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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (Pennyroyal Green #9)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,489 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
She might look like an angel...

The moment orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth arrives on English shores she cuts a swath through Sussex, enslaving hearts and stealing beaux. She knows she's destined for a spectacular titled marriage—but the only man who fascinates her couldn't be more infamous...or less interested.

...but it takes a devil to know one...

Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Avon
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Heidi Hart
Toxic Heroine, Manwhore Hero, a Little Casual Racism Thrown In For Good Measure... I have enjoyed what I've read so far of Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series, but Between the Devil and Ian Eversea really didn't work for me. I formed a visceral dislike of the heroine--well, both main characters, really, but mostly the heroine--very early on, and it took most of the book for me to overcome that animus enough to root for her happy ever after.

Titania "Tansy" Danforth is an orphaned American h
Edit: Just as amazing as I knew it would be!!! I loved Tansy, and Ian of course.

I love the entire series and I've enjoyed every single book but here's where the books stand:
1. What I Did For a Duke
2. Like No Other Lover and How the Marquess Was Won and It Happened One Midnight and Between the Devil and Ian Eversea
3. A Notorious Countess Confesses
4. Since the Surrender
5. I Kissed an Earl
6. The Perils of Pleasure

I know I shouldn't have 4 books in 2nd place but that is a testament of the books' ama
Unfortunately, I don't have time to write a review, but JAL is such a great author! I'll never stop saying that. I've said in the past that I have a special rating for Lisa Kleypas's books, which means that a 4-star LK book is like a 5-star book by any other author. I realise that it's the same with JAL. This has been such a lovely book and a really wonderful reading experience! But I know JAL can do -and has, in fact, done- even better than this, hence the 4-star rating. Now I have no books ...more
Beanbag Love
May 01, 2014 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
For the first half of the book I really didn't like the heroine. Of course I knew she'd been through terrible loss and there should be sympathy, but her POV was so shallow. She puts forth a vapid personality to others, but we don't get much better from her inner thoughts. Later we see more of the real her and she's much more likable, but it's a tough slog if you don't trust this author. I do happen to trust Julie Anne Long, so it was ultimately worth it.

This book reminded me a lot of book two in
3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because I couldn't stand Tansy for the first 2/3 of the story)
It took me a while to finish this book as I wasn't enjoying it as much in the beginning. The heroine came off as being too immature for my taste and I couldn't see a man like Ian falling for her. I gave it a break for a while and just decided to pick it back up.Luckily it all came together nicely and their relationship and banter started growing on me. I appreciated the fact that Ian also took time to fall for Tansy and wasn't smitten by her right away like all the other men. It made the coming ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Caz rated it really liked it
Dabney and I did a Pandora's Box at All About Romance on this one here.

I haven’t read all the books in this series (so far) but I really enjoyed the one before this (It Happened One Midnight) and gave it 4.5 stars.

I was looking forward to a similar experience with Between the Devil and Ian Eversea, but unfortunately, I came away from it feeling a little disappointed.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book – I did. There is plenty of humour in the exchanges between the hero and heroine and be
Jan 24, 2016 ARomanceLover rated it it was amazing
When Tansy comes to Sussex she wants to settle down, preferably with a duke. Ian Eversea wants to leave Sussex and travel the world. Their story of coming together and falling in love is beautifully written and executed by Julie Anne Long. I actually cried when they were sure to be parted and laughed many more times throughout the book. Of course there is a shocking development with Olivia Eversea and I can't wait to see how Julie unravels that story. Definitely another spectacular addition to ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Tin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Edelweiss. Thank you to Julie Anne Long and to Avon for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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I had to rewrite this review because I wasn't quite satisfied with what I had written the first time. There was one question that stayed with me when I was reading Julie Anne Long's latest instalment in her Pennyroyal Green series: Who is Tansy Danforth?

It amazes me how well Julie Anne Long has maintained the "freshness" of her series by injecting it
Manda Collins
Dec 18, 2014 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Loretta Chase, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn
Utterly sigh worthy. Made me laugh and cry. Definitely worth the wait.
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Plot Rating: 4 stars
Hero Characterization Rating: 5 stars
Heroine Characterization Rating: 5 stars
Writing Style/Flow: 5 stars
Erotic tension rating: 5 stars
Erotic Scenes descriptiveness: 5 stars
Erotic Scenes frequency: 4 stars
Emotional Arc rating: 5 stars
Denouement: 5 stars

This is the very enjoyable 9th installment in the Pennyroyal Green series. If there is one book that you should probably read before this one, it would be What I Did For a Duke. Many beloved Evers
Mar 28, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Barely four stars for this new Pennyroyal Green novel but solidly.

Tatiana Danforth has returned to the land of her birth after the death of her parents and brother so that the Duke of Falconbridge can assist her in finding a suitable husband, preferably a duke. She’s a beauty, indeed, and manages to charm every man she meets, except one. Is he immune to her charms or so like her that he knows what she’s truly about?

Ian Eversea is no fool when it comes to women, even though he doesn’t always mak
Aug 08, 2016 Melanie rated it it was ok
I’m still deliberating with myself why I didn’t love this story. This series started off with a bang, literally and figuratively. But as the series moves on, I find myself loving, liking and “meh” the stories that came after that first book.

We met Ian early on in the series and he was a bad boy that was still likable and I wondered about the heroine that would have the task to “reform” him and set him on the right path. That heroine needed to be made of stern stuff, and what I got was a brat tha
Jan 10, 2016 Coral rated it liked it
I was kind of disappointed with this one. The first few books in the series were average but the last few ones no. 6-8 were great reads and I was hoping the momentum stayed the same. I wasn't able to connect with both the lead characters and it seemed they had like a personality transplant in the 2nd half of the book. I love the ending however I'm not surprised if readers get frustrated at the lead characters in the beginning of the book.
Mar 29, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. The second half was significantly better than the first, but once again this felt sloppily edited. Entire verbatim repeated sentences within paragraphs of each other, repeated words, and sentences with four or five and clauses.

Proper review to come.
Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 28, 2014 Marilyn Rondeau rated it really liked it
Miss Titania “Tansy” Danforth appeared to have everything! The poor little orphan was blessed with dazzling beauty, amazing wealth, intelligence, and wit. Becoming the ward of the Duke of Falconbridge she knows she will be destined to be married to a spectacular title. However, the only man she’s met who has truly gotten her attention and isn’t one of the swarm of eligibles kneeling at her feet is the man most likely her guardian, the Duke of Falconbridge is sure to keep her away from!

It doesn’t
The Lusty Literate
4 Stars | (Some) Hot Steam

I simply treasure Julie Anne Long’s brilliantly written and always enchanting Pennyroyal Green series and couldn’t wait to read Ian and Tansy’s story. Though slow to build, I was delighted by this sweet, surprising and sultry romance.

Ian and Tansy are an entertaining and complex pair. Apart, each possesses uncommon beauty, charisma and charm enough to enslave the masses. Alone together, however, they are uncharacteristically awkward and bristly towards one another. Ian
Apr 10, 2014 Cerian rated it really liked it
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

Immediately these characters immerse you in the world of Pennyroyal Green, home of the Everseas.
Tansy arrives in Sussex after losing both her parents and her brother. The Duke of Falconbridge is now her guardian and she arrives determined to reclaim her place as Queen Bee after reigning supreme at the New York social scene. Tansy has a mask in place that hides all her vulnerability and shows the world a carefree, happy woman who charms all men....except Ian
Apr 20, 2014 Cecilia rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Julie Anne Long doesn't have a reputation for being particularly rigorous in the development of the "historical" aspect of the genre, but I generally find her books entertaining. This was no exception.

What I particularly liked about this book was the heroine: she's basically the 'evil other (very young) woman' that you often see - a beautiful, rich, well-connected, and manipulative attention-seeker. However, she's not really evil; there's genuine kindness behind some of the actions that earn her
Jul 29, 2016 kreekree rated it liked it
As another reviewer mentioned, the second half of the book was definitely better than the first half. The heroine, Tansy, is portrayed as a woman who goes around breaking hearts without a thought. The problem, I feel, is that the author took too long to endear us to Tansy and give us a sort of explanation as to why she was behaving that way. The author even didn't have to give us an explanation so much as "hints" as to Tansy's turmoil, despite the fact that we were in Tansy's head a lot of the ...more

It took everything in me to finish this book. I just could not find one honest to good thing I liked about it. Julie Anne Long’s prose and the appearances of past characters were not enough to save me from utter boredom.

I knew Ian would be a self centered douche due to his previous actions in What I Did For a Duke and he was utterly unchanged here. Tansy wasn’t much better. I just could not connect with her. Their supposed motivations and reasons behind their actions were so paper thin that
Aug 06, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In yet another delightful addition to the Pennyroyal Green series, we have the young and beautiful American heiress Titania Danforth arriving in England where her guardian, the Duke of Falconbridge, will find her a suitable husband, and the unrepentant rogue, Ian Eversea, who just happens to occupy the bedroom next door. There can only be numerous complications from this situation, and it was a delight to see them all play out. Of course Ian isn’t the Duke’s favorite brother-in-law, so there’s ...more
Diane Peterson
Jul 11, 2015 Diane Peterson rated it it was amazing
JAL has done it again! This time she delved into her funny side and the results were great! To quote Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park: "Clever girl!" I read passages to my only-reads-nonfiction husband after he asked what I was laughing about. He was bowled over by the humor and excellent writing. As readers have worked their way through the Pennyroyal Green series we have enjoyed the exploits of the lovable loner, Ian Eversea. Will he ever settle down? It seems unlikely since he is planning a ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Alisonclaire rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Julie Anne Long is my hero!

I LOVED Tansy. She is my kind of heroine -- totally aware of her own charms and unafraid to exploit them. JAL does this kind of heroine so well. I love the fact that she doesn't feel the need to have these beautiful, sophisticated women grovel and beg and get their comeuppance. I also loved the fact that Tansy had an insta-crush on Ian from the moment she saw him. You don't see that kind of one sided infatuation in romance novels very often!

Ian was a slightl
Nov 17, 2014 Ceki rated it liked it
Titania “Tansy” Danforth can't get more annoying in the first half of the book, but you will soon find out that under her beautiful surface is nothing more than loneliness and sadness for the lost family. I can say that I pity her, and I liked her courage and bluntness, she didn't blush like an idiot every time, moreover, she would be the one who would turn the tables on the other. Ian was very annoying in this book and the whole ending seemed rushed to me. Yes, there were witty dialogues and ...more
Closer to 3.5 stars.
Better than the last two books in the series, but not reaching the amazingness of The Perils of Pleasure, Like No Other Lover or What I Did For a Duke.
They are my firm favourites forever.
I will keep reading this series and waiting for that magic to return. JAL is never ever boring, but she can do so much better than this.
This is a hard book to rate. It starts off with a rather vapid unlikeable heroine. I almost put it down - thinking why am I reading about this idiot? And yet I trusted the author to somehow redeem this story and I was right to have confidence in her. Tansy is an orphan from America who has become the ward of the Duke of Falconbridge. Ian Eversea is warned away from her and in the beginning it is not hard to stay away. She appears to be vapid, vain and self-centered. And yet the real Tansy begins ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Melissa marked it as did-not-finish
Ian's antics amused me greatly in What I Did For a Duke, so I was excited to see him get this own story. But he's just so different... and grown... and not what I had been expecting. Maybe I'm biased after reading What I Did For a Duke, thinking that I'd love the other Pennyroyal Green books as much as I loved it, or that I'd swoon over the other male leads as much as I swooned over the Duke (still swooning here), but it seems that book #5 will be the only book I'll finish reading in this series ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Cecily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-archive

I didn't expect to like it, there are lots of things about the story I shouldn't have liked, and yet I found myself unable to put the book down and ended up crying just a little at the end. This is a very clever book that plays around with the idea of seeing - what we think we see, how we don't see what we see, and how we see finally (not necessarily more authentically, but as a result of feeling). Along the way there are some subtle, barely noticed meditations on loss and grief that I thought
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 27, 2015 10:37AM  
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  • The Lie and the Lady (Winner Takes All, #2)
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Well, where should I start? I've lived in San Francisco for more than a decade, usually with at least one cat. I won the school spelling bee when I was in 7th grade; the word that clinched it was 'ukulele.' I originally set out to be a rock star when I grew up (I had a Bono fixation, but who didn't?), and I have the guitars and the questionable wardrobe stuffed in the back of my closet to prove ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pennyroyal Green (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green, #1)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • Since the Surrender (Pennyroyal Green, #3)
  • I Kissed an Earl (Pennyroyal Green, #4)
  • What I Did For a Duke (Pennyroyal Green, #5)
  • How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7)
  • It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8)
  • It Started With a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green, #10)
  • The Legend of Lyon Redmond (Pennyroyal Green, #11)

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“The message was sealed with a blob of wax but no press of a signet. She slid a finger beneath to crack the seal, and read: I apologize if I’ve ever behaved like an ass.

It was the most romantic message she’d ever received. All other messages would strive to live up to it for the rest of her days. She was convinced of that in the moment.”
“He was a relentlessly cheerful presence, talked only of himself but so good-naturedly that she indulged him. He certainly laughed a good deal. Something about his laugh made her feel more alone than if she were standing on a high cliff at the end of the world, shouting her name into the void to hear it echo back at her.” 1 likes
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