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A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green #7)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,422 Ratings  ·  254 Reviews
She rose to spectacular heights…

From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor hou
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Avon
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♡Karlyn P♡
Nov 09, 2012 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 stars.
Important note: Readers, please note that the publication of this book had some major editing issues (details below), which according to a thread on JALs Facebook page are going to be fixed. So you might want to wait until they announce that the ebook version has been updated. It really was a great story, but sadly the publishers messed this one up and forgot to proofread and edit the book.

The Story:
Despite having a reputation as a 'black widow' and a former courtesan, The Reverand A
Laura the Highland Hussy

Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More


This is a very quiet book. What I mean by that, is that it’s very understated and doesn’t have a whole lot of action. And yet...for a book that doesn’t have a whole lot going on, this book has a whole lot going on! (bear with me, I know that doesn’t make sense). What I mean is that while there isn’t a lot of action, there are a lot of things happening. There’s an auction, there’s the romance, there’s a ball, there’s a backstabbing friend, a coupl
4.50 Stars - Regency/Historical Romance

Man of God, Reverend Adam Sylvaine comes from the notorious Eversea bloodline. Despite of that, his passion towards his work as a vicar and impeccable manners have practically endorsed him as the epitome of suave noblehood. His gracious conduct and the fact that he is basically as handsome as the fallen angel himself have made him quite an endearing and popular sort in the little village of Pennyroyal Green. Unmarried ladies and match-making mamas are forev
Beanbag Love
A 3.5 for this one. I was very frustrated with some editing errors (like the heroine's name switching between two, it was so annoying!) and a few other sloppy typos and that really affected the story for me.

Also, the storyline is reminiscent of Courtney Milan's "Unclaimed" and I couldn't help making comparisons.

A countess who was a former courtesan comes to Pennyroyal Green after her husband of a very short time dies suddenly. All she's left with is a small allowance, a cottage and total ruin
5 stars

Evie Duggan's life hasn't been sedate and quite. Born a poor Irish girl in a broken family, she had to fight for everything she wanted, nothing was simply given to her. She went through a lot of phases - the eldest child in her family who was responsible for her younger siblings, the Covent Garden actress desired by many, the famous courtesan man fought over, and lastly the widowed countess seeking peace in the country.
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As everybody knows, the true path to being accepted in
3 1/2 stars

A great hero, a difficult but endearing heroine, and a good story, all ruined by the worst editing I've ever seen. Not even Lora Leigh's infamous poor editing was ever as bad as this one.
JAL is a new author for me and this will not be my last Pennyroyal Green. I loved the h/h and wasn't lost in the least. The love scenes were very hot and satisfying. New series for me to finish for 2013.
Lady Wesley
Nov 26, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it
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Evie Duggan has risen from Irish peasant to become Countess of Wareham -- with stops along the way in Seven Dials and Covent Garden, where she was an opera dancer. She married the Earl of Wareham after he won her in a card game. When he dropped dead shortly after the wedding, rumors swirled that she had done him in and she became known as the Black Widow. Completely ostracized by society, she retreats to Damask Manor in Pennyroyal Green, hoping to live quietly in her reduced circumstances. She h ...more
Evie Duggan has had to do some things to provide for her family that the proper woman of Pennroyal Green just can not accept or ignore and they shun the widowed countess upon her move there. As her life, which involved theater, becoming a courtesan, and being one in a card game, has left her quite lonely she sets about to make friends with the woman and enlists the help on the one man who is a central part to all the woman, Vicar Adam Sylvaine. Adam is the delectable vicar who has captured the h ...more
May 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mmmmm. Slow burn unstarching of a not-actually-all-that-starchy vicar by a unrepentant widow with a past. It would have been five stars but I wasn't crazy about the endless description of Adam's perfection and place in the town in the first chapter - too heavy handed. There were also a couple of distracting typos/errors.

But, I really loved it. Their first real meeting, on the road after church, put a huge open-mouthed grin on my face, and I was practically holding my breath with delight. I just
What the F?!? I thought this was finally going to be about Lyon and Olivia! Ugh. 7 books in now, it's time Ms. Long
Maria Bikaki
5 magical stars from me.
It has been a while since I finished the book and I am trying to think how I am going to express the reasons I loved this book so much. I guess the first emotion that comes on my mind while I still have butterflies in the stomach is a great big smile
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A Notorious Countess confesses is your book if you want to discover how pure love and romance is. It is the book that it will bring you to tears and will also bring you a big smile up to the ears. A REAL romance story you c
Oct 09, 2012 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Synopsis:
Throughout life we all have to make choices. Some choices are harder to make than others. Some have the capacity to affect us for the rest of our life and change the views others have of us. Some choices will never be forgotten no matter what we do or if we change. That is what Evie Duggan, the Countess of Wareham, is finding out. She was hoping what had happened in London would stay there and she could begin her life anew with a clean slate. Somethings in life, no matter how much we
Amanda Ryan
Aug 07, 2012 Amanda Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me giggling hysterically many times, prompting my husband to ask what on earth I was reading. When I read aloud the first few exchanges between Evie Duggan and Adam Sylvaine he shook his head and carried on with whatever else he was doing. Well - I had thought it was hysterical.

Evie Duggan recently moved to Pennyroyal Green to escape the gossip mongers of London. Her husband's recent passing earned her an unkind moniker of "The Black Widow," and she's hoping to start fresh. And qui
Sometimes we stumble upon a writer that writes the perfect books for us, books that are exactly what and how we want them to be and that talk to our heart. I know other readers may not share my opinion, but Julie Anne Long is that writer for me.

Wonderful, amazing book!

*Update 3/4/2014*
There aren't many books I've read and not reviewed and I regret that this is one of them, because this book is in my top 5 favorite romances of all time. The chemistry between these two is unbelievable and the hero
Manda Collins
Nov 10, 2012 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Patricia Gaffney, Eloisa James, Liz Carlyle
Wonderful, tender, funny. I loved watching wary, worldly Evie fall for earnest, wry Adam. Pennyroyal Green was more fully realized here, since it focused on more than just the Everseas and Redmonds. For those desperate for historicals about non-noble couples, this should be a delight. And it has one of the best declarations of love I've read. This one is going on my small "clergymen in love" shelf along with Gaffney's TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH and Carr's FORBIDDEN FALLS.
Sep 14, 2015 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew! This was a good one. Talk about a slow burn that still managed to scorch. The chemistry between Evie and Adam flew off the pages and there wasn't even a kiss until around 70% of the way through! I think that's what I've loved about the past few books in this Pennyroyal Green series. The characters are not your typical fare and they usually have many, many layers to them and yet, when you finish the book, you believe that despite the characters' complexity, they so simply fit together. Like ...more

Aside from incredibly sloppy editing (I'd swear this was a first draft), and a rather abrupt, somewhat forced ending, I liked the story overall. I would have loved to read even more interaction between Adam and Evie. Oh my, their names just dawned on me.

ETA: I've since learned that the publisher is aware of the complete lack of editing on this one and will be fixing it. That's all well and good for people who purchase it then, but what about all of us who had to read through name mix ups, repea
"...You are the seal upon my heart. You are the fire and flame that warms me, heals me, burns me. You are the river that cools me and carries me. I love you. And love may be as strong as death, but you....I know now you are my life."

I love the book! 4.5 Stars!

Thank you Laura and my GR friends for pointing me to this fantastic book. I was captivated by the characters, the romance and this author's writing style.

Review to come....
Nov 02, 2012 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, Julie Anne Long's books make me feel deeply conflicted. On one hand, the writing and characterization are exquisite. On the other, I didn't write the book, and so, with another of her novels, I have to reconcile myself to pleasure and envy.
Huma Rashid
This was the very first book by Julie Anne Long that I had ever picked up, and I'm delighted to find a brand new (to me!) author whose stories I can enjoy.

What I appreciated most in this novel was the insular little world Long has created in this town. Insulated, but still permeable by various unsavory sorts from London - at least in this particular tale. The pillars of the town are the Eversea and Redmond families, whose characters appear in Long's other novels, and the village is rounded out
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This Review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)

What an awesome book.

I will admit when I saw that there was a new Pennyroyal Green novel coming out, I just jumped on the occasion to read it. Julie Anne Long writes the most entertaining stories. Only after having it safely on my E-reader did I read the synopsis. Honestly, if I’d read the blurb first I might not have jumped on it and I would have missed a very awesome story.

I am, I guess, old-school when it comes to my heroines, and I’ve
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I was really excited when I was contacted about reviewing A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long for two reasons. First: FORBIDDEN LOVE, you guys. A former mistress and a vicar – who could pass that up? Second, I read and loved What I Did For a Duke, a previous book in this series.

What this book did for me is cement that Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series is absolute gold and that I need to catch up on reading all the other titles ASAP.

So, like I said: a mistress and a vicar. O
Elis Madison
Evie Duggan, now the Countess of Wareham, is newly widowed by a man who won the right to wed her in a card game. She's lived a notorious life, coming from poverty in Ireland, via the stage in London, to the marriage bed of an earl who promptly died (too much marital activity). She's inherited a small estate in Pennyroyal Green, and lives there with her giant maid Henny and a handful of servants she can barely afford.

Vicar Adam Sylvaine is the heart-throb of Pennyroyal Green, but for the sake of
3,5 stars

"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is a strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave."

This is a somewhat quiet doesn't have a large number of angsty moments, and high stake's drama. And this isn't a bad thing. In fact its a very good thing, leaving us to appreciate the characters nature.

It has a good story, with an interesting romantic couple, who just don't fall inside the normal hero and heroine romantic guidelines. He's a Vi
Sep 27, 2012 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a deft touch and innate skill Julie Anne Long has once again captured the essence of what a great Regency Romance is about. With main characters who could so easily be stereotyped, Julie Anne has managed to make them both believable and intriguing.
Evie is Irish, was an actress, then a courtesan, then married an Earl who died from marital exertions. All but broke she moves to a Manor House in Pennyroyal Green, with its parochial residents all too happy to shun her. Yet Evie manages to find
Jan 19, 2013 Ilze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Didn't work for me. There were a few emotionally powerful scenes, but the story didn't gel. I never felt any connection with Evie, the heroine. although the hero, Adam Sylvaine, was great. The editing of the book (I read the paperback version) was bad - the heroine's name changed, even on a single page, back and forth from "Lady Balmain" to "Lady Wareham", even when only one person was addressing her, throughout the book. At one point near the end of the book the hero and another man are talking ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Janga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is much I love about this book. Evie made me laugh and cry. The cast of secondary characters from Henny, Evie’s maid/companion, to the young urchin Paulie are delights. But when I think of this book, I will think of Adam. When I reread it, it will be Adam who pulls me back to the story. Doubtless, some will think Adam’s choices are disappointing ones for a man of God. Others will find the ending over the top. I found both Adam’s choices and the ending eminently satisfying. I rank Adam Syl ...more
I was really enjoying this book in the beginning but it lost me somewhere along the way. The premise was interesting and a bit of a switch with the courtesan and the vicar. I was a little wary at first with this setup and wasn't sure if it would be done right. It ended up being okay, if somewhat predictable. It didn't blow me away however. I wasn't on the edge of my seat or anxious to pick the book back up after I put it down. I wasn't really drawn to the characters and didn't care one way or th ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Feminista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Pennyroyal Green (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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“Love, real love, the kind that you fall in, isn’t like Corinthians. The “suffereth long” and “is kind” nonsense. It’s like the Song of Solomon. It’s jealousy and fire and floods. It’s everything that consumes.” 41 likes
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