Velvet Angel is my favorite story within the “Velvet” series by Jude Deveraux. It’s also the first story I’ve every read by this author…AND…it’s the first historical romance that I’ve ever read! You know that this story holds a special place in my heart! LOL
Elizabeth Chatworth is delivered to Miles Montgomery, a long time enemy to her family, rolled in a rug, naked. Determined to fight her captor at every turn, to never surrender, Elizabeth is dismayed when she realizes that Miles isn’t the devil that she thought him to be. Miles treats her with gentleness and kindness, something Elizabeth had never been shown, and he has opened her eyes to a world where love, and not fear, may overcome adversity. Torn between love and duty, family pitted against family, will Elizabeth be able to accept the gift that Miles wants to give — a life filled with love, or will murder and betrayal tear the two lovers apart?
Jude Deveraux managed to entice me to her stories with her solid plots and her strong and personable characters. I fell in love with Miles while reading this story, and for the longest time I informed anyone who would listen that I wouldn’t marry anyone who didn’t have the last name of Montgomery! (Hey, I was 12 or 13 when I first read the book! LOL) Elizabeth was a strong minded woman in her ideas and actions, that it was her character that helped cultivate my love for strong minded heroines. The multi-layered plot kept me interested and reading, especially since it was a historical piece, and I couldn’t tolerate history! Ms. Deveraux made reading those time periods fun, and her characters were easily brought to life and I could imagine them in the story. The romance between the characters were at times sweet, and at other times hot, but I always felt that the characters loved each other, even when they were forced apart.
If you are looking for a story filled with betrayal, murder, love and forgiveness, Velvet Angel has all that, and so much more! Have there been better historicals? Possibly. Will there be a better historical for me? Never!
(This review is based on the 1983 printing, but there have been reissues since then)