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From USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long comes the second book in an exciting new historical romance series, the first since her beloved Pennyroyal Green series. He has devil's blood in his veins. At least, that's always been the legend. How else could the Duke of Brexford's notorious bastard son return from the dead? The brutal decade since Lucien Durand, Lord From USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long comes the second book in an exciting new historical romance series, the first since her beloved Pennyroyal Green series. He has devil's blood in his veins. At least, that's always been the legend. How else could the Duke of Brexford's notorious bastard son return from the dead? The brutal decade since Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, allegedly drowned in the Thames forged him into a man who always gets what—and who—he wants. And what he wants is vengeance for his stolen birthright...and one wild night in Angelique Breedlove's bed. Angelique recognizes heartbreak when the enigmatic Lord Bolt walks into The Grand Palace on the Thames, and not even his devastating charm can tempt her to risk her own ever again. One scorching kiss drives home the danger. But in the space between them springs a trust that feels anything but safe. And the passion—explosive, consuming—drives Lucien to his knees. Now his whole life depends on proving his love to a woman who doesn't believe in it...because his true birthright, he now knows, is guardian of Angelique Breedlove's heart.


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From USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long comes the second book in an exciting new historical romance series, the first since her beloved Pennyroyal Green series. He has devil's blood in his veins. At least, that's always been the legend. How else could the Duke of Brexford's notorious bastard son return from the dead? The brutal decade since Lucien Durand, Lord From USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long comes the second book in an exciting new historical romance series, the first since her beloved Pennyroyal Green series. He has devil's blood in his veins. At least, that's always been the legend. How else could the Duke of Brexford's notorious bastard son return from the dead? The brutal decade since Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, allegedly drowned in the Thames forged him into a man who always gets what—and who—he wants. And what he wants is vengeance for his stolen birthright...and one wild night in Angelique Breedlove's bed. Angelique recognizes heartbreak when the enigmatic Lord Bolt walks into The Grand Palace on the Thames, and not even his devastating charm can tempt her to risk her own ever again. One scorching kiss drives home the danger. But in the space between them springs a trust that feels anything but safe. And the passion—explosive, consuming—drives Lucien to his knees. Now his whole life depends on proving his love to a woman who doesn't believe in it...because his true birthright, he now knows, is guardian of Angelique Breedlove's heart.

30 review for Angel in a Devil's Arms

  1. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    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. What mattered was she was standing, and that was very much in spite of the men who had populated her life. Readers first met Angelique in Lady Derring Takes a Lover, first in The Palace of the Rogues series. A mysterious man had just arrived when we left the series and Angel in a Devil's Arms picks right up from that. It wouldn't be hard to start the series 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. What mattered was she was standing, and that was very much in spite of the men who had populated her life. Readers first met Angelique in Lady Derring Takes a Lover, first in The Palace of the Rogues series. A mysterious man had just arrived when we left the series and Angel in a Devil's Arms picks right up from that. It wouldn't be hard to start the series here, you'd miss emotional foundations between Angelique and Delilah (Angelique was Delilah's husband's mistress) but the author does a good job of revisiting Angelique's background and the romance between our leads starts here. “I’ve had all manner of experiences and known all manner of people . . . I believe I can say with some authority that people become who they are more because of the pain they experience than the pleasure. And you, my friend, I do believe you carry about your pain the way you might carry eggs in your apron.” Angelique popped off the pages for me in the first book and I was highly anticipating her story. Almost all of the story takes place in the inn she runs with Delilah and except for a slight revenge plot, this story is focused on character driven and the relationship between Angelique and Lucien. If you're a reader of Long, you'll know how beautifully she can turn a phrase and describe emotion, for example: He paused. She would not be surprised if it was because he heard her heart beating. He’d toyed with the rhythm of its since they met. He ought to know it the way a violinist knows his own instrument. Gorgeous writing. The story has many sentences like this, but I still ending up feeling a lack of connection between our couple. Imagine a woman who could shorten his breath and blank his mind with just one curve of her lips. Our hero Lucien was born a bastard but his Duke father started off very loving until he married and then he shunned Lucien and his mother. Lucien started to act out for attention which caused his step-mother to be embarrassed about him and possibly is behind assailants pushing him into the Thames. He gets rescued by a passing ship and ends up sailing the seas for ten years. We're told this and I think I needed some flashbacks of his time surviving, fighting, and building himself up to feel closer to his character. A developing relationship between Lucien and his half brother helped to add layers to Lucien's character and I can't help but already wish for the half brother's book. However, there wasn't anything that really stood out for me with his character and Lucien ended up feeling pretty benign. But what surprised her most was the gratitude for everything, including all the heartbreaks, upheavals, betrayals she’d so far known. The wrong men had simply prepared her to recognize the right one. The seemingly wrong turns had led her precisely to where she wished to be. When Angelique and Lucien are together, they do have some good byplay but the sparks just weren't there enough for me. The bedroom scenes were there but felt strangely short and rushed for what Long usually writes. A revenge plot ends up sputtering out and I just don't think the characters and their relationship was strong enough to carry the character driven focus. Angelique and Delilah have screen time together, more towards the end and I missed feeling their connection like I did in the first. The inn's guest are all here again and provide some comedic relief but secondary characters couldn't make up for the lack of punch I was missing between our leads. Living one’s truth, it seemed, was more liberating than the false safety of no emotion or no risk. It was just so much easier to do when you knew you were loved. Long has talent and skill for writing and describing human emotions and complexities beautifully and truthfully, but the breadth of the romantic relationship between Angelique and Lucien was missing for me. The epilogue sweetly sets up the next couple in the series and I'll definitely be reading it and hoping the setting can leave the inn more and our main couple will have more scope to their relationship.

  2. 4 out of 5

    OLT

    (4.5 stars) Lately I've been on a losing streak with my HR reads, even new HRs written by my favorite authors. Most of them start out well but don't hold up all the way to the end. And the romance aspect of most has been bland or a bit tepid, not giving me the swoony "feels" a good romantic relationship should. I've been a fan of Julie Anne Long's style of writing and way to get love and attraction onto paper since her first books from 2004/2005. Those books were flawed and not as good as her (4.5 stars) Lately I've been on a losing streak with my HR reads, even new HRs written by my favorite authors. Most of them start out well but don't hold up all the way to the end. And the romance aspect of most has been bland or a bit tepid, not giving me the swoony "feels" a good romantic relationship should. I've been a fan of Julie Anne Long's style of writing and way to get love and attraction onto paper since her first books from 2004/2005. Those books were flawed and not as good as her Pennyroyal Green series but even they showed the promise of her abilities as a writer of romance. She has not always lived up to the word "historical" in the acronym HR nor has she done enough research into titles and forms of address in the peerage but she has always excelled in that "love" thing. This second in the Palace of Rogues series is no exception. We met the heroine here, Angelique Breedlove, in the first book, LADY DERRING TAKES A LOVER, when she, mistress of the late Lord Derring, and Delilah Swanpoole, Derring's widow, develop a friendship and together convert the old, no longer in use, disreputable Palace of Rogues (the only thing Derring left to Delilah in his will) into a reputable boardinghouse, The Palace on the Thames. Although you can enjoy this new story as a standalone, the background in the first and the friendships and comradery which develop there among all those struggling to make a success of the boardinghouse adds to the pleasure of this second book, which builds on that backstory. Angelique is a "fallen" woman. She came from a respectable family but, when young, she was used and discarded in turn by two men she had thought loved her. Disowned by her family and in desperate straits she saw herself forced to become Lord Derring's mistress. But now she's in a happier situation, with friends and a respectable position as co-owner of the above-mentioned boardinghouse. She's content, but she's not open to ever again being vulnerable to men and love. And we have our hero, Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, illegitimate son of the Duke of Brexford. Lucien had been recognized as Brexford's son, even awarded a viscountcy, given an aristocrat's education, and a membership in White's. Yet when it was time for the duke to marry and produce his legitimate heir, his new duchess insisted on Brexford disavowing Lucien and Lucien's mother. Then ten years ago Lucien was believed to have drowned in the Thames after one of his usual nights of revelry and notorious behavior at the Palace of Rogues (yes, the place that is now Delilah's and Angelique's boardinghouse). But he's now back in London and he's out for revenge on whoever it was that set upon him on the waterfront and dumped him into the river to drown. What better place to camp out while planning his revenge than the site of his "murder"? And so begins our romance. Lucien starts out as a man only intent on revenge. Angelique as a woman who refuses to allow any man, however attractive he may be, to have power over her via her heart. Long does a beautiful job of showing us how their love develops as they open themselves up to each other and to the possibilities life offers. Watching Lucien evolve from a man only living for revenge to a man ready to forgive those who betrayed him and to live instead for a relationship with Angelique is heartwarming. And Angelique also needs to learn to forgive, but to forgive herself, and not only to forgive but to admire her younger self and her ability to survive and even thrive. This is a lovely story. Not just because of the plot and the romance, but also because of Long's writing talents. Her humor, descriptive abilities, clever dialogue, and insight into the human condition make for just the kind of romance I like, full of feels and warmth. Yep, I was like a pig in mud with this one. When Lucien says things like "...only two imperfect people could create such a perfect love. I am yours and you are mine," I turn all gooey inside. Yes, I admit it. Sometimes I'm a hopeless romantic and lover of schmaltz. As long as JAL continues to produce romances like this one, I'll be reading them.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This was so tediously boring. If I read one more mention of "The Grand Palace on the Thames" I was going to scream. How was this book written by the same author who wrote What I Did For a Duke and How the Marquess Was Won (both of which I highly recommend)? This book was just needlessly drawn out even though the characters barely interact with each other before they fall madly in lust. Definitely worth skipping.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Angel in Devil's Arms Series: The Palace of Rogues #2 Author: Julie Anne Long Release date: October 29, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre:historical romance If you don't have this series on your radar, stop what you're doing right now. Add these to your TBR, one-click, and prepare for historical romance bliss. Book one, Lady Derring Takes a Lover, was laugh out loud funny and gorgeously written all at the same time. I was so impressed with Julie Anne Long's writing style and her skill in Title: Angel in Devil's Arms Series: The Palace of Rogues #2 Author: Julie Anne Long Release date: October 29, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre:historical romance If you don't have this series on your radar, stop what you're doing right now. Add these to your TBR, one-click, and prepare for historical romance bliss. Book one, Lady Derring Takes a Lover, was laugh out loud funny and gorgeously written all at the same time. I was so impressed with Julie Anne Long's writing style and her skill in storytelling. Sometimes book two in a series doesn't live up to the genius of the first, but in this case, it was EVEN BETTER. There just aren't enough words to describe how ecstatic I was to revisit the ever entertaining Grand Palace on the Thames. Delilah and Angelique have carved out an unlikely living with their respectable boarding house down by the docks. They've seen a number of colorful characters step through their doors, but I don't think anything could have prepared them for the mysterious Lucian Duran. He sweeps into the parlor with an enigmatic, calculating gaze and an unquenchable thirst for revenge. The gossip mill in London has declared Lucian dead and gone, and in fact he even had a funeral, paid for by his self-centered father, the Duke of Brexford. It seemed this was an undisputed reality. Until Lucian starts silently appearing in public places, scaring his betrayers silly and giving the Ton a lot to talk about. He's like a predator gleefully playing with his prey's emotions. It seems impossible to imagine a man like him obeying the laughably ludicrous rules Angelique and Delilah require for their guests. But when Angelique throws down the challenge expecting him to pack his bags and remove his unsettling presence, he smoothly accepts without batting an eye. Not only is he attracted to her from the start, he relishes the opportunity to verbally spar with this worthy opponent. Angelique is like him in many ways, both are reserved, cool, and private, but able to turn on the charm when the need arises. She's also observant and intuitive about people, as he is, and they're able to pick each other apart more than is comfortable at first. Angelique has a painful history and is trying to reinvent herself in a shiny new image. She's been taken advantage of, used, and eventually walked a path she's ashamed of. She buries the shame under a tough exterior and protects her heart and body fiercely. Lucian shows his interest in enjoying each other while he's there, but unfortunately he (and his bruised ego) are put firmly in the friend zone. She wants no part of a messy entanglement, temporary or not, because the risk is no longer worth the potential passionate reward. She's suffered the consequences enough for one lifetime, and the only thing she wants now is safety and peace. Things that are bound together make terrible ripping noises when torn asunder. She wanted no more pain, and no more sundering. Some things are beyond your control however, like the uncomfortable emotions he stirs, and how her heart pounds when he gets near. Neither of them had the time or desire to fall in love. They tried hard to keep things platonic, but the more time he spent getting to know her and all of her closely guarded truths, the more he wanted to be the one she could confide in. I'll admit, it took me a little while to warm up to her. Not because she was unlikable, but just as she doesn't let Lucian in for some time, she keeps her distance from the reader as well. She's like a fortress. Strong and capable of keeping out invaders who try to scale her walls and conquer. When she loses the safety of her carefully constructed new image, she's forced to face her unresolved feelings from her past. She realizes that she was never really at peace all along, not until she accepts her own truths and grows from them. She's human, she makes mistakes along the way, but in a completely relatable and genuine way. It actually made me empathize better and root for her more. Who would have guessed that the secret of safety was surrender to this man? I may have to repeat myself with every review for a Julie Anne Long book, but it must be said: her writing is exquisite. So many times I have to stop and reread passages to take in the beauty. The way she's able to blend her dry wit and enchanting, romantic prose gives you the perfect package. You get sharp, entertaining dialogue and banter, and an abundance of angst and emotion to make your heart flutter. I'm seriously kicking myself for not reading her books sooner, I feel like I've been living under a rock for missing out for so long. The Palace of Rogues series has everything you could possibly want in historical romance. Look no further because they are a veritable goldmine just waiting to be discovered. He paused. She would not be surprised if it was because he heard her heart beating. He’d toyed with the rhythm of it since they met. He ought to know it the way a violinist knows his own instrument. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  5. 5 out of 5

    Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers

    First of all, what is up with the covers for historical roms lately?? First Tessa Dare and now JAL! HATE these covers! Anyway... I wish I could give this a 5. But I can't. This installment is reminiscent of the old JAL books (Pennyroyal Green series). Focused on the MCs' developing relationship using banter and wit and interesting use of vocabulary and expressions, which I have always enjoyed. I love the way JAL writes. No other authors have her style. HOWEVER. Beautiful writing doesn't eclipse the First of all, what is up with the covers for historical roms lately?? First Tessa Dare and now JAL! HATE these covers! Anyway... I wish I could give this a 5. But I can't. This installment is reminiscent of the old JAL books (Pennyroyal Green series). Focused on the MCs' developing relationship using banter and wit and interesting use of vocabulary and expressions, which I have always enjoyed. I love the way JAL writes. No other authors have her style. HOWEVER. Beautiful writing doesn't eclipse the lack of a plot and BOREDOM that sometimes the overly contrived words induce. Just as an overly contrived plot would drive me to roll my eyes, I sometimes feel like the author is writing to congratulate herself on a particularly witty turn of phrase or brilliant use of a SAT vocabulary word. In which case, I just yawn and skip. I HATE skipping even one word of writing that one of my fave authors writes. But I did gloss over 40% of the book bc it was getting TEDIOUS! So here's a brief summary of what went on: Guy (who has a devilish reputation and is presumed dead after being thrown off a ship 10 years ago) is staying at the girl's hotel. Mystery and intrigue surrounds him. (Only to be essentially "much ado about nothing" throughout the novel, not much drama there at all.) Sparks between these two gorgeous creatures fly. Friendship develops too, which is the focus of the relationship. The guy's much touted and anticipated REVENGE doesn't happen much at all. He's grown out of it. Inevitably, the 2 MCs hurt each other (the girl hurts the guy more) and they do "grand gestures of love" to win each other back... yada yada... I was bored by 60%. Nothing much happened! I love character and relationship development as much as the next person but... I need a STORY! I need a PLOT. I need SOMETHING more! The sex scenes were very VAGUE. They just somehow didn't have the spark and intensity JAL used to write with. Maybe that can be said for all of the book. Maybe my tastes have changed. It pained me to not shelf this as "favorite author" because she used to be perhaps my very fave HR author! But... I don't think she's a fave any more. Still a good book. Just... sigh...I'm disappointed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    4.5 stars Lucien was a dreamy hero, sigh. Loved the romance. Not sure of the epilogue.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is second in a series and I think it benefits from having read the other first. Lots of character and situation establishment isn't reiterated here. They aren't really necessary, but I think it helps if you know those details. First off, ignore that atrocious cover. Seriously, it isn't at all an indicator of what you'll find inside. So that's a shame. Second, having read the first, you know more or less what you'll find in this story. And it delivers on those expectations very well. And I'm This is second in a series and I think it benefits from having read the other first. Lots of character and situation establishment isn't reiterated here. They aren't really necessary, but I think it helps if you know those details. First off, ignore that atrocious cover. Seriously, it isn't at all an indicator of what you'll find inside. So that's a shame. Second, having read the first, you know more or less what you'll find in this story. And it delivers on those expectations very well. And I'm doing something I almost never do which is leave a story after only two-thirds or so but with a high rating. I loved these two together. I love how well they fit. And I love how they became friends first and the understanding they have for one another. And that includes how the company of the boarding house at the heart of the story adapts and grows with this new addition. But I'm ending early because the part I truly care about, the relationship between Angelique and Lucien has culminated. They aren't saying how in love they are, but it has happened and I feel good about their commitment to each other (even though they haven't actually made any commitment to each other). So all that is left is some hand wringing and the adventure plot with Lucien's enemies and family. And I honestly didn't care about that stuff terribly. So given how little I cared for half the plot, I should probably give it three stars. But I'm not going to. Four stars for how very much I liked these two coming together. They fit so well and I just loved it and while I have better things to do than finish that last third, I'm very glad I had this story for as long as I stuck with it. A note about Steamy: I have no idea how much steam this will have, but it's at least some. So I'm tagging it but without the specificity I have when I finish a book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lady Wesley

    A delightful continuation of The Palace of Rogues series. The love story between these two complicated people is deep and touching. I particularly enjoy the denizens of the Palace; they bring not only a continuity to the series but also are quite interesting in their own right. I'm delighted that Julie Anne Long has returned to historicals and look forward to the next chapter in this wonderful series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    3.5 stars, I guess. It was better than the first book in this series (Lady Derring Takes a Lover). In fact for most of this book, it was quite a bit better. More like the 'old' Julie Anne Long. Nice banter, interesting characters, nice love story. It was going to be 4 stars. But about 70-80% through, it slumped badly for me. I just kinda lost interest for some reason, and had to force myself to finish it. Boo. Maybe it was (view spoiler)[when Angelique rejected the man she loves for what came 3.5 stars, I guess. It was better than the first book in this series (Lady Derring Takes a Lover). In fact for most of this book, it was quite a bit better. More like the 'old' Julie Anne Long. Nice banter, interesting characters, nice love story. It was going to be 4 stars. But about 70-80% through, it slumped badly for me. I just kinda lost interest for some reason, and had to force myself to finish it. Boo. Maybe it was (view spoiler)[when Angelique rejected the man she loves for what came across as a fairly lame reason. *cue angst* (hide spoiler)] . That didn't work that well for me. The ending of the book also dragged on a bit. Clearly, the American (oops can't remember his name) is being set up for a subsequent book. That's OK. But there was a longish epilogue which didn't add a lot to Angelique and Bolt's story, and partly seemed to be there just to introduce the American's possible future love interest. Hmmm. Save that for the next book, please. Oh well. There were some nice moments. I did like it when (view spoiler)[ Bolt and his half-brother got together again. (hide spoiler)] It wasn't horrible. Better than #1, but not Ms Long's best ever.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Firstpella

    ‘Are you going to cry, sir?’ In many ways, this story reminded me of Stuart’s Heartless and Brandon/Emma. Both the H and h here are in the landscape of aristocracy as ‘less thans’ - the H is a bastard but as male still gets a level of respect, the h is labeled various titles which ultimately mean whore. Neither has experience with love and fumble a bit as their magic unfolds. The difference in Long’s telling is the H is in some ways, the girl - falling first, declaring first, softening first while ‘Are you going to cry, sir?’ In many ways, this story reminded me of Stuart’s Heartless and Brandon/Emma. Both the H and h here are in the landscape of aristocracy as ‘less thans’ - the H is a bastard but as male still gets a level of respect, the h is labeled various titles which ultimately mean whore. Neither has experience with love and fumble a bit as their magic unfolds. The difference in Long’s telling is the H is in some ways, the girl - falling first, declaring first, softening first while the h is at times cold, cruel, clinging to ‘love, nope, not for me’. And then she man’s up and this reader, if not the H, sobs. It’s hard to catch magic in stories like this where upon first sight the H/h hair on back of neck aquivers, but here it worked. The unfortunate inclusion of the later chapter and introducing the next couple in the Series deflated the balloon of joy found here, I wish writers would not do that ‘let me sell you the next book, sneak-peak’ device.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Usha

    This is a well written book. The H is sexy hot but his appeal is his emotional intelligence and how he reconciles the wrongs done to him in his past to a future that holds promises of love, respect and a level of tranquility. He drives the plot more than the h. The best scenes in the book are between him and his father and between him and his brother. We know our h fairly well from book 1 of the series. She is once bitten and thousand times shy and rightly so. JAI does such good work to This is a well written book. The H is sexy hot but his appeal is his emotional intelligence and how he reconciles the wrongs done to him in his past to a future that holds promises of love, respect and a level of tranquility. He drives the plot more than the h. The best scenes in the book are between him and his father and between him and his brother. We know our h fairly well from book 1 of the series. She is once bitten and thousand times shy and rightly so. JAI does such good work to demonstrate why Angelique, given her circumstances made the choices she did and finally when she has found security and comfort, love comes knocking and her struggle to accept it for what it is.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    3.5 Stars I freaking love Julie Anne Long. This read has everything I love about her writing. Funny characters, witty bantering, sexy scenes. But that special something was missing for me and I was getting bored with the setting. I’m excited to read about the next couple but I hope they leave the Palace and we read about a different setting. Overall it’s a lovely read but I’m just not over the moon about it. 3.5 Stars🌟 I freaking love Julie Anne Long. This read has everything I love about her writing. Funny characters, witty bantering, sexy scenes. But that special something was missing for me and I was getting bored with the setting. I’m excited to read about the next couple but I hope they leave the Palace and we read about a different setting. Overall it’s a lovely read but I’m just not over the moon about it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    This was a delight to read. I gushed all over a status update earlier and, although shortly after that I was confronted with too many inner monologues and character navel gazing (seriously a good 15% chunk of the book right smack in the middle) it came back together and Long pulled it off. What was wonderful in this book was the interaction between Lucien and Angelique. They were both damaged, but they were also witty, strong, and loyal. Every scene they had together was rich with chemistry. All This was a delight to read. I gushed all over a status update earlier and, although shortly after that I was confronted with too many inner monologues and character navel gazing (seriously a good 15% chunk of the book right smack in the middle) it came back together and Long pulled it off. What was wonderful in this book was the interaction between Lucien and Angelique. They were both damaged, but they were also witty, strong, and loyal. Every scene they had together was rich with chemistry. All the inhabitants of The Grand Palace on the Thames are interesting. There are some laugh-out-loud funny scenes (something at which Long excels) and some tender, poignant scenes. These are good people who deserve a break. It's so wonderful to journey with them until they get it. Looking forward to seeing all of these characters again in the next installment.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this book. Excellent character growth, wonderful cast of supporting characters and a set up for the next book. Angelique and Lucien were both very controlled on the surface but underneath there was anger and fear and shame. With love and friendship they are able to realize that they are worthy of each other and if of the friends and family in their lives. I especially loved Lucien, he’s so sweet, kind and romantic underneath his badass exterior. I also love “the mistress” I really enjoyed this book. Excellent character growth, wonderful cast of supporting characters and a set up for the next book. Angelique and Lucien were both very controlled on the surface but underneath there was anger and fear and shame. With love and friendship they are able to realize that they are worthy of each other and if of the friends and family in their lives. I especially loved Lucien, he’s so sweet, kind and romantic underneath his badass exterior. I also love “the mistress” getting a happily ever after. In romance novels, especially historicals, the hero can be a total rake and have slept with every woman available and still be worthy of “redemption”/love but the heroine is always a virgin or close to a virgin. Why are virgins the only women worthy of love? It always seemed unfair to me that only men were worthy of “redemption”/love and too often the mistress is made out to be a villain. I didn’t like that Angelique felt shame for what she had to do but I did understand her feelings. I personally like a heroine who enjoys sex and has had lovers, even in historicals, she is just as worthy of love. I hope other authors take note.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura_sommeils

    I think I expected more because I loved Angelique in the first book. I liked this one, but I wasn't into the romantic couple. I liked their interactions but I wasn't invested in them. The parts that moved me the most were in fact of them with the people closest to them. Like Angelique with Delilah and Tristan, or Lucien and his half-brother. And the conversation about how human beings and the way they show love can be flawed but that we should always try and apologize if we make mistakes. I'm I think I expected more because I loved Angelique in the first book. I liked this one, but I wasn't into the romantic couple. I liked their interactions but I wasn't invested in them. The parts that moved me the most were in fact of them with the people closest to them. Like Angelique with Delilah and Tristan, or Lucien and his half-brother. And the conversation about how human beings and the way they show love can be flawed but that we should always try and apologize if we make mistakes. I'm curious about the third book, so I'll give it a try.

  16. 4 out of 5

    kris

    Angelique Breedlove is shocked when Lucien Durand, Viscount Bolt, arrives to claim his reserved room as he's allegedly dead but obviously HOT AF. After emotional make outs, Angelique throws the gauntlet of friendship at Lucien's feet. This works until additional emotional make outs result in BONERS which results in SEX which overlaps nicely with these FEELINGS ALL OVER THE PLACE. 1. I loved that Lucien's silly little revenge plot was so nicely derailed and left smoldering in the margins. He Angelique Breedlove is shocked when Lucien Durand, Viscount Bolt, arrives to claim his reserved room as he's allegedly dead but obviously HOT AF. After emotional make outs, Angelique throws the gauntlet of friendship at Lucien's feet. This works until additional emotional make outs result in BONERS which results in SEX which overlaps nicely with these FEELINGS ALL OVER THE PLACE. 1. I loved that Lucien's silly little revenge plot was so nicely derailed and left smoldering in the margins. He changes and that change is littered with set backs and back slides: what he wants changes because of Angelique and because of his feelings for her and that carries through to the resolution. THANK FUCKING GOD. It's NICE and I APPRECIATE IT. 2. I was slightly less onboard with the handling of the separation and Angelique's emotional growth: it felt a little rushed and sudden, but it's a minor complaint in the face of the overreaching emotional excellence that permeates this book. I liked Lucien and Angelique together and believed their friendship and their relationship. Good stuff. 3. Angelique has family who falls out of nowhere to reconcile with her. I yawned. 4. Petty complaint, but this needed a 30,000-foot-view edit: someone to read the whole thing and then flag overused phrases and metaphors. Long has some fucking gorgeous prose, but it's distinctive enough that repetitions are obvious and frustrating. A big one was the "contracting" / "tightening" of stomachs and widening of eyes. 5. I ENJOYED IT SO THERE.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had enjoyed the previous book in this series and loved Angelique, so there was no way I was missing this one. Angelique is just as fantastic as I thought. She’s smart and determined and ready to settle into a new life. Lucien is all quips and bravado and in desperate need of gentleness. Together they are filled with open and honest conversations, so much chemistry it could choke a person, and the absolute need to belong to someone. Of course it was delightful to see Delilah and Dot again. Plot I had enjoyed the previous book in this series and loved Angelique, so there was no way I was missing this one. Angelique is just as fantastic as I thought. She’s smart and determined and ready to settle into a new life. Lucien is all quips and bravado and in desperate need of gentleness. Together they are filled with open and honest conversations, so much chemistry it could choke a person, and the absolute need to belong to someone. Of course it was delightful to see Delilah and Dot again. Plot wise, it was great. There are a lot of longing filled stares across a room and I’m here for it. The conflict wasn’t as angsty as I was expecting, so while I spent a lot of time waiting for the other shoe to drop, it was not needed. The break up was short and the grand gestures were glorious. I would have like a bit more from the epilogue, but that’s just me being greedy. Overall, it was easy to root for these characters and I’m beside myself with happiness at seeing a former mistress get her HEA. If there are more books in this series, I’m absolutely reading them. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    The good parts of this story involve Lucien confronting his past and coming to terms with it. The boring parts are the romance. While Long comes up with some lovely quotes and scenes, Angelique and Lucien are too boring as a couple to bring them any sort of justice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    For a book with someone back fromt the dead, I expected more drama, but hey I am not complaining. Angelique used to be a mistress, now she runs a boarding house with the wife of the man whose mistress she was. Yes, I had a rocky start with her, but she is a good person, and that guy was an asshat anyway. I like the boarding house, with its funny boarders, and rules. And to the drama, or non drama. Lucien was assumed dead for 10 years (as someone did try to kill him), and now he wants revenge. For a book with someone back fromt the dead, I expected more drama, but hey I am not complaining. Angelique used to be a mistress, now she runs a boarding house with the wife of the man whose mistress she was. Yes, I had a rocky start with her, but she is a good person, and that guy was an asshat anyway. I like the boarding house, with its funny boarders, and rules. And to the drama, or non drama. Lucien was assumed dead for 10 years (as someone did try to kill him), and now he wants revenge. Instead he falls in love. And well Lucien was just a really good guy, he tried at revenge, but hey he is a lover not a fighter. And then they live happily ever after. A sweet story, without drama. Narration If you had not noticed, I am a Justine Eyre fan. I really appreciate her historical romance narrations. Her voice fits well for the era, and she does a great job with male and female voices. I like listening to her.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Limecello

    I haven't read historicals really in YEARS so ... :X I haven't read any JAL books in years too (I mean, I MUST have read at least one or two before, right? >.>) Anyway, I knew this was book 2 in a series, but ... if you know me/follow my reviews you know I absolutely do not care about that. ANYWAY. Lucien and Angelique. Two such wary, damaged, kind, loving characters. It's ... rather low key and slow burn - I can't remember when they first kiss (maybe a little before 30%?) ... they do have sex I haven't read historicals really in YEARS so ... :X I haven't read any JAL books in years too (I mean, I MUST have read at least one or two before, right? >.>) Anyway, I knew this was book 2 in a series, but ... if you know me/follow my reviews you know I absolutely do not care about that. ANYWAY. Lucien and Angelique. Two such wary, damaged, kind, loving characters. It's ... rather low key and slow burn - I can't remember when they first kiss (maybe a little before 30%?) ... they do have sex once a little before 60% I think. Ironically " " the sex scenes weren't a draw for me really (it might've been environment and mood - like I had to put down the book right as it was starting to go to work/court which was an UTTER SHITSHOW after a holiday weekend...) And then noise and yelling and clatter etc through the rest of it ... It's SUBTLE- I love me a smitten hero and Lucien is very quickly all in, although he doesn't realize it ... he does realize before Angelique does. He grows SO MUCH as a person - you think it's going to be a dark angry book about revenge and such and ... I mean Lucien is a much better person than I am because he just ... lets shit go. He STARTS with that intent, but after he sees his father he realizes ... he's poisoning himself more than anything. For Angelique she's buried her pain SO down deep. Oof when she hurts Lucien - she doesn't mean to but she does and it's like a blow to the chest. And she feels bad but she's so locked in. And then when she REALIZES. I loved that moment with her and Tristan. (view spoiler)[ I LOVED that Angelique went to confront the duchess. And the note with the music box made me tear up. And Oof the scene at White's where Lucien loses it, and ALL THE TIMES HE APOLOGIZES. (hide spoiler)] I didn't care for the obvious series bait of Mr. ... Whatever his name is C, and the [Vaughn?] whatever eldest daughter of the (Viscount?) who goes to stay at the Annex. (While surly I'm kinda interested in seeing the scamp of an older brother....) I REALLY liked Lucien's half brother [Robert?] for all that he only appears twice and is literally a baby. (14!) - would not mind seeing him grow up and likely his own romance too? Maybe? Anyway - I loved that this wasn't as one might expect and the emotion gets you the entire damn time. B or B- [I thought the first kiss/them reliving it in their heads was hotter than the actual sex I think...] I can definitely see myself re-reading this book

  21. 4 out of 5

    Blackjack

    Julie Anne Long is a master at depicting longing and emotional connections. I know that whenever two characters sit down together for a conversation, Long will show us the progression of how they connect and bond. The best moments in this book take place during quiet conversations: several between main characters Angelique and Lucien, but also emotional ones between Angelique and Delilah, and even a couple of sweet ones between Lucien and his young half-brother. I find myself reading slowly Julie Anne Long is a master at depicting longing and emotional connections. I know that whenever two characters sit down together for a conversation, Long will show us the progression of how they connect and bond. The best moments in this book take place during quiet conversations: several between main characters Angelique and Lucien, but also emotional ones between Angelique and Delilah, and even a couple of sweet ones between Lucien and his young half-brother. I find myself reading slowly through these moments to catch the nuance as couples play off each other, striving to understand how the other feels, and calibrating their responses in turn. Long is a lovely writer with great skill at dialogue. The story here picks up exactly where it left off in Lady Derring Takes a Lover with the appearance of the mysterious Lucian Durand claiming his room for rent at the Grand Palace on the Thames. Angelique and Lucian clash immediately, only Angelique expects Lucian to be a nightmare of a boarder at her beloved inn -- and I find that I still love the solemn and careful pronunciation paid to this title every time it is uttered. Lucian might scoff at the pompous title, but by the end he is as adoring as all the others. But while Angelique fears the worse from Lucian, and especially fears their immediate attraction, Lucian immediately welcomes the idea of having Angelique as a temporary bed partner. And thus, the novel sets up a fairly conventional story of a repressed, chaste woman and a reckless and charming playboy. All of the ingredients are here for a wonderful romance, and yet I still found this book in need of additional work for both main characters. Angelique did not feel lively or interesting enough here in this second book other than being intensely respectable in behavior to offset her past as a less than socially respectable woman. I kept trying to find depths to her aside from the facade of respectability she showcases. Lucien is wonderfully irreverent and appealing as a man determined to revenge wrongdoings, but midway through the novel, he simply drops his life goals of getting even with the villains of his past. I know that we're meant to accept that Angelique has changed him but more development is needed to show us the process he undergoes to get there. I know too that he falls deeply in love with her, but for three quarters of the novel he firmly denounces marriage as an option in his life. I was surprised too that the sensuality in the love scenes felt rather lackluster, even though there are plenty of them. Finally, I thought that toward the end of the novel, Angelique's harsh rejection of Lucien was a bit unwarranted and illogical. A small part of me wishes that the series would expand its setting beyond the inn a little more. I do very much like the inn itself and the concept of community it is creating, but at times the limited setting feels a little claustrophobic. At first I wasn't sure if the epilogue was working for me given that Angelique and Lucian's romance is wrapped up so early. The shift in focus to the next couple in line for a story in Book 3 immediately drew me in and reminded me how good Long can be at creating intrigue.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angie Elle

    ARC from Edelweiss Angel in a Devil’s Arms is the second story in Julie Anne Long’s The Palace of Rogues series. This is a series that could be read out of order, but the buildup from the first book makes Angelique and Lucien’s story even more special, so if you do have the time and inclination, definitely start at the beginning! I’ve wanted to know more of Angelique’s history from the moment she was introduced in Lady Derring Takes a Lover; I dare say she outshone the heroine in that book. And ARC from Edelweiss Angel in a Devil’s Arms is the second story in Julie Anne Long’s The Palace of Rogues series. This is a series that could be read out of order, but the buildup from the first book makes Angelique and Lucien’s story even more special, so if you do have the time and inclination, definitely start at the beginning! I’ve wanted to know more of Angelique’s history from the moment she was introduced in Lady Derring Takes a Lover; I dare say she outshone the heroine in that book. And with the mystery surrounding Lucien, our hero, built up all throughout that installment, I was already hooked. There was an entire cast of characters introduced in the first book of this series, and I loved the way they came together. I wanted more of them, and I got it here. From the main characters to ‘the help’ to ‘the guests,’ this array of personalities complement each other perfectly.. I love this ‘found’ family Angelique and Delilah have brought together. They are people who are unlikely to spend time together outside of The Palace of Rogues, but the camaraderie and chemistry between them is stellar. I want them all to find their happily ever afters, even if they’re side notes in the ‘bigger’ stories of the series. Angelique is a woman with a sordid past who would be shunned by the ton should she even try to mingle with them. Lucien is a man who, at one time, happily left chaos in his wake. But they’ve both changed, and neither is who they once were. But it takes reminders from each other to finally learn and accept that. I really loved Angelique and Lucien’s story. Their biggest obstacles were themselves. They both struggled with worthiness, but were able to see it in each other, even if they weren’t always able to acknowledge it. I loved their banter and dialogue, their constant redefining what ‘friends’ are, and their conversations. There was one particular late night conversation between them that was so poignant and candid, so beautifully written that it was enough to take a reader’s breath away. Lucien was so sweet and romantic, but not at the cost of his masculinity, which, in my opinion, so many authors are unable to achieve these days. I don’t want a hero whose masculinity has been squelched; I want one who finds a heroine to complement it. And I got it here. My only gripe about this book is that it feels overwritten in parts, as if it’s trying so hard when it doesn’t need to. The story is enough to stand on its own. There was a scene in the epilogue that sets us up for what I think is going to be the next book, and suffice it to say, just like with Angelique and Lucien, I’m already hooked. I can’t wait to see what is next for the characters in this series, and I can’t wait to see Angelique and Lucien and Delilah and Tristan and Dot again. I just want all the stories! If you like soft-hearted heroes with a gruff exterior and heroines with some major life experiences behind them, you’ll love Angel in a Devil’s Arms. I know I did!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I received a digital ARC from Edelweiss for an honest review. DNF at 29%. Literally nothing has happened. Also, this is the second in a series. Usually with these, it doesn't matter. Either the previous book is just about two people who cameo in future books or they sum up what you missed from the first book. I'm assuming that the other owner of this house was the subject of the previous book? Well, I don't understand why they own this business. There's clearly some strange reason, but I feel I received a digital ARC from Edelweiss for an honest review. DNF at 29%. Literally nothing has happened. Also, this is the second in a series. Usually with these, it doesn't matter. Either the previous book is just about two people who cameo in future books or they sum up what you missed from the first book. I'm assuming that the other owner of this house was the subject of the previous book? Well, I don't understand why they own this business. There's clearly some strange reason, but I feel like the reader should have been clued in by now. It doesn't have the feel of being a mysterious element, just of missing information. So, I'm done. DNF.

  24. 5 out of 5

    SidneyKay

    Gush Alert! Wow! Have we voted for the best book of the year yet? Well, if not, Angel in a Devil’s Arms gets my vote. In the continuation of her Palace of Rogues series, Julie Anne Long delivers a book that is everything a romance should be. Where to begin? Where to begin? Well, in case you don’t know, Angel in a Devil’s Arms is a part of The Palace of Rogues series. If you don’t remember this series, this is the one about a dead Lord Derring. He has died and left his wife a run-down old building Gush Alert! Wow! Have we voted for the best book of the year yet? Well, if not, Angel in a Devil’s Arms gets my vote. In the continuation of her Palace of Rogues series, Julie Anne Long delivers a book that is everything a romance should be. Where to begin? Where to begin? Well, in case you don’t know, Angel in a Devil’s Arms is a part of The Palace of Rogues series. If you don’t remember this series, this is the one about a dead Lord Derring. He has died and left his wife a run-down old building that used to be a brothel. To his mistress, he left nothing. As luck would have it, while Lady Derring is conferring with the solicitor, the mistress, Angelique Breedlove, barges in. Long story short: Delilah, aka Lady Derring, and Angelique confer over a cup of tea, they go to the dilapidated house, see possibilities, become partners in establishing a boarding house. They call their venture The Grand Palace on the Thames. Then Delilah and Angelique become friends. Friends. There is a strong sense of camaraderie in this series. Ms. Long is building a small little world contained within the walls of The Grand Palace on the Thames. While Angel in a Devil’s Arms is a romance, the supporting cast contributes a strong narrative. I, for one, am enjoying this world and the people who inhabit it. Let’s start with the hero, Lucien Durand, Viscount Bolt, and his heroine Angelique Breedlove. Both of these characters have troubled past, so they could really be over-the-top angst-filled boo-whoers, but they are not. They have a right to hold grudges against the world. In fact, when the story begins, Lucien is contemplating revenge. Thankfully, the revenge is never anything horrible, nor does it diminish the story. Why is he contemplating revenge? Well, I’ll tell you in a condensed form. He and his mother were living a comfortable life, until his father married another woman. The other woman didn’t like the idea of her husband’s bastard son calling attention to himself, so she hired someone to shove him in the Thames. For a number of years, it was thought he was dead, but he wasn’t. He was out being a pirate or something, and becoming rich. Now, he is back in London. That’s where the revenge comes in. While he’s seeking revenge, he’s living at Delilah and Angelique’s The Grand Palace on the Thames. It is there that he first encounters Angelique Breedlove. He plans to seduce her. Time to ponder this seduction. Hot Lucien. Lucien is one of the most seductive heroes I’ve come across in a long time. It isn’t just his looks, which by the way are devastating. It’s his words. He has a way with words that would turn anyone into a big puddle of blubber. I know my heart would go pitter-pat if his words were directed my way. Well, Angelique is made of sterner stuff. She’s one unique, smart cookie. She’s not having any of his charms. So, they become friends. When Lucien becomes Angelique’s friend, he makes a conscious choice to change for her, to become what she needs. Angelique was also a great character. She’s been hurt by a number of men from her past whom she trusted. She is a little skittish when it comes to showing her true self to people. She is comfortable with the group of people who reside at the boarding house. And, Lucien makes her very uncomfortable. The dialogue between Lucien and Angelique is magical. At no time in this story did I become tired of the narrative. Let’s talk about the secondary characters. What a great bunch of supporting cast! All the characters are unique, with their own little oddities. They bond together to make a strong friendship. They are almost like a family in their care and respect for one another. Do you remember Mr. Delacorte from Lady Derring Takes a Lover? Let me refresh your memory. He is the one who is marketing the ground-up testicles of exotic animals. Well, he’s back, and he’s just as outrageous as he was in the previous back. Historical accuracy. For all of you historical accuracy naysayers out there who will question how an illegitimate person became a Viscount, let me say one word. Inherit. Yes, inherit is the magic word. While it is impossible for an illegitimate person to inherit a title, it is possible for a person to have a title conferred upon them. There were two ways to do that: by writ of summons, and by a letter of patent. To be honest, I don’t know anything about the process. I would guess if a father, or another person of power had enough money and clout, they could get what they wanted. Let me just drop a few names: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, and Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset. And, that’s just three. Yes, their fathers happened to be kings, but while monarchs do the conferring, I would imagine if one kissed a royal behind or two, one could get a title conferred. From what I was able to grasp, even illegitimate women were eligible to have a title conferred upon them. Rule of thumb, don’t always go with your gut. Sometimes your gut is not completely right. It doesn't hurt to do some checking, even when some of the things you're checking make your itty-bitty gray cells hurt - like English peerage laws. Overall. I loved this book. It was a pure joy to read. The heroine was a strong, adorable woman, and the hero was delicious. The secondary characters were fabulous. I’m running out of adjectives! And, the words, ahhhh, the words. The Angel in a Devil’s Arms is a book full of beautiful, textured words, and those words make for a flawless story. What are you waiting for? You must read The Angel in a Devil’s Arms! KaysBlog

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Angelique Breedlove is one of the two proprietress of The Grand Palace on the Thames, a charming boarding house with a few quirky rules. Their mysterious new guest is none other than Lord Bolt, a man who's been allegedly dead for a decade. Elegant, sarcastic and even a little arrogant, Lucien Durand has his mind set on revenge. But his meeting with Angelique, a kind and spirited woman, might derail his plans. Angelique first thought about Lord Bolt is that she wants him gone. She's smart enough Angelique Breedlove is one of the two proprietress of The Grand Palace on the Thames, a charming boarding house with a few quirky rules. Their mysterious new guest is none other than Lord Bolt, a man who's been allegedly dead for a decade. Elegant, sarcastic and even a little arrogant, Lucien Durand has his mind set on revenge. But his meeting with Angelique, a kind and spirited woman, might derail his plans. Angelique first thought about Lord Bolt is that she wants him gone. She's smart enough to recognize the man is trouble but especially honest enough with herself to realize that the attraction she feels for the man is not something that will just disappear eventually. But she's wary of men now and she doesn't want an other heartbreak. So what she offers Lucien is friendship and they're both surprised when he accept. But no matter their good intentions, love will find a way. Angelique and Lucien's romance was slow burn and I loved the evolution in their relationship. The hero had a great sense of humor but I found him so touching. Maybe because he wasn't afraid of his feelings nor to feel. The lodgers at the Grand Palace are a great cast of characters and bring so much humor to a story that could have been somber with the whole revenge plot, but I like how the author showed the light instead. There's something in the way she write that paint a perfect picture in my mind about the things she describe and the story she tell. I loved the reference to a character from an other series and my favorite scene is the touching moment between Angelique, Tristan and Delilah.

  26. 4 out of 5

    romancejunkie

    I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, has been declared dead in society for years now when he suddenly reappers at The Grand Palace on the Thames to stay for awhile there while he is planning his vengeance for his stolen birthright and a way to confront the father who coldly abandoned him. There he meets and is instantly captivated with Angelique Breedlove, one of the new owners of the palace. She also carries a lot of I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, has been declared dead in society for years now when he suddenly reappers at The Grand Palace on the Thames to stay for awhile there while he is planning his vengeance for his stolen birthright and a way to confront the father who coldly abandoned him. There he meets and is instantly captivated with Angelique Breedlove, one of the new owners of the palace. She also carries a lot of hurts with her and is distrustful of men, and her past as the former mistress of Lord Derring only made it worse. When they are together everything is wonderful for them, and so they end up falling in love with each other. Will they learn to let the past go or will they end up destroying the happiness they finally found? I really loved their story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    In my review of Like No Other Lover I wrote about this author's "very evocative, almost poetically romantic writing." Back when I was reading the early books of that series, one of the things that struck me the most about those books wasn't the plot but the romance of the writing that evoked a very real, romantic intimacy. There was also a precision to the author's writing craft on those books that just made me enjoy reading the words, not just to enjoy the plot. This isn't always evident with In my review of Like No Other Lover I wrote about this author's "very evocative, almost poetically romantic writing." Back when I was reading the early books of that series, one of the things that struck me the most about those books wasn't the plot but the romance of the writing that evoked a very real, romantic intimacy. There was also a precision to the author's writing craft on those books that just made me enjoy reading the words, not just to enjoy the plot. This isn't always evident with this author, imo. I think the later books in the Pennyroyal Green series lost of a bit of that none of the contemp romances I have tried captured any of that. But this series make me feel that way again. This one especially since Angelique and Bolt's chemistry and conversations seem to overwhelm the plot -- which is a plus since the plot is rather thin. In this the second installment, Angelique and Delilah have settled into their roles and patronesses of the Grand Palace on The Thames, their boarding house where they have very lofty goals. One of the most enjoyable parts of the previous book was the camaraderie of the houseguests and the found family aspect of the story. In this one that continues. Only one of the previous guests is still in residence, but the boarding house still has a fun cast of characters. Into this group comes Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt. The man who mysteriously reserved their best room when they first opened but has only just appeared. He has been presumed dead after a 'dunk in the Thames' ten years previously. But he knows it was attempted murder. His reappearance causes consternation to some and is the subject of titillating gossip to others. But For Angelique he his a wicked temptation. At first you think this is going to be some grand revenge scheme and Lucien starts out that way but as time goes on he realizes it isn't really revenge he wants but a sort of reparation. He is the bastard son of a Duke who was BFFs with the King and who made sure Lucien was awarded land and a title of his own even Lucien could never be considered his own heir. Lucien has great memories of his father but when his father married and had a legitimate child their relationship severed. Now that he is back he wants answers from his father. I have to say the conversation between Lucien and the Duke was a really emotional one that had me feeling some kind of way for Lucien. But it worked as a turning point for Lucien. Most of what we get is Lucien and Angelique feeling their way toward each other and it is a lovely love story to read. Even though Lucien's revenge doesn;t work out quite the way he planned, he does get everything he wants in the end, even if it is accomplished in an unconventional way. Outside of the plot and the romance, the relationships between the characters is really good. I love all the scenes at the boardinghouse as the various boarders must comply with Angelique and Delilah's somewhat eccentric rules. And how they all interact with each other. There is a fair bit of book left in the end after the romance & overall plot is resolved that works as set up for the next book. I like that the author doesn't bait her sequel til the last chapter or two and, just like the previous book, this one ends on a very intriguing note for the next couple.

  28. 5 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    3.5 Stars It started a bit slow for me, but gained momentum in the second half with a really strong finish. I loved the ending and the extended epilogue. I wasn't the biggest fan of Angelique from the first book in the series and although I warmed to her in time, I think that opinion had a negative effect on the start to this story. What had me excited to read Angel in a Devil's Arms was the hero Lucian's introduction at the very end of the first book. I couldn't wait to find out his story and he 3.5 Stars It started a bit slow for me, but gained momentum in the second half with a really strong finish. I loved the ending and the extended epilogue. I wasn't the biggest fan of Angelique from the first book in the series and although I warmed to her in time, I think that opinion had a negative effect on the start to this story. What had me excited to read Angel in a Devil's Arms was the hero Lucian's introduction at the very end of the first book. I couldn't wait to find out his story and he proved to be a great character with an enjoyable story arc. This author does a great job of laying foundations for subsequent books in the series, because again, I am excited to see where she'll go with the next obvious H/h. Needless to say, I'll be checking it out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    It is so wonderful to have JAL back in such good form! After inhaling the first book in the series, I was excited for this one, and I was not disappointed. Our heroine, Angelique, whom we met in book 1 as the mistress of that book's heroine's husband, is a complex and multi-faceted woman. Life has not treated her well at all, and for a lone woman in London in those days, there were very few options. The surprising friendship that arises between her and her protector's wife after he dies is the It is so wonderful to have JAL back in such good form! After inhaling the first book in the series, I was excited for this one, and I was not disappointed. Our heroine, Angelique, whom we met in book 1 as the mistress of that book's heroine's husband, is a complex and multi-faceted woman. Life has not treated her well at all, and for a lone woman in London in those days, there were very few options. The surprising friendship that arises between her and her protector's wife after he dies is the subject of the previous book in this series. Now she is the co-proprietress of a boarding house, content with her independence and single status. She is very aware that her reputation could ruin their business, so keeps to herself and maintains a respectable front. She is strong, hiding her vulnerability and burying any dreams she might once have had under the mantle of cool detachment. Our hero, Lucien, Lord Bolt, is a lord with his own demons and a plan for revenge. When he and Angelique meet, we embark on a long and often tortuous road to their well-deserved HEA. Lucien is a difficult character to like, initially, and there were times I truly wanted to slap him, but he was fundamentally an honourable person. Characterisation is excellent, with an amusing and disparate cast of secondary characters, and a very moving last few pages. Two broken people finding a future together is a common theme in romance novels, but this was explored beautifully here. Thoroughly recommend!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane K. Peterson

    Another excellent book from Julie Anne Long. If you are looking for fast action and impulsive sex this is not the book for you. Long is best at writing the slow development, the slow burn, the complicated issues that keep people apart. Mrs. Angelique Breedlove has suffered shame and betrayal in her past. Previously the mistress of the deceased Lord Derring, she has formed a tight bond with his widow. The two have set up a boarding house and enjoy running their own business. Then the notorious Another excellent book from Julie Anne Long. If you are looking for fast action and impulsive sex this is not the book for you. Long is best at writing the slow development, the slow burn, the complicated issues that keep people apart. Mrs. Angelique Breedlove has suffered shame and betrayal in her past. Previously the mistress of the deceased Lord Derring, she has formed a tight bond with his widow. The two have set up a boarding house and enjoy running their own business. Then the notorious Lord Bolt arrives. Presumed dead for 10 years, he appears and intends to exact revenge on his betrayers. The attraction between Lucien (Bolt) and Angelique is palpable, but each has serious issues to overcome. Put simply, this book is amazing because of Long's incredible writing. I call her the Queen of Analogies. I would love to see how her mind works because she finds surprising and accurate relationships between images and ideas. Reading her writing is a delight in itself. The ending was a bit drawn out and drew attention away from the impact of the climax, but this was an outstanding story written with great sensitivity. I was sobbing at the end. Enough said. ARC provided through Edelweiss.

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