How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green #6)
"You will LOVE the Pennyroyal Green series."
Rapidly rising romance star Julie Anne Long is making an indelible mark with her smart, sensual, richly emotional love stories, especially her unforgett ...more
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Phoebe is one of my favorite kind of female heroines in a ...more
Very nice historical romance. I liked both leads, the tension of the various situations (not just sexual) was apparent and accessible, and the ending was satisfying.
This series is about two families that hate each other: the Everseas and the Redmonds. They both live in Pennyroyal Green but they don't interact at all if they can help it. The books switch off as to which family is featured. For some reason the Redmonds always seem to come off negatively (although I liked Miles Redmond's bo ...more
I'll reread this book at some point. It was that good :)
The Scandal Sheets call him Lord Ice....more
Ruthless, cold, precise, Julian Spenser, Marquess Dryden, tolerates only the finest—in clothes, in horseflesh, in mistresses. And now he’s found the perfect bride, the one whose dowry will restore his family’s shattered legacy and bring him peace at last: the exquisite heiress Lisbeth Redmond.
She's not afraid to play with fire...
But one unforgettable encounter with Lisbeth’s paid companion, Phoebe Vale, and the Marquess is undone: this quiet girl with the
FIRST PART (the first 55% of the book).
This is the moment our hero the Marquess Dryden or Julian Spenser meet our heroine, the schoolmistress Phoebe Vale. This part was great. Totally great. Julie Anne Long knows exactly how to built a very intense romance and put it into words with enough power to evoke reader's emotion.
Take a glimpse at this moment:
She held her body very gingerly when she turned, because if she was dreaming, she didn’t want to accidentally jar he...more
I read this book in one sitting. It is a definite page turner and sucks you in. But after the sublime high that was What I Did For a Duke, this was a bit of a (small) disappointment. This book simply did not capture the sheer loveliness of the romance and the hilarity of the dialogue of that one.
Julian, the Marquess of Dryden is a trend-setter. Whatever he does is slavishly copied -- from what types of horses he buys, to how he wears his hair (there is quite an amusing/disastrous rippl ...more
Two unlikely lovers, Phoebe Vale the schoolteacher from the wrong side of the tracks, and the Marquess Dryden, Julian Spenser nicknamed "Lord Ice" make you believe in love at first sight despite all the obstacles. Just magic.
This book was not quite as good at What I Did for a Duke, though the concept was similar. This story also takes place at a house party, although to be honest, because this book focused so much on conve ...more
This is an engaging historical romance with a winsome H/H and it provided a very satisfying culmination to my 2011 reading! *Happy sigh*
But to pay respect to the fine writer that Julie Anne Long is, I gave the book 1 more star.
It took me more than 3 months to read the book, that alone says a lot about how I felt about the book. JAL's Pennyroyal Green series has been of uneven caliber in my eyes. While all well-written, some of the stories appeal less to me. How the Marquess was won is one of those less-appealing.
Strictly speaking I don't think thi ...more
It seems that I am in reading heaven these days, because there is no way I could have read so many incredibly good books in a row. I had a small favourites shelf and it has grown so much right now, but I can't help it. How the Marquess Was Won is another book that makes me feel so strongly! I know what it is with Julie Anne Long that makes me feel so comfortable and yet so excited when I read her books. Apart ...more
Such a shame because this book could ...more
He was afraid, too. She was the only one who had the courage to admit it."
The tension in this book was really well created. I thought Long did an excellent job of holding back so well that at some point I did get a little bit frustrated (LOL) but it all paid off in the final chapters when we got such an emotional outpouring from both Phoebe and Julian.
I loved how co ...more
Obviously, I adored this book and upon finishing this review, I'm going to check out the backlist in the Pennyroyal Green series. This is the sixth installment, but if you've new to these books as well --I promise-- this works great as a standalone.
Julian Spenser, Marquess Dryden, is at the height of fashion among the ton. His ...more
I haven't been in the mood for a historical for a little while now, but this book has rekindled my interest in them by celebrating everything I love about the good ones... the way language is used with such meaning, and ...more
In short, the ladies want to bed him and the men want to be him.
And what's wrong with that, I ask? *wink*
That is exactly ...more
And so was I. This book is delightful and fabulous. It is one of JAL's best and it reminded me so much of my favorite book To Love a Thief. The heroine is a schoolmistress and the hero is Lord Dryden (also known as Lord Ice). But there is nothing icy about his interactions with Phoebe.
"And now I suspect my job is to protect her from the likes of you."
He liked that. His eyes brightened. "Ah. Are you a decoy? Like a wooden duck set free on a pond duri ...more
A very powerful trend-setting marquess, Jules Spencer, decides to get married. Locating the best candidate in the assignment he sets off to stage the finest courtship that is expected from him. It is then when he meets a spunky schoolteacher, Miss Phoebe Vale, also serving as a companion to his intended and instantly becomes captivated by her. He offers her to be his mistress which she sternly refuses. Stung by rejection and ruled by pride he agrees ...more
There is quite a bit of wonderful humor in this book that nicely contrasts the more tragic moments- Phoebe gives some deliciously insightful quips and sets our hero back on his too self assured a** on more than one ...more
But then fate stepped in, and Avo ...more
I have to say that the most extraordinary thing about this book would have to be Ms. Long's writing. She truly is brilliant! The style reminded me so much of Lisa Kleypas, and that is high praise coming from me. I wish I didn't have to put this book on pause because it just threw me off. But with that said, I still loved this book, and that says something.
Oh sweet Lordy, Julian was just something else. I haven't loved a hero like this in a long time. He's driven and reaso...more
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