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Special sale- Julie anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series

I rate this series as 5+ stars.  Every book is a treasure. Start with book one and fall in love with the Eversea and Redmond families. This is a great sale.

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Review- The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long

Title:  The Legend of Lyon Redmond (Penneyroyal Green Series)

The Legend of Lyon Redmond

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, Sept. 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Bound by centuries of bad blood, England’s two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility . . . until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.

An Enduring Legend

Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond’s heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount’s proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade . . . and wagers on the return of an heir.

An Eternal Love

It was instant and irresistible, forbidden . . . and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it’s time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families apart . . . or the stuff of which legends are made.

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“At last”, that is what all fans of the Penneyroyal Green series uttered when we heard that we would finally find out what became of Lyon Redmond.  Julie Anne Long did not disappoint us with the tale of what he has been doing for the past five years since his disappearance. Olivia Eversea had finally given up hope of his return and is about to marry John Landsdowne, hoping that at some point she would learn to love him like he loved her.

The story is told beautifully with lovely prose and moving dialog.  The reunion was a bit contrived but we have longed for Lyon and Olivia to be together.  Landsdowne was treated a bit shabbily and I really thought more finesse could have been used. The Epilogue was a clever way of tying things up but it did make us wonder about Jacob and Isaiah and left this reader wanting more of the descendants.

This is a wonderful series and this book is a fitting end but we all want more.

 

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Release Day Review- It Started With A Scandal by Julie Anne Long

Title: It Started with A Scandal (Pennyroyal Green Series, book # 10)

It Started With a Scandal

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, March 31, 2015

Source: Free for Review from the publisher

Rating: 5+

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he’ll restore his family’s fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.

An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. She is shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, and her survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.

The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe’s barricaded heart . . . and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.

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This is another delicious addition to the Pennyroyal Green Series.  Phillipe Lavay is a prince of the French Bourbon line.  Most of his family was executed during the French Revolution and his family’s many residences confiscated.  Phillipe is planning to avenge this destruction of family by buying his ancestral home and building anew the family name with his grandfather, sister and himself.  Unfortunately his funds are low and the only way he can see to improve them is to either marry a wealthy woman or work for the British Crown in the capacity of a spy. Since he was attacked he is too weak to take on a clandestine mission.  That leaves marriage his only option. Unless…

Elise, is a scandalized woman.  She is not aristocratic but she is the daughter of a physician and was raised to be a gentlewoman.  She knows the job of housekeeper to Lavay is her only hope.  She attacks the position using her intelligence and savvy to win over the household staff and put Lavay’s household to rights.  She did not expect to lust after the master and she guards her feelings tenaciously.

The clever dialog between Phillipe and Elise helps to build the sensuous sexual tension that ever so delightfully, slowly, culminates in their first kiss.  By the time this occurs we are shouting at the book “Yes, Yes, kiss her”.  But is there any way a prince and a housekeeper can make a life together? This is the conundrum that kept me turning pages into the wee hours.

This is, eventually, a very sexy book and Long knows how to write sexy.  In fact I am not remiss in mentioning that she is one of the best at writing these scenes.  We wait a long time for this and we are rewarded with both romantic and lust filled scenes.

The prose is magnificent, here are examples of Long’s sensuous writing:

“The trouble was….when she touched him, he’d been both chaos and peace.  Nothing had ever felt more right.  Nothing had ever been more wrong.”

“And Phillipe watched as if in a dream as his hand reached out and closed ungently around her arm. It was a reflex.  It just seemed critical to hold onto her, as if she would fly off away from him, forever, like an untethered kite.”

The Pennyroyal Green series is one not to be missed.  All the books are beautifully written and there is variety in the action, adventure and romance. Each can standalone but you will find delight in reading each book from the beginning, and how lucky if you are just coming to this series that there are ten books available.

Yes, I HIGHLY recommend this book to all readers even, or perhaps especially those who doubt the worth or validity of the genre.

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Cover Reveal and Blurb-The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long

 

 

The Legend of Lyon Redmond

Debuting in October 2015 We will finally get Lyon’s story.  This is one of my all time favorite Historical Romance Series.  Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green Series.  Right now you can get E-Book #1, The Perils of Pleasure at B&N and Amazon for $.99.  Other books in the series are discounted also.  The next book in the series Book# 10, IT STARTED WITH A SCANDEL will be out on March 31st.

Here is the back cover blurb for THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND:

Bound by centuries of bad blood, England’s two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility…until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.

An enduring legend

Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond’s heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount’s proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade…and wagers on the return of an heir.

An eternal love

It was instant and irresistible, forbidden…and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it’s time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families part…or the stuff of which legends are made.

The Pennyroyal Green Series:

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Recent Release Review- Between The Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long

Title: Between The Devil and Ian Eversea (book #9, Pennyroyal Green Series)

Between The Devil and Ian Eversea

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, March 2014

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

She might look like an angel . . .

The moment orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth arrives on English shores she cuts a swath through Sussex, enslaving hearts and stealing beaux. She knows she’s destined for a spectacular titled marriage—but the only man who fascinates her couldn’t be more infamous . . . or less interested.

But it takes a devil to know one . . .

A hardened veteran of war and inveterate rogue, Ian Eversea keeps women enthralled, his heart guarded and his options open: why should he succumb to the shackles of marriage when devastating good looks and Eversea charm make seduction so easy?

And Heaven has never been hotter!

When Ian is forced to call her on her game, he never dreams the unmasked Tansy— vulnerable, brave, achingly sensual—will tempt him beyond endurance. And fight as he will, this notorious bachelor who stood down enemies on a battlefield might finally surrender his heart . . . and be brought to his knees by love.

From the author:

You know, things just seem to happen to Everseas (and if we’re being honest, because of Everseas). After all, in The Perils of Pleasure, Ian watched his brother Colin disappear from the gallows in a puff of smoke; in What I Did for a Duke, Ian was ushered naked out an upper-story window by the pistol-wielding Duke of Falconbridge. And just ask the Redmond family what they think of Ian’s sister Olivia—she allegedly broke golden boy and heir Lyon Redmond’s heart, which is why he disappeared. But Ian is a war hero and he has the scars to prove it. He can handle just about anything with equanimity, whether it’s taking a bayonet in the gut or walking home at midnight through the Sussex countryside naked, in just one boot, but there are two things he knows with unshakeable certainty: he can seduce any woman he chooses, and there isn’t a woman alive who can convince him to become leg-shackled in marriage. Oh, Ian. If you only knew what was in store for you…

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Tansy is a not-quite-as-innocent as she looks young woman. She knows in order to make her way in the regency world she must marry well, perhaps a Duke, and soon. Ian Eversea has plans for his life; he is to sail the world on a voyage of discovery, he has no time or inclination to marry. Need I mention that the best laid plans often go ….well you know.

This is another delightful entry in the Pennyroyal Green Series. Julie Anne Long never disappoints,  It is a standalone novel but if you want the crème de la crème of historical romances you would do well to read the entire series. This author has plots that keep us turning pages, characters that have unique personalities and hot, hot, hot romance that will have us turning on the fan.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

 

 

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La Deetda Reads Top Reads in 2013

Deet’s Best of The Best Reads for 2013

There are two on this list that were not published this year but I just found the time to read them.  The others were published this year.  Of course, there are many good books out there.  I have enjoyed many more than are on this list. (You can see all of my favorites by clicking on the header above “Deet’s Favorite Reads”)  This list is, in my opinion, the best of the best that I have read out of a total of 134 books since last January.  If you want a good read, you can’t go wrong with any of these. Now in no particular order…..drum-roll please…

The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion,  reviewed  September 13, 2013

The Rosie Project

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan, reviewed  July 19, 2013

(Brothers Sinister Series)

The Heiress Effect

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, reviewed September 2, 2013

The girl You Left Behind

It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long, reviewed August 30, 2013

(Pennyroyal Green Series)

It Happened One Midnight

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean, reviewed February 6, 2013

(The Rule of Scoundrels Series)

One Good Earl deserves a Lover

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, reviewed February 27, 2013

Pride and Prejudice

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, reviewed April 12, 2013

About Last Night

Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory, reviewed July 29, 2013

Untie My Heart

To find my review of each you can go to the month of the review in the “Archives”  to the left or you can put the title or the author in the “search” box.

 

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Review- It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long

Title:  It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green Series, #8)

It Happened One Midnight

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, June, 2013

Source: Purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

More than one beautiful woman’s hopes have been dashed on the rocky shoals of Jonathan Redmond’s heart. With his riveting good looks and Redmond wealth and power, the world is his oyster—until an ultimatum from his father and a chilling gypsy prophecy send him hurtling headlong toward a fate he’ll do anything to avoid: matrimony.

Intoxicating, elusive Thomasina de Ballesteros has the bloods of London at her feet. But none of them knows the real Tommy—the one with a shocking pedigree, a few too many secrets, and a healthy scorn for rakes like Jonathan.

She’s everything Jonathan never wanted. But on one fateful midnight, he’s drawn into Tommy’s world of risk, danger . . . and a desire he’d never dreamed possible. And suddenly he’s re-thinking everything . . . including the possibility that succumbing to prophecy might just mean surrendering to love.

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This reviewer has received her comeuppance.  I confess to being totally jaded when it comes to other reviewers whining about how they have fallen in utter love and lust with a hunky romance hero. “ Not me” I disdain, “I’m much too sophisticated to get involved with a character in a book.”  Well that was before I read Jonathan Redmond’s story.  Yes, I’m willing to run away with Jonathan Redmond.  He’s cool under pressure, he has a terrific sense of humor, he is intelligent, he’s protective and he has an  innate sense of justice. And to top all of that he is definitely hunky and a consummate lover.  The heroine Thomisina is probably (I confess reluctantly) more suited to him than me. Alas, I will have to take a trip back to the real world sooner than I wanted.

Julie Anne Long has given us another wonderful addition to the Pennyroyal Green Series.  She can develop her characters into people we fall in love with.  They are sublimely sensual and utterly believable.  They are people we can admire. The romance is full of witty heated encounters. We don’t ever want the story to end.  We wonder how Jonathan will manage to make his fortune when all the odds are stacked against him and yet we know that somehow this will come to pass because we believe in him.

This is a standalone read but be sure to check out the other books in the Pennyroyal Green series (in order):

1) The Perils of Pleasure
2) Like No Other Lover
3) Since the Surrender
4) I Kissed an Earl
5) What I Did for a Duke

6) How the Marquess Was Won
7) A Notorious Countess Confesses
8) It Happened One Midnight

9) Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (April 2014)

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Review- The Runaway Duke by Julie Anne Long

Title: The Runaway Duke

The runaway Duke

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Warner forever, 2004

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Ruined! No one could ever accuse Rebecca Tremaine of being a proper young lady. She’s wretched at embroidery, pitiful at the pianoforte, and entirely too informed about the human body, courtesy of her father’s scientific journals. And now she’s been compromised by a dandy she despises! When her parents arrange a hasty marriage, there is only one man she can turn to for help. Rescued! No one knows that Irish groom Connor Riordan is the fifth Duke of Dunbrooke, “killed” in action at Waterloo, and he wants it to stay that way. But a true gentleman never turns away a damsel in distress. Soon Connor and Rebecca dash away-only to be pursued by bumbling highwaymen, a scheming duchess, and Rebecca’s fiance. Ravished! Being with the beautiful and desirable Rebecca jeopardizes Connor’s secret every day-and tests his willpower every night. For if ever there was a reason to bring the Duke of Dunbrooke back from the dead, it would be to make Miss Tremaine his Duchess!

 

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This is an early novel of Julie Anne Long.  I found this book to be as entertaining as her more recent Pennyroyal Green Series.  There was the expected lovely romance but also much action and adventure on the road with colin and Rebecca.  Colin did some things that made me wonder why this usually intelligent hero was doing something that was not in his best interest but of course all works out in the end.  Long writes a terrific feisty, independent heroine and a hero who is every regency miss’ desire.

 

 

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Review- A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long

Title:  A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green Series)

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, 2012

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

She rose to spectacular heights . . .

From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor house in Pennyroyal Green.

He never expected to fall so hard . . .

He has the face of a fallen angel and a smolder the devil would envy, but Vicar Adam Sylvaine walks a precarious line: resisting temptation . . . and the wild Eversea blood in his veins. Adam’s strength is tested when scandal, aka the countess, moves to Sussex. But when a woman who fiercely guards her heart and a man entrusted with the souls of an entire town surrender to a forbidden desire, will the sweetest sin lead them to heaven . . . or make outcasts of them forever?

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Prepare to fall in love with a man of the cloth.  Vicar, Adam Sylvaine is a hunky hero of the first order.  He is handsome, muscular, kind and of impeccable morals until he can’t resist fallen woman Evie Duggan.

Evie is a courtesan who became a countess when an Earl won her in a card game.  He died of heart failure from too much Evie so she had to move to the country and start anew.  She wants to put her infamous reputation behind her but of course there are many obstacles.

Julie Anne Long can write stunning characters that we feel we know intimately.  All of her books are first rate in the character development department.  In this book we don’t so much long for Evie’s redemption as we long for Adam finding true love.

There was a noticeable lack of editing but I refuse to let that detract from what is a very good story about characters that stay with you after the last page is read.

 

 

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Review- Beauty and the Spy by Julie Anne Long

Title: Beauty and the Spy

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Warner, 2006

Source: Library

Rating:4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description:

London’s belle of the ball, Susannah Makepeace is the last person who should suddenly be penniless, jilted, and stuck in the sleepy village of Barnstable. But then she would never have seen a man swimming naked in a pond. Or been unable to resist the urge to draw every single bit of him in astonishing detail!


Very few people know that Viscount Kit Whitelaw is the best spy in His Majesty’s secret service. But his high-flying life of wine and women has finally banished him from London. Not to worry-if Susannah’s erotic sketches are any indication of her nature, she’ll be a delicious stand-in for the rush and danger of espionage.

When odd accidents follow in Susannah’s wake and an ex-fiancé pops up with a most improper proposal, Kit’s spy senses start tingling. For what better mystery is there for England’s greatest spy than the secrets of the delectable puzzle that is Susannah?

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I am still reading Julie Anne Long’s backlist.   This one is from 2006 and is the first book in the Holt Sisters Trilogy.

This novel is so well written and kept me turning pages just like her other novels.  I really don’t think Ms Long can write a bad story.  There is mystery, romance, action, humor, heartache, and a surprise thrown in for good measure.  I look forward to reading the next two books in the Holt Sisters Trilogy:

#2 WAYS TO BE WICKED

#3 THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION

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