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Angel in a Devil's Arms

(The Palace of Rogues #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  91 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long comes the second book in an exciting new historical romance series, the first since her beloved Pennyroyal Green series.

He has devil's blood in his veins. At least, that's always been the legend. How else could the Duke of Brexford's notorious bastard son return from the dead? The brutal decade since Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, allegedly/>He
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Avon
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Title: Angel in Devil's Arms
Series: The Palace of Rogues #2
Author: Julie Anne Long
Release date: October 29, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre:historical romance

If you don't have this series on your radar, stop what you're doing right now. Add these to your TBR, one-click, and prepare for historical romance bliss. Book one, Lady Derring Takes a Lover, was laugh out loud funny and gorgeously written all at the same time. I was so impressed with Julie Anne Long's writing style and her skill in storytelling. Sometimes book two in a series doesn't live up to the genius of the first, but in thNo
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars) Lately I've been on a losing streak with my HR reads, even new HRs written by my favorite authors. Most of them start out well but don't hold up all the way to the end. And the romance aspect of most has been bland or a bit tepid, not giving me the swoony "feels" a good romantic relationship should.

I've been a fan of Julie Anne Long's style of writing and way to get love and attraction onto paper since her first books from 2004/2005. Those books were flawed and not as goo
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
First of all, what is up with the covers for historical roms lately?? First Tessa Dare and now JAL! HATE these covers!


I wish I could give this a 5. But I can't.

This installment is reminiscent of the old JAL books (Pennyroyal Green series). Focused on the MCs' developing relationship using banter and wit and interesting use of vocabulary and expressions, which I have always enjoyed. I love the way JAL writes. No other authors have her style.

Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Excellent character growth, wonderful cast of supporting characters and a set up for the next book. Angelique and Lucien were both very controlled on the surface but underneath there was anger and fear and shame. With love and friendship they are able to realize that they are worthy of each other and if of the friends and family in their lives. I especially loved Lucien, he’s so sweet, kind and romantic underneath his badass exterior. I also love “the mistress” gettin ...more
I had enjoyed the previous book in this series and loved Angelique, so there was no way I was missing this one.

Angelique is just as fantastic as I thought. She’s smart and determined and ready to settle into a new life. Lucien is all quips and bravado and in desperate need of gentleness. Together they are filled with open and honest conversations, so much chemistry it could choke a person, and the absolute need to belong to someone. Of course it was delightful to see Delilah and Dot again.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Are you going to cry, sir?’

In many ways, this story reminded me of Stuart’s Heartless and Brandon/Emma. Both the H and h here are in the landscape of aristocracy as ‘less thans’ - the H is a bastard but as male still gets a level of respect, the h is labeled various titles which ultimately mean whore. Neither has experience with love and fumble a bit as their magic unfolds.

The difference in Long’s telling is the H is in some ways, the girl - falling first, declaring firs
Angie Elle
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC from Edelweiss

Angel in a Devil’s Arms is the second story in Julie Anne Long’s The Palace of Rogues series. This is a series that could be read out of order, but the buildup from the first book makes Angelique and Lucien’s story even more special, so if you do have the time and inclination, definitely start at the beginning! I’ve wanted to know more of Angelique’s history from the moment she was introduced in Lady Derring Takes a Lover; I dare say she outshone the heroine in that book. And with the mys/>Angel
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Angelique Breedlove is one of the two proprietress of The Grand Palace on the Thames, a charming boarding house with a few quirky rules. Their mysterious new guest is none other than Lord Bolt, a man who's been allegedly dead for a decade. Elegant, sarcastic and even a little arrogant, Lucien Durand has his mind set on revenge. But his meeting with Angelique, a kind and spirited woman, might derail his plans.

Angelique first thought about Lord Bolt is that she wants him gone. She's smart enough
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, has been declared dead in society for years now when he suddenly reappers at The Grand Palace on the Thames to stay for awhile there while he is planning his vengeance for his stolen birthright and a way to confront the father who coldly abandoned him. There he meets and is instantly captivated with Angelique Breedlove, one of the new owners of the palace. She also carries a lot of
Jul 25, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, arc, own
I received a digital ARC from Edelweiss for an honest review.

DNF at 29%. Literally nothing has happened. Also, this is the second in a series. Usually with these, it doesn't matter. Either the previous book is just about two people who cameo in future books or they sum up what you missed from the first book. I'm assuming that the other owner of this house was the subject of the previous book? Well, I don't understand why they own this business. There's clearly some strange reason, bu
In my review of Like No Other Lover I wrote about this author's "very evocative, almost poetically romantic writing." Back when I was reading the early books of that series, one of the things that struck me the most about those books wasn't the plot but the romance of the writing that evoked a very real, romantic intimacy. There was also a precision to the author's writing craft on those books that just made me enjoy reading the words, not just to enjoy the plot. This isn't always evident with this a ...more
Diane K. Peterson
Another excellent book from Julie Anne Long. If you are looking for fast action and impulsive sex this is not the book for you. Long is best at writing the slow development, the slow burn, the complicated issues that keep people apart.

Mrs. Angelique Breedlove has suffered shame and betrayal in her past. Previously the mistress of the deceased Lord Derring, she has formed a tight bond with his widow. The two have set up a boarding house and enjoy running their own business. Then the notorious Lo
Beanbag Love
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delight to read. I gushed all over a status update earlier and, although shortly after that I was confronted with too many inner monologues and character navel gazing (seriously a good 15% chunk of the book right smack in the middle) it came back together and Long pulled it off.

What was wonderful in this book was the interaction between Lucien and Angelique. They were both damaged, but they were also witty, strong, and loyal. Every scene they had together was rich with chemistry.

I think I expected more because I loved Angelique in the first book. I liked this one, but I wasn't into the romantic couple. I liked their interactions but I wasn't invested in them. The parts that moved me the most were in fact of them with the people closest to them. Like Angelique with Delilah and Tristan, or Lucien and his half-brother. And the conversation about how human beings and the way they show love can be flawed but that we should always try and apologize if we make mistakes. I'm cu ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I think this is JAL's best book yet. The beginning is laugh out loud funny (really, don't drink anything while reading, it ends badly) and the introduction of Lord Bolt is marvelous. The banter is snappy and fun, and Angelique really shines the most when she's verbally sparring with Lord Bolt.

As funny as the start is, once into the meat of the story, JAL brings all the feels. It's a beautifully written book,
FV Angela
One of the best historical romances I’ve read this year. LOVED.

Review originally posted at

I went into this book having already enjoyed the first book in the series, Lady Derring Takes a Lover, and excited to see Angelique Breedlove, the other proprietress of The Grand Palace on the Thames, finally meet a man worthy of her and find her happily ever after. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself positively enchanted almost from the moment Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, walked through the d
Pj Ausdenmore
You know those books that fill you with pleasure from beginning to end; hold you tight until you've read the very last word, even if that's at 3:00 AM? The ones that leave you in a state of such satisfied bliss that it's a week - at least - before you can even begin to contemplate the thought of starting a new story? This is one of those books.

Julie Anne Long is at her best in this newest installment of her The Palace of Rogues series, creating a story filled with heartache, humor, deep passion
Douglas Meeks
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read book 1 Lady Derring Takes a Lover (and you should) you remember a mysterious man renting the best room paying in advance and we never saw him, well in this book he shows up , meet Lord Bolt or Lucien as we come to know him and his quest to impress Angelique but his work is cut out for him as this passage will give you an idea of how it goes :

Our heroine having one of the first conversations with our hero after he went to great lengths to impress her with his charm and attempte
Lucien Durand, Viscount Bolt, illegitimate son of the Duke of Brexford has always been rather notorious and said to have the devil's own blood. He's also been believed to be dead, drowned in the Thames, for ten years, so his reappearance in London society sets tongues wagging once more. Lucien is much stronger now and determined to have his revenge and maybe also get closer to Angelique Breedlove, one of the proprietresses of the boarding house where he's staying.

When Lord Bolt arriv
Norah Gibbons
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Angel In A Devil’s Arms is the second book in Julie Anne Long’s delightful series The Palace of Rogues. I do think that in order to properly enjoy this book you need to read the first book. Angelique Breedlove left destitute when her protector died has reached a point where she is starting to feel secure, she has good friends, a lovely place to live, a successful business and she’s beginning to dream of bett ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you have those authors who write so beautifully and immerse you so thoroughly in their stories that you wait with bated breath for their next book to be written?! Julie Anne Long is one of those authors for me. Her writing is one of a very few authors that I feel compelled to highlight on my Kindle. She is a master at fleshing out KNOW them and live with them while you’re visiting their world.

This is the second in series, and I honestly believe Long tops the first
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite reads of the year. I was instantly lured by Angelique and Lucien's story. I enjoyed their backgrounds and how they deal with their feelings for each other. There is so much heartbreak in both of them and while Lucien is keen on revenge, he's also able to see past that and realize that there is probably more out there for him.
I loved Angelique's fierce spirit and the way she's determined to live the peaceful life she'd chosen. Her quiet strentght is beautiful to read.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when you are able to just sink into a book you want the sort of book that lets you just fall into a happy state and stay there for a while. Angel in a Devil's Arms is just that sort of book. The characters have endured pain in their past and both Angelique and Lucian are slow to trust, but the growing bond between the two of them was just beautifully done.

I loved so much about this book. The writing was some of the best I've seen from JAL. I quit highlighting particularly w
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a time when so many historical romances are brimming with anachronistic characters and militant feminists, it’s refreshing to have an author who can still deliver a quality read with strong women that don’t yank the reader out of the time period. Fans of smartly written historical fiction will revel in Long’s delightful tale of a prickly proprietress and the rascally lord who woos her heart. ANGEL IN A DEVIL’S ARMS provides a sweet yet spicy romance but showcases a meeting of the minds and he ...more
I liked it, but I will have forgotten everything about it next week... Review to come.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

I picked up Angel in a Devil’s Arms because I absolutely adored the first book in the Palace of Rogues series, Lady Derring Takes a Lover. That first book was just an absolutely terrific time. It sparkled with wit and humor and romance to the point where I smile just thinking about it.

But the marvelousness of Lady Derring makes it a very difficult act to follow for this second book in the series.

These are two very different romance
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What mattered was she was standing, and that was very much in spite of the men who had populated her life.

Readers first met Angelique in Lady Derring Takes a Lover, first in The Palace of the Rogues series. A mysterious man had just arrived when we left the series and Angel in a Devil's Arms picks right up from that. It wouldn't be hard to start the series here, yo/>
Sheila Melo
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

FINAL DECISION: A book that just lifted my spirit and heart. Beautiful, lyrical and filled with acceptance and redemption.  Some books just fill my heart so much that I can't find the words to express how much it touched me. This is one of those books.

THE STORY: Angelique Breedlove has begun to build a new life for herself. After failed love affairs and a turn as the mistress of her now business partner's deceased husband, Angelique knows that men are trouble. Trouble wa
Julie Anne Long is a master at depicting longing and emotional connections. I know that whenever two characters sit down together for a conversation, Long will show us the progression of how they connect and bond. The best moments in this book take place during quiet conversations: several between main characters Angelique and Lucien, but also emotional ones between Angelique and Delilah, and even a couple of sweet ones between Lucien and his young half-brother. I find myself reading slowly thro ...more
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