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Petals in the Storm

(Fallen Angels #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,869 ratings  ·  103 reviews

A cool master of sensuality, Rafe Whitbourne, Duke of Candover, earned his rakish reputation in the silken boudoirs of England's aristocracy, never giving away his hand or his heart.

Then a vital mission for a friend takes him to Paris to work with Countess Magda Janos, "the most beautiful spy in Europe." To his shock, the smoky-eyed tem
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Signet (first published 1989)
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Regiane Moreira Cronológicamente é o 3 porque o do Lucien "Dancing on the Wind", ocorre quando Napoleão está preso na ilha de Elba e este do Rafe "Petals in the Storm…moreCronológicamente é o 3 porque o do Lucien "Dancing on the Wind", ocorre quando Napoleão está preso na ilha de Elba e este do Rafe "Petals in the Storm", ocorre depois da batalha de Waterloo, quando se assina o tratado de Paris. Ela pode ter escrito antes, mas pela cronologia histórica, seria o terceiro livro.

Chronologically it is 3 because Lucien's "Dancing on the Wind" occurs when Napoleon is trapped on the island of Elbe and this of Rafe "Petals in the Storm", occurs after the Battle of Waterloo when the Treaty of Paris is signed. She may have written before, but by historical chronology, it would be the third book

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I had plenty of warnings, but I was still rather stunned at how underwhelmed I was by this book. But I perservered because I really wanted to follow the series in sequence. Unfortunately, it took up my entire weekend because I could not force myself to sit down and read this in long stretches. Not that it was horrible, mind you, but because it seemed like in terms of the romance, nothing was happening.

Rafe, Duke of Candover, made a life-alteringly bad jump to conclusion when he was 21, and it c
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Oh MJP. I always love your characters. Your villains are often pretty good too.

In this case, I thought the story was a bit one-sided. I felt like Rafe was given the larger responsibility for his falling out with Maggie, but then when it came time for them to heal, he was the one in charge there as well. Maggie is supposedly this strong, independent woman. Yes, she has a past, and that past hurts, and she has to come to accept it. But the fact that she never once told Rafe that he was wrong about
Belinda Kroll
While I managed to finish this book, I just didn't enjoy it as much as The Bargain. The hero and heroine are trying to hurt each other even as they fight their feelings for each other and struggle with the memories of their past romance. The way they hurt one another in the past was a series of traumatic events for the heroine that I just couldn't believe anyone would be able to get past it. I wanted to like this book more, but as it stands, it just gets an "OK" from me.

Favorite passage:

Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I am giving it 5 big dazzling stars!
It would be a rare thing for me to find a book of Mary Jo putney that I didn't like reading, but this one especially made me so happy. I loved it!! mostly, because I have been wanting to read Rafe's story for quite a while now. Ever since he was mentioned in the 'The Bargin' by Mary Jo putney, I was intrigued by his story from the start, and honestly it quite lived up to my expectation.
This is the 2nd book in the fallen angel series featuring Duke of Candove
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Rafe, Duke of Candover, is sent to find out who is plotting against the movers and shakers at the peace talk in France where he meets the mysterious spy Countess Janos. Turns out she is his sweetheart who he thought betrayed him. Maggie has completely reinvented herself but she still can't shake her attraction to Rafe.

After reading the first book in this series I couldn't wait to crack this one open. The beginning though was a bit slow and not as sharp and snappy-like as I know MJP's writing ca
The spy plot was actually pretty good! The romance plot was really not. Decent enough setup, but the dude was terrible, they had no chemistry, and everything was suuuuuper rapey all the time. Rapey backstory, persistent rape threats, multiple attempted rapes, and even the 'hero' at one point was like hey, rape! That's a thing I can do! The spy plot really was good, though, and I liked the side characters, and the romance was pasted on anyway so it was easy to skip in favor of figuring out who is ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Author: Mary Jo Putney
First published: 1989, 2011
Originally published: as The Controversial Countess, 1989
Length: 5664 locations
Setting: 1815 - during the discussions of The Treaty of Paris after Napoleon's second abdication.
Sex: A part of who they are. She was gang raped in the past. (view spoiler) And she has used sexual allure as part of her spy arsenal.
Re-read Dec/19 - 4 stars (original: 5?)

Rafe is known for his bedroom conquests and for keeping his cool. He never gives his heart away, having learned his lesson on that when he was quite young. He is asked by one of his friends to go to Paris and see if he can learn anything about a plot to cause disruption in peace talks. His contact is to be a countess, Magda. But when he meets Magda, Rafe realizes that she is the woman who broke his heart years before, and who he thought was dead.
Maggie was
So much fun! Mainly because it uses one of my favorite set-ups. Long-ago lovers who meet again. At 21, Rafe Candover was madly in love with, and engaged to, Margot Ashton, who was all of 18. But he found out she cheated (pssst, not a spoiler, since this is a romance novel - he was set up), and when he confronted her about it, she threw the engagement ring in his face without defending herself and that was that. He loved her enough to beg her to marry him anyway once a few days passed, but by tha ...more
Jacqueline J
This has never been one of my favorites not because it isn't good because it is. It's just that the 2nd chance at love theme here is so so painful that I have a problem with it. Otherwise of course it is well written and intricately plotted. I also enjoyed the smaller regency it came from The Controversial Countess which I also own. In fact I did not find it quite as wrenching. ...more
Kiki Z
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hate Rafe. That's all I could say about this book. I didn't mind him in the other books of this series, but I absolutely loathed him. His thoughts are petty, rape-y, and just plain creepy, and I couldn't get any further than about half. I skimmed the end to figure out who was responsible for the assassination plot just because I wanted to know. It was almost painful for me to read Rafe's thoughts, especially because he was an ass to her the decade before that. He deserves absolutely nothing.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
While this was a good read, it was also painful to read, as we found out what happened to Maggie after Rafe's actions. Maggie was a strong woman and needed to beat Rafe over the head a couple of times. :-)
Karie Westermann
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Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Grade: C
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a Mary Jo Putney phase and am currently finding her writing very soothing and simply elegant to read. Particularly liked this earlier work of hers that is very much a traditional Regency. It’s about a lady spy who has to work with her former lover to discover an assassination plot in France. Give points to Margot who is incredibly charming and a very competent spy. I feel like I have to cheer a heroine on when she can be herself without being punished for it because it’s so rare. Rafe’s love ...more
Janice Hougland
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Ms. Putney's that I have read, but it certainly will NOT be the last. Descriptively, her writing is exceptional. It pushed me right into the story, relating to the characters as if I were living amongst them. The heroine is strong and feisty and the hero is equally strong and feisty. They met long before this story took place, and their history was written from an error on both of their parts due to their youthfulness. When they met again it was during a turbulent time ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the story of Duke Rafe Whitbourne and Margot Ashton.
When he was 21 years old Rafe becomes engaged to 18 year old Margot.
Then a Lord lies, is believed, destroying the engagement.

Margot's life then becomes a living Hell for years, but she manages to survive.
Much later Duke Rafe Whitbourne and Margot Ashton meet again, as spies for the British government.
What follows is an entertaining tale of peace talks, death plots, unfaithful men and women, a hungry cat, etc.

I thought it was an ambitio
Olga Godim
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical
This is a spy thriller masquerading as a regency romance. I don't like spy thrillers in general and I didn't like this book.
I disliked the hero, Rafe, too. He is too thick-headed, seeing only what he wants to see. He destroyed his life and his beloved's life because of his unfounded jealousy, like Othello. All his conclusions are consistently wrong throughout the novel, on the personal front as well as in his spying affairs, and his intuition is non-existent. He is the worst possible spy. His ac
Elis Madison
Rafe Whitbourne, Duke of Candover, is recruited by his spymaster friend to use his connections to help "the most beautiful spy in Europe" uncover a plot that could unravel important negotiations. Turns out the spy in question is not the countess she pretends to be, but the bitch who betrayed him years ago.

Margot Ashton is horrified to find herself face-to-face again with the man who betrayed her. Because of him, she and her father left England and got caught in the upheavals in France, which lef
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Another wonderful book by a favorite author. When Rafe, Duke of Candover, agrees to go to Paris to help foil a plot to disrupt the negotiations after Waterloo, he never expects his contact, Magda, Countess Janos, to be Englishwoman Margot Ashton, who he was once engaged to. Naturally sparks fly as the attraction is still there; but there is also the history between them. And Rafe is determined to make her his mistress — he has no thoughts now of marriage! But they must try to put their feelings ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Good characters. Interesting mystery plot. And yet I was left completely underwhelmed. I think it’s partly because the romance got sidetracked amidst the plot. Add to that all these other characters and their side plots and relationships... by the end I was ready for it to be over.

Too bad because Candover is one of my favorite types of characters: controlled and duke-y. Margot was brilliant and capable although she seemed to confide in a lot of people rather than play it close to the chest.

Rafe was an idiot pure and simple. I couldn't bring myself to respect him.
Tyra (PHR)
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
These three stars we're purely for Robin. He's the one who salvaged this story for me.

It should have been Robin. So why, Margot, why??? Why didn't you pick him? (;´ຶДຶ `)
Melissa Levine
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
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May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5⭐️s - MJP rarely disappoints - solid story and strong narration

As usual, MJP has provided a clearly grounded and well-researched historical context; intrigue plots are always well-placed during and after the Napoleonic Wars, and this work is no exception.

This iteration of the second chance romance trope is neatly done, and the H and h here are as finely wrought as the historical context. The full truth of their history and separation come slowly and provide excellent drama and tension betwee
Jack Vasen
This is a good spy mystery. There are good clues and misleading clues which is what makes a good mystery. The climax is suspenseful and dangerous. The aftermath is well done and deals nicely with sensitive issues.

Maggie is intelligent and independent and a excellent spy. She has devastating secrets.

Rafe is too much the rake for me. His code of honor is a little messed up. In his thoughts he actually considers raping Maggie although he quickly abandons it. He has no problem with using every trick
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up the first book in this series because it was free, and I really enjoyed it. I bought the second and mostly liked it, although a few things annoyed me. Sadly for this book (number 3) I didn't enjoy it at all. There were too many negatives to this one.

For a start, the point of view kept changing with no warning. It happened a little in the previous books but this one was worse. I like multiple viewpoints but prefer them clearly defined which didn't happen here.

Also, although I liked Ra
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook-2020
Petals in the Storm

Rafael (Rafe) Whitbourne, Duke of Candover, is enlisted by his government to go to Paris to discover the traitors behind a mysterious plot to derail the post-Napoleonic peace talks of 1815. His contact there turn out to be none other than Margo Ashton, his treacherous boyhood ex-fiance from 12 years before. As the two old foes work together to uncover the nefarious plot, old misunderstandings are unveiled and passions enflame.

Mary Jo Putney spins an engrossing tale. The intri
Akila R
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I have a terrible inability that I can’t abandon a series halfway. Even if it’s just a Romance series and almost all these books can be read standalone but I just can’t seem to give up. So I’m stuck with this series. So far books #2 and #3 have been underwhelming in a series that started off with so much promise.

I really like how well researched these books are! Putney has put in lots of efforts to make these books as historically accurate as possible. That’s very good value for me. S
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: het-romance
The hero is a swine who once dumped the heroine because some drunk idiot accused her of being a slut, and he assumed a gentleman wouldn't lie. This didn't feel like historical accuracy: it felt like the hero was too stupid to live.

However, I picked this book up for one trope: presumed dead. And on that trope, it delivers. OH BOY, does it deliver. If you like cheesy angst and second chances and groveling, it's all here. Even though the reveal is at the beginning of the novel, it continues to revi
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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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