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Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
ISBN: 1402238843
Pages:384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

A young lady of beauty and intelligence facing an unbearable choice...

Venetia Lanyon is one of Georgette Heyer's most memorable heroines. Beautiful, capable, and independent minded, her life on the family's estate in the countryside is somewhat circumscribed. Then a chance encounter with her rakish neighbor opens up a whole new world for Venetia. Lord Damerel has built his life on his dangerous reputation, and when he meets Venetia, he has nothing to offer and everything to regret. As Venetia's well-meaning family steps in to protect her from potential ruin, Venetia must find the wherewithal to take charge of her own destiny, or lose her one chance at happiness...

My Review: 

I love Georgette Heyer as any reader of my blog knows. I have been looking forward to reading more of her but haven’t had the chance until recently. Venetia was my next stop on my Georgette Heyer list after Bath Tangle—I worked my way to the one I was looking most forward to, Sylvester.

I liked Venetia. I didn’t love her. I tend to prefer my heroines with a bit more…spice to them. Venetia was nice. Too nice. She was the epitome of the sweet, virtuous and innocent heroine that can tend to be saccharine at times. I did understand what Heyer was doing when she introduced our hero the big bad rake, Demeral. He was bad…not too bad—this is Heyer after all…but bad enough that our heroine seems just that much nicer. I really loved the contrast and their chemistry was improved because of itt. If the hero had been as milquetoast as Venetia, there would have been problems.

This was a typical Heyer romance. Witty banter, sweet romance, some adventure, and some humor. It always works. Venetia is the first one that I ever found myself really engrossed in. I thought the chemistry between Venetia and Demeral was great and it was enough to sustain me through the times were I wanted to beat Venetia with a pointy shoe. I also found myself chuckling quite often—as I am wont to do with Heyer books because she has the exact same sense of humor as I do. 

If you have never read Heyer, pick this one up. It’s a great one to start out with—I wish I had. My first Heyer was a Why Shoot a Butler?--not exactly a good place for a romance reader to start out on. 


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

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