Wicked Angel

Wicked Angel

by Julia London
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Wicked Angel by Julia London

Forbidden love is always a scandalous choice....

She raced across the pasture, vaulted a fence, and landed, stunned and breathless, on top of the most handsome man she had ever seen. The bemused stranger stayed to capture the fancy of the brood of orphaned children in her charge, then stole Lauren Hill's heart with a searing kiss as he left. Lauren couldn't tell him she was a widowed countess fallen on hard times. She tried to forget him—until she saw him again at a London ball. The man who haunted her dreams was a duke, out of her class...and he was pledged to another woman.

The ton is ablaze with talk of the ravishing Bavarian countess. Stunned, Alexander Christian, Duke of Sutherland, recognizes Lauren as the country girl who's captured his heart. Duty has forced him to pledge himself to another, to take his proper place in society and in Parliament. He wants one night with his blue-eyed enchantress, but will he be able to walk away from her again, or will he risk it all to be with the woman who fires his blood and makes him think of a . . . Wicked Angel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440226321
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 521,001
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Julia London was raised on a ranch in West Texas, where she spent her formative years in the middle of vast wheat fields driving a tractor at the reckless speed of five mph. In spite of her humble beginnings, Julia went on to earn a degree in government and eventually landed in Washington, D.C. There for nine years, Julia had her brush with greatness when one day she actually shared an elevator with a senator from Iowa. She eventually returned to Texas and now lives in Austin with two enormous Labrador retrievers. Wicked Angel is Julia's second book and a sequel to her first, The Devil's Love. Julia is currently working on her next book for Dell.

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Wicked Angel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
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AhToEscape More than 1 year ago
I have read my fair share of romance novels, but this has got to be the best I've ever read. The first half is packed full of pure joy. I had a smile plastered on my face for days as I savored it. The second half filled me with such anguish and longing I thought I was going to die. I closed my door at work and read, I stayed up until 4 am and read and soon I was rewarded with an ending that ripped my heart out, wrung it to shreds and then placed it gently back into my chest heaving with total pure satisfaction and joy. What a vacation this book was, a vacation for my soul. Read it! I have now read all of Julia London's books. I read this one last, oddly enough, as it was her second book written, I believe. What a find. What a joy. What a gift. I am in love with Alexander Christian and even moreso now with his son, Arthur Christian, from The Beautiful Stranger. To know from where he came is a joy. I love that Julia London writes in series format, so the reader knows some of the history and family ties of the characters. That style makes the books so much fuller and richer for me. So, don't just read this book, read them all! I have and have savored every word of them.
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Lillybilly More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. The plot was a very nice change from the other books I had read. Had some spice and tenderness to it..which was very nice. Loved Alex's character. Lauren as well, she knew how to have fun. Definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read romance.
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This is the first book by Julia London I have read. I was searching for some new authors to add to my collection and found her. Although I thought this book wasn¿t too bad for a first read¿I must admit I enjoyed the beginning the best. The middle and end changed what was on course for a 4 star book down to a 3 star read. Although nothing was really bad in this story¿the characters changed behaviors in the middle of the book and what made them interesting and appealing at the start stopped. I liked that Lauren was an open hearted, kind, loving and happy country miss when our hero Alex first met her. Their time in the country was enjoyable as they were simply country folk meeting and enjoying their time together. No restrictions of titles, money, powerful families, or what the ton thought. They had fun walking, talking, riding, eating and playing with the orphans Lauren had taken in. Once they ended up in the city together by the middle of the book, their appeal and attraction for one another continued but, the way they acted toward one another took a new direction. They started being argumentative, irritable, distant, haughty, and roped in by society restrictions. Alex kept his engagement to a high ranking woman of society from Lauren and even once it came out, he continued to pursue Lauren even though he knew nothing could come from it. Alex pursued Lauren regardless how it looked to his family, friends, fiancé¿ or her family. I didn¿t appreciate a hero who took most of the book to realize he cared for Lauren enough to break off his obligations to a woman he didn¿t love, a family he didn¿t want to be part of or work in government he didn¿t care for at times. The ending of the book fell flat for me. Reason: first Alex turns against all he had planned in his life and made a decision to love and honor and marry Lauren. He goes to her, confesses all and lays his heart on the line. She turns him away as now she has made choices and feels she must stand by them. Alex tries to right earlier wrongs but, Lauren won¿t give in. Alex leaves defeated. Lauren not long after comes to her senses and is relieved of her promises and chases back after Alex and professes all to him ¿ only to have Alex now turn her away. So back and forth it went. One loved, the other wouldn¿t forgive. Then one forgave and the other refused to love. It got tiring and a bit boring. Once the ending came, I was glad to not have Alex call Lauren one more time, ¿My Angel¿, ¿My Wicked Angel¿ and so on. There was nothing angelic to Lauren nor wicked or naughty. This was a very silly nickname for his other half and I wish he would have stuck to her name and not silly endearments. Although the love scenes were fine ¿ nothing really moved me. I think this author is talented and I will try reading one or two more books and see how she fares. I really liked the way her characters in this book began and just wish the gentleness, innocence and tenderness it began with would have stayed. That was refreshing. The middle and ending was not. Better luck next time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually have a book where ever I go... i love reading anything with letters... i picked this book up and i... unfortunately usually judge a book by its cover... and thought nothing of it but just something to pass the time......... WOW.... this book was beautiful... it wasnt a book with a big dramatic plot... but a book that really captivates the kind of romance everyone dreams about... a little complicated but stil captivating... i recomend this book to those who are madly in love and dont want to ruin the image of its beauty...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been a romance novel addict for over twenty years, it takes an extraordinary story for me to give it four stars and the Wicked Angel did that. I can't remember the last time I was so enthralled by such a dynamic, engaging and fitting pair as Lauren, the Countess of Bergen and Anthony, the Lord of Sutherland. Each characater is uniquely complex and shows quite a range of feelings. Their passion is captured in the intense love scenes. Their physically separation and bitter disagreements leads to a dramatic conclusion. Julia London reaches new depth in her stunning concluding scene where Lauren and Anthony finally realizes the truth. You can feel their pain, challenges and inner struggles as they try to find a solution to their difficult circumstances. The London ton is a perfect backdrop for their controversial relationship and adds yet another character. The ton's rules of social etiquette may seem irrelevant in our modern society, but nevertheless, men and women today are still cautious of rumors within their own circles of friends. Though times have changed, I find Anthony's character quite courageous for ending a relationship that was never built on true emotions and love. And I am glad that Lauren learns that her duty is far less important than her love. Afterall, to make a relationship work, we all know that you need love, not just a sense of duty and responsibility. My only criticism is that the author should have changed the title to something more deep and meaningful then the unfitting, Wicked Angel.