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Angel Rogue: Revised Edition (Fallen Angels Novels) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1995
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Originally published in 1990 as The Rogue and the Runaway, this Lord Robert Andreville novel has been substantially expanded.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Lord Robert Andreville (Robin) has returned to England after a dozen years of spying for the British crown in the fight agaisnt Napoleon. He is weary in mind and spirit and tortured by memories of the past when he meets Maxima Collins. Maxie is an American with an unique heritage: she's half Mohawk and half English and she has come to England with her father who died shortly afterward. Maxie feels all alone in the world, she feels like an alien among her aristocratic English family. She also has reason to suspect foul play in her father's sudden death. So she decides to leave the country manor where she was staying with her uncle and travel to London masquerading as a boy to learn what she can about her father's last hours. She meets Robin on the way by literally falling over him. He is immediately taken by her exotic looks and unconventional ways. He decides to appoint himself her guardian and together they embark on a perilous journey during which Maxie teaches Robin to trust and let go of the past while falling irrevocably in love with him.
Maxie is a delightful heroine, she is strong,intelligent and independent. No chin lifting, blushing, simpering heroines for MJP. She creates characters that are real, with credible issues and feelings that the reader can relate to. Robin is adorable and
even though he's extremely drool-worthy I found it interesting that he's of average height. I had never before read about a hero in a romance novel that was less than a six footer so this was a refreshing change and made him seem more real to me.
In short, this a great book and certainly another winner in MJP's long list of excellent romances. :)
At the start of the book, Robin is still the complete enigma he was in Petals, and it's no surprise that his brother can't seem to find a way to break through his reserve. It's clear that Robin hasn't yet come to terms with the loss of Maggie (who married Rafe in Petals), and that he has too many bleak memories from his years spent spying.
Then Maxie stumbles on him - literally - and he sees an opportunity to be someone else for a time, and to have an adventure in which he is answerable to nobody except himself and Maxie.
Maxie is a wonderfully different heroine: part easygoing American, a very small part British young lady, and with the instincts of her Mohawk ancestors - and to the reviewer who couldn't understand how Maxie knew so much of her Indian heritage and culture, *read the book*! It was very clearly explained that she, and her father, had spent much time with her mother's tribe, even after her mother died.
Maxie's empathy with the ghosts of Robin's past was beautifully portrayed: as ever, Putney does angst and hurt-comfort extremely well, and this book comes close to Thunder and Roses in this respect. Both books have as a major theme the way in which love can heal the wounds and torment of the past. The symmetry in this respect was also highly enjoyable: as Maxie helps to heal Robin's spirit, so he does the same for her.
Oh, and the secondary romance in this book was also a delight! I loved Desdemona, Maxie's aunt - the instant she appeared I thought she was a wonderful character, and I was so glad that Putney made use of her. Giles, Robin's brother, was also a very sympathetic character.
To the reviewer who complained about grammar and syntax... how petty. I have read far worse than the few examples of which she complains, and in fact at least one of her examples contains no error or confusion at all.
This is yet another excellent book from Mary Jo Putney, a worthy addition to the Fallen Angels series and a book I know I'll be re-reading.
I agree with several other reviewers that the strength of this book is in the depth and development of the characters and their relationships. I especially enjoyed that between Robin and his brother Giles and the romance between Giles and Desdemona!
It is refreshing to have characters with doubts and flaws and watch them deal with them; it is refreshing to have a very different heroine and watch her reaction to a "familiar" (to regency era fans) environment. Meeting characters from the other books once Robin and Maxie get to London, added greatly to my enjoyment.
The plot line is not as action filled as the other books in this series, nor do outside events bring historical interest - so if that is what you seek in an "historcial", this book might disappoint.
I do agree with another reviewer that the title is wrong - I always thought this book should have been titled "Listen to the Wind".
Now, at this price point you may want to add this to your kindle library,it's a great story! But, if you are looking for brand new you may be disappointed when characters start to sound very familiar.
This is published under a new publishing house I would imagine to use Kindle format...too bad they don't mention the original date in the above info.
Still it's a great book from a wonderful series , The Fallen Angels. I rated it as I remember it....and it was/is great.