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I Kissed an Earl

(Pennyroyal Green #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,793 ratings  ·  405 reviews
Violet Redmond's family and fortune might be formidable and her beauty and wit matchless—but 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 pedigr ...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 l
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
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
Joanna Loves Reading
Listened to this one this time. Still a lovely book, great chemistry in the leads, but the narrator, who has never been a favorite, was really ill suited to this story. There’s too much subtlety and nuance in this one. Too much heart. The narrator worked better for the first in series because there was more action. The narration just has no emotion.

I love the battle of wills and competing loyalties in this one. Also the adventure and forced new perspective.

Previous review:
Love this one, not my
Saint Monique
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 dis
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
I founded this to be the best read out of the first four books. Liked Flint, even though Violet was a spoiled young woman. She changed through the story.
Nelly  Swilla
Sep 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.8 “swashbuckling sea captain” stars

(diva heroine, sea captain, enemies-to-lovers, class difference, forced proximity, pirates)

”How foolish I am, she thought, with sudden frightening clarity. He was so much more real than everything else around him. I only feel real when I’m near him. In that odd moment, everything that had come before him seemed like a dim dream. She suspected everything that came after him would seem that way, too. She was already ruined.”

It's hard to go wrong with a
Luana ☆
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I probably should give this book a 4 star but it was soooo much better than the first 3 books that I can't help myself.

Voilet was everything that I expected! It was awesome following her adventures, seeing an extremely clean person in a ship full of stinky men hahaha and I also loved the hero. There were quite a few funny moments and I am just very happy that this series is getting better... the plus side of this book was the slow burn romance.
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 JAL’s 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 Red
Chloe Liese
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wild ride! So much intense action and intrigue, I loved how Asher and Violet fell in love in spite of themselves, the bittersweet irony of their conflicting goals, and the drama that unfolded as they pursued their hearts’ desires. Watching those desires morph through the story, as truth came to light and love transformed their path, was so satisfying.
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, b ...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 int ...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 deci
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 unt
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, historical
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
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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 th
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 sl
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 her
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
So actually the heroine of the novel has an amazing personality (like many of Long's heroines) and of the ones I've read this is the only one with a POC lead (the hero is half-Native American) but unfortunately this book is just full of unremitting white people fuckery. There are a lot of reviews praising the good parts of this book and I agree with many of them, I think if aforementioned fuckery hadn't happened I would have rated this like a 4ish. Unfortunately, in a parallel to this election s ...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 cont
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: Alex Morrison
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
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. ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
4 stars for the romance. 3 stars for the unbelievable but fun plot. I almost DNF at chapter 6 but was glad that T., Sam, and Joanna encouraged me to continue.
T. Rosado

4.75 Stars

This was a fantastic entry in the Pennyroyal Green Series with the sexiest hero yet. Sah-woon!! If you want to know what else I felt about this book, read my review for book 1 ( It says it all about this author's writing. I'm at a loss of what to add. Great hero, great heroine, and a sublime romance.
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 bo
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
4.5 stars!

Violet Redmond’s ancient family name and fortune attracts suitors just as quickly as her penchant for games and troublemaking drives them away. She’s restless and bored and knows her only remedy is to find a man who can keep up with her and to learn what’s happened to her missing brother Lyon. She never imagined finding both those things in one man of decidedly disreputable heritage.

The newly named Earl of Ardmay, Asher Flint is whispered about in ballrooms as an American savage even a
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 wit
i r e n e
You’re never going to get anything crazy with vanilla romances, they will never shock you like a good bodice ripper. However, what they can offer is Georgette Heyer or P.G. Wodehouse style banter, and interesting relationship dynamics.

Violet and Asher deliver that in Julie Anne Long's I Kissed An Earl. I really enjoyed this and I can see why Amanda Quick blurbs all of Julie Anne Long's covers. Both authors love to write strong heroines that march to the beat of their own drum and have quirky co
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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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