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Like No Other Lover

(Pennyroyal Green #2)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,950 ratings  ·  370 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Avon (first published October 16th 2008)
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L A i N E Y
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
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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!
Jilly
Feb 04, 2017 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
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Jacob Proffitt
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
These people are idiots with all the empathy of particularly limp carrots. And I can't, for the life of me, see why either would have anything to do with the other. Okay, so she's hot and he's rich and handsome, but the book tells us Miles has his pick of hot people he can actually have sex with and she has had her pick of the best of society for years, apparently, so it's not like either has any reason to pay any particular attention to the other. At half way in, they've barely spoken beyond ve ...more
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4 Solid Stars!

This was by far one of the funniest historicals I've read in some time. I did find myself suddenly laughing a few times throughout the book. This was such a heartwarming story, yes it was a bit wordy and long-winded at times, but it definitely makes for better insight into the characters. At first I didn't care very much for Cynthia but as the story goes on I definitely begin to understand and feel for her.

Another great read by Long!
Daniella
Jun 30, 2015 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.
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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
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Ilze
May 22, 2011 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
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Ursula
Have been meaning to read this one for a while, but was a little put off by how many reviewers dissed the heroine. So I thought I might not like her either.

The interesting thing was, I liked her a lot. I could really identify with her actions after we were given some insight into her motives, and I felt it was interesting that so many female readers judged her, conveniently forgetting that women of the time really were powerless and had no way of making a life for themselves without using marria
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Addie H
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
(Tropes: Opposites Attract, Forbidden Love, Enemies to Lovers)

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Unpopular opinion.

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“Yes, but I’m not certain I will much longer survive your presence, Mr. Redmond. I am, as ever, interested in self-preservation.”
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Quick plot: Cynthia Brightly, with a few pounds left to her name, has two weeks at a house party to snag a rich husband after a broken engagement. Host, Miles Redmond, who has been attracted to Cynthia for some time, is the least likely choice as he is not only intended for another but
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; 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
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Jan
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, regency
3.5 stars. I liked Miles from the start, with his serious, brainy, honourable nature, and his glasses. LOL. I also liked Cynthia, although she was a little unpredictable, and in fact I didn't really like some of her actions when she was still mixing in society, before the scandal. I understand her enjoyment of the wonderful freedom she was suddenly experiencing, but all the same, she was a little careless and irresponsible at times IMO.

The book mostly took place at a house party where Miles was
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Jennifer
Jan 18, 2012 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
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Sam (AMNReader)
I'm giving this a 3.6.

I liked this apparently--checks notes--polarizing book. I thoroughly enjoyed the backstory with the house party, I loved Miles with his stuffy pragmatism, and Cynthia with her zesty fortitude.

And of course, JAL can 'miss' sometimes, but she's so romantic and I love her writing. Of course, the middle sagged. There was too much push and pull. It was still moving, entertaining and fun, but it was a little worn. I'm still rounding this up, I can see revisiting this series with
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♡Karlyn P♡
Aug 27, 2008 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
Mimi Smith
Jun 25, 2013 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
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kilty
Feb 27, 2011 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
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Cheryl
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
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Beanbag Love
Oct 09, 2011 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
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Amanda
Oct 13, 2012 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
Shannon Gallagher
Loving this series!

Review later...

Just as delightful the second time around. I loved Mikes and Cynthia’s story. And the cat! Spider the cat reminded me of every kitten who ever owned me. I could read this book again and again.
Karen
Sep 15, 2011 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
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Christine
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
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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
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Lauren
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
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Kathy
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
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Aly
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5

No woman ever caught Miles Redmond attention for other reason than a good time in bed. Until the day he met HER. Cynthia Brightly. But right away, he hear her talking about possible suitors with a friend and cruelly dismiss him as a prospect. She doesn't know he heard, she doesn't know him and she doesn't care either. He's not wealthy nor popular, so he's uninteresting in her eyes. That was two years ago. Now everyone in London dropped her, her engagement was broken and you'll have to wait b
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Irene
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-and-bd
Damn. I wanted to like this more than I did, but the fact that I spread this out over a few weeks and scanned it to the end, the good news is:

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I am pretty sure I would have had a much more negative impression of the book if I deliberately tried to get lost in the story. It was cheesy but not my type of cheese, if you know what I mean:

“She’s very nice,” she added. It sounded almost like an accusation. “That isn’t her fault,” Miles said quickly. Which then struck both of them as funny, and they bo
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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
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“He’d meant to take her apart with a kiss. How, then, did he wind up in pieces?” 10 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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