July 23, 2012

When Love Takes Over • Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven book cover
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child
C) not in love with her older brother's best friend
D) all of the above

Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) not in love with his best friend's younger sister
D) all of the above

Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love

JUST LIKE HEAVEN was perfectly... heavenly. Puns aside, I really did enjoy this JULIA QUINN romance - it was light, it was fluffy and it was lovely to read. Though it's not necessarily my favorite novel she's written (and that accolade still belongs to majority of the Bridgerton series), this historical romance was such great fun to read!

Honoria and Marcus are typical characters in a historical romance, if I'm being perfectly honest. So, in the case of this book, it was the story that really kept me interested. It was fun to read about Marcus and Honoria's various encounters, including the time one of them was deathly ill. I thought that JULIA QUINN did a great job with the story, as she kept it particularly focused on the brewing friendship and romance between our hero and heroine, with little subplots here and there to add more to the tale.

As always, I was thoroughly entertained and definitely tickled pink by the romance and the shenanigans and the story of this novel. JULIA QUINN certainly knows what she's doing when it comes to her chosen genre, as demonstrated in JUST LIKE HEAVEN - and I can't wait to read more of her books.


  1. This one sounds precious!!! I think I'm well overdue for a fun, fluffy, light read and this one may be it!

  2. I love Julia Quinn! I've been reading her books since....well, since it was probably inappropriate for me to be reading them, but what can I say? This one sounds good :)

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. Reading Romance Challenge??? HOW did I not know about this?! I love love stories. :)

    I haven't read anything by Julia Quinn before, but this sounds Really good! I must see if my library has it. :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. I absolutely adore the blurb for this, I knew as soon as I read it that I wanted to read this book and I really enjoyed your review, even if the characters aren't that unique!

  5. I SO loved A Night Like This and then proceeded to buy several of Julia Quinn's other books, including this one and reading your review makes me so happy I did!! I just love fluffy, funny historical romances, so this sounds like just the book for me :)


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