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.
The second book in Regency Rogues series contains more action, suspense and mystery than its predecessor, The Devil in Disguise and more humor than I thought possible from one character. Sarah Tisdale was a delight. Smart, blunt, outspoken and so awkward that she sometimes comes across as addled. Without meaning to, she amuses to no end with her verbal diarrhea that appears at the most inappropriate times. Her antics are wild and uncoordinated that one can't help but be charmed by her. In a contemporary romance, Sarah wouldn't be anything special because what heroine isn't smart, outspoken and honest? However, because The Angel in My Arms takes place in Regency England where outspoken, smart, semi-independent, were frowned upon and often ignored, Sarah stands out like a sore thumb. Which is what ultimately attracts, confuses and keeps Marcus' attention and later wins his love.
I enjoyed the overall plot in this book more than in the first book, I also found many of the characters to be more memorable and real as well. There were no useless characters in this book, everyone had some kind of role that was vital to the story, whether it was hero, villain, sidekick, friend, family or some small role as a victim, I never got the feeling of "Why is that person even in this book? They serve no purpose" from The Angel in My Arms.
Marcus and Sarah were well suited as a couple, each one obviously needing the other to balance them out and while Sarah was a tad to forgiving with Marcus, she did stand her ground when it came to helping him catch what turned out to be more than one villain.
Though the book starts off slow, with Marcus and Sarah meeting in an unconventional way and later spending a good portion of the book pondering each other's presence, it is still highly entertaining, mostly due to Sarah and her modern way of thinking and behaving.
Once danger and tragedy strike the quiet town, the book begins to pick up the pace and the mystery and danger only increase from that point on. Surprising twists and turns laced with Sarah's humor and wit keep this book from become dull and repetitive.
I truly enjoyed The Angel in My Arms and look forward to picking up the next book in the series, The Sinner Who Seduced Me which I am sure will hold more surprises, danger and explanations to the questions left unanswered in The Angel in My Arms.