The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green Series #1)

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A rescued rogue . . .

Scandal has rocked the city of London. Colin Eversea, a handsome, reckless unapologetic rogue is sentenced to hang for murder and, inconveniently for him, the only witness to the crime disappears. Then again, throughout history, the Everseas have always managed to cheat fate in style: Colin is snatched from the gallows by a beautiful, clever mercenary.

A captivating captor. . .

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Overview

A rescued rogue . . .

Scandal has rocked the city of London. Colin Eversea, a handsome, reckless unapologetic rogue is sentenced to hang for murder and, inconveniently for him, the only witness to the crime disappears. Then again, throughout history, the Everseas have always managed to cheat fate in style: Colin is snatched from the gallows by a beautiful, clever mercenary.

A captivating captor. . .

Cool-headed, daring Madeleine Greenway is immune to Colin's vaunted charm. Her mission is not to rescue Colin but to kidnap him, and to be paid handsomely for it. But when it becomes clear that whoever wants Colin alive wants Madeline dead, the two become uneasy allies in a deadly race for truth. Together, they'll face great danger—and a passion neither can resist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061341588
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Series: Pennyroyal Green Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 505,290
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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, her books 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. Julia lives in Northern California.

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The Perils of Pleasure

Chapter One

Of all the myriad ways Colin Eversea could have met his demise—drowning in the Ouse at the age of six, for instance, or plummeting from the trellis leading up to Lady Malmsey's bedroom window some twenty years later—somehow he'd failed to consider the possibility that he might hang. In fact, when all was said and done (admittedly, there was an awful lot to say and do), Colin had always thought he'd breathe his last breath lying next to the beautiful Louisa Porter of Pennyroyal Green after having been married to her for three or four decades.

Never, never did he imagine he might spend the last few hours of his life in a damp Newgate cell with a flatulent thief called Bad Jack.

And now Colin and Bad Jack sat in the pews of the Newgate chapel while the prison's ordinary railed vividly about the tortures of eternal hellfire awaiting the two of them once their souls had been choked from their bodies. Next their shackles would be struck, their arms bound, and they would be strung up from the scaffold erected outside.

Bad Jack seemed bored as a schoolboy trapped inside on a sunny day at school. He picked his fingernails. He belched, and thumped his sternum with his fist to help the belch out. He even leaned back and yawned grandly, treating the ordinary to a view of his dark and mostly toothless maw. All in all, it was a bravura performance, but it was lost on the audience who had paid for the privilege of watching the condemned tortured by the pregallows sermon.

For it was Colin they had come to see.

They peered over the railings up above the chapel, eager tocompare the actual man with images on the broadsheets rustling in their hands. Mere ink did not do justice to the reality of Colin Eversea, to his height, his loose-limbed grace and vivid eyes and strong elegant features, but myriad lurid images had abounded for weeks in the broadsheets. The English loved nothing more than a criminal with dash, and if he was gorgeous, so much the better.

Colin's brother Ian had brought one of the most popular broadsheets to him: on it he was depicted with Satanic horns and a pointed tail and wielding a ridiculous knife—more a scimitar, really—dripping blood into a pool.

In a rare note of authenticity, the artist had seen fit to sketch him in a Weston-cut coat.

"Looks just like you," Ian had told him. Because that's what brothers were for.

"What bloody nonsense." Colin handed the broadsheet back to Ian. "My horns are considerably more majestic."

Ian began to smile, but it congealed halfway up. Colin knew why: "majestic horns" reminded both them of the first time Colin had pulled down a buck—in Lord Atwater's Wood.

But neither of them said anything aloud. There were too many memories; every one of them, the smallest to largest, was painful as a stab now. Airing just one seemed to somehow give it more importance than the others. They never reminisced.

They exchanged inanities about broadsheets instead.

Colin handed the broadsheet back to his brother. "Will you have this framed? Something in gilt would suit."

He'd said this more for the benefit of the warden, who hovered near him as often as possible to make note of his comments to sell to the broadsheets. Those broadsheets had become both cherished mementos and valuable investments. For Colin Eversea was not only a legend now—he was an industry.

There was even a popular flash ballad, sung in pubs, on street corners, on theater stages, and in amateur musicales:

Oh, if you thought ye'd never see
The death of Colin Eversea
Come along with me, lads, come along with me
For on a summer day he'll swing
The pretty lad was mighty bad
So everybody sing!

Jaunty tune. Before things began to look so grim, back when their confidence had been unshakable, back when the Everseas' petitions for Colin's freedom were still crisp in the hands of the Home Secretary, his brothers had even written their own verses. Most of them concerning his sexual prowess, the size of his manhood or the lack thereof.

Because again, that's what brothers were for.

It was all very ironic, Colin thought, given that he had spent much of his colorful life attempting to stand out from his forest of impressive brothers and earn his father's admiration, even going so far as to join the army. But he'd managed to come home from the war entirely intact, whereas Chase, for instance, came home with a heroic limp, and Ian had been wounded. Then again, his father, Jacob Eversea, had always treated him with a sort of bemused detachment. No doubt because he was the youngest of the boys and had always been by far the biggest handful. Perhaps his father thought it wouldn't pay to become too attached to him, because he'd known he was bound to do himself in inadvertently in a duel or a horse race or plummeting from the trellis of a married countess.

The ironic part was that Colin had at last managed to achieve what no Eversea in history had so far managed to do:

Get caught.

This made him the most legendary Eversea to date. The other irony, of course, was that he was entirely innocent of the crime. Then again, when the Charlies had found him with his hand on the knife protruding from the chest of Roland Tarbell, and when the sole eyewitness to the crime—Horace Peele, the man with the three-legged dog called Snap—had vanished into the ether, and when the only witness to the witness's vanishing claimed fervently to have seen Horace Peele taken away in a fiery winged chariot . . .

Well, in all fairness, it was rather difficult to blame the jury.

The Everseas had found their petitions to the Home Secretary for Colin's freedom mysteriously thwarted at every turn. Even negotiations for transportation instead of execution had been oh, so regretfully denied.

The Perils of Pleasure. Copyright © by Julie Long. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    I liked this book a lot... except that Colin thinks about the wo

    I liked this book a lot... except that Colin thinks about the woman he "loves" all the time... even while he is with Madeline and making love to her. AND she lets him make love to her, even though he talks about Louisa frequently and in reverence. This bothered me a lot when there were only 50 pages left of the book and he was still "in love" with someone else!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    Not as good as What I did for a Duke!

    I read the books out of order and started with the last book which I loved. This book was good but not great. It was interesting enough to finish but was lacking in some way.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    The village of Pennyroyal Green has two feuding families of long standing: the Everseas and the Redmonds.

    As this wonderful story begins, the youngest Eversea son Colin is in Newgate prison awaiting hanging for killing a Redmond relative, a crime he did not commit. But no amount of appeal from his influential family has been effective, and the one witness who could exonerate him has disappeared. It's the hanging of the season in London. As Colin stoically walks up the scaffold steps a whisper in his ear tells him to stumble at the fifth guard. When he does, a major explosion causes pandemonium, under cover of which he is whisked away. His rescuer is a widowed Mrs. Madeleine Greenway. But who wants to save him and who wants to kill her? Many plot twists and turns, near misses, rescues, and revelations as Madeleine and Colin embark on a journey - a rite of passage for each of them - to find the hidden witness who can clear his name, all in time to stop the wedding of Colin's older brother Marcus and the woman both brothers love. Beautiful prose, with descriptive details, and well-developed protagonists (no perils to the pleasure of reading this book!)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exhilarating tale

    Colin ¿The Satin of Sussex¿ Eversea knows he has done a lot of scandalous things as a rake, but to be convicted for murdering a Redmond cousin seems too ironic to be real to him because he knows he did not kill his family¿s rival. Refusing to show remorse for a crime he swears he never did though rooming with the king of flatulence Bad Jack in Newgate is a form of torture that makes him want to confess to anything just to get away from the odor. However, he knows that short of a miracle he will be hanged for that crime rather soon.------------ Mercenary Madeline Greenway saves Colin from the noose, but not for any altruistic reason. Instead she abducts the charmer planning to obtain ransom money for him. When someone attacks them, she assumes Colin is the target, but quickly realizes her assumption is false someone wants her dead. Teaming up as they fall in love, they try to find the culprits who framed him and are trying to murder her.---------- Gender bending the prisoner romance, Julie Anne Long provides Regency fans with an exhilarating tale, starring two fascinating rogues. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Madeline kidnaps Colin and never slows down as the amateur sleuths follow clues and love to uncover the identity of their adversaries. With a terrific final twist, fans long for more thrillers like THE PERILS OF PLEASURE.---------------- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Slow Story

    Was expecting more from this book. The story idea was great, but the execution was very slow. The sparks between the hero and heroine took forevere to ignite and then were far and few between.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Hard to get into

    The beginning was torture to me, very slow

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    Once In A While

    I love romance novels. The only thing better, is a really well written romance novel. This book has characters so rich and deep you will keep them in your thoughts well after you have turned the last page. It's wonderful.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Typos!!!!

    The story was okay. The really annoying thing about this book were all of the typos!! Come on now, did they hire a 3rd grader to type out this e-book?!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Loved this

    This is the secound book i purchased from this author ....i realy enjoy her books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    You can't go wrong with this series.

    The first in the Pennyroyal Green series, The Perils of Pleasure is a pleasure itself. A rogue of a hero and a non-traditional heroine. You're gonna want to read them all. Each book stands alone, but I always like to read a series in order for the full effect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    A bore

    I've read other books in the Pennyroyal Green series that were a delight, but the first half of this book was pure torture. I found it moving too slow and couldn't get into the characters. I also couldn't get past all the spelling and grammatical errors! Long's books are usually great, so I'm not too disappointed. She must have had writer's block.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Great adventure romance!

    This is not your average London romance. With surprisingly well developed characters and an intricate plot, I found myself very involved in the fate of these two! I would definitely recommend it for an edge of your seat sexy read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Mixed feelings

    The underlying story is very good but there were some places where it was difficult to read through. The author tends to be very wordy. Having said that however the story line is quite interesting and is very well developed. If you have a little patience (or just skim through some of the wordiness) it's worth it. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series to see if the writing style improves.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    A fun read - great characters and a really good story-line!

    I loved the characters and just adored the story. It seemed s though the editing out just writing was a little off, but the story and characters were just so much fun that it made up for the problems. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Fun

    Loved reading this book. It was very entertaining all the different things that happened to Colin and Madeline proving Colin's innocence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Not the best, but good series

    If I would have read this book first I wouldn't have read others in the series and I would be missing out as #4 I Kissed an Earl, is a great read as are a few of the others. That being said, this is a good story but kind of far fetched in some parts and I found I couldn't relate to the characters or their love story and to be honest I was a little grossed out with the sex scenes as Julie Anne Long does an excellent job detailing how dirty and smelly these characters are from lack of bathing,--just gross not sexy! Anyway, you don't have to read this one first (or even at all) to enjoy the other books in the series but if you're curious to know Colin's story it's worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Really enjoyed this

    A fun, funny, love story. I loved the heroine. She was strong, sassy, independent, and capable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Above Average Series

    Though the plot is a little complicated, this book is a good read. I enjoy a book by someone who can actually write! I look forward to the rest of the series - in fact, I'm reading the 2nd book now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

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    Bad

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 23, 2012

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