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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 Bolt, allegedly/>He 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 Bolt, allegedly/>He 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

    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 storytelling. Sometimes book two in a series doesn't live up to the genius of the first, but in thNohistorical2019LongRelease#2Arms 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:

  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 goo (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

    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. 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.

  4. 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” gettin 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.

  5. 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. 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**

  6. 5 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 firs ‘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.

  7. 5 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 with the mys/>Angel 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!

  8. 5 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.

  9. 5 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.

  10. 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, bu 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.

  11. 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 this a 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.

  12. 5 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 Lo 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.

  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. 5 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 cu 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I received an e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I think this is JAL's best book yet. The beginning is laugh out loud funny (really, don't drink anything while reading, it ends badly) and the introduction of Lord Bolt is marvelous. The banter is snappy and fun, and Angelique really shines the most when she's verbally sparring with Lord Bolt. As funny as the start is, once into the meat of the story, JAL brings all the feels. It's a beautifully written book, I received an e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I think this is JAL's best book yet. The beginning is laugh out loud funny (really, don't drink anything while reading, it ends badly) and the introduction of Lord Bolt is marvelous. The banter is snappy and fun, and Angelique really shines the most when she's verbally sparring with Lord Bolt. As funny as the start is, once into the meat of the story, JAL brings all the feels. It's a beautifully written book, lush with metaphor and description, but also in emotion. When Angelique and Bolt talk privately, and you begin to see some of the cracks in their respective facades, and you feel their emotions coming through the pages. I'm really enjoying this series and the world JAL has created. Don't get me wrong. I love a good story about the ton that takes place in ballrooms or drawing rooms or mansions, but it's a refreshing change of pace to be in a world that's a little grittier down by the docks. The misplaced aristocrats give the world a fun spin, and the supporting characters really shine in this second volume. Most of them are familiar faces from the first, and it gives the world a richness and familiarity without rehashing the events in book 1. All in all, a very enjoyable read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    FV Angela

    One of the best historical romances I’ve read this year. LOVED. Review originally posted at https://smexybooks.com/2019/10/angela... I went into this book having already enjoyed the first book in the series, Lady Derring Takes a Lover, and excited to see Angelique Breedlove, the other proprietress of The Grand Palace on the Thames, finally meet a man worthy of her and find her happily ever after. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself positively enchanted almost from the moment Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, walked through the d One of the best historical romances I’ve read this year. LOVED. Review originally posted at https://smexybooks.com/2019/10/angela... I went into this book having already enjoyed the first book in the series, Lady Derring Takes a Lover, and excited to see Angelique Breedlove, the other proprietress of The Grand Palace on the Thames, finally meet a man worthy of her and find her happily ever after. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself positively enchanted almost from the moment Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, walked through the door. Honestly, the banter between Angelique and Lucien is unparalleled. Devious flirting, sly sarcasm and all the witty back and forth my heart could take. His brow furrowed slightly as he looked across their beloved parlor. “Americans always seem as though they’ve been hewn from a log with an axe, don’t they? Angelique stared at him in astonishment. “A big log. A dull axe,” he clarified, turning to her, as though her silence was instead a request for specifics. “Perhaps they thrive away from the dismal English climate and the shade of the towering importance of notorious aristocrats.” His grin grew slowly, wickedly, as if he thought this was a darling, darling thing to say. As if he’d known she’d had it in her. These two positively crackle and spark with chemistry and tension. The dashing rogue, bastard son of a noblemen who has been thought dead for the past ten years and the former mistress who has found her safe space and independence. I wanted Angelique to put him in his place and show him she couldn’t be swayed by a pretty face, yet I couldn’t wait until he realized what a special woman she was and finally swept her off her feet. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for their first kiss, first intimate touch, and goodness gracious I was not disappointed. Their first sex scene was gorgeous. I loved that there wasn’t any unnecessary plot threads thrown in to build page or word count. This is simply a passionate and beautiful story of two people with complicated backgrounds meeting and falling slowly in love. I thought there might be more time spent with Lucien as he discovered who pushed him in the Thames and maybe a little more of him and his father finally seeing each other after so long, but the author uses his backstory as a way to introduce him as a guest at The Palace. And maybe as a way for readers to understand him. I’ve truly enjoyed the theme of found families and making safe spaces for yourself and those you love. Angelique and the heroine from the first book, Delilah, are such good friends to each other, despite how they came to know one another. What a beautiful partnership and support system. This series is such a refreshing change from the ballrooms and glittering mansions of the ton. The Grand Palace on the Thames is in a questionable part of town, down by the docks and was at one time was a brothel, but this author has created a wonderful home where likable, interesting, sometimes quirky characters can gather and find comradery and comfort. This is a fabulous series and fans of historical romance should absolutely give it a try. Highly, highly recommend. Final grade-A Favorite Quote: “Angelique…” “I’ll stay.” He smiled drowsily. Angelique would of course slip out of the room before the maids came. And she wouldn’t sleep at all. Then again, she might never need sleep again. He was champagne and coffee and opium and fresh air all in one and surely all she needed from now on was to breathe him. She didn’t say, “I will never really leave you again.” But somehow they both knew this was true .

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pj Ausdenmore

    You know those books that fill you with pleasure from beginning to end; hold you tight until you've read the very last word, even if that's at 3:00 AM? The ones that leave you in a state of such satisfied bliss that it's a week - at least - before you can even begin to contemplate the thought of starting a new story? This is one of those books. Julie Anne Long is at her best in this newest installment of her The Palace of Rogues series, creating a story filled with heartache, humor, deep passion You know those books that fill you with pleasure from beginning to end; hold you tight until you've read the very last word, even if that's at 3:00 AM? The ones that leave you in a state of such satisfied bliss that it's a week - at least - before you can even begin to contemplate the thought of starting a new story? This is one of those books. Julie Anne Long is at her best in this newest installment of her The Palace of Rogues series, creating a story filled with heartache, humor, deep passion, revenge, redemption, sweet poignancy, reconciliation, and love. And all wrapped in the sheer beauty of Long's powerful, evocative prose. With characters brought to life in glorious, gritty detail. This one's a keeper and already sitting on my Best of 2019 list. I loved Lucien and Angelique. Both have been hurt in the past, both betrayed, and both very determined in the paths forward they have chosen. I love how they both evolve over the course of the story, how they slowly begin to shed their protective shields and open their hearts to one another. How the protector, and protected, ebbs and flows along the way. The surrounding cast is rich in intriguing characters with the boarding house scenes, especially among the men, sheer perfection. I loved the friendship that develops between unlikely characters, leading to unexpected opportunities. The dispatching of the story's villain is brilliantly executed and the resulting introduction of a new character into Lucien's and Angelique's lives had my heart sighing with delight. I do hope he'll show up again in future books. I want to see this relationship - and this character - as they grow. While Angel in a Devil's Arms can be read as a standalone, there are many facets to Angelique's character as well as her friendship with Delilah and the events that led to them opening a boarding house near the docks that are uncovered in book one, Lady Derring Takes a Lover. For a more complete understanding, and appreciation, of Angelique and her journey, I recommend reading the two books in order. Like I'm going to. Again. Top Dish - 5 Star Review ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Meeks

    If you read book 1 Lady Derring Takes a Lover (and you should) you remember a mysterious man renting the best room paying in advance and we never saw him, well in this book he shows up , meet Lord Bolt or Lucien as we come to know him and his quest to impress Angelique but his work is cut out for him as this passage will give you an idea of how it goes : Our heroine having one of the first conversations with our hero after he went to great lengths to impress her with his charm and attempte If you read book 1 Lady Derring Takes a Lover (and you should) you remember a mysterious man renting the best room paying in advance and we never saw him, well in this book he shows up , meet Lord Bolt or Lucien as we come to know him and his quest to impress Angelique but his work is cut out for him as this passage will give you an idea of how it goes : Our heroine having one of the first conversations with our hero after he went to great lengths to impress her with his charm and attempted seduction: ----- "I should like it if we could be friends" She sounded appallingly sincere A silence spread like a stain. "Friends?" He managed to croak, as though she'd extended a silver platter upon which rested his own testicles. ----- There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this story and some serious soul searching and an exceptional ending but I have come to expect this kind of quality from Julie Anne Long since I tend to use her and Kerrigan Byrne as examples of "How You Should Write Historical Romance" So without telling you much about the plot, it is funny, tragic and the growth of our hero and a bit of our heroine also but what it is mainly is hugely entertaining and you will have a hard time putting it down. A 5 Star story I could not get enough of and hope the next book lives up to the quality and entertainment of these first 2 books in teh series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    Lucien Durand, Viscount Bolt, illegitimate son of the Duke of Brexford has always been rather notorious and said to have the devil's own blood. He's also been believed to be dead, drowned in the Thames, for ten years, so his reappearance in London society sets tongues wagging once more. Lucien is much stronger now and determined to have his revenge and maybe also get closer to Angelique Breedlove, one of the proprietresses of the boarding house where he's staying. When Lord Bolt arriv Lucien Durand, Viscount Bolt, illegitimate son of the Duke of Brexford has always been rather notorious and said to have the devil's own blood. He's also been believed to be dead, drowned in the Thames, for ten years, so his reappearance in London society sets tongues wagging once more. Lucien is much stronger now and determined to have his revenge and maybe also get closer to Angelique Breedlove, one of the proprietresses of the boarding house where he's staying. When Lord Bolt arrives at the Grand Palace on the Thames, Angelique is immediately drawn in by his charisma and presence, but she also recognizes his pain. Despite the connection she feels, Angelique wants nothing to do with emotions and refuses to risk her heart. But the passion that eventually explodes between them sees Lucien's priorities swiftly realigning and he throws everything he has into showing Angelique that his love is true and worth the risk because he will never hurt her. I loved Lucien. He was such a vulnerable hero with so much pain to deal with and it was so charming to watch him develop as a character. Without that vulnerability I don't think Angelique would've grown close to him or shown her own vulnerabilities. That whole aspect really made this work and made for a very emotional read. These two were perfect for each other and this story was lovely and made you really think about the true priorities in life. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Angel In A Devil’s Arms is the second book in Julie Anne Long’s delightful series The Palace of Rogues. I do think that in order to properly enjoy this book you need to read the first book. Angelique Breedlove left destitute when her protector died has reached a point where she is starting to feel secure, she has good friends, a lovely place to live, a successful business and she’s beginning to dream of bett I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Angel In A Devil’s Arms is the second book in Julie Anne Long’s delightful series The Palace of Rogues. I do think that in order to properly enjoy this book you need to read the first book. Angelique Breedlove left destitute when her protector died has reached a point where she is starting to feel secure, she has good friends, a lovely place to live, a successful business and she’s beginning to dream of better things when Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt arrives to be the new tenant in their boarding house and shakes up her hard won equilibrium with his very presence. Lucien has returned from the dead a wealthy man after an absence of 10 years, and his purpose for returning is to seek revenge on those who had him tossed in the Thames all those years ago. One of the things I loved most about this story is that when Angelique uncomfortable with the intensity of the chemistry they generate between them asks him to be her friend he agrees and they do become friends making the long slow burn of their romance a wonderful thing. I enjoyed this book immensely and it’s going to have a secure place on my keeper shelf. Medium Steam. Publishing Date October 29, 2018 #Edelweissplus #AvonBooks #AngelInADevilsArms #JulieAnneLong #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #Bookstagram #RomanceNovels #HistoricalRomance

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    One of my favourite reads of the year. I was instantly lured by Angelique and Lucien's story. I enjoyed their backgrounds and how they deal with their feelings for each other. There is so much heartbreak in both of them and while Lucien is keen on revenge, he's also able to see past that and realize that there is probably more out there for him. I loved Angelique's fierce spirit and the way she's determined to live the peaceful life she'd chosen. Her quiet strentght is beautiful to read. an One of my favourite reads of the year. I was instantly lured by Angelique and Lucien's story. I enjoyed their backgrounds and how they deal with their feelings for each other. There is so much heartbreak in both of them and while Lucien is keen on revenge, he's also able to see past that and realize that there is probably more out there for him. I loved Angelique's fierce spirit and the way she's determined to live the peaceful life she'd chosen. Her quiet strentght is beautiful to read. and I simply adored how Lucien's half brother refused to be left out of the family. A great read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    3.5 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Sometimes when you are able to just sink into a book you want the sort of book that lets you just fall into a happy state and stay there for a while. Angel in a Devil's Arms is just that sort of book. The characters have endured pain in their past and both Angelique and Lucian are slow to trust, but the growing bond between the two of them was just beautifully done. I loved so much about this book. The writing was some of the best I've seen from JAL. I quit highlighting particularly w Sometimes when you are able to just sink into a book you want the sort of book that lets you just fall into a happy state and stay there for a while. Angel in a Devil's Arms is just that sort of book. The characters have endured pain in their past and both Angelique and Lucian are slow to trust, but the growing bond between the two of them was just beautifully done. I loved so much about this book. The writing was some of the best I've seen from JAL. I quit highlighting particularly witty or moving passages because I was highlighting a good bit of the page. The back and forth between the two leads as well as the other inhabitants of the boarding house was simply outstanding. There are no stock characters in this world. And it's a world with a little more grittiness and realism than is seen from a lot of popular authors writing Regency romance. When she needs to JAL can bring the sexual tension but the emotional build and trust between the two leads was just as powerful. This is my favorite in the series so far and it's hard to see how it will be surpassed. Thanks to Edelweiss for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Make

    In a time when so many historical romances are brimming with anachronistic characters and militant feminists, it’s refreshing to have an author who can still deliver a quality read with strong women that don’t yank the reader out of the time period. Fans of smartly written historical fiction will revel in Long’s delightful tale of a prickly proprietress and the rascally lord who woos her heart. ANGEL IN A DEVIL’S ARMS provides a sweet yet spicy romance but showcases a meeting of the minds and he In a time when so many historical romances are brimming with anachronistic characters and militant feminists, it’s refreshing to have an author who can still deliver a quality read with strong women that don’t yank the reader out of the time period. Fans of smartly written historical fiction will revel in Long’s delightful tale of a prickly proprietress and the rascally lord who woos her heart. ANGEL IN A DEVIL’S ARMS provides a sweet yet spicy romance but showcases a meeting of the minds and hearts that’s even better. See my ful review at Fresh Fiction: http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharade

    I liked it, but I will have forgotten everything about it next week... Review to come.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality I picked up Angel in a Devil’s Arms because I absolutely adored the first book in the Palace of Rogues series, Lady Derring Takes a Lover. That first book was just an absolutely terrific time. It sparkled with wit and humor and romance to the point where I smile just thinking about it. But the marvelousness of Lady Derring makes it a very difficult act to follow for this second book in the series. These are two very different romance Originally published at Reading Reality I picked up Angel in a Devil’s Arms because I absolutely adored the first book in the Palace of Rogues series, Lady Derring Takes a Lover. That first book was just an absolutely terrific time. It sparkled with wit and humor and romance to the point where I smile just thinking about it. But the marvelousness of Lady Derring makes it a very difficult act to follow for this second book in the series. These are two very different romances, in part because the home-like inn and business venture grandly named The Grand Palace on the Thames is in a much better – and more successful position than it was during the first book. But especially because Lady Delilah Derring (the Lady Derring of the first title) and Mrs. Angelique Breedlove (the Angel of the second) are, in spite of being the best of friends – or possibly because – very different people. Including the way that they ended up in this business together. Lady Derring spent her life attempting to stay on the straight and narrow all of her life, while Angelique Breedlove got shoved off the path early in hers. There’s an irony in them both ending up in the same place – and at the dead hands of the same man – but that’s the story of the first book. At this point, Delilah has found her happy ever after in the arms of the law-and-order bent Captain Hardy. Angelique begins this story happy for her friend and content with the safe and ordered life she has made for herself. A life that is disturbed by Lucien Durand’s advent into their haven and into the midst of their found family. Because Lucien, in spite of his title, was shoved off that straight and narrow path just as forcibly as Angelique – and just as early. He’s a bastard, both in the literal and figurative sense, but the literal sense definitely came first. The circumstances of his birth only form one part of what has made him the man he is. That his noble father’s wife attempted to have him murdered is certainly an even bigger part of how he came to be quite as scandalous as he is. Also the reason that the ton has believed he was dead for the past decade – because he very nearly was. Lucien is back in London, whether to exact revenge or simply rub everyone’s nose in his success – as well as his successfully continuing to breathe – is anyone’s guess. That he would find peace and contentment among Delilah and Angelique’s little found family – because of and not in spite of the rather unusual rules they insist that ALL their guests adhere to – no matter how rich or noble – is as much of a surprise to him as it is to anyone else. That Lucien and Angelique, with their different perspectives on their surprisingly similar emotional wounds, would be drawn to each other like iron filings to magnets astonishes them both. She’s been hurt by men who wanted her too many times to give in easily. And he’s been abandoned too often by people he thought loved him to believe that he’s capable of that emotion. But they are. They both, most definitely, are. Escape Rating B: I liked reading Angelique and Lucien’s story, and I adore Angelique as a character. But this is a very different book from Lady Derring Takes a Lover, and it suffers in the comparison. Angel in a Devil’s Arms is a much quieter book than the first one. There was just so much going on in that first book. Not only do Delilah and Angelique go into business together, they create the inn of their dreams, begin putting together their found family AND help Captain Hardy uncover the smuggling ring. That’s a LOT. And the dialog between Delilah and Captain Hardy zips and zings all along the way. Angelique and Lucien’s romance is very different. They both been battered a lot more by the school of hard knocks – and taken more than their share of those knocks – then Delilah and Tristan, even though their road was far from easy. Angelique and Lucien are both wounded souls, and both wounded in the same way. Angelique was seduced and betrayed and ended her “career” as the late unlamented Lord Derring’s mistress because she had no other choices. Lucien’s mother was the mistress of an Earl who abandoned both her and Lucien when Lucien was 15, at the behest of his new wife. The one who tried to have Lucien killed. Those acts embittered Lucien and killed his mother – even before the attempted murder. But they are both coming from rather dark places and are having difficult times making peace with themselves. That they manage to find peace with each other is a surprise and not initially a welcome one. They both have to change who they thought they were to make it work – and they very nearly don’t. Angel in a Devil’s Arms misses the dramatic ups and downs of the first book. But the happy ever after is still very much earned.

  27. 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 here, yo/> 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

      FINAL DECISION: A book that just lifted my spirit and heart. Beautiful, lyrical and filled with acceptance and redemption.  Some books just fill my heart so much that I can't find the words to express how much it touched me. This is one of those books. THE STORY: Angelique Breedlove has begun to build a new life for herself. After failed love affairs and a turn as the mistress of her now business partner's deceased husband, Angelique knows that men are trouble. Trouble wa   FINAL DECISION: A book that just lifted my spirit and heart. Beautiful, lyrical and filled with acceptance and redemption.  Some books just fill my heart so much that I can't find the words to express how much it touched me. This is one of those books. THE STORY: Angelique Breedlove has begun to build a new life for herself. After failed love affairs and a turn as the mistress of her now business partner's deceased husband, Angelique knows that men are trouble. Trouble walks into the Grand Palace on the Thames in the form of Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt. Ten years after his supposed death, Lucien has returned to London seeking revenge. Angelique is deeply attracted to Lucien, but that is a reason she is determined to keep her distance. Lucien ends up having to decide if he wants to pursue Angelique or seek his own justice. OPINION: I loved this book. It didn't feel huge in the story (in that it didn't feel like the world was at stake), but the heart of it was large and emotional and it lingered in my thoughts. Long has become a favorite of mine because the story is always centered on the emotional journey of the characters. The heart is always unabashedly center her books. Angelique is a woman who has a disappointing past love life, but she accepts her life without apology. She is not a virgin and doesn't see that as shameful but rather as a person who looked for love and was disappointed by the men she trusted. Indeed, a theme of both this book and the prior one are the ways that men disappoint and use women and how those women find strength to go on. I liked Angelique's brassy and bold personality which hides a deeply hurt and vulnerable heart. She has loved too unwisely because she loves deeply. The question here is whether she is willing to risk again. How does she know that Lucien is a man who will not be yet another disappointment for her. Lucien is always dealing with his own disappointment. Rejected by his father and left for dead in a plot which send him on a decade journey to make himself, Lucien has returned for revenge. But it is clear that what Lucien really wants is to belong. His question is whether he is willing to give up the chance for revenge in order to have his chance to be a part of something. Lucien, like so many of Long's heroes, have a deep emotional center. They feel so much and indeed his emotional core is quickly unlocked in this book. Much of the book is him finding a way to show his worth to Angelique. I'm impressed how this book creates and expands a community that is primarily based in a few rooms in what is essentially a bed and breakfast. The characters and their relationships have significance and there are some nice payoffs from what appeared to be peripheral issues in the first book. Lyrical and emotional, this is another winner by Julie Anne Long. WORTH MENTIONING: I love the found family in this series and want to know more about the characters as the series develops. CONNECTED BOOKS: ANGEL IN A DEVIL'S ARMS is the second book in the Palace of Rogues series. Although the romance here is self-contained, I think the series is better read in order because the interconnected relationships between the characters are important. STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.  This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    I loved the Pennyroyal Green series – I’ve still got books to read in it, but I have the whole series. For me, this series was a no-brainer to grab – and I loved the first in the series. Now we have Angelique’s story, who we first met in Lady Derring Takes a Lover, and the friendship between she and Delilah provided them both with courage and growth. Now Angelique has her own moment to shine, with a man who is reputedly brutal, uncaring and cold. But she’s seen different – she knows different – I loved the Pennyroyal Green series – I’ve still got books to read in it, but I have the whole series. For me, this series was a no-brainer to grab – and I loved the first in the series. Now we have Angelique’s story, who we first met in Lady Derring Takes a Lover, and the friendship between she and Delilah provided them both with courage and growth. Now Angelique has her own moment to shine, with a man who is reputedly brutal, uncaring and cold. But she’s seen different – she knows different – and it will only take courage and determination to make a choice that could change both their lives forever. Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, was thought to have drowned in the Thames some ten years past. He didn’t – but used the time away to refashion himself, emerging as a person who always gets what (and whom) he wants. Calculating, determined and ruthless – he wants to reclaim his birthright and nothing will stop him, but he may be diverted by his interest in Angelique and his determination to ‘have’ her. There’s no denying that their connection is electric – but can they both find the ability to trust in one another and reveal their true desires? Anger, fear and shame all characterize the underlying emotions for both Lucien and Angelique - all of it completely honest in feel and easy to understand for the reader. What sparks off the pages is the ‘rightness’ of the connection between them, even as neither has a reason to ever trust in ‘what they feel’ ever again after both had been betrayed or ill-used because of that trust. Angelique’s rather callous attitude toward the ‘words and intentions’ of men is easy to understand, and her reluctance to believe in her own worth as a friend and partner are clearly displayed, and harder to work through. The same goes for Lucien, although he has his revenge plan for his ‘abandonment’ by his father, he’s also caught in the trap of not feeling worthy of anyone else, particularly after his father’s actions. It’s worsened by Angelique’s refusal to believe in his words of affection, once he’s determined to show her how he feels, and it will take them both time to grow and understand that perhaps, words from one another, are not going to lead to disappointment. There was a lovely growth for both characters as they fumbled (often) their way through their own emotions, while there was never a question of their connection from anyone else. Without isolating their story from the larger world that was built, they get plenty of time to shine with and without each other, as characters come in and out of the story to enforce a point of how together they are, or to toss a monkey wrench in to test them. A lovely story that benefits from reading the first book in the series, even if it’s not ‘required’. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (the naptime writer)

    I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own. There’s a special kind of magic in Julie Anne Long’s Palace of Rogues series. Earlier this year I fell in love with Lady Derring Takes a Lover—honestly one of the best romances I’ve ever read—and I only fell deeper with Long’s upcoming release, Angel in a Devil’s Arms. With this book we’re welcomed back to The Grand Palace on the Thames, only the most wonderful place to stay in the world ​I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own. There’s a special kind of magic in Julie Anne Long’s Palace of Rogues series. Earlier this year I fell in love with Lady Derring Takes a Lover—honestly one of the best romances I’ve ever read—and I only fell deeper with Long’s upcoming release, Angel in a Devil’s Arms. With this book we’re welcomed back to The Grand Palace on the Thames, only the most wonderful place to stay in the world. Half-proprietor of the TGPotT, Angelique Breedlove wants nothing more than to continue living as she currently is: in safety and comfort, working hard with Delilah Hardy to make their business a success. (Pretty much as far from her previous life—at the mercy of men, including Delilah’s former husband—as possible.) It seems like she might be able to do that until the arrival of Lucien Durand, a scandalous viscount presumed dead ten years ago. When he arrives at TGPotT, hell-bent on attaining the revenge against those who’ve wronged him & looking as gorgeous & dangerous as a snow leopard/Ian Somerhalder in any season of The Vampire Diaries, everything starts falling apart/coming together in the most glorious way. The first thing that really needs to be said is that Julie Anne Long is an exquisite writer. This series has the feel of a classic in terms of how it’s written: the turns of phrase, the deliberation of the words, the precision, and yet, it’s modern, too. It’s beautiful and warm and beautiful in its warmth; Angel in a Devil’s Arms is unapologetically about love and kindness, acceptance, and I loved it. The lack of hypocrisy in the book’s leads, even at the lowest moment in the plot, is something to stand up and cheer about. Then there’s the witty repartee, which is done so well that it comes across as aspirational and approachable. Angelique & Lucien's maneuvering with each other—by turns challenging and kind—takes place in the environs of TGPotT, one of the loveliest renderings of a place and community that I’ve read. Julie Anne Long writes fantastic romance, but she writes a fantastic ensemble, too. I think that I want boarder Delacorte to find someone as much as he does, and the sword scene in this romance is so sublime that I had to restrain my smile to less awkward proportions. Lady Derring’s still my favorite (why do I feel the need to be so loyal to my favorite books by unnecessarily claiming them over and over again??) but this one only cements the initial impressions of the series for me. I could end with a string of adjectives that help describe my response to Angel in a Devil’s Arms, or I could just say: pick up this book, it will move you and you’ll be better all around for it. 5 stars

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