The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green Series #1)

The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green Series #1)

by Julie Anne Long
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The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green Series #1) by Julie Anne Long

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061749285
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Pennyroyal Green Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 66,755
File size: 830 KB

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
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!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CLF913 More than 1 year ago
The beginning was torture to me, very slow
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?!
Beth_R More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the secound book i purchased from this author ....i realy enjoy her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Really enjoyed the journey.
police6369 More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. As Colin is about to hang for something he didn't do he is recused by a woman by all things!! The someone tries to kill her. Colin and Madeline go on a somewhat adventure to find out why someone wanted him to hang and who tried to kill her. A great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have actually read all of the others except for this one the very first & Lyon's. I don't know why I never purchased the first one til now, but I have to say it is one of my very favorites in this series. & now I'm going to read the very long awaited book about Lyon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed. The story never delevred the promise. I was rather bored. Colin was charming. Madelyn was a great planner but for the abduction of colin, she wasnt that impressive. Just wish it could have risen to a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will be reading more of this series. Purchased the next three books in this series. Can't wait to read them too.
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jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
Another fascinating romance by this author!  It was not as traditional a Regency story as others and that made it even more exciting to read, flicking my pages fast to see what was going to happen next.  Colin Eversea cheats the hangman with a daring escape, which was a good thing since he was innocent of the crime that landed him in Newgate Prison.  And that started this race of a romance because of the mystery as to who killed and why…and the escape that was facilitated by a lovely mercenary, Madeleine Greenway.  The many twists and turns in this romp of a romance kept me glued to the story, ignoring other chores I should have been attending to.  It was a wonderful respite from chores and a lovely trip down Pennyroyal’s lanes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is sexy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And not much money in royalities on 99 cents. story tellers had a hard time getting pennies from the crowd since the illiad made the rounds and no happy ending. No book worth a star unless you read it all and and none worth more than three if you do. Pagecounter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is now somethibg best in a brown paper cover. Alas if you like this impossible combo you will like this book we have a mixed age abd gender book club and often dont pick books awkward to share
1VAReader More than 1 year ago
I liked this book as I did all in the series.  I did not read them in sequence and hoped to learn more about the feud between the Everseas and the Redmonds.  I would recommend this book to lovers of historical romances.
Chastel More than 1 year ago
*Absolutely wonderful romance.. the writer has a gift for strong characterizations..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.