Monday, March 17, 2014

Between the Devil and Ian Eversea Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Between the Devil and Ian Eversea book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt, and a giveaway for a copy of It Happened One Midnight. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (Pennyroyal Green, #9)
Release date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Pennyroyal Green #9

She might look like an angel...

The moment orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth arrives on English shores she cuts a swath through Sussex, enslaving hearts and stealing beaux. She knows she's destined for a spectacular titled marriage—but the only man who fascinates her couldn't be more infamous...or less interested.

...but it takes a devil to know one...

A hardened veteran of war, inveterate rogue Ian Eversea keeps women enthralled, his heart guarded and his options open: why should he succumb to the shackles of marriage when devastating good looks and Eversea charm make seduction so easy?

...and Heaven has never been hotter.

When Ian is forced to call her on her game, he never dreams the unmasked Tansy—vulnerable, brave, achingly sensual—will tempt him beyond endurance. And fight as he will, this notorious bachelor who stood down enemies on a battlefield might finally surrender his heart...and be brought to his knees by love.


My Rating: 4 Roses

A deep and lovely historical romance, Between the Devil and Ian Eversea was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a truly enjoyable read.

Tansy was a good heroine. At first, I found her to be rather shallow, vain, and selfish. She seemed to thrive on the attention of others and was unable to stand even one man not being enchanted by her. But, as the book went on and we got a deeper look into her character and learned why she acted the way she did. She was really a likable character. So, while she wasn't my favorite heroine, I was fine with her.

Ian was wonderful. He was very loyal to his loved ones, particularly his family, protective, and the type of man to feel deeply. He could be a bit of an ass at times, but he could also be sweet when he wanted to be. I really liked him.

The romance was good. Tansy and Ian were sweet together. I loved how they were the type of couple that understood each other implicitly. And, the chemistry between them was there from the moment they met, even though they were both reluctant to act on it. I thought they were a lovely couple.

I really had one main issue with the book. At first, I thought it was Tansy and her vanity. But, then I realized that I didn't really mind the vanity, though it did annoy me. It was the way people (mainly men) reacted to her. It was really exaggerated, to the point that I wanted to roll my eyes several times. If I had to read about another man with "wide eyes" or a "dazed expression" or a "gaping mouth" or the many other things to that vein one more time....or the worst of all. The several taken men that said "oh, I love my wife/fiance/the woman I'm courting but just look at her," again with that "dazed expression." Seriously. And that happened more than once. It made me look down on those men and on Tansy for very clearly encouraging them without realizing how she was hurting the other woman (who didn't like her very much). It wasn't a deal breaker for the book, but it was a frustrating issue that affected by enjoyment of the book. However, I still ended up liking the book as a whole.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. Despite any issues I had, I enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely.

Between the Devil and Ian Eversea was a lovely historical romance. It wasn't perfect, but I definitely enjoyed it and I ended up quite liking it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

He rubbed at his ear. “Funny,” he muttered.

“What is funny, mon cher?” came a sleepy, French-inflected purr next to him. She was the other reason he'd awoken in a cheerful mood.

“My ear is hot.”

Monique propped herself up on one elbow and peered at him through her great cloud of auburn hair. A position which mashed her large and delectable breasts together and reminded him of the pleasures of pillowing his head there. An embarrassment of riches, those, just inches from his nose.

“What is it they say when your ear is hot? Someone must be talking about you.”

She reached out a finger and trailed his ear with it.

“Someone,” he murmured with satisfaction as he rolled over to Monique to pull her into his arms and continue the marathon of lovemaking. “is always talking about me.”
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a print copy of It Happened One Midnight, the previous book in the series. 
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About the Author:
Julie Anne Long
The author of five popular novels from Warner and eight from Avon, Julie Anne Long lives in California with a fat orange cat (little known fact: they issue you a cat the moment you become a romance novelist).


3 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting today!

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  2. Happy to be part of the tour :)

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  3. Great review!!! And that excerpt was one I thought would be great to share during this tour! Who wouldn't want to read this book if they read that excerpt!!! :D

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