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Book Reviews of Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1)

Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1)
Just Like Heaven - Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1
Author: Julia Quinn
ISBN-13: 9780061491900
ISBN-10: 006149190X
Publication Date: 6/1/2011
Pages: 384
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 251 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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15 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This was a really great book. It was a fast read but I totally enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light romance with moments that have you laughing out loud. If you are a fan of Julia Quinn, this one won't diappoint.

There is a scene in the final chapter that I recall being in one of her previous books with characters who overlap however they don't repeat any of the plot. Its written in a way that you just know you've been in the room before but are hearing a totally different conversation. I was quite pleased and even tried to go back and figure out which of her books I'd read before that had mentioned the Smith cousins. Overall a very enjoyable book!
Egg-and-Dart avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 90 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
She's baaaack ...

Julia Quinn is back to what she does best: writing lighthearted stories featuring clueless characters so endearing that it's impossible not to forgive them their sometimes jaw-dropping naivety.

She's the Jane Austin of confectionary romance. Instead of "Pride and Prejudice" we're given "Fluff and Fustian."

Works for me! Bring 'em on! Thank you Julia Quinn for always bringing a smile to my face.
warbler43 avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 83 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
One of my favorite authors, Julia Quinn, has done it again! Hit another one out of the park! This book is the first of what sounds like a fun series about the Smythe-Smith cousins. Fans of JQ will remember the dreaded annual musicales in the Bridgerton we get to meet the ladies behind the terrible music! And it promises to be a great time indeed.

I loved meeting Honoria Smythie-Smith and her hero Marcus, the Earl of Chatteris. He was definately not what you would call an alpha hero...more like a beta..but he held his own and really came through as a true alpha at the end!

All the characters were fun, the story was light and typical of Julia's work. If you've never read JQ, do yourself a favor and start. If you have but haven't read this book yourself a favor and do so ASAP! You won't be disappointed.

On my personal rating scale, I gave this book 4 out of 4 stars.
barbsis avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 1076 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
It's been a while since I've read a novel by Julia Quinn and I seriously forgot how much I loved her characters. The Bridgerton's are all wonderfully presented but the Smythe-Smith's were shown as these awful musicians so to read something (an entire new series no less) was rather daunting. But I must say that I totally loved Honoria, she knew they were absolutely horrible musicians but she persevered with a smile on her face because it's a family tradition. You have to admire her for that at least.

Now Marcus Holroyd is one of those guys who just wants to be left alone but you know as an unmarried Earl that just isn't going to happen. He was Honoria's brother's best friend since childhood and Honoria knows Marcus very well and loves him as a brother until he gets fatally injured and she must nurse him back to health where she realizes that she loves him. But does he love her or still think of her as a pest?

This is terribly romantic and one of the few books I've read recently dealing with London and the Season that I actually enjoyed - most are just so boring and stuffy but not Ms. Quinn. I will definitely be picking up more books in the Smythe-Smith Quartet.
reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I have never laughed through the entire half of a romance novel. Before this! It was endearing and so easy to picture in your mind. I am definitely going to be reading the rest of this series. It was perfect with just the right amount of fun and drama.
jsue avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 74 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I love Julia Quinn and she delivers with this book. After books that included descriptions of the Smythe-Smith musicale, we now get a real front row seat. I loved the side stories that you get interested in. This author does a good job of great supporting characters.
reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 46 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book was hysterical. The characters were likeable and the ending was satisfying. There is a sex scene, but it was easy to skip.
dutchess777 avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 70 more book reviews
A wonderful book. Looking forward to the next one.
justreadingabook avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 1705 more book reviews
This was a good read, like the Smythe-Smith story. Fun to see the Bridgertons from a different story angle. Fun to read.
thestephanieloves avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 241 more book reviews
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 158which is how far I gothardly 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 intolerablein fact, stylistically, Julia Quinn is a pleasure to readbut 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!).
robinmy avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 2028 more book reviews
Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith grew up with Marcus Holroyd, now the Earl of Chatteris. He was her brother's best friend. When Honoria's brother gets in trouble and leaves the country, he asks Marcus to look out for Honoria which he does from a distance. When Marcus and Honoria run into each other at a house party, their friendship turns into something more.

This is the first book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet which was a spinoff from Quinn's Bridgerton series. It is a light, amusing historical romance centered around the dreaded annual Smythe-Smith musicales. But the story suffered from no action and very little plot. Even though Honoria and Marcus were likeable characters, they had no chemistry. My rating: 3 Stars.
DJStevens avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 60 more book reviews
What a great read..this is Julia Quinn at her finest.
reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on
Cute, light, and fun, a very Julia Quinn book.
cluefinders17 avatar reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book. Likeable characters and the plot was believable. Some humor and not too much angst. Would recommend reading other books from this author.
reviewed Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Absolutely loved this book!! Love Julia Quinn and can't wait for the next one.