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- Book 11 of 11 in Pennyroyal Green Series
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From the Back Cover
Bound by centuries of bad blood, England's two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility . . . until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.
An Enduring Legend
Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond's heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount's proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade . . . and wagers on the return of an heir.
An Eternal Love
It was instant and irresistible, forbidden . . . and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it's time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families apart . . . or the stuff of which legends are made.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
The Legend of Lyon Redmond ... is a triumph of scintillating wit and soul-searing passion. From its exquisitely nuanced characters to its impeccably crafted setting, everything works together seamlessly in Long’s superbly written romance to deliver a truly affecting and unforgettable love story. (Booklist (starred review))
Long’s ardent 11th Georgian-set Pennyroyal Green romance (after It Started with a Scandal) is vivid and tender… (Publishers Weekly)
“Her signature humor and sensuality are here, as is a high degree of sexual tension that nearly singes readers’ hands. The emotions are palpable, and though there has to be a happy ending, readers are sure to be surprised by the conclusion. What a brilliant, creative storyteller!” (Romantic Times BOOKclub, 4 1/2 stars, praise for THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND)
Stunningly romantic and ultimately satisfying, this long-awaited and beautifully rendered story wonderfully wraps up Long’s “Pennyroyal Green” saga; it won’t disappoint. (Library Journal (starred review), praise for THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND) --This text refers to the digital edition.
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- File size : 2249 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00RTLYSK6
- Publisher : Avon (September 29, 2015)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #249,526 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Both Lyon and Olivia had their good moments when they first met, but they both behaved very badly to each other. For him to expect her to just leave her entire family on the spot, with no warning at all, was ridiculous -- especially since he really didn't know how he would support them. But what she said to him when he proposed to her was horrible, and she never really seemed to understand how much she hurt him.
No spoilers here, but what Lyon did when they reconnect is also horrible. His excuse is that she has to decide for herself whether they can be together. But the way he got them together is terrible, and the way he leaves it is also terrible.
Neither one of them ever really apologized to each other for the horrible things they did. I really didn't care if they got together -- they were both horrible, and didn't really deserve a happy ending.
Finally, the way she treated her fiancee was unforgivable. If she was going to dump him, couldn't she have at least done it in private? And, really, she always knew she didn't love him -- so she never should have accepted his proposal.
Both Lyon and Olivia were often thoughtless and rude, and sometimes really cruel -- to each other and to others. Olivia was supposed to be this paragon of virtue, but all I saw was a spoiled, cruel brat. Lyon was supposed to be a legend, but he was a pirate and had done terrible things. They were cruel to each other, and she was horrible to her fiancee.
I was also quite unhappy with that strange epilogue. It jumps hundreds of years into the future, and then just leaves the reader hanging after a new couple meets? That was just weird, and quite annoying.
The author spent a lot of time writing about superfluous stuff and not enough time developing the relationship after the H/h were reunited. I didn't much care for Olivia and was disgusted by her very cruel words to Lyon when he asked her to marry him before he left for 5 years. I didn't blame him at all for leaving. She never lied? What a joke! She lied to everyone, including herself. And poor Landsdowne, the way Olivia treated him was quite despicable. She lied to him by omission by not telling him about her sex fest with Lyon just before their wedding was supposed to take place! Olivia is not an admirable character and doesn't appear to have much of a conscience.
I really liked Lyon's character, for the most part. I felt he was a much more honest person than Olivia. What I didn't understand was why he bothered to return for her.
The author really dropped the ball by not showing any interaction between the two families after Lyon and Olivia's marriage. Big disappointment!
But the worst blunder the author made - and what solidified the 1-star rating for me - was the epilogue. I hated it and, as a reader, it felt like a slap in the face. Yep, thanks, we get it ... all the characters are long dead, their super successful legacies survive to present day and life apparently goes on in an upcoming modern romance series, presumably starring descendants of the two families. Way to make a reader feel like I have just wasted my time reading the book!
This was the culmination of both houses, it did furnish a few surprises about the heads of both the Eversea and Redmond families, I thought it might have done a bit of a disservice to Isaiah Redmond while making him a bit more human and a bit more of a villain while leaving the reader out in the cold for anything resembling a backstory.
So let me focus on the REAL story here of Lyon and Olivia, this was the story we have waited to read and I thought it was wonderful, it takes us back to the beginning of the romance and the events that led up to him leaving and what he became in the process (and a bit of what he found out).
I thought it was an exceptional love story with the proper amount of action to keep the reader involved but what I did miss was the humor that kept me laughing all through most of the other books. It was not missing completely but in comparison to other books in this series the humor was weak and random.
Bottom Line: You can't even give a thought to skipping this book, it does give us what we have all wanted from the series, sadly it gives us a bit of things we never wanted which does nothing to take away from the main story of Lyon and Olivia (obviously some folks could not see past that). If I reviewed only the story of Lyon and Olivia this would be a 5 Star review but the snippets of history of Isaiah Redmond, some villainous things that seem out of place and the horrible "present day" ending chapter that never should have been, this becomes a 4 Star review of a 5 Star series that I would highly recommend to anyone. You will not be disappointed. I tend to detest historical romance but the Pennyroyal series along with the Victorian Rebels series are standouts in a sea of mediocrity IMHO and should be read by anyone with even the smallest bit of romance in their blood.
Top reviews from other countries
The first half of the book was superb: Long managed a truly difficult situation (albeit of her own making!) in which we were suddenly going to truly meet two characters who had haunted the edges of Pennyroyal Green for 10 books. It hadn't occurred to me how big an ask that was, as we generally only knew about these characters through other people's perceptions, even though we did 'see' them occasionally. The big mystery/heartbreak/devastation regarding Lyon's disappearance pulsed throughout, and boy, was it going to have to deliver.
In the first half of the book, it certainly did. Long handled a potentially cumbersome series of flashbacks with aplomb, and conveyed beautifully the coup de foudre that was Olivia and Lyon. The scenes between them were literally breathtaking, some of her best writing yet.
And then the lovers reunite... and the narrative picks up unsatisfying speed. Without spoiling, the big decision, while perhaps correctly comprised of a series of small ones that build, didn't deliver emotionally. We don't get much of the adult Olivia and Lyon — there's a lot of telling, not showing them find their equilibrium, and frankly their first sexual encounter was just too violent and unlovely.
There's an epilogue which was a lovely idea but again, so much telling! Will we meet the H/H introduced here, in a future novel? Hopefully — and hopefully some of the ancillary characters like Seamus will get their own books too, as well as the offspring of the Eversea/Redmond families.
All in all, it's the outcome one hoped for. Long did a very tricky thing, from the beginning, in dividing our loyalties and then uniting them, and she did it well, which is very impressive. Now that we've gotten the big mystery out of the way (although it could be argued that there's the thing between Isolde and Isaiah that is still lingering) maybe this series can still continue.
Still it was a good read, probably won't read it again. I really did like the H&H just wanted more depth to their characters emotionally!