Review: Angel in a Devil's Arms (The Palace of Rogues #2) by Julie Anne Long (The Palace of Rogues #2) by Julie Anne Long

Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Avon (October 29, 2019)

From  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 the guardian of Angelique Breedlove's heart.


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

It didn't matter how hard I tried, I just could not get into this story. I would read it for a while, get bored, put it back and come back to it later. There were pages of the story that didn't seem to move the plot along and that epilogue? In my opinion, was unnecessarily long and drawn out. 

I liked the main characters well enough, although I definitely feel as though I missed a lot having not read the first story in this series (apparently Angelique was the mistress of Delilah's husband, although the woman are best friends now). The secondary characters, however? Felt like cardboard cutouts. As though I was watching a cheap play and instead of hiring seasoned actors to fill the roles, they hired high school kids (and please don't take that the wrong way as I was definitely a drama kid in high school). 

It's hard to put my finger on exactly why this didn't work for me, but in the end, the word that comes to mind is tedious. There was nothing that really made this book interesting. Nothing that made it stand out from any of the other novels released on the same day. 

All things considered, I have enjoyed other works by this author. And the things about this novel that I didn't like? Someone else may enjoy. In the end, while this one wasn't for me, I would read more from this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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