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What a disappointment!,
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This review is from: Just Like Heaven (Mass Market Paperback)
Let me start off by saying I have been a huge Julia Quinn fan for years and I had high hopes for this book. I read a lot of the reviews talking about "Julia returns to her old form" etc and thought, finally! Julia of old is back. But she is not. There is so much of this book that is just fluff, or setting the stage for the series. Honestly, a third of the book seems to be conversations between Honoria and her myriad of cousins. All of whom will undoubtedly end up with a book in this series. A pity more of their dialogue couldn't have been saved for their book and given more time to Honoria and Marcus in this one!
Honoria is a great character, she has some of the wit that we are accustomed to in Quinn's novels, but she is never really given an opportunity to develop. Marcus also has a lot of potential, but as he spends so much of the book *spoiler alert* unable to speak we never really understand him as more than a one dimensional character. There is zero chemistry between Honoria and Marcus and despite the fact that we are told numerous times that they love each other there seems little reason for that love. For three quarters of the book they aren't even talking to one another! As mentioned in other reviews the sex scene is tacked on at the end and is missing all of the magic and witty sexiness of her other books. In fact the only time when Marcus even begins to act like a traditional Quinn hero is in an interaction with Colin Bridgerton! But throw all the Bridgertons you want at this book (and she does, plus some other cameos) this book lacks sizzle and frankly, a plot worth waiting for.
I'm guessing we are in for a Daniel/Miss Wynter romance next. Which I'll give a go as Daniel appeared to have a bit of back bone, but at $7.99 a pop on my kindle I will definitely be thinking twice before I order a Quinn novel in the future. With the exception of the Two Dukes of Wyndham series, her recent books have me beginning to question my love of all things Quinn.