I read some more historicals! I know, you are shocked. I’m shocked. I think it’s the Tessa Dare effect. I was so enamored with the Governess Game, I’ve been chasing that high ever since. I’m not giving up on my beloved contemporaries and motorcycle romances, but a few pretty ladies in gowns and debonair dukes can certainly turn my head for a moment.
Tansy Danforth is beautiful and charming. So beautiful and charming, she wins the hearts and minds of almost every man she meets. Except for the beautiful and charming Ian Eversea, notorious rake and seducer, who can see right through her. But in unmasking Tansy, Ian also sees something of himself, and in confronting her, ends up exposing vulnerabilities that call to his own scars and wounds.
Julie Ann Long is a new to me author but Between the Devil and Ian Eversea was so good, it will definitely not be the last. I loved how Ian and Tansy met their match in each other. Ian is all seductive charm while Tansy is an ultimate ingenue, bubbly and flirtatious. But they both essentially use their impressive beauty and considerable flirting skills to hide their true selves from the world. And watching those walls come down as they get to know each other was so delightful and emotionally satisfying. My only criticism is that Tansy is something of a cipher for most of the first half of the book– I think Long meant her to be, to better reveal her true self through her relationship with Ian, but it makes it hard to sympathize with her in the beginning. 4 stars.