Well, I did it. I reviewed all 7. Here are they are:
- The Perils of Pleasure (4 out of 5 stars)
Published in February 2008 by HarperCollins/Avon.
Long has created a story that has bound these people to each other so intricately and then gives you a scene where you can imagine perfectly why they would choose to let each other go, how that closeness would actually lead them apart (even as you know exactly why it will not).
- Like No Other Lover (4 out of 5 stars)
Published in November 2008 by HarperCollins/Avon.
And it is through his relationship with Cynthia that Miles comes to understand how he has chosen to hide behind the role of the even-keeled, emotionless scholar: “I want you to know…that you’re wrong on one count, Cynthia. I have a heart. I have only…recently discovered this. Ironic, isn’t it? Given that I’ve made rather a life out of discovery. And I wish to God I had a choice. I wish to God I could…because if I could…” Cynthia stops him and flees the conversation. As she knows, having a heart is not at all useful to either one of their futures.
- Since the Surrender (2.5 out of 5 stars)
Published in August 2009 by HarperCollins/Avon.
Okay. I’m going to keep this review pretty short because here it is: I did not like this book. Oh, how it pains me to write those words about anything Long has written.
- I Kissed An Earl (4.5 out of 5 stars)
Published in July 2010 by HarperCollins/Avon.
There is so much to love in I Kissed An Earl. Even if Violet and Flint don’t admit it to each other for a long while, they are almost instantly attracted to one another and it takes only a very short time for them to fall in love. But they are at odds in their mission and that keeps both of them from acknowledging these things. Yet there are such sublime moments when Long describes their longing and their battle to remain unattached.
Purchase it: Amazon
- What I Did for a Duke (4 out of 5 stars)
Published on February 22, 2011 by HarperCollins/Avon.
Not only was this conversation pure delight but it was an important moment in their relationship because, for the first time, Moncreiffe sees Genevieve. And this side of her, this witty, pointed, intelligent side, he learns quickly is seen by almost no one else.
Purchase it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Brookline Booksmith, Independent Booksellers, IndieBound, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Politics and Prose, Powells, Rainy Day Books, Tattered Cover Book Store, Watermark Books
- How the Marquess Was Won (5 out of 5 stars)
Published in January 2012 by HarperCollins/Avon.
I think I love this book because they just love being around each other so much. That is never in doubt. Instead, this is a story about how a marquess, who is desperate to secure land through marriage to another member of the elite, lets go of that dream in order to follow his heart. It about watching them learn what the other one loves. It is about courtship, even when they know they shouldn’t be courting (and the courting they do is in secret with gifts passed when others are looking, sweet notes that aim for the heart, and stolen embraces).
- The Notorious Countess Confesses (4.5 out of 5 stars)
Published in November 2012 by HarperCollins/Avon.
They have very different life histories, Adam and Evie, yet, as the first quoted passage made clear, they are both very lonely. The Notorious Countess is about how these two very lonely, very different people forge an unlikely friendship. Their connection overflows with sexual tension and yet nothing physical happens. Evie’s past, of course, is more complicated that Colin knows. Adam’s attraction to her is in constant conflict with his profession, especially as he serves a population of people who judge Evie endlessly.
Do you love Pennyroyal Green as much as I do? Which book is your favorite?