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on 9 October 2016
JAL - surpasses all expectations with this tale in this series - you can in fact read this one as a stand alone. Both characters are marvellously portrayed & love the way that JAL treats them - so that you get to respect & understand their sculpture. The way that Violet & Asher get thrown together - her feisty nature & his protectiveness & how they build the relationship despite the fact that they know that in the end they will betray each other is so cleverly done- the way that Violet "falls" for Asher is so provocatively explained & when she begins to understand & recognise his actions is so unique - its a brilliant story & hats off to JAL -one of the best !!!
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on 21 November 2016
I have so enjoyed this series which seems to get better and better.
This i s the story of Violet Redmond a very intelligent and restless girl who is spoilt but underused within her family and spoilt by the attention of men in whom she has no interest. She is also like the rest of her family desperately upset at the disappearance of her beloved brother Lyon. For various reasons she decides that she will be able to find him if she joins the newly ennobled 'savage' Earl of Ardmay on his ship when he goes looking for the pirate Le Chat. What follows is a rip roaring adventure and a scorchingly erotic romance. I will never regard peeling potatoes in quite the same way...
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VINE VOICEon 10 July 2012
It probably helps to have read at least the first in this series (The Perils of Pleasure (Avon Romantic Treasure) which I strongly commend, it's a lovely book, as is this.

You really do have to suspend belief however - but isn't that what historical romance is all about - and it's probably stuffed full of historical inaccuracies (dart boards, for example, only came along around the turn of the 19th century) but what the heck, this was a fun read and I really don't care!

Violet is bored, bored, bored, and deeply wounded by the sudden disappearance of her beloved brother a year or so ago - a departure inspired by something a woman (the daughter of the family's deadly enemy to be exact) said. No one knows what was said, or where he's gone, and Violet is hurting inside. So when she puts a very vague 2 and 2 together and decides they make 4, every one she puts her theory to laughs at her, pats her on the head and tells her not to worry her pretty self about it. So she takes action. Drastic action, thereby setting the scene for not only the discovery of what was said to her brother and what it inspired him to do, but the sparkling development of a relationship between the intelligent, strong-willed, spoilt, over-indulged but determined Violet and the equally intelligent, equally strong-willed, definitely never indulged or spoilt and grimly determined hero.

The secondary story about her brother pulls the story along and is credible (well, sort of, if you can accept that a man with no experience of the sea can achieve what is achieved), but that element aside, it's a good reason and you really want to know what happened/s.

The main story is excellent - two strong individuals with irreconcilable aims learning that love can fuzz up ones focus, and learning that sometimes one has to compromise.

This is a good series, and while I've not read number 3, I can strongly recommend the second, Like No Other Lover (Avon Romantic Treasure).
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on 28 July 2014
The Pennyroyal Green series have been such a joy to read. This one tells the story of bored but rich Violet Redmond and the dashing if somewhat not rich Earl of Ardnay. Ardnay has been gifted with the title by the King but would only come into the money it could bring if he brought to justice the pirate Le Chat, who Violet is convinced is her long lost brother Lyon. Violet sneaks aboard Ardnay's ship to ensure that he does not kill Le Chat until she can discover the truth. Of course the attraction is there and after a few adventures enroute to finding out the truth they find a love for each other and she finds some truths about her brother. This is a really nice story and one which kept me interested until the end.
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on 1 March 2015
The romance of a spoiled rich girl and a self made tough guy is a classic situation. Then the author puts them on a ship which surprise surprise tough guy is the captain of. It is a corn ball of a story. It surprised me when I loved every single word and was thoroughly entertained.
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on 31 March 2014
Unfortunately I have read "What I did for a duke" from the same author before reading this one. This is not as good, even if it is still enjoyable. Also, I really want to read Olivia and Lyon's story.
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on 22 February 2014
very well written full of suspense and adventure.
feels so romantically intense and with a lovely twist
I certainly enjoyed greatly and recommend ++++
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on 28 August 2015
I wish I'd bought this book sooner, but the children needed shoes. This is definitely one of the best of this series I've read so far, and I'm looking forward to rereading it soon.
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on 15 September 2014
Great read
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on 26 August 2013
, Colourful, authentic and loved Ms Long's great sense of humour. Some beautiful purple phrases. Characters come vividly to life
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