Absolutely amazing. Book three in a decent books I've read run! This one had depth and dimension to the characters, who were likeable and intelligent, even though they may commit silly acts. But at least you know WHY they were doing what they were doing when they were doing it. Wish the author had spent a bit more time on the final chapter, well, actually the last page. Seemed kinda 'I'm all done, now' to me.
Almost didn't read this book because of a previous review but I'm glad I did! It's a very good book with lots of twists and turns, almost like a murder mystery!!
After finishing this novel, I immediately sought out the next two books in the Pennyroyal Green series (the 4th is due out this summer). I found the story engaging (although the circumstances of the characters were a little extreme). The author infuses this story with intelligence, extraordinary humor, and writing skills. And it it smokin' hot! Terrific chemistry. Note: very nice for a change to read an author who understands and uses the English language. I am tired of poor grammar and syntax, so Hooray for Julie Anne Long.
OK, I don't know how this book got 4 stars!? This was painful to read due to the fact that the story took forever to make any kind of sense, the continued use of the same word to describe things in a sentence. It was so so so annoying! The editing of this book was awful, the sentencing, the speed at which the story moved, and the way it was all thrown together at the final 4 pages to end the book. I can now understand why some write they wanted to throw a book against a wall. This was one of those books. Hopefully the writing has improved in the next one in this series.
This was a wonderful read. Long's stellar prose is much in evidence and there is an adventure tale which I miss in many romances today.
This book started off with a bang, literally!
I loved it, couldn't put it down once I got started. The plot was fast moving and held together quite well, lots of adventure and narrow escapes. I loved that the heroine was a grown-up independent woman with a past, not an ingenue. Author shows a nice sense of humor and there is great chemistry between H&H.
It was slow getting started, but the rapport between the H/H built slowly and gracefully. There is a lot of charm and wit to the story. While Colin & Madeline searched for the person or persons who wanted him rescued from the gallows and her murdered, his brother uses his practical nature to reach the same conclusions. It was witty and entertaining. The outcome totally unexpected. I have ordered the next two in the series and look forward to reading them.
The beginning of this book was fascinating and I couldn't put it down till about half way through. Then for some reason, it started to drag. I found myself skimming pages and just getting the jist of the book. I couldn't put my finger on what turned my attentions, just that they were. It could have been my mood at the time, but the plot seemed to lag quite a bit after they'd been on the run for a while. And his attractions and attentions to the lady waiting for him and not on the heroine was not a plus to the book. He didn't realize he liked the heroine till almost the end of the book which is not why I enjoy romances. I enjoy the courtships and the friendships that are in so many other books I decided not to waste more time on this one.
I was hugely disappointed with this story. At first, I thought it was rather fresh, although very descriptive, but then it went on and on (good grief) and I really never felt a love connection between Colin and Madeline. First and foremost, it was a mystery with a bit of romance rather than the opposite. After her previously disappointing trilogy (Beauty and the Spy, Ways to be Wicked, etc) I was really really hoping things would improve(maybe she was in a writing slump?) I can't possibly understand how her second installment will be connected to the first because none of the characters were truly interesting.
Julie Anne Long likes to take her time getting the story going. The Perils of Pleasure, like most of her other books, takes roughly half of the book to move the characters from acquaintances to love interest. I had to quit reading her books because this style doesn't work for me and it's frustrating and boring to read a romance novel with no romance for a good 150-200 pages. That said, JAL does know how to wore some hot love scenes.
In this story, the ending came upon is rather abruptly. Yeah they'd had sex, but since there was no possiblity of love or romance, when things finally fell together, is was kind of weird and rushed.