Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2) by Julie Anne Long
Published by Avon on October 16, 2008
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical, Romance
Format: eBook (385 pages)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Now or Never. . .
It's the last chance for Cynthia Brightly, the ton's most bewitching belle. Driven out of London by a secret scandal, she must find a grand husband at the Redmonds' house party before word of her downfall spreads all over England. Unfortunately, someone at Pennyroyal Green is already privy to the whispers of broken engagements and dueling lovers: Miles Redmond, renowned explorer and—thanks to his brother's disappearance—heir to the family's enormous fortune.
Miles set his sights on Cynthia once, at a time when the ambitious beauty thought herself too good for a second son. But now he's heir apparent, relishing his control. He strikes a bargain with her: he'll keep Cynthia's steamy secrets and help her find a husband among the guests—in exchange for a single kiss.
What could be the harm in a simple kiss? Cynthia is about to discover that it's enough to unleash fierce passion—and that Miles Redmond is most certainly like no other lover in the world.
Proceed with Caution:
This book contains repeated, period-typical use of the term gypsy, along with the accompanying stereotypes.
As is standard for Historical Romance, this is told in third person, alternating between Miles and Cynthia.
Miles is an entomologist and a second son. Cynthia is an orphan, but she has the ton eating out of the palm of her hand. But circumstances change. She’s on the verge of destitution. He’s now the heir. She snubbed him nearly two years ago and he’s never forgotten. He’s also never forgotten how much he wanted her that day…
Like No Other Lover was super duper cute and surprisingly funny! Cynthia and Miles team up during a house party to help each other snag their future spouses and hijinks ensue! I was not expecting that at all. There’s also adorable animals and deep conversations about dogs and butterflies. It’s just a feel good time.
I’ll start with the one thing that kept me from rating Like No Other Lover higher despite how enamored with it I was. I was never motivated to read it. I don’t know why exactly, but I had no qualms about putting it down, and I had no real desire to pick it back up. However, while I was reading, I was 100% delighted! It’s a very strange feeling. I guess I was more interested in individual scenes than the story as a whole, so it didn’t matter that I read it in fits and starts.
The romance in Like No Other Lover was exactly the type that I adore. Miles is a total geek. He loves bugs and science and he wears glasses. On the other hand, Cynthia is super gorgeous and people just flock to her. They couldn’t be anymore opposite, but they have similar goals. He needs a rich bride to fund his next excursion, and she needs a rich husband to simply survive. Of course, they don’t even consider each other and set their sights on people who are totally wrong for them. Only coming to their senses at the end. That’s not to say that they don’t share some alone time throughout the two week party…
I really enjoyed Like No Other Lover. It gave me all kinds of tingly feelings and made me happy while reading. I just wish there had been more to keep my interest.
Quotes from Like No Other Lover:
Cynthia had never thought of spiders as housekeepers. Housekeepers usually attempted to prevent spiders from doing things in houses. (pg 80)
“Perhaps that’s its strength. The flexibility. The fragility. Appearances…” He paused, “…are often deceiving.” (pg 100)
“Lyon might be the sun in all of this, but you’re the earth. You allow all of us to be who we are, because of who you are. Sold. Looking out for us. We can count on you.” (pg 238)