This is a hard review to write for me. Very much like writing a review for Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, this last book in the Pennyroyal Green series is one that I have been dreading reading and waiting impatiently for quite some time.
From the very first book, The Perils of Pleasure, where Colin Eversea escapes the hangman's noose to find love with the woman hired to free him, I have enjoyed every single book of the series. Colin's sister, Olivia, has been a part of each book, doing her good works against the slave trade, stoic and mysterious. Lyon Redmond has also appeared in each book, never literally, but as the golden heir to the Redmond family lost and mourned by all. All you know as the reader is that something went terribly wrong between Lyon and Olivia that does not seem will ever be put right.
This book opens with Lyon receiving word of Olivia's impending wedding to Viscount Lansdowne. Olivia has finally given up on ever hearing from Lyon again and decided that her only path is marriage. Lansdowne loves her and it would make her family happy to see her finally settled. And the story goes from there.
I read this book in a day. I loved it. It finally explained what happened to them originally. They are two strong-willed people who fall instantly and very believably in love at first sight. That feeling between them never truly changes though there were moments when I was not sure that I would get my HEA for Lyon and Olivia.
A bonus was the last chapter. Very well done, Ms. Long. I highly recommend the entire series, but this is a book I will reread.
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