Speaking of the Smythe-Smith cousins I have to say that they really added some levity to the novel. I really enjoyed when the four girls were together…especially when the musical was getting close. I found myself chuckling a loud a few times. I did have a hard time buying the romance between Honoria and Marcus. The two where childhood friends, thanks to Daniel but had little interaction once Daniel left England under some unfortunate circumstances. When the two reconnect the situation they find themselves in is a bit outlandish.
The middle part of the book tends to drag out far too long and as a result the ending is rushed. And during that long drawn out middle the two characters just sort of spontaneously decide that they are in love. There was no real build up or tension and so as a result it was a bit of a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the characters of Honoria and Marcus and I believed their friendship and enjoyed the scenes they were in. I just wish that more time had been spent building their actual romance. The story was cute but it lacked depth.
What made this novel for me is the aforementioned interactions between Honoria and her cousins. I fell in love with this family and loved getting an inside peak at the musicale that I’ve read so much about in other Quinn novels. Its because of these cousins that I look forward to reading the other books in this series. I can’t wait to see each of them develop and come into their own.