Julie Anne Long
Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (Pennyroyal Green Series)
Avon / March 25, 2014/ $7.99 print, $6.99 digital
Orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth receives two simple requests from her aunt before being shipped off to her distant cousin in England:
1) Make a spectacular, titled marriage.
2) Stay out of trouble.
But once thrown into Sussex society, Tansy’s less-than-angelic side emerges: the willful, wickedly witty beauty sets out to enslave hearts and steal beaux, and does so effortlessly. That is, until Ian Eversea sees right through her.
A veteran of war and inveterate rogue, Ian Eversea keeps his heart guarded and his options open: he has no interest in the shackles of marriage. But when Tansy appears to show interest in his sister’s suitor, Ian has no choice but to put the American in her place. The last thing he expects is to discover the true Tansy is the perfect match for his own fiercely protected heart.
Captain Ian Eversea doesn’t stand a chance. Had he been present when Tansy arrived from America, he might have realized this. Her hired companion all but ran after she delivered Tansy to her guardian, the Duke of Falconbridge, with a cryptic “Good luck, Yer Grace.” In all fairness, a lesser man would have succumbed to her charm much sooner. What he doesn’t seem to understand is that his disinterest in Tansy fuels her interest in him all the more.
Women love a challenge. We crave the thrill of the chase, especially when we know, in our hearts, that the object of our desire is destined to be the one to complete us.
Julie Anne Long’s Tansy Danforth is one of the most genuine heroines to grace the pages of a book I have ever encountered. Although she has set her sights on Ian, she does not connive, contrive, or plot—Tansy remains refreshing and genuine, despite being paraded around in front of every titled bachelor in Sussex. Tansy has created a list of requirements for her future husband: He must be intelligent, possess fine moral character, be handsome, and enjoy laughing. All of those requirements are forgotten when she first sets eyes on Ian.
She took a tentative step into the room…
She took another step, smiling.
And then she froze.
Something terrible happened.
Her breath left her abruptly, as if she’d been dropped from a great height. Her vision spangled. She gave a half turn and peered over her shoulder, as if expecting to see the assailant who had taken a shovel to her head and utterly scrambled her senses.
She slowly, cautiously, turned her head again back toward the ballroom. Toward that wall.
Alas, she already knew it wasn’t a shovel assailant. It was much worse.
It was a man.
A disturbing, delicious heat rushed over her skin. The entire world amplified
inexplicably. Suddenly everything seemed louder and brighter and she was
terribly conscience of her limbs, as if they were all newly installed and she would have to relearn them.
Tansy has most definitely contracted Ian Eversea-itis. Whenever she is near him, she loses her composure and becomes awkward like an infatuated schoolgirl. She finds herself unable to talk around him, and when she does, Ian is polite, but uninterested. Tansy is at a loss. Every other man she meets, single or married, is affected by her beauty and her charm. She had never needed to try to gain a man’s attention. They flocked to her, drawn by her wit and charm.
Every man that is, except Ian.
Thankfully, Tansy doesn’t resort to games or tricks to gain Ian’s attention. This is what makes her such a likeable heroine. She stays true to herself. When Ian finally sees her, he realizes that she is lonely and isolated and only awkward around him. Instead of using her vulnerabilities against her, Ian becomes protective and no longer fights his attraction towards her. Once his guard is down , he discovers that he needs her.
…he kissed her as though he needed her.
As though he was searching for something and finding it…some solace, some ease, some answer. She’d felt his kiss in the soles of her feet, the palms of her hands, from the top of her head down. Through every part of her. He’d trembled when he kissed her, and his hands had been skilled and reverent, and she knew he’d been…lost.
Seducer. Seduction. She knew he was known for this, and the words implied calculation, process. It might have been a bit like a chess game, but it had taken on its own momentum and owned both of them.
It made her want to give and give. She had never thought of herself as an inherently generous person. But it worried her that she wanted to give him anything he wanted when he kissed her.
She would not believe he would kiss every woman that way.
Ian Eversea has been caught. Now all he has to do is convince Tansy’s guardian and Ian’s nemesis that he is worthy of her. The man who knows and loves her better than anyone ever has and ever will. Sigh. This HEA is one of the best. Ever.
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Stephanie is a high school social studies teacher who enjoys escaping from reality with a good book. She is the mom of two energetic sons and when she isn't chasing herself in circles, she can be found lurking on Twitter @KindlesConsort.