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What I Did for a Duke

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For years, he's been an object of fear, fascination...and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he'll seduce Ian's innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he'll capture her heart...and then he'll break it.

But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness...And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke's dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice...is there anything she won't do for a duke?

365 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published February 22, 2011

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Julie Anne Long

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Well, where should I start? I've lived in San Francisco for more than a decade, usually with at least one cat. I won the school spelling bee when I was in 7th grade; the word that clinched it was 'ukulele.' I originally set out to be a rock star when I grew up (I had a Bono fixation, but who didn't?), and I have the guitars and the questionable wardrobe stuffed in the back of my closet to prove it.

But writing was always my first love.

I was editor of my elementary school paper (believe it or not, Mrs. Little's fifth grade class at Glenmoor Elementary did have one); my high school paper (along with my best high school bud, Cindy Jorgenson); and my college paper, where our long-suffering typesetter finally forced me to learn how to typeset because my articles were usually late (and thus I probably have him to thank for all the desktop publishing jobs that ensued over the years).

Won a couple of random awards along the way: the Bank of America English Award in High School (which basically just amounted to a fancy plaque saying that I was really, really good at English); and an award for best Sports Feature article in a College Newspaper (and anyone who knows me well understands how deeply ironic that is). I began my academic career as a Journalism major; I switched to Creative Writing, which was a more comfortable fit for my freewheeling imagination and overdeveloped sense of whimsy. I dreamed of being a novelist.

But most of us, I think, tend to take for granted the things that come easily to us. I loved writing and all indications were that I was pretty good at it, but I, thank you very much, wanted to be a rock star. Which turned out to be ever-so-slightly harder to do than writing. A lot more equipment was involved, that's for sure. Heavy things, with knobs. It also involved late nights, fetid, graffiti-sprayed practice rooms, gorgeous flakey boys, bizarre gigs, in-fighting—what's not to love?

But my dream of being a published writer never faded. When the charm (ahem) of playing to four people in a tiny club at midnight on a Wednesday finally wore thin, however, I realized I could incorporate all the best things about being in a band — namely, drama, passion, and men with unruly hair — into novels, while at the same time indulging my love of history and research.

So I wrote The Runaway Duke, sent it to a literary agent (see the story here), who sold it to Warner Books a few months after that...which made 2003 one of the most extraordinary, head-spinning years I've ever had.

Why romance? Well, like most people, I read across many genres, but I've been an avid romance reader since I got in trouble for sneaking a Rosemary Rogers novel out of my mom's nightstand drawer (I think it was Sweet Savage Love). Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBain...I cut my romance teeth on those ladies. And in general, I take a visceral sort of pleasure in creating a hero and a heroine, putting them through their emotional paces, and watching their relationship develop on the page. And of course, there's much to be said for the happy ending. :)

And why Regency Historicals? Well, for starters, I think we can blame Jane Austen. Her inimitable wit, compassion and vision brought the Regency vividly to life for generations of readers. If Jane Austen had written romances about Incas, for instance, I think, we'd have racks and racks of Inca romances in bookstores all over the country, and Warner Forever would be the Inca Romance line.

But I'm a history FREAK, in general. I read more history, to be perfectly honest, than fiction (when I have time to read!) these days. When we were little, my sister and I used to play "Littl

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128 reviews277 followers
June 17, 2012
What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long: a wonderfully interesting and utterly original 5 star read.

Welp, I can honestly say I do not know exactly how I'm going to go about explaining this book. While the cover and description make it seem very much unoriginal what lies within the pages is crazy refreshing.

At first , upon hearing the stupid revenge plot that the hero had involving the heroines ...I promptly felt like

Then I encountered the fact that there is a love triangle, though it really is disproportionate. I felt like


As the book progressed and I got to know the characters and Julie Anne Long's refreshingly direct way of writing, I was smitten. Hallelujah!!

Alright...I will be serious now and give you some valid reasons to read this book!

Three reasons you will like What I Did For a Duke

1>. The Hilarity/Truth that is shown in Long's wonderful style of writing

That sounds like an odd pairing for a category, but bare with me. See Julie Anne Long is nothing if not an honest writer. In fact, this book was lacking in purple prose or any significant amount of flowery writing. However, what she does provide is a healthy dose of reality. Its honestly the most refreshing read I've had in terms of romance. I wanted to hate it, I wanted to demand some overzealous adjectives that would have me running toward a dictionary, however, albeit reluctant to admit, this stripped bare type of writing is something that I would love to encounter again. Don't mistake this more simplisitc type of writing that I am exposing on to mean its bad. She is far from a novice writer and I was quite riveted with the story. And honestly, it had to be good writing because usually upon sniffing out a vengeance theme and love triangle, it's a testament I didn't just abandon the book. In this novel, the hero, Alex, and the heroine, Genevieve, are quite differing in age. He is very near to forty (They never say outright) which leads me to say he is 39, and Genevieve is almost half his age so I read her to be around 23-24 years old. Now this is a significant age difference, however, it is the truth. Most romance books have the ages somewhat close but in truth, the men married late and the women married young. So, I thought that was a wonderful little thing for her to write. Even better, she was honest about his age and his limitations. Often, he felt tired of playing games, of courtship, of beating around the bush, of everything young dandy men love to do. For instance, after a vigiourous bout of love making, Genevieve wanted to almost immediatly get at it again. Now, in Romanceland the hero would have a superpenis and super short refractory period and would all but be ready for round 2. Not in this case, for we have an honest writer.
Give me at least a minute or two. I’m not a man of twenty years.”[Alex] “Does it matter? Your age?”[Genevieve] “It does indeed. A bit.”[Alex]

How hilarious is that?. Anyway, I was shocked that she wrote that and was even more endeared to the couple, the story, and the writer as I continued to read great little moments like that!


Oh alex, you are a man after mine own heart. I love how Long painted this picture of a man , 39 years of age, who had lived quite a long and eventful life, had his share of heartbreak, and who was tired. He was tired of playing games and of living some high ball life in the ton. He wanted a wife, he wanted to settle down, he wanted a kid, he wanted piece. In the beginning of the novel, he is going after the heroine for revenge, but that quickly becomes a tiring notion, which i found lovely. He was super direct and never minced his words or played games with her. He told her how he felt, nothing more and nothing less. He wasn't beautiful, his thighs hurt after sex, he was greying, and not liked. Yet, he was one of the most wonderful heroes ever! Maybe, his appeal lies in the fact that for once, I didn't have to be convinced of the amazingness of the hero. He wasn't perfect. He was a real man, tried and true. That made the love story even more special because it wasn't this complete fantasy. And now, let me give you some quotes that explain his sexy imperfect appeal :)
“A proper kiss, Miss Eversea, should turn you inside out. It should . . . touch places in you that you didn’t know existed, set them ablaze, until your entire being is hungry and wild. It should . . . hold a moment, I want to explain this as clearly as possible. It should slice right down through you like a cutlass with a pleasure so devastating it’s very nearly pain. It should make you do battle for control of your senses and your will. It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. And it should herald, or at least promise, the most intense physical pleasure you’ve ever known, regardless of whether that promise is ever, ever fulfilled. It should, in fact . . .” he paused for effect “. . . haunt you for the rest of your life.”
O.M.G. Tell me ladies, did you just audibly sigh and squirm in your computer chair! I know I did! I imagine that moment to follow was something like this... When he finally got a chance to sink his hands in to her lush hair he whispered...
“It’s what this night would feel like if I could seize hold of it.”
I thought that was so poignant. These sweet words mean so much when he says them because, he is so very direct and unadorned. So, when he speaks in simile and metaphor the effect is rather profound.

In terms of his looks it is noted that...
He was almost ugly, when viewed as a set of amplified details and features. Taken together, those details were devastating
Might sound odd, but I love a regular looking or ordinary maybe even ugly hero. It means he has substance and the writer is going to give him a depth that will make him dynamic and magnanimous and appealing. Its easy to write a story with a good looking hero, but the best I find are not good looking at all :)

I also love his approach to the love triangle...
“Genevieve, I saw something in you Lord Harry didn’t see, can’t see, because it isn’t in him to see it. Ask yourself why this is so. Ask yourself whether this might be rather an essential oversight on his part. Ask yourself if you’ve just discovered something about yourself that you may otherwise never have known.

I thought that was such a dignified response to her. It was a wakeup call. I wish more love triangles were approached this way. Im not one for misunderstandings and dramatic amounts of miscommunication. I prefer directness and I prefer intelligence. I thought he very eloquently pointed out the reality of the situation. I'm a sucker for rationale :)

3. The Awakening of the heroine, Genevieve.

I really like Genevieve. Like the hero, Alex, she too is someone so very relateable. Everyone has met or has a Genevieve in their life. A woman who is misunderstood and undervalued, who cares so much for others that she often goes with out. A person who can't seize what she wants because she doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know who she is because she lets everyone and her environment dictate it. She's not weak, she's just not truly living her life, it is rather living her. What I loved about her and the hero, was that he wanted one thing, he wanted her to seize the day. carpe diem. Everyone put her into this innocent, plain, passionless category. However, Alex new better. She was a woman, lush, beautiful, passionate, wanton, hedonistic and all. She was everything she wanted to be. I loved watching her find that out, she didn't turn into some crazy confident sex kitten. She instead just evolved into a better version of herself, a version that cared for her happiness and was willing to expose upon it.

I loved the quote that kind of explained this, before a earth shattering kiss, the hero alex said to her
You’re a woman. Don’t you see? You’re made for this.[ this being passion and happiness]

How wonderful is that quote! It is so true, and applicable to all women!

Conclusion/wrap up

It truly is a wonderful book. It is refreshing, fun, and sweet. I recommend it all. This is also a perfect book if you have been a little tired with reading historical romances!

Heroine:Alexis Bledel from Tuck Everlasting. I don't believe she looked quite this young, but she is described as brunette, delicate, blue eyed, and delicate. Only thing is her hair is straight but you get the picture! :)

Hero:Richard Armitage as John Thorton. While this guy is a little better looking than i believe the hero is, he , like this character, became more attractive as the heroine began to find out the true him.

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Author 103 books21.1k followers
May 9, 2017
Re-read May 2017
There is something immeasurably special about this book.

On the one hand, you have Genevieve, who is wonderful. She is equally pragmatic and passionate, and how often can you say that about a character? She is blind and ignorant, but blissfully so. I loved her so much.

And then you have Alex.
Oh, Alex.
Alex is higher than Mr. Darcy and just slightly below Captain Wentworth for me (with the good captain taking the #1 spot). He's... so delightfully flawed. And demanding. And wry. And wise. He's uncertain of himself when he recognizes his own vulnerability and because of this, felt (feels) real in a way very few fictional characters ever do.

This book is also eloquently written, as close to perfection in prose as is possible. The imagery, the descriptions bring this novel to life, transport the reader, make one feel like a voyeur.

I've read many of Julie Anne Long's books and she is an exceptional author. However, I still believe this is her best.

I *FOR REAL* love this book and these characters and will likely re-read many, many, many times in the future.

How have I not written a review for this book???
This is in my top 3 favorite historical romances EVER.
E V E R ! ! ! !

I guess I have to re-read it now so I can do the review justice. *Shucks* :-)
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4,062 reviews69.5k followers
March 11, 2022
This was a 4 and 5 star read for all of my friends, but for me, it was just ok.
First off, I didn't like the Duke of Falconbridge. He was assy.
Yeah, yeah, he caught his fiancee in bed with a rascally young guy, and his honor demands satisfaction. Whatever.
Dude, you were about to marry a scummy cheater. Thank your lucky stars you got out of that relationship without catching something that made your wiener itchy and move on!
But, noooo. His grand revenge scheme is to seduce this guy's younger sister, abandon her, and thereby ruin her chances at a happy life.
Oh. Well, that's fair, right?
What a creepy fucking dick! <--No romance stars for you, asshole!


Genevieve was cool. I liked that she saw through Duke Pervy McOldman pretty quickly, but since I disliked him so much, I was sorta rooting for her to end up with the other guy.
So close...!


This one was kind of on the longish side, so if you enjoy a meatier romance, that's always a plus. And I didn't dislike this story, I just wasn't as taken with the hero as everyone else.
If you're looking for a good trashy romance novel, check out some of the other reviews, because this may be your cuppa! Especially if you're in the market for an older man/younger woman thing.
September 19, 2021

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I read this book while wearing a K-beauty face mask. I read this book while sipping on wine. I read this book while eating chips, while cuddling with my cat, and while doing half a dozen of my other favorite things because this book, WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE, is now one of my favorite things.

I've been wanting to read WHAT I DID for a while because it showed up on a whole bunch of interesting list, like grumpy sunshine, villainous hero, and revenge-themed, which are some of my FAVORITE tropes (notice a theme here), so obviously I was intrigued. As soon as it went on sale, I snapped it up and was hooked immediately from the beginning when the titular Duke, Alexander Moncrieffe, catches his fiancee in bed with another man. That man, of course, is Ian Eversea.

Furious, Moncrieffe breaks off the engagement (in a really intense, darkly funny way) and swears his revenge. But rather than calling Ian out directly, he decides he's going to ruin one of his sisters as well. But which one?? He has two.

Genevieve Eversea has just had her heart broken when her unrequited childhood crush, Harry, announces his intentions to propose to Genevieve's friend, Millicent: the curvaceous, pretty drawer of kittens and all things good. When Moncrieffe starts to flirt with her at the ball, she's immediately wary and suspicious and TOTALLY not in the mood, but their cagey banter is so interesting. It's like watching someone juggle chainsaws, how neatly they sidestep all the danger. And then-- just when I thought the story was going to go one way, it went in a totally unforeseen direction.

I. Loved. This. Book. The banter was so good, and so intelligent. The humor was really well done, without making the book seem too silly or too forced. The way Moncrieffe tortured Ian continually was utterly hilarious and made me laugh out loud several times. The sex scenes were fire. There was literally nothing I didn't like about this book and honestly, if you ask me (which you totally didn't, but I'm gonna go ahead and give my two cents anyway), instead of making Bridgerton a TV series, they should have adapted Pennyroyal Green instead. #MakePennyroyalGreenATelevisionShow2022

I can't wait to read the other books. Alex Moncrieffe is going to be living rent-free in my head for a while.

5 stars
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533 reviews1,359 followers
June 21, 2021
3.5 stars

I was hesitant about reading this for so long because i didn’t want to read about a hero seducing a heroine and ruining her for revenge, so I was nervous the whole time and suffering through the very slow beginning. Then all of that changed because of- guess what? A smart heroine! *gasp* Despite all his efforts, she kind of saw through him and guessed his intentions and that’s what got me cheering so hard! Like ahh thank you for being observant!! I was like wait you aren’t going to fall in love with him then realize he was using you all the time and then realize that what you had wasn’t “real” and all of that unnecessary drama because he couldn’t tell you earlier? You just called him out and exposed all his plans like that? I was so proud!

Now even though I said that the heroine was smart and observant, I wish she was the same way with her feelings. I understand being confused, but I just wish it didn’t take her so long to figure out her feelings towards him. I was like ugh stop it, you clearly like him!! I really liked them both together tho, all of their encounters, dialogues, and banter were so fun.
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640 reviews86 followers
June 20, 2023
Absolutely adored the book. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and the couple were intelligent people. Plus it was just a fun funny book with a great romance and sexy characters.
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268 reviews676 followers
June 24, 2023
So the hero is a jackass who plans to sleep with the heroine and dump her to get back at her brother for sleeping with his fiance, while the heroine is in love with her bestfriend who's planning to propose to their mutual friend. Even after hooking up with the hero, she claims to be in love with the said friend, because they match "intellectually". This sneaking around goes on for a while, when the Hero realizes he actually likes having this chit around and takes the plunge. And this is what goes on in her mind when the reformed rake expresses his wish to make an honest woman out of her -

What she wanted was for things to remain precisely as they had been. She wanted their plan to remain intact and unchanged. She wanted to make love to him at night and pursue Harry during the day.

Ughh, what a tramp. I was so done with this book.
No more trashy triangles for me. It's a miracle I managed to finish this one.
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1,449 reviews1,095 followers
April 9, 2019
When the love of your life calls you a 'friend':
Friend. At the moment she would rather have been called anything else. A wolverine.

How do you not laugh at lines like that?! This book was full of them and I loved it. Beyond the funny inner monologues and the witty conversations, this book had quite a few other surprises in store. The least of which was that there is a 20 year age difference between the two main characters.

I have only read one other book by this author, How the Marquess Was Won, and I really enjoyed that one too! This author might be my new Lisa Kleypas/Eloisa James (but specifically their old stuff, not their new stuff because that has been going kind of terribly lately)
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1,321 reviews285 followers
October 15, 2020
Reread 10/14/2020:
Pretty sure this book should be called What I did for an Eversea but ok.

Original Review

I'm not prepared or feeling a review. I've mentioned that I love books with social manipulation and House parties, and that was basically the premise of this one. Except it had a cold, hard, 40 year old duke. Who was a clever asshole, outmatched by a younger, more clever, and kind Eversea...it had love angles (tri? Quad? Idk) and some heartbreak mixed in there. It had really great sexy conversations. I think they were about art. Or sex. Or both. And, HOLY, can JAL write some sex.

There are now two books from this series that I'd happily return to.
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1,838 reviews6,247 followers
February 14, 2017
I liked both the hero and heroine in this one! That's always a pleasant surprise.

We have the Duke of Wherever, an older guy (yay, I'm not a pedobear for once), who catches the heroine, Genevieve's, brother in bed with his fiance. He's planning revenge. He gets himself invited to Genevieve and her pervy brother's house party. Let the games begin!

Then, we have Genevieve, who starts out a little too wide-eyed for me. She is all moony over a guy named Harry, who proceeds to tell her that he is planning on asking her bff to marry him. She's heart-broken. Over a guy named Harry! Sorry, but that name...

The girl that Harry wants to marry is one of the short-bus riders. She likes kittens. A lot. She also offers to show the Duke her sketches. He wonders if she is propositioning him, until she produces her sketch book.

He slowly turned pages, one by one. Kittens playing with a string. Kittens lapping milk. Kittens sniffing flowers.

"Lady Blenkenship?"


"Do you like kittens?"

"Oh, I do!" she confided breathlessly.

He sighed, handed the sketchbook back to her, and promptly abandoned her and wended his way through the crowd. He didn't dislike kittens. But life was too short to continue this conversation.

How could I not love this guy?

And, this is after he had another conversation with another girl where he insinuated that he had indeed poisoned his first wife - but not for her money. He was already wealthy. And, then he told our heroine that his hobby was whores, but then pretended that he had said horses and she misunderstood.

Seriously, was this author thinking of my perfect man when she made this guy?

The duke was absolutely diabolical, hilarious, and dry as a biscuit. The heroine was a frustrated female who was sick of being thought of as "nice" and "stable" just because she was quiet. I loved their chemistry and banter, and I loved them as a couple. I was totally rooting for Harry to NOT come to his senses and pick the better girl.

Another awesome part of this series is that there are a few running jokes that carry over from book to book, so that is always fun. I am one of those people who loves inside jokes, references - even obscure, and call backs, so that makes me enjoy this series even more. So, even though the first book has a slightly rocky beginning, I feel like this series is picking up steam as it goes and am looking forward to the next one.
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1,548 reviews3,984 followers
July 16, 2022
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a fun premise that I could envision myself enjoying, but it didn’t really pan out for me. The characters were just alright, and the ending was a major item in the con list for me. Why not get any time with them as an actual couple?! I categorized this as a HEA, but it was an incredibly disappointing ending! I also didn’t feel like I was loving the banter like so many of my friends mention in their reviews. Sadly, I think I built my expectations up yet again to be disappointed— because I really do love some good banter. So overall, this was just an okay read for me.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Genevieve and Alex’s story. Alex was burned by finding Genevieve’s brother in bed with his fiancé, so he decides to take revenge by pursuing and ruining Genevieve. What Alex doesn’t expect is to enjoy his pursuit of Genevieve and to see things about her that nobody else does. Genevieve is grieving the loss of her secret love and has no interest in being pursued by the Duke, but she has no choice but to be civil and in his company. After some back and forth, a friendship develops that ends up turning into more….and they get a HEA ending.

Point Of View (POV): This alternated between focusing mainly on Genevieve and Alex in 3rd person narrative.

Overall Pace of Story: Alright. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well for the most part until the quick ending.

Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.

H (Hero) rating: 3.5 stars. Alex. I liked him more than the h by a little bit. He was a loving guy under the harsh exterior.

h (heroine) rating: 3 stars. Genevieve. She was alright. I wanted her to be stronger at times.

Sadness level: Low, no tissues needed

Push/Pull: Yes

Heat level: Good. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.

Descriptive sex: Yes

OW (Other Woman)/OM (Other Man) drama: Yes

Sex scene with OW or OM: No

Cheating: No

Separation: No

Possible Triggers: Yes

Closure: This needs really abruptly and with nowhere near enough closure. This was rather frustrating and while I’ll classify it as a HEA, .

Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers
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2,761 reviews1,033 followers
September 19, 2018
4.5 stars rounded up.

Incredible as it may seem (and it still does – to me!) the Pennyroyal Green series is one that I haven’t yet completed.  I’ve read the last three or four books but not the earlier ones, so I decided to pick up one of them for September’s TBR prompt to read an historical romance.  The novel is fifth in the series and was originally published in 2011 – and I’m rather partial to the formidable but misunderstood hero trope, which is what decided me on this particular instalment.

Alexander Moncreiffe, Duke of Falconbridge, is not a man to be crossed.  A certain aloofness combined with a reputation for ruthlessness and the rumours he killed his wife for her money makes him an object of fear and fascination among the ton, although of course, his immense wealth and title mean that he is welcomed everywhere.  Sardonic, charismatic and darkly attractive, women want him and men want to be him; and recognising the futility of attempting to change society’s opinion, Alex does nothing to dispel the rumours and actually, rather enjoys the reputation conferred upon him and is only too willing to play up to it on occasion.

When he finds Ian Eversea in bed with his fiancée, he is (naturally) furious, but instead of challenging Ian to a duel he decides to make him sweat and keep him wondering as to when he will exact his revenge or what form it will take.  He decides that poetic justice will best suit his purposes and gets himself invited to the house party being held by the Eversea family at their country estate in Pennyroyal Green; there he intends to seduce and then abandon Ian’s younger sister, Genevieve.

Genevieve has been in love with Harry Osborne for years, and is sure that at any moment he will declare his love and propose.  He’s handsome, funny and charming (if a little oblivious at times) and they have a lot in common, such as their love of Italian art.  So she is devastated when, during a tête-á- tête, he confesses his plan to propose to their mutual friend, Millcent and, heartbroken, attempts to hide herself away as much as possible.  When the formidable – and fascinating – Duke of Falconbridge singles her out for his attentions and seeks her company, Genevieve tries to avoid him – but is intrigued in spite of herself.  Soon, she discovers a man rather different to the one she’d expected; he’s authoritative and very ‘ducal’ of course, but Genevieve sees through the highly polished veneer to discover a man capable of charm, humour and considerable perspicacity, at the same time as the duke encourages her to discover and admit to certain truths about herself.

This is one of those books where not very much happens – no kidnappings, pirates, spies, missing heirs or murders – but in which the pages just fly by and the reader becomes completely and utterly invested in the central characters, their interactions and their gradually developing romance.  Neither Genevieve nor Alex is exactly what they seem, which becomes a point of commonality between them; Alex’s reputation as a cold, sometimes cruel man is not undeserved, but he’s also clever, intuitive and witty, while Genevieve is widely believed to be sensible, quiet and shy whereas she’s nothing of the sort. Her demeanour is the result of careful consideration rather than natural reticence, and she is often impatient with the mistaken impression society has of her.  I loved the way Ms. Long used flowers to point up the impressions held by others of Genevieve and her sister; Olivia is routinely sent bouquets of vibrant, colourful flowers by her numerous admirers, while Genevieve, when she gets flowers at all, gets daisies and narcissi and pale, insipid arrangements, until one morning a huge display of roses that is – magnificently intimidating and almost indecently sensual - arrives for her.  Of course, it’s from Alex, and it’s a wonderful way of showing that he really sees Genevieve for the remarkable woman she truly is.  In spite of his plan to debauch and ruin her (which is soon abandoned in an unexpected and fitting way), we see that he is coming to genuinely care for and understand her while she is doing the same thing as regards him.

Julie Anne Long’s writing is superb; deft, witty, warm and perceptive, she has a knack for dialogue and vivid description, and for creating multifaceted, flawed and yet thoroughly engaging characters.  (Although I really wish someone had corrected all the errors with titles – a duke is never addressed as “Lord” anybody). Alex is a formidable man but he’s also a very lonely one who is tired of playing society’s games and wants some peace in his life.  Genevieve is misunderstood and undervalued, a young woman who doesn’t yet really know who she is, but who learns, through her association with Alex, how to be the passionate, vibrant, pleasure-loving woman she really is.  They really do bring out the best in each other, and I loved the fact that Alex wanted so badly for Genevieve to become her best self; even if he couldn’t have her for himself, he wanted her to have that and to be properly appreciated.

What I Did for a Duke is a captivating character-driven story that has no need for flashy plotlines and over-wrought drama to propel it forward.  What begins as a May/December romance between an underestimated young woman and a world-weary rake slowly morphs into something more complex and nuanced, a story about two people able to see past the distorted lens with which they are each generally viewed to the real person inside - and to love that person unreservedly.  When AAR reviewed the book on its release, it was awarded it DIK status, a judgement with which I wholeheartedly concur.
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582 reviews221 followers
November 10, 2020
I love this book. It's one I can re-read and re-read again. The setup is somewhat unappealing. It's a May-December relationship and there is revenge at play. But Long does a wonderful job at convincing the reader that it not only works, but it could be no other way. Her writing style has poetic turn and is not for everyone, but if you do want to try her work, this one is a great one to try it on.

Themese/Highlights for me are:
-the deprecating humor, that's wonderful
-the emotion/hurt behind the humor
-the two leads that are able to see past those defenses
-the hero sacrificing his heart to show the heroine hers
-having the choose between what they thought the wanted and what they realized they needed
-the wonderful love scenes

This is not a complete review, but I do find it a very satisfying read. I don't know how to do it justice, but I have buddy read this twice now. And I would do it again.
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874 reviews554 followers
October 24, 2017
5 Fantastic Stars!

I've read tons of historical novels and this one is definitely in my top 5. Gosh the plot was a breath of fresh air! The characters were unusual for a historical, but yet believable at the same time. Long's writing is exceptional and I love the words she chose. She definitely had a dictionary on hand. Yes it was a bit "wordy", but it made for a better intimacy between the characters (instead of them jumping into bed right away). Just when I thought I was done with historical's along comes What I Did for a Duke. This book was worth every penny and I'll definitely be reading it again.
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72 reviews18 followers
August 18, 2022
Oh, unrequited love again. Ngl, this read is a bit painful.

I have a hard time describing my reading experience but I want to be as honest as possible with myself and this review. I don’t particularly enjoy the friends-with-benefits trope yet I love the hero very much. In short, If I could give different ratings for different parts of the book, I would.

When he found out his fiancee is cheating on him with Ian Eversea, Alex Moncrieffe set a plan of revenge: Seduce Eversea’s sister, then break her heart. It was a simple plan but turns out the clever Genevieve was already in love with someone else(though unrequited), and she figured out his plan of revenge very quickly. Knowing each other’s motives, Moncrieffe “pretend” to court Genevieve in order to make her crush jealous, and in turn, she lets him enjoy his act of tormenting her brother, dangling the possibility of revenge. But as they spend more time together, Genevieve started to wonder whether her love is reserved for the right person.

There are some I really dislike and some I adore, so I will make a different format for this review. WARNING: I won’t sugarcoat anything.

What I liked loved:

-There’s something sensual about (some of) the writing. Sometimes it glosses over facts and is full of inconsequential info before abruptly changing a scene(I dislike this), but other times (this is the part I like) it takes its time to describe a feeling, recall a sentence, or remember a sensation. A sentence that was said long ago was thrown again in the next chapters to make the feeling more intense and significant.
-I appreciate the honesty between the main characters
-The last 4 Chapters are bliss. Divine.
-The significance of little things like a simple flower.

What I didn’t like:
-Themes of friends-with-benefits & jealousy. They’re playing with feelings like high school kids. A ping-pong of who likes who. Let’s make this guy jealous, let’s torment this guy and make him think I’m going to beat him up. It felt a little too modern, or a tad bit childish.
-The first half is very boring for me, with no romance in sight, no feelings felt. Almost dnf.
-Abrupt changes in scenes and yet dragged in some (I swear there’s a whole page of an attempted comedy where they talked about kittens in baskets)
-It has a modern take on sex. Their sexual encounters outside of marriage are treated lightly, very unlike HR where people care about reputations and honour. And to do it in public as well! Hence my point of this being a bit modern.
-The heroine.
-Inconsistency in writing. As I said before it’s sometimes good and other times it’s not as good. There are a lot of names mentioned and stories told— this could be fanservice for some, but for me who just read this series, it’s bothersome. It wouldn’t be as bothersome if it’s just a brief explanation, but if it’s told again and again even when it has no significance to the story, then I’m going to complain. (Olivia is mentioned one too many times when I couldn’t give a damn. If it’s just for arousing curiosity for us to look forward to her book, sure, but the issue got brought up soooo many times. I kept murmuring “yes I know, get on with the story pls”. Honestly, I could skim those parts and it wouldn’t make a difference.)

The hero, although has a reputation, is actually the best part of the book. I enjoyed this because he is just patient and I thank his age for that (apparently he’s old). He’s a very forward man and he’s very honest to the heroine. Despite him having the intention of seducing her and ruining her or whatever, he never actually did anything to hurt her (Their sexual encounters are two-sided, and the heroine is aware of his motive and is an active participant). I like the honesty between them very much. It’s the dash of maturity I’m searching for in the midst of childishness.

The heroine is a little too selfish for me. I remember the point where I transition from disliking her to hating her:
” What she wanted was for things to remain precisely as they had been. She wanted their plan to remain intact and unchanged. She wanted to make love to him at night and pursue Harry during the day.”

And she’s regarded by everyone as this kind-hearted, caring person. Well, I beg to differ. She basically used the hero for her own pleasure. I dislike this in heroes, and I won’t be a hypocrite and let this slide. So needless to say, I dislike this in heroines as well.

I only sympathise once for the heroine, and that’s when she received a HUGE arrangement of flowers and everyone was stunned, as if they couldn’t believe anyone would like her. And when she said sarcastically that it was maybe someone who had meant to send it to her pretty sister but mistakenly wrote her name instead, everyone thought that was more probable. Um? Wtf?

This book is basically a historical friends-with-benefits story. That, of course, is not my thing. There are other things that reminded me of contemporary romance, such as the insignificance of their sexual relationship and playing with jealousy. The first half of the story was so slow and uninteresting for me. The writing could be STUNNING one time and unsatisfactory the next. I dislike the heroine and her selfishness. The only thing keeping this book alive is the refreshingly delicious hero.

I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I don’t think this book is worth the hype as much. Although the last 4 chapters did make me swoon, most of the book did not. I’m guessing if one is in bliss after reading the last 4 chapters they could forget about the others, but I can’t. It’s really a shame that the only time I felt true enjoyment was during the climax of the story. If I ever re-read this, I would skim the whole thing and only read chapters 24 and up seriously.

I don’t hate this book. I think it’s fun. Just not for me. Could change into 3 stars in a different mood.
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895 reviews176 followers
February 17, 2023
3.5 to 4 stars. A well-written book with plenty of witty/funny lines that brought a smile to my face. I liked the MCs. Alex, lonely and older Duke of Falconbridge. He's a widower who lost his wife (in possibly murky circumstances) quite some time ago. Genevieve is one of the younger (youngest??) members of the large Eversea family of siblings. There's quite a large age gap between Alex and Genevieve, actually, and although sometimes I don't like that in a book, in this one it works fine, because they really suit each other.

I think that's the key to why I enjoyed this book, actually. Both MCs are clever and intuitive, and they see what's going on around them. Genevieve is young and inexperienced with men, and she doesn't really see her friendship with the much younger (than Alex) Harry very clearly. But otherwise she is very clued in to the people around her. And when Alex starts playing games with her (for his own slightly nefarious purposes), it's not long till she sees what he is doing. And she calls him on it.

And I like that Alex sees her as she really is. The rest of the Eversea family seem to underestimate her, failing to see the passion in her and the real depths of her inner self. And Harry also fails to really understand her. But Alex sees it all, and before either of them realises, the game they are playing becomes real, and they make a deep and passionate connection.

The banter between the MCs was great, as were the sex scenes. The storyline with Harry was a little frustrating, but it did serve to move the plot forward, and to show both MCs what they really wanted. Overall I enjoyed the book.
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260 reviews67 followers
December 4, 2013
What I Did for a Duke was a surprise hit for me. I expected that I might consider it “alright,” but it ended up being amazing. The duke – so noble, so above those who love and who FEEL - ends up becoming so human. He was so much fun to read, with his dry wit, his sense of humor over catching his fiancé in flagrante delicto and continuing to torment Ian. When Alexander and Genevieve meet, I could feel the chemistry and tension. I loved his surprise that she wasn’t fawning over him, and I appreciated his honesty with her that was both brutal and kind. I loved the duke, and I loved Genevieve just as much. Her honesty, her wit, and that coolness hid so much underneath. And the duke is smart enough to see it, fear it, and want it – and their relationship is quickly not just for revenge. I liked that Alexander never truly changes; he is still the duke, one who has loved and lost, one who will continue to spark fear in others, but he lets Genevieve see something in him no one else gets close enough to. But Genevieve loves another man – does she really understand what gifts Alexander has given her?
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865 reviews287 followers
April 7, 2015
I think one of the best tropes is the man that gets brought down to his knees by a woman least expected to do so. I love it each and every time. Whether it be St. Vincent, from A Devil in Winter or Michael Stirling, from When He Was Wicked, There's just something about an arrogant male falling from his proverbial perch!

This was very good! I loved how Alexander Moncrieffe, the Duke of Falconbridge, had this plan...a plan that totally blew up in his face! When he first saw Genevieve he believed her to be the simple and kind creature she was made out to be. Seeing her hide a passion beneath calmness was the beginning of the end for him. I loved that she was his match both intellectually and physically. He came for revenge against Genevieve's brother, Ian, but left with his heart stolen.

Genevieve took longer than Alexander to see how she really felt about him. Her love for Harry was real but I believe it was also safe and predictable. Alexander woke in her something she's always repressed and seeing her embrace it was a highlight. This book was very sensual and beautifully written as well. The prose was lovely and quite evocative.

The whole book takes place at Eversea House, in Pennyroyal Green, so there wasn't much change in scenery, but the benefit of this was the amount of time Alex and Genevieve spent talking. It was great to see a couple fall for one another's character and soul, not just looks. I was so happy when Genevieve practically bullied the groom to take her to Rosemont in that final scene that was so passionate because of it's desperation.
I would have loved a longer epilogue and I'm curious what happens/happened to Harry. Anyways, a great book with yet another tortured yet fantastic hero!
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3,331 reviews2,143 followers
December 19, 2017
I am giving this one four stars mainly because it made me laugh - a lot! The Duke of the title has a very dry wit and the female main character manages some hilarious one liners too.

I always call these kinds of books "Georgette Heyer with sex" but they are not often written as well as Heyer's were. This one was good. Ms. Long writes an entertaining story, realistic dialogue and her characters are charming and funny.

It seems I have entered a series at book five but it probably does not matter. I will put book one on my list to read soon.
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3,550 reviews4,578 followers
February 26, 2011
5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This is an enjoyable, engaging, and utterly romantic read with charming, multifaceted characters, intelligent dialogue, witty repartee, hot sexual tension, the right amount of humor and emotion, and very steamy love scenes. It’s my first read by Julie Anne Long, but it definitely won’t be my last. And it’s certainly sparked my interest in reading the other books in her Pennyroyal Green series. 5 stars.
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2,453 reviews480 followers
June 29, 2016
Shoot, just lost my whole review.

Excellent, excellent, excellent historical romance: Sexual tension, witty banter, and wonderfully charming and intelligent characters.

Sample of dialogue between Moncrief, the hero, and Ian, the heroine's smarmy trouser snake brother.

"Mr. Eversea," he drawled. "We haven't yet had a chance to speak alone. I hardly recognize you...in clothing."

Moncrief, a sardonic and slightly haunted Duke, caught Ian in bed with Moncrief's fiancee. Ian is forced to flee not only horseless but pantless out the window with the threat from Moncrief to expect revenge in kind. That revenge is to be the seduction and abandonment of Ian's sister, Genevieve.

What makes this novel so great is the intelligence and charm between the two major characters. They banter without getting overly cutesy which is nice as sometimes Regency era authors can fall down the twee rabbit hole with their characters.

Genevieve figures out what the Duke is up to and appreciates the challenge from the Duke. She has her own issues as she is in love with another man that sees her only as a friend.

The love scenes frankly make want to wave a handkerchief as ay caramba. Moncrief is a top notch seducer and is very aware of the power he wields as a man and a Duke in the hierarchy of Regency England. His arrogance is not over the top, but just the simple acknowledgement of his power. he begins with verbal seduction and proceeds from there. Genevieve is sweet, intelligent and quite human without falling into Mary Sue territory. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much I've read and skimmed other Long book in the series just looking for more on these two.

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1,864 reviews30.2k followers
April 15, 2013
4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. The dialogue was very entertaining and witty in an almost modern Jane Austen-like manner. Also, the author really took the time to build a foundation between Genevieve and Alex...that being said, however, I personally felt that foundation made for a somewhat slower start. So a bit of a catch 22 I suppose.

I loved Genevieve and Alex together and the way he made her come alive. I also loved Alex's behavior/actions at the end of the story. Overall, a very well done historical. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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882 reviews1,318 followers
September 13, 2023
✨I’m sorry she straight up said this man was ugly and that his ass was comically white.✨

I just idk I know so many people love this one but maybe I’m just not long for this author. I’ve liked none of her books and I was hoping this would change that. I didn’t hate this at all… I just don’t see how it stands out from the pack. At all.

I’m over it though. I dislike how she kept her feelings for fuck nut Harry (literally thought about him after sex with the hero). I dislike characters like Harry. Reminds me of The Wrong Marquess and Third Son’s a Charm both of which I greatly disliked. Soooo in love with someone else (for no good reason) they lose all respect and make weird illogical decisions.

- Harry as a character here: relatively ok I guess
- Harry as a character type: The Worst

I also think they had sex way too fast because I didn’t feel the connection. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry between them and it just felt awkward. There was a huge age gap and it just made me feel a bit icky. I don’t inherently mind age gaps but the lack of chemistry made it un-fun. I also don’t remember this sex very well but it was the most explicit of the books by the author I’ve read.

If I hadn’t known this was a well-loved book and if I hadn’t had it recommended to me (after disliking other Long books) and if I’d have read the summary before starting….I would not have read this one. I simply don’t suffer love triangles, especially how it functions here.

……..what did I miss bc everyone loves this one?? Have I been duped? I literally had to check that this was in fact the audiobook I listened to bc the covers were updated. Alas, it was correct. I had to go read low star ratings to confirm I’m not losing it. My question to those who liked it: were you already a fan of the author before reading this book? Bc I get that (although claim the opposite for myself in this situation) but it’s truly the only way I can reconcile with the resounding amount of five star reviews.

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶🌶/5
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834 reviews4,770 followers
June 9, 2011
I really like this book. A lot. I would have given it 5 stars instead of 4.5 but Genevieve kinda annoyed the heck out of me towards the end of the book. The ending, however, more than made up for it. Swoon, swoon, swoon is all I can say. And I fell head over heels in love with the Duke. I absolutely love his character.
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174 reviews27 followers
January 6, 2013
The short version:

The long version with lots of SPOILERS

Moncrieffe: * Finds his fiancée in bed with another man *
I could have loved her! *sobs*
I'll deal with the rat bastard later.


Moncrieffe: I'm going to seduce and abandon the rat bastard's innocent sister. Revenge will be mine!

Genevieve, the rat's bastard innocent sister: Harry is so dreamy, I'm so in love with him.

Genevieve's heart: *broken*

Moncrieffe: What a plain and boring girl. This revenge thing is going to be soooooooo tedious. *yawns*

Genevieve: I love Harry but he's in love with my buxom best friend. *sobs*

Moncrieffe's dastardly plan: *discovered*

Moncrieffe: Well... You're actually kind of hot. Fancy a snog now that my dastardly plan has been revealed?

Genevieve: You're not bad for someone close to 40. Harry's my true love but I'll snog you.

Moncrieffe: Well... I'm too old for these little juvenile gropings. Fancy getting laid?

Genevieve: I love Harry but I'll sleep with you! No problem!

*sexy times are had and our two leads are having a conversation in bed*

Genevieve: Is it always this good? I love Harry.

Moncrieffe: My wife died eating oysters. Oh, and my kid died as well. Fancy getting laid again?

Genevieve: Hell yeah! I love Harry.

Harry: Actually, there's been a misunderstanding. It's you I've loved all along. Marry me?

Genevieve: Yes!


Genevieve: Er... Actually, I think I'm going to marry Moncrieffe instead.

Genevieve & Moncrieffe: *married*


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1,122 reviews13.6k followers
June 21, 2022
5+ stars!!

There are not enough words in the English language to describe my love for Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge. I could literally turn right back around and read this book again it’s that good!

“Watch me” No matter what form or capacity these two words come in together..I am locked in with heightened fascination.

“If you think this was good. If you sensed it could be incredible, you know only a fraction of what I can give to you. Allow your imagination to run free and you still won’t come close to the pleasure available to your body. It’s yours to take.” Bastard!

I love a hero that knows his way around a woman’s body. A hero that wakes a woman up allowing her to take control to see what she likes. This man, THIS MAN. Does he rival Anthony Bridgerton for me..maybe. He is that deliciously good!! I love a flawed hero that everyone assumes is harsh and cruel only to find out what truly lies underneath the armor he wears. I also loved Genevieve! She had a wit that was unmatched and I loved her innocence.

This will be reread often!! All the stars!!
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448 reviews185 followers
April 9, 2019
You should read this if you like: Julia Quinn books, slow burn romances, witty banter, long conversations, friends to lovers, dark humor, situational humor, thwarted revenge plots, more humor, cynical heroes with marshmallow insides, strong heroines, and just watching two people slowly fall in love.

I love reading Historical Romances in between heavier fantasy books. It’s one of my favorite genres and when done well, makes for a pretty good time. For the past year though, I just haven’t been able to read a single HR novel without DNF-ing them halfway through. Some of these books were written by my all-time favorite authors, so the disappointment was two-fold. It got to the point where I thought I was over this genre entirely. So I was quite reluctant to re-read What I did for the Duke. It was one of my all-time favorites and I didn’t want to read it only to realize that I didn’t love it anymore. Turns out, my worries were unfounded: I loved this book as much (if not more) than I did reading it the first time around!

“Oh. Good evening, Your Grace.” She curtsied.
“Good evening, Miss Eversea. You’ve stars in your hair.”
Why had he said that? He was startled. Out it had come.

What I did for a Duke is one of those books that I wish did not have such a bodice-ripper cover because of how misleading it is. The story and the characters are anything but clichéd, even if they may seem that way at first glance: a plain heroine meets a dangerous Duke out to seduce her for revenge. But Julie Anne Long quickly subverts these tropes within the first couple of chapters. What follows is one of the most original, hilarious, swoon worthy, slow burn romances of all time!

The duke and Abigail silently watched Ian squeeze himself out. It wasn’t at all pretty, involving bending and contorting and the exposing of places Moncrieffe deeply regretted seeing even by lamplight. At last came what amounted to watching a moonset as his white hindquarters vanished, and then Ian shinnied back out onto that once-inviting, now perfidious branch.

Our story begins with a tryst. Alexander Moncriffe, Duke of Falconbridge, catches his fiancé in bed with Ian Eversea. Enraged and heartbroken, Moncriffe meticulously plans to take (very petty) revenge on Ian by seducing his sister Genevieve Eversea. Unfortunately for him, Genevieve is having none of his crap and sees right through his plans almost immediately after meeting him! Understanding what her brother did, and suffering from a recent heart break herself, Genevieve sympathizes with the Duke, and the two form a connection. Abandoning his revenge, Moncriffe offers to make amends by helping Genevieve win over the man she loves.

“Now laugh again,” the duke murmured. “Make it convincing. And for God’s sake, don’t look at him when you do it. Look at me. Laugh. Laugh,” he hissed when it seemed her dumbstruck stare was permanent.
Genevieve gave her head a toss. “Ahhahahaha!”
He rolled his eyes. “Lovely molars,” the duke murmured dryly. “Good thing you were born into money, for you would starve treading the boards. Now wait, and look at me while you do.”

What begins is a friendship based on mutual respect, quippy humor, and witty banter. There’s no insta-love at first sight. Hell, when our protagonists meet they aren’t even attracted to each other: Moncriffe thinks Genevieve is quite plain. Genevieve pokes fun at Moncriffe’s “advanced age.”Attraction begins once they start to fall in love through their conversations and time spent together. As they gradually fall in love, they began to see each other in a new light and start noticing the qualities that makes the other so attractive. Love happens, but it’s deliciously slow and rooted in friendship.

She did smile. And when she did, he became all at once aware of small things, separate, all at once, the way a rising sun lights on objects one by one, illuminating them. The feel of her hand in his, how small, how fragile; her narrow waist supple beneath his hand and the frail layer of fabric between his hand and her skin; the light glinting from the jewel resting against her pale bosom, the scent of her, floral and womanly, a certain tightening in his gut. He lacked the precise vocabulary to describe what he felt. It was unexpected and he nearly stumbled; it was like inadvertently staring at his fingers during a pianoforte piece and losing his place.
He could truthfully say he’d lost his breath for a moment. He doubted she’d noticed.

Apart from the wonderful characters, what really elevates the story is the way Julie Anne Long incorporates humor in her narrative. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading, and even laughed out loud in some places! Moncriffe is a delightfully cheeky bastard and has such a wry sense of humor. Although his title and rumors surrounding the death of his first wife means Moncriffe seldom gets to show that side of him in company. As a result he comes off as stiff in the beginning. At times though, his sarcastic nature peeks through specially when forced to make small talk with people of the ton:

“D-did you? Sh-shoot . . . ?”
“Shoot a man for pleasure?” he helpfully completed. “Oh, no, no, no. Dear me, no,” he soothed. Color made a tentative foray into her cheeks.
“Thank goodness!”
“I shot him because he’d bumped against me and caused me to spill my ale. No pleasure in it at all.”

How can you not love him?!

Dialogues are my other favorite thing about this novel. Characters, especially Moncriffe and Genevieve, really play well off of each other. And honestly, I haven’t had this much fun reading a historical romance in a really, really long time!

“But you like me,” she accused slowly.
“Nonsense. For one thing, you are far too clever. Which is not at all restful. I could never relax a single moment knowing you’ll see right through me at all times.”
She laughed, delighted, the sound musical and lilting.

Seriously, if you are looking for some romance or just need a break between books, read this book! I can’t recommend it enough! Its a beautiful book full of lovely characters, unexpected courtship, and delightful conversation. And its also just a really fun read! 5/5 stars
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450 reviews289 followers
May 27, 2023
Her, 20 yrs old: What I did for a Duke? Absolutely nothing!
Him, 40 yrs old: What I did for her? Well, I got smitten, left my job, got one in the fast food, started pumping iron in my garage, bought weed from my neighbor’s plastic-bags-loving son, and in the end was killed by the neighbor. And I would be played by... Christopher Plummer in a movie.

Just a few observations. The characters had no chemistry or personality, the couple had no real conflict, nor was there anything interesting in the plot, the book was full of repetition, the realization that they were in love came from nowhere. But other than that... it's a book
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