Friday, February 4, 2011

What I Did for a Duke-Julie Anne Long

What I Did for a Duke
Julie Anne Long
Avon, Feb 22 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780061885686

Ian Eversea breaks one of the most powerful rules amidst the Ton. Everyone knows never to mess with arrogant Duke Alexander Moncrieffe; for if you do you will pay an exorbitant price.

The Duke is outraged when Ian had the audacity to fall in love with Alexander’s fiancĂ©e. He decides Eversea must pay for this affront. What better way than to seduce the man’s innocent sister before ruining and dumping her. However, Moncrieffe learns that the plans of mice and men often go astray when women are involved. Eversea’s sister Genevieve has spunk as she dares to enter Moncrieffe’s inferno where passion ignites both of them. However, Genevieve must choose between marriage to a man who adores her and a scandalous spinsterhood by selecting the duke she loves who apparently fails to reciprocate her feelings.

The latest Pennyroyal Green historical romance (see Like No Other Lover) is an engaging tale that is more aligned to the sub-genre than the previous seafaring I Kissed an Earl, but contains Julie Anne Long’s trademark freshness with an enjoyable gender war. If White’s took bets, the arrogant male would slaughter the innocent female; however she defies the odds just like her brother did as love is a powerful stimulus. This is a marvelous tale.

Harriet Klausner

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