Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green Series #2)

Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green Series #2)

by Julie Anne Long

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ISBN-13: 9780061341595
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Series: Pennyroyal Green Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 630,904
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 4.14(h) x 1.05(d)

About 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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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.

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Like No Other Lover 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
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.
ktleyed on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This historical turned out to be a really good romance! It had all the elements I love: humor, steam, romance and an added dash of poignancy to it that tugged at my heart strings. Cynthia Brightly needs to get married in a hurry. With no family and barely any money left, the former toast of London must marry soon or be faced with the unhappy eventuality of becoming a companion to a nasty old lady in a bath chair in Northumberland. I found it hard to like Cynthia at first, but she grew on me and by the end she had me. While at a house party in Sussex she meets Miles Redmond, the handsome naturalist and unlikely heir to the Redmond fortune, (since his older brother, Lyon, has disappeared). Little does she know that Miles once met her - or rather - he overheard her a few years back and was repelled by what he heard come from her lips. She called him a "dour second son." Taking a page from Elizabeth Bennet's book, he is prejudiced against her from then on, convinced she's nothing more than a greedy mercenary bitch. He can barely be civil to her when she visits his family home as a guest for two weeks at a house party. That doesn't stop him from wanting to kiss her though - plus other things as well. Yet he knows she's all wrong for him. He needs an heiress who can finance his next expedition, he is an explorer. They're both in need of something other than love - money. Despite his common sense which tells him to avoid her at all costs, he is intrigued by her and can't stay away. They make a bargain, he'll help her with finding a husband by giving her pertinent information on the single men at the house party, if she gives him a kiss - and from there it turns into an eventful two weeks! I really loved this book, although it took me a long time to read it due to my busy schedule. If I had had the time, I would have raced through it! A keeper!
rainrunner on LibraryThing 8 months ago
There's a scene during a card game that had me laughing so hard I had to stop reading to collect myself. The H/h are just great and I adored them both. First time reading this author and I'll have to see what else she's got out there.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Miles Redmond is a rational man, an explorer and scientist. So why is he so intrigued by that money-grubber schemer Cynthia Brightly? Cynthia needs to marry a wealthy man--soon--or be out on the street. She has several prospects, so why is she so intrigued by the all-but-engaged Miles Redmond? Two intelligent, practical people are about to find out what love is.This is a romance novel, so of course they get together in the end, but watching it all work out is very amusing.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Nov08Yippee! Now I have yet another author to add to my `watch¿ list. I just finished Julie Anne Long¿s latest historical ¿Like No Other Lover¿ and I¿ll be heading to the store shortly looking for her backlist. If you¿ve been reading my reviews, then you know I don¿t throw out superlatives like confetti, but this book was so very, very good! When I¿m ten pages in thinking I¿ll never like the heroine and then end up cheering for her, you know the author is a talent. I laughed, I cried, and I finished the book wanting more. `Nuff said?Cynthia is two weeks from being homeless and destitute. In one week she went from being the toast of the ton to a social pariah, from being engaged to a rich, titled `catch¿ to being `cut¿ on the street. So the invitation from a friend to spend two weeks at a country estate house party is a godsend. Hopefully, the news from London won¿t make it to the party until Cynthia has snagged a husband¿a rich husband; because if she doesn¿t, her chance at marriage and children will be crushed by a job as companion to a crotchety old lady.Miles Redmond is a rational scientist who lives to discover the reasons `why¿. So when his first glimpse, two years ago, of Cynthia stopped his breath and caused his thoughts to become a morass of descriptive poetry, he immediately wanted to understand `why¿. Unfortunately, he overheard her description of him then, which wasn¿t flattering, and it pricked his pride and caused severely uncomfortable feelings in his chest! But now, two years later, she is a guest of his sister¿s at their estate house party¿and she¿s apparently desperate to find a husband. It¿s just a good thing his illusions were dashed at that long ago ball because all he needs to do to please his family and finally receive financing for a return scientific expedition to Lacao is marry his father¿s choice. Not a problem.How delicious. The scientist and the social butterfly. Of course, the further you read the more you understand that while those descriptions may be accurate to all appearances; people, including our hero and heroine, are much more than just what appears on the surface. I am truly impressed by how intensely Ms. Long managed to touch my feelings. Slowly, over the course of the story, she drew me deeper and deeper under the surfaces of the hero and heroine. They become real, at times heartbreakingly real; and their efforts to find happiness without hurting each other or disappointing friends and family were, at times, almost painful. These are characters whose story will stay with me for quite a while.For a historical romance novel, ¿Like No Other Lover¿ had it all. Setting, pace, dialogue, and characters were all exquisitely drawn and there were no overused plot devices or `too stupid to live¿ moments or `terrible misunderstandings¿ to suffer through. Julie Anne Long wrote a story about two people who faced challenge and change¿and found love in the process. Bravo!
Cauterize on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Historical Romance; probably Regency Period. This author is quickly becoming a must-read for me. She always starts off a bit slow but then things get cracking. The heroine, Cynthia, caused some mysterious scandal in London, which broke off her advantageous engagement to a Duke and as a result, she flees to a house party in the country held by Miles Redmond and his sister. Cynthia has no one and no money. If she doesn't find a rich man to marry during this party before the scandal spreads, she will have to become a paid companion or starve. Unbeknownst to her, Miles has a grudge against her because she slighted him a few years ago and he knows about the scandal.Cynthia is pretty, yes, but it's her charm and intelligence that makes her irresistible. She's daring and bold and proud of it. She knows her worth and it's her ambition to leverage these things for money and title. This may seem mercenary... but you become sympathetic to her motives. Would it be better for her to be a sweetly sacrificing ¿nice¿ girl and become a penniless spinster servant for the rest of her life? In one of the best quotes she says to Miles, You ¿ You with your money and your bloody grandeur and your family and history. It¿s all very well for you and Violet to play at romance. It will be all right in the end, of course. But I¿ve none of that. I¿ve no one. And you¿ve gone and play dice with my future. Why shouldn¿t I have what Violet will have? What you will have so easily? Why shouldn¿t I?¿And I thought, ¿Yeah! Stick it to the rich jerk!¿Miles derides Cynthia for her ambition, but Ms. Long is savvy enough to show that Miles is just as coldly rational about his own martial prospects. He has no moral qualms in marrying solely out of family duty to strategic alliances and protect social position. As an added bonus, his potential fiancee's family will invest in his next scientific expedition - money he cannot get otherwise. So who is mercenary now, hmmm?The great thing about this book is everyone's actions follow their characters. Miles is a scientist and even though he doesn't like Cynthia at first, he observes her and changes his opinions when the facts do not match with his original hypothesis. He notices... he makes the effort to see underneath Cynthia¿s sparkle. Cynthia¿s main asset is that she is able to read people and use her charm to make them shine. Therefore, she evaluates each suitor by charming them to be their flirty best. I was also impressed that Miles and Cynthia never mistake the attraction they feel for each other. No cutesy ¿mixed signals¿. With both of them being so observant, they each know with certainty how the other feels even if it¿s never said out loud. I like this so much more than the I¿ll disguise that I like you, but I want to know if you like me plot. Intelligent characters should never be written like they are stupid, even in romances.The book has a very modern tone, and I never felt that there were any glaring historical inaccuracies. The dialogue is probably anachronistic, but I tend to like that in ¿fluff¿ romances. The author manages to insert a true-to-life drinking game and I ended up cracking up in laughter. The sex is hot, but quantity was low. As you can probably see, I really loved this book and I think Julie Anne Long writes better and better with every book. Drinking games and great writing, what¿s not to love?I¿m debating whether I want to bump this up to 5 stars as a ¿all-time favourite¿. I know I¿ll re-read this over and over.
Anonymous 11 months ago
One of my favorites of the series. I love how they surprise each other. Miles Redmond, always in control of himself, has no control over his actions when it comes to Cynthia Brightly. And she becomes such a wonderful heroine. The whole Redmond family is made up of complex characters.
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