Wendy the SuperLibrarian’s TBR challenge for this month is a series catch up book.
I read The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long. Unlike many other readers I know, I have not read every other book in the series. I have read Between the devil and Ian Eversea (which I enjoyed) and I have also read What I did for the duke (which was fab!). Maybe I am cheating and its not really a series catch-up in only reading 3 in the series (I own another 3 which I will get to eventually). From the first book in the series, the reader knows that Lyon Redmond has gone missing and that Olivia Eversea pines for him. Their storyline is hinted at throughout the series, thus building up the anticipation for their coming together. Perhaps due to having only read 2 books from this series, I didn’t have that long drawn out vested interest in the “missing” Lyon Redmond storyline that spanned all 11(!) books in this series. And though I was certainly interested, it is just as well I didn’t care all that much! But first, the blurb:
Bound by centuries of bad blood, England’s two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility…until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.
An enduring legend
Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond’s heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount’s proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade…and wagers on the return of an heir.
An eternal love
It was instant and irresistible, forbidden…and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it’s time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families part…or the stuff of which legends are made.
Though I have enjoyed the Pennyroyal Green series, unike Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, I did not feel compelled to buy them all in one fell swoop and then spend a month reading them in one breath. And it was particularly disappointing that this last book, the one that had been built up to deliver an explosive love story, rather than fireworks, delivers a partly spent sparkler.
Despite being completely in love with its heartfelt cover (what a gorgeous image!) I had to give up on this book after the first hundred pages (though I did take the time to read the last 70 or so pages just to make sure they did get together and to find out that they both deserved each other). The writing was fine, the story flowed but I was getting frustrated at the song that kept being sung and referred to. Everywhere Olivia Eversea turned there were minstrels singing an embarrasing ditty about her. Not only was it embarrasing but I found it tedious beyond belief. So tedious I could not continue reading. The ditty would probably not annoy anyone else and yes, I realise it completes a narrative arc with the ditty from the very first novel. This did not make it better. It just annoyed me more.
As for the ending – I did feel sorry for the viscount but as Olivia had already annoyed me (with no good reason as it wasn’t as if she liked the stupid ditty – she just inspired it) I was not surprised at her selfish rejection of her betrothed (this is not a spoiler as the freaking title lets you know that she dumps the viscount).
Let’s just say, unike the other two Julie Anne Long books which I bought, I am glad I borrowed this book from the library. I will add that if ditties don’t annoy you this book will probably be a good read.
This book was borrowed from a NSW public library.