Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (Pennyroyal Green, #9) by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #9
Published by Avon on March 25, 2014
Ian Eversea Meets His Match
BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA is the ninth book in the Pennyroyal Green series. Ian Eversea, the rogue who famously attempted to seduce the Duke of Falconbridge’s fiancee in WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE and ended up going home naked, meets the Duke’s ward Titania “Tansy” Danforth. Tansy is an American heiress who has come to England to find a husband approved by the Duke.
I really liked this book because it was about how people create masks to hide pain in their lives. Both Tansy and Ian have created superficial flirty personalities in order to keep people at a distance. While at first these two appear superficial, they are actually hiding depths that are discovered when they are together.
At the same time, this book is very funny. The reactions of men to Tansy are simply hysterical. Men are just entranced with her. The subtle competition over flowers with Olivia and the reactions of the other women in the book was also amusing. At the same time, we see Tansy’s caring nature in how she treats people. My favorite part of the book is her list of qualities she desires in a husband which she adds to throughout the book.
I also enjoyed spending time with the Duke and Genevieve again. Because of the situation, Falconbridge is a significant part of this book and his actions in this book made me like him even more than before.
While not necessary to read all the books in the series before this one (though I highly recommend starting at the beginning and reading all nine), I believe that a reader will enjoy this book better if they read at least WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE because of the continuation of the story from that book.
Finally, I really hope the next book us about Olivia and Lyon because the events of this book leave me concerned.
It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8) by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #8
Published by Avon on June 25, 2013
This Book Grew On Me As It Went On
IT HAPPENED ONE MIDNIGHT is the eighth book in the Pennyroyal Green series. It is the story of Jonathan Redmond, the youngest son of the Redmond family. Jonathan meets Thomasina de Ballestros one night while she is skulking outside a dude’s window. The two end up as friends as Tommy ends up involving Jonathan in various schemes. Jonathan has been given an ultimatum by his father: marry an appropriate woman by the end if the year. Of course, Jonathan begins to have non-friend feelings for Tommy, who is definitely not appropriate.
I loved the development of the relationship in this book. Tommy and Jonathan begin to discover in each other a purpose in life. The two become entwined in Tommy’s schemes and Jonathan’s investments. I could feel how these two grew and changed throughout the book. I also very much liked how they both moved together to solve the problem of them seemingly not being able to be together. Jonathan is a great hero and I really felt his love for his family in this book. This book also resolves some of the lingering problems from the other books in the series (still waiting for Lyon and Olivia).
A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7) by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #7
Published by Avon on October 30, 2012
A NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSES is the seventh book in the Pennyroyal Green series. It is the story of a former courtesan and the vicar. Evie Duggan has risen from poverty to being a countess. After her husband’s death, she moves to Pennyroyal Green, but finds that she cannot escape her past. She meets Adam Sylvaine, the vicar. These are interesting character and the book does a great job of exploring sin and repentance, acceptance of one’s choices even if they are frowned upon by others, and loving one’s neighbor. Evie does not regret her choices because she believes she made the best choice she could considering her circumstances. Adam comes to accept her choices as well.
I liked the main characters in this book. Evie is tough and yet has a soft heart that she has hidden. Adam learns more about love and acceptance than he could have imagined. I liked this book, however, while I completely accepted Adam’s conversion, the reaction of the others in the town was just too simplistic. I also really didn’t like Evie’s consideration of returning to her former life. I thought by that point in the story, Evie’s reaction was too cold-blooded.
These are just small complaints, however, with a book that I enjoyed overall.
How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6) by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #6
Published by Avon on December 27, 2011
HOW THE MARQUESS WAS WON is the sixth book in the Pennyroyal Green series. It is the story of Julian Spenser, Marquees Dryden who is determined to restore his family’s legacy by marrying Lisbeth Redmond. His plan, however, begins to crumble when he meets Phoebe Vale, Lisbeth’s paid companion. They discover in each other people of passion who have created facades in order to overcome the difficulties in their pasts. Soon plans have to change in order to accommodate their feelings for one another.
This book starts out near the end of the story and then goes back and explains how the characters got to that point. I loved how the relationship between Julian and Phoebe develops. Phoebe is no shrinking violet. She is fiery and strong. The attraction between the two completely makes sense. Unlike most books using this troupe, the difficulty between the characters arises not from the difference in their classes but rather Julian’s determination to restore the properties his father lost. I really liked these characters and I smiled and laughed at the situations the two found themselves in, especially how the ton wanted to emulate Julian.
While part of a series, a reader will not miss much by not having read the previous books.