- Author Julie Anne Long
- Release Date October 29, 2019
- Publisher Avon Book Historical Romance
- ISBN/ASIN 978006867490
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by Dianamcc
ANGEL IN A DEVIL’S ARMS by Julie Anne Long, is the second book in “The Palace of Rogues” series. I did read the first one “Lady Derring Takes a Lover”, but I feel “Angel in a Devil’s Arms” could be a stand-alone book.
Angelique Breedlove is a ‘fallen’ woman. Raised by a respectable family, but she made poor choices as a young woman. She was used by two different men who promised marriage and love, but were not sincere.
After being disowned by her family she becomes the mistress to Lord Derring. When he dies she meets his wife at the lawyer’s office. She has been given some money and the wife, Delilah Swanpoole, has been willed the Palace of Rogues, a run down boarding house near the wharf. Both the ladies had been treated poorly by Lord Derring. They develop a friendship and together they remodel and rename the boardinghouse. Now it is The Palace on the Thames.Angelique is now happy as co-owner of The Palace on the Thames. She makes herself a promise to never be used or mistreated by a man. Love, or the promise of love, is not for her.
Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, illegitimate son of the Duke of Brexford, was treated well by the Duke. He was made a viscount, had a stellar education and belonged to White’s men’s club. The Duke decides to marry and his new duchess insists the Duke disavow Lucien and his mother. Lucien’s mother dies of heartbreak.
Lucien is thought to have drowned in the Thames after a night of drinking. Ten years pass and he’s back. He’s out for revenge on whoever it was that attacked him on the waterfront and threw him into the river.
He takes a room at The Palace on the Thames to be close to where he was ‘murdered’. Lucien a man bent on revenge, angry and standoffish and Angelique who has vowed not to let another man close to her heart begin this dance of love and trust. It is an intriguing story as neither trusts the other even though they have a mutual attraction.
There are intense love scenes and lots of hot interludes.
Lucien evolves to a man with a purpose to live and have a relationship with Angelique, as he says “. . .only two imperfect people could create such a perfect love I am yours and you are mine.”, I loved this!
ANGEL IN A DEVIL’S ARMS has a great plot, hot romance and humor. I highly recommend this book.