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For years, he's been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he'll seduce Ian's innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea asFor years, he's been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he'll seduce Ian's innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he'll capture her heart . . . and then he'll break it.But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke's dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anything she won't do for a duke?...

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What I Did For a Duke Reviews

  • Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
    2018-11-17 02:00

    What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long: a wonderfully interesting and utterly original 5 star read.Welp, I can honestly say I do not know exactly how I'm going to go about explaining this book. While the cover and description make it seem very much unoriginal what lies within the pages is crazy refreshing. At first , upon hearing the stupid revenge plot that the hero had involving the heroines ...I promptly felt likeThen I encountered the fact that there is a love triangle, though it really is disproportionate. I felt likeHoweverAs the book progressed and I got to know the characters and Julie Anne Long's refreshingly direct way of writing, I was smitten. Hallelujah!! Alright...I will be serious now and give you some valid reasons to read this book!Three reasons you will like What I Did For a Duke1>. The Hilarity/Truth that is shown in Long's wonderful style of writingThat sounds like an odd pairing for a category, but bare with me. See Julie Anne Long is nothing if not an honest writer. In fact, this book was lacking in purple prose or any significant amount of flowery writing. However, what she does provide is a healthy dose of reality. Its honestly the most refreshing read I've had in terms of romance. I wanted to hate it, I wanted to demand some overzealous adjectives that would have me running toward a dictionary, however, albeit reluctant to admit, this stripped bare type of writing is something that I would love to encounter again. Don't mistake this more simplisitc type of writing that I am exposing on to mean its bad. She is far from a novice writer and I was quite riveted with the story. And honestly, it had to be good writing because usually upon sniffing out a vengeance theme and love triangle, it's a testament I didn't just abandon the book. In this novel, the hero, Alex, and the heroine, Genevieve, are quite differing in age. He is very near to forty (They never say outright) which leads me to say he is 39, and Genevieve is almost half his age so I read her to be around 23-24 years old. Now this is a significant age difference, however, it is the truth. Most romance books have the ages somewhat close but in truth, the men married late and the women married young. So, I thought that was a wonderful little thing for her to write. Even better, she was honest about his age and his limitations. Often, he felt tired of playing games, of courtship, of beating around the bush, of everything young dandy men love to do. For instance, after a vigiourous bout of love making, Genevieve wanted to almost immediatly get at it again. Now, in Romanceland the hero would have a superpenis and super short refractory period and would all but be ready for round 2. Not in this case, for we have an honest writer.Give me at least a minute or two. I’m not a man of twenty years.”[Alex] “Does it matter? Your age?”[Genevieve] “It does indeed. A bit.”[Alex]How hilarious is that?. Anyway, I was shocked that she wrote that and was even more endeared to the couple, the story, and the writer as I continued to read great little moments like that!2. THE HERO: ALEXOh alex, you are a man after mine own heart. I love how Long painted this picture of a man , 39 years of age, who had lived quite a long and eventful life, had his share of heartbreak, and who was tired. He was tired of playing games and of living some high ball life in the ton. He wanted a wife, he wanted to settle down, he wanted a kid, he wanted piece. In the beginning of the novel, he is going after the heroine for revenge, but that quickly becomes a tiring notion, which i found lovely. He was super direct and never minced his words or played games with her. He told her how he felt, nothing more and nothing less. He wasn't beautiful, his thighs hurt after sex, he was greying, and not liked. Yet, he was one of the most wonderful heroes ever! Maybe, his appeal lies in the fact that for once, I didn't have to be convinced of the amazingness of the hero. He wasn't perfect. He was a real man, tried and true. That made the love story even more special because it wasn't this complete fantasy. And now, let me give you some quotes that explain his sexy imperfect appeal :)“A proper kiss, Miss Eversea, should turn you inside out. It should . . . touch places in you that you didn’t know existed, set them ablaze, until your entire being is hungry and wild. It should . . . hold a moment, I want to explain this as clearly as possible. It should slice right down through you like a cutlass with a pleasure so devastating it’s very nearly pain. It should make you do battle for control of your senses and your will. It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. And it should herald, or at least promise, the most intense physical pleasure you’ve ever known, regardless of whether that promise is ever, ever fulfilled. It should, in fact . . .” he paused for effect “. . . haunt you for the rest of your life.” O.M.G. Tell me ladies, did you just audibly sigh and squirm in your computer chair! I know I did! I imagine that moment to follow was something like this...When he finally got a chance to sink his hands in to her lush hair he whispered...“It’s what this night would feel like if I could seize hold of it.” I thought that was so poignant. These sweet words mean so much when he says them because, he is so very direct and unadorned. So, when he speaks in simile and metaphor the effect is rather profound.In terms of his looks it is noted that...He was almost ugly, when viewed as a set of amplified details and features. Taken together, those details were devastating Might sound odd, but I love a regular looking or ordinary maybe even ugly hero. It means he has substance and the writer is going to give him a depth that will make him dynamic and magnanimous and appealing. Its easy to write a story with a good looking hero, but the best I find are not good looking at all :)I also love his approach to the love triangle...“Genevieve, I saw something in you Lord Harry didn’t see, can’t see, because it isn’t in him to see it. Ask yourself why this is so. Ask yourself whether this might be rather an essential oversight on his part. Ask yourself if you’ve just discovered something about yourself that you may otherwise never have known.I thought that was such a dignified response to her. It was a wakeup call. I wish more love triangles were approached this way. Im not one for misunderstandings and dramatic amounts of miscommunication. I prefer directness and I prefer intelligence. I thought he very eloquently pointed out the reality of the situation. I'm a sucker for rationale :)3. The Awakening of the heroine, Genevieve.I really like Genevieve. Like the hero, Alex, she too is someone so very relateable. Everyone has met or has a Genevieve in their life. A woman who is misunderstood and undervalued, who cares so much for others that she often goes with out. A person who can't seize what she wants because she doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know who she is because she lets everyone and her environment dictate it. She's not weak, she's just not truly living her life, it is rather living her. What I loved about her and the hero, was that he wanted one thing, he wanted her to seize the day. carpe diem. Everyone put her into this innocent, plain, passionless category. However, Alex new better. She was a woman, lush, beautiful, passionate, wanton, hedonistic and all. She was everything she wanted to be. I loved watching her find that out, she didn't turn into some crazy confident sex kitten. She instead just evolved into a better version of herself, a version that cared for her happiness and was willing to expose upon it. I loved the quote that kind of explained this, before a earth shattering kiss, the hero alex said to herYou’re a woman. Don’t you see? You’re made for this.[ this being passion and happiness]How wonderful is that quote! It is so true, and applicable to all women!Conclusion/wrap upIt truly is a wonderful book. It is refreshing, fun, and sweet. I recommend it all. This is also a perfect book if you have been a little tired with reading historical romances!Heroine:Alexis Bledel from Tuck Everlasting. I don't believe she looked quite this young, but she is described as brunette, delicate, blue eyed, and delicate. Only thing is her hair is straight but you get the picture! :)Hero:Richard Armitage as John Thorton. While this guy is a little better looking than i believe the hero is, he , like this character, became more attractive as the heroine began to find out the true him.

  • Anne
    2018-11-24 05:32

    This was a 4 and 5 star read for all of my friends, but for me it was just ok. First off, I didn't like the Duke of Falconbridge. He was assy.Yeah, yeah, he caught his fiancee in bed with a rascally young guy, and his honor demands satisfaction. Whatever. Dude, you were about to marry a scummy cheater. Thank your lucky stars you got out of that relationship without catching something that made your wiener itchy, and move on! But, noooo. His grand revenge scheme is to seduce this guy's younger sister, abandon her, and thereby ruin her chances at a happy life.Oh. Well, that's fair, right?What a creepy fucking dick! <--No romance stars for you, asshole!Genevieve was cool. I liked that she saw through Duke Pervy McOldman pretty quickly, but since I disliked him so much, I was sorta rooting for her to end up with the other guy.So close...!This one was kind of on the longish side, so if you enjoy a meatier romance, that's always a plus. And I didn't dislike this story, I just wasn't as taken with the hero as everyone else.If you're looking for a good trashy romance novel, check out some of the other reviews, because this may be your cuppa! Especially if you're in the market for an older man/younger woman thing.

  • Penny Reid
    2018-12-04 08:53

    Re-read May 2017There is something immeasurably special about this book. On the one hand, you have Genevieve, who is wonderful. She is equally pragmatic and passionate, and how often can you say that about a character? She is blind and ignorant, but blissfully so. I loved her so much.And then you have Alex. Oh, Alex.Alex is higher than Mr. Darcy and just slightly below Captain Wentworth for me (with the good captain taking the #1 spot). He's... so delightfully flawed. And demanding. And wry. And wise. He's uncertain of himself when he recognizes his own vulnerability and because of this, felt (feels) real in a way very few fictional characters ever do. This book is also eloquently written, as close to perfection in prose as is possible. The imagery, the descriptions bring this novel to life, transport the reader, make one feel like a voyeur. I've read many of Julie Anne Long's books and she is an exceptional author. However, I still believe this is her best. I *FOR REAL* love this book and these characters and will likely re-read many, many, many times in the future. ----------------How have I not written a review for this book???This is in my top 3 favorite historical romances EVER. E V E R ! ! ! ! I guess I have to re-read it now so I can do the review justice. *Shucks* :-)

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2018-12-11 02:44

    Oh, how I'm loving the Pennyroyal Green series!! This installment, What I Did For a Duke, is romantic, angsty, passionate, funny... in a word; amazing!!! Needless to say, this is a must read series for me!

  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    2018-12-02 04:37

    5 Fantastic Stars!I've read tons of historical novels and this one is definitely in my top 5. Gosh the plot was a breath of fresh air! The characters were unusual for a historical, but yet believable at the same time. Long's writing is exceptional and I love the words she chose. She definitely had a dictionary on hand. Yes it was a bit "wordy", but it made for a better intimacy between the characters (instead of them jumping into bed right away). Just when I thought I was done with historical's along comes What I Did for a Duke. This book was worth every penny and I'll definitely be reading it again.

  • Heather
    2018-12-09 07:54

    What I Did for a Duke was a surprise hit for me. I expected that I might consider it “alright,” but it ended up being amazing. The duke – so noble, so above those who love and who FEEL - ends up becoming so human. He was so much fun to read, with his dry wit, his sense of humor over catching his fiancé in flagrante delicto and continuing to torment Ian. When Alexander and Genevieve meet, I could feel the chemistry and tension. I loved his surprise that she wasn’t fawning over him, and I appreciated his honesty with her that was both brutal and kind. I loved the duke, and I loved Genevieve just as much. Her honesty, her wit, and that coolness hid so much underneath. And the duke is smart enough to see it, fear it, and want it – and their relationship is quickly not just for revenge. I liked that Alexander never truly changes; he is still the duke, one who has loved and lost, one who will continue to spark fear in others, but he lets Genevieve see something in him no one else gets close enough to. But Genevieve loves another man – does she really understand what gifts Alexander has given her?

  • Phrynne
    2018-11-30 06:33

    I am giving this one four stars mainly because it made me laugh - a lot! The Duke of the title has a very dry wit and the female main character manages some hilarious one liners too.I always call these kinds of books "Georgette Heyer with sex" but they are not often written as well as Heyer's were. This one was good. Ms. Long writes an entertaining story, realistic dialogue and her characters are charming and funny. It seems I have entered a series at book five but it probably does not matter. I will put book one on my list to read soon.

  • Didi
    2018-11-16 06:57

    I think one of the best tropes is the man that gets brought down to his knees by a woman least expected to do so. I love it each and every time. Whether it be St. Vincent, from A Devil in Winter or Michael Stirling, from When He Was Wicked, There's just something about an arrogant male falling from his proverbial perch!This was very good! I loved how Alexander Moncrieffe, the Duke of Falconbridge, had this plan...a plan that totally blew up in his face! When he first saw Genevieve he believed her to be the simple and kind creature she was made out to be. Seeing her hide a passion beneath calmness was the beginning of the end for him. I loved that she was his match both intellectually and physically. He came for revenge against Genevieve's brother, Ian, but left with his heart stolen.Genevieve took longer than Alexander to see how she really felt about him. Her love for Harry was real but I believe it was also safe and predictable. Alexander woke in her something she's always repressed and seeing her embrace it was a highlight. This book was very sensual and beautifully written as well. The prose was lovely and quite evocative. The whole book takes place at Eversea House, in Pennyroyal Green, so there wasn't much change in scenery, but the benefit of this was the amount of time Alex and Genevieve spent talking. It was great to see a couple fall for one another's character and soul, not just looks. I was so happy when Genevieve practically bullied the groom to take her to Rosemont in that final scene that was so passionate because of it's desperation.I would have loved a longer epilogue and I'm curious what happens/happened to Harry. Anyways, a great book with yet another tortured yet fantastic hero!

  • Jilly
    2018-11-12 05:55

    I liked both the hero and heroine in this one! That's always a pleasant surprise.We have the Duke of Wherever, an older guy (yay, I'm not a pedobear for once), who catches the heroine, Genevieve's, brother in bed with his fiance. He's planning revenge. He gets himself invited to Genevieve and her pervy brother's house party. Let the games begin!Then, we have Genevieve, who starts out a little too wide-eyed for me. She is all moony over a guy named Harry, who proceeds to tell her that he is planning on asking her bff to marry him. She's heart-broken. Over a guy named Harry! Sorry, but that name...The girl that Harry wants to marry is one of the short-bus riders. She likes kittens. A lot. She also offers to show the Duke her sketches. He wonders if she is propositioning him, until she produces her sketch book.He slowly turned pages, one by one. Kittens playing with a string. Kittens lapping milk. Kittens sniffing flowers."Lady Blenkenship?""Yes?""Do you like kittens?""Oh, I do!" she confided breathlessly.He sighed, handed the sketchbook back to her, and promptly abandoned her and wended his way through the crowd. He didn't dislike kittens. But life was too short to continue this conversation.How could I not love this guy?And, this is after he had another conversation with another girl where he insinuated that he had indeed poisoned his first wife - but not for her money. He was already wealthy. And, then he told our heroine that his hobby was whores, but then pretended that he had said horses and she misunderstood. Seriously, was this author thinking of my perfect man when she made this guy?The duke was absolutely diabolical, hilarious, and dry as a biscuit. The heroine was a frustrated female who was sick of being thought of as "nice" and "stable" just because she was quiet. I loved their chemistry and banter, and I loved them as a couple. I was totally rooting for Harry to NOT come to his senses and pick the better girl.Another awesome part of this series is that there are a few running jokes that carry over from book to book, so that is always fun. I am one of those people who loves inside jokes, references - even obscure, and call backs, so that makes me enjoy this series even more. So, even though the first book has a slightly rocky beginning, I feel like this series is picking up steam as it goes and am looking forward to the next one.

  • Shawna
    2018-11-26 09:55

    5 stars – Historical/Regency RomanceThis is an enjoyable, engaging, and utterly romantic read with charming, multifaceted characters, intelligent dialogue, witty repartee, hot sexual tension, the right amount of humor and emotion, and very steamy love scenes. It’s my first read by Julie Anne Long, but it definitely won’t be my last. And it’s certainly sparked my interest in reading the other books in her Pennyroyal Green series. 5 stars.

  • Kristen
    2018-11-22 04:35

    I really like this book. A lot. I would have given it 5 stars instead of 4.5 but Genevieve kinda annoyed the heck out of me towards the end of the book. The ending, however, more than made up for it. Swoon, swoon, swoon is all I can say. And I fell head over heels in love with the Duke. I absolutely love his character.

  • Audrey
    2018-11-21 08:46

    I was so so so tempted to bump this one up to a five, but I ultimately chose a four because I don't love the heroine enough to give it a five. Alex (the titular duke) is perfect - stoic, enigmatic, complex, confident, and a little cold such that when he cracks a little over his emotions for Genevieve (our heroine), it's swoon-worthy. He was just a wonderful H, and, despite his bold words, he carried his seduction out with such finesse and grace that I sat here wide-eyed, waiting to see what would come next. He more than delivers on his promises, and, in this case, he has sigh-worthy actions to lend emotional depth to his provocative words. Note that I'm not a big fan of the revenge plot or the love triangle, and this book has both, with the triangle comprised of Alex, Genevieve, and Harry, the lordling whom Genevieve thinks she loves. Another issue (which I'll throw into this paragraph because I can't figure out where else to put it) is the author's (mis)use of titles, particularly for daughters of non-earls/marquesses/dukes. For example, "Lady Abigail" is supposedly the daughter of a baron, which (from my understanding) should mean she's Miss [last name] if she's the oldest or Miss Abigail if she's not the oldest. I don't see how she can be "Lady Abigail" as the daughter of a baron. She would be Lady [title] if she were a widow. There were other instances of botched address, which distracted me a little.*deep breath* MOVING ON...This book hops along at a brisk pace, with Alex ruthlessly determined to take his revenge on Genevieve's brother by seducing and abandoning Genevieve. Thankfully, this revenge aspect of the plot is wrapped up pretty tidily and quickly between the characters, which leaves us with the emotional angst of the love triangle and how it will play out. Here's where we really get the focus on our H and h's learning about, discovering, and appreciating each other. They recognize each other's hidden layers almost as though they were the counterpart to each other. Many scenes are filled with subtle observations of each other's character and actions until you really get the feeling that they truly know and understand each other in ways others have never tried or been permitted. They actually don't even kiss until over halfway into the book, and the chemistry and tension leap off the pages up til that point. Their physical scenes are intense and emotional and follow this highly anticipated kiss in explosive succession. I really really liked this book, but as I said before, my main quibble is with Genevieve. For the most part, I liked her and her clever yet subtle witticisms (which were revealing to Alex of her true character but remained hidden from others) very much...until she started bothering me around two-thirds into the book. She's smart and has all of these hidden and under-appreciated depths - great. So why does it take her sooooooo long to wise up to her actual feelings and lose her "but it's Harry I love!" mantra? In the meanwhile, she's putting Alex through the emotional ringer (though you may not guess it because he's so damned outwardly composed all the time). In truth, by the time we got to her revelation, I actually thought we needed a little more heroine groveling to wrap things up appropriately and give Alex the emotional payoff he deserved. Then again, maybe that just goes to show how much I liked him. *grins*So, yes, a very strong four, and I think I will seek out more from this author and series.P.S. Note that I had not read any of the other books in the series, and, although it's apparent that Genevieve's siblings are some of those characters from prior books, I think this book reads perfectly fine as a standalone. I didn't think there was "background" story that I was missing from not having read the other books.Edit: P.P.S. In retrospect, I must also say that I think the title is a bit misleading because our heroine doesn't actually do much for her duke. It seems quite the opposite, to be honest, but I guess "What I Did For Genevieve" doesn't carry the same punch, does it?

  • Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
    2018-11-13 08:37

    I absolutely loved this book. It was a surprise as I hadn't read this author before and judging by the name of the book, I wasn't thinking it would be anything out of the ordinary. I was wrong. I will always remember this book as it made me feel very emotional. The book opens with the H catching the h's brother climbing in a window in London to jump into his fiancee's bed. Rather than the H calling the brother out, he told him to expect some revenge in the future, leaving it up in the air.Some time after that the H shows up as a guest at the brother's family's home in the country for a stay. Obviously the brother wasn't very happy about that, expecting the axe to fall in some manner at any time. This portion of the story was quite amusing to me many times as the H would quite often drop into a conversation various comments that meant nothing to anyone else present, but meant torment for the brother. These made me laugh out loud. The brother totally deserved it after what he'd done to the H.The plan of the H was to seduce and then discard the h, who is the brother's sister, thereby inflicting his revenge - not very nice when you consider the h is totally innocent. Of course this makes the H look like a very bad man, which to some extent, you could call him a bit ruthless. However, once the H meets the h and they interact, it isn't long before that plan goes by the wayside as the H realises the h is someone very special.Once the story moves to the country, not too far into the book, that's when the main part of the story really takes place, and is only over a period of about two weeks. There is the complication that the H quickly becomes aware that the h thinks she is in love with another man who is a childhood friend she has known for years, and who is also present, and the H proceeds to seduce her to keep her for himself.I can't praise this book enough. It's the sort of romance book that I live to find - and only do every now and then. I can't think of another one, since Scandal by Carolyn Jewel, that has made me feel this deeply. Maybe it's just me, but it struck a real cord, as I think it's one of the best books I've ever read on the basis of the excellent writing, the wonderful interation, both verbal and physical, between the H and h and the actual story. I loved the little bit of humour in it as well. I think the seduction is one of the hottest I've ever read; the tension and the actual physical interaction. I loved every single word of this book.The H is a wounded man, and you can't help but feel for him when it is all revealed. You can see how he came to be how he is, and you can't help but fall in love with him. The h is a little more difficult to love, however, I thought she was just right for the H. I had read in other reviews before picking this book up that people had said it was slow. Well, not if you love a character driven romance. Looking for action, then don't look here. It's all about the H and h falling in love. So wonderful.Someone also said it was a love triange, a trope I hate and I baulked for a long time reading it because of this, but I don't consider this to be one. The h was "in love" with another man when the book began, but once she met the H she slowly realised (over two weeks, not so slow really), that the love she felt for the other man was as a friend, comfortable and light and easy, but with no substance. Once she met the H, she eventually became aware that the love she felt for the other man was not a full adult love, but a childish dream. I thought the H and h were matched so perfectly, both on an emotional and intellectual level. They really were perfect for each other. The h did take most of the book to intellectually realise she was so well matched to the H, but I wouldn't have liked her half as well if she had just suddenly dropped her "love" for the other man, someone she had thought she'd been in love with for years. Probably the only fault I consider this book has is the title. It's a silly title for a book that deserves one with a bit more meaning. Had it had a better title, I probably would have read it sooner as I had categorised it in my mind as a run of the mill regency. As stated, I now know that it isn't ordinary. Apart from that, I recommend this book for anyone who loves a character driven romance. This book is going staight into my top five books I've ever read, it was that good for me.

  • Kathleen
    2018-11-16 07:01

    I LOVED this book. The story had a flow of words that were so fantastic from start to finish.This story took place almost in one setting and had no action. Most of the story was the characters talking. I'm completely amazed by how this book grabbed me under these circumstances. It had some LOL moments and heartfelt ones too.I really liked both the H&h characters in this book and the way they interacted with each others. The heat level was very low until the last 1/4 of the book and then it shot up like a flame.Of course there was a HEA that made me smile a mile.Thanks Janette for the recommendation of this book.

  • MelissaB
    2018-11-16 06:40

    I enjoyed the writing style of the author and I liked both main characters, especially the sardonic hero. But I had a big problem with the fact the heroine fancied herself in love with another man for way way too long in the story. The ending was nice but I had trouble trusting the heroine to know her own feelings when it took her so long to figure things out. But if I took away that annoyance, the author showed a lot of promise.

  • Dina
    2018-12-09 09:53

    4 1/2 stars (rounded down to 4 stars, because Genevieve's "blindness" lasted way too long - I mean, (view spoiler)[she thought she was still in love with Harry and accepted his marriage proposal when there was only two chapters left to finish the book! (hide spoiler)])Note: I received this eARC from Harper Collins via NetGalley. That had no influence on my review/rating.

  • Wicked Incognito Now
    2018-11-23 08:00

    I am utterly delighted by this historical romance for a number of reasons. My first reason is that I often feel close to being completely done with romances altogether. I'm just so over the same tired storylines. I've always loved historical romances because they are comfortable. The 19th Century English setting is so familiar that it's almost like putting on a comfy t-shirt. But there seems to be very little room for variation in theseplots. I've gotten to where I don't even finish most of the HRs that I read. Once the couple "hooks up" so to speak, I lose all interest. From there on out everything is the same ol' blah blah.However, there are still some favorite authors who manage to write in a way that tickle my fancy. They take the tired storylines and make them interesting through careful characterization. Julie Anne Long wrote a historical romance that is stellar--Like No Other Lover. It stands out among the wallpaper historicals, so I gave THIS novel a looksee....The premise is that Ian Eversea (a member of the notorious Eversea clan) wronged our Duke--Alex Moncrieffe--in a deplorable manner. Therefore, the formidable duke sets out to get even with Ian---by seducing and abandoning Ian's young sister.When I read that premise I inwardly groaned. Not this again! So the world-weary, dark and handsome duke will try to seduce Genevieve Eversea and willfall in love instead. Because this young woman will be OH SO UNIQUE! And will save his soul. Meh.But the reviews were glowing, and JAL DOES have a captivating writing style, and because I CRAVE historical romance of the sort that doesn't make me throw up a little bit in my mouth--I zapped this onto my Kindle.Here's what's unique about this particular HR. This isn't the standard dastardly villian turned romantic hero story. I've always had a problem with those storylines because why would any character change so suddenly? Why would a hero go from being a hard-bitten womanizer to someone who has gone all soft and mushy thanks to the love of a good woman? It makes no sense. I'm sure most of the young marriageable ladies of the ton were "good." There is usually nothing unique about them that should cause a man to completely alter his character.A good love story is in the interaction between the two characters. The characters don't change overnight. What they do do is find commonalities in each other that don't exist in other people. They LEARN each other. Then they fall in love. That is the thing that I LOVE about romances. The part where they get to know each other, exchange dialogue, make each other laugh....this is the good stuff. This is what keeps me returning to romance novels.Unfotunately, it's all too rare. Unfortunately, most romance novels rely on the miracle of love-at-first-sight, and they don't properly build up characterization.Julie Anne Long's novel (and all the novels that make me swoon) relies on dialogue and interaction to build up this couple's relationship. The revenge plot is fleeting and abandoned within the first third of the novel. This was never about a jaded duke bent on revenge. Here is an example of the type of interaction that delights me. It shows how two people come to the realization that they just "get" each other. "...But perhaps a reel other than the waltz? We differ so in height I shall be speaking to your third button through the dance. Else you will need to look a great distance down and I will need to look a great distance up. I shouldn't like you to end the evening with an aching neck." Inevitable at your creaky, advanced age, she left eloquently, palpably unspoken.He looked down at her for a moment, head slightly cocked, as if he could hear that unworthy thought echoing in her mind."My third button is so often a wallflower during balls I doubt it will mind your conversation overmuch."She blinked. This was so delightfully...silly...she forgot herself absolutely for a moment. She stole a glance at his third button. It was nacre, of course, as were the rest of them, and looked like an expensive and luminous tiny moon brought down from the sky spcifically to button up the duke. A row of snobs, those buttons, all of them.Lovely gown, it might say to her. But can you trace your ancestry back to the Conqueror?and then later that same evening...."I think I prefer to speak to your third button after all.""My third button is not at home to unannounced guests," he said sternly.She did laugh then, delighted.Another problem I have with most HRs is that the heroine and hero are almost never of equal power. I hate reading a novel that gives either too much power. It makes me uncomfortable. It's usually about some down-and-out prostitute saved by the love of an aristocrat. Or a poor lady that needs to marry well. Or a spinster that really needs to marry. Or a bluestocking that really needs to marry. The hero is always titled and handsome and rich and a RAKE!Well, this is true of the hero in the book. But the heroine is not powerless. She is also quite charming and rich. She could not care less about the duke. She's already in love. She wants the duke to go away. I love this angle! She doesn't fall for the duke's intention to get revenge on her brother. She point blank asks him what he's up to. The standard tropes are thrown out the window early in the book. So right there I'm captivated. After that, there was no way I was skimming through to get to the end. JAL saved me from my jaded historical romance reading self. For that I'm eternally grateful.

  • Zoe
    2018-11-21 07:01

    I thought long and hard about this rating. I really struggled with it. I love the way JAL depicts people, their feelings, who they are and the interactions between characters. Exquisite and subtle writing. I hope to see more writers exhibit such writing skills. I will continue to read JAL just for that. I know the book has really great reviews and I can see why. About 80% of me agrees with them on the awesomeness of this book. And I would certainly recommend the book. That being said, it should be clear enough that I have my reservations. The good stuff: 1. The writing is really really impressive. Witty, powerful, sensual, with just enough hint to let readers savor the subtleties. JAL is direct when she needs be and subtle when imagination is due. Most intriguing. 2. This book turned the table on the lead characters. Usually it takes the leaving of the heroine to "scare" the hero into some kind of a revelation. Genevieve was served the "I am walking away and you can't convince me to come back unless you profess your undying love" bitter pill. Most unusual. 3. The 20 year age difference was done well in this book. Most admirable. My "I wish...." stuff: 1. Characterization: I fully appreciate the characterization of Alex and Genevieve. Alex is great, Genevieve is ok. I liked her a lot in the beginning but she went a bit overboard with her youthful infatuation with Harry and was just a tad too wild too quickly. I did feel however, they could be fleshed out more. Maybe it is because I am really interested in Alex and Genevieve and I would love to get to know them better without all the secondary characters such as Harry, Milicent, Olivia and Ian Eversea. Quite a pity. 2. Relationship developement: I feel JAL and I are slightly mismatched somehow. I think highly of her writing but the way she develops her stories...... I always feel that I would have taken the story to a different direction than she did. It is a personal preference though. Not a critique on the book. Rather disappointing, for me that is. 3. Great sex: I know great sex is great (what a poorly formulated sentence but Thank God I am no writer), but for a book to really capture my heart, I need a little more than that. Alex and Genevieve of course, had their moments and their witty banters. I just wish there was more of an emotional attachment between the two. From where I see it, every time Genevieve showed any attachment to Alex, was when she was running around the house looking for Alex for their midnight "rendezvous". That is a 20-year-old girl's budding sexual curiosity, being satistfied by a nearly 40-year-old man. I read in one review that the book is falsely named. The book should have been named "What a duke did for me" instead of "What I did for a duke. I whole-heartedly agree. Because in reality, Genevieve did very little for the duke. It was Alex who patiently waited for Genevieve to come to her senses, which is how it should be. I imagine in a May/December relationship such as it is between Alex and Genevieve, it would be odd if the young girl was the one doing the "tutoring". Alex was a man in his own right. He had a formidable title, money, influence, respect, confidence, he even had love once in his life. He lacked NOTHING, nothing at all. One could argue that he did not have love, but well, he could have "loved" just about any woman, I think, and built a reasonably rewarding life with any woman who could fit into the role. A wholesome man like Alex does not need a "special" woman to find love. Come on ladies, most men are simple creatures. Genevieve however, nursed her broken heart over Harry for so long in this book that it really bothered me. A "sensible" woman such as Genevieve or how she was supposed to be in this book, should be able to recognize sooner that her feelings for Harry were inconsequential in comparison to those for Alex. But that is the one real conflict in this book so I understand why JAL could not let it go. I just wish.....oh well, wish for a more soul-searching kind of relationship for Alex and Genevieve. Sex plays such an important role in their relationship and considering how "more advanced" in age Alex is than Genevieve, the practical person in me has to wonder. (I will not elaborate on what I would be wondering about.) Honestly after having written such a lengthy review, I still could not decide on a rating. I am going with 4 stars for now. It was gripping, I will give the book that. My disapointments, are my own. ps. Why is Alex being referred to as Moncrieffe in the book? He is Duke of Falconbridge, Alexander Moncrieffe. Shouldn't he be "Falconbridge" or "Lord Falconbridge"? Why is he called "Moncrieffe" or "Lord Moncrieffe"? That is his last name, not his title. But I am no expert on this. I was just wondering......

  • Zumbagirl
    2018-11-24 09:58

    I loved this! It kind of reminded me of The Notebook (probably due to the love triangle). This is officially my favorite Julie Anne Long book and my favorite older man/younger woman trope. The revenge aspect was resolved quite quickly, thankfully (there was a lot of humor because of this "revenge" that Alex was going to exact against Ian). Genevieve and Alex were such a great couple - even if they both fought it for a little too long. The beginning of this was a tiny bit slow going - but once it hit the middle -- yowza! - it took off and had serious steam. I've read a lot of reviews that complained about Genevieve being naive and not sure of what she wanted. Reminder: She is 20 years old and Alex is almost 40. Think about when you were 20 - weren't you a fool? Now, at 40 you have perspective and wisdom (hopefully) and see things much differently. That is why she never bothered me. I thought she was really smart and clever and I loved how Alex helped her find herself. That's the biggest problem about being young - you don't know yourself or what you want. Your emotions lead the way and often with disastrous results. Alex was stable, serious, calculating - perfect duke material but not as annoying as most of the other dukes (ie, Robert from , Villiers from , and every duke ever written by Judith McNaught). When Genevieve figures out his game - which they communicated beautifully and had some of the best dialogue - Alex seemed to change. Maybe he was changing before that. He seemed so cold at first but really it was a tough exterior to shield him from hurt and loss (his wife had died some years before this and things are revealed that help the reader to learn more about Alex's past and present). He feared very few things but realized this - But here was the thing he feared: he wanted to talk to her every day. He wanted to make love to her every night. He wanted to know every curve and angle of her body, every hollow, every freckle, every scar. He'd never known a more clawing hunger for a woman's body, and it shocked him, and he was clever enough to know it had only a little to do with her body. An incinerating honest passion, the equal of his, was only the expression of who she truly was. He wanted to know all of her thoughts. He wanted to tell her...well, most of his. He would ask nothing else from life if he would be allowed to protect and cherish her for the rest of his.Then: He wished for access to all the world's languages at once, for then he would have a better word for how he felt and what she was. But he relived again the feel of her falling apart in his arms, the feel of her body welcoming his into it, and how he felt like a simpleton, entirely new and blessed, and he knew beautiful would have to do. Sigh. I was a nervous wreck over how this love triangle was going to work out. Genevieve did say and do some pretty stupid things - but again, I excuse her because of her age and the circumstances. (view spoiler)[ She was in love and best friends with Harry for like forever. Alex walks into her life and wham - it's like she's been hit by lightning. Even Alex said it's not usually like that - the searing intensity of their love - although they never called it that. It is hard to believe anyone could feel that much passion and not understand the reality of it. Alex tried his best to reason with her and made a decision that showed how much he truly loved her. Oh, I loved how this ended! Even though her parents were supposedly "clueless" about her midnight rendezvous, I think they were onto it somehow. At least I think they hoped she would choose Alex although ultimately allowing her the choice. Wow, the gift Alex gives her at the end, this guy was amazing. I did feel sorry for Harry but maybe he'll end up with Millicent eventually? (hide spoiler)]The ending scene: (view spoiler)[ Genevieve does the right thing and finds Alex. She says concerning how she didn't know what she wanted: "I couldn't see it because you are my heart, damn you! And how can I see my own heart if it's beating in my own chest?" And then very shortly thereafter: "Have you stopped loving me? Because of how stupid I've been?" Alex: "Tell me first what you came here to say and then I'll tell you whether I ever did." "I love you." "Then it's just as well that I love you, Genevieve." So they probably could have saved everyone a whole lot of drama if they exchanged the I Love Yous earlier, but then where would the suspense be? (hide spoiler)]The theme of friendship is a favorite for me and one of the secondary characters was Millicent, Genevieve's good friend. She was a hoot with her kitten portraits and then the dark side of nature - swans! But Millicent was a happy person and possessed a quality or ability that most people want but can't find - she found her happy place. While Genevieve was love sick over her loss of Harry, she thinks this about her friend:And Millicent was oblivious to all of it and as happy as usual. Genevieve could see again the unique appeal of that particular quality now. How very soothing it must be in its innocence and light. When one is satisfied with how the world appears, there is no need to look any deeper or farther. Peeking below the surface of things, one often discovers things one would rather not see... If we're happy with ourselves, we see the world in a totally different light and things are never quite so bad. I need to find my happy place!!If you haven't read any of the books in the series, don't worry. I only read the first one - which was good but not necessary. Basically, all you need to know is the Everseas and the Redmonds hate each other. Also, don't be put off by this book's wacky name (which is completely meaningless. It could have been named "What I Did with the Duke" and that would have been accurate) and the cover (it has a certain soap opera appeal). This is a wonderful romance!!!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Vintage
    2018-12-09 05:36

    Shoot, just lost my whole review.Excellent, excellent, excellent historical romance: Sexual tension, witty banter, and wonderfully charming and intelligent characters.Sample of dialogue between Moncrief, the hero, and Ian, the heroine's smarmy trouser snake brother."Mr. Eversea," he drawled. "We haven't yet had a chance to speak alone. I hardly recognize clothing."Moncrief, a sardonic and slightly haunted Duke, caught Ian in bed with Moncrief's fiancee. Ian is forced to flee not only horseless but pantless out the window with the threat from Moncrief to expect revenge in kind. That revenge is to be the seduction and abandonment of Ian's sister, Genevieve.What makes this novel so great is the intelligence and charm between the two major characters. They banter without getting overly cutesy which is nice as sometimes Regency era authors can fall down the twee rabbit hole with their characters.Genevieve figures out what the Duke is up to and appreciates the challenge from the Duke. She has her own issues as she is in love with another man that sees her only as a friend.The love scenes frankly make want to wave a handkerchief as ay caramba. Moncrief is a top notch seducer and is very aware of the power he wields as a man and a Duke in the hierarchy of Regency England. His arrogance is not over the top, but just the simple acknowledgement of his power. he begins with verbal seduction and proceeds from there. Genevieve is sweet, intelligent and quite human without falling into Mary Sue territory. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much I've read and skimmed other Long book in the series just looking for more on these two.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-29 02:34

    FABULOUS book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED every minute of this book. Seriously. Every. Minute.I totally went against my own rules and read this book out of order, because:1) I have read one other book in this series, #2, and felt fine reading that one out of order, so I assumed the same would be with this book.2) It sounded AMAZING and I was feeling rather impatient and didn't want to read the entire series to get to this one!BUT, if I could do it over again I think I would start at the beginning of this series and read it in order, because I have fallen in love with all of the characters and want to know them more and can't wait to dive into another book with them in it!This book is HILARIOUS... many, many laugh-out-loud moments, especially during the Blindman's Bluff Game!!!! AND, let me not be remiss in saying that this book is smokin' hot!!! It will not disappoint,even those with steamier tastes in books! ;)

  • Tina
    2018-11-18 05:47

    "Would you like to see my...sketches?" She asked it with eyes downcast, peering flirtatiously up at him through her lashes.Her sketches?Was he being propositioned in a crowded salon? Did she intend to lure him up to her chamber? Did he mind?"Show me your sketches, Lady Blankenship," he said softly with a smile reserved for innuendo.She instantly reached down behind the settee behind her and produced, to his astonishment, a sketchbook and handed it to him."Go on," she urged on a whisper. "Tell me what you think."She'd clasped her hands in front of her, then brought them nervously up to her mouth. Her big eyes liquid with nervous anticipation.What on earth would he find in it?...He hoped he'd find nudes and was at the same time rather worried he would. He opened her sketchbook furtively. He turned the first page up by one corner, took a peek. And then he turned it all the way over.He stared for a good long time at the first drawing. She nearly bounced on her toes awaiting his verdict."Lady Blankenship?""Yes?" She said breathlessly."This is a kitten. In a basket."She nodded eagerly."This is a sketch of a kitten in a basket."A fluffy, big-eye kitten was sitting neatly in a round basket, paws draped over the edge."Do you like it?" Millicent was practically nibbling on her knuckles with nerves."It is a kitten in a basket," He pointed out slowly. As if this were answer enough."Look at the next one." She urged excitedly.He gingerly turned the page. He stared."It's...kittens playing with a yarn ball." Something like hysteria tinged his voice.He slowly turned the pages, one by one. One by one. Kittens playing with a string. Kittens lapping milk. Kittens sniffing flowers....He sighed, handed the sketchbook back to her, and to her astonishment promptly abandoned her and wended his way through the crowd.This scene (abridged a bit here) occurs early in the book and while reading it my mind was awash in glee. I loved everything about this scene and it was when I knew this book was a winner.Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge comes across Ian Eversea cuckolding him with his fiance. Falconbridge is a legend in the ton. he is rumored to have poisoned his first wife, he fights duels, he always succeeds at whatever he does and he always gets his revenge. Much to Ian's dismay Falconbridge lets him leave, refusing to meet him for pistols at dawn. He merely promises that Ian's punishment -- when it eventually happens -- will fit the crime.Ian is even more horrified to see Falconbridge turn up a his family's houseparty and begin paying attention to his youngest sister Genevieve. For his part, Falconbridge has decided to "compromise, seduce and abandon" Genevieve except he hadn't really counted on Genevieve herself.I won't summarize more except to say that the book starts out on a somewhat serious note. I thought for sure Falconbridge would be one of those dour, tormented heroes and this book would be all angsty and such. But man, was I wrong. Falconbridge is a bit dour and a touch tormented -- but he was also wickedly funny and a hero to sigh over. His interactions with Genevieve were punctuated with great witty repartee. And his continued tormenting of a poor Ian was an excellent bonus.And what I like to think of JAL's signature -- her beautifully written and intensely romantic scenes between the H/h -- is in full effect in this book. I am enjoying the continuing saga of the Redmonds and the Everseas. They remind me a bit of Julia Quinn's Bridgertons.Great, fun and funny book. Highly recommended!

  • Beanbag Love
    2018-11-24 09:55

    This ... is more like it.Having not enjoyed the previous installment of Long's Pennyroyal Green series I began this one with some trepidation. But my worries were not founded as the magic had returned. Fewer typos too so I guess the publisher pulled it together as well.This story was fun, especially in that it starts with one well-worn trope and suddenly and unexpectedly slingshots to another. What I loved about that sudden change was that it was completely organic and came about in a way that I'm always hoping for but never get to see. Often I read along wondering "what would happen if they just spoke to each other about their thoughts/worries/suspicions?" Well, Genevieve and Alex did and it was such a refreshing change. But the old trope couldn't stand after that, of course, and that was just a nice surprise.Alex's late wife was not turned into a shrew, but remained a happy, if painful memory for him, which was a nice departure. Genevieve is funny, yet kind and sensible in her dealings with other people. I thought their romance moved forward naturally and with believable chemistry.My only real problem comes with the ending. I was thrilled that Long finally included an epilogue since her stories typically end very abruptly, but by the end of this story I was getting weary of Genevieve's blockheadedness where her feelings were concerned. It would have been nice to have had some more time at the end to settle into those feelings and trust that they were true and would endure. That's the problem with the abrupt ending -- the reader often feels unsure of the HEA. The epilogue was a quickie wrap-up and didn't really provide that settling in either, so ... that's why I give it four stars instead of five. I'm off on a search for a flow chart of the Redmund and Eversea families because there are just so many characters and I think it's time I became familiar with their names. It can be confusing.I recommend this series if you like historical romance. Julie Anne Long has a real gift for humor and chemistry and some lovely romantic moments.

  • Mitzi
    2018-12-07 09:37

    This is a story of a young woman that discovers that passion has much more to do with love than a life long friendship she ‘thought’ was love. Genevieve is young and thinks she is in love with her best friend Harry, only Harry has just told her that he intends to propose marriage to Genevieve’s best friend Millicent.Ian, Genevieve’s brother, has just been caught in bed with Abigail, the fiancée of the Duke of Falconbridge (a man known for being ruthless).The Duke of Falconbridge is older (has gray wisps of hair at his temples and lines around his eyes) and decides not to ‘call Ian out by duel’…but will take his revenge another way. Alex (Duke of Falconbridge) partakes in an autumn party at the Eversea Estate and befriends Genevieve, thinking he will seduce her (like a fox)…but she is sharp and catches on to his antics (he likes her sharp mind and wit). They decide on a scheme to make Harry jealous. The Duke then acts as though he is interested in Genevieve…and in doing so; he tells her things that make her curious about the intimate feelings of love/attraction/passion she had not experienced. Example: After discovering that she has never been kissed (except on the hand) he tells her: “A proper kiss, Miss Eversea, should turn you inside out. It should touch places in you that you didn’t know existed, set them ablaze, until your entire being is hungry and wild. It should slice right down through you like a cutlass with a pleasure so devastating it’s very nearly pain. It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. It should, in fact, haunt you for the rest of your life.” I love the way the Alex loves her…yet holds himself in check and allows her to come to the decision ‘he is the one she loves and wants to marry’. I enjoyed this story a lot = 4.5*

  • Sherwood Smith
    2018-12-10 08:52

    A fun Regency romance of the sexy sort. I liked the first half more than the second half; the banter was so much fun, and there were fewer period bobbles than in many of the ones featuring basically modern people in a Heyer-like Regency setting.The wicked duke means to seduce and dump someone in the family of a guy he catches in his affianced wife's bedroom; there is a love triangle. These elements could have gone south really fast, but Long makes them fun and fresh, with an emphasis on the fun, as Genevieve, our heroine, is no fool. I laughed out loud at some of the duke's methods of getting back at the erring brother.The second half I would have enjoyed more if (view spoiler)[Gen, so very smart, had thought about the consequences of sleeping with the guy outside of marriage, and second, if she suddenly hadn't turned into Weepy Woman at the end. But then she comes about most satisfactorily on that front, too. (hide spoiler)], but overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Angie
    2018-12-09 03:36

    Good heavens, this was delightful. I'd tried a couple of Ms. Long's Pennyroyal Green books before without much success and had essentially written off the series. Happily, I listened to my friend Michelle's recommendation and snagged this one at the library. Lurid cover (and limp title) aside, I fell immediately in love with Genevieve and Alex. On the face of things, it was never going to work for me. It's a bit of a May-December romance. There's a revenge plot sure to devastate one of the primary parties. The heroine is hopelessly hung up on the childhood friend who's in love with the other childhood friend. Etc.But. But somehow it works just brilliantly. It's hilarious and wrenching and just smooth as silk. With a genuinely heart-in-your-throat ending to boot. A keeper for sure.

  • Christy
    2018-11-16 08:35

    2.5 starsJust bleah. Not well written (for example, she clearly doesn't know what enervate means, since she uses it twice to mean energize), uninteresting characters, no chemistry between the leads and a ridiculous looking retread cover (see). I am astonished by the 5 star reviews.

  • Bianca
    2018-12-05 06:59

    I saw someone on my feed discussing regency novels. I wasn't sure what they were. It turns out, it's romance novels set in the Victorian era. I've been watching a lot of Victorian era movies and series lately, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Jane Eyre, so I thought why not read something lighter over the Mother's Day weekend.I've got a friend who's into romance books, so I asked her to lend me some regency ones.This was one of her favourites.For what it's worth, it was quite enjoyable. I pretty much read it in one sitting. As it's the case with most historical novels, contemporary tastes, attitudes and mannerisms seem to permeate. But one doesn't necessarily read this kind of novels for historical accuracy. From my limited experience with this genre, the Duke seems to be the Billionaire equivalent of the contemporary romance novels. Of course, this is formulaic: rich, powerful dude + ingenue young lady + sexual tension made even more exciting by being improper and not the done thing. Oh, the excitement! What distinguishes each romance novel from the next one is the writing, the characters and dialogues - Quinn did a good job. I barely rolled my eyes - which is always a good sign.So this gets a 4 - 4.5 stars.Cover: I've had a look around, they're all the same. And most of them have idiotic titles - as clearly demonstrated by this novel. I know, I know, it's only a romance novel...

  • Erika
    2018-11-16 09:00

    I always love the way it feels after reading a great romance book!I decided to read What I Did For a Duke after I saw it on Amazon as one of ten best romance books of 2011. I totally agree with it. It makes me happy if a romance book with an ordinary theme turns to be an extraordinary romance. Something as ordinary as love triangle usually wouldn't have my attention. But Julie Anne Long packed it with very interesting romance, smart characters, and what a lovely writing style.Genevieve Eversea, is a very smart young lady who is in love (at least she thinks so) with her long time bestfriend Lord Harry Osborne. When Harry tells her he's about to purpose Lady Millicent Blenkenship (their mutual bestfriend), Genevieve has a heartbreak.Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, came to the Eversea's with a plan. He's about to have his revenge to Ian Eversea, the man who slept with his ex-fiancee. He would seduce one of Ian's sister, Genevieve. When he has done with her, he will leave her. That's the plan, which is absolutely not going well because Genevieve is a smart, briliant woman. She observes and analyzes everything Alex does. So Alex changes his plan, he offers Genevieve a friendship. He would help her to show Harry Osborne what he'll miss. Both Genevieve and Alex don't know that (view spoiler)[Harry's idea for purposing Millicent is a part of his plan for Genevieve. He actually loves her but he's stupid enough to break her heart with that stupid plan (hide spoiler)]. And so the story goes, all plans crashed, all hell broke loose.It started off a little bit slow and boring. I was glad I didn't put it down because it was getting better and better each chapter. The romance between Genevieve and Alex is hilarious, heartwarming, and so sensual. Made me giggled, laughed, got mushy, and finally cried. Loved both of them. And the words... so lovely.“A proper kiss, Miss Eversea, should turn you inside out. It should... touch places in you that you didn’t know existed, set them ablaze, until your entire being is hungry and wild. It should... hold a moment, I want to explain this as clearly as possible...” He tipped his head back and paused to consider, as though he were envisioning this and wanted to relate every detail correctly. “It should slice right down through you like a cutlass with a pleasure so devastating it’s very nearly pain.”He waited, watching her face, allowing her to accommodate the potent words.Her mouth was parted. Her breathing short. She couldn’t look away. His eyes and voice held her as fast as if he’d cradled her face with his hands.And as he said them, an echo of sensation sounded in her, like a remembered dream, an instinct awakened.She thought about Mars getting ready to give Venus a good pleasuring.Stop, she should say.“And...?” she whispered.“It should make you do battle for control of your senses and your will. It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. And it should herald, or at least promise, the most intense physical pleasure you’ve ever known, regardless of whether that promise is ever, ever fulfilled. It should, in fact...” he paused for effect “... haunt you for the rest of your life.”["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Miranda Davis
    2018-11-20 07:39

    2.5 stars. Julie Ann Long is a wonderful author and I’ve really enjoyed her other books. This was a treat: in that it was free and mostly fun to read. But there was something off-key in the heroine’s behavior that made me begrudge her the love of the duke in the end.The story involves a clever, purportedly kind, young woman heartbroken by a young man she’s loved all her life and the much older, colder-seeming duke who intends her ruin as revenge for her brother’s misdeeds. Touched by her gallantry in the face of heartbreak, however, the duke offers to help bring the young man to heel and falls in love with her instead. In short, a young woman almost overlooks her true match while pining for another. Here, in a less appealing second half, she becomes shrewish/selfish and causes collateral damage through angst-y indecision, callous disregard or ingrained habits of thought. She wants to make Harry, her young man, realize he loves her, though he’s about to propose to their mutual friend. The duke willingly plays her suitor to foil the proposal, but enjoys getting to know her far more than he intends. She responds enthusiastically. The duke’s courtship/seduction grows earnest. She jumps His Grace’s bones without hesitation, discovers her passionate nature and, while riding another man's rod, thinks only of marrying Harry. The rakish duke falls in love with her while teaching her the game of love; she dismisses the possibility of love between them simply out of force of habit, as far as I can tell. After the duke makes a noble sacrifice, she finally gets the proposal she’s been angling for. At this point I am actively disliking her -- and the author's choices -- because the heroine 1) apparently dismisses w/o a moment's thought the intimacy that developed with the duke as just wall-banging sex that she just gots to have, again and again; 2) she agrees to marry another without a peep about the WB sex -- though it’s a BIG deal in that day and age that she's 'ruined' -- or any regard for the feelings of her husband-to-be about the WB sex she's had with another man; and 3) has second thoughts about her choice only after rejecting the duke and just in time to 'do unto her fiance as he did unto her' by crushing him. Her behavior is inconsistent with her initial supposed 'kind' character, and comes across to me as thoughtless/confused/slutty in equal measure. Here’s another annoyance: a duke is 'His Grace,' or "the Duke of Whatever,' not Lord Surname. Friends/peers would call him Ravensbridge (his title) not Montcrieff (surname). Closest, longtime friends might call him by his given name. The heroine’s friend, a Lady Millicent Something would never be Lady Something only Lady Millicent Something or Lady Millicent bec. she's unmarried, so it’s a courtesy title. Yes, I’m being a twit about these details but these are main characters, this is a famous author and this was supposedly edited by grown-ups. JAL deserves better.There were many funny scenes and set pieces but that sour little something about the unkind heroine got to me. She was often described as considerate but her behavior proved her anything but. I've enjoyed JAL's other work far more. Sorry this is so wordy, the issue with the h is elusive to me. Others liked it better than I did, so there you go.