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I Kissed an Earl (Pennyroyal Green Series) Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2010
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“Long’s star continues to rise with each new emotionally powerful, wonderfully rich novel. Incorporating the perfect depth of emotion into a romance rich in passion and character, she creates memorable love stories. Even a tried-and-true captive/captor (Romantic Times BOOKclub on Perils of Pleasure)
“Long surpasses herself with her latest Pennyroyal Green book. Action and adventure meld perfectly with an emotionally powerful romance that leaves you breathless with wonder. Long displays talents for creating memorable characters and stories that captivate and enchant.” (Romantic Times 4 1/2 stars)
“Utterly delectable battle of the sexes where readers win” (Romantic Times)
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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.
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As the story progressed and the Hero, Captain Flint, Earl of Ardmay and the heroine, Violet Redmond became more aware of their attraction to each other, the humor diminished and a certain repetitiveness took over. They are attracted to each other but working at cross purposes to one another. It was the constant reminders of their opposite goals that slowed down the story. Additionally there were a couple of convenient, credulity stretching actions on Violet Redmond's part that I found a bit tough to swallow.
Bottom line: This is another good, engaging story. I liked both main characters separately and together. I recommend it.
We actually get a huge bonus in this book, because the newly titled Earl of Ardmay has an assignment. He's being sent out to capture and bring to justice the dastardly "pirate/privateer" Le Chat who is wreaking havoc on the high seas. The Earl catches Violet's interest at a ball due to his size, bearing, persona, but when he see her brother Jonathan and believes him to be a mysterious Mr. Hardesty, who is Le Chat's alter ego, Violet's interest is stirred. When she finds out Le Chat's ship is called "The Olivia," she becomes even further interested and then the clues begin to mount up. Lyon (Le Chat, French for "The Lyon"), the vessel being called "The Olivia" after Lyon's former love - Olivia Eversea, and the fact Ardmay says Jonathan looks enough like Mr. Hardesty/LeChat to be his twin, it doesn't take long to do the math. Let me say straight up, Violet is one bright gal who can figure stuff out very quickly. In fact, her character in this book is one of brilliant, cunning, gifted analyzer to the point, the fact was inferred, it was too bad she wasn't born a male because of the limitations placed upon females during that day.
When Violet decides she will stow aboard Flint's vessel so she can "protect" Lyon from the big bad earl and his crew, the story really gets going. From the earl's initial shock, to the little contests they have to decide which one will get the captain's quarters, to the slow build up of Flint's interest in Violet turns into what is, in my opinion, one of Julie Ann Long's best among the Pennyroyal Green Series. I was not disappointed in this book, except for one slightly spoilerish comment so don't read on, don't read on, don't read on, unless you want to know that one thing: I didn't understand why Ms. Long never included any details regarding the disposition of Flint's long time mistress and the woman he had thought he might marry - remember, Fatima, the easygoing, non-complicated Moroccan lady that Flint thought he might marry? I am one who likes my loose ends all tidied up, but this lack of tidiness isn't all that rare in Ms. Long's books. I had some of the same issues in Lavay's story. By the way, if you read Lavay's story, you will recall that one of his little frustrations was his sister who was always requesting money, etc.? In this book, which took place before Lavay's book, Flint mentions to Violet that Lavay has a mother and sister back in France and that his sister has married well??? Ms. Long, please explain how this could be? You see, there I go - I want all the loose ends tied up nice and tight.
Anyway, I believe you'll like this story if you are a fan of Ms. Long's writing.
Violet Redmond is an intelligent young lady who uses her intelligence to see her through various situations that she encounters in life. She is impulsive, clever, and likeable.
Flint is also very clever, but a bit colder. He has been on his own for most of his life, and he has been living life at sea for much of that time. He does a good deed for someone important to the king, and, because of this, he is granted his new title and the properties associated with the title. However, there is a catch: in order to receive funding for his new holdings, he must capture a pirate nicknamed 'Le Chat.'
Without giving anything away and for various reasons, Violet Redmond does not want 'Le Chat' captured; hence, the witty repartee. I love the situations and the games that the author employs to allow the main characters to get to know each other. This is probably my favorite part of the story. I was amazed at how fun this part of the story was!
Yes, there are some editing mistakes, but they don't detract too much from the story. I would probably give this book 4.5 stars instead of only 4 if I could, because the clever dialogue does much to compensate for the editing mistakes.
What a fun series! I can't wait to find them all and read the others.