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What I Did For a Duke

(Pennyroyal Green #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  10,709 ratings  ·  842 reviews
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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Avon
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Mel It can be read as a stand alone, no probs (that's how I read it). The H/h's story doesn't continue and there's no cliffhangers. But since it's part of…moreIt can be read as a stand alone, no probs (that's how I read it). The H/h's story doesn't continue and there's no cliffhangers. But since it's part of a series, you'll find that several of the supporting characters have more developed back stories then is required in your standard stand alone because they're heroes and heroines with their own books. Also there are some references that are only half explained, but none of that interferes with the central story.(less)
Hi Yes, it's like a sorry I used my life experience to steal your lady love parting gift. That is why the Duke took the painting out of the house and gav…moreYes, it's like a sorry I used my life experience to steal your lady love parting gift. That is why the Duke took the painting out of the house and gave it to her. The h has it if she stays with Harry, or if she comes to the Duke. (less)

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When Funmi Met Romance
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
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 si
Penny Reid
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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,
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Oh, how I'm loving the Pennyroyal Green series!! This installment, What I Did For a Duke, is romantic, angsty, passionate, funny... in a word; amazing!!!

Needless to say, this is a must read series for me!
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 instalm
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
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
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 apprecia ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 plann
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 he
Delirious Disquisitions
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 ab
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.
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.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reread Oct 2019.
Original review Feb 2018. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. My first JAL historical, after recently reading and liking one of her CRs. This one is #5 in a series, but I didn't start at #1 this time. And it worked fine as a standalone. There were references to characters/ couples from previous books, but it wasn't a problem.

I liked the MCs. Alex, lonely and older Duke of Falconbridge. He's a widow who lost his wife (in possibly murky circumstances) quite some time ago. Genevieve is one
Sam (AMNReader)
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 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 t
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I absolutely loved this book. It was a surprise as I hadn't read this author before and judging by the name of the book, I wasn't thinking it would be anything out of the ordinary. I was wrong. I will always remember this book as it made me feel very emotional.

The book opens with the H catching the h's brother climbing in a window in London to jump into his fiancee's bed. Rather than the H calling the brother out, he told him to expect some revenge in the future, leaving it up in the air.

Some t
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I was so so so tempted to bump this one up to a five, but I ultimately chose a four because I don't love the heroine enough to give it a five. Alex (the titular duke) is perfect - stoic, enigmatic, complex, confident, and a little cold such that when he cracks a little over his emotions for Genevieve (our heroine), it's swoon-worthy. He was just a wonderful H, and, despite his bold words, he carried his seduction out with such finesse and grace that I sat here wide-eyed, waiting to see what woul ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: KarenH Shel
Recommended to Kathleen by: AJ
I LOVED this book. The story had a flow of words that were so fantastic from start to finish.
This story took place almost in one setting and had no action. Most of the story was the characters talking. I'm completely amazed by how this book grabbed me under these circumstances. It had some LOL moments and heartfelt ones too.
I really liked both the H&h characters in this book and the way they interacted with each others. The heat level was very low until the last 1/4 of the book and then it shot
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 clothing."

Moncrief, a sardonic and slightly haunted Duke, caught Ian in bed with Moncrief's fiancee. Ian is forced to flee not only h
I enjoyed the writing style of the author and I liked both main characters, especially the sardonic hero. But I had a big problem with the fact the heroine fancied herself in love with another man for way way too long in the story. The ending was nice but I had trouble trusting the heroine to know her own feelings when it took her so long to figure things out. But if I took away that annoyance, the author showed a lot of promise.
Wicked Incognito Now
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-special
I am utterly delighted by this historical romance for a number of reasons. My first reason is that I often feel close to being completely done with
romances altogether. I'm just so over the same tired storylines. I've always loved historical romances because they are comfortable. The
19th Century English setting is so familiar that it's almost like putting on a comfy t-shirt. But there seems to be very little room for variation in these
plots. I've gotten to where I don't even finish most of the
4 1/2 stars (rounded down to 4 stars, because Genevieve's "blindness" lasted way too long - I mean, (view spoiler))

Note: I received this eARC from Harper Collins via NetGalley. That had no influence on my review/rating.
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought long and hard about this rating. I really struggled with it. I love the way JAL depicts people, their feelings, who they are and the interactions between characters. Exquisite and subtle writing. I hope to see more writers exhibit such writing skills. I will continue to read JAL just for that.

I know the book has really great reviews and I can see why. About 80% of me agrees with them on the awesomeness of this book. And I would certainly recommend the book.

That being said, it should
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
I loved this! It kind of reminded me of The Notebook (probably due to the love triangle). This is officially my favorite Julie Anne Long book and my favorite older man/younger woman trope. The revenge aspect was resolved quite quickly, thankfully (there was a lot of humor because of this "revenge" that Alex was going to exact against Ian).

Genevieve and Alex were such a great couple - even if they both fought it for a little too long. The beginning of this was a tiny bit slow going - but once it
Addie H
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 25.

(Tropes: May-December, Opposites Attract, Unrequited Love, Love Triangle, )

This is how my 25th re-read held up.


Downgraded to 4 stars.

I have deducted one star from my original five, because the love triangle lasts until the very last pages of the book.


“What brings you to Eversea House, Moncrieffe?”
“Opportunity,” Moncrieffe said simply.
And smiled the sort of smile that wolves do, when they have
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Would you like to see my...sketches?" She asked it with eyes downcast, peering flirtatiously up at him through her lashes.

Her sketches?

Was he being propositioned in a crowded salon? Did she intend to lure him up to her chamber? Did he mind?

"Show me your sketches, Lady Blankenship," he said softly with a smile reserved for innuendo.

She instantly reached down behind the settee behind her and produced, to his astonishment, a sketchbook and handed it to him.

"Go on," she urged on a whisper. "Tell me
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Cheryl by: Barbara
FABULOUS book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED every minute of this book. Seriously. Every. Minute.

I totally went against my own rules and read this book out of order, because:
1) I have read one other book in this series, #2, and felt fine reading that one out of order, so I assumed the same would be with this book.
2) It sounded AMAZING and I was feeling rather impatient and didn't want to read the entire series to get to this one!

BUT, if I could do it over again I think I would start at the beginni
Miranda Davis
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Julie Ann Long is a wonderful author and I’ve really enjoyed her other books. This was a treat: in that it was free and mostly fun to read. But there was something off-key in the heroine’s behavior that made me begrudge her the love of the duke in the end.

The story involves a clever, purportedly kind, young woman heartbroken by a young man she’s loved all her life and the much older, colder-seeming duke who intends her ruin as revenge for her brother’s misdeeds. Touched by her gallant
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