The Legend of Lyon Redmond
An enduring legend
Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond’s heart. But while many a man has ...more
As a follow up -
If Lyon has been traipsing around the world seeking evidence for or against…moreThis question will be moot in about a wk's time but....
As a follow up -
If Lyon has been traipsing around the world seeking evidence for or against the dad for the last 6(?) years and has been having sex with other women (for whatever reason-attraction or itch). I find the idea annoying that Olivia would be treated by the author as someone kept in a box on the shelf waiting for years until the hero achieved his goal while he was free to do what he wanted.
Does this mean that in the years that she has been with Lansdowne, she's been able to keep herself emotionally distant from him-despite accepting his proposal - and has continued to "save" herself for Lyon because of her love for him?
And if so, what about Lyon?
I know, I know, men in those days were not expected to be faithful and it's "different" for men (argh!) but we're talking about a man who left his family for the woman that he loved - to prove that he was worthy as well as possibly clear the father's name.
And yes, I know that women were expected to be chaste but she was a mature woman and not a virginal 18-22 year old and I know that they're expected to have a deep love for them before having sex (sigh!) I can't recall if whether or not her and Lyon might have had sex but I'm assuming so.
My point is - after this rant :) - that I hope they are on some sort of equal footing and not that he's got a get out of jail free card because they were not actually engaged and were apart for x amount of years.
Thanks for reading.
There had been pleasure since then, some of it extraordinary, some of it memorable, all of it mindless, in the arms of other women.
Give me a fucking break. I felt so very I-was-rooting-for-you-we-were-all-rooting-for-you at this point.
The author even uses the ever-cliched "but he never loved any of them!!" business by saying it wasn't love with those women, that word w ...more
Men will do things for women they wouldn’t otherwise in their right minds do.
No one knew that better than Lyon.
The Redmonds and the Everseas have been the staunch adversaries of Pennyroyal Green ever since 1066 and a cow argument, or so history murkily relays. ...more
A solid, but not outstanding finish to the Pennyroyal Green series, which has been generally good overall, some hits, some misses, with some really enjoyable reads and others like this one, pretty average.
My favourite remains A Notorious Countess Confesses - I like the trope - and also What I Did For a Duke, How the Marquess Was Won and It Happened One Midnight.
Briefly...Maybe I was expecting too much, but overall it was a pretty average read. I didn't feel a great love story ...more
The Pennyroyal Green series is a long series with some amazing books and one of my favorite HRs to date:What I Did For a Duke. Fans of this series have been waiting a mighty long time for Lyon and Olivia's happy ending.
I'm a sucker for second chance romance and I really liked the suspense in this story, the waiting of the moment when they finally meet again. The dialogue was witty, sensual and beautiful. I did feel like this was a bit wordy at times, ...more
It was like that a bit.
We started this series knowing that Lyon Redmond has been missing for years because Olivia Eversea broke his heart. Then, in all of the subsequent books, we see Olivia turni ...more
That almost cost the book the 4th star. I am so disappointed. I can honestly say that I have never been this disappointed by a book before.
I need to calm down before I write a coherent review. Did I mention that I am disappointed?
OK I wrote a looooong review after I had cooled down my disappointment. Only to lose it all because of a cruel trick Google Chrome played on me. I don't know whether I have it in me to re-write all that, but I shall try.
... the back story of them falling in love felt like just a teenage infatuation .. nothing that would inspire years of waiting ... the reason they separated was lamely done ... And when they met (after 45% of the book i think) - it was just all about lust. They have like a 30 second conversation and poof! all anger gone .. and what was the epilogue all about ? ... To those who have followed the books, there was a hint of the idea that ...more
1. How old were Lyon and Olivia when they first met and fell in love? That unanswered question kind of drove me nuts. I really wish the autho ...more
JAL's set herself a gargantuan task. In only about 100,000 words [I think that the length of your average romance?!] she had to convince us Lyon and Olivia are in love and meant for one another to the extent they'd shape their whole lives around mourning the loss of one another for years. Then she has to find a plausible reason t ...more
In Roman Catholicism, the purgatory is where the souls of the dead wander in an indefinite state. They stay in such a state unless they "become fit for heaven" at some point. Similarly, this shelf is where books that I am warned about stay—untouched and unread—unless a very compelling reason forces me to read them.
Reason(s) for putting The Legend of Lyon Redmond in this shelf:
LOL. There are so many things I find problematic about both the hero and the hero ...more
When the hero finds out the heroine - after pining for him for five years - is going to marry a fine upstanding man, he kidnaps her, takes her virginity (with her willing consent) and then drops her off after a week, t ...more
Review to come. But here are my initial thoughts about the b ...more
I found this kind of over the top but in that characteristic JAL way. So I loved it. I read her for the romancey romance fluffy feels (and I loved that all right up until one of the final scenes), but, hell that epilogue trash.
When I'm in the mood for hearts and flowers in my eyes and writing, she is pretty fantastic. Thought this was super satisfying conclusion even if I wanted a little more...
That was a really enjoyable close to the Pennyroyal Green series. Like most people reading this series over such a long time I was keen to finally hear the real story of Olivia and Lyon. Whilst I did love Olivia and Lyon together, I had some difficulties with the story, which I thought the writer could have overcome and it seemed a little in retr ...more
I'm not really going to go into a review on the synonymous of the story but just what my thoughts and feelings are about this incredible book.
Olivia and Lyon's story is one of forbidden love, in as both families have been rivalries for what seems like forever. The story is interwoven with past and present.It begins in the present with Olivia the heroine preparing for her wedding to a man she ...more
I did not expect to like this. Which is quite unfair when starting a book, but the characters in this book has been talked about in the 10 previous ones, so expectations were high. How could it possibly deliver?
Well it just did.
The flashbacks and “present” story were rife with charm, despair, hotness, tension and romance. I was more or less hooked from page one, and while I did not necessarily think what caused them to first part was serious enough, I deci ...more
To illustrate how much I was anticipating this book, I will share that this was the first time I've ever bought a physical copy of a historical romance. Barnes & Noble decided to shelve it a few days early and when I heard that, I raced over to pick up a copy with only minimal checkout embarrassment. With that said, this e ...more
Warning: Some mild spoilers ahead.
Although I've read almost all the books in this series _ that's right, I still haven't read the famous book about Violet _, only a small number of them are actually favourites.
Normally the more recent ones... but as you can see it isn't a done deal.
My indisputable favourite still is, What I did For a Duke . Compared with Genevieve and Falconbridge's romance, Lyon and Olivia are just forgettable secondary characters.
As much as I wanted, I just couldn't care a ...more
This book wasn't perfect but there were parts of it that were. I wish that I could give this five stars, because if I come back to the Pennyroyal Green books, this will be the one I pick up first. (view spoiler)[ Everything that happened between Olivia finding Lyon standing in firelight in Plymouth and her leaving him after their cathartic (in more ways than one!) idyll in Cadiz was beautiful. How could you not be at least a little bit moved by Olivia pickin ...more
What I think this book did really well was how it made use of all the elements of the Second Chance Romance Trope really well. Lyon and Olivia HAD to have that time apart, they had to grow as people away from each other, they had to mature, learn from their mistakes, and only then when they time came again for them, they would be ready to be toget ...more
‘I can’t remember the last time I so egregiously abandoned my manners. It’s just that I… that it seemed im...more
There are certain books in our lives that make us suffer. They are vicious in their relentless pursuit to make us feel every bit of emotions MCs feel in these books. The Legend of Lyon Redmond was created to torture me. Seriously! While reading it I was at first bored with how slow things started, then I was irritated, then furious, then sad, then happy, and in the end my mind was beyond thinking, just sheer feels. A roller-caster of emotions. One emotion stifled by another so abruptl...more