Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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Over the course of these past few years, I've been slowly making my way through the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long. I have a very hot and cold relationship with this series. I enjoyed the first well enough, but it was nothing special. Fell in love with the second. Had some problems with the third. Hated the fourth and the unlikable heroine. Adored the Fifth. Which brings me to book six, this one.
It wasn't bad. Yay! I was actually really worried that I would be disappointed based on how much I really liked the book directly preceding it. But I knew I would at least enjoy it from the beginning when our hero and heroine first meet.
Here we have a governess and a marquess, one is from the poor part of London, the other the trendsetter for the ton. And where the books shines is their interactions with each other. I could have read this book with them completely having just each other to interact with and it would have been great.
It falters when it decided to add in all the extra shit. Fake hurdles, or hurdles that were valid but all of a sudden dont matter and everything wraps up nice a pretty in the end? Wait, what just happened? That is how I felt on the ending.
But the romance, the two leads, they had chemistry. They were great! I think I enjoyed the first half more than the second, just because it all came together too neatly or some of the situations too contrived.
I did enjoy it though, which is more than I can say for some of the others in this series.