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The Young Blood

(No Better Angels #4)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  24 reviews
He's a rake. She's his reckoning.

Sabine Banchory is a sensible, intelligent, and unhappily married woman. She was once a dutiful young lady but years spent trying to curb her husband’s excesses have hardened her heart.

She’ll have no trouble resisting the charms of the notorious rake, the Earl of Kingston. One despicable wastrel in her life is quite enough, thank you very
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Little Phrase
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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What a beautiful read this was! It’s like getting a wonderful present when just a little above average gift was expected.
I read and liked the other 3 books in the series but this one –this one is truly remarkable. The author’s intelligent and imaginative writing reminds me (dare I say it? Yes, I do!) of Meredith Duran and Cecilia Grant.

Although linked, each book can be read as a standalone. The hero of this story, the Earl of Kingston, is featured throughout the entire series and, to get a tru
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.7 stars

"If someone here is rude to you, then look at me."
Look at me. Because she would see what she always did: admiration, approval, desire.
"Look at me," Kingston repeated, "because I will remind you of the truth."

Such complex characters with nuanced story telling. A true rake and an "unlikeable" heroine, who managed to come together in such a compelling way. Definitely going back to start at the beginning of this series; writing that escapes the usual historical romance mold.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First, the covers for this series are just so pretty. I love all four of them.

This was my favorite of the series. We get an actual rake, Alfie, who truly is only out for finding his next pleasure. He does not care one whit that the heroine is married. He sees her, he wants her, so he pursues her. The heroine is lovely. I like smart heroines and Sabine is very smart. I love the play, the back and forth between these two.

The path to their happily ever after isn't easy - she's married and he's a r
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
“Oh, that flowery nonsense.” Sabine scoffed. “Who hasn’t heard that story? A rogue so madly in love that his bad behavior is somehow proof of his devotion—and yet he loves a new woman every week or every month or every year.”

A starchy heroine: check.
A truly rakish hero: check.
Solid writing: check.

However. A very rushed ending/wrap up to the romance: also check. And maybe not my favourite trope? Eh, bottom line: I didn't like The Young Blood as much as the other books in this series.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. In the Afterword to The Young Blood Erin Satie succinctly describes it as her tale of a "rake redeemed". True. The redemption of Alfie, the Earl of Kingston certainly comes close (but only close) to dominating this story.
Alfie begins this story as a wearied rake, sick of his easy conquests, first chosen to deaden pain and loss, but nowadays boring and even sickening (despite the momentary ease of sexual release, the lure of warm skin-on-skin, the scent of another body, the mil
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
... an unlikely pairing!

I must admit to really enjoying Young Blood. The interplay between the two leads is fraught and delightful. This has it all. Mystery, romance, a somewhat OCD heroine and a rake who's so much more. Sabine Banchory must control all, in doing so she controls her unhappy life and marriage to a weakling cad. Alfred Lamb, the Earl of Kingston is a rake. He loves and leaves. Yet the unattainable Sabine holds an attraction for him, perhaps the challenge, perhaps something else. S
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is not a perfect book. However, it features perhaps the most realistic rake I have read in romance fiction, and that merits 5 stars. Alfie is not a cuddly-wuddly bunny with a few too many girlfriends. He is bad news. He seduces women, ruins some of their lives and is despised by many. The best part is that he knows he's scum but he rationalizes his wrongdoings to make himself feel better. He is also a nice guy. He helps people in trouble; he can empathize. All the different facets of his pe ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
The first 2/3 or so was terrific. An actual rake, a terrifically cool and logical heroine, problem-solving, and just enough crazy; I was totally on board.

But where is the rest of the story? The setup was all there, and I was eagerly anticipating the development of the actual relationship - then, boom, they're married and back in England. The End.

I feel like we missed all of the good stuff, where Alfie and Sabine figure out HOW to have an actual relationship, not just THAT they want one. The deve
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alfie looked up from the bottle of champagne he’d just speared with his corkscrew and gave her a wide, openmouthed smile.
“Your teeth are crooked!”she cried. The smile disappeared.
“You’re vain as a peacock, you know.”
“Peacocks are handsome animals.”
“But very stupid, so I’d avoid imitating them. Alfie, you’re revoltingly handsome—it’s a relief to find something about your appearance that hasn’t been specially designed to make women swoon.”
Alfie scowled down at the champagne.
“It’s not that bad,”
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you love Cecilia Grant, you'll like this. I apparently have a thing for starchy heroines and the rakes who appreciate them. Nice blend of banter/angst - made the fairly preposterous plot worth it! ...more
K. Lincoln
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, actually. Some interesting bits about a house party scavenger hunt, a short murder mystery, and a hot air balloon trip, but mostly its about the rake of the series, Alfie, and how he falls in love. The falling in love part The steamy bits not as exciting as in prior books. Sabine was a hard sell for me as a character so didn't enjoy her combined utter cluelessness with her supposed practical logistical strengths. ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
When I started reading Young Blood, I didn’t realize it was the fourth book in a series, or I might not have read it. I had a mixed response to this novel, but it was interesting enough that I’m going to try out some of Satie’s earlier books.

The book was certainly well-written, with a rather unique plotline featuring a series of murders of young women tied into the development of the central romance. I liked Alfie, the hero, too. He’s a typical rake in need of redemption, who believes he can’t r
Kate Sherwood
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was loving this until the last quarter or so. Interesting characters, fun (if somewhat implausible) adventure, lovely writing.

And then things went to hell. (view spoiler)
Kathy Cohen
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This title completes Satie's No Better Angels' series by coming full circle to a character we met in the first book, Alfie, the Earl of Kingston. Alfie, an art connoisseur, sensualist, and seducer of women, is still grieving for his mother and sister who had died in a fire. He meets his complete opposite, Lady Sabine Banchory, who is practical and disciplined, but unhappily married. The action starts early in the book with the unmasking of a serial killer, a chase across England, escape to Franc ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is one the best books I read all year. It's basically my favorite kind of historical romance wrapped around amazing characters and vivid writing. And there's hot air balloon travel. And possibly the best scavenger hunt party that has ever been imagined. Actually the more I think about it, the more I want to read it all over again.


The heroine makes a windmill out of vegetables, because she's just that committed to winning the scavenger hunt. That's pretty much everythi
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This reminded me a lot of Black Silk by Judith Ivory, which may be a good thing or a bad thing. It was refreshing to see that Kingston was depicted as a true rake and not a fake one, but I didn't really believe his redemption arc. I wanted to like Sabine, but she started out as an extremely capable character to one that seemed a bit reckless. I couldn't quite get into the changes in character and the romance felt very rushed to me as a result. I also thought the plot like with Sabine's husband B ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had to give this book 4 stars. How can you not to a story that has so much detail about making windmills out of foodstuff or a homemade flying machine with discussion of paper vs. silk as a component? You can see the care Satie has taken in writing this. Each little detail designed to tell you something about a character and with such great tie-ins of the beginning house party events to the rest of the story. This book appealed to me very much cerebrally. Unfortunately, as a romance it did not ...more
Too often I find I don't write up reviews for books that I really enjoyed but were not life-alteringly fabulous, as it's sometimes hard to articulate more than, "ooooh, yeah." But well, oooooh, yeah, Satie's getting added to my list of Trusted Romance Authors. (Am not an autobuy sort of gal, but these are the authors I would not hesitate to pick up. Other authors on the list: Courtney Milan, Cecilia Grant, Anna Cowan, KJ Charles. Close but not quite on the list are Sherry Thomas and Loretta Chas ...more
Frances  Hughes
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rake Redeemed

What a wonderful outcome for Alfie. A damaged human being we saw in previous books who felt unworthy of inspiring love in someone else but so very able to exploit the needs and wants of others to engage in meaningless sexual encounters. Lovely to see him fall hard for the buttoned up and apparently unobtainable Sabine Banchory . Just lovely and a scandal/ mystery as well!
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mary Hart
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story...will have to re-read the end bit as when the author included all the previous characters I got a bit confused.
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