Angel in a Devil's Arms (The Palace of Rogues, #2)
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.

Angel in a Devil's Arms (The Palace of Rogues, #2) Details

TitleAngel in a Devil's Arms (The Palace of Rogues, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062867506
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Regency

Angel in a Devil's Arms (The Palace of Rogues, #2) Review

  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Angel in Devil's ArmsSeries: The Palace of Rogues #2Author: Julie Anne LongRelease date: October 29, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre:historical romanceIf 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 ArmsSeries: The Palace of Rogues #2Author: Julie Anne LongRelease date: October 29, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre:historical romanceIf 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:
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Angie Elle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from EdelweissAngel 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 EdelweissAngel 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!
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  • romancejunkie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • FV Angela
    January 1, 1970
    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-AFavorite 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 .
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  • Douglas Meeks
    January 1, 1970
    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 sincereA 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.
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  • Norah Gibbons
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sharade
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it, but I will have forgotten everything about it next week... Review to come.
  • OLT
    January 1, 1970
    (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.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Jessica (the naptime writer)
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Pj Ausdenmore
    January 1, 1970
    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 ReviewARC received from publisher via Edelweiss. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • MrsMascara
    January 1, 1970
    Julie Anne Long is one of my absolute favourite authors, and this Edelweiss ARC of the latest book in her new series was a real treat.Angelique Breedlove, who we met in the first book Lady Derring Takes a Lover has been treated badly by life, the former mistress of Lord Derring, Angelique and Delilah, his widow joined forces in book one of the Palace of Rogues series, and have found contentment and strong friendship through their successful boarding house. Their absent guest who has Julie Anne Long is one of my absolute favourite authors, and this Edelweiss ARC of the latest book in her new series was a real treat.Angelique Breedlove, who we met in the first book Lady Derring Takes a Lover has been treated badly by life, the former mistress of Lord Derring, Angelique and Delilah, his widow joined forces in book one of the Palace of Rogues series, and have found contentment and strong friendship through their successful boarding house. Their absent guest who has reserved a room, finally arrives, he is the scandalous Lucian Durand, Lord Bolt, Bastards son of the Duke of Brexford. Believed drowned years ago, Lucien is back, Rich. ruthless and bent on revenge. The Palace on the Thames is the ideal discreet place for him to plan his next moves. Instantly attracted to each other, Lucien is intrigues and attracted to the beautiful woman who stands up to his autocratic ways and insists he socialise with her guests as per the house rules. Angelique is also reluctantly attracted to Lucien, and despite her wish for a quiet, dull and content life, she is pulled into his life and plans. Lucien is determined to confront his father who first accepted and ennobled his son by his mistress, and then rejected and banished them both when he married is proud and cruel wife. Lucien is also determined to be revenged on the Duchess, who was responsible for both the attempt on his life and his banishment by the Duke. Their growing attraction starts to interfere with Lucien’s focus on revenge, and he starts to feel that caring for and protecting Angelique is the most important thing in his life. Can they both trust in each other, and triumph over their pasts and their pain?Both Lucian and Angelique were compelling characters, the unpacking of Lucien’s feelings, and his increasing compassion, and the way he grows as a person was really beautifully done. Angeliques increasing vulnerability and developing trust in Lucien were also lovely to read. This gave me all the feels. Like eating a very delicious yet wholesome cake. Loved it. Very highly recommended.I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book and all opinions are my own.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all, "Angel in a Devil's Arms" let me tell you-🧶So here's what happened: The Heavens opened up to shine light on me (only on my side of the bed as to not disturb the hubs) and the opening chords of Bittersweet Symphony started to play as I open up this book. True story.🧶Angel in Devil's Arms seamlessnly transitions literally to the moment that it's prequal, Lady Derring Takes a Lover ended. Which is great news for those of us who loved those secondary characters and wer Y'all, "Angel in a Devil's Arms" let me tell you-🧶So here's what happened: The Heavens opened up to shine light on me (only on my side of the bed as to not disturb the hubs) and the opening chords of Bittersweet Symphony started to play as I open up this book. True story.🧶Angel in Devil's Arms seamlessnly transitions literally to the moment that it's prequal, Lady Derring Takes a Lover ended. Which is great news for those of us who loved those secondary characters and weren't ready to leave them behind the closed covers of Lady Derring's book.🧶This book focuses on Angelique learning to forgive herself while Bolt learns to forgive others. Once they have let go of all that unforgiveness, they have an available room in the boarding houses of their hearts for each other. (Cringe, it was a forced metaphor but I'm keeping it.)🧶Usually you see the catalyst of character development as a result of the influence from the characters object of affection. However, I didn't see that with Bolt and I appreciated how he begins his path towards enlightenment on his own merit.🧶JAL is such a brilliant author. She takes the time to really understand what her characters are feeling and wrote their thoughts and emotions in such a way that I feel that in some way, I identify with each of them. Like, I want to hit my forehead and say "Augh that's exactly right!" And it's written so beautifully, as per the uze.🧶The secondary characters have been phenomenal in this series. For example, can we just pause for a moment of respect for Delacorte? ""Happy Revenging" he called cheerfully." I loved the surprise relationship with Robert but don't trust Mrs. Lockley.🧶Lastly, let's hear it for that stellar epilogue. And speaking of secondary characters, um, Mr Cassidy, when did you grow claws, sir? Who, my good man, taught you the art of snark?🧶The only thing I don't love about this new series is that the covers aren't as dramatically romantic as the Pennyroyal Green series covers. I mean, have you seen Since the Surrender?!? I want to frame it.🧶Alrighty, they've kissed, I still can't believe I got my greedy hands on this book I've told you about it!
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    I adored the first book in Julie Anne Long's Palace of Rogues series, but somehow the second book, "Angel in a Devil's Arms," managed to be even better. It was humorous and charming with endearing, well-developed characters, and I didn't want to put it down. Lucien, Lord Bolt, is one of my new all-time favorite historical romance heroes. He's very witty and intelligent, and his banter with Angelique was quite amusing. Given the circumstances of his youth, I expected Lucien to be something of a d I adored the first book in Julie Anne Long's Palace of Rogues series, but somehow the second book, "Angel in a Devil's Arms," managed to be even better. It was humorous and charming with endearing, well-developed characters, and I didn't want to put it down. Lucien, Lord Bolt, is one of my new all-time favorite historical romance heroes. He's very witty and intelligent, and his banter with Angelique was quite amusing. Given the circumstances of his youth, I expected Lucien to be something of a dark and brooding hero, but instead, he had a fantastic sense of humor and almost seemed cheerful a lot of the time. I particularly loved that Lucien was so open about his plan to seek revenge upon his return to England after nearly a decade away. Even though his attitude sometimes made it seem like the idea of revenge was a joke to him, he was quite determined, and had clearly spent a lot of time putting his plans into motion. Despite that, he did not hesitate to give up his revenge when he realized how it might affect his young half-brother and his burgeoning relationship with Angelique. His character grew tremendously over the course of this book, and it was nice to see him finally find the love he deserved.I loved Angelique too, especially after having gotten to know her a bit in the first book of this series. Lucien seemed like a perfect match for her, and it was wonderful to watch their relationship slowly blossom. Their chemistry was off the charts from the beginning, but it took a while for trust and a deeper emotional connection to develop. Given Lucien's reputation and Angelique's past bad experiences with men, it was easy for me to understand why she wanted to take their relationship slowly. I was so happy when she finally let her guard down, and I cried right along with her when it seemed as if the relationship was over. (Fortunately, this being a romance novel complete with HEA, love found a way!)Overall, "Angel in a Devil's Arms" was a wonderful book and certainly one of my favorites of 2019. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! *ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Marilyn Rondeau
    January 1, 1970
    They say “He has devil’s blood in his veins”. Or, 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. Lucian is not above letting his vengeance for his stolen birthright rob him of anything else, including one wild night in Angelique Breedlove’s bed.Angelique recognized that only heartbrea They say “He has devil’s blood in his veins”. Or, 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. Lucian is not above letting his vengeance for his stolen birthright rob him of anything else, including one wild night in Angelique Breedlove’s bed.Angelique recognized that only heartbreak would be the result of a liaison when she saw the enigmatic Lord Bolt walk into The Grand Palace on the Thames. No even his legendary devastating charm won’t tempt her to risk her own heart ever again. Cautiously they recognize that beneath the physical attraction between them springs a trust that feels anything but safe. The passion—explosive and consuming—drives Lucien to his knees and the vengeance while uppermost in his mind gets pushed backwards. 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 to be the guardian of Angelique Breedlove’s heart.Such an interesting read. Lucien had been betrayed by his supposed best friend – that hurt! Obviously he wanted revenge, but he let the man live; why? It was more important to Lucian to use him to finally arrange to get to the father he new loved him. Lucian had to discover how that man could have broken his mothers heart and destroyed her. While revenge is sweet - what Lucian learned was that love was the most important emotion and fighting for that was more important than long ago betrayals. His campaign to fight for Angelique was simply wonderful with trust, honesty, and sensual delights! Loved this story.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Bree
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a voracious reader in the historical romance genre for nigh on 2 decades, and I have not in that time encountered such a breath of fresh air as the Palace of Rogues Series by Julie Anne Long. This latest instalment is as fresh, witty and spellbinding as it is predecessor, furthering our acquaintance with some old boarders of the Grand Palace on the Thames, and introducing us to a few new ones which bode well for the continuation of the series. The author took this novel, and characte I have been a voracious reader in the historical romance genre for nigh on 2 decades, and I have not in that time encountered such a breath of fresh air as the Palace of Rogues Series by Julie Anne Long. This latest instalment is as fresh, witty and spellbinding as it is predecessor, furthering our acquaintance with some old boarders of the Grand Palace on the Thames, and introducing us to a few new ones which bode well for the continuation of the series. The author took this novel, and characters in a direction I had not expected based on the meeting of the two in the latter pages of the previous novel. While set out as a mysterious, and borderline sinister, Lucien turns out to be very different which makes for a different type of hero in this genre. As Lucien and Angelique navigate their respective pasts, fears and regrets, and move towards the future, they are besieged, blocked, supported, and exasperated by the colourful characters we have come to love (Dot), and hate (Duchess of B). Be sure to read the first novel, Lady Derring Takes a Lover, before starting on this one, although it can be read as a standalone in terms of the romance between the main characters, the world building and depth of the relationships with the other characters in the story are best enjoyed by starting at the beginning. Snuggle up and savour readers, you are in for a treat. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
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  • Diane K. Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Book #2 in The Palace of Rogues series, Angel in a Devil's Arm is a funny and lovely story, which can be read as a stand-alone, although the first two chapters may be a little confusing for new readers.Angelique Breedlove, one of The Grand Palace on the Thames' owner (together with Lady Derring, the heroine in Book #1), has finally achieved what she'd been dreaming of her whole life: respect and security. However, her life is turned upside-down after the arrival of a mysterious guest - one Book #2 in The Palace of Rogues series, Angel in a Devil's Arm is a funny and lovely story, which can be read as a stand-alone, although the first two chapters may be a little confusing for new readers.Angelique Breedlove, one of The Grand Palace on the Thames' owner (together with Lady Derring, the heroine in Book #1), has finally achieved what she'd been dreaming of her whole life: respect and security. However, her life is turned upside-down after the arrival of a mysterious guest - one who had paid a lot of money for a room, but had never showed up, at least until the end of Book #1.Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, finally pays his landladies a visit. His arrival is not only a surprise to everyone at The Grand Palace, but also to London as a whole, since Bolt had been considered drowned in the Thames some years ago. But Bolt is back, willing to punish the people who had tried to murder him as well as spending some hours in Angelique's bed.I loved reading this book, which has the right doses of romance and laughter. It was also good to see how Angelique and Bolt, both so distrustful, slowly start to trust each other. A pity it seems there's no continuation to the series.I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    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**
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a big reader of Regency romances but I'm a fan of Julie Anne Long. She writes good characters and gives them plenty of interesting interactions to keep the reader turning pages. Mrs. Angelique Breedlove is a fallen woman. She's come to be business partners with Lady Derring, now Mrs. Hardy, through undesirable circumstances. She's successfully created a new, respectable persona and is having a better life than she ever imagined. Lord Bolt hasn't had the easy life his noble birth insinuat I'm not a big reader of Regency romances but I'm a fan of Julie Anne Long. She writes good characters and gives them plenty of interesting interactions to keep the reader turning pages. Mrs. Angelique Breedlove is a fallen woman. She's come to be business partners with Lady Derring, now Mrs. Hardy, through undesirable circumstances. She's successfully created a new, respectable persona and is having a better life than she ever imagined. Lord Bolt hasn't had the easy life his noble birth insinuates. As the bastard son of an earl, he's known his share of hardship. When Lord Bolt comes to live in The Grand Palace on the Thames, everyone who lives and works there's life is affected, but none more than Angelique.I enjoyed watching Lord Bolt's pursuit of revenge and his pursuit of Angelique. I was so fond of both of them and such nice people really do deserve to find their happily every after. This wouldn't be a good story without serious strife on the route to said happiness and Long puts just the right amount of tension in to the make the story gripping.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, was presumed dead for ten years. But recently, a man claiming to be Lucien has shown up in town getting his name into all of the broadsheets. Now, he's shown up at The Grand Palace on the Thames. Angelique Breedlove, former governess and mistress, is annoyed. Why all the drama? And why is she so attracted to the man? But she's not willing to give up her hard-earned respectability just for a night in his bed.I really liked the character development in this book. Lu Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, was presumed dead for ten years. But recently, a man claiming to be Lucien has shown up in town getting his name into all of the broadsheets. Now, he's shown up at The Grand Palace on the Thames. Angelique Breedlove, former governess and mistress, is annoyed. Why all the drama? And why is she so attracted to the man? But she's not willing to give up her hard-earned respectability just for a night in his bed.I really liked the character development in this book. Lucien has to figure out how to be the man he is now while still feeling like he's revenged himself on the people who tried to kill him. Angelique has to work through her past as well. The end was a bit too tidy, especially with her aunt being so understanding but it was a fast, fun, and fluffy read that helped me get to sleep.
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Angel in a Devil's Arms: The Palace of Rogues by Julie Anne Long is book Two in The Palace of Rogues Series. This is the story of Angelique Breedlove and Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt. I have read the previous book which I do feel helped me to fully enjoy this one since we meet Angelique in that book but I do feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Angelique is a former mistress of Lord Derring but now has become a new co-owner of The Grand Palace on the Thames. Lord Bolt tho Angel in a Devil's Arms: The Palace of Rogues by Julie Anne Long is book Two in The Palace of Rogues Series. This is the story of Angelique Breedlove and Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt. I have read the previous book which I do feel helped me to fully enjoy this one since we meet Angelique in that book but I do feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Angelique is a former mistress of Lord Derring but now has become a new co-owner of The Grand Palace on the Thames. Lord Bolt thought to have died is back with revenge on his mind for everything thing that was taken and for being wronged. But what he didn't count on where the feelings that Angelique brings out in him and how smitten he is. Both have to overcome their past feelings to move forward into their happy future.
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  • MDM
    January 1, 1970
    Angelique and Lucien meet when Lucien returns to London, and checks in to the boarding house owned and run by Angelique and her best friend Delilah (star of the previous book in this series). Despite his misgivings about the boarding house rules, Lucien settles in, intending to exact his revenge on several former friends and family. Angelique and Lucien are a charming couple. Their immediate attraction is exciting and their banter is laugh-out-loud funny. I want to go back and read everything Ju Angelique and Lucien meet when Lucien returns to London, and checks in to the boarding house owned and run by Angelique and her best friend Delilah (star of the previous book in this series). Despite his misgivings about the boarding house rules, Lucien settles in, intending to exact his revenge on several former friends and family. Angelique and Lucien are a charming couple. Their immediate attraction is exciting and their banter is laugh-out-loud funny. I want to go back and read everything Julie Ann Long has written, and I’m waiting with baited breath for the next in this series!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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