Posted in: Karen's Capsule Reviews
I like Julia Quinn books. I often forget how much I like them until I read one.
I’m not sure if Just Like Heaven is her latest book, but seeing as I actually can’t be arsed Googling the answer right now, I’ll just go ahead and assume that it is.
Rather than a blurb, here’s the rather cheesey video promo:
Warning, this video contains vomit-inducing narration…
What I Liked
I rather liked Honoria. She was quietly amusing, without being over the top. I liked her honesty, her self-deprecating wit, and her determination to embrace her personal issues and her own short-comings, without going into that ‘slit my wrist’ self-pity mode.
I also liked Marcus, he wasn’t your typical borderline assholic, self-confident hero, and that was appealing to me. He was fairly sensitive, a little unsure of himself, and ridiculously loyal. He was also emotionally fragile, another trait that I’m not used to seeing in a romance hero. It was a nice change.
What Made Me Want To Stab Myself In The Eye
This book was slow. Oh so fucking slow. Also, the plot wasn’t overly exciting, and was more than a little cliched. The hero being nursed back to health by the heroine? With all the possible plots out there, the author and editor agreed that this was a good plot device? Really? Really?? Really????????????
I can’t lie, Just Like Heaven was a slow book, and worse than that, the plot was fairly anaemic, and at times bordered on being pointless, and if I had to describe this book using a colour descriptor, I would say that it was beige. This is not a good thing obviously, however, the two protagonists had that likeability factor that is so important in romance books. Had Honoria and Marcus been annoying, I would have flung Just Like Heaven out of the train window, however little sprinklings of amusing dialogue between Honoria and the other three in the Smythe-Smith quartet did keep me from gouging my eyes out, and Marcus’s slightly bumbling demeanour made him a hero with a difference. Macho heroes are all very well, but every now and again, it’s nice to be served something different.