Thursday, August 09, 2012

What I Did for A Duke

What I Did For a Duke Julie Anne Long

Another entry in the Pennyroyal Green series!

In the sea of craziness and drama in her family, Genevieve Eversea is a sea of calm.

After he catches Ian Eversea in bed with his fiance, the cool and dangerous Duke of Falconbridge vows revenge. He gets his opportunity a few days later at an Eversea houseparty. He'll seduce, ruin, and abandon her.

But Genevieve has just had her house broken. She may be kind, she may be nice, but she's also smart. The Duke of Falconbridge is up to something. They quickly suss each other out and call each other out. He abandons his revenge plans and they strike up a friendship that's about to be derailed by their underlying passion and attraction.

It's another houseparty plot-- let's stick everyone in the same house for a week and see who gets their freak on! Historically, I know that house parties were one of the only ways to find a match outside the Season, but it can seem a bit contrived. Also, in a series that's six books long (so far) this is the third I've read that's a houseparty plot. Ugh. THAT SAID, I actually really liked this one. It's houseparty done right. (If nothing else, Falconbridge got himself invited to the houseparty not only to seduce Genevieve but also just to have his presence torture Ian, which is one of the reasons I love Falconbridge. He's not exactly wicked himself, but he's got a wicked sense of humor. I liked Genevieve. I loved how Long paints her-- she's smart and constrained by her time period without chaffing at it. We don't see that much in historical fiction. She's a heroine I believe could exist. I also loved the Duke. There was a lot of rumor and gossip surrounding him, but when it came down to it, he just cultivated aloofness. More importantly, I believed the sizzle and the sexual tension. I bought the relationship and enjoyed it.

It doesn't have some of the drama and antics of some of the other ones in the series, but it's still one of my favorites (no stowing away on to go hunting pirates).

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