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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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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.

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E-Books on Sale- Two Favorite Authors, Kleypas and Long

 

Treat yourself to two wonderful Historical Romances.  I guarantee you will be wanting to read the entire series of each.

What I Did For A Duke (#5, Pennyroyal Green series) by Julie Anne Long

Kindle price= $1.99

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Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, book #1) by Lisa Kleypas

Kindle price= $2.99

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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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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- 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-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- 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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