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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea: Pennyroyal Green Series Mass Market Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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“Julie Anne Long reinvents the historical romance for modern readers, delivering intense, passionate characters and high adventure. Her writing glows.” (Amanda Quick)
“...classic graceful prose, exceptional dialog, and lively wit...” (Library Journal)
“Warm, witty and fabulous!” (Suzanne Enoch)
“Long brings these conflicted characters to vivid life in a satisfying, ennobling, and truly memorable story.” (Library Journal)
The tenderness, sensuality, bright spots of humor and absolutely delightful climax will have readers breathing a deep sigh of contentment. (Romantic Times BOOKclub, 4 1/2 stars)
Seemingly total opposites, Tansy and Ian are one of Long’s most sympathetic, beautifully revealed couples to date. Watching these two sort out their painful, deep-seated issues and come to terms with their love is an unadulterated pleasure. (Library Journal (starred review))
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, Julie has penned books that frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and the Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julie lives in Northern California.
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The heroine comes across as vapid and shallow and constantly flirting in the first part of the book and, until she is 'revealed' is irritating. The hero is a typical managing rake.
Like the rest of the series, there are some laugh out loud comic moments in the dialogue particularly in the first half of the book but not enough of these to make it worthwhile.
My favourite books of the series involve the Redmond family with the tyrannical Patriarch Isaiah but this is a personal preference.
I would recommend:
It Happened One Midnight
What I Did For A Duke
It Started With Scandal
I Kissed An Earl
This book is mainly worth reading if you want to follow the continuing story of the Evensea family, particularly Genevieve and Olivia, which should set the reader up nicely for Olivia and Lyon's story.
Lastly the series isn't really Regency romance, although lip service is given via clothing, bows/curtsies and blushes. These are really modern people in language, behaviour and culture. Nevertheless the books of the series are very entertaining despite the occasional historical faux pas ('fried bread' with butter and jam!!!).
Huge Bonus - we get to revisit Genevieve and the Duke of Falconbridge - what a very pleasant surprise!
Immediately these characters immerse you in the world of Pennyroyal Green, home of the Everseas.
Tansy arrives in Sussex after losing both her parents and her brother. The Duke of Falconbridge is now her guardian and she arrives determined to reclaim her place as Queen Bee after reigning supreme at the New York social scene. Tansy has a mask in place that hides all her vulnerability and shows the world a carefree, happy woman who charms all men....except Ian Eversea. Really though, Tansy is lonely and wants to find her own love and place in the world. She's smart and kind, even if she is quite the most determined flirt! I enjoyed seeing her mask slip and more of the real Tansy come through as the story proceeds.
Ian has a rather scandalous past with a reputation as a rake. He is devoted to his family and was decorated as a war hero, so there's clearly more to him then good times and women. When faced with Tansy he initially dismisses her as an insipid debutante, but soon he sees the real Tansy- the one that no one else sees and he's drawn to her against his better judgement. Ian is restless and really just trying to find his place in the world as well.
Tansy and Ian are great together. They made me laugh and I loved how they came together in the end!
This is a really great read, and I am ashamed to admit that this is only the first book I've read by Julie Anne Long because her writing is engaging and had the perfect blend of humour and emotion. I loved that Tansy and Ian's characters weren't perfect, they were flawed but you also get to see them grow and they were interesting and lively.
I'd happily recommend this to any romance reader and I am definitely going to start making my way through the rest of the Pennyroyal series!
*I received a review copy from the publisher for my honest opinion. Thank you!
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