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- Publisher: AVON BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 109mm x 170mm x 28mm | 181g
- Publication date: 5 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 006149190X
- ISBN 13: 9780061491900
- Sales rank: 5,842
From "New York Times" bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first, dazzling installment of an all-new four-book series.
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By Karielle 30 May 2014
I kept this book on my nightstand and my "currently reading" shelf for about a year before finally deciding to just mark it as DNF (did not finish). It's not that the book is SO bad that I couldn't keep reading, but rather, I kept putting it down, forgot about it, and was never really inclined to pick it up again... that went on for about a year. There are way better books I could be spending my time on.
Overall Just Like Heaven just bored me; nothing was exciting, and nothing intrigued me enough to want to continue reading. There's very little action both romance- and plot-wise; even by page 158—which is how far I got—hardly any of Honoraria and Marcus's relationship is built. If there is no swoon-worthy romance by the halfway mark, we've got a problem.
Honoraria isn't a dreadful heroine but she's rather desperate for a husband and childish, blushing at ever sight of skin and brush of fingers, and so on. I can understand these traits were meant to color her "cute" and "clumsy," but I just found it annoying. There's almost no chemistry between her and Marcus, which bothered me a lot considering this is a historical romance, and the dialogue and description scenes drag on forever, which made this one even more difficult to digest.
Pros: Well written // Playful, readable style
Cons: Romance moves at a snail's pace // Honoraria is annoying and Marcus is uninteresting // Boring // Not enough action!
Verdict: Containing too much backstory and not enough action, this first title in the Smythe-Smith quartet is rather boring. It isn't a terrible or intolerable—in fact, stylistically, Julia Quinn is a pleasure to read—but I just didn't have the patience to finish it. I was quite annoyed by the "witty" (not witty) banter and passionless relationship that's supposed to pass as a romance. True historical fiction fans may be able to swallow Just Like Heaven, but I definitely wasn't impressed.
Rating: 2 out of 10 hearts (1 star): Not completely a lost cause, but could not finish and did not enjoy; potentially could be used as a cure for insomnia.
Source: Complimentary ARC provided by Romance Novel News in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Carolyn!).
By Fatima Suldan Madar 08 Mar 2012
As a very devoted Quinn fan, I was not only shocked but also very disappointed by this book. It was amazingly tedious! I have yet to read a more boring love story, which is very unusual if you are even a little bit acquainted with Julia Quinn's books. Both the characters, though well written are very boring. The love story is lacking in the sort of sweeping passion, fun and excitement that is very typical of one of Quinn's books.
If you are a first time reader of Quinn, do NOT buy this book. It might just put you off an amazing author. I hope the next book is better... :(
By Rebs R 27 Jul 2011
I'm a long time Quinn fan so I automatically buy her novels as they are released. I got this one pretty much as soon as it was out and gobbled it up quick. I love pretty much every one of her novels so I kind of rate these based on others written by Quinn. I gave this a 4 mainly because it wasn't quite as funny as the last two that came out, but it of course is still excellent and rated against any other book by another author it would get a 5 rating. I was so happy when I read months and months ago that the Smythe-Smith girls were getting a series. Anyone who has read past Quinn novels would know all about the Smythe-Smith annual musicale. The girls are famous for having no musical talent but forced to preform in front of their peers each year. I loved seeing behind those closed doors. In the previous books where the Smythe-Smith girls have been mentioned you have no idea how they feel about preforming and it was nice to see that they hated playing just as much as the audience hated hearing them. My only qualm with this book was the time spent on Marcus' illness, while I did like that Honoria and Marcus spent the time together learning about each other it went on a little long. I would have liked to see them in London a little bit more. Other than that this book delivers classic Julia Quinn style. The writing is excellent as always, and it has the added wit that I find most regency romances lacking. I would highly recommend to any fan of historical romance, especially those who have enjoyed the Bridgerton Series also by Quinn.
By Leanne Lingwood 13 Jun 2011
My summary of the book - Honoria and Marcus have known each other for years after Marcus becomes Honoria's brother' best friend. When they accidentally meet in Cambridge Marcus knows he needs to keep his promise to Daniel and keep an eye on Honoria who is on the lookout for a husband. A meeting at a house party soon turns to trouble as Marcus is injured and needs Honoria to help him.
Thoughts on the characters - Honoria loves her family and will do anything for them even if it means that she has to play in yearly family musicale which she detests doing. This loving side of her makes her help Marcus because she knows he doesn't have anyone and when he is ill he needs her. She certainly proves how strong she is when the situation becomes worse and it helps make her grow into her own woman.
Marcus is used to not having anyone to help him so he loved it when he was welcomed into Daniel's family. Having no one it made him quite independent so it is a shock when he has to rely on Honoria when he becomes ill. It changes him and it also changes the relationship between Marcus and Honoria because he has only seen her like a little sister but now that she is grown his feelings slowly change.
Thoughts on the writing style - Julia Quinn has a brilliant way of writing where it is amusing all the way through so you just have to carry on reading. It is engaging and interesting and you follow the story easily.
Overall thoughts - I just loved it, I had a smile on face all the way through reading it. I loved reading the interaction between Marcus and Honoria which was teasing to begin with and then more serious as their feelings change and they try to fight for what they want.
By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 10 Jun 2011
I loved this book! Since I discovered it I wanted to read it, and it didn't disappointed me.
The story begins when Honoria, Marcus and her brother Daniel are just kids. Honoria was always bothering them because she wanted to play with them, so they started calling her bug.
Honoria is so funny. She's 21 years old and she's one of my favorite character from historical romance novels. She's sweet and caring, and looking for a husband so she could have her own home.
Marcus is serious, handsome and a gentleman. He promised to look after Honoria while Daniel was out of the country, so she wouldn't marry the wrong man. Of course he does it, chasing away every one of her suitors.
It's the first book I read that is written by Julia Quinn but I loved it! The writing was so light and fun that I couldn't stop reading it. Really, I just read it in a couple of hours. The character were all well written and I liked the romance, because it was sweet and happy. It's common to find a lot of drama in this kind of books, but I loved how Honoria acted when she thought Marcus was only "taken care of her", she was very strong and focussed on her musical. Also, Marcus was so amazing. He wasn't exactly the bad boy, but I loved him. He was so good and even when he tried to be serious, it was just obvious he wanted to be funny just for Honoria. Oh, and at he end, he was very wicked ;).
There was only a moment of the book (when Marcus was very sick) that I thought it was getting to long and a little boring. But still I continue to read, because really, Honoria was just so funny!.
Overall, I loved this book and I'm really hoping there is a next one (I imagine there is, since it says this one is number 1). I might even read The Bridgertons series, which at some point connects with this one.