Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
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Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,920 ratings  ·  197 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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Avon (first published 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
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...more
♡Karlyn P♡
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I was really torn with this one in the series. I would say that I never came to even like the heroine, and for some reason I never got a feel for the hero. I would like to say I could understand why the heroine acted the way she did, but I just couldn't. She acted like she HAD to be a mercenary man user because she had no other choices, but she did have other choices. For sure they may not have been as comfy as her choice, but she never came clean that she had choices. I don't know ... I never c...more
Mimi Smith
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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)...more
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
Manda Collins
Complex characterization, LOL moments, weepy moments, a sexy hero wearing spectacles...what's not to love?
Carrie Olguin
Pure romance with sensual sex. The entire story takes place over a two week house party. No antagonist. No villains. No blood and guts.

The hero is courting a woman chosen by his father to be his bride while helping the heroine try and land a rich husband from the single men at the party. While the hero's mistress hovers, waiting for him to find time to be with her.

Memorable humorous moments - like the drinking game inspired by the heroine.

I read only one other romance where the heroine was a for...more
The book started with the heroine in a pub- which was just NEVER going to happen. This author seems to be confused between contemporary British society and the society of 1810. About a social climber and an entemologist. She is in difficult financial and social straits and he is about to marry the girl of his father's choice so as to finance his next expedition to South America.

Anyway there were some redeeming features to balance the historical inaccuracies. Both heroine and hero were appealing...more
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...more
It's been so long since I read the first book in Julie Ann Long's Pennyroyal Green series, I'd forgotten how much I enjoy her writing. She's excellent at spinning beautiful prose and wrapping the reader up in her world.

I have to applaud Long for once again creating very unconventional characters. The heroine is not the type I generally would have chosen to read about. She is a diamond of the first water to be sure, but she's also cold and mercenary. The first time the hero sees her he's immedia...more
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...more
I think I actually enjoyed this 2nd of the series more than the first... mostly because the story takes place at home (rather than on the whodunit trail in Colin's story) and Long fleshes out the Redmond family. I adored H and h in this one and thoroughly enjoyed the direct and honest tack of their early relationship (Miles giving Cynthia "insider info" on her husband search). Long gives us a good look inside the Redmonds, which made me really excited for younger sister Violet's story. But up ne...more
Nov 20, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I loved this hero... his complete obsession... against his will and how he wanted to hurt but also cherish the heroine. I just loved their complexity and what drove them to make the choices they did. Excellent story!
This was my favorite HR of 2013 followed by What I Did For A Duke by the same author!

I thought that the first book in this series was amazing and unforgettable, the first one is THE PERILS OF PLEASURE.

This one is better in some ways. The plot is completely different, this is not a caper/action/suspense type of romance.

THE SETUP: Basically a country house party where a group of people has fun getting to know one another. There were more characters, more witty dialogue, and much more humor! In f...more
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
Madeline Caldwell
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Details at my blog

Cynthia Brightly has committed the unforgivable sin for the belle of the season. Her rich, titled fiancé breaks off the engagement, and no one in society will receive her, except her friend Violet. She retreats to Violet’s country home, with only five pounds to her name and nowhere to go, determined to use this last house party to find a husband before the scandal catches up with her.

Miles, Violet’s brother, was utterly dismissed by Cynthia while she was still the most desirabl...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
The second in Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series this instalment switches to the other featured family the Redmonds and in particular the second son Miles who with his elder brother's apparent demise is now the heir. And with this development comes family responsibility and the need for the correct marriage which doesn't cause Miles a problem until the widely unsuitable Cynthia Brightly enters the picture...

This was a surprisingly good book despite the setting being the insular house part...more
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“He’d meant to take her apart with a kiss. How, then, did he wind up in pieces?” 4 likes
“Ah, Lyon: the Achilles’ heel of this family. She had forgotten about Lyon, and about disappearing Redmonds.” 2 likes
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