Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long
Series: The Palace of Rogues
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
ARC from Edelweiss
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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 mystery surrounding Lucien, our hero, built up all throughout that installment, I was already hooked.
There was an entire cast of characters introduced in the first book of this series, and I loved the way they came together. I wanted more of them, and I got it here. From the main characters to ‘the help’ to ‘the guests,’ this array of personalities complement each other perfectly.. I love this ‘found’ family Angelique and Delilah have brought together. They are people who are unlikely to spend time together outside of The Palace of Rogues, but the camaraderie and chemistry between them is stellar. I want them all to find their happily ever afters, even if they’re side notes in the ‘bigger’ stories of the series.
Angelique is a woman with a sordid past who would be shunned by the ton should she even try to mingle with them. Lucien is a man who, at one time, happily left chaos in his wake. But they’ve both changed, and neither is who they once were. But it takes reminders from each other to finally learn and accept that. I really loved Angelique and Lucien’s story. Their biggest obstacles were themselves. They both struggled with worthiness, but were able to see it in each other, even if they weren’t always able to acknowledge it. I loved their banter and dialogue, their constant redefining what ‘friends’ are, and their conversations. There was one particular late night conversation between them that was so poignant and candid, so beautifully written that it was enough to take a reader’s breath away. Lucien was so sweet and romantic, but not at the cost of his masculinity, which, in my opinion, so many authors are unable to achieve these days. I don’t want a hero whose masculinity has been squelched; I want one who finds a heroine to complement it. And I got it here.
My only gripe about this book is that it feels overwritten in parts, as if it’s trying so hard when it doesn’t need to. The story is enough to stand on its own.
There was a scene in the epilogue that sets us up for what I think is going to be the next book, and suffice it to say, just like with Angelique and Lucien, I’m already hooked. I can’t wait to see what is next for the characters in this series, and I can’t wait to see Angelique and Lucien and Delilah and Tristan and Dot again. I just want all the stories! If you like soft-hearted heroes with a gruff exterior and heroines with some major life experiences behind them, you’ll love Angel in a Devil’s Arms. I know I did!
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