Angel in a Devil's Arms
October 29, 2019

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 drowned in the Thames forged him into a man who always gets what—and who—he wants. And what he wants is vengeance for his stolen birthright . . . and one wild night in Angelique Breedlove’s bed.

Angelique recognizes heartbreak when the enigmatic Lord Bolt walks into The Grand Palace on the Thames, and not even his devastating charm can tempt her to risk her own ever again. One scorching kiss drives home the danger.

But in the space between them springs a trust that feels anything but safe. And the passion—explosive, consuming—drives Lucien to his knees. Now his whole life depends on proving his love to a woman who doesn’t believe in it . . . because his true birthright, he now knows, is guardian of Angelique Breedlove’s heart.

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The fireworks ignite between Angelique and Lord Bolt....

"Their gazes met and locked. She could feel the concentrated life force of him, like a blast of wind coming off the sea. She sensed there were limits to Lord Bolt’s patience, but the frisson of danger wasn’t unpleasant. It meant she’d found a vulnerability in him. She realized suddenly she’d been in search of that since he’d walked in. Something, anything, that made her feel more sure-footed around this man, whose very presence had demanded everything of her senses from the moment she’d laid eyes on him.

When he spoke, his voice was low, deliberate, ironic. “And doubtless you have learned over the years that a stunningly beautiful woman can get away with saying nearly anything.”

Her breath stopped in her lungs.

His words detonated in her like a little firework in her chest.

Perfidious vanity. But there it was.

And he knew, of course. Bastard. Because his eyes gave her no quarter.
They were hot and too intimate and yet deadly serious. In other words, very like how they would look glowing above her in a room lit only by a low fire, his arms planted on either side of her nude body as she arched her hips to—
She dug her nails hard into her palm. The little pain was instantly as sobering as a cold plunge into the Thames.

Yet the next breath she took was both shallow and hot.

And to think she’d thought she was safe here at The Grand Palace on the Thames. And safety now meant freedom from desire—from her own, and from the kind of men who would pursue and then partake of her as thoughtlessly as they would a cigar or Belgian chocolates. In other words: most of them.

“I credited you with more insight than you possess, Lord Bolt, if you think a woman of any kind is at liberty to say whatever she thinks without suffering consequences.”

She managed to say it with some semblance of her usual aplomb.
One did not allow men like Lord Bolt to think they’d found a vulnerability.

~end of excerpt~

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STARRED review from Booklist...!

"Deploying her usual perfectly calibrated mix of irresistibly dry wit and superbly nuanced characterization, RITA Award-winning Long (Lady Derring Takes a Lover, 2019) adds another winner to her Palace of Rogues series with this lushly sensual, exquisitely emotional, and gracefully written tale about two people desperately trying not to fall in love with each other."—John Charles

A Grade "A" and Desert Isle Keeper from All About Romance!

"Arguably the best historical romance of the year...Angelique and Lucien are a fabulous couple. The dialogue between them is completely delightful every time they interact and the attraction between them is perfectly written as Ms. Long slowly pulls the two of them together. This is one of those reads where you are aching for the characters to have their HEA, and the secondary characters and their stories add a perfect balance to the romance between Angelique and Lucien. Delightful characters like Dot, the clumsy and endearing maid, and Mr. Delacorte, the affable boarder, return to build a warm community at The Grand Palace. Ms. Long has set up a perfect enclave from which to launch many wonderful stories. I could go on and on about how terrific this book isÖ but instead Iíll just urge you to go and pick it up. You could read it as a stand-alone but youíd lose out on a great backstory. Iím looking forward to a nice, long The Palace of Rogues series. And, in the meantime, Iím re-reading this one. Thank you Ms. Long, you have bolstered 2019 Historical Romance immeasurably!"—Evelyn North, All About Romance





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