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Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #1)

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15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Is love truly the cure for what ails us?

Marcus Holroyd, the Earl of Chatteris knew two facts about his life - that he was well trained for his title and that he would always be alone. Honoria Smythe-Smith also knew two facts, she would never be alone since she was part of a large family, and not one of them h...
Marcus Holroyd, the Earl of Chatteris knew two facts about his life - that he was well trained for his title and that he would always be alone. Honoria Smythe-Smith also knew two facts, she would never be alone since she was part of a large family, and not one of them had a musical bone in their body. Marcus was taught friendship from Honoria's brother Daniel when they met at school and learned how to have the young Honoria around Marcus took his lonely childhood and grabbed onto the large, boisterous Smythe-Smith family.

When Honoria grew up, she became a stunning young woman who needed her brother to protect her but he had fled to Italy in scandal. What she did not know was Daniel had asked Marcus to watch over her and he did just that quietly and alone in the background as he did everything his life. He went to balls and stood by the back wall unnoticed, checking on the potential suitors who went after Honoria and drove them away one by one. He also attended the yearly Smythe-Smith Musicale, featuring the unmarried female cousins in the family who yearly massacred any type of credible music. The family was known for this event and all in attendance understood it was going to be awful but for Marcus who sat in the front row he never heard the notes being butchered he only had eyes for the beauty playing the violin, Honoria.

When Marcus decides he may try courting her, Honoria has decided to step up the husband hunt. Honoria sees Marcus less as a potential suitor and more like a brother while Marcus is trying to change that and his first step toward winning her hand finds him stepping in a hole and doing damage to his ankle. This simple twisted ankle turns into a bad situation when a secondary injury leads to infection and near death for Marcus. Honoria comes to care for Marcus with her mother and with no regard for propriety or knowledge of how to make him better only a willingness to be someone in his life when he truly has no one. Honoria and her mother take Marcus from brink of death to recovery and somewhere along the way Honoria and Marcus both realize what they feel for each other is love, not friendship or family affection but deep, burning love. Neither is quite sure what to do with these feeling but someone has to take the first step. Will it be the man wearing new boots or the woman in a pair of red slippers?

Reading a Julia Quinn book such a calming, romantic, and wonderful experience, you look forward to each book with anticipation. I am in awe of her ability to spin a fresh and exciting story with each book and make you think "I love these characters the most of them all" when in fact with the next book you will say the same and it will be true. Marcus will forever be dear to me because he knows he wants love he just does not know how to get it and Honoria is such a self-confident and strong woman who knows she can cure everything but her cousins' lack of musical talent.

posted by The_Reading_Reviewer on May 6, 2011

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Ehhh

There was barely any romance. I expected better.

posted by 1047138 on September 3, 2011

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Ehhh

    There was barely any romance. I expected better.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Felt Rushed

    I normally LOVE everything Julia Quinn writes and I've read everything she's written, but I was disappointed with this. I felt she could have done so much more, it felt rushed and all together too short. I swear when I finished the book I thought to myself, "that's it?"

    However I don't regret buying/reading the story and it wont prevent me from picking up the rest of the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    What Happened to JQ???

    This book was such a bore! It was as if she was trying to fill up the pages with meaningless words. The hero was beyond dull and the plot was stale and so boring that I wanted to cry from boredom. The entire book was filled with useless chatter, then at the end I guessed she realized she had to implement a little romance. It's been awhile since JQ has released a solid, entertaining novel. I hope she goes back to the beginning amd start writing some better novels.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    I normally love Julia Quinn==just not this one

    I have long enjoyed Julia Quinn's books--I have them all and have re-read most of them--some several times, but this one was very disappointing to me. I have always enjoyed her characters and their repartee' which is usually fun and clever, but in this one that feels like all there is--lots of silly conversations that don't really go anywhere. In my opinion, she doesn't develop her characters satisfactorially and so they really have no depth. In all her regency novels she, like most regency authors, is always putting down the empty-headed, vapid, insipid debutantes but this book felt like it was written by one of them. And worst of all the romance (i.e. seduction) was not satisfying at all. I just kept hoping for more-- of everything. I understand that this is the first in a series, so I hope the next ones are a little meatier.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    I was disappointed by this one. The situation was preposterous.

    I was disappointed by this one. The situation was preposterous. I couldn't suspend reality enough, although the characters were likable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    ok

    Not my cup of tea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    Sleeper

    Just finished it...what a let down. She is one of my favorite authors. Who really wrote this? I will hope the next one is better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Bland

    The plot of this book is not complex at all. It's just two people realizing they have feelings for each other, after having known themselves most of their lives. There are no great dynamics during the novel which makes it boring overall. It's a shame because usually Julia Quinn is a great read :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Disappointing

    I like very much books from Julia Quinn, but I was really disappointed with this, you can read the first pages and then jummp for almost the end of the book, nothing interesting happends in the middle. This book had a good potential for an excelent book, but is so slowly, the main caracter stays sick for so long and even a real kiss happend until almost the end, is not like Julia Quinn others book, unfortunately, I don't recomend this book.

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