and tries to take all precautions but then it is a figure from Anne’s past that is the bigger threat to them. In the end, her encounters with George leave her with nowhere else to go so she leaves, leaving Daniel upset. He does what he can to find her but he also finds out about the threat against her and does what he can to neutralize the threat.
The story has some humorous moments especially at the beginning with the Smythe-Smith family musicale. Daniel uses humor to endear Anne to him as she is so serious (and mysterious) and he hopes this will be the way to capture her heart. He surprises his family when he says he wants to marry her but does insist and of course she is really the daughter of a country gentleman.
This story is a good read and the reader will be entertained by the secondary characters. They certainly have their moments and it provides much amusement to the reader. It is often nice to read a lighter Regency historical and have the characters be amusing and have then say and do unexpected things. I really enjoyed this story of the Smythe-Smiths.