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Charming and engaging story
on 6 August 2008
I enjoy Julia London's style of writing and I quite like the characters she creates. In Wicked Angel, the lead character Lauren Hill is poor, but quite beautiful and her uncle keeps trying to engineer a financially advantageous alliance, which he succeeds in doing by marrying her off to a very old man who is a Bavarian count, who dies a short time later, leaving his estate to Lauren. However, Lauren doesn't feel right about taking the property from Magnus, the counts nephew who should have inherited. The beginning of the book sees her being escorted back (again penniless) to Britain by her brother after the count dies and she resumes her life at Rosewood. Rosewood is falling apart and Lauren's uncle starts to engineer other potential alliances for Lauren that will help pay for Rosewood. Then there's Alex Christian, the Duke of Sutherland no less, who is weighed down under the pressure of his position and responsibilities and is engaged to a woman who he does not love and seems to be resigned to second best. He decides to escape to the country to find some peace and then chances to meet Lauren. Their meeting is written with humour and they fall for each other beautifully. Reality calls and Alex has to go back to London. They meet up again several months later and it is quite entertaining to see how Lauren reacts to Alex when she realises that he's a Duke...etc...etc., as of course, Alex never revealed who he really was. Some parts were funny and made you wince especially when she finds out who alex really is. I enjoyed the book, however in the end it dragged on a bit and wasn't as interesting as the first 3 quarters of the book. Still, it was a good read.