Review: The Angel in My Arms by Stefanie Sloane

The Angel In My Arms
The Angel in My Arms by Stefanie Sloane
Regency Rogues (# 2)
Release Date:  
June 28, 2011
Ballantine Books
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In Stefanie Sloane’s spirited and witty new series of intrigue and passion, a dedicated spy learns the meaning of surrender.

Injured in the line of duty, Young Corinthian agent Marcus Maxwell, the Earl of Weston, travels to his country estate to recover—or so he believes. His superior’s request that he investigate a smuggling ring run by Napoleon sympathizers seems ridiculous at first, but then becomes all-too threatening as pieces of a treacherous puzzle begin to fall into place. And the most troubling piece of all is Miss Sarah Tisdale, an unconventional beauty whose lust for life is rivaled only by her ability to drive Marcus to distraction. When her family comes under suspicion, Marcus must watch her very, very closely…even if her touch ignites the deep, fiery desire burning just beneath his cool façade.

When it comes to suitors, Sarah’s lush curves and perfectly kissable lips aren’t enough to compensate for her outspoken and willful nature. Sarah’s tasted disappointment before, and she long ago decided that she’s better off without an overbearing husband. Still, flirting with the sinfully handsome Marcus is a pastime worth savoring—even when it leads to wicked pleasures. But when Sarah’s life is in jeopardy, Marcus discovers that the fire between them can no longer be denied—and that he’ll do anything to keep her in his arms.

Review:  After having read The Devil in Disguise, I was torn if I wanted to continue on with this series.  I was partially let down with Devil, but I reminded myself that it was Ms Sloane’s debut and things could get better.  So, I picked up The Angel in My Arms and started reading.

From page one, I was drawn more into this story than I was before, which was a huge relief for me.  We met our hero Marcus in the first book and now he’s on his way home to his country estate to recuperate after being shot in the line of duty.  And of course, since he’s a spy, he’s not just going to laze about.  He’s been given the task to look into a possible smuggling ring.  But it’s not going to be an easy task, since even though he grew up in the area, the locals never forgave his Scottish father from coming in and “stealing” their beloved daughter, so Marcus is bad blood.

On the other hand, Sarah is from a local gentry family and is well loved in the area.  And from her introduction, the reader knows Sarah knows more than she lets on about the smuggling in the area and I know I was interested to see how these two were going to deal with each other.  Sarah’s a strong female, but totally gets in over her head and Marcus is there waiting to be her knight in shining armor.

I found The Angel in My Arms to be a much more satisfying read.  Many of the problems that plagued Devil seemed to be corrected in this story.  No more editing mishaps, odd scene cuts, lackluster romance or abrupt endings.  I enjoyed the romance between Marcus and Sarah and the smuggling plot line had me turning the pages, waiting to see what was going to happen next.  And in the end, I finished the book happy with the time spent reading.

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