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After they survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance, Honoria Smythe-Smith, a really bad violinist, and Marcus Holroyd, her older brother's best friend, fall desperately in love.
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Disappointing. I am a Julia Quinn fan, but this was less witty and less sexy than her best. Also, I found Honoria to be excessively dull and Marcus to be only very slightly more interesting. Ah well, I still love Quinn, not every one can be great. ( )
  Narshkite | Jan 30, 2020 |
I read this book in record time - this book is THAT good. It is imminently readable, and it just sucked me right in.

The Smythe-Smith girls are notorious comic relief in Quinn's beloved Bridgerton novels, so she faced a big challenge to bring them back and give them their own not-so-hilarious stories. We start with Honoria, whose violin was merrily destroyed by Lady Danbury (and the incident earned a place in Lady Whistledown's gossip column). Much like the heroine of Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress, Honoria is quite confident and talkative. She is the youngest girl in her family, and was forever trailing after her older brother Daniel and his best friend Marcus when they were all kids. Fifteen years later, and circumstances have certainly changed: Daniel, forced to flee the country in disgrace; Marcus, shuttered on his estate in the north country after coming into his title; Honoria, about to start her third London season and still without so much as an offer.

Honoria and a quartet of friends are sent to Cambridgeshire (home of Marcus's estate) on a sort of pre-Season husband-hunting mission amongst the male students at the university. It is but by chance that the old friends meet again, and a series of events brings them back together again a few weeks later - Marcus has fallen deathly ill, and because he (literally) has no family, his housekeeper sends for Honoria's. The Smythe-Smith family took Marcus in when he became fast friends with Daniel, and the housekeeper knows they will come to his aid again.

The middle of the book is just exquisite - the best sort of hurt/comfort that just brings you in and holds you there, with those strong feelings of nurturing and caring. Honoria and her mother quite literally save Marcus's life (albeit in a rather disgusting way - not the most fun thing to read over lunch) and, slowly but swiftly, Marcus and Honoria's regard for each other begins to change.

I just adore the way Quinn writes - she can be light and frothy, but she can also write great suspense. During that harrowing point in the middle of the story when Marcus's life hung on the line, I was at the literal edge of my seat. I liked that the outcome was not foreshadowed - it was not as if any of them knew that Marcus would live because of their intervention; it was quite touch and go. And yet, in the midst of all this, Quinn lightens the mood by taking us into Marcus's delirium and his rather hilarious hallucinations.

Reading this passage made me want to run out and write hurt/comfort, which is not really my forte, that's how good it was. The writing is just exquisite, as is the growth of their feelings for each other. Despite what the back blurb says, these two have not been in love with each other all their lives - it was bonding over this incident that made them fall for each other.

When Honoria finds out that Daniel has tasked Marcus with "watching over her" in his stead, and that meant Marcus had scared off her suitors during her previous seasons, she gets incredibly angry - and sad, because she feels foolish to have fallen for him. Neither are aware of the other's feelings for them, though they both wish so desperately for their love to be reciprocated. Mercifully, this Big Misunderstanding doesn't last for long (it's the last 1/3 of the book), and the scene where the two finally confess their feelings for each other is very powerful. I definitely believed the "I love you"s this time around.

Two things kept this from being an A+++ for me: one, the sex scene felt very much Obligatory and Tacked On, because you apparently can't write a romance novel these days without an explicit sex scene. This had been such a sweet, gentle romance that I think it could've survived with a fade-to-black. However, unlike Balogh, Quinn can write a sweet, gentle sex scene that feels like it fits into the story. Certainly she's written hotter (and more explicit) scenes in the past, but she tailored it to fit here, and did an honorable job.

The second thing was the ending. Everything was trucking along beautifully until the very last scene, in fact, when Marcus (like Edward before him) made a huge, uncharacteristic scene in front of everyone in order to ask Honoria to marry him. Just - SIGH. Why can't sweet and gentle be sweet and gentle until the end? Beta heroes need love, too, and not just when they display some alpha-male-jerkdom. Ah, well.

The end is also an obvious setup for the next book in the series, but even taking that into account, it did feel a bit abrupt. Still, it's not enough to make me want to gush over this book any less - if anything, I can't wait to start Book #2!! ( )
  eurohackie | Dec 28, 2019 |
Quinn's stories are too sweet to really get very angsty, but I did love the misunderstanding in this one! I adore all these books. ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
2.5 stars ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Just Like Heaven
4.5 Stars

The Smythe-Smith series is a spin off of the Bridgetons. The tone, banter and romance are all reminiscent of the original books and on the whole the characters and story are captivating, although there are a couple of small issues.

To begin with, Just Like Heaven overlaps with Romancing Mister Bridgerton, which is fun as we get cameo appearances by Gregory and Colin as well as Lady Danbury (that woman is a scream). However, there is one glaring error in the timeline that may annoy some readers but didn't really bother me as it only becomes evident once the book is almost over - the line "Mr. Bridgerton's brother's wife's sister is married to Mr. Berbrooke's brother" in chapter 2 is a reference to Penelope Bridgerton. However, the musicale at the end of the book takes place before Colin and Penelope are married so the line is out of sync.

Second, Marcus and Honoria have a sweet and enjoyable romance, however, their chemistry, while there, does not build sufficiently and their one steamy scene leaves much to be desired.

That said, they are an engaging couple and their friends to lovers romance is charming and entertaining. Marcus is shy and finds it difficult to interact with others. His social awkwardness is concealed behind a dark and brooding facade but Honoria, who has known him most of her life, sees beneath his cool exterior to the lonely man in need of love and friendship. It is wonderful how comfortable they are with each other at a time when men and women were basically strangers when they married.

In sum, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. The antics and banter between the quartet members is delightful and had me giggling well into the night. Do not be surprised if you find yourself finishing this lovely, lively and angst free read in less than a day. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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For Pam Spengler-Faffee. You are a goddess in every way.

And also for Paul,
even though when I went to him for medical advice to save my ailing hero, he replied, "he has to die".
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