“What I Did for a Duke” by Julie Anne Long

STORY: 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 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?

REVIEW: Emotional. With a capital “E”. That is the first and only word that comes to mind as, while and after you’re done with this book. From the first page, where we see Ian climb into Abigail’s room, Ms. Long makes the suspense build ever so slowly.

It starts with the emotions felt by Ian while he literally stalks Abigail, the Duke’s fiancée, for three days culminating with his climb into her bed, flows seamlessly through while we watch Harry carry out his “plan”  while Alex ever so slowly, but surely brings Genevieve to life. And the ending will have you holding your breath, wringing your hands and putting the book down so you would prolong the emotions felt by the characters. It feels so clichéd to tell you that the Author has written three-dimensional characters, but she has, and not just written about them, she’s molded, gave breath and depth to such complex Hero and Heroine that left me breathless! Struck dumb! I honestly didn’t want the book to end. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? I have to get through this page to get to the next, and next, and then you turn around and the book ends and its 5 am!!! And I want more…

The best thing about this story is…well, I’m unable to choose. Could it be the part where he tells her how a kiss should feel? Or a part where she discovers his intent for her? Or the part where she receives the flowers? Or the dialogue? I have to tell you, it is one of the best dialogues written. The humor and wit were so natural that it left me chuckling and laughing out loud. See, I just can’t choose! There’s just too many. What gave me most satisfaction is the way that Ms. Long slowly “peeled” the story as well as the characters, for me. She has taken her time in “painting” not just the setting but the emotions of all her characters. The writing went way beyond steamy and romantic. It was sensual. The sensuality was off the charts and jumps of the pages to leave you panting for more. What a gift that was!

Out of all five Pennyroyal Green books that she’s written, for now, this is my favorite.

This series is one of the best I’ve read; the characters in all five, well-developed and the stories perfectly paced. We are completely engaged from the beginning of the series and are eagerly awaiting the next one.
I absolutely recommend this book, along with the previous four, to all regency romance fans. They are a brilliant piece of writing.

Now Ms. Long, tell me, whose story will you give us next? Lyon’s or Ian’s? Either will be welcomed by me. Bravo, Ms. Long!

NOTE: I would be remiss not mention the cover of this book. It has been done by a brilliant man who deserves much credit for such an amazing work of art. His name is James Griffin and to read about what it took to produce it stop by here:

http://happily-forever-after.blogspot.com/2011/02/interview-with-romance-cover-artist.html

For more of Cover Art by Mr. James Griffin stop by his blog here: http://paintlayers.blogspot.com/

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