Not every Pennyroyal Green installment is created equal, but this book reminds my why I enjoy the series so much. It’s fun reading. The hero and heroine have this entertaining and complicated dance that’s equal parts courtship and warfare. Neither wants to want the other, but the attraction –the pull– between them is so strong, that fight against it is futile. There is great tension and satisfying sex. And underneath it all, two people who have never let their masks slip… until now.
Ian Eversea is a rake of the highest order. He conquers a woman, only to move on to the next. He never buys them gifts; never spends the night; never trifles with an innocent. He even trysted with the one-time fiancé of his brother-in-law, the Duke of Falconbridge. That’s why, now, Falconbridge is determined to keep Ian away from his new American ward, Tansy. She is beautiful, charming, and absolutely wrong for Ian’s wandering eye.
Tansy isn’t exactly the woman she appears to be. She makes it a point to be charming and beloved, but it’s only her way of dealing with loneliness. Her family is dead; she is away from her home. The attention and fawning give her some human connection, but the men don’t really strike a chord in her. Until she meets Ian. He sees past her flirtations and meaningless compliments. He makes her blush… lose her wits… and challenges her. She wants him, even as he infuriates her.
I think what I liked most about the book was watching the evolution of Ian’s estimation of Tansy. He thinks he is so insightful about her and he is so disdainful, but she gets under his skin so completely! I loved watching him give in; watching him learn her and love her! I also really enjoyed learning Tansy myself. So much of her was revealed to the reader as Ian figured her out. I loved her growing list of requirements for a husband and how, in the end, only Ian fit the bill.
As with all Pennyroyal Green books, this features not only great romance, but also witty and downright funny at times. I just need that Lyon and Olivia book… stat. Are you listening Ms. Long???
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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea
by Julie Anne Long
Release Date: March 25, 2014