Title: What I did For A Duke (Book 5 Pennyroyal Green Series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon, 2011
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.
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:
- The Perils of Pleasure(review- July 4, 2011)
- Like No Other Lover(review-July 1, 2011)
- Since The Surrender (review-Aug 22, 2011)
- I Kissed An Earl (review- Oct 13, 2011)
- What I Did For A Duke
- How the Marquess was Won
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.