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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061341584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061341588
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You will LOVE the Pennyroyal Green series." --NYT Bestselling Author Julia Quinn

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally 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. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, her books frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and The Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julia lives in Northern California.


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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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By ellejir on February 2, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Perils of Pleasure", Julie Anne Long's latest historical romance, is a wonderful treat for fans of the genre, featuring vividly drawn, memorable characters and Long's trademark elegant prose.

The devilishly handsome, notoriously roguish Colin Eversea has been wrongly convicted for murder following the sudden disappearance of the only witness to the crime; he is about to be hanged when he is boldly rescued from the gallows by a mysterious woman, Madeleine Greenway. Madeleine, who is a mercenary with a skill for orchestrating difficult and dangerous tasks, tells Colin that she has been hired to save him but not to release him; unfortunately, she is not sure who employed her. When someone tries to kill Madeleine before she can collect her fee, she joins forces with Colin in an effort to discover who has engineered Colin's conviction and financed his subsequent escape, and who may be responsible for the attempt on her own life. Colin is desperate to clear his name and halt the marriage of his childhood sweetheart to his older brother, an event which is scheduled only one week hence. Madeleine wants to collect her money and use it to start a new life in America. But as the two travel through London and the surrounding countryside searching for answers, they find it increasingly difficult to deny either their increasing fascination with each other or their escalating mutual attraction.

Both Colin and Madeleine are wonderful, fully realized characters. One of Julie Anne Long's greatest talents is her ability to breathe new life into tired romance cliches, and in TPOP she works her magic on the handsome, rakish, devil-may-care romantic hero and creates Colin Eversea, a very memorable charmer.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Carol Spradling on February 27, 2008
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In PERILS OF PLEASURE, Colin Eversea is about to be hung for murder but is rescued by mercenary Madeleine Greenway. Her assignment is to kidnap Colin and prevent his hanging. On her way to return him and collect her pay, she learns that her employer has changed his mind and now wants Madeleine dead.

When I heard the plot for this book, I knew I had to read it. My love of historicals aside, it sounded like a fast read with all key elements packaged in. I read the first few pages and relaxed into the assurance that this author and I had become friends.

Miss Long was a very nice writing style that is easy and enjoyable to read. Once you adjust to the head-hopping and point of view slips, there isn't anything jarring and no 'why am I being punished' moments. She tells the story seamlessly from start to finish.

At the halfway point, something bothered me. I was not feeling a connection to the characters. I stopped reading to understand why I didn't care about Colin and "Mad". I certainly wanted to, I liked this author's style. What I came up with is this: a good part of the book is told from the male mc's point of view. This is not necessarily a bad thing. However, Colin didn't seem to have much depth. He is engaged to a childhood sweetheart, but at the same time is a major player who is very hormonally driven. This characteristic is not endearing to me. We weren't in Mad's point of view deep enough to really know her. Realizing what I was facing, I continued, but the end of the book felt contrived and disappointing.

Overall, I'm torn on my feelings for this book. Would I read this author again? Absolutely. There is more than enough of what Miss Long does well that would make me read her other works.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By texastraveler on February 1, 2008
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I don't often label a book a keeper - but I will keep this one and look for more from this author. I really like the heroine - Madeleine Greenway - she's totally unique, with an interesting past, a very different profession, and a maturity that is rare in historical romances. Ms Long has created an endearing hero in Colin Eversea, and it's fun to see him struggle with the reality of Madeleine and his attraction to her. I was swept along with them on their crazy race for answers to the mystery surrounding Colin. Highly recommended!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lucia A. Rodriguez on July 3, 2008
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The first part of the book is very entertaining. It's not your typical Regency book, both regarding the plot and the characters, especially Madeline, who is a mercenary.
The mystery part is well developed and it has a good end, but the romantic one isn't as good, mainly because of the hero's behaviour in the second half of the book.

Perhaps I'm the one at fault, but I couldn't like or respect a person that, with the idea to stop the immediate wedding between his brother and the woman who has loved all his life, could make love to another woman. I don't mean that he should be a monk until he marries her, but if he's in love with a woman (or he thinks that) and plans to stop her wedding, how can he can have an affair with another woman? And I don't care that she's the heroine.
This doesn't speak well of his character: how little he values the person he loves, no matter who she is, how little respect he has for love itself.
I may seem a little harsh, but in my mind, if I think I love someone who's going to marry another and I race to stop the wedding, I don't have an affair while getting there.

I think it would have been different if Colin had started to have confused feelings for both, or realized that his feelings were changing. That he hadn't really loved Louisa that way, or that Madeline had awakened in him real love. Some internal conflict would have been great.
I suppose that was what really happened, but we didn't see it. Colin made love to Madeline while thinking of stopping the wedding and get back Louisa. Suddenly, at the end, he realizes that he loves Madeline, and that it's different for what he felt for Louisa. Well, it would have been more realistic to show a gradual change of feelings, and not a realization at the end.
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