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Product Details

  • Series: Pennyroyal Green
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062118110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062118110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maya Rodale
Julie Anne Long
Maya Rodale Interviews Julie Anne Long

Julie Anne Long and Maya Rodale: Welcome! And SHHHH!! You've just stumbled into a surprise party in honor of Between the Devil and Ian Eversea and Wallflower Gone Wild. Our heroes and heroines are about to get the shock of their lives. But it's for their own good, of course.

Julie: You know, things just seem to happen to Everseas (and if we're being honest, because of Everseas). After all, in The Perils of Pleasure, Ian watched his brother Colin disappear from the gallows in a puff of smoke; in What I Did for a Duke, Ian was ushered naked out an upper-story window by the pistol-wielding Duke of Falconbridge. And just ask the Redmond family what they think of Ian's sister Olivia—she allegedly broke golden boy and heir Lyon Redmond's heart, which is why he disappeared. But Ian is a war hero and he has the scars to prove it. He can handle just about anything with equanimity, whether it's taking a bayonet in the gut or walking home at midnight through the Sussex countryside naked, in just one boot, but there are two things he knows with unshakeable certainty: he can seduce any woman he chooses, and there isn't a woman alive who can convince him to become leg-shackled in marriage. Oh, Ian. If you only knew what was in store for you...

Maya: The hero of Wallflower Gone Wild, Phinneas Cole—formally known as Baron Radcliff, and popularly known as The Mad Baron, though he preferred to be called Phinn—actually wants to be leg-shackled, caught in the parson’s mousetrap, become a tenant for life, etc, etc. But he has an unfortunate talent for attracting women prone to outrageous behavior. For example, his late wife was a veritable she-devil whose untimely demise was unfairly blamed on him. Or, more to the point, consider his betrothed, Lady Olivia Archer, known as London’s Least Likely To Cause A Scandal, who is determined to deter The Mad Baron from his plans to marry her by breaking every rule governing the behavior of proper young ladies. Which she does. Which results in all kinds of trouble. Which he nobly and gallantly rescues her from. Which only leads to some very romantic complications.

Julie: Poor Phinneas. Or should I say, lucky Phinneas? He goes out of the way to avoid surprises, and he's about to get the biggest surprise of his life! And so is Ian Eversea, for very similar reasons. Being naked with a woman is one thing (and Ian might be a little too comfortable with that), but being stripped emotionally naked by a woman—for the first time ever— is another thing altogether. As far as he's concerned, the Duke of Falconbridge's ward, Titania "Tansy" Danforth as too young, too innocent, too American, too all of the things a renowned jade like Ian finds dull. But when this "innocent" cuts a swath through Sussex, stealing hearts and beaux, he calls her on her game—only to have the tables turned on him. It takes a rogue to know one, and Tansy sees right through him.

Maya: "It takes a rogue to know one." Brilliant! Neither Phinn or Olivia are by nature very rogue-ish and I found it absolutely hysterical to write two characters acting so very out of character. Olivia takes her well-worn etiquette book and endeavors to do the opposite of what it says. Phinn takes The Worst Romantic Advice Ever from his friend, the ridiculously rakish Lord Rogan. But somehow...in breaking all the rules they end up revealing their true selves and falling madly, improperly and eternally in love.

Julie and Maya: Ah, love—the best surprise of all. We hope you'll all stay for the party.


Review

“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))

More About the Author

San Francisco Bay Area native Julie Anne Long 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. She began her academic career as a Journalism major, then realized Creative Writing was a better fit for her freewheeling imagination and overdeveloped sense of whimsy. Still, for years she worked by day in finance, software development, web & graphic design, and marketing and promotions...until the fateful day when playing guitar in dank, sticky clubs by night lost its "charm." Which is when she realized she could incorporate all the best things about being in a band--namely drama, passion and men with unruly hair--into novels, while indulging her love of history and research. Since then, her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America Rita, Romantic Times Reviewer's choice, the Bookseller's Best and the Quills, and reviewers have been known to use words such as "dazzling," "brilliant" and "impossible to put down" to describe them. Her latest, WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE, was chosen as one of Amazon's Best Book of 2011.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By eloerien on March 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
For those who have read Julie Anne Long's other Pennyroyal Green books, especially, What I Did For a Duke: Pennyroyal Green Series, Ian Eversea will likely have already made an impression, and not such a favorable one. I was eager to see how the reckless and seemingly feckless young man--who was once unceremoniously ushered naked out a window by an angry, cuckolded duke--could turn into someone as generous, honorable, and responsible as JAL's other heroes. I think Ian's journey is successful and believable, but I didn't really like him at all until about halfway through the book. Same goes for the heroine Tansy Danforth; he treats her with a bit of a mean streak, and she, unfortunately, seems to deserve it. I find a bit wearing the whole trope of a kind, brave, smart, and decent person cleverly disguised by brainless charm, flattery, frivolity, and irresponsibility. Both Ian and Tansy are hiding their true selves because of what they have suffered--they are both damaged, and, so they discover, they are damaged in ways that make them eventually understand and appreciate one another. But until they began to do so, I found them both pretty well insufferable. But their true selves are lovely, and once they reached a base level of understanding, the growth was lovely to read.

As a standalone romance, I can only really recommend the second half of this book, but as one of the Pennyroyal Green series, it fits in well and adds dimension to one of the major ongoing love stories of the series (the star-crossed love of Olivia and Lyon). One also gets a sense of the Everseas' charm as a family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Parisi on March 25, 2014
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Julie Ann Long keeps us coming back to Pennyroyal Green with beautifully written characters and wonderful stories of the Eversea and Redmond families. This time, Ian Eversea's story is center stage. Those of you who have kept up with the series know Ian as the restless rogue with a bad reputation and hidden depths. Titania (Tansy) Danforth is the ward of The Duke of Falconbridge who dislikes Ian, (even though he is now happily married to Ian's sister Genevieve), because Ian ruined the woman that the Duke planned to marry. Everything worked out splendidly for the Duke and Genevieve, but he has never forgiven Ian and wants to make sure that he stays away from Tansy, who is beautiful, charming and expected to marry a respectable man with wealth and a title (Ian has none of those qualifications). Both Tansy and Ian actually have a lot in common, but don't realize it right away. They react to each other the way they do because they are somewhat broken and vulnerable, and it takes a while for them to really understand each other. Other reviews go into a lot of detail about this, so I'll just say that the bottom line is that you will really enjoy this book. The dialog is engaging and the book contained a lot of laugh out loud moments. The romance is to die for (Julie really knows how to write a love scene), and the HEA is totally satisfying. In addition, I was very pleased to be the company of The Duke and Genevieve again. They are favorite characters from "What I Did for A Duke" (if you haven't read that one...you MUST!!), and I like the way that the relationship between The Duke and Ian evolved. I love all the Pennyroyal Green books and look forward to more... specifically the story of a certain star-crossed couple that we all wonder about.Read more ›
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Clio Reads on April 7, 2014
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I have enjoyed what I've read so far of Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series, but Between the Devil and Ian Eversea really didn't work for me. I formed a visceral dislike of the heroine--well, both main characters, really, but mostly the heroine--very early on, and it took most of the book for me to overcome that animus enough to root for her happy ever after.

Titania "Tansy" Danforth is an orphaned American heiress who has to marry well in order to secure her inheritance (which, of course, will then not be hers at all, but rather her husband's--but that's a legal reality which the story entirely glosses over). In order to meet suitably eligible bachelors, she's come to stay with her late father's friend, the Duke of Falconbridge, whom Long's readers will recognize as the new husband of the youngest Eversea sister, Genevieve. (Falconbridge and Genevieve's story was told in Long's What I Did For a Duke.)

Tansy is seriously annoying. She is Mary Sue beautiful on the outside--blonde, blue-eyed, statuesque (snore)--and vapid and shallow on the inside. In her first scene, the newly-arrived Tansy's introduction to Falconbridge and Genevieve is interrupted by a lovesick swain crooning to Tansy outside the window. This Italian stud fell in love with her on the crossing from America and followed her to the Eversea estate, and Tansy tells Falconbridge, with wide-eyed innocence, that she has no idea why the fellow would do such a thing. Except that it turns out that she absolutely does know why: she invited Giancarlo's attentions, enjoyed his flirtations, and completely led him on, because the sea voyage was boring and Tansy likes to be the center of attention.

Once installed in Sussex, Tansy's self-absorbed coquettishness continues.
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