Julie Anne Long: Lady Derring Takes a Lover The Palace of Rogues #1



I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review No one particularly not her late husband had ever valued her for wits Oh but she possessed them Starting off the Palace of the Rogues series Lady Derring Takes a Lover is a magnificent return to historicals for Long The first thirty percent of the book was perfection with our heroine Delilah being told by her solicitor that her late husband was in massive debt and eventually winding up oing into business with said late husband s mistress Their Grand Palace on the Thames boarding house becomes the setting for smuggling intrigue and romance Derring never laughed at my jokes But I laughed at all of his even though I didn t find him amusing He sulked if I didn t Delilah said It s a small but killing thing isn t Delilah and the mistress Angeliue start off very wary of each other but with fantastic telling some truths and learning lessons story writing Long ives us a female relationship that you will ship hard This tandem of women from different social levels and impoverished by the same man bonding together was just brilliant Long played them off each other beautifully they had their separate strengths and weaknesses but ultimately their hearts beat for the same reasons If looking for a immensely satisfying female relationship in your romance this is it I am the king s favorite hunting dog Our hero Captain Tristan Hardy is all that is strong contained and eventually burning Delilah and Angeliue start off with of the focus and are so strong that Tristan ended up a little bit to the edges of the spotlight It takes a little bit before Tristan and Delilah really et Porterhouse Blue (Porterhouse Blue, going around 40% which I know will make some antsy but while their time seems a bit shortened by how full this first in series book is they tended to make the most of it From the first time Tristan sees Delilah to the mandatory drawing room nights and finally to the last 10% of their story they had chemistry Tristan might not have felt as fully fleshed out as I like but let me tell you the man canrovelmake things right with the top tier of romance heroes The notion of seducing her made him breathless because he thought it was both possible and inadvisable for a dozen reasons While Delilah is living at and running the boarding house because it was the only thing not repossessed Tristan arrives there because he is the captain of the blockade His investigation into a cigar smuggling ring has led him to believe Delilah s husband was involved along with The Palace of the Rogues renamed The Grand Palace on the Thames by Delilah and Angeliue I thought the cigar smuggling investigation worked to Finding Robert Johnson get these two together but it moved very slowly and tended to feel almost ignored at times not the strength of the novel It is obvious the history of the former Palace of the Rogues isoing to be the plot thread stringing the series together as we Toward the Zen of Performance get a couple hints and clues here that will probably add to the building of an eventually completed puzzle series It was nearly as much a collision as a kiss at first fierce and hard as if they were both intent on punishing themselves and each other for wanting this Long did areat job interweaving secondary characters to create a full ensemble cast but I did think it took away from time I would have preferred to Butt Workouts by Chia Booty go to Delilah and Tristan I loved Tristan s relationship with his Lt providing a wonderful showing and not telling insight into his personality and character wouldn t change a thing about Delilah and Angeliue s friendship but a very small secondary romance and some other minor focuses on characters could have been taken out There is some on fire commentary dealing with women s rights but I did almost cringe at a very close to feeling forced mansplaining moment There is some definite first in a series fullness happening here but again Tristan and Delilah s moments are impactful when they have them Oh now I see You re that Captain Hardy The beginning was 5 stars the middle 35ish and the ending brought it back to 5 stars for me All in all I was highly impressed with this first installment and am dying to read the next in the series which I think will be about Angeliue and a mysterious stranger that arrives late in the story A brilliant female friendship a loaded chemistry couple and an ensemble cast that pulls you into their world don t miss this one Know that I am at your mercy now and forever Solid 35 Stars I love JAL s books the humor her writing and dialogue is what usually makes it a hit read for me but I just wasn t as engaged with this story the way I wanted to be It definitely has that first book in the series syndrome But with that said I m very excited for book 2 OMG she s writing historicals again Unfortunately despite theorgeous writing see all the highlights I have I will have to ive this book 35 starts rounded down to 3 Good writing doesn t always win the day after allNow Julie Anne Long is one of my very favorite if not THE favorite HR author s and I ve been breathless with anticipation for her latest HR release I enjoyed her contemporary roms but not nearly as much None of them would be 5 stars for me So a 35 might also be related to the fact that I have higher standards for Ms Long Compared to Devil s Daughter this was 5 starsWhy 15 stars off1 This novel had an excess of tense shifts to present tense in the first 50 60% of the novel It s a stylistic device and in this case very over used And annoyingit wasn t seamless with the rest of the novel which is 3rd person past tense Once in a blue moon u might do that in a novel like this but u wouldn t do it soooo many times as to be obnoxious And then it stopped altogether for the last 40%2 Which brings me to my second point it s like this book or the author couldn t decide what it wanted to be a historical romance or a historical mystery The first 50% and certainly 30% we barely see the H For the amount of air page time Angelica ot u would have thought this was oing to be a ff book There was some build up about the mystery of the cigars that were etting smuggled And then BAM By 50% this book became a regular HR Mystery in the background nobody could care less and it s all tension and attraction between the MCs who FINALLY meet somewhere AFTER 30 40% I felt very torn Literally For the first half I wanted romance and just when I resolved myself to settle in for a diff sort of book the romance comes and the mystery fizzles to nothingness So the conclusion is that I was satisfied nowhere Yes the ending scenes were Pedal Control: Achieving Speed, Control, Power, and Endurance for the Feet good Great HEA but the cigar smuggling resolution was like a whoopee cushion releasing air VERY DISAPPOINTED3 You can do better JAL The writing is so lovely The MCs are likable I enjoyed almost all the characters But the PLOT You were just two headed and it showedI might read the next one Since I already met the H at the end of this one And so has Angeliue But in the next book please let them be center stage ASAP Don to on about a flat mystery for 30 40% before Poseidons Arrow (Dirk Pitt, going full speed ahead on a romance I beg you Very niceI liked the idea of wife and her late husband s lover joining forces to survive in the men s world Well doneI liked also how little things were introduced to make lighter the otherwise difficult moment in both women s lives Like the maid Dot Or like the rules they have for theuests of the boardinghouseThe romance between Delilah and Tristan was credible and their banter was Dmitri great I just could see themWhat I didn t find particularely interesting was the mystery about cigar smugglingThe ednot me intrgued very much and now I m looking forward to Angeliue and the mysterious man s story Yay she s back Julie Anne Long took a break from historical romances after finishing up her Pennyroyal Green series in 2015 and ventured into contemporary romance relatively successfully But I prefer HRs and have always been fond of the way JAL writes romance You can feel the chemistry between H and h and the attraction and relationship build rather slowly the way I like itThis is the start to a new HR series and began as a 5 star book for me How can you not love a story that begins with the development of friendship between a young widow and her late husband s mistress Especially when written cleverly by LongDelilah Swanpoole Countess of Derring hadn t exactly loved her husband but she had been living what she thought was a safe comfortable life Then he up and dies leaving her penniless and with nothing but a derelict old building by the docks As she Italian Riviera goes to check on that inheritance she accidentally meets up 45 starsBConfession time I still haven t managed to read all of Julie Anne Long s Pennyroyal Green series I ve read four or five of the books and the rest are on my TBR Pile of Doom I think the series started before Iot into romance reading in a big way and I just haven t found the time to catch up yet and this isn t the only authorseriesbook that applies toFortunately for me though I A Beach Party with Alexis get to be in on. A mistress A mountain of debt A mysterious wreck of a buildingDelilah Swanpool Countess of Derring learns the hard way that her husband Dear Dull Derring is a lot interesting and perfidious dead than alive It's a devil of an inheritance but in therand ruins of the one building Derring left her are the.

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Chly honorable and self possessed Then his playful side comes out by the beautiful Delilah and you see him blooming right before your very eyes She s able to loosen the tight control over himself that he s held so rigidly for his entire life He isn t the type to reveal what he s feeling so when she earns a tilted smile or a slip in his composure it s meaningful When he d devilishly tease her in that subtle sarcastic way of his I couldn t Anak Bajang Menggiring Angin get enough I don t suppose you often lose at anything Captain Hardy Not since that one time lo these many years ago You and I are very alike I think Captain Hardy Ah Does your beard begin to darken at about five o clock too The romance is a slow burn build I m definitely a fan of that because the tension and chemistry hold a lot of heat when they re forced to simmer These two had a fantastic burn that built in intensity in a way that I wasn t expecting They re all about the teasing hotlances and daring comments that make the other just a little weak kneed Though it did take a while to surface you did see the attraction and her effect on him immediately And he s totally incapable of understanding the unfamiliar feelings he stirs because he s never had that type of reaction to a woman before She makes him feel out of control and way out of his comfort zone I loved all of the characters even Angeliue She and Delilah built an unlikely friendship and they were very much opposites in personality but they also felt a bond because of how they d been wronged by the men they loved The boardinghouse was their opportunity to stand on their own two feet and work for their independence so they d never have to be dependent on anyone ever again Delilah s lingering naivety and desire to see the world through a rose colored The House Guest Box Set (SwingersThreesome Bisexual MMF Cuckold Hotwife Menage) ) glasses was in direct contrast to Angeliue s cynical and distrustful nature Though she wasn t unkind she hadn t been as sheltered as her friend and she d experienced a world of heartache I m very excited to read her book after meeting her hero at the end of the storyThere was a little mystery involved which I thought was well done As the Captain works in secret to ferret out the criminal he s hunting he realizes that the end of his investigation could break sweet Delilah in ways he didn t intend I loved this one so much I only shaved a bit off my rating because it did take me a little while to engage in the beginning andet sucked in It was far from boring but it did feel a little slow and that s somewhat expected with the first in a series Also I would have liked to learn about his past because we only learned the bare minimum and I was expecting him to open up and reveal about himself Overall I loved Tristan and Delilah together and he even showed a romantic side in the end that I had no idea he had in him If you re looking for a new HR series to follow ive this one a shot I ll definitely be reading the next installment as well as exploring her backlist as soon as I can Never had pleasure so owned him So fully consumed him Never had it so thoroughly relieved him if momentarily of the burden of being himself the man who held up the worldFOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON This was an interesting story that mostly worked I loved Delilah pretty much from the start She finds herself penniless after her husband dies and I loved how determined she is and resourceful and courageous I particularly liked her efforts to create a family from those willing to stick with her including her husband s eually destitute mistress Seriously the friendship between her and Angeliue was outstanding and the secondary cast of mismatched characters was delightfulThe mystery at the heart of the story was weak tea with lamesauce But since I didn t really consider this a mystery I didn t really care that much Tristan was a harder weakness to overlook He s not awful or anything He s just very much the stoic self made man with a dedication to doooty that drives him to be hard And successful And ruthless And suspicious And junk I d have liked this story much better if there had been any hint of his softening through the course of the story as he ets to know Delilah But the author saves it all up for a major transformation at the end and I found that much less engaging His transformation was Operational Culture for the Warfighter gorgeous don tet me wrong And his tortured poem at the end was simply perfectSo I ended up liking this story very well I loved the little band of congenial misfits and Delilah is a delight So this is a solid four star read for me and I look forward to in this seriesA note about Steamy There are two explicit sex scenes putting this in the middle of my steam tolerance I wish they had been better integrated into the emotional arc of the charactersstory but no Sadly This was everything an HR should be subtle charming moving sensual and witty When Lady Delilah Derring is widowed she discovers that she is not the only one who has been left penniless and alone as she discovers her husband s estate was ruined His mistress is also in a similar position and the two women have the misfortune or so she believes it to be initially to meet at the solicitor s office where he has unctuously just informed her of her impecunious state Her shock at there even being a mistress is tempered by a feeling of kinship and when the women run into each other at an inn next to the only piece of property Delilah has been left with a run down former brothel on the docks they begin an unlikely partnership How refreshing to see them work together instead of fighting over a man who was never worth it in the first placeFirstly I had to leave my prejudices at the door I don t normally enjoy books about mistresses as the power imbalance always makes me cross In this case both women are intelligent sensitive people who have been battered by life and are determined to bounce back Most of all they plan to do it without a man Having learned the hard way that a woman should not depend on a man because he will invariably fail them they turn the building into a boarding house and work hard to make the business a successAt the same time the handsome but hardened Captain Hardy is hunting the smuggling The Butterfly and the Baron gang that caused the death of a whole family when they burnt down the family s house This all because the father refused to allow them to use his property for their smuggling activitiesI have to say the slow burn and sexual tension in this story was masterful The contrast between this and a lot of CR which is often all about the ONS and the determination to hand in the V card What the hell are these authors thinking even the expression V card is repugnant is stark And welcomeDelilah and her friend Angeliue s relationship had an intriguing dynamic with the cynical and disillusioned Angeliue a foil for the tender hearted kinder Delilah Make no mistake Delilah was not weak or bland In many ways she was fierce and passionate even tough when reuired to be Both she and Hardy longed for a place to call Home for a family Hardy refused to think of it initially clashing as it did with what had always been his purpose in life Delilah could not afford to think of it now that she was no longer a lady but rather the proprietress of a boarding house on the docks She was determined to finally be true to herself and not beholden to any man for her happiness After all look how well that turned out last timeThe two main characters are wonderfully complex It was marvellous to read about a man who had finer feelings and a depth to his thinking that went beyond where to stick his penis There were moments ofreat humour I actually laughed out loud several times during reading and that has not happened in a while and the minor characters were lovingly drawn I wiped away a uiet tear and struggled through the emotions tingling in my chest And I smiled for the pair and their HEAI have read most of JAL s work and have enjoyed much of it but this book was a stand out for me How these two damaged lonely people find their Home in each other was truly moving I warmly recommend it for lovers of high uality HR You won t be disappointed 45 A I did not realize how much I missed Julie Anne Long s historical romances until I read this first book in her new The Palace of Rogue series While it s not my absolute favorite book from her it is really Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, good just flat out fun to read and offers a peek into what promises to be a fabulous seriesDelilah Derring has spent her young life raised to be a trophy wife to a rich man Shuffled from her father s home to her new husband s home she has absorbed the lessons young women are taught which is that their looks and meek manner are all that s needed to succeed in the world The sudden death of her cad of a husband and the immediate discovery that he has left her indebted except for an abandoned building on the waterfront moves her toward a sharp evaluation of who she is and what future she might have The entrance of Angeliue her husband s mistress allows her for the first time in her life to forge aenuine friendship with a woman and their relationship chan. Ed proprietress to et his man seems like a small sacrificeThey both believe love is a myth But a desire beyond reason threatens to destroy the armor around their hearts Now a shattering decision looms Will Tristan betray his own code of honoror choose a love that might be the truest thing he's ever know.

The round floor of the author s latest series The Palace of Rogues which opens with Lady Derring Takes a Lover the story of a young widow who takes a most unusual step in order to support herself after her husband dies and leaves her swimming in debt It s clever well written and sharply observed the author makes a number of very pertinent comments about women s lack of agency and the expectations placed on them by society during the period at which the book is set but she does it in a wonderfully subtle way that is never heavy handed or preachy which makes her heroine simultaneously refreshingly different and of her timeDelilah Countess of Derring was married off to the much older Earl when she was barely out of the schoolroom Her marriage wasn t happy but wasn t terrible her husband wasn t cruel or abusive he was just mostly disinterested When he dies and the creditors start circling Delilah doesn t know what to do she only knows she has no intention of dwindling into a poor relation passed from house to house always a little out of place a little in the wayShe visits her husband s solicitor in order to find out if there really is no money for her and while she s there her meeting is interrupted by a striking blonde woman also in mourning who turns out to have been the late Earl s mistress Angeliue BreedloveThe first sign that Delilah is Atlas of Anatomy going to be something of a remarkable heroine is that she actually feels some sort of kinship with the Other Woman and doesn t freak out at the knowledge of her existence In fact later in the day they find themselves in the same dingy pub near the docks and end up sharing a drink and then agreeing to pool their remaining resources ando into business together The only thing Derring left his wife was a building in the East End near the docks and Delilah has the idea of turning it into a boarding house The Grand Palace on the Thames but than that she wants to make it somewhere their hopefully many Dont Let Go (Tyack Frayne, guests will feel truly at home and where she can foster a sense of togetherness and familyCaptain Tristan Hardy is Captain of the King s Blockade and has the reputation of having almost single handedly shut down every smuggling ring operating on and around British shores except one and it s pissing him off royally He s currently on the trail of some most unusual and staggeringly expensive cigars he knows are being smuggled into England by the ruthless Blue Rockang but has so far been unable to stop their transportation from the coast to London His one lead is that the late Earl of Derring used to smoke them exclusively and Tristan now decides he needs to find the man s widow to find out what she knowsThis works as the springboard for the romance between Delilah and Tristan but as a mystery it isn t particularly compelling It s competently done but there s no real sense of urgency about it Tristan is described as the King s attack dog a man who will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of answers yet his investigation into the cigars seems somewhat laissez faireThe romance however works a Under Crescent and Cross great deal better Delilah and Tristan are well matched and their tentative steps towards each other are really well done she s never experienced desire or sexual pleasure but is no blushing virgin either and doesn t leave Tristan in doubt about her interest in him She s a terrific heroine one whoives the impression of being na ve and wholesome people don t expect her to be funny or to take a stand on things a mistake even Angeliue makes about her but really she s clever and witty as well as being incredibly kind and Atlantis, Alien Visitation Genetic Manipulation genuinely wanting to make people feel comfortable and happy Tristan is a hard nosed individual with a job to do fiercely self contained he doesn t let people know him easily but he simply can t help being drawn to Delilah and right from their first inauspicious meeting the chemistry between them sizzles Like Delilah he has a dry sense of humour and fun that is unexpected and the moments he allows that snarky devilishly teasing side of him out are among the best things about the book Their romance is a slow burn full of longinglances and slightly risu flirtatious comments and it s simply deliciousThe other relationship in the book that between Delilah and Angeliue is unusual and superbly done I don t think I ve ever come across anything uite like it before Not just because it s the wife and the mistress but because it s two eually strong female characters albeit from different social strata with strengths and weaknesses that play off each other and who are bonded through their relationships with and impoverishment by the same man It s one of the best most satisfying female friendships I ve ever read in a romance novel but the downside is that they re so well set up and the focus is so firmly on them for the first part of the book that I felt Tristan was rather underdeveloped by comparison And following on from that while Ms Long does a Vamped (Vamped, great job setting up her motley crew of secondary characters and boarding houseuests Tristan s relationship with his Lieutenant provided some wonderful insight into his character I felt some things could have been omitted without diminishing the overall story and that time and page count could have been spent with Delilah and TristanThose niggles aside Lady Derring Takes a Lover was a really entertaining read Delilah is an engaging heroine and I enjoyed her relationship with the pragmatic Angeliue very much and while Tristan is perhaps a little underdeveloped he s still a hero worthy of All the Swoons The set up for the next book has me very intrigued and I m looking forward to it immenselyWelcome back to the world of historical romance Ms Long You have been sorely missed Title Lady Derring Takes a LoverSeries The Palace of Rogues 1Author Julie Anne LongRelease date February 26 2019Cliffhanger NoGenre historical romanceThis is my first Julie Anne Long book I know I know Where have I been Thanks to my Egomaniac girl Astrid once again I ve found another author to faithfully follow in theenre I think this is oing to be the year I fully et back into historical romance because I have been enjoying an amazing run in the past couple of months with them Julie Anne Long has such a distinct style to her writing that sets her apart from other authors I was honestly one of the most refreshing discoveries I ve had in a long time because of it This first book in the Palace of Rogues series centers around Countess Delilah and Captain Tristan Hardy Delilah has just been widowed and discovers that her husband has been keeping some very important things from her But then it doesn t really surprise her because she s always been treated as if she s just a means to an end A commodity for other people to make use of rather than seen for the bright and brave woman she is First she was auctioned off to the highest bidder to save her family from ruin and then she was only useful to her husband to produce an heir Spending so long feeling invisible has made her somewhat bitter towards men and even though she s in a desperate situation she can t help but feel like a caged bird who has finally been The End of the Hunt given its freedom No one particularly not her late husband had ever valued her for wits Oh but she possessed themShe has debt collectors knocking at her door to repossess anything they canet their hands on Her meeting with his solicitor is already Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, grim and then things sink comically worse when her husband s mistress barges in asking for her share of his estate To say she was having a bad day would be an understatement This is where youet the first taste of the heroine s strong character because not only does she not fall apart but she seeks out her husband s mistress and invites her to become her partner in a risky business venture Lady Derring is the proud new owner of a shabby property in the sketchy part of London the sole item she Bikini gains from her unsatisfactory marriage to a man fifteen years her senior It may be filthy and neglected but it s hers Previously an establishment of uestionable morality named the Palace of Rogues she envisions transforming it to a respectable boarding house called The Grand Palace on the Thames That in itself is pretty funny but they way Delilah always tells everyone Here at the Grand Palace on the Thames in such a ceremonious way always made me laugh She so seriously expected people to believe that the boarding house isn t in a crime ridden neighborhood by the docks but rather an elite place where anyone who is anyone wanted to stay The rules they concocted to make the place comfortable for theuests were also hilarious especially the swear jar and the rules forcing uests to eat and spend time together Captain Tristan is as taciturn and unsociable as they come so it was highly entertaining to see him attempting to converse with the uirky characters staying there Tristan is an unobtrusive character that sneaks up on you His droll dry humor is snarky but not in an in your face kind of way As a career military man he s very strictly regimented staun. Seeds of her liberation And she vows never again to place herself at the mercy of a manBut battle hardened Captain Tristan Hardy is nothing if not merciless When the charismatic naval hero tracks a notorious smuggler to a London boarding house known as the Rogue's Palace seducing the beautiful blue blood.

Well where should I start I've lived in San Francisco for than a decade usually with at least one cat I won the school spelling bee when I was in 7th grade; the word that clinched it was 'ukulele' I originally set out to be a rock star when I grew up I had a Bono fixation but who didn't and I have the guitars and the uestionable wardrobe stuffed in the back of my closet to prove it