Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: Angel in Armani
Author: Melanie Scott
Series: New York Saints #2
Heroine/Hero: Sara Charles/Lucas Angelo
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Available at: St. Martin’s Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: WILL A LOVE OF THE GAME
Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.
LEAD TO A FIELD OF DREAMS?
But there is a catch: Lucas also needs Sara. Spring training is upon him, and his schedule is madness. So he asks Sara to be his personal pilot. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. She intends to keep him at arm’s length—especially when she discovers just what different lives they have. Little does Sara know that, for Lucas, the only thing more important than business is pleasure. He only plays to win. And he intends to hit it out of the park…
Review: Angel in Armani is the second book featuring the new bosses of the New York Saints baseball team. This time, Lucas Angelo, the surgeon and self-appointed sort of team doctor as well is paired with ex-army helicopter pilot Sara Charles. Lucas needs Sara’s helo services, because he is a frequent flier, going in an out from New York to Florida to watch the team’s spring training. And after a night of passion after they are both stranded due to a horrible storm, Lucas decides that he wants to pursue a relationship with Sara. Except that this no-nonsense pilot is not exactly trusting someone so far out of her league.
In terms of characters, my scale of preference tips a little bit to Sara this time (I liked Alex more than Maggie in the first book). I seriously thought that a female helicopter pilot rocked my socks off! Sara is quite gutsy, and I loved how she doesn’t know anything about baseball, which provides some fun scenes of Lucas and the rest of the Saints team trying to ‘teach’ her about the ins and outs of the game.
Sara’s main issue comes from the lack of confidence when it comes to her social class. She has quite a distrust over the rich people, which stems from one tragedy that happened to her older brother. At times, I thought this provided an interesting base of the push-and-pull between herself and Lucas. However, I must admit that near the end, it became very aggravating to the point where I was quite upset with her. I thought Sara’s reaction (in about the last two chapters) to Lucas’s priority was so very immature. But since I liked her up until that point, I guess I could forgive her (a bit).
Lucas, on the other hand, felt rather less developed for me. Yes, Lucas comes from the rich family and rebels from his family by becoming surgeon rather than dabbling in financial business. He has a fear of flying that roots from that horrible day that robs his chance as a baseball athlete. But Lucas is also so very much in control over himself so that most of the time he feels too mechanical and less nuanced compared to Sara. I’d like to see him rattled once in awhile, but heck, even Sara’s protective dog just falls head over heels in love with this guy.
Overall, I liked this book better than the previous one (The Devil in the Denim). Lucas’s pursuit to ensure Sara that they can have a worthy and fun relationship, even if he is practically her ‘boss’ and that he comes from a more privileged family, was quite enjoyable to read. The story moved fast, and I loved their interactions.
Please note that the sport element is again kept out of the field since the first three books are mainly about the ‘big bosses’. So don’t expect a lot of baseball games here. Maybe later on in this series, if Ms. Scott is contracted for more books, because I see that she plans to have stories about the Saints players as well. Anyway, I look forward to reading book 3 next year about Malachi!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*