Series: Pennyroyal Green #1
Author: Julie Anne Long
Pages: 375 (Mass Market Paperback)
Release Date: January 29, 2008
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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.
The Perils of Pleasure was a pretty good read. Colin Eversea is about to hang for murder, but he didn’t do it. Luckily, someone out there wants to him to live. There’s an explosion, and Colin is whisked away from the noose. His rescuer is none other than Madeleine Greenway, who is paid to take care of problems. However, no sooner than she saves Colin, he saves her from being shot! Did the same person who funded his rescue now want her dead? The two must work together to prove Colin’s innocence, find whoever wants Madeleine dead, and stop his brother’s wedding!
I thought The Perils of Pleasure was quite fun! I really liked the mystery aspect of it, especially since it takes place over just a couple of high adrenaline days. Colin and Madeline are running all over London tracking down people who might know something about who’s behind everything happening. It includes a lot of blackmail and threatening and spying and following and pistoling and tying people up! It’s a jolly good time, basically. Except the big reveal at the end was odd to say the least.
As for the romance, I wasn’t as interested in that, which is unfortunate since The Perils of Pleasure is a Romance novel. Part of it is that I never felt like I got to know Madeleine all that well. We get facts about her, and how she got into the business that she’s in, but not much of her personality. I’m sure she’s awesomely badass, but it seemed like most of her characterization was filtered through Colin. He’s also in love with the woman marrying his brother, and yet he’s constantly sexing Madeleine without a second thought. I wish there had been more development of their relationship and of Madeleine as a person.
I did enjoy The Perils of Pleasure, although it’s certainly not a favorite. The adventure aspects were easily my favorite, and I actually found myself wanting more of that and less of the kissing. Weird, I know. Madeleine and Colin fit better as a crime fighting duo rather than lovers.