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Book Review-It Started With A Scandal by Julie Anne Long

It Started With A ScandalTitle: It Started With A Scandal
Author: Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green (10)
Publisher: Avon
Format: Epub
Acquired: Edelweiss
Release Date: March 31 2015
Pages: 384
Genre: Regency Historical Romance

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Book Review-A Notorious Countess Confesses

A Notorious Countess Confesses
Pennyroyal Green (7)
Julie Anne Long
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published October 2012
374 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-06-211802-8
Authors Website

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?

My Review
I have been wanting to read this book ever since it came out last year. So when it became available at my local library, I knew I had to pick it up. There have been some books of this series I have loved and other that ended up being averagely enjoyable, A Notorious Countess Confesses is up there on the top of my list of favorites from this author.  This one is a bit different than most regency’s, I loved the unique setting that the characters are placed in.

It begins when Evie Duggan, after becoming a widow and with rumors and scandals flying around London about her, decides to settle in Pennyroyal Greens, to have a new start. When she arrives, she causes quite a stir among the country folk, who view who as a woman ripe with scandalous behavior. She decides that she must make friends in order to become more accepted so that she can make a life for herself. But its harder than it looks. When the Vicar, starts to interact with her, she finds herself wanting more than just a content life, she craves his touch like none other. His goodness and sincerity overwhelms her, and before she realizes it, she wonders if they could ever have a future together. Adam, depends on his livelihood as the Vicar. He has sacrificed much for this life, but in some ways its well worth it. When the new countess shows up in town, rumors fly about her devious and scandalous ways, and must guard himself carefully. But there is something more to Evie than meets the eye. There is a instant connection between Adam and Evie, but in the end will Adam choose his people over Evie, or does his love for Evie be strong enough?

There was quite a bit that I found very like able about this story. The characters in this story were very endearing and I liked them from the first chapter. Adam is unlike most heroes of regency romance. He hasn’t had a ton of experience with women, in fact the heroine in this story has more history with men than Adam seems to have with women. Adam is very sincere and good hearted, and I loved how caring he was at times. His circumstances and personality are of a more gentle nature, but I enjoyed seeing Adam interact with Evie, Evie has a very strong willed vitality about her. I liked her from the beginning, Evie may have a bit of a scandalous past, but only in order to protect her family.She also has suffered quite a bit and I loved seeing her with Adam, they end up complimenting each other in such a unique way. A charming and warm romantic tale that is bound to warm your heart!! BRILLIANT!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books in Series
The Perils of Pleasure
Like No Other Lover
Since The Surrender
I kissed An Earl
What I Did For A Duke
How The Marquess Was Won
It Happened One Midnight

Short ARC Book Review-It Happened One Midnight

It Happened One Midnight
Pennroyal Greens (8)
Julie Anne Long
Avon
E Book
Published Jun 25 2013
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-06-211807-3
Author Website

Synopsis 
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 prophesy 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 is 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 prophesy might just mean surrendering to love.

My Review 
I was given a copy of this book by Avon through Edelweiss, and having enjoyed the previous books in the series, I was really excited. However I had a hard time getting into it. I don’t know if it was just me or what, but it took me a couple of days to read it, I eventually was able to enjoy it and get into it but it was the latter half of the book. I really wanted to at least finish it so I continued on, and I felt that it was just dragging for me. I felt it had a strong plot though, it just didn’t draw me in, like I am used to. What I enjoyed most about this story, is the sparks between Tommy and Jonathan, but it does take them a while before the circumstances between them get heated. You have to wait a bit for the first kiss, and I felt that the beginning of the story could have been a bit more less confusing. I don’t know why, but I had a hard time connecting the dots with this one. I did enjoy the story overall, but there were a few inconsistencies that I had issues with. I really liked the characters, they seemed to be well developed. I am rating this as a 3, because I had to almost force myself to read it for the first half of the book, but I would recommend this one, if you have enjoyed her other books. It has a unique setting and I enjoyed seeing the minor conflicts that rise through the story, that only strengthen this couple’s bond.

First Line 
The moon lay on its side like a discarded pick-ax, the stars’ diamond smithereens strewn all around it.

Favorite Quote
She hadn’t been kissed…in so long.
And he did. His lips bumped her gently, once. 
It was downright chaste. 
She was on the verge of finding this very funny when his mouth returned to brush over hers, slowly, light as a breath.
Testing.
Lulling.
Mmmmmmm.
Devil take it, but now she was curious. 
She didn’t stop to reflect that curiosity had been the downfall of many a woman. 

My Grade 
3 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
The Perils of Pleasure
Like No Other Lover
Since The Surrender
I kissed An Earl
What I Did For A Duke
How The Marquess Was Won
A Notorious Countess Confesses

Book Review-How The Marquess Was Won

How The Marquess Was Won
Pennyroyal Greens (6)
Julie Anne Long
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published January 2012
373 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-188569-3
Author’s Website

Synopsis 
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 facade 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.

My Review
Summary 
Julian, at the age of seventeen had the responsibility of his title and rebuilding his fortunes that were lost. Now he is very picky about everything he has, he must have the finest of everything, now he is engaged to Lisbeth Redmond, who is beautiful and graceful and comes from a family from money. Then he meets Phoebe Vale, who is like a breath of fresh air. Phoebe is a school teacher for young girls, and for the most part thrives on her work. Then she is asked by Lisbeth to be her companion. At first Phoebe has her reservations, but she reluctantly agrees. She is surprised to find out that Julian is Libeth’s fiancee. Phoebe knows that there is a instant attraction between them, but it is dangerous to give into the fierce desire that is about to burst between them. Julian knows that he has a obligation to see his engagement through, but he has never felt this way about a woman. Even though he wants the finest especially in his future wife, Phoebe is melting the shields around his heart, and more than anything he aches to hold her and keep her forever.

My Thoughts 
It has been a while since I have read from this author, but I have been wanting to read more from her, so I decided why not pick this one up. I do love a good romance that has some major conflict like forbidden love and passion. Whenever I read these type of stories, its almost like a mystery for me, I have to read it so I know how they end up together. How the Marquess Was Won was a easy read to get into, not the type where you have to force yourself to read it. It definitely had some fun and silly moments that definitely had me laughing my butt off quite a bit. The different scenes that played out, were full of passion and adventure. The plot was not quite predictable, and there were a few surprises here and there that kept the story lively and quite entertaining. The verbal banter between Julian and Phoebe was stimulating and humorous. I found Julian to be the type of man that knows exactly what he wants when he wants, and no matter the cost —gets it. He is very full of himself at times, confident and loves the best of the best. Phoebe is very smart and clever and I found her a very likeable heroine. Especially with the setting Historical Romance, its always a delight to see a heroine that is way smarter that the majority of the men around her. I admired the way she tolerated Lisbeth -who could be a real mean (bitch) sorry for my language—but she was cruel at times, and I loved how Phoebe tolerated it and didn’t let it bother her and create more tension than there already was. Definitely there was a good mixture of great qualities that made this book a tantalizing read that pulls you along every adventure, sensual caress and the sweet and tender moments between the couple–another great installment to a great series that you can’t help but fall in love with.

First Line 
It wasn’t unusual to see a man stagger into or out of the Pig &Thistle, Pennyroyal Green’s pub.

Favorite Quote 
Well, Lord Dryden. You may as well get it over with.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“You’re going to try to kiss me, aren’t you?”

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
The Perils of Pleasure
Like No Other Lover
Since The Surrender
I Kissed An Earl
What I Did For A Duke
A Notorious Countess Confesses
It Happened One Midnight

Book Review-I Kissed An Earl

I Kissed An Earl
Pennyroyal Greens (4)
Julie Anne Long
Avon
Paperback
370 Pages
Published July 2010
Nautical Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-188566-2

Synopsis
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 for vengeance. 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.

  
MY REVIEW

Summary:
Violet Redmond, even though she loves her family, tends to feel smothered too much by them, so aching for adventures, she secretly boards a ship in search of her missing brother who is rumored to be a pirate and one who has been sinking ships and taking cargo. Unwilling to believe that her brother would harm innocent people, so goes in search for him, however the Captain of the ship that she is on is hunting this notorious pirate for vengeance since once of his friends was killed by him. The Earl of Ardmay, is furious that this woman could be so courageous and formidable at times, and feisty as hell. So they engage in betting against one another, and before either of them realize it, desire flares up quite like a fire to kindling, and must learn to trust in each other before they lose each other….
The Hero (Lavay, Earl of Ardmay)
Lavay, born a bastard, but was raised on a ship, is now a captain, and upon hearing of a pirate sinking ships, and killing his friend, he has made a vow for justice and has promised to get his vengeance. However a spunky  young woman may just ruin everything, for she intends on saving her brother, but the passion he feels for her starts to grow to love and Lavay wonders if he will have to choose between duty and love.
The Heroine (Violet Redmond)
Violet, loves her family dearly, but has never felt a true part of them. She years for excitement and adventure, and when she hears a rumor about a notorious pirate, she has a feeling that pirate is her older brother, who left England years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. Violet, on a whim, decides to sneak aboard a ship, convinces the captain, through her own kind of smarts, that she must at least go his direction, since she knows he is after her brother, which she is wanting to prove his innocence. Violet, has never had a taste of passion, but from the first moment she encounters Lavay, she knows that it could be her undoing, and she might have to choose between the love of her family and the love of her heart, body and soul.
My Thoughts
I Kissed An Earl is the fourth installment in the Pennyroyal Greens series by Julie Anne Long. I have recently this past year discovered this author, and I have just loved each of her books that she has written (even though its only been a few so far) I just read this so fast that my head spin, I was so caught up in the story and the entertaining characters that had me laughing through most of it. There was such a witty side to the story, even though the plot there wasn’t much except toward the end, it was their interaction with each other that made it far from dull, and a fun and warm love story!!! Although far from my favorite read, it did make me smile, laugh, and feel contentment at the end!!!
My Favorite Quote

I am captain of The Fortuna I have a great responsibility to my men and now to the bloody King of England.  My fortunes are dwindling. My reputation and my entire future rest upon my success in capturing this pirate for bounty. And yet..I cannot sleep at night for wanting you,”

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
The Perils Of Pleasure
Like No Other Lover
Since The Surrender
What I Did For A Duke

Book Review-Since The Surrender

Since The Surrender
Pennyroyal Greens (3)
Julie Anne Long
Avon
371 Pages
Published August 2009
Regency
ISBN:978-0-06-134161-8

Synopsis 
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.

MY REVIEW 
 
Summmary:
Captain Chase Eversea, returned from the war, is surprise when he is sent a missive (note) from a woman who needs his help. when he goes to the meeting place-he is surprise to find that the woman who needs him is none other than Rosalin March-the one woman he has never been able to forget. Roasalind has asked for Chase’s help in finding her missing sister. At first Chase doesn’t think it has merit, however upon further consideration he finds that there is definitely something missing out of this dilemma and goes about trying to find her sister, but all the while through their investigation, their desire for each other reignites into flaming passion….

The Hero (Chase Eversea-Captain)
Chase Eversea was injured during the war and his leg has never fully healed, and he is always in constant pain. Although once a gentleman, the war has changed Chase into a hardened man. Chase met Rosaline as his commanders wife and through a course of events, he ended up falling for her, despite who she belonged to, and it was obvious that she felt the same way. Now she is a widow, and asking for his help, and all his strong emotions for her flood him and he can’t resist her any longer…

The Heroine (Rosalind March)
Rosalind March married a colonel, for her families sake, not because she fell in love with him. However he treated her with respect and kindness, but during their marriage, she was attracted to someone under his command, and ever since has always felt guilt over it, even though she cares deeply for Chase and her previous husband. Now her husband has passed away, and her sister has gone missing, and suspects that something foul is afoot, but can’t pinpoint it, but never expected to fall in love all over again…with Chase Eversea….


My Thoughts 
Since The Surrender is the third installment in the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Ann Long. This is the first time that I have read a book from this author, and I am so glad that I did. I had heard good things, so I decided to try her out, and the blurb sounds interesting so when I saw it in the library I couldn’t refuse to pick it up. At the beginning, the story caught my attention, but the consistency of vivid interest wasn’t all the way through, just on and off, but I enjoyed the plot of the story, and the intensity of the relationship between the characters, and of course a boy urchin, who just caught at my heart strings, and wished I could take him under my wing, a very charming story overall….definitely planning on reading more from this author!!! A Great Read!!


My Favorite Quote 
“What I’ve learned is that what I was made for was to love and protect. Specifically I was made to love and protect you”


My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms


Other Books In The Series 
The Perils of Pleasure
Like No Other Lover
I Kissed An Earl