The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Thanks to a family secret, Sir Richard Kenworthy has one month to get married. When he spies Iris Smythe-Smith he knows he has met the perfect candidate. Iris is used to being passed over by the ton and is suspicious when Richard professes his love for her and compromises them. Forced into marriage, Iris wonders what secret Richard is harboring and whether their marriage will survive once everything is revealed.
Typically Julia Quinn can do no wrong and her books are filled with wit and heart-melting moments. However, this book is sadly missing both, and it has a hero whose character is irredeemable and who does not deserve a happily ever after. His actions are despicable, and the way he treats the heroine once his secret is revealed is reprehensible. At the same time, the heroine is weak and hard to truly admire, though no one deserves a man like Richard Kenworthy. The story itself drags for a great deal of the book and then the end feels rushed. Sadly The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy does not make for a positive addition to the series, and hopefully Quinn’s next book returns to her delightful style of writing.