Review: To Seduce An Angel

Posted September 23, 2011 by Jen in 4 stars, Historical Romance, Rating A Tags: , ,

To Seduce An Angel
Author: Kate Moore 
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Son of Sins #3
ISBN: #978-0425243695
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
In book three Kit has become Daventry, a warrior angel trapped in a gilded cage who wants to free his family with a decisive defeat of the old duke. In a daring move that breaks all the rules of his safe life, he hires Emma Portland. Everything about Emma is a lie except her love. Alone, pursued by spies, falsely accused of a murder she didn’t commit, Emma must spy for the Duke of Wenlocke against Daventry. If she doesn’t play by Wenlocke’s rules, she dies. Emma passes herself off as a tutor to Daventry’s lost boys as she plans her next escape. What she doesn’t plan on is falling in love. To Seduce an Angel is the story of two lovers caught between the deadly pull of their past lives and the demands of the future.
What VampBards talking about:
What’s not to love about the title ‘To Seduce an Angel‘?  I’m thinking to myself, “ok, maybe I’ll find me a lil’ paranormal in here among what seems to be historical romance…”  Nope.  BUT… this was a GREAT story!  Murder, espionage, and just plain bad guys doing bad things surround the beautifully crafted story about Emma finding her way, through a web of deceit, to Dav.  As a group of boys learn to trust their trial teacher, it gives their guardian time to figure out his true feelings for her.  
I seriously loved Emma, our heroine.  She was strong and willing to do what was necessary for the happiness of those she loved.  Yeah, martyr.  But it’s cool.  What I think drew me the most to her was the fact that she was teaching the boys, and yet she was still so drawn to Dav in the most caring, yet sexual way.  
The boys in the story created a bit of comic relief and additional action, as well as assisting with plot movement.  I don’t think that the plot would have worked as effectively without them.
As for Dav… I picture him as a bulkier John Stamos (back when he was doing Full House).  Jus’ sayin’.  While Dav is doing battle to prove he ‘deserves’ his title as Daventry, he really doesn’t feel worthy of the job.  Some of his life experiences when he was younger contributed to his feeling of ineptitude when it comes to the more hoity-toity stuff in life.  It becomes obvious as the story moves along that Dav is also trying to convince himself that he is worthy of loving someone.  He struggles with feeling safe and at home in his home, and frequently takes to the roof to relax and get away from the stressors in his life.  
I was seriously diggin’ the symbolism in this book.  Look for the roof, Emma’s pin, the slates, the closet, and Dav’s cloak for starters.  The grammarian didn’t take issue with this one, either.  Never sent up flares for an editor once!   I think there could have been a bit more development between Dav and Emma throughout the book, rather than the avoidance that seemed to transpire, but that’s probably a personal preference because I really liked them together!
 Shhhh… Kate Moore could turn me into a fan of historical romance…but don’t tell anyone!
VampBards Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

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One response to “Review: To Seduce An Angel

  1. Sounds like a great review. Oh, and don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone about that whole becoming a fan of historical romance thing. It’ll be our little secret.