Review: Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Reviewed by Jen

The first book I ever read from Julia Quinn was the second book in this series, and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. I’m not sure why it took me so long to go back and pick this up, but I’m glad that I finally did.

The older brother’s best friend trope is one we’ve all read time and again. But this story is a little different in that Honoria hasn’t been nursing a secret crush on Marcus all these years. She cared about him. She considered him part of the family. But it wasn’t until he drifted away and came back into her life that their relationship started to change. And even then, it was anything but quick.

These two have to learn to be friends again, or really, for the first time, before they feel any kind of attraction. It’s a very, very, very slow burn. Ok, maybe not a burn at all. It just kind of creeps up on them out of nowhere in the second half.

Was this a huge problem for me? Yes and no. I enjoyed the book, mostly because I adored Marcus. He is a shy man whose only family has ever been Honoria’s. I love what he values in her…the knowing of her. It goes so much deeper than sexual attraction. They love each other before they even know it. It’s lovely.

Honoria is devoted to the people who matter to her and she will do whatever it takes to be there for them. From her family’s awful musicale to taking care of Marcus when he falls ill, she puts her loved ones first, before her comfort or her pride. And Marcus needs someone like her!! It was very satisfying to see him realize it.

Despite the fact it was a little slow for me at first, I did like the book. I just wish we could have had a little more tension to savor and a little more time with these two together as something more than friends. We spend a lot of time devoted to Marcus’s illness, which was important, but I wanted more of the story devoted to the want/need/desire between them. It came eventually, though, and when it did, it satisfied.

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

Just Like Heaven
by Julia Quinn
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Publisher: Avon

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