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Emily and the Dark Angel (Lovers and Ladies #4)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  483 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
"New York Times" bestselling author Jo Beverley "brings the Regency Period to life." (Joan Hammond)
Emily Grantwich lives quietly with her crippled father and eccentric aunt, managing the family's land, until the fateful day she walks down the main street of Melton Mowbray and is showered with "Poudre de Violettes," thrown by a lady of loose morals at the handsomest man E
ebook, 179 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by New American Library (first published June 1992)
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Aug 15, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
One reason I didn't like it was because I didn't like the male protagonist. He is supposed to be some tall, dark, dangerous guy but he comes off being slightly unchivalrous to women, going so far as to throw things at women. That happened in the very first appearance of him, and is supposedly to show that he's not to be taken advantage of, even by women. Granted, the woman was a harlot and she showed bad breeding, but still -- not a fan of a guy who's going to act out against women. Since that f ...more
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Favorite Quote: “He’s called the Dark Angel. The devil. His horse is called Beelzebub. He shoots men who like sago pudding.”

“Seems fair. Only the lowest form of life would like that slimy stuff.”

Jo Beverley’s Emily And The Dark Angel was originally part of a series that began with Lord Wraybourne's Betrothal. I have waited a very long time for Piers Verderan’s story and am pleased that it lived up to my expectations.

Emily Granwi
May 04, 2009 Korynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really liked Jo Beverley's contributing story to "Irresistable Forces" so I thought I'd track down some of her other work which apparently completely resides in the world of romance. Out of four of her books, I only really enjoyed two and this was not one of them. First off, Beverley's Regency romances are a romance of manners - there is passionate kissing scenes but no hanky panky as I suppose high society guards its chastity more vigilantly. Emily is moderately competent, running her family' ...more
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

When Jo Beverley passed away last month and we were discussing recommendations, several people mentioned Emily and the Dark Angel. I realized I had a copy but had never read it. It was just the sort of charming, quietly hilarious comfort read I needed.

It has the best meet-cute I’ve read in a long time, too. Emily Grantwich is walking through her hometown, Melton Mowbray, when a man bumps into her. Another woman in an upstairs window, furious with the man
I liked the first third of this quite a bit, the second third less, and the final third not at all. The prose is good, so I'll call it three stars, but... that's a bit generous. I don't like this nearly as much as the general consensus.

Premise: Emily is the spinster-ish 26-year-old daughter of a grumpy disabled local landowner whose other daughter has left him for marriage and whose only son is missing and presumed dead in the Napoleonic wars. Even though everybody in her family sort of treats
Oct 04, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.


Our heroine, Emily Grantwich, is a spinster of twenty-six, intelligent, nice and witty. She has run her crippled father's house and property for three years in hopes of her brother's return from the war. She's a sensible woman who strives always to do the right thing and never crosses the line of respectability. Emily's innocence was refreshing, and that innocence let the author have fun with her character.
Oct 05, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily and the Dark Angel by Jo Beverly
Historical Romance- Oct 5th, 2010
4 stars

This was an engaging Regency with extremely enjoyable characters. If you love sweet romances that are not steamy this book is just for you! Emily and the Dark Angel is a reprint from 1991 (so has a more reserved style than the author’s current books) and part of a series but it can be easily read by itself.

Emily is content in the country and at 26 well past the age of marrying. The quiet, plain daughter takes care of
Jan 14, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
It had been a while since I'd read a historical romance, and this reminded me why I used to devour them.

Emily is a innocent country girl past her prime, who is struggling with the responsabilities of maintaining the family land after her father becomes disabled and her brother disappears during the war with France.

Enter Piers Verderan (Ver to his friends), the new neighbor, a notorious rake aptly called the Dark Angel. Disasters, chance encounters, small and big misunderstandings and a whole lot
Emily Grantwich has grown from a quiet, dutiful daughter to a mature and competent woman of 26. With Emily's brother missing in action and her father left invalided after a duel with a neighbor, she has taken on the role of estate manager and relishes it. On one seemingly innocuous Market Day in Melton Mowbry, Emily tries to take care to stay out of the way of the dashing young bucks who come there for hunting but finds herself literally falling into a dark and handsome man and being showered wi ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Although I loved the last of Jo Beverley's 'Stolen Bride', 'Emily and the Dark Angel' was my absolute favourite of hers. This is the first time that an author putting the first chapter of her book (this one) in the last, that I have actually felt I really have to read it as I loved the character of Piers Verderan, the dark angel, in the first book. He is even more amazing in this one as he meets and courts shy country girl, Emily Grantwich and brings her out of her shell. She ...more
TBR Challenge 2011-- Recommended to me in the fall of 2010.

Emily and the Dark Angel was entertaining but not unique. While the book could be rated "G" based on the interactions of the characters, I'd hesitate to recommend this to a young teen because of handling of the subject of mistresses and "whores." One conversation, started by the hero, about who would be the first to "mount" the 17 yr old protege of a well-known "loose-woman" was particularly distasteful. As I said, the language and actua
Jane Irish Nelson
Sep 06, 2016 Jane Irish Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Since her father's accident and with her brother missing in the war, Emily has had to take charge of the family estate, just outside Melton Mowbray, the epicenter of hunting country. She jogs along contentedly until the day she literally runs into Pier Verderan, otherwise known as the Dark Angel. He has just inherited the neighboring estate, and the more Emily sees him, the more she is drawn to him. But can she leave her contented life for the very different life he offers? Very quick-moving, hu ...more
Neha Patel
Dec 10, 2011 Neha Patel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Witty Regency Romance
Absolutely delightful! I am enjoying the budding romance between Emily and Ver, and I think they make a perfect couple. I like the way Jo Beverley writes this novel. She manages to bring the heat while keeping things sweet and simple. It is one of the best romances I am reading right now, mainly because it shows that love and attraction can happen at any time or any place and with anyone. I also enjoy it because Ver, the Dark Angel, has been able to prove to Emily that being prim and proper and ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily has always put the needs of the family above her own, Verderan is accused of stealing from his and ruining their lives. Sparks and banter fly. Honestly, I laughed so hard during this, the banter was so completely delightful. I love Emily, who is witty and smart and excelling at running her father's estate after his accident. Piers veers into alpha territory, but never fully (my impression is that he'd leave her alone if she'd stop bantering about pudding and her friends and relatives would ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll first admit that - uncharacteristically - I did not read the first three books in this series. I'm generally very precise about reading a series but I read the reviews and the blurbs and decided it would not affect the story if I only read this one and I had no interest in the others. That said, I enjoyed this book considerably. If I didn't know it was book 4 I'd never have been able to tell. I enjoyed the new-found spiritedness of Emily and thought it explained well - other reviewers thoug ...more
M.A. Nichols
Meh. Not bad. Not good. Perfectly adequate.

Frankly, I never quite understood the relationship between the hero and heroine. As the story progresses, the romance becomes more apparent, but in the first half of it, the hero was quite rude to the heroine and then suddenly she's in love with him. I'm not a huge fan of the hate-to-love trope, because too often they're not fleshed out enough to make it believable.

And the story didn't quite feel right for the time period. The author obviously has a det
Mellanie C
Feb 05, 2017 Mellanie C marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lynne Tull
Well you have to believe in love at first sight to make this story believable. The hero reminds me of Justin Alistair, Duke of Avon, Georgette Heyer's Georgian Period hero in 'These Old Shades'..nickname "Satanas". The heroine is a plain Jane country girl...not a realistic match. I did however buy into the story. Mainly because I have liked the hero whenever he appeared throughout the whole series of related books. I was glad to know his story and glad he found his 'happily ever after'!
Sep 13, 2012 Yona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I hate books where animals are being hunted for sport in this case foxes, but I started so I can as well finish it.

Emily is one very annoying character - she says that she is too old to get married but she believes almost every bad thing she hears about Verderan. Why she cares so much what everyone think. She is to naive for 26 years woman.

This was one really annoying book. I'm not sure how I managed to finish it.
This was a fun book to read. It's a bit more steamy than what I'm used to but no more than kissing. I would probably have liked it more but I guess I've read a lot of books lately that fall into the "good-girl-falls-in-love-with-the-rake-who-changes-his-ways-and-the-girl-doesn't-care-about-her-reputation-or-the-guys-shady-past" category.

It was well written and the fox hunting felt very authentic. I would have given it a 3.5 so I'll round up to a 4.
Yvonne Gom
Dec 10, 2012 Yvonne Gom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was laughing in stitches while reading the book. Emily and Vederan is truly a match made in heaven. I like the way he knows he loves her and does not try to talk himself out of it and although was rejected rime and time again he never gives up. I would however like to read when Ver finally explains the Pudding episode properly to Emily.
Jade Zex
Jan 21, 2015 Jade Zex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a quick, light read
Shelves: romance
Learned a lot more about fox hunts and the hunting seasons and "Meltonians" then I even knew existed. Lol.
Also...."Poudre de Violettes" a;; i will say about this is watch out for it. You never know what type of encounter might come from this stuff. Hahaha :)
Overall there were a few funny scenes and a bit of history as well which is no surprise as this is a novel set in Regency times.
Beth Bernobich
2.5 stars

I wanted to like this book more than I did. Sensible competent heroine dealing with All The Family issues. A dark rake of a hero, who is far more honorable that everyone else believes. And yet, the pieces didn't fit together very well, the tone was uneven, the characters' motivations seemed to skip all over the place, and the ending was a mad rush that felt more convenient than right.
The cover on the version I bought (the trade paperback published in 2010) is really unattractive. It may have influenced my reading in a negative way, but I never felt emotionally involved in the story or the h/h, even though they seemed to be nice people.
Apr 25, 2008 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed this and started rereading while waiting for my tea to boil this morning.... Beverley's writing is always good but the heroine is more annoying than I recalled. The hero's proximity affects her so powerfully she becomes incoherent, which is tiresome.
Dec 04, 2011 Alexa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd mix; sometimes trying to be a traditional regency, sometimes a flat-out farce, and sometimes with just a bit too much tedious historical scene-setting and name dropping. Weird. It had its moments though.
I do so love a good regency, in which I smile all the way through.

Second reading through resulted in a drop from four stars to two stars. Could never figure out what the hero and heroine saw in each other. I certainly didn't care for either one.
Feb 07, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beverley's gentle wit and wicked humor are timeless.
Complete review is here: "War-torn Europe Provides a Unique Well-Researched Backdrop to a Skillfully Crafted Murder Mystery"
Barb in Maryland
3 1/2 stars for this early bit of regency froth from a Romance Master.
A cute sweet romance, though I am a little irritated that we never got the scene where he has to explain the pudding joke to her.
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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Lovers and Ladies (6 books)
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