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Fallen Angel

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  466 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Man of Mystery

It was simple for Miss Verity Jolliffe to find out a great deal about Gabriel Rainsford, Lord Sherington. His good looks and wealth were evident His arrogance and ruthlessness were legendary.

Still, a question remained. What could Sherington see in a modest young lady like her, when he had the voluptuous Eleanor Lowndes as his mistress, and the most beautiful
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Signet
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Lisa Kay


★★★★★ Whoa. I’d heard this book was very good, but it surpassed even my expectations. There is so much more here than meets the eye. The characters are nothing out of the ordinary – at first. But as I turned the pages they developed a depth and uniqueness that is not often found in this type of publication. Yes, I’ve heard the set-up before; nevertheless, Ms. Dolan managed to make these characters have their own distinct personalities and experience individual growth after spending time with one
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Rane
Jun 01, 2009 Rane rated it really liked it
Charlotte Louise Dolan like a shooting star blaze through leaving behind only a handful of books to her name. Fallen Angel is one of those books, that relies heavily on character driven story of Verity Jolliffe & Gabriel- Lord Sherington. Both characters had their strengths and weakness that made the book and the story so engrossing.
Gabriel is hard as nails and “ruthless” to the point of just being down right cold. At the start of the story, his Aunt throws in his face that his father wasn
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Ridley
Fleeing London after an argument with a spiteful aunt, Gabriel, the Earl of Sherrington, runs across a woman stranded at a burned out coaching inn. Despite his inclination to ignore her and keep moving, something about Miss Verity Jolliffe's straightfoward request and lack of feminine wiles compels him to drive her the short distance to her family's home. After a lengthy discussion of sheep, they arrive at her family's modest home, where Gabriel discovers an ill-tempered family to rival his own. ...more
Caz
Jan 21, 2013 Caz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like character-driven stories / fans of trad. Regencies
Recommended to Caz by: Rane
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's OOP and very hard to find in the UK, but the libraries came up trumps and found me a copy from the wilds of t' North!

It tells the story of Verity Jollife, rather plain, twenty-six and unmarried, and Gabriel, Earl of Sherington. She is almost a generation younger than her older siblings and is regarded by them as a source of unpaid labour and generally treated as the poor relation.

Gabriel has a reputation for being a cold-hearted, calculating bastard. He's inc
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Miranda Davis
Apr 28, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: HR readers looking for traditional, 'clean' stories
Recommended to Miranda by: Caz
At eight years old, Gabriel Rainsford was sent to sea to die by his father-in-name-only, an evil-tempered earl cuckolded by his unloved wife. That Gabriel survived the brutal conditions of the merchant marines and eventually succeeded in life was thanks to his willingness to win at all cost and to a provident inheritance from an unknown relative. He returns to England years later as the new earl, and faces family resentments and insubordinate servants. During a solitary trip at Christmastime, he ...more
Luv
What a great book! I absolutely loved it! This author is an amazing writer. If every author wrote this good, I would be giving every book 4 and 5 stars. I didn't even like the description of the hero. He was described as not being actually handsome (which is one of my biggest pet peeves) but the hero was written so intriguingly that I couldn't turn away. He was ruthless, and he didn't take crap from anyone or mince words when putting someone down. Here is a conversation between him and his mistr ...more
Mary - Buried Under Romance
At this point I have re-read this book often enough that I can almost remember every scene in succession, and I must say that it will remain one of my favorite historical romance. This one being the traditional regency that it falls under has little "steam," so everything is characterization and plot. Oh, what wonderful characterizations we have here.

This heroine is arguably the most unique I've ever read - a spinster who uncomplainingly helps her ungrateful family, but isn't exactly a pushover
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I really enjoyed this one. It had a few things I would have liked tweaked, but overall I just loved our characters, especially Gabriel. He definitely has the whole tortured-hero thing going on. While he was pretty rough and considered ruthless, he really has a good heart. It’s just buried deep down. I loved how he handled people, especially those that were trying to hurt him or Verity. I especially loved a scene where Gabriel is interviewing his new staff, it was so funny and sweet at the same t ...more
Cristina
Mar 06, 2008 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency Fans
I love Signet Regency romance novels, but this is the only one on my list of all time favorite books. Verity, the heroine of the book is such a real person! She is an old maid, a homebody, and quite plain. Lord Sherington is a rich, ruthless bachelor and when he decides that Verity would be the perfect wife for him (she won't try and change him at all!) he sets out to make her fall in love with him. The best part of the book is watching Lord Sherington's feelings for and opinions of Verity slowl ...more
Christopher
Fallen Angel easily deserves its place as one of my all time favorite traditional regencies. The storyline is fairly typical - a worldly gentleman who unwittingly falls for a tenderhearted Miss Nobody - but the plot is done to perfection, creating a very sweet and real relationship. Rather than simply a hardened rake, the hero is a man with a truly tortured childhood: a bastard son whom his legal father despised, he was dealt a hard life by being sent to the navy at the age of eight. He's annoye ...more
Leona
Sep 01, 2013 Leona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, regency
This was very well done. It has been a long time since I have read a historical romance. For some reason, I have found it difficult to get back into that genre, much preferring contemporary romance and chick lit. However, this book was the exception that drew me back.

I really enjoyed the hero and heroine. They were both beautifully portrayed. Their interactions were downright funny and it was a joy to watch the hero find himself.

An engaging read and one I highly recommend to all lovers of histo
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Linda
FALLEN ANGEL refers to Gabriel Rainsford, Lord Sherington, a very rich man who does not realize how unhappy he is until he meets Verity Joliffe. His childhood was one continual hardship that molded him into the hard egotistic nobleman he eventually becomes. When he reached the age of twenty-one and inherited the title of Earl, he learned to trust no one. 'Love' is a game and he will not be suckered into considering marriage. Until he meets Verity.

Considered to be a timid mouse, Verity's relative
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Kathleen
Feb 03, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it
No longer OOP, Dolan's regency has been digitized. It begins with Christmas, but this is NOT a heartwarming holiday read. Bah, humbug! Stranded on December 24, Penniless Plain Jane meets Rich Ruthless Earl, a legitimized bastard cast to sea at age eight. With no love for women and contempt for his "rapacious" unrelated relatives, Gabriel decides to protect his estate. He will marry Verity and beget an heir in the new year.

One thing is certain: This straightforward spinster won't lie to him or t
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Tishke
Sep 03, 2013 Tishke rated it it was amazing
A solid 5 star without a hesitation.

What a little gem of a book. It was so unexpected and I highly appreciated the chance to read a book that satisfied me completely. The writing was flawless. The characters were engaging and very well developed. What set this book a part for me was the communications between the lead characters.
Lady Wesley
Jul 27, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lady Wesley by: Christopher
Very sweet trad romance by a revered author. She wonders what he sees in her; other men ignore her and her family considers her a spinster/unpaid servant. He can't understand why she won't fall in love with him; every other woman he has wanted fell into his arms. Wonderful! (Thanks Christopher!)
Jaimey
Nov 04, 2008 Jaimey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Wonderful hero, likeable heroine, interesting storyline.
Trewen
Mar 15, 2011 Trewen rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Hmmm......

This book was a little weird. I liked it. There was so much dysfunction that I couldn't put it down!

Our heroine, Verity, is treated like crap by her family. They are mean, manipulative and incredibly disrespectful. But Verity's love is unconditional and she accepts her lot in life with a good attitude. Very Cinderella.
Our hero, Gabriel, is disconnected from people and has raging anger issues. I swear he has a personality disorder. His focus in life is power and money....until he meets
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Deborah
Sep 14, 2012 Deborah rated it liked it
I could really see why some of my book loving friends really liked this story. I will blame all of my reviews at the moment to my pregnancy and being sick for 29 weeks. :)

There was something that didn't sit right with me when it came to this story. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I read it pretty much in a day? Yes. Did it have all the makings to what I love in a book? Yes. So what didn't I love? Well, I think I just couldn't fall in love with the fact that our heroine Verity fell for Gabriel so fast.
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Heather
Sep 15, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I liked how the hero always got irritated at how the heroine would let her family walk all over her and he would just turn around and walk away without a word, or he would also just walk away like that if he did something for her where he thought she would come back with "I love you" or something, and when she didn't, it frustrated him!:) I got a little annoyed at how mean her family was to her. I just don't like story lines like that for some reason. It always seems odd t ...more
namericanwordcat
This is truly wonderful book. A treasure. What makes its so compelling is the arc of the two main characters. They change. They each grow and are better for having met each other. The plot of the book is very good but the characters are the best. There is a point where I think they are both dense but the truth is they are dense and its not a plot devise. This book is tender and gritty and real. I can't wait to read it again.
Grace
Jan 07, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Exceptionally well-written. Lovely premise, character growth on both parts, and a true match from the heart.
Suzanne
An arrogant, cynical, and laughably grumpy hero who finds his vision of life overturned by unconditional love. An oldie, but mesmerizing traditional regency. Love it!
Cherise
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M.A. Nichols
Feb 12, 2015 M.A. Nichols rated it it was amazing
I have to say that it surprised me how much I loved this book. The recommendations I get from Goodreads are really hit-and-miss, but I took the leap with this one and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I don't think the synopsis really does the story justice. It's about two people from very broken backgrounds, who have taken different approaches to their hardships. The hero is bitter and jaded because he has mostly seen nothing but cruelty in his life (especially from his family) and is convinced that humani
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Jeni
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RIF
May 27, 2014 RIF rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. The heat level was minimal, with closed doors. While the tone was brusque, I really liked that it was 90% show with a minimum of inner dialogue. Despite the heroine's acceptance of her strong feelings early on (she would do anything for him), I like that in action she maintained her integrity basically through sheer reticence. The abrupt overtones came straight from the hero's personality, which should be described as alpha, but he was not the stereotypical brooding sexpot. He was sho ...more
Claudia
Jan 23, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book - it was a bit more serious and quiet than the last books I read but great nevertheless.

why only 4 stars: in my opinion Verity was a bit of a push-over, which I could understand in her situation but her devotion to Gabriel from the beginning, I could not understand. she stood up to him but I did not very much like all the "I will do whatever he wants of me"

Gabriel was a great character with a lot of depth and in the end a very generous and loving soul. I loved his chan
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P.
Sep 01, 2016 P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little gem.
P.
Nov 17, 2014 P. rated it it was amazing
This is a great book.
Genieve Ong
Mar 09, 2017 Genieve Ong rated it it was amazing
One of the best I have read so far and I want to thank my dear friend Lexi for helping me find a way to read it *hugs*
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Charlotte Louise Dolan earned a bachelors degree from Eastern Illinois University and a masters degree in German from Middlebury College. She has lived throughout the United States and in Germany, the Soviet Union, Canada, Taiwan, and Austria. A bookworm since the age of four, she fell in love with Regency England when she read her first Georgette Heyer book. Besides writing, she has worked as a h ...more
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