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Fallen Angel

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  278 ratings  ·  48 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 anot
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Rane
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
Feb 01, 2013 Caz rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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LuvGirl
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
Miranda Davis
May 14, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Kathy
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
Kathleen
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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Cristina
Apr 20, 2008 Cristina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Fans
Shelves: favorites, regency
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
Leona
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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Tishke
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
Nov 01, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Wonderful hero, likeable heroine, interesting storyline.
Trewen
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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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.
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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Deborah
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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RIF
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
Heather
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
Claudia
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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Laura
The story had a sweet premise but the hero wasn't very likeable and the heroine was too willing to put up with his bs.

sigh...hero was a jerk. I can see where perhaps the author was trying to make a Rochester-like hero but..Rochester had his good side. This hero doesn't seem to have one. (view spoiler)
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Melanie
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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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!
Trissa White
I loved it. It earned 4 stars for propelling me through page after page even when I had other things I needed to be doing. It lacks 5 stars because Verity's self confidence was in the toilet. I actually liked many of her qualities and most of her personality. Outwardly she kept quiet but her inner dialog was pathetic. I don't mind the outwardly quiet part or even being submissive to everyone around her, but I prefer my leading lady to be made of stronger stuff on the inside. I would have loved t ...more
Camy
What a fantastic book! It was being highly recommended on a traditional Regency romance group I belong to, and I found that I had the book on my TBR shelves (bought from a garage sale years ago) so I pulled it out. I just finished it and it was amazing. The characters are so interesting and sympathetic. Even the hero, who is terribly rude most of the time and cold as a fish at other times, is somehow incredibly likable and an amazing alpha male character with a deep, intriguing backstory. He is ...more
Cherise
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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
Mandi Ellsworth
This book reminds me of my favorite Georgette Heyer novel "Devil's Cub", and that's a very, very good thing. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this. It's a perfectly crafted romance with believable hurdles between the two lovers that must be worked through, and a completely satisfying ending. It's been a long time since I finished a book and then went back to read my favorite parts, but I did it with this one. So, so good.
Franziska
Somehow there was not a lot of interaction between the protagonists.
I thought we we get into their marriage life too, but it was everything only about their courtship. and not a lot of things happens. they go driving in the mornings. her family meetings. It's a bit bland. Funny is how the male protagonist didn't notice how he fell in love with her, but was hexed that she didn't fall in love with him :D
RebeccaL
I really enjoyed this book. The hero is not without flaw but is very likeable. The heroine is very sensible. I can't stand heroine who act out of the character from how the author first protray her and this is not the case here. The truth uncovered by the hero is also not what I expected. A story I devour in every word which indicate how I enjoyed reading this story.
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