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Dancing on the Wind

(Fallen Angels #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,093 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Like his nickname, Lucifer, Lord Strathmore is know for unearthly beauty and diabolical cleverness. A tragic past has driven Lucien to use his formidable talents to protect his country from hidden enemies. It’s a job he does superbly well—until he meets a mysterious woman whose skill at deception is the equal of his own. By turns glamorous and subdued, his enchanting adver ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Signet (first published 1994)
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I thought this was refreshingly unique. Lucifer was a likable hero who, although perceived as a rake, was actually celibate for the past few years. The heroine was smart and a great liar and actress. There was mystery and adventure along with some paranormal. I look forward to continuing the series.
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This audiobook has the unlikely distinction of being one of the worst narrations I've ever listened to. I've given it a D- for narration and B- for content at AudioGals, which I suppose I should technically round up to 2 stars, but seriously - the narration was so bad, I would hate for anyone to look at my rating and think it worth wasting money on!

Some of Mary Jo Putney’s books have been available in audio format for a number of years, but the author has recently begun self-publishing some of h
Kate McMurry
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review of Audiobook narrated by William Kirby

I am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends:

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars

Q. What made the experience of listening to Dancing on the Wind the most enjoyable?

A. Excellent characters and story experienced as fine performance art.

Q. Who was your favorite character and why?

A. I enjoyed both Lucien, the hero, and Kit, the heroine. Lucien, the mysterious spymaster, and Kit of the many disguises, are both a
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Grade= C+

The second half of the book knocked this down from B- to a C+ and a good portion of that C+ has probably been earned on chemistry alone.

The first half was an interesting if convoluted mystery plot whereas the second half relied so heavily on supernatural elements it wouldn't have been out of place in a paranormal. However as this book was not meant to be a paranormal it had none of the requisite world building and the end result was rather like tuning into an episode of charmed halfway
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
While everything I liked about Dancing in the Wind was still present in this offering, it was the supernatural element that ruined the storyline for me. Useless hand wringing, unlikely phenomena, and silly plot lines made the second half of the book unenjoyable. The villains motivation was illogical and the warp speed ending dissatisfactory.
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Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 to 3 Stars

I sacrificed sleep to read the first half of this book, but I had a hard time finishing the second half because I felt the story had gone off track and the characters had lost their way. Also (view spoiler)
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Lord Strathmore infiltrates the Hellion Club to find a French spy he continuously meets Kit who intriguingly is also investigating the group for her own purposes. They soon bond over their love of their sibling and their search for real intimacy.

When I first began this book it didn't catch my attention and I was reluctant to read it but after about page 50 I tore through it voraciously. The mystery really caught me up and I wanted to know Kit's past and find out what she was really up to.
I finally get why people keep reading Mary Jo Putney! I loved this one, didn't want to put it down. I loved how Kit totally exposed a new side (or sides I should say) of herself to save her sister, and I love how befuddled and intrigued Lucien is by her. For the first time since I started the series, I can't wait to read the rest of the Fallen Angels. ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance w/a Little Mystery & Suspense
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Dancing on the Wind is the second book in Mary Jo Putney’s Fallen Angels series about four inseparable school chums who grew up to become known by that collective nickname. I really enjoyed Thunder & Roses, the first book of the series, so I was a little appalled to discover that it’s taken me two years to pick up the second. I’m very glad I finally did, because I liked it even better. This one is the story of Lucien, the Fallen Angel who earned the nickname Lucifer for h
JiMina Heart
I think I would like to take a long break reading this author's book or maybe I might not pick any of her other books... This is my second book from the author and this is my second time to be disappointed.....

This book has more thriller, mystery and paranormal rather than romance and I don't like any of this element but I was curious about the twin sister and how would the hero and heroine's relationship would build... In the end I think I just wasted my time cause the relationship isn't that
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Unbeknownst to one another, Lucien Fairchild, Lord Strathmore and Lady Kit Travers are investigating the same group of men — The Hellions. Lucien believes that one of them may by The Phantom, a spy passing information on to the French, and though the war with Napoleon is over, there are still possibilities for espionage. Kit, on the other hand, is a mystery. She takes on a variety of disguises, and keeps appearing wherever the Hellions have gathered. Naturally, at first the two are suspicious of ...more
Diane Peterson
Not quite sure what to say about this book. The first half was wonderful. Kit was a great heroine -- clever, resourceful and charming. Lucien was hero with great depth of character. I loved how Kit was able to outsmart him time and again. Then in the second half of the book the story evolves into one of psychic connections and evil ceremonies. We even have some BDSM (it is part of the evil, this was published in 1994). Kit seems to lost some of her strength and cleverness. She adopts a irrationa ...more
Laura James
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was OK, but it wasn't one of the stronger stories in the series. In previous books by Mary Jo Putney, I've often felt as they they started out slow and gained momentum as they went along. However, this book seemed to take the opposite approach. I felt that the beginning was good, but then the book lost steam page by page, and it became a struggle to finish it. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has romance, the Hellion Club, a kidnapping plus a rescue. It can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone.
Ashlee Bree
As bereft as I was to part from Nicholas and Clare's *gasp* scandalous *gasp* entanglements in Thunder and Roses was how anxious I was to free myself from Lucien and Kit's dark and twisted shenanigans in Dancing on the Wind. That's not to say there was anything inherently bad about the writing. Nor am I denying that there were elements I appreciated, qualities or moments I moderately enjoyed--there were. On the whole, though, this ended up falling into the Didn't Work For Me pile with a bit of a ...more
Olga Godim
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
3.5 stars
This was a scary book. The tension was so high for the entire story, my nerves needed a respite from time to time. I had to close the book a do something else for a while, before I could return to it. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was too intense for a simple pleasurable read.
It's impossible to talk about the plot here without major spoilers. The characters are another matter. The male protagonist, Lucien, is a spy master of the British government. Until now, his heart was nev
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
An engaging plot and interesting protagonists, but I had some issues with it. First-- I will avoid spoilers by being vague-- the antagonistic forces were poorly explored, shallowly illustrated as part of a dissipated bunch of useless aristocrats with darker undercurrents. But the end was a long time coming and then wrapped up so quickly there was not a satisfactory explanation for the motives or even a total cataloguing of misdeeds to resolve the two quests that got both Kit and Lucien entangled ...more
Bettye McKee
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-romance
Although this book was published 25 years ago, it was a very enjoyable experience. Kit Travers is discreetly investigating members of the Hellions Club. Her success is a matter of life or death. Using various disguises, she shows up wherever the Hellions are and searches as many of their rooms as time allows.

Lucien Fairchild, Earl of Strathmore, is also investigating the Hellions for a different reason. He suspects one or more of the members of selling information to the French. He is trying to
Karie Westermann
I .. actually admired this book. It wasn't exactly written within the last couple of years and it is remarkably open-minded about certain practices. It's not the strongest MJP novel but it is thoughtful and receptive to the notion that love and desire come in many different guises. And that is often something which is forgotten and buried in regencies.

Judging by the GR reviews, some readers struggle with the complexities of desire depicted by MJP - and if you are looking for a straightforward h
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
What a missed opportunity this book is. The first 20 percent was amazing - a non rake, competent, sexy hero infiltrating a sex club to find a traitor.

Unfortunately the terrible heroine ruins the book. I won’t say much more as it would be a spoiler but suffice it to say she keeps trying to deceive our wonderful hero and he goes from being controlled and cerebral to surprisingly stupid and a bit too wimpy for my taste. The last quarter of the book involves mesmerism, hypnosis and other stupidity
Putney, Mary Jo - 3rd in Fallen Angels series

A tragic past has driven Lord Strathmore to use his formidable talents to protect his country from secret enemies, and he does it superlatively well - until he meets a mysterious woman. By turns glamorous and subdued, reckless yet vulnerable, she baffles his mind even as she captures his heart.

Lucian; one of the twins. The Hellfire Club. A good, enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed the first 40-50% of the book and ended up skimming the last 20%. It started off as a love story with a mystery component but turned into a mystery with paranormal and love story components. I hate stories with supernatural elements though, so if you like historical mysteries and ESP, this might be a book you'd like. As always, Putney writes like nobody's business.

Damn, but I'm disappointed by Luce's story. I was really looking forward to reading about his HEA. 😐
Jul 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
the opening line grabbed me. After the funerals he was sent back to school.

Unfortunately it was downhill from there.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
The book started on a high note but lost it's edge quickly and only picked up again toward the very end. The twin connections were a bit overdone.

May 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 stars.
What started out as an interesting story turned into a bunch of hocus pocus randomness.
Not even worth griping about.

I think I'm done with this series. Oh well
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Far fetched. Very.
Jack Vasen
This book has an excellent story that is entertaining throughout. It contains mystery, although I don't think the identity of the real villain is much of a surprise. It blends the hunt for the spy with Kit's hunt, which in the early part of the book is another mystery. The premise of Lucien and Kit both investigating the Hellions and apparently in competition, even possibly at odds, adds spice to the early part of the story.

It is one of MJP's older books, and for me has some rough edges, but it
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Mysterious circumstances surround this romance. Lucien ‘Lucifer’ Fairchild, Earl of Strathmore, gained his title early after a tragic accident that killed his parents and his twin. The only thing that saved him from despair was friendships from school. Losing his family has made him averse to the potential pain of intimate relationships. He undertakes risky investigations to help keep England safe.

On his investigation of the Hellions' Club, he rescues a young parlor maid from assault. Another ti
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very com

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