Between the Devil and Ian Eversea: Pennyroyal Green Series (Anglais) Poche – 25 mars 2014
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“...classic graceful prose, exceptional dialog, and lively wit...” (Library Journal)
“Warm, witty and fabulous!” (Suzanne Enoch)
“Long brings these conflicted characters to vivid life in a satisfying, ennobling, and truly memorable story.” (Library Journal)
The tenderness, sensuality, bright spots of humor and absolutely delightful climax will have readers breathing a deep sigh of contentment. (Romantic Times BOOKclub, 4 1/2 stars)
Seemingly total opposites, Tansy and Ian are one of Long’s most sympathetic, beautifully revealed couples to date. Watching these two sort out their painful, deep-seated issues and come to terms with their love is an unadulterated pleasure. (Library Journal (starred review))
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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 and 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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Ian Eversea was also an interesting character. Having met him in "What I Did for a Duke," he was already established as a womanizing rake but whose scenes provided a good deal of the comic relief in that novel. His reputation is essential to the plot of this novel, but you can't help but like him especially as he interacts with his brothers and sisters.
The best thing about this entry in the series is the dialog between Tansy and Ian that often sparkles with dry humor. Tansy initially comes off as a slightly vacuous flirt that Ian dismisses as immature, way too virginal and thus, beneath his notice. However, it doesn't take long for Tansy to set her cap for Ian and that's when the sparks begin to fly. She's outspoken, intentionally provocative and determined. His dismissiveness gives way to indulgent acknowledgement and brotherly advice to outright interest as she wages her campaign to gain his notice. Of course, both of them have 'issues' that contribute to both their personalities and that influence their relationship.
Bottom line: this isn't the best of the series but I found myself smiling and laughing out loud several times throughout my reading. The scene in the ballroom between Tansy's about-to-be fiancée and Ian is a hoot and worth the at times slow progress of the story line. Any book whose dialog makes me laugh gets my recommendation.
Tansy Danforth is isolated, orphaned, and looking to a family friend to help her both settle in a new country and, this is a historical romance after all, marry to gain access to her inheritance. Fortunately for Julie Anne Long fans, the friend is Alex Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge who, along with Genevieve his Duchess, is from Long’s classic romance pairing in What I Did for a Duke. Tansy is staying at the Eversea estate in Pennyroyal Green while she gets her footing. Her hero is Ian, the lone unmarried Eversea son and someone who has always been an entertaining addition to the novels.
In What I Did for a Duke, Ian was the story catalyst when he was found in whatever state is the razor’s edge of in flagrante delicto with Alex’s soon-to-be erstwhile fiance. Alex planned a retaliatory ruination of Ian’s sister Genevieve and, of course, fell in love with her instead. As an added bonus to the falling in love, Alex took the opportunity to torment a well-deserving Ian for his sins. Rakish to the degree that he shows very poor judgement and behaves selfishly, Ian needs someone to lead him a merry chase to help get him back on track as the person he manages to be in other aspects of his life. Enter Tansy and Between the Devil and Ian Eversea.
Tansy is the woman who stories like to tell us women hate. She is beautiful. She steals all the male attention. She feigns confusion and claims incompetence to flatter and soothe. (Okay, I admit I do loathe that in men and in women.) She flirts endlessly, shamelessly, but not really as subtly as she thinks she does. Instead of being cold or calculating, Tansy is desperately lonely and doing her best to garner attention, even superficial attention, to take the edge off her isolation. This is not to say that she can’t be a bit annoying. It’s a habit she needs to break. Tansy is young, she has had too many bad things happen in her life, and she is doing her best. Ian sees through the flirtation inasmuch as he recognizes it as an act, but it takes longer for him to truly see Tansy. Long shows the reader Tansy’s real self through her interactions with her guardian and the people most would consider inconsequential in their world. When Ian and Tansy genuinely see each other, they, of course, find their match.
Julie Anne Long seldom disappoints and she does not do so here, nor does she truly succeed. She is one of the best writers in the historical romance business and I always eagerly anticipate her new releases. As one would expect, Between the Devil and Ian Eversea is wry and frequently laugh out loud funny. She balances character development and sincere romance with a consistently droll tone which is a fine accomplishment indeed. From a thematic perspective, I’ve realised that a lot of Long’s protagonists are people trying to figure out how to be in control in world where they have little to none. Even those who seemingly have power or choice are not immune to loss, life, and the struggle to manage it. Only when they surrender the masks or efforts for control do they have the opportunity to build something more. It’s a lovely through-line for her books.
I don’t know if I’ve been too subtle about it, but What I Did for a Duke is delightful and a classic of the genre. If you are a romance fan and have not yet read it, do yourself a favour and snap it up at the same time as you buy Between the Devil and Ian Eversea.
Miss Titania "Tansy" Danforth, English born, American raised women with her own secrets is the one person it seems Ian can't stay away from. Tansy is an accomplished flirt and extremely good at keeping her intelligence hidden (for we all know men hate a women smarter than them). From day one she has all the men mesmerized and the women furious, but Ian sees through her act and has always been drawn to puzzles. Tansy is his ultimate puzzle to solve, but he has been warned to stay away from her as well. He already made an enemy of the Duke; if he goes near Tansy it could mean his death at dawn...
The mixture of intrigue and adventure in this instalment was so addictive I read it all in one night and can't wait to see what Julie Anne comes up with next.