Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green Series #2)

Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green Series #2)

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by Julie Anne Long
     
 

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Now or Never. . .

It's the last chance for Cynthia Brightly, the ton's most bewitching belle. Driven out of London by a secret scandal, she must find a grand husband at the Redmonds' house party before word of her downfall spreads all over England. Unfortunately, someone at Pennyroyal Green is already privy to the whispers of broken

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Now or Never. . .

It's the last chance for Cynthia Brightly, the ton's most bewitching belle. Driven out of London by a secret scandal, she must find a grand husband at the Redmonds' house party before word of her downfall spreads all over England. Unfortunately, someone at Pennyroyal Green is already privy to the whispers of broken engagements and dueling lovers: Miles Redmond, renowned explorer and—thanks to his brother's disappearance—heir to the family's enormous fortune.

Miles set his sights on Cynthia once, at a time when the ambitious beauty thought herself too good for a second son. But now he's heir apparent, relishing his control. He strikes a bargain with her: he'll keep Cynthia's steamy secrets and help her find a husband among the guests—in exchange for a single kiss.

What could be the harm in a simple kiss? Cynthia is about to discover that it's enough to unleash fierce passion—and that Miles Redmond is most certainly like no other lover in the world.

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Hoping to make a suitable match before word of a London scandal reaches the house party she is attending, the lovely but orphaned and penniless Cynthia Brightly is offered a surprising bargain by her aristocratic host. Entomologist Miles Redmond will protect her secrets and supply her with the information to help her find a suitable husband if she will give him one kiss. That simple gesture, however, is more than either had expected. What is expected is that Miles will court a rich, well-connected heiress while Cynthia considers a wealthy widower, but love has a way of changing things. References to insects and arachnids of all types add an intriguing touch to this beautifully written, exquisitely sensual story that features a host of exceptionally well-developed secondary characters and a pair of unforgettable protagonists. This latest in Long's tales featuring the Eversea and Redmond families is a delightful, urbane, and witty story that readers will savor. Long (The Perils of Pleasure) is a rising star among historical romance writers; she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061980572
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Pennyroyal Green Series , #2
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
25,462
File size:
825 KB

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Like No Other Lover

Chapter One

"You've gone an alarming shade of russet in the face, Redmond."

This observation from Mr. Culpepper, Pennyroyal Green's resident historian, ended a pronounced lull in conversation, which had begun when the door of the Pig & Thistle swung open, admitting a rush of damp air, a rustle of laughter, and three people. One of the people was Miles Redmond's sister Violet. As Violet was invariably emphatically Violet, she bore watching. Particularly because the person best at goading Violet, his brother Jonathon Redmond, came in the door beside her. The third person . . .

The third person was responsible for Mile's russet color.

Miles watched Cynthia Brightly—of all people, Cynthia Brightly—pull at the fingers of her gloves until her hands were free of them, hang up her cloak on a peg near the door, and say something to Violet that caused his sister to tip back her head and laugh merry peals calculated to draw looks.

Every head in the pub drifted helplessly toward the sound the way flowers turn to the sun.

Normally Miles would have rolled his eyes.

Instead he watched, riveted, as Miss Brightly took a general look about the pub: at the table full of laughing Everseas, at Miss Marietta Endicott of Miss Marietta Endicott's Academy for Young Ladies having supper with what appeared to be two concerned parents and one sullen young lady. At him. Her remarkable blue eyes neither brightened nor darkened in recognition when they brushed his—why would they?—and her faint smile, the aftermath of laughter, remained unaltered. He might well have been the pillar ora hat rack for how seen he'd been.

Whereas the brush of her gaze left Miles buzzing like a struck tuning fork.

What in God's name was she doing in Sussex? In Pennyroyal Green? With Violet?

"I would have said he's gone more of a claret," Culpepper said to Cooke. He threw the words down like a gauntlet. He was irritable this evening, as Cooke had won three chess games in a row, and Culpepper hungered for a controversy, any controversy.If none other was forthcoming, Miles's complexion would have to do.

The two scholarly gentlemen had known Miles since he'd been born, and they'd been particularly proprietary about him since he returned from his now renowned South Seas expedition two years ago. He'd in fact thrilled them into silence when he confided he was in the midst of planning a much grander return expedition and offered them an opportunity to invest in it.

Which was when the door opened and Miles had apparently changed color.

His bloody sister had a gift for controversy, but he never would have anticipated this.

He found his voice. "I've gone claret? Perhaps it's just that we're too close to the fire."

Across from him, two pairs of furry brows dove in skeptical unison. At the Pig & Thistle, Culpepper and Cooke and, by association, Miles, were always close to the fire, as this was where the chessboard lived.

Miles gave what was meant to be an illustrative good-heavens-isn't-it-warm-in-here tug at his cravat. He was surprised to encounter the hard thump of his pulse in his throat.

This, too, was Cynthia Brightly's fault.

He dropped his hand flat to the table and stared hard at it, as though he could read in its veins and tendons the reasons for his response. The scientist in him wanted to know precisely what it was he felt about the woman. Strong emotions visited him so seldom—he could hardly blame them, as he was hardly a hospitable host—it was difficult to know whether it was anger or something else.

Certainly anger was a part of it.

He recalled that help was literally at hand. He closed his fingers around his tankard and poured the rest of Ned Hawthorne's famous dark brew down his throat with long inelegant gulps. It was both cure and courage.

He swiped his mouth with the back of his hand.

"What color am I now?" He asked defiantly.

It was, in a way, the fault of his first South Sea expedition that he'd noticed Cynthia Brightly at all.

It happened at a ball. The guest list for the enormous annual Malverney affair ranged in pedigree from Prinny to far less discriminate choices. Miles, as second son of the staggeringly wealthy and influential Isaiah Redmond, wasn't certain where he fell in the ranking, and didn't care.

Miles's ship had docked in England again so recently his complexion was still fading in degrees from tropical brown to a proper English shade of parchment, and had reached the sallow stage. He was still too thin for his large frame; fevers, bad food, and a long ocean voyage did tend to strip flesh from a man. Roasts of beef and Yorkshire puddings were replenishing his.

He'd taken a ragtag crew on a barely seaworthy ship to a swollen, pulsing, fever dream of a land: brilliant flowers the size of parasols tangling with vines thicker around than a man's arms; snakes as supple and long as the vines themselves; beetles the size of St. Giles rats; ants the length of thumbs. Noisy rainbow-feathered birds and iridescent butterflies the size of Chinese fans spangled the air; dusky-skinned women as entangling as the flora shared his bed at night. Everything was abandoned, moist, outsized and excessive. He learned to move slowly, languidly; he learned he would never be dry or cool, regardless.

Death was as surprising and thickly everywhere as the life, hidden and overt: scuttling through the undergrowth as tiny scorpions, emerging from the trees as a tribe of cannibals with whom he successfully negotiated for his life, as a tenacious fever that nearly killed him anyway.

Miles wasn't immune to awe, but the strangeness and dangers of Lacao never frightened him. Fear was usually rooted in ignorance, and he'd long ago learned to vanquish ignorance with preternatural patience, and acute observation and tempered-steel determination. And he recognized beauty, but he never exalted it. He understood the purpose of beauty in nature was to attract mates or prey—which, he'd decided dryly after more than two decades of observing his parents, his family, and the ton, was, in fact, its purpose in every society.

Like No Other Lover. Copyright © by Julie Long. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, Julie has penned books that frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and the Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julie lives in Northern California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second of six books in the Penny Royal series. This was Miles Redmond story. The book concept and storyline was good book was not very romantic. There is little intimacy between the lead characters. Recommend for the slightly romantic readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a loooooooooong time to get onto this book... i almost gave it up until i read ahead. Thank goodness that I did. This book is wonderful. At first the heroine seems a bit shallow and the hero a tad dramatic but then you get to know them and realize how fantastic they are. Just a good book. READ it!!!
srbSH More than 1 year ago
Neither Miles nor Cynthia believes in that ephemeral thing called love or losing their hearts, etc., and both of them are adventurers in their own way: his dream is to get funding for a return expedition to the South Seas and hers is to marry well despite her tarnished reputation and be forever sheltered from struggling to survive. Much can happen - and does after an impulsive kiss - at a two-week house party hosted by Miles, the Redmond heir, when his parents are called away. Miles sets out to court wealthy Lady Georgina who adores him, and Cynthia sets out to capture one of three potential bachelor guests while trying to fight against their intellectual compatibility and ever increasing sensual pull. Secondary characters: Lords Milthorpe and Argosy, Mr. Goodkind and some gypsies move the plot along hilariously. The youngest Redmond, Violet, shows signs of growing up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow in the beginning but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. Wonderful author. Can't wait to read the next book in the series which I already have.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I didn’t think it was possible for Ms. Long’s romances to get any better than the last one I read.  I was wrong.  Her stories just keep getting better and better.  Miles, an heir who will be disinherited if he doesn’t marry according to his father’s dictates, and Cynthia, who is an impoverished woman with a scandalous past, have an uphill battle accepting their mutual attraction for each other because of Miles’ father’s request that he marry the wealthy daughter of a family friend.  Ms. Long has no equal in writing about a Regency couple’s sense of duty, desires, frustrations and inevitable surrender to the power of love.  I was rooting for Miles and Cynthia from the get go and was holding my breath way too long through many scenes in their love story…until finally they achieved their well-deserved happiness.  This is definitely a sigh-worthy romance!  
FoxyPF More than 1 year ago
This was a most fantastic romance novel!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miles and Cynthia's story is a fasinating and entertaining book. I loved this second book in the Pennyroyal series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way better than book 1. I enjoyed this story very much.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to read this book so I could read I KISSED AN EARL. I loved Cynthia, Miles, Violet and all the quirky characters of Pennyroyal Green. The book to long to setting up everyone. Like Cynthia from birth to she was at Pennyroyal. Just to many words and too much information for me. I am going to read I KISSED A EARL Because I really love Violet and she needs to be taken down to earth. I give this book 2 fingers up and 5 toes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely fashioned story that reminds us that we seldom take the time or effort to truly "see" others, and reminds us how much richer and deeper our relationships are when we do.
GMC11 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The story tempo and characters developed like a song you love and want to hear over and over again. Miles is one of my top heroes. I haven't read all of the Pennyroyal Green series because the story descriptions don't all grab me. This one did. I've read it 2-3 times and have read What I did for a Duke 2 times. I loved that Miles was a hunk of a smart guy. And, JAL took a pretty heroine with some very unlikable flaws and made you root for her. JAL is one of my "look for in B&N" whenever I got to the store.  I'm not that into rake stories...just SO done with that hero archetype. I appreciate the characters JAL draw. She's masterful. Do yourself a favor and buy this book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying this series. Each character has their own story to tell and you get wrapped up in it that you are transported in time. Well written. At times you know whats going to happen and at other times you dont and cant put the book down. Check out these series you wont regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not get into the story
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I enjoyed this story; it is better than the first one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
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Interesting characters interacting over a weeklong house party. Good character development and romantic trysts. Combustion with the interaction between guests, as one penniless guest engages in a romantic relationship with a rich bachelor who is promised to woman of his own wealthy class. Quite interesting how "true love" wins out.
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BigRube More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful, romantic and somewhat erotic novel, with some nice bits of humor. I'm reading the entire Pennyroyal series and I highly recommend them to those who love the regency romances and don't mind them containing some hot sex scenes. I accidentally read the third or fourth book, I Kissed an Earl (stupid title) first, so I've gone back to catch up and find out more about some of the incidental characters in that book.
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