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I Kissed an Earl

(Pennyroyal Green #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,416 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Violet Redmond's family and fortune might be formidable and her beauty and wit matchlessbut her infamous flair for mischief keeps all but the most lionhearted suitors at bay. Only Violet knows what will assuage her restlessness: a man who doesn't bore her to tears, and a clue to the fate of her missing brother. She never dreamed she'd find both with a man whose own ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Avon
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I knocked off a star because Violet, our "heroine", is a spoiled child for most of the book. She has spent her life coddled and adored by all and is always doing stupid shit for attention. So, I had to make peace with the fact that she was going to end up with Captain McDreamy off the S.S. Sexypants. *Sigh* Sometimes life isn't fair.

YES!! Yes, I do.

Violet meets Captain McDreamy at a ball where she is terribly bored because every man loves her and she is finding it monotonous to bat them around
Julie Anne Long has penned another winner and everything's right in the world again.

Firstly, I would like to address my own stupidity. Every book in this series works very well as a stand-alone. There is little connection between the books and none between the Redmond and the Eversea books. That's why I started from book #5, read all the way through #7 and then I went back to the beginning and started from book #1. The one constant figure in the series has been Lyon Redmond who disappeared after
Sam (AMNReader)
Let's start this off with the right context. This book is not realistic. It is, however, a fun adventure and perfect for Violet, the smart-as-can-be Redmond (well, I guess they all are), with superhero hidden talents and a penchant for stirring up trouble whether the reason be ennui or curiosity. She is, without a doubt, one of the most fun heroines. Between her regal take-no-shit, perfect hair, her expectations of a suitor that didn't bore her to tears and her abiding love for her family she is ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,5 'pirate-ish' stars

I don't really know what to say about this book. I liked it but on the other hand, I just couldn't get into the story. It had an interesting premise, however, not much has happened exactly. And I had a big problem with Violet and Flint's relationship. Not that it was their fault entirely. I liked both of them as individual characters but unfortunately, as a couple, they had a third wheel present at all times.

And here we come to Lyon -the mysterious Redmond heir who just
Addie H
(Tropes: Opposites Attract, Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden Love, Pirates (ish))


My last two books (the start of this series) has not been great, but now things are picking up! I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading this book, and it reminded me of why I love JALs writing.

Miss Redmond he said very mildly, very gently, in a voice that belied the momentum of his gathering outrage. Why the devil are you on my ship?

Quick plot: With the intent of rescuing her long lost brother, Violet Redmond,
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, pirate
3.5 stars. I took quite a long break in the middle of reading this book, but have finally come back to finish it. I loved Captain Flint, aka Asher, Earl of Ardmay. I didn't love the h, Violet Redmond, quite as much. I'd met her before in another book and found her a bit abrasive. However it was clear in this book that she has some wonderful qualities, including loyalty, intelligence and bravery. And there was no doubt that she and Asher were meant for each other. They make a great couple.

Quite a
Jacob Proffitt
I was in the midst of this when the library loan ran out. And I didn't bother extending or re-borrowing. I just didn't care about the whole plot thing and that gimped my ability to engage with the couple. I got far enough to learn that Violet's brother has a vendetta against one of the big moral issues of the day (was it slavery or the opium trade? I think it was China-centric so probably opium) and was moving before it was an issue the crown was willing to take on. Which is admirable and all, ...more
Manda Collins
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Julia Quinn
This latest installment in Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series, I KISSED AN EARL is Violet Redmond's book. If you're familiar with the series, you'll remember Violet as a key player in LIKE NO OTHER LOVER. When she is introduced at a ball to the newly elevated sea captain, the Earl of Ardmay, and his first mate Lord Lavay, Violet is intrigued. After all, hadn't the gypsy girl said the name Lavay to her? And hadn't she foretold that Violet would go on a long journey over water? But what ...more
Beanbag Love
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a somewhat disappointing entry into Long's mostly entertaining "Pennyroyal Green" series. The book has many problems and I found myself shaking my head several times.

First of all, I read the dead tree version and I swear I didn't go three pages without some kind of typo or mistake. Dropped words, repeated words, words out of order, the wrong word ("thought" instead of "though", for example). I was constantly editing in my head. At some points I had to read a sentence a few times to
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, own-it
I love JAL, but when it comes to the high seas, Marsha Canham is the woman for me. It was cute, but not a fave.

Reread 9/16/12: Downgraded a star. Ugh - there were SO many repetitive words and phrases: "bands of muscle" when referring to the stomach, "hosannas", etc. Gack. I was really pulled out of the story this time around. Also, at this point, I hate the Everseas and Redmonds - thanks to all the endlessly twinkly referencing and series baiting. OLIVIA can go jump in that infamous well for all
Louise Parr
Sep 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
I didn't like the main character, but that's just the beginning of my complaints. The year the action took place is not given and the internal evidence is unclear and contradictory. I think it is the early 1820's.
THE BIG COMPLAINT. On page 40 her brother thinks "When and if Violet ever fell in love...tectonic plates would shift..." The theory of tectonic plates was first put forward in 1912, almost 100 years after the action of the book. More, it was met with great ridicule, and not accepted
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Book 4 in the Pennyroyal Green series, this time it's back to the Redmonds, the infamous Violet in fact who meets her match in the newly appointed Earl of Ardmay, Captain Asher Flint. However, despite the attraction any relationship is bound to be doomed as she desperately searches for her brother, the missing Lyon Redmond who may be the nefarious pirate Le Chat, the very man Flint is determined to bring to justice.

Despite the frivolous title, there is so much depth to this book. I loved the
Lil' Grogan
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Interesting because both hero and heroine are strong characters who essentially remain unchanged by the story. Was hesitant to read about Violet because she came across as a bored, selfish, thoughtless rich girl in a previous book. And she is. I waited against all hope for a wave to sweep her off the ship. Actually cheered every time Flint gave her a dressing down.

Was not interested in the romance between them, was far more interested in finding out what Lyon was up to. Had an issue with how
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, what can I say? Let me summarise the whole thing this way:

+ 1 star: Flint. Captian Asher Flint. He definitely deserves a shining star.
+ 1 star: Lavay. Second in command. My second favourite. (Asher is the first <3 )
+ 1 star: The Fortuna's crew. They are the best. Especially the greek cook.
+ 1 star: The pealing of the potatoes. Hillarious :)
+ 1 star: Awesome bloody pirate battle. Yes, I loved it!
- 1 star: Violet. She was constantly getting on my nerve. I had such high expectation after
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: Alex Morrison
Shelves: favorite-hrs
OMG. This book!

If I weren't too lazy to start culling books for a favorites shelf this one would absolutely go on it. Really just excellent, well-paced fun from start to finish. And the Lyon bits at the end were pretty great. It was refreshing to see that for all that he loved his sister and thought her very capable and clever, he actually didn't see her for the truly strong person she had become. I guess Lyon is the BIG hero for the whole book series so it was good to have Flint, the wonderful
Joanna Loves Reading
Love this one, not my favorite of the series but in the top tier.
Nope. This book suffers, IMO, from Boredom on the High Seas syndrome and an indifferent and occasionally mean "hero." The lone Redmond sister deserved more.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
While I was excited to finally learn more about Lyon, the main romance never truly swept me away. Thus far, I have not been that impressed with the Redmonds. They are entitled, snobby, and believe they are above the law.

In this tale, we meet Violet Redmond and the newly minted Earl of Ardmay. Violet is a spoiled society princess with the soul of an adventurer. Asher (aka Captain Flint aka the Earl of Ardmay) is uncouth, a bit violent, and very harsh. Both of these characters had always had
Ivana Azap Feješ
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Violet boards a ship on a hunch and helps the captain (aka earl) search for a pirate. I can't wait to see what happens with Lyon and Olivia and the piece of information that was revealed toward the end.

OMG. This book! If I weren't too lazy to start culling books for a favorites shelf this one would absolutely go on it. Really just excellent, well-paced fun from start to finish. You know, the problem with going a few days without internet access, but having a Kindle in your possessions are the
Mimi Smith
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

You know, the problem with going a few days without internet access, but having a Kindle in your possessions are the books you just read and loved. Because, of course, that means a bunch of marked quotes you'd really like to use, but you're left with no energy to write a complete review.

Or wait, is that just me?

In any case, I likes this one a lot! We finally see Violet Redmond living up to her reputation as a somewhat outrageous lady as she run away to live with a one-legged pirate
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
This was one of Miss Long's books that I couldn't help but freaking adore. Mostly, because both main characters were so sensible and unnervingly just, they ended up empowering and lifting each other above societal expectations of their era while trying to best one another at their own game.

Violet was an especially deceptive character in a sense, that she started as a typical spoiled heiress but she was actually playing that role because everyone expected her to behave like one, and those
Jennifer McQuiston
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a latecomer to I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long, but I felt strongly enough after reading it that I wanted to review it on Goodreads. Many of the past reviews for this book point out something you can't help but notice on or about chapter 1: something weird happened with the copyediting of this book. There were mistakes and type-os that should never have made it past the proofreading stage. I don't mean one or two... page after page of them.

And you know what? I DIDN'T FREAKING CARE.

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Violet Redmond, even though she loves her family, tends to feel smothered too much by them, so aching for adventures, she secretly boards a ship in search of her missing brother who is rumored to be a pirate and one who has been sinking ships and taking cargo. Unwilling to believe that her brother would harm innocent people, so goes in search for him, however the Captain of the ship that she is on is hunting this notorious pirate for vengeance since once of his friends was killed by him. The ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, I honestly underestimated it. From the beginning, it was quite clear that Violet Redmond was attracted to Captain Flint and the story of how they'd fall in love wouldn't be fast.
Violet was a great protagonist. She was loyal, clever, strong, stubborn and loving. She wasn't one of those annoying leading ladies that needed to rely on a man to save her, that waited.She took matters into her own hands and was calculatedly spontaneous. The fact that she
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Julie Anne Long has been an autobuy author for me since I fell in love with Connor Riordan, the hero of her debut novel, The Runaway Duke. When I read The Perils of Pleasure, the first of her Pennyroyal Green books, I said I thought this series would be her best work, but IMO, although I enjoyed both books, neither Like No Other Lover or Since the Surrender measured up to TPOP. I Kissed an Earl does. It has Long's characteristic prose, lucid always and lyrical often, and it has the compelling ...more
Emery Lee
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A top shelf historical romance!

I wasn't sure in the beginning if I was going to like this one, but the author was incredible, a true artist with word pictures. I have a bad habit of dog-earring pages when I read a line that I particulalry like. I mangled this one!

I had only two issues with the novel:
The plot of this novel was a bit far-fetched, but as it was a strongly character driven tale, I could easily overlook this.
It also suffered from very poor copy editing - numerous punctuation erros,
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: someone wanting historical romance on boat
Recommended to May by: good reads friends
Shelves: ye-olde-romance
I am going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars on this book. The first 1/3 I ADORED... then I lost track of what/why I liked it as it went on. It just didn't maintain the charm and fabulous-ness that it started with for me.

Violet boards a ship on a hunch and helps the captain (aka earl) search for a pirate. They fall in love.

* Violet. Her thought process, her attitude, her fierce loyalty and bravery... loved her.
* The humor. Oh, there were some real funny bits that had me chuckling.
3.5 stars. I don't know if Long's style has changed since The Perils of Pleasure, or if it's just that my tastes have changed, but none of the other books in this series has really done it for me. This one was better than many recent historicals I've tried: the story doesn't meander, the conflict is genuine, the characters are sharply drawn, and the language sparkles, at least some of the time. But I was put off by an inauthentic, modern tone, and a writing style that felt bloated. It was not as ...more
I LOVED this one. It's Number 4 in the series, and so far, completely outshines all the others for me. The hero and heroine are great characters, the plot is exciting and the writing just flows. But it's the insights into the heroine's inner dialogue, almost in a stream of consciousness, which makes this one absolutely superb.

Loved it. On to Number 5 now. How will it ever match this one?...
I quite liked it, I read it with a smile on my face. The thing that kept me from giving it all the stars was the slow beginning and certain actions the hero did that I simply don't see a reason for. (view spoiler) ...more
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“Tell me—what wouldn’t you do for Violet, Captain Flint?”

Flint didn’t yet know the answer to this. Though he was perhaps closer to knowing.

“I haven’t yet been tested.”

Lyon smiled slowly at this, and shook his head. “Ah. Clearly you haven’t a soul of a poet, then, sir. You cannot be lured into hyperbole: ‘There’s nothing I wouldn’t do! Nothing!’ And etcetera. I can. I like hyperbole. Don’t fear it, Flint! Believe me, there’s some truth to all the purple words that surround love, you know. When you love someone more than life—and it is indeed possible to love someone more than life, or otherwise poets wouldn’t have gone on and on about it over the centuries—and you know, you know, you were born for only one person…imagine you cannot have them without tearing everything else you know asunder. Without hurting and disappointing all the other people you love. What then would you do?”
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