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Angel in a Devil's Arms

(The Palace of Rogues #2)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Avon
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WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
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
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OLT
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 good as her
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Christie«SHBBblogger»

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
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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!

Anyway...

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.

HOWEVER.

Beautiful writing doesn't eclipse the
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Jan
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, british
3.5 stars, I guess. It was better than the first book in this series (Lady Derring Takes a Lover). In fact for most of this book, it was quite a bit better. More like the 'old' Julie Anne Long. Nice banter, interesting characters, nice love story. It was going to be 4 stars.

But about 70-80% through, it slumped badly for me. I just kinda lost interest for some reason, and had to force myself to finish it. Boo.

Maybe it was (view spoiler)
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Firstpella
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘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 first, softening first while
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Usha
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written book. The H is sexy hot but his appeal is his emotional intelligence and how he reconciles the wrongs done to him in his past to a future that holds promises of love, respect and a level of tranquility. He drives the plot more than the h. The best scenes in the book are between him and his father and between him and his brother. We know our h fairly well from book 1 of the series. She is once bitten and thousand times shy and rightly so. JAI does such good work to ...more
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.

All
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Sarah
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” ...more
Stacee
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.

Plot
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Laura_sommeils
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 ...more
Limecello
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, library
I haven't read historicals really in YEARS so ... :X I haven't read any JAL books in years too (I mean, I MUST have read at least one or two before, right? >.>)

Anyway, I knew this was book 2 in a series, but ... if you know me/follow my reviews you know I absolutely do not care about that.

ANYWAY.
Lucien and Angelique. Two such wary, damaged, kind, loving characters.
It's ... rather low key and slow burn - I can't remember when they first kiss (maybe a little before 30%?) ... they do have sex
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Blackjack
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
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Blodeuedd Finland
For a book with someone back fromt the dead, I expected more drama, but hey I am not complaining.



Angelique used to be a mistress, now she runs a boarding house with the wife of the man whose mistress she was. Yes, I had a rocky start with her, but she is a good person, and that guy was an asshat anyway.



I like the boarding house, with its funny boarders, and rules.



And to the drama, or non drama. Lucien was assumed dead for 10 years (as someone did try to kill him), and now he wants revenge.
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SidneyKay
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-regency
Gush Alert!

Wow! Have we voted for the best book of the year yet? Well, if not, Angel in a Devil’s Arms gets my vote. In the continuation of her Palace of Rogues series, Julie Anne Long delivers a book that is everything a romance should be.

Where to begin? Where to begin? Well, in case you don’t know, Angel in a Devil’s Arms is a part of The Palace of Rogues series. If you don’t remember this series, this is the one about a dead Lord Derring. He has died and left his wife a run-down old building
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Aly
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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romancejunkie
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
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Jenn
Jul 25, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, dnf, 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, but I feel
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Tina
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 ...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
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Heather
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,
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Ash
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Grade= B-

It is perhaps slightly unfortunate that authors we love are just held to a higher standard.

This book has wit, sparkling dialogue and great chemistry and had it been a book by a new to me author it might have scored higher.
What it lacks is that oomph factor that JAL has delivered in so many books in the past. The one that where I can FEEL the characters falling in love and that tugs right at the heartstrings ( an issue I'm unfortunately facing with several of my autobuy
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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3.5 Stars

I freaking love Julie Anne Long. This read has everything I love about her writing. Funny characters, witty bantering, sexy scenes. But that special something was missing for me and I was getting bored with the setting. I’m excited to read about the next couple but I hope they leave the Palace and we read about a different setting. Overall it’s a lovely read but I’m just not over the moon about it.
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Ali
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to keep this short and sweet: Lucien. ...more
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 attempted
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FV Angela
One of the best historical romances I’ve read this year. LOVED.

Review originally posted at https://smexybooks.com/2019/10/angela...

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,
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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 walks into the Grand Palace
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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
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Pamela Shropshire
After I finished Lady Derring Takes a Lover, I was afraid to read this book, for fear it wouldn’t measure up. Silly me — it absolutely does! I loved it so much, and now it’s going to be torture waiting until the next book comes out.

Lucien Durand is a lovely hero. Yes, he’s the bastard son of a duke, and the story opens with him plotting revenge against his father’s wife — she hired some ruffians to throw him into the Thames several years ago. Happily, Lucien is much more than he first appears -
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