Angel in a Devil's Arms

Angel in a Devil's Arms

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...

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    Angel in Devil's Arms

    The Palace of Rogues #2

    Julie Anne Long

    October 29, 2019

    No

    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,

    , 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

    Angel in Devil's Arms

    The Palace of Rogues #2

    Julie Anne Long

    October 29, 2019

    No

    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,

    , 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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FV Angela

    One of the best historical romances I’ve read this year. LOVED.

    Review originally posted at

    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

    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.

    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.

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

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  • Douglas Meeks

    If you read book 1

    (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

    (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.

  • Angie Elle

    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

    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

    . I know I did!

  • 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.

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