Review: The Perils of Pleasure

2371827Title: The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green #1)

Author: Julie Anne Long

Rating: ★★1/2

Provided Synopsis: His life is in her hands…

She’s willing to be fearless for a price…but what if the cost is her heart?

A rescued rogue…

Scandal has rocked the city of London. Colin Eversea, a handsome, reckless unapologetic rogue is sentenced to hang for murder and, inconveniently for him, the only witness to the crime disappears. Then again, throughout history, the Everseas have always managed to cheat fate in style: Colin is snatched from the gallows by a beautiful, clever mercenary.

A captivating captor…

Cool-headed, daring Madeleine Greenway is immune to Colin’s vaunted charm. Her mission is not to rescue Colin but to kidnap him, and to be paid handsomely for it. But when it becomes clear that whoever wants Colin alive wants Madeline dead, the two become uneasy allies in a deadly race for truth. Together, they’ll face great danger—and a passion neither can resist.

Review: It is no secret that I absolutely love when historical romance books refuse to venture into the ballroom in favor of an adventure. So, I should have loved this book since it not only gave the hero and heroine an adventure to travel on but a mystery as well. The book begins with Colin Eversea about to be hung for a murder he did not commit. With the noose a matter of steps away, it seems to his family and himself that all hope is lost for him until a distraction occurs and he is whisked away to a dank basement with a mysterious woman awaiting him inside. Colin has plenty of questions for his rescuer, yet she is unwilling to give answers, and matters complicate themselves even further when it seems as if the one who employed her to rescue the notorious Colin Eversea has now just tried to kill Madeline Greenway. Now on the run for their lives, Colin and Madeline must work together to prove his innocence and uncover Madeline’s foe, as it is clear the matters coincide. Mystery! Adventure!

So why did all these elements not work for me?

I think it can all begin with the mystery. Unfortunately, it was very convoluted and I lost interest in it very quickly. There was blackmail, and grave robbers, and secrets — also known as plenty of ingredients to create something. I just felt nothing towards it. It left me with the desire to skim the book. Next, Colin and Madeline remained very weary towards one another for a large part of the story. He could make her begrudgingly laugh and draw the story of her life from her while sharing parts of his own, yet it never went into the realm of knowing each other with such complete and utter beauty like other characters Julie Anne Long has created. I was an ambivalent observer of their relationship rather than a believer. Furthermore, the constant reminder that Colin loved another woman who he intended to marry but who is now engaged to his older brother because of Colin’s imprisonment was more plot than this book required. The mystery of the story was already flat, and to have to hear about this race to prove Colin’s innocence so he could stop a marriage left me bored. In the author’s defense, this is the first book in the Pennyroyal Green series and it is good to know her plot and characters get better as they go along, but I cannot judge this book lightly in the face of the greatness I know is to come. I have to be fair.

In conclusion, Colin was a good character and I wish he had been given a different story to explore him further along with a different love interest. Madeline was fine, but I do not think she complimented him that well nor was the catalyst for her book-ending change of heart believable. As for the favorable aspect of this book, it would have to be the plot twist that occurs at the very end. It set-up a look into the never-ending feud between the Eversea and Redmond families well and stirred my interest. I hope book two in the series focuses more upon the feud…

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One thought on “Review: The Perils of Pleasure

  1. Very interesting take on this book… My mother brought it up to me the other day so I will have to show her this.

    Also, if you or anyone would be willing, I have posted a chapter from a book in working on (my first one) and would love any type of feedback. Thanks.

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