Series: Pennyroyal Green #2
Also in this series: A Notorious Countess Confesses, What I Did For a Duke, I Kissed an Earl, How the Marquess Was Won, The Perils of Pleasure, It Started with a Scandal, Since the Surrender, The Legend of Lyon Redmond
Genres: Historical, Romance
Now or Never. . .
It's the last chance for Cynthia Brightly, the ton's most bewitching belle. Driven out of London by a secret scandal, she must find a grand husband at the Redmonds' house party before word of her downfall spreads all over England. Unfortunately, someone at Pennyroyal Green is already privy to the whispers of broken engagements and dueling lovers: Miles Redmond, renowned explorer and—thanks to his brother's disappearance—heir to the family's enormous fortune.
Miles set his sights on Cynthia once, at a time when the ambitious beauty thought herself too good for a second son. But now he's heir apparent, relishing his control. He strikes a bargain with her: he'll keep Cynthia's steamy secrets and help her find a husband among the guests—in exchange for a single kiss.
What could be the harm in a simple kiss? Cynthia is about to discover that it's enough to unleash fierce passion—and that Miles Redmond is most certainly like no other lover in the world.
Long’s books do things to me.
Thoughts on Like No Other Lover
Julie Anne Long’s books do things to me against my will. By all accounts, Like No Other Lover has qualities I normally dislike in a book and yet — AND YET — I found myself feverishly reading to the end because I had to know how it ended even though I already knew because I’ve read other the other books.
You guys. YOU GUYS. WHY?
I started off Like No Other Lover not liking Cynthia very much. She’s everything Miles Redmond makes her out to be at first (and well, we can’t help liking him), but then Miles — the intrepid explorer — begins to see her differently and we start to see her differently, too.
Still. I don’t like seeing my hero and heroine pursuing other people. It’s annoying — SO ANNOYING — because it’s generally obvious the hero and heroine need to be together. You know, as romance, and all that. Even so, I was just… drawn to this book.
The funny thing is, I’m not sure I would have gotten deep into this series if I had read it in order. Somehow, reading it out of order got me interested. And I’m okay with that, because Julie Anne Long brings the angst, and sometimes, I like a book that brings the emotion, which Like No Other Lover totally does.
We also see the beginnings of Violet’s and Jonathan’s stories with the Gypsy fortune teller. I’ve read both those books already — Violet’s being the infamous I Kissed an Earl, and Jonathan’s It Happened One Midnight — but it was still amusing to see how it all began.
The Pennyroyal Green is quickly earning a spot on my favorites, and I can’t wait to dig into other books.