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*Spoiler alert*... I LOVED most of this book...it was witty, funny, great characters and story, BUT...I like my regencies to be more wholesome stories. The first real kiss and they jump into bed? Really? Dang, I was hoping to binge read all these books. Not any more. It's okay if you call me old fashioned. I'm not old, but I am picky.
Let me start by saying I usually really enjoy Ms Quinn's work. I have many of her books on my keeper shelves. However, this one does not measure up to her past works.
There's just nothing about this book that I can recommend. There's no real build up of tension - sexual or otherwise. There's no villain, nothing suspenseful happening....there's just lots and lots of wordy paragraphs about how horrendous the musical quartet is. On and on and on to the point where, now I'm at the very tail end of the book and I'm skimming.....ALOT. This book is not enjoyable to me and I'll be happy to finish it and begin something else.
It's so boring that I don't know that I would buy the next one unless it's bargain priced and I've never said that about a Julia Quinn book before. Honestly, I'm kind of shocked.
If you're new to Julia Quinn then pick one of her earlier books rather than this one to start because usually her books are fairly entertaining and I've always enjoyed the dialogue and interaction between the H and h but I can't say that about this one. Definitely not a keeper for me.
I was most displeased with this book...I LOVE Julia Quinn I have all of her books and enjoy them, I loved the Bridgerton series...and remember the Smythe-Smiths being mentioned many times....but this story is absolutely boring....I mean yes it is sweet and very humorous but I have read better from Julia Quinn. I was overall very disappointed it for sure is not worth the price to read this I wish I didn't waste the money on it.
It really was a snoozer. There was no spark, no chemistry, very thin plot...And if I had to read any more about the horrible musicians in that family I was going to scream. Truth be told, I kind of feel like Julia Quinn needed some quick cash, so she cranked out this dud, and like a sucker, I bought it. Don't make my mistake.
I've been a big fan of Ms. Quinn since I began reading her Bridgerton series (as far back as when the "The Duke and I" was first published). I was alway anxiousily waiting for her next book. But lately, Ms. Quinn's latest books are losing it's appeal.
To sum (much the same comments from other reviews): The characters are likeable. Although, I found the heroine's nursing the hero's illiness scene to drag for half the book.
I thought with the "Smythe-Smith Quartet" was part of the "Bridgerton" realm, it was going to have the same charm as her older works but alas it was a disapointment to me.
I am a huge Julia Quinn fan. I bought Just Like Heaven because I buy all of Ms. Quinn's books, but this one was a huge disappointment for me.
I swear it seemed like a good 50% of the book the hero was unconscious.
The book takes place simultaneously time-wise as Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin and Penelope's story) and there are some very amusing parts that kind of fill in the "whole" story that was mentioned in some of Whistledown's columns in Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.
The hero was very likable, the heroine was funny, the cousins were absolutely hilarious, but the story itself was just kind of meh... Not the worst book I've ever read in my life, but definitely not up to Ms. Quinn's usual high standards.
Like most of the people who rated this book 2 stars, I am a huge Julia Quinn fan and will always pre-order any book that she has coming out. This book was a serious disappointment for me, though. I agree with all of the other 2 star comments in that: 1. It seemed like there was too much off-topic filler. I'll be honest: sometimes I just flipped through the conversations with her cousins because they were kind of boring. 2. Where was the great central conflict? Ok, yes, they are friends and, yes, her brother asked him to watch out for her. But really? THAT is what they are supposed to overcome? A five minute conversation could have cleared that up about 20 pages into the book. 3. Where was the passion between the two? I think that they just kind of look at each other and said, "You look nice and are very kind. Let's get married." This really ought to have been a short story in a special edition to introduce us to the Smythe-Smith family. If she took out all the filler, boring conversation and just really shortened it to the illness scene, we would have had an awesome short story that got us introduced to Daniel and the mysterious governess.