Monday, July 5, 2010

Review - - I Kissed An Earl

I Kissed An Earl
Pennyroyal Green Series – Book #4
By Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: June 29, 2010

He knew the backs of her hands were untenably soft, because he'd covered them today with his own rough ones during the Potato Incident. He sensed everywhere she was achingly soft, her smooth pale skin emblematic of her sheltered privileged life. Such a contrast to his own.
     He wanted to touch her again.
     Likely he could.
     Likely he shouldn't.
     He was surprised that sparks didn't fly from that heating hairsbreadth gap between their hovering fingers. 

I’ll tell you right up front that Julie Anne Long is an auto-buy author for me and I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by her though, admittedly, some more than others. The Perils of Pleasure, first in the Pennyroyal Green series was my favorite of all her books…until I read I Kissed An Earl. The two books now stand side-by-side atop my list of Long favorites and I Kissed An Earl is in the Top 5 of books I’ve read so far this year.

Violet Redmond is bored. Bored with her mundane, though luxurious, life and bored with the tepid suitors who flock to her side.

Only the foolhardy wagered who might finally be a match for her. Many had attempted suit. All had failed. Some had tried and failed spectacularly. To the bloods of the ton, Violet Redmond was El Dorado. And she was terrifying.

Born with a penchant for mischief, when Violet becomes bored everyone knows something outrageous is certain to follow. But this time, this adventure, will top anything that has gone before. When the ruggedly handsome sea captain, Asher Flint, the newly titled Earl of Ardmay, mistakes Violet’s brother, Jonathan for the pirate he is hunting, Violet suspects the real pirate could be her missing brother, Lyon though she can’t imagine what could have driven him to piracy. Determined to find her beloved brother and bring him home, she secretly finagles her way aboard Captain Flint’s boat, never imagining how she, and her entire future, will be changed.

A self-taught man from humble beginnings, Asher Flint has been working the seas since he was a small boy. A tough sea captain, used to being in charge, he loves the water but yearns for land and a family – what his heart secretly desires above all else is to belong. Now he has the opportunity to achieve those desires. All he has to do is capture the elusive pirate known as Le Chat and deliver him to the King of England. Unfortunately, for Asher, he’s acquired an unwanted passenger on his ship; a smart, clever, obstinate, beautiful stowaway who is determined to undermine his search for Le Chat at every opportunity.  Oh yes, and who also turns his life upside down...and his heart inside out. 

     Enough. It was time to call a halt to the games. He’d felt off balance since she’d stowed away, and hadn’t yet found a way to regain his equilibrium. He knew the surest, swiftest way to regain his power. To prove to himself that she was just a woman like any other.
     All he had to do was kiss her.
     Slowly, gracefully, he leaned over her; he’d done this dozens of times before in his life. And as his lips came down he caught a glimpse of her sensually darkened eyes widening, her lips parting in surprise.
     His lips touched hers. Sank against them. Her lips were a miracle of heat and silk and give.
     Oh God. It was a mistake.

Long’s writing is smart, lyrical and flows as smoothly as evening waves lapping at the shore. With Violet and Asher, she has created two people who couldn’t be more wrong for one another on the surface then throws them together into a situation that forces them to go beneath the surface, out of their comfort zones, expanding their horizons, growing as individuals and, ultimately, as a couple. The dialogue between the two snaps and sparkles with humor, challenge and deep emotion.  This is a love story that has many hurdles to overcome. I appreciated that Long took her time with the relationship, letting the attraction and emotions build slowly, realistically. After all, Violet and Asher are adversaries for much of the book, with the obstacle of Violet’s brother between them. There were no easy answers for them and that made the ending all the more satisfying.

From the ballrooms of London to the excitement of the high seas, I Kissed An Earl is a story that will take you on an adventure you won't soon forget.  I highly recommend this book!



  1. I always buy her books, too. This is the second fabulous review I've seen, got to get my hands on this one soon as I can.

  2. Awesome review, PJ! Wow, 5 stars!!This book is on my TBB list, but after this review, it is going on my gotta-call-Basically-Books-and-have-them-hold-this-for-me list. :)

    It's great to know that the relationship between Violet and Asher grows and isn't a wham-bam kind of romance, you know? Love and relationships are hard work and it sounds like these two deal with this in the story.

  3. Great review, PJ. I love the Pennyroyal Green series and can't wait to read this book.

  4. This book sounds great, I love the title!

  5. Pam, I won't be surprised if you see many more fabulous reviews. In my opinion, this is some of Long's best writing with two lead characters who engaged all my senses.

  6. It's great to know that the relationship between Violet and Asher grows and isn't a wham-bam kind of romance, you know?

    Deb, I loved that their relationship developed slowly, especially with the obstacle of Le Chat between them. Anything else wouldn't have been honest or realistic for me. I applaud Long for her patience with this one.

  7. Thanks, Jane! I hope you enjoy it!

  8. This book sounds great, I love the title!

    Kandy, isn't that a great title? I'm not usually drawn to books because of their titles but this one would definitely have caught my eye.

    Best wishes on tomorrow's release of your own terrific new book, Home is Where the Bark Is!

    Kandy's book was featured in our June Beach Bag Reviews blog which you can access by using the following link.

  9. Great review PJ! I love Julie's books too. Boy, we have been having quite a few 5 star reviews. So many great books out there!

  10. PJ, I love reading reviews that affirm my own opinion. :)

    I think JAL is one of the best writers in romance fiction, and I agree that I Kissed an Earl is among her very best. I loved it!

  11. Terrific review, PJ! I've not read JAL's books before, but have been told repeatedly that I need to. *g* This just confirms it!

  12. You're right, Buffie. So many good books seem to be hitting the market this summer!

  13. Thanks for stopping by, Janga. Had to laugh at your comment. I feel the same way! ;-)

  14. Oh Andrea, you have some wonderful reading ahead of you! If you start with the Pennyroyal Green series, be sure to read the books in order. It's not completely necessary but much more enjoyable!

  15. Fantastic review, PJ! There really are some outstanding books to be read right now. I have heard so many good things about I Kissed An Earl. I will definitely be putting it on my list.

  16. oooh, i really want to read this one :) I have an autographed cover flat of this book, and can't wait to read it!