Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith, #1) – Julia Quinn
Honoria Smythe-Smith has five siblings and 32 first cousins. The loud and lovingly chaotic family warms her heart. She even loves the annual musicale, which is painful for anyone without a tin ear but which they continue to put on because… well, most of them have a tin ear or two. Marcus Holyrood is the only child of an only child, and grew up with exactly one friend. A single friend, it turns out, is all you need, so long as that friend is Daniel Smythe-Smith. Their friendship takes a turn when Daniel asks Marcus to keep an eye on his youngest sister as Daniel himself is casually fleeing the country, just to make sure she doesn’t marry an idiot. Which should be fine because Honoria is basically Marcus’ little sister too, right?
I loved the inherent closeness the characters had, and the awkwardness that takes over when they start realizing they don’t love each other in a sibling or friendly way. This book has some of the most amusing lines I’ve ever read, simply because of how they attempt to conform to societal standards but can’t quite seem to let go of their childhood attachments. If you’ve read Quinn’s Bridgerton series, you’ll realize this takes place in the midst of Romancing Mister Bridgerton, but there are no spoilers, so you can definitely read this one before, during, or after.
HHC Rating: 5 Stars
Other reviews in this series: Book 1 – Just Like Heaven *(This Review)* Book 2 – A Night Like This Book 3 – The Sum of All Kisses Book 4 – The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Also by this author: The Bridgertons:: (Coming to Netflix in 2020) Book 1 – The Duke and I Book 2 – The Viscount Who Loved Me Book 3 – An Offer from a Gentleman Book 4 – Romancing Mister Bridgerton Book 5 – To Sir Phillip, With Love Book 6 – When He Was Wicked Book 7 – It’s in His Kiss Book 8 – On The Way to the Wedding