Friday, March 28, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA, a Pennyroyal Green novel by Julie Anne Long

I was fairly sure I was going to miss the galley available at Edelweiss for BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA by Julie Anne Long so when I received a print copy in the mail from Avon, I was thrilled that I was going to get to read it. After all, it’s the Pennyroyal Green series and the heroine is an orphaned American. Can anyone spell intriguing?

***Print copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.


She might look like an angel...

The moment orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth arrives on English shores she cuts a swath through Sussex, enslaving hearts and stealing beaux. She knows she's destined for a spectacular titled marriage—but the only man who fascinates her couldn't be more infamous...or less interested.

...but it takes a devil to know one... 

A hardened veteran of war, inveterate rogue Ian Eversea keeps women enthralled, his heart guarded and his options open: why should he succumb to the shackles of marriage when devastating good looks and Eversea charm make seduction so easy?

...and Heaven has never been hotter.

When Ian is forced to call her on her game, he never dreams the unmasked Tansy—vulnerable, brave, achingly sensual—will tempt him beyond endurance. And fight as he will, this notorious bachelor who stood down enemies on a battlefield might finally surrender his heart...and be brought to his knees by love.

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Tatiana Danforth has returned to the land of her birth after the death of her parents and brother so that the Duke of Falconbridge can assist her in finding a suitable husband, preferably a duke. She’s a beauty, indeed, and manages to charm every man she meets, except one. Is he immune to her charms or so like her that he knows what she’s truly about?

Ian Eversea is no fool when it comes to women, even though he doesn’t always make the right choices. Determined never to be captured by the cloying charms of any woman, he regards the newcomer to the Eversea family with cautious curiosity. Under the sparkle of fancy ball gowns, fluttering eyelashes, and wallflower pretense, Ian witness things that lead him to believe that there’s far more to Tansy and when he calls her on it, he discovers a woman who might just have the ability to tame him.

I love the Pennyroyal Green series but do have to admit that it took me a while to get into BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA by Julie Anne Long. It was slow going except for a few instances that made me laugh such as when Ian meets up with his brothers in the tavern and discuss the nature of his ‘baubles’. [I’ll leave the definition of those to your imagination and you’ll understand when you read the book.] The banter was good, the innuendos fine, but liking Tansy Danforth was difficult. Ms. Long’s use of exclamation points grated on my nerves to the point where I nearly put the book down but Ian and the other Everseas drew me back. I did enjoy the subtle peeks at Ian when he thought no one was looking as well as Tansy when she thought she was in private.

As a whole, I enjoyed BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA by Julie Anne Long and recommend reading it, especially if you’re already a fan of the Pennyroyal Green series even if Tansy wasn’t my favorite Pennyroyal Green heroine. Ian does more than enough to make up the difference and watching Olivia green with jealousy is more than worth the cost of admission.

Happy Reading Everyone!

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA, a Pennyroyal Green novel by Julie Anne Long, Avon Romance, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Dalila G. said...

I have been following this series since day 1 and I'm pretty happy with all the stories so far.
As always they'll be one or two books with any series that might not be what I expected. I will be getting this book mainly because I tend to read all the books in any series that I start....unless it's really, really bad. Then that series is "the end" for me.
I'm weird that way....LOL!
Thank you Amy for another honest review.
Have a nice weekend!

Amy Valentini said...

Thanks Dalila! You know me, honest and unscripted. I think you'l get a kick out of it. :-)

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