Title: It's in his Kiss
Author: Julia Quinn
Published: 28th June 2005
Genre: Romance, Historical, Fiction, Regency
Number of Pages: 448
Start Date: 26th March 2022
Finish Date: 2nd April 2022
Meet Our Hero, Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past and the key to his future. The problem is; it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.
Meet Our Heroine, all the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there’s something about her; something charming and vexing; that grabs him and won’t quite let go.
Meet Poor Mr. Mozart, or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual; and annually discordant; Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other and that there is nothing as simple; or as complicated; as a single, perfect kiss.
If you are looking for some light-hearted, laugh-out-loud summer reading that will also fill your need for a tender romance, look no further. Julia Quinn’s latest instalment of the Bridgerton series is full of subtle humour, witty dialogue, and an indisputable chemistry between the leads. Although many of the story’s scenarios are usual fare for a European Historical, Gareth and Hyacinth’s story has a sparkling edge that drew me in. Yeah, Gareth is the immensely attractive, lovable rogue who has never considered marriage; but with a freshness that made me appreciate this type of hero all over again.
Hyacinth Bridgerton has seen three full seasons on the Marriage Mart and now in her fourth year in Society discovers that all the balls, parties, and suitors just aren’t very exciting anymore. She still finds enjoyment in the many activities of the ton after all, she is a sensible woman and certainly not one to complain about the wealth and privilege she is forced to endure. Although she is well-liked and considered a good catch for matrimony, men tend to think of Hyacinth as best in small doses. Always competitive and more intelligent than most, she is not one to give up a contest easily or feign stupidity, leading many to consider her a bit challenging.
A delightful secondary character, Lady Danbury. We have seen her in many of the books but in this instalment we meet her a lot more she is almost like a third lead character. She is Gareth's maternal grandmother. She is a lioness among the ton, fearless in her words and willing to poke fun at anyone, including herself. Regarded as a crotchety old lady, she relishes her outspoken manipulative nature. Each Tuesday, Hyacinth Bridgerton reads to her a daring adventure story and the two then spend time cracking jokes and sharing their lives.
Both hold a deep respect for the other; Hyacinth wants to emulate Lady Danbury’s distinctive attitude towards life and Lady Danbury considers Hyacinth her ideal protégée. She shares a close relationship with her favourite person, grandson Gareth, and seems to be manoeuvring Hyacinth and Gareth into each other’s company more and more these days.
It’s in His Kiss is book seven of Quinn’s series. Though I’ve read just one of the previous titles, this book read well as a stand-alone. Both Gareth and Hyacinth’s characters are well developed; funny, highly likable, and vulnerable; certainly a winning combination for romantic leads. Their verbal interaction is the most outstanding aspect of this charming story.