Pros Family Theme There is such a huge emphasis on family and I love it I have been wanting to learn about the Smyth Smith family ever since reading about their quirky, non musically gifted family in Julia Quinn s other series This book has some funny moments and some heartwarming moments In particular, I adore seeing Honoria being friends with her cousins who are part of the music quartet with her They are such a silly, adorable group of girls In addition, the development between Honoria and her mom is touching Romance So sweet Also, I am incredibly THANKFUL that this is not another one of those pining romances where a heroine has been in love with a boy since she was a kid and she ends up pining for the guy for yearssss That kind of story is usually paired with the I fell in love with my older brother s best friend trope This book has the latter, but fortunately not the former There is a prologue that shows Marcus s childhood and integration into the Smythe Smith household, and he meets Honoria there They form not quite a friendship and definitely not a romance, but a connection of a sort at that young age However, when they meet again at the beginning of this book , we see old and new dynamics I love seeing Honoria and Marcus develop feelings of first endearment, then friendship, and then love They have known each other for a long time and know each other well, but this book shows a true development in their relationship and how their view on each other has gradually changed Together They both fall in love with each other at the same time, which is enjoyable and interesting to read in each of their perspective It is a sweet, gradual romance, with touching moments and cute bantering I honestly enjoyed reading this so much Honoria I honestly love her She is cheerful and not afraid to voice her opinion or take charge She is also immensely and happily family oriented She has loyalty to her family and appreciation for her family tradition of the annual musicals I just love that In addition, she is quite sensible and has her priorities straight She is overall a great character with a fun perspective to read Marcus He is a serious and honorable guy While it does take him a while to verbalize his feelings, he is still pretty straight forward Reading his perspective is easy because he is an honest and GOOD guy Cons Plot pacing The plot is good, but it can be rather slow I honestly would ve liked the realization and confession part of this book to arrive earlier I think there might have been too much time spent on the sick part, even though I really do appreciate the new dynamics and developments introduced from that.
Overall, 4 stars It is a solid, romance read, with likable characters and a heartwarming family theme.
Things that you might want to know WARNING Spoilers below Happy satisfying ending view spoiler Yes, with sweet epilogue hide spoiler 5 stars Historical Regency RomanceWarning May cause fits of giggles resulting in inquisitive stares if in public, an irrepressible smile to stay on your face, and cavities from too much sweetness This is such a cute, fun, charming, witty, feel good read, and it was the perfect cure for my stressful, crummy week It made me erupt with laughter several times, smile broadly throughout, and sigh in sheer delight at the romantic, sweet ending The Bridgertons hold a special place among my historical romance favorites, and the Smythe Smiths promise to be another entertaining family with comical and romantic antics galore Just Like Heaven is a heartwarming addition to my Julia Quinn keeper shelf 5 sweet, heavenly stars
A simple and light romance, which is sometimes just what you needWhen I first started reading romances, Julia Quinn was one of my favorite authors and I fell absolutely in love with her Bridgerton series, as I know many other romance readers did as well The past few years, her books have been uneven for me, so I was a little nervous about picking this one up The Smythe Smiths were famous or infamous is probably accurate but would it be what you expect from a Quinn book a fun and light romance or would it be like the past few duds I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat relieved that I ended up enjoying it I liked the simplicity of the book and the hero and heroine are very likable one thing I love about Julia Quinn books is that her heroines are always women whom I think would be nice to have as friends However the lack of any real spark made it not much of a keeper for me When I really love a romance, I end the book with a ridiculously stupid grin on my face that doesn t go away for hours here, that didn t happen ProsIt did have some strong aspects, while also missing those that we or at least I often bemoan in romance book There was no contrived subplot mystery, mass murdering or otherwise There is not instant lust they ve known each other since childhood and have considered one another practical brother and sister There are no love interests thrown in for the sole purpose of dragging the plot out and making you squirm in your seat or couch or bed and there were no hated Big Misunderstandings The book was really focused on the two main characters, Honoria and Marcus One really gets the sense that they would make a lovely couple and have a lot of what the other needsSo why the 3 stars I was actually torn between 3 and 3.
5, but either way I think this book may have suffered having been read a day after I finished two absolutely great HRs that I gave 4.
5 and 5 stars It was a perfect light, simple, fun romance read and sometimes that is what you need Quinn delivers on the dialogue and back and forth repartee, just as she used to so wonderfully in the Bridgerton books.
I also thought Marcus was a wonderful hero Most romance heroes are rakes or rogues of some sort, but Marcus is actually a quiet, shy, serious but not stuffy sort of man We re told that people often consider him formidable and imposing, but we re not ever really shown this, since we mostly see the softer side that he shows to Honoria I loved that what he longed for was a family and someone to love who would love him in return One of the things that draws him most to Honoria is her loving, carefree manner and the value she places on others, on family, and on tradition In this sense, the story was truly lovely and Marcus s wonder in the Epilogue at the family he has begun to form is touching and sweet.
ConsMy main criticisms that kept it from receiving a higher rating are the following 1 Marcus gets deathly ill and Honoria rushes with her mother to his bedside to nurse him This part seemed to really drag on and the section of his illness seems to take up half the book Other romances have this plot device and don t suffer from it, but here I think it dragged on too long and since Marcus is insensible for most of it, one doesn t feel that it develops their relationship much 2 While the part of his illness seemed dragged out, the rest seemed very, very rushed What we enjoy is the process of them falling in love, them working their feelings out and acting them, and then the happy conclusion This part of the story is not explored enough for me and besides for a brief little kiss when he gets better, the only other romance scene between them is at the end Quinn s books have never been heavy on the steamy aspect, but I definitely expected than this.
The Smythe Smith QuartetBook 1 Just Like Heaven, Lady Honoria Smythe SmithBook 2 Book 3 Book 4 My guess for the heroines are Iris, Sarah, and maybe Anne Wynter Bottom Line Just Like Heaven is perfect for a light, fun afternoon read and I would recommend getting it from the library, but don t read it when you re wanting a romance that packs a punch and affects you emotionally This review is of an advanced copy format of the book from the Vine Program.
This book made me and , sometimes , sometimes , most of the time and overall The story Honoria and Marcus have known each other since they were children They were friends, well, as much as one can be a friend to your brothers BFF Daniel the brother got himself into trouble, and he made Marcus promise to keep an eye on Honoria in translation scare off any suitor imaginable, and then some XD.
Honoria is on the other hand quite desperate to find a husband, so she and her cousins plan a party, invite some eligeable gentlemen and hope to snare one Marcus interrupts Honoria in her devious plot she dag a hole in the ground to feign a fall and ankle injury , end ends up hurt himself that leads to an ankle injury and later infection, during which non other than Honoria tends to him Marcus is not the typical Regency hero, he s not a rake or a rogue, he s an ordinary gentleman that doesn t understand women and somehow always tends to say the wrong thing During his illness he realizes he s fallen in love with Honoria, but has absolutely no idea what to do with that, how to seduce her He was so adorable, I just loved him Honoria is from a big family, the youngest daughter that everyone avoided She was always somehow connected to Marcus, they knew each other for a long time, and were good friends After the accident, when she takes care of him, she realizes she s in love This was full of beautiful romance, great dialogue, it was witty and funny, we got to see some characters from JQ s other series, oh how I love Lady Danbury That woman is just awesome And the bookMiss Butterworth and the Mad Baronpecked to death by pidgeons ahahahahaha oh boy if that book existed I d read it just to have a few good laughs Why 4 stars I actually adored this book, it was a 5 star read, up untill it came to the last 40 pages or so I just think it should ve been longer or something, that ending just seemed so rushed, the author tried to squeeze everything in it, the musicale, the sex, Daniel comming home, the happy ending and all But it was still great and I d recommend it to all historical and JQ lovers for those of you who like a bit erotic sex in their books, it s probably not for you as it is mostly a romantic novel with only one sex scene and it isn t much, personally I could do without it, it would give this book a 5 star rating if it was out, but oh well