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What I Did For a Duke: Pennyroyal Green Series: 5 Mass Market Paperback – 26 May 2011
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“A fresh voice that stands out....Delicious and delightful!”
Romance superstar Amanda Quick calls Julie Anne Long, “a fantastic writer,” and says, “her writing glows.” Suzanne Enoch calls Long’s work, “warm, witty, and fabulous!” This rapidly rising star of historical romance dazzles once again with What I Did For a Duke—the next fabulous installment in her sensual and emotionally charged Pennyroyal Green series. This Regency delight focuses on a dark duke with a sinful reputation and his determined efforts to seduce and ruin the innocent sister of his enemy—only to fall victim himself to the gentle lady’s good nature and passionate soul. What I Did For a Duke follows Long’s delightful I Kissed an Earl, continuing the colorful feud between the Eversea and Redmond families, and it’s one of the most scandalously entertaining love stories in many a season.
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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?
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- ASIN : 0061885681
- Publisher : Avon US (26 May 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061885686
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061885686
- Dimensions : 17.35 x 10.9 x 2.64 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 504,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Genevieve," he murmured speculatively, landing hard on the first syllable, gliding over the next as thought they were soft rolling Sussex hills, as thought each syllable had its very own character and deserved equal attention"
Then I got to the "good" bits! And they were GOOD! I was actually surprised! And that hasn't happened in QUITE a while- a book starting off badly but "becoming" good?!!
So a very, very slow start but a cracking second half that I enjoyed a whole lot more than the beginning!
PS The title is ordinary and so is the cover.
The opening scenes are hilarious and the humour continues throughout the novel.
Having lived life fully, our hero, Moncrieffe is introduced to us as a 40 year old Duke engaged to be married. Ian Eversea thwarts those marriage plans in a shameful way.
Powerful and ruthless, Moncrieffe decides to punish Ian Eversea by seducing and abandoning Ian's sister, Genevieve.
Moncrieffe is an experienced man. Genevieve is no pushover, however. When he commences his seduction of innocent Genevieve, he surprisingly finds himself enchanted.
Moncrieffe and Genevieve are well matched regardless of an almost 20 year age difference. Their dialogue is witty and heart melting. Some readers may have difficulty with the age difference. I did at first. However, the characters are so likeable, and as I was so enchanted with Moncrieffe, my unease evaporated.
The couple do engage in a physical relationship and wow, it's good and hot, because the build-up to it is spot on. By the time sexy-times started, the emotion had swept me off my feet. This is my sort of romance - one that unfolds at this pace.
The writing is clever, humorous and beautiful. What a pleasurable experience it was reading this book. When I finished, I turned back to the beginning and started reading it again. It was that good, in my opinion.
This is book 5 out of 10 books (so far) in the Pennyroyal Green series. I am hooked.
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I really loved this! I thought it was a very refreshing story that deviates from some of the over-used plotlines that we see so often in historical romance.
Genevieve was a wonderful heroine. She's intelligent and passionate, but she keeps this passion well veiled underneath a calm and composed exterior. Everyone thinks she's the sensible Eversea, but really she just keeps herself very composed. She's a very interesting mix of innocence and mischief. I admired that she was so steadfast in her love for her best friend, Harry, even if I was screaming inside for her to realise her true feelings for Alex! Genevieve really comes into her own as a person and as a woman as the story progresses, and it was really brilliantly done. I truly applaud Julie Anne Long for writing such a well developed and realistic heroine!
Alex, the Duke of Falconbridge, is one of the best heroes I've read about in a while. He is divine, in his own way. He's not a handsome young rogue. He's mature, confident and is comfortable in his own skin- all of which is incredibly appealing. He's brutally honest at times and unapologetic about it, but sometimes that frankness translates into a beautiful honesty that had me swooning. He's lived a life with plenty of ups and downs, so in a way he's weary and he doesn't play games. Whilst Alex originally starts pursuing Genevieve to enact revenge upon her brother, Ian, he soon stops this plan and rather starts pursuing her simply because he wants to.
I adore Alex and Genevieve as a couple. I thought he gave her the opportunity to find herself and embrace her true nature. Whilst Genevieve is able to break through the walls he's erected around himself and his heart. Plus, they had awesome chemistry. Even when she knew she shouldn't, Genevieve can't stop herself from seeking him out. I also loved how they continued to torture Ian even after Genevieve was aware of Alex's revenge plans, it was hilarious and he definitely deserved it.
I really enjoy Julia Anne Long's writing style. She writes with a fun, mischievous sense of humour, and a direct intelligence that was very appealing. This is only the second book I've read by her, but I'm determined to read the rest of this series. I actually read this one because Genevieve and Alex are in book 9, Between the Devil and Ian Eversea, and I really liked them in it and wanted to read their story. A very good choice, indeed!
Honestly I would recommend this to everyone! It's a sweet, romantic and fun story that sweeps you off your feet. Alex Moncrieffe is definitely being added to my list of favourite heroes, and I have no doubt that list will continue to grow as I dive into Julie Anne Long's backlist.
Just one fault, wish the writer would give a longer ending between H&H? Always find writers seem to give up at the end and can't seem to commit to an epilogue that is worthy of the reader, just two or three pages more of 'happy ever after' that's all I ask! It's like being dropped off in a cab two streets away from your home. You know you can make the 5 min walk but you paid for the full ride home!!!!?
I found the hero absolutely captivating. At first he is enigmatic and dark and he remains a very private man throughout. A little more mature than most heroes, he is gradually revealed to be sensitive and generous to the few people he cares for. His seduction of Genevieve is strategically planned and he allows her to make some mistakes and come to a realisation of her own feelings for him without first telling her in words how he feels. The time they spend alone together is very revealing and I loved the way Genevieve roams the house looking for him, especially when he chooses not to be found!
All in all, I Ioved the book and this will definitely be a keeper.
So, I liked this. A lot. It made me laugh at times, and smile a lot. Ms Long excels at writing witty and challenging conversations between intelligent adults. I've read it twice now, and know I will read it again.
My only gripes are that our hero was a tad over-noble towards the end and oh-so nearly lost the lady, and while I have no real problem with large age gaps in romances, this one is quite a biggie, and that is made rather much of at times.
The supporting characters are wonderful, some familiar faces show up, and the setting - a country house party - is well described.
Well worth the read, as is the rest of the series - but best to start at the beginning, The Perils of Pleasure.