Those Eversea men really can't keep it in their pants. This installment of Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series doesn't actually focus on one of the male Everseas but the actions of one sets the stage for the plot. You see, Ian Eversea is getting a little too cozy with the fiance of Alexander Moncrieffe, the Duke of Falconbridge. So cozy, in fact, that the Duke catches him naked in the woman's bed. Moncrieffe plans to get even by defiling Ian's sister, Genevieve.
Unfortunately for Moncrieffe, Genevieve is already in love with someone else. Her heart belongs to her longtime friend, who inconveniently is planning to propose to someone else. Yet Moncrieffe does manage to ingratiate himself into her life, and eventually, into her bed. Somewhere along the way, though, it stops being about Ian and Montcrieffe finds himself enchanted with the young woman he planned to abandon.
I liked it, though I was a little disappointed that it wasn't nearly as funny as the other installments in the series. I liked how candid Moncrieffe and Genevieve are with each other and I found it interesting that she held on to her "love" for her friend, even after she started sleeping with the Duke. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's not like Moncrieffe was writing sonnets to her either at that point, but talking about one guy while you're naked with another seems kind of tacky.
Anyway, it wasn't a hearts and flowers kind of romance, but the sex was good and I did enjoy watching Genevieve see behind the walls Moncrieffe has built around himself. There was a little twist at the end too. Not as great for me as How the Marquess Was Won
, but pretty good. Almost 4 stars.