Today I have a review of an Historical Romance: Between the Devil and Ian Eversea, the ninth book in Julie Ann Long’s Pennyroyal Green series. You can see what others thought by using the tour page, and be sure to enter the Tour-Wide giveaway sponsored by Avon Books, where you could win a print copy of It Happened One Midnight, Book 8 in the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Ann Long.
A truly fun and funny story, we find a young wealthy, witty and beautiful American returned to her birthplace to seek a husband under the guidance of her late father’s friend the Duke of Falconbridge. Titania (Tansy) Danforth appears to be everything that a young noble would desire: beautiful, charming and witty. Unlike many of her station, her guardian is entertaining her ‘list’ of qualities that she wants in a husband, a list that starts to grow and change as Tansy herself begins to realize her own true desires.
Early on, all of Tansy’s interactions are superficial and seem calculated: no one finds her more calculating or wanting than Ian Eversea. The combination of his striking looks and near sardonic approach to her every utterance leave Tansy tongue-tied and dull, he completely shatters her confidence while determining to have nothing to do with her. His plan is to leave Pennyroyal Green for the adventures of the sea, without a wife of the peculiar encumbrance of a woman who needs too much of him.
Everyone, to Ian’s dismay, seems to be falling under Tansy’s spell; with the exception of his favored sister Olivia. In fact, Ian is almost going out of his way to discomfit the young woman: all the while discounting any interest in her. But he is always watching, and sees glimpses of the young woman that is hiding behind the babbling idiot in his presence.
I rather enjoyed Tansy from the start: trying to fit in and make the most of her opportunities, yet slightly guarded: her entire life is in uproar and changed dramatically, with severe restrictions to the freedoms that she knew back in America as she settled her parents’ estate. Ian was a bit more difficult: Tansy tried his patience and despite not wanting her to affect him, somehow he can’t stop it. And yet, his own fears deeply rooted in the people that he loved and lost during his time at war have him unwilling to risk involvement with anyone: no promises, no gifts, no future.
Together the interactions between Ian and Tansy are delightful: her willingness to ask questions that no young woman should ever ask, and his peculiar approach to answering the questions and teaching her a lesson have rather the opposite effect on them both. Like a moth to a flame, Tansy is drawn to him, dreams of him and even changes her list of requirements for a husband based on her reactions to him.
Although this was the first of the Pennyroyal Green series that I have read, I had no difficulty in understanding the relationships between the secondary characters in this story, and found the whole group of them quite intriguing; I will be reading the other titles in this series. The romance between Ian and Tansy is delightful, you can’t NOT cheer for her daring and determination in finding what it is about Ian that intrigues her, and his steady determination to deflect her emotions.
Title: Between the Devil and Ian Eversea
Author: Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #9
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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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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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.