It Started with a Scandal
Pennyroyal Green - Pennyroyal Green Series
Julie Anne Long
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Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.
An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. She is shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, and her survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.
The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe's barricaded heart . . . and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.
One of her best. I love the whole series.
Fantastic! Best JAL in the last few years
This book is not to be missed for historical romance fans. After the last two (slightly) disappointing stories (Happened One Midnight and Between Devil and Ian Eversea) JAL has created a masterful story which tugs on the heartstrings in a similar fashion to Like No Other Lover (an early wonderful book in the PG series). Ending was great (some PG books, not including those with epilogues, end abruptly) and leads into the long-awaited story of Lyon Redmond due out in fall 2015.
had me reading long into the night, unwilling to put this title down.
I’ve read a couple from this series: none in order, and each one completely engaging and engrossing. Julie Anne Long draws the readers in with plenty of twists, turns and intrigue with characters that are wonderfully human and complex and sizzling attraction.
In this story, we have two scarred people: Philippe is physically scarred, and ‘hiding’ in England to recover from his injuries. A Prince from the House of Bourbon, his goal is to recover his French home and lands. In need of a housekeeper to run his household, Elise is hired. A former teacher undone by a scandal and a young child, she’s now more cautious and thoughtful about decisions and choices.
These two have some serious growth and sacrifices to make as they work their way to the end: social status is a huge player in the story, and Elise not only is lower in status, but she is also a ‘ruined’ woman. Philippe is not interested in complications that will stall his recovering of his home in France, but he has to come to realize that a man cannot simply isolate himself in anger and grief, and still hope to achieve his ends.
Elise is solid and determined: loyal to the gruff and often grumpy man who gave her a chance, she isn’t easily bowed or cowering. Her expectations are high, and she sets her own even higher. Far from a dithery interior monologue from either character, their attraction is palpable, it is simply a matter of what steps each is willing to take to grasp that opportunity.
Lovely descriptions of place and details of renovations all add to the current story as bits from both Elise’s and Philippe’s past are revealed to show their journey to this point. Julie Anne Long had me reading long into the night, unwilling to put this title down.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Jeep Diva for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Other Books in This Series
- I Kissed an Earl