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Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  3,301 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews
Now or Never. . .

It's the last chance for Cynthia Brightly, the ton's most bewitching belle. Driven out of London by a secret scandal, she must find a grand husband at the Redmonds' house party before word of her downfall spreads all over England. Unfortunately, someone at Pennyroyal Green is already privy to the whispers of broken engagements and dueling lovers: Miles Red
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Avon (first published October 16th 2008)
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oh! lainey
Who would have thought that my first 5-star rating of the year would go to a HR book!

Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever given 5 stars to any Historical Romance before. A testament to how brilliant I found Like No Other Lovers to be and how I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was absolutely hilarious, the characters were solid, their chemistry sparked.

Is this how Julie Anne Long normally writes?! Then I would soon horde her books!
She has this kind of flourish writing style. It was overall bea
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
I absolutely adore Like No Other Lover, the second book in the Pennyroyal Green series! There's a clever story filled with both humor and poignancy, a hero and heroine whose sexual chemistry is off the charts, and a beautiful, hard earned happily ever after. I honestly can't ask for more.

So, so good!
Feb 04, 2017 Jilly rated it really liked it
It takes some pretty impressive writing to make me eventually like a character that I started out truly hating. And, being this is the second book in a series where I wasn't exactly all that thrilled with the first heroine in the beginning, I wonder if this is a pattern.

In this one, we have Cynthia, a girl who was the belle of the ball in London but then was dropped by everyone after causing a scandal. You will hate her guts when you first meet her. She is shallow, vain, catty, manipulative, and
May 22, 2011 Ilze rated it it was amazing
Sheer perfection. Just a straight character-driven love story - no villains, murders to solve, lost heirs or heiresses to find or discover, no evil plots to foil, no useless brothers to support - exactly what I want in a romance!

The entire story takes place over 2 weeks at a house party at the wealthy Redmonds' country house in Pennyroyal Green. Both the hero and heroine want to be engaged at the end of the 2 weeks, basically for financial gain, but not to each other, because she is broke and h
Jun 30, 2015 Daniella rated it did not like it
The heroine was such a bitch. Seriously. I absolutely hated her with every fibre of my being. She represented everything I hated in a heroine: frivolous, stuck up, manipulative, opportunistic and shallow!! God, she was so mean I wanted to throw a chair at her.

Okay, I get it. She was an orphan. She came from poverty and was determined to better her position. BUT SERIOUSLY WOULD IT KILL HER TO BE NICER? HER THOUGHTS WERE DOWNRIGHT MEAN FOR PETE'S SAKE. AM I THE ONLY ONE BOTHERED BY THAT????

And oh
Julie (jjmachshev)
Nov 01, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for; book release Nov08

Yippee! Now I have yet another author to add to my ‘watch’ list. I just finished Julie Anne Long’s latest historical “Like No Other Lover” and I’ll be heading to the store shortly looking for her backlist. If you’ve been reading my reviews, then you know I don’t throw out superlatives like confetti, but this book was so very, very good! When I’m ten pages in thinking I’ll never like the heroine and then end up cheering for her, you know the autho
♡Karlyn P♡
Aug 27, 2008 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it
A wonderful romance. JAL really knows how to write about deep passions as well as how to explore the art of falling in love. It really is her strength as a writer. This novel introduces us to Miles, heir apparent of a very wealthy family, and the destitute Cynthia. The story centers around a house party at Mile's family home. The story starts off a bit slow, as Cynthia reviews all of the eligable men as possible husbands. Miles denies his feeling for her and instead sets his eye on a woman who h ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I don't normally like house party stories - where all the action is so contained over a few days, but it worked for me here. I am a sucker for the more-than-meets-the-eye beauty trope, and the warm up between Cynthia and Miles is really fun. Cynthia's wicked drinking game had me giggling like mad - some of the imagery is just hilarious. Like this part about the feather on Lady Windermere's "listing" turban:

"The plume of it now extended horizontally, and whenever she turned her head just a little
Mimi Smith
Jun 25, 2013 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"She supposed he meant: why are you here? Because her mind answered with: Because I love you, and damn you for it. You have both made my life worth living and utterly ruined it, and I’m grateful that you did."

There is really no denying now: I love this series and author! She writes beautifully, creating amazing characters and stories and injecting them with just enough of humor. I mean really, gotta admire someone who can go from writing something as heart-breaking as the previous quote
What a delightful and entertaining book and exactly what I needed to pull me out of my serious-emotional-heart-heavy book reading funk that I have been in! Big 4 stars!

Falling in love with Cynthia Brightly is the most fashionable thing for London's most eligible bachelors to do for the past two Season's. She is beautiful and charming and has suddenly ran out of time to secure her future. She has no family and only a few pounds to her name and sets her sights on the Redmonds' house party to catch
Beanbag Love
Oct 09, 2011 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance fans
I decided to reread this series because my dearest UM finally started it! This is the second book in Julie Anne Long's "Pennyroyal Green" series about the Eversea and Redmond families and it's one of my favorite historical romance series of all time.

This book is one of the standouts in the whole series for me. I originally rated it 4 stars, but on rereading it, I bumped it up to 5. I never reviewed it for some reason, so now I am.

I love this book. It's an example of exactly why I like this auth
Feb 27, 2011 kilty rated it it was amazing
5 stars - notwithstanding the unladylike guffaws that the book elicited making me sound like one of her quirky characters.. the one who sounded like angry donkeys mating, "haw! haw! haw!"

I love to write a review while I still feel the "afterglow" of having raced to the finish of an unputownable romance.. I chose to wait this one out as I wanted to stand under the overcast cloud of feel-goodness before it burst into a torrent of words that I know I should have held on to instead of spraying every
Oct 13, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This book contained Long's signature great writing, strong characters and secondary characters, and a fairly decent plot. But I didn't connect to either the hero or heroine. I felt that both were too cold and calculating for each other, and the hero would have been better off marrying the woman that his father wanted him to. It seems in romance that heroes that we label today as 'autistic' or as having Asperger's Syndrome can describe the hero, as in his having a mild form of those symptoms. I d ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite, favorite Pennyroyal Green book, not because these characters are my best-beloved (although they are marvelous), not because the plot is excellent (although it is), but because of one thing: the shooting scene. The shooting scene is, in my opinion, one of the FUNNIEST passages in English literature.

Miles Redmond was the somewhat strange, scholarly second son of the Redmond clan, not much to notice ("He's something to do with bugs, isn't he?"), "more scenery than seen" (I ADOR
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This one actually kept my guessing regarding whether or not I was going to like it. I started out laughing, which was good because Ms. Long was obviously shooting for humor. There were two parts in this book that had me laughing so hard I actually had to stop reading for a few minutes to get myself under control. The drinking game was hilarious.

I did worry, however, that I was going to hate the heroine. She was so completely mercenary and cold, but as you get to know her, you realize she's only
Like No Other Lover
3 Stars

While the hero and heroine are engaging and their romance is intense, the pacing is tediously slow until the last 30% and the phrasing is repetitious.

The seemingly selfish and mercenary Cynthia Brightly is in dire straights and nothing short of marriage to a man of means can save her from a life of destitution. Enter Miles Redmond who has all the inside information on every eligible bachelor in Pennyroyal Green and is willing to trade it for a kiss from the one woman w
There's a scene during a card game that had me laughing so hard I had to stop reading to collect myself. The H/h are just great and I adored them both. First time reading this author and I'll have to see what else she's got out there.
Fani loves angst
3.5 stars

Loved it for the most part and absolutely adored Long's writing style, which means I will read more books from her soon. I had some issues with the hero's actions at some point (or rather his lack of action) but he made up for it eventually. I loved the heroine however; I always admire strong, decisive people, who won't spend their time lamenting but planning and acting. A difficult premise for some, the mercenary heroine, but I think it was executed flawlessly here. And thank god, no c
QiJia 치쟈
4.5 stars

This is my first read of Julie Anne Long's work and absolutely loving it.

OK honestly I didn't like the book at first, because I was thinking "Why on earth would a man still want a devastatingly beautiful woman when all she cares is money and title?" plus the plot was boring.

Beauty is only on the surface and I hate the fact that vanity is a high priority in every single person. And it is true that beautiful handsome people always have the upperhand.

( I once proposed during a class deb
Dec 03, 2010 Gail rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Long's Pennyroyal Green series, but the hero is from the family feuding with the family in the first book of the series. Because I'd read the first book, it took me some mental adjusting for a chapter or two to get myself oriented. But that's just me.

The hero is the scientifically minded second son, who has become the presumed heir because his older brother has disappeared. Dad wants him to get married, and has picked out the girl. Hero wants to go back to Lacao, which
I am done. I did not like this book. The last 50 to 60 pages were the best of the book. The hero Miles and the heroine Cynthia were likeable but the pacing was so slow and the way the book was written was like reading a menu at a steak house. The same thing served up various ways.

The house party setting was boring, the secondary characters were boring and for the life of me after reading several of these books I want to find out why Lyon the penultimate son has disappeared and why should the re
Thinking back on my rating of this book, I decided to take down one star, because it really is my least favorite Julie Anne Long book to the day. It still is much, much better than the average romance and Julie Anne Long is my favorite writer, but I think I let the wonderful writing "deceive" me into giving a higher rating than I should have. I can't praise the writing enough, I loved the ending (another reason for my initial 5-star rating), but the pace wasn't even, which means I didn't enjoy a ...more
Nov 23, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot_hero
Immediately, I disliked Cynthia entirely! I thought, please tell me this is NOT the heroine! And Miles, to feel love at first sight for this witch? Please...
BUT by the second chapter I was all in for the two of them, hook, line and sinker. ~sigh~ Julie Ann Long's writing drew me in, made me feel everything they were feeling. I love when a book can actually make me laugh out loud and cry a bit. (view spoiler)
Susan (susayq ~)
Amazing. Ah-mazing. I laughed so hard I cried several times reading this...I'm talking specifically of the shooting party and the drinking game - can we all say "oh Mr. Redmond! You're so interesting!" :) And after all those tears from laughing, I cried tears of heartbreak later on when Cynthia railed at Miles for tricking her with false information about Mr Goodkin and she finally told him why it was so important for her to find someone to marry. Then I cried again when Miles told her he'd make ...more
BJ Rose
Feb 19, 2009 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-regency
Julie Ann Long had me hooked as soon as I saw 'Pig and Thistle on Pennyroyal Green' on the first page - I absolutely loved "Perils of Pleasure", so to see her make a hero of one of 'the hated Redmonds' from that story is an added plus. I loved Miles from the beginning (his thought processes are terrific!) but it took me a while to warm up to Cynthia - figured there had to be a lot more to her character/background than you see at the beginning. That first kiss - wow! And who knew a simple reel co ...more
Manda Collins
Jun 04, 2008 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing
Complex characterization, LOL moments, weepy moments, a sexy hero wearing spectacles...what's not to love?
Apr 30, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing
After a disappointing experience with the development of Ms Long's Holt Sisters trilogy, I was wary of tackling the second volume in the Pennyroyal Green series. The Perils of Pleasure, the first book in the series, was a joy to read but left some doubts about how Ms Long intended to spin out the Pennyroyal Green saga.

A few pages into Like No Other Lover my worries were dispelled completely. The village of Pennyroyal Green and the rival Redmond and Eversea families provide continuity, but otherw
Katie Michaels
Mar 02, 2014 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
Still waters run deep, my friends. Miles Redmond may be an entomologist and a scholar; he may wear glasses and lack the obvious charms of his brother. But that doesn’t mean he can’t satisfy as a hero. In fact, he definitely satisfies. Unfortunately, Cynthia does not see things so clearly. When she first saw Miles, she judged him at face value, a mistake that would come back to haunt her in a big way.

Thanks to Cynthia, I didn’t care for this book in the beginning. In fact, I was quite sure that w
Jun 20, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Julie Anne Long's books do things to me against my will. By all accounts, Like No Other Lover has qualities I normally dislike in a book and yet -- AND YET -- I found myself feverishly reading to the end because I had to know how it ended even though I already knew because I've read other the other books.

You guys. YOU GUYS. WHY?

I started off Like No Other Lover not liking Cynthia very much. She's everything Miles Redmond makes her out to be at first (and well, we can't help liking him), but then
Feb 17, 2012 Susanne rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-historical
Julie Anne Long continues to confuse me. Why is this a series? They are vaguely related at best. We have had a bumpy relationship. It was love at first sight with To Love a Thief and a decent second date with The Runaway Duke. We nearly broke up after The Perils of Pleasure and got back together after What I Did For a Duke. I tentatively accepted this fifth date and it was a delight but the spark was somehow missing. I actually almost didn't route for Cynthia and Miles - and that's terrible! On ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pennyroyal Green (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green, #1)
  • 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)
  • Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (Pennyroyal Green, #9)
  • It Started With a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green, #10)
  • The Legend of Lyon Redmond (Pennyroyal Green, #11)

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“He’d meant to take her apart with a kiss. How, then, did he wind up in pieces?” 8 likes
“I know what you think of me, Miles. I know what you--have thought of me. But I have a heart. I do have a heart. I just cannot afford to use it. Don't you see? Why can't you see this? Whereas you--may play at all of this as much as you like. There will always be someone for you. And that is the difference. I cannot afford to use my heart. And you--you choose not to use yours.' - Cynthia Brightley to Miles Redmond” 6 likes
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