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Title: Between the Devil and Ian Eversea
Author: Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #9
Genre: Historical, Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2014
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.
Interview with Julie Anne Long:
Can you tell us more about your current book? What were your inspirations for Ian’s book?
What is your favorite thing about writing this book?
Can you share with us your writing process?
If you could describe Ian Eversea in three words, what would they be?
How about Tansy? How would you describe her in three words?
Do you have a particular piece of music in mind that would best describe this book? Or if this book could have a soundtrack, what are some of the songs you would include?
I don’t really have a soundtrack per se, but there I do often listen to a particular piece of music (say, Arvo Part) or a set of songs to set a mood as I write, and I have pretty eclectic tastes. I might listen to Radiohead, Debussy, Brian Eno, Neko Case, Boards of Canada, Deer Hunter, and Elbow for a given book… 🙂 Whatever sets a mood. I often have to feel around for just the right mix. This is probably Ian’s theme song:
I’ve Got to Have You:
An old Carly Simon song written by Kris Kristofferson. It’s so sexy. I love that refrain…it’s all about longing and surrender. “It’s all over…I’ve got to have you.”
If you’re not writing, what occupies your time?
Who are your favorite authors and their works?
Do you imagine yourself writing in another genre?
I know everybody asks this question and I can’t help but ask it too. When will we get to read Lyon’s and Olivia’s story? ^__^
What’s next in store for Ms. Julie Anne Long?
Do you have anything you want to share with your readers/fans?
The story in a nutshell…
Ian Eversea finally gets his own story. I first met him in WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE when the Duke of Falconridge caught him in bed with the Duke’s young and very willing bride-to-be. He was then ‘ushered’ through the window, naked and nothing but a shoe to keep him company as he walked his way home. Now, we meet him again, as a naval Captain no less, and consolidating his funds and planning a tour of the world. But then he meets orphaned American heiress Titania Danforth, who is, as you may guess, under the care of no other than the Duke of Falconridge until the Duke finds a suitable man for her to marry. And then everything changes. Not just for him but for Tansy as well.
What worked for me?
Every love story that Julie Anne Long writes works for me. Although WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE still remains as my favorite from her works, this latest gem from her is still worth your time and money. I particularly love how Ian and Tansy, despite whatever misgivings they might have, have grown closer with each other. Not just physically but in the sense that they got to share more of and about themselves with each other than with any other person. And I think that’s a very solid foundation for a relationship to last.
In the beginning, I was afraid that I wouldn’t like Tansy. She appeared to be vain, a little haughty, and too proud. But then the story progresses and that’s where the magic of author Julie Anne Long becomes really apparent. Because she made Tansy seemed like this in the beginning but then when certain facts come to light, you get the full effect of the truth and you begin to see behind the façade, under the skin that she presents to the public, and you get to know the real Tansy, who’s a bit lonely since she lost her parents and yet who’s brave in forging ahead, taking the reins of her life in her hands despite her losses.
I also love the trajectory of Ian’s character development. By the end of the book, I guarantee you will no longer see him as a seemingly immature man who had nothing better to do than consider an affair with an almost-married woman. I really appreciate the growth of his character and how I got to know more about him as a person throughout the book.
Plus, it was definitely nice to see Alex, the Duke of Falconridge, and Genevieve, now Duchess, again!
What didn’t work for me?
I have no major complaints about this recent installment in the Pennyroyal Green series. Although I do remember reading a couple of parts where the transitions felt a little jagged, as if I was surprised about a sudden change either in tone or pacing. But no worries, as it did nothing to deter me from enjoying this book.
My over-all take on it?
A great addition to her Pennyroyal Green series. I found the story engaging, the characters enjoyable to read, and the romance uplifting in its message of love, acceptance, and that special magic of finding your ‘home’.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
About the Author:
The author of five popular novels from Warner and eight from Avon, Julie Anne Long lives in California with a fat orange cat (little known fact: they issue you a cat the moment you become a romance novelist).
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