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Fallen Angel (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 13 Dec 2004
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Beautiful, fiery Scotswoman Maddy Sinclair held one man responsible for the scandal and tragedy that ruined her family: Viscount Deveryn. The unrepentant rogue known as The Fallen Angel was a scoundrel and cad with a heart as cold as ice. But when Maddy fell blindly into his powerful embrace, she was unaware the man who kissed her so skilfully was her sworn enemy - until it was too late. Though her heart may be lost, her will to foil Deveryn's scheme to steal her legacy is stronger than ever. Deveryn, whose reputation with the ton's ladies left no doubt that he cared little for true love, certainly hadn't come looking for it in Inverness, Scotland. He had his sights on Maddy's castle and her tempting beauty - but not her affections. That changed as he found himself challenged by her wit, her guile, and her ability to turn the tables on his best laid plans, offering him a lesson in seduction that proved heaven does indeed exist on earth - and that perhaps only one thing can redeem a fallen angel.
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I am not sure of Ms Thornton's ancestry, but when she writes about Scotland, as in this book, she is pretty accurate in attitudes and speech. And her geography is also pretty accurate - allowing for some artistic licence in place names, etc. Maddie's views about England, and the Southerners' view of Scotland are accurate right up to the present day! Usually, as a Scot, I find novels with references to the country quite irritatingly wrong and patronizing! But this is all quite acceptable, and even drew a few smiles! There were also no obvious clangers with titles.
I would certainly recommend this book as a good read. This is the fourth book by Ms Thornton that I have read, and they are all well worth reading.
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For example, the hero Deveryn practically rapes Maddie, the heroine, early in the book and then blames the poor girl for his loss of control. She made him "angry." Ha.
I found Deveryn's character to be cruel and gratingly chauvinistic. He treats Maddy like a child: he ignores everything she says, repeatedly sends her to bed without any supper (even though they are staying in her house where she is supposedly in change), and he makes her eat porridge even though he has been told it makes her sick. To me Deveryn should have been cast as the villain of the story and not the hero.
In the beginning of the book I sympathized greatly with Maddy. She wanted Deveryn to pay for what he had done to the father. (Early in the book you find that Deveryn slept with Maddy's stepmother and when Maddy's father found out he got drunk, gambled away everything he owned (to Deveryn no less), and retuned home a penniless disgrace.) I wanted Maddy to avenge her father. I wanted her to find a big stick and take Deveryn down a peg or two or twenty. But Maddy turned out to be a wimp. She talked a lot about revenge but at every turn she meekly accepted Deveryn's dictates. I wanted to slap the girl silly. Finally I just threw the book in the garbage.
Maddy felt the same for this golden man. Jason Verney was his name and even in those first moments, a stranger and knowing she shouldn't be with him, she felt it was right - until a stableboy came in to call for Lord Deveryn. The name struck terror in her heart that this might be the man she had sworn revenge upon for her father's disgrace. The battle in her heart was monumental as she tried to deny her love for the man they referred to as the `fallen angel'.
Oftentimes, it is hard to be objective, particularly when the hero in a novel is such a possessive, arrogant `brat'! It is coup for the author though that can elicit such a response from the reader on the strength of her writing. If it were not for the fact that Jason truly was in love with Maddy you would really despise his arrogant possessiveness that bordered on cruelty. Maddy on the other hand, waffled from sensual passion to guilt over the betrayal she thought she was doing to her father's memory. Suffice it to say, the relationship was complex and the reader will be thoroughly immersed in this stormy battle of the sexes as love will overcome all obstacles. There is a tremendous amount of historical references sprinkled throughout this novel which I found to be a thoroughly engrossing read and it is quite a sensual read as well though not for the timid who may be shocked by scenes that could be construed as rape.
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