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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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Review-How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green Series)

Title: How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, Dec. 2011

Source: Purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

The Scandal Sheets call him Lord Ice.

Ruthless, cold, precise, Julian Spenser, Marquess Dryden, tolerates only the finest— in clothes, in horseflesh, in mistresses. And now he’s found the perfect bride, the one whose dowry will restore his family’s shattered legacy and bring him peace at last: the exquisite heiress Lisbeth Redmond.

She’s about to play with fire…

But one unforgettable encounter with Lisbeth’s paid companion, Phoebe Vale, and the Marquess is undone. This quiet girl with the wicked smile and a wit to match is the first person to see through the icy faÇade to the fiery man beneath. But their irresistible attraction is a torment as sweet as it is dangerous, for surrendering to their desire could mean losing everything else they ever wanted.

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Julie Anne Long has never disappointed me with any of her novels.  This latest addition to the Pennyroyal Green series is even a notch above her usual.  No other author has me crying on one page and laughing out loud on the next like Ms Long.  This is a Historical Regency Romance novel so I’m not giving a spoiler if I say the guy gets the girl.  But, it is the getting that is so very entertaining.  I stayed up until 3:30am to finish this book; I could not go to sleep until I had finished it.

Now I must search out more backlist titles like the one I reviewed on Wednesday.  I cannot get enough of this author.

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Review- To Love a Thief by Julie Anne Long

Title: To Love A Thief

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Warner Forenver, 2005

Source: purchase Kindle $.99

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5-yum!

Description from amazon.com: TO LOVE A THIEF tells the story of Gideon Cole, a brilliant barrister, and Lily Masters, an orphan pickpocket from the slums of St. Giles, and how her transformation into a lady of high society changes both of their lives forever. This longtime reader favorite and nominee for Rita, Holt Medallion, Bookseller’s Best and Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards is a full length novel-

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OMG! If Julie Anne Long writes it I must read it.  This beauty of a Historical Romance novel was written in 2005.  How did I miss it??

There is a long sensuous build to this romance that finally leaves you breathless.  We hope that Gideon comes to his senses but maybe not.  We ache for the plight of Lily and Alice.  We love the balance of Kilmartin, Gideon’s friend.  You want Romance with the capital “R”, look no further than this $.99 buy on Kindle.  For all of you without a kindle I can only suggest you look for this in the used paperback store, buy it and hoard it.

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Review- What I Did For A Duke by Julie Anne Long

Title: What I did For A Duke (Book 5 Pennyroyal Green Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, 2011

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from Amazon.com:  For years, he’s been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he’ll seduce Ian’s innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he’ll capture her heart . . . and then he’ll break it.

But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke’s dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anything she won’t do for a duke?

Here is a bit about the Series from the author’s website:

The Pennryoyal Green series takes us through the lives, passions, adventures and misadventures of the denizens of Pennyroyal Green, Sussex, England, a town anchored by the wealthy Eversea and Redmond families —whose relations are civil on the surface, but seethe beneath with ancient secrets and grudges and —naturally — attractions. 🙂 We’ll follow these folks wherever their passions take them —whether it’s London, the gallows, a ballroom, a bedroom, the high seas, or the Sussex downs. I have major plans for these people. 🙂 The stories are loosely connected and characters recur, but not in every book. A number of Pennyroyal Green characters will get their own stories—not just Everseas and Redmonds—and each story can be read independently of each other.

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I am a huge fan of Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green Series thanks to friend and blog subscriber, Mo.  I really can’t get enough of her novels and this one was no exception.

This book has to be one of the best romances I have ever read.  This was all ROMANCE.  There was nothing like action or intricate plot to get in the way of a fabulous romantic story.  Now I’m not saying that action and plot are not important to me, just that the simplicity of the romance was all that was needed in this book.

The author brings to life the Hero and Heroine so that we feel we know them intimately.  There is Alex who is not at all bothered by his reputation and Genevieve who believes she loves Harry but he doesn’t love her. The secondary characters are just as well developed.  We shake our heads at Harry who has made a huge mistake and Millicent is endeared because she is so uncomplicated.  The dialog is witty and humorous without being silly. 

Please read this fabulous author.  Start with the first book in the Pennyroyal Green Series, although each will stand on its own:

  1.  The Perils of Pleasure(review- July 4, 2011)
  2.  Like No Other Lover(review-July 1, 2011)
  3. Since The Surrender (review-Aug 22, 2011)
  4. I Kissed An Earl (review- Oct 13, 2011)
  5. What I Did For A Duke
  6. How the Marquess was Won
    January 2012
    Avon/HarperCollins
    ISBN-13: 978-0061885693

The Scandal Sheets call him Lord Ice.

Ruthless, cold, precise, Julian Spenser, Marquess Dryden, tolerates only the finest—in clothes, in horseflesh, in mistresses. And now he’s found the perfect bride, the one whose dowry will restore his family’s shattered legacy and bring him peace at last: the exquisite heiress Lisbeth Redmond.

She’s not afraid to play with fire…

But one unforgettable encounter with Lisbeth’s paid companion, Phoebe Vale, and the Marquess is undone: this quiet girl with the wicked smile and a wit to match is the first person to see through the icy façade to the fiery man beneath. But their irresistible attraction is a torment as sweet as it is dangerous: for surrendering to their desire could mean losing everything else they ever wanted.

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Review- I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

Title: I Kissed An Earl (Bk 4 in the Pennyroyal Green Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, 2010

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from the author’s website: 

Violet Redmond’s family and fortune might be formidable and her beauty and wit matchless—but her infamous flare for mischief keeps all but the most lionhearted suitors at bay. Only Violet knows what will assuage her restlessness: a man who doesn’t bore her to tears, and a clue to the fate of her missing brother. She never dreamed she’d find both with a man whose own pedigree is far from impeccable.

Savage,” is what the women of the ton whisper about the newly styled Earl of Ardmay—albeit with shivers of pleasure. Born an English bastard, raised on the high seas, he’s on a mission to capture a notorious pirate. But while Violet’s belief in her brother’s innocence maddens him, her courage awes him…and her sensuality finally undoes him. Now the man who once lost everything and the girl who has everything to lose are bound by a passion that could either end in betrayal…or become everything they ever dreamed.

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I am once again enthralled with Julie Anne Long’s writing.  ( I didn’t like Chase’s story as much in SINCE THE SURREDER, reviewed here on Aug. 22,2011)  In this book we are treated to lots of action, some flawed characters, mystery and suspense….Oh, okay, and HOT romance.

Miss Long knows how to write a plot that moves along and characters with …well…Character.  We have spoiled, head strong rich girl, Violet Redmond and not so lordly, Asher Flint, the Earl of Ardmay and ship’s Captain .   Because they both have a mission they fight their attraction to each other so we are treated to some witty dialog and simmering romance.  Violet is a bit too reckless to be totally likeable but we can enjoy her loyalty and devotion to her brother and her good intentions. 

Lavay, is a sexy side character that I hope gets his own book in the future.  Here he is a nobleman who was won in a card game by Captain Flint, and assumes the position of First Mate on Flint’s ship.  He is suave, charming and even more handsome than the hero.

We finally meet Lyon Redmond and yes, we want more, more, more.  We have been teased throughout the series about the thwarted romance between him and Olivia Eversea. 

This is one series not to miss.  Even Chase’s story is worth the read. 

Coming tomorrow: Long’s WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE

 

 


 

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Review- Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long

Review Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long

Title: Since the Surrender

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon 2009

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy rating: 5

Description:

A man of action. . .

Fearless. Loyal. Brilliant. Ruthless. Bold words are always used to describe English war hero Captain Chase Eversea, but another word unfortunately plays a role in every Eversea’s destiny: trouble. And trouble for Chase arrives in the form of a mysterious message summoning him to a London rendezvous . . . where he encounters the memory of his most wicked indiscretion in the flesh: Rosalind March—the only woman he could never forget.

A Woman of Passion. . .

Five years ago, the reckless, charming beauty craved the formidable Captain’s attention. But now Rosalind is a coolly self-possessed woman, and desire is the last thing on her mind: her sister has mysteriously disappeared and she needs Chase’s help to find her. But as their search through London’s darkest corners re-ignites long-smoldering passion and memories of old battles, Chase and Rosalind are challenged to surrender: to the depths of a wicked desire, and to the possibility of love

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Once again Julie Anne Long had me turning pages and not sleeping until the very end of the story.  This is the third in the Pennyroyal Green Series.  Not my favorite so far but it seems even Ms Long’s not-as-good is better than most others I’ve read. 

This is the story of another Eversea brother, Chase (we met Colin in The Perils of Pleasure).  Chase is a wounded war hero who agrees to help Rosalind, a woman from his past, to find her sister.  There is a mystery to solve along with the finding of the sister.  Ms Long keeps the tension racheted while including some interesting side characters that can make us smile or some make us shiver.  She makes some scenes very creepy and we almost feel the same fear of puppets that Chase does.

**Spoiler alert**

The romance is not as strong in this story.  The couple’s penchant for making love in the closed museum was confusing.  Especially since they knew there was a connection between the museum and the mystery and it was most probably a dangerous place.  But perhaps the lure of a King’s bed was too much to resist.

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Review-The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long

Title: The Perils of Pleasure

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Harper Collins 2009

Source: Kindle Purchase $2.99

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from author’s website www.julieannelong.com

A rescued rogue…

Scandal has rocked the city of London. Colin Eversea, a handsome, reckless, unapologetic rogue is sentenced to hang for murder and inconveniently for Colin, the only witness to the crime has disappeared. Then again, throughout history, Everseas have always managed to cheat fate in style: Colin is snatched from the gallows by a beautiful, clever mercenary.

A captivating captor…

Cool-headed, daring Madeleine Greenway is immune to Colin’s vaunted charm. Her mission is not to rescue Colin but to kidnap him, and to be paid handsomely for it. But when it becomes clear that whoever wants Colin alive wants Madeline dead, the two become uneasy allies in a deadly race for truth. Together they’ll face great danger—and a passion neither can resist.

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I reviewed Julie Anne Long’s LIKE NO OTHER LOVER last week and got hooked.  So I just went to the Kindle list of other books in her Pennyroyal Green Series and picked one out that was only $2.99.  (Hey, You know I’m cheap.)  They are clever because now I’m going to have to buy the others no matter the cost.

This book blew me away.   I think this was the first in the series but each is a stand-alone so no problem.  The action and tension is page turning (or Kindle clicking).  I started this book and could not put it down.  The H/h are not instantly falling in love, this part I liked.  Not only are the H/h falling in love along there road of adventure but I was falling in love with them.

There is a mystery to solve, but there are so many twists and turns that figuring out who done it and why is truly a test.  Loved it!

Long has masterfully plotted this book.  Her dialog is realistic and often humorous which plays to our hero’s personality.  Characters, both protagonists and side characters, are real people with dimensional personalities.  I think I understood the hero a bit more than the heroine but it in no way detracted from the read.

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Review-Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long

Title:  Like No Other Lover

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Pub.: Avon, Oct. 2008

Source: Library,

Rating: 5

Sexy rating: 5

Product Description (Amazon)

Now or Never. . .          

It’s the last chance for Cynthia Brightly, the ton’s most bewitching belle. Driven out of London by a secret scandal, she must find a grand husband at the Redmonds’ house party before word of her downfall spreads all over England. Unfortunately, someone at Pennyroyal Green is already privy to the whispers of broken engagements and dueling lovers: Miles Redmond, renowned explorer and—thanks to his brother’s disappearance—heir to the family’s enormous fortune.

Miles set his sights on Cynthia once, at a time when the ambitious beauty thought herself too good for a second son. But now he’s heir apparent, relishing his control. He strikes a bargain with her: he’ll keep Cynthia’s steamy secrets and help her find a husband among the guests—in exchange for a single kiss.

What could be the harm in a simple kiss? Cynthia is about to discover that it’s enough to unleash fierce passion—and that Miles Redmond is most certainly like no other lover in the world.

***

This book is one of the best HR’s I’ve read.  I have to thank internet friend, Mo for sending me in the direction of Julie Anne Long.  Actually Mo told me to read one of her other books and when I was in the library I happened on this one.

Long’s writing is so utterly delightful that she had me laughing out loud at some scenes and mopping up tears while reading other scenes.  Her character development is such that Cynthia and Miles are totally realistic.  They both know their place in society and are trying to live up to their own expectations and those of the ton.  There is a deliciously slow build to this romance with a very satisfying pay off.

The side characters deserve their own books; Lord Argosy, Lord Milthorpe, Violet, Jonathan and Goodkind.  All of them were believable, interesting and worthy of “more”.

Excerpt: “You gave me a cat, Mr. Redmond,” she finally said lightly.  Her voice quite soft.

  He tipped his head back, pretending that he was trying to remember whether he had, in fact, given her a cat.  “Why, so I did.”

            She smiled. Oh. Slowly, truly, a smile of the purest pleasure and amusement.

            And suddenly he couldn’t feel ground beneath his feet.

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