Dec 27 2014 2:30pm

First Look: Melanie Scott’s Angel in Armani (December 30, 2014)

Angel in Armani by Melanie ScottMelanie Scott
Angel in Armani
St. Martin's Press / December 30, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

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.

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…

I have to say that it's been a while since I read a baseball romances. I like most sports romances, and baseball was the first professional sport I ever got into, so it was nice to revisit it. At its heart, Melanie Scott's Angel in Armani is a sweet Cinderella story. Don't get me wrong, the hero and heroine definitely have sex. In fact, they hook up pretty early on. The “sweet” label comes about, though, because Sara and Lucas have sex early on (and throughout), but once that's established, the book focuses on the relationship and outside factors more than the physicality. And for the Cinderella theme, Angel in Armani would be the period between Prince Charming finding Cinderella, and them getting married. Which is definitely a new perspective.

In Angel in Armani Scott ncorporate snot just real life issues, but the protagonists' work. Lucas is a hands-on owner, and is with the team during spring training. However, as a highly skilled surgeon, his schedule is crazy and he has to accommodate unexpected patients. Sara has to deal with being a small business owner and with actually doing the flying.

It's not every day you see a surgeon who is also a co-owner of a professional baseball team. And of course he's young and hot and his co-owners are equally young and hot. (And rich.) Even in romanceland where billionaires are a dime a dozen, a hero with double high powered careers is rare. Then also is that Lucas falls for Sara and pursues her throughout the book. I liked that he courts her, and that he's the one that is pushing for more in the relationship department. It's always nice when a guy does more than make the first move—he's the one that wants the label and to take it to the next level.

Sara was in the army and now flies helicopters. She's pretty damn badass, but also really normal, like an everyday girl next door. (If your next door neighbor flies helos—and is kickass.) But the thing is, she has normal everyday concerns. Sara is down on her luck, and it seems that luck dropkicks her. Even so she's trying to make it work, and you have to respect a heroine who not only wants to, but is determined to do it on her own. She's willing to sacrifice for her family. In fact Sara is willing to go so far as to work for her ex's company doing desk work she hates. She's worried about money, fighting with medical and [vehicle] insurance, and just trying to live her life.

As to the Cinderella aspect, Sara is an everyday worker, and Lucas comes in and provides ways to make her life better. He also manages to do it in a way that she'll accept. He's not giving her a handout, he's giving her an opportunity. But before you think Lucas is entirely altruistic, it's clear that he does this because he wants to get closer to Sara. Physically. (Modern Prince Charming can't be all Charm, right?) I didn't love the point of conflict—I felt Sara was a bit too irrational/over the top, but it was nice that she's the one who tried to make it right. The additional cast and crew of motley secondary characters helps bolster the story. I like that despite the fact that Angel in Armani is part of a series, it can be read alone. 

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