Sunday 14 August 2011

CBR3 Book 66: "The Perils of Pleasure" by Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon
Page count: 384 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Date begun: August 9th, 2011
Date finished: August 12th, 2011

Julie Anne Long has written five books in her Pennyroyal Green series so far, and I obviously started at the wrong end, with book 4, I Kissed an Earl, and book 5, What I Did for a Duke. Not that you in any way need to read these books in order, they are all self contained, but it was fun to get minor background details on characters I'd already read about and had seen get their happy endings.

Colin Eversea is about to be executed for killing a man in a bar. Always the scoundrel of his family, with many notorious exploits to his name, he nonetheless did not commit the crime he's accused of, and the only witness to the event has disappeared without a trace. In five days' time, his older brother Marcus is set to marry the girl Colin has loved most of his life. So when he cheats death thanks to a daring rescue operation, he is determined to clear his name and travel back to Pennyroyal Green in time to stop the wedding.

Madeline Greenway is a beautiful widow who makes her money planning and carrying out difficult operations for anyone willing to pay the price.  Snatching Colin Eversea from the gallows is her proudest achievement so far. Shortly after the rescue, however, instead of the payment she's expecting, someone tries to shoot her. Colin saves her life. Having bought a farm in America, ready for a new life, Madeline needs the last payment for the rescue to fund her passage across the Atlantic. She reluctantly agrees to help Colin clear his name as he promises his family can pay her more than her missing fee.

Together Madeline and Colin travel through London, always one step ahead of the authorities hunting him. With the reward for Colin's recapture set at a hundred pounds, there are many who would want to get their hands on the charming and handsome Mr. Eversea. During the course of the story there are duchesses, footmen, grave robbers, shifty fences, and obviously blossoming romance between the couple.   A very entertaining read, highly recommended for anyone wanting a quick, frivolous adventure/romance.

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