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Beguiling the Beauty
     

Beguiling the Beauty

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by Sherry Thomas
 

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When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he is fascinated. She’s exactly what he’s been searching for—a beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast—and soon proposes marriage.

And then she disappears without a trace…

For in reality, the

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When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he is fascinated. She’s exactly what he’s been searching for—a beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast—and soon proposes marriage.

And then she disappears without a trace…

For in reality, the “baroness” is Venetia Easterbrook—a proper young widow who had her own vengeful reasons for instigating an affair with the duke. But the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the man she despised—and there’s no telling what might happen when she is finally unmasked…

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“With the first in a new trilogy, RITA Award winner Thomas distills superbly nuanced characters and flawlessly re-created settings worthy of Merchant and Ivory into a gracefully witty and potently passionate love story that sets a new gold standard for historical romances.”  —Booklist (starred review)

"Tender, discerning, and lushly romantic, Thomas's latest offering drills down into the characters' emotional depths to produce a devastating love story that may appeal to fans of Mary Jo Putney and Laura Kinsale." —Library Journal (starred review)

"I enjoyed Beguiling the Beauty tremendously. Ms. Thomas is a writer whose craft grows more dazzling with each book she writes. In this novel, she explores deftly the nature of love, the power of beauty, and the damage men and women do to each other in the pursuit of both. If, as Keats said, 'A thing of beauty is a joy for ever,' readers will be enjoying Beguiling the Beauty for years to come." —All About Romance

"Searing, tender, and filled with passion, [Sherry Thomas's] writing is nothing short of a revelation." —LISA KLEYPAS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425246962
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
464,967
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Searing, tender, and filled with passion, [Sherry Thomas's] writing is nothing short of a revelation." —LISA KLEYPAS

Meet the Author

The USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.

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Beguiling the Beauty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Phyllis_L More than 1 year ago
Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas It was in her usual intricate, dense writing style, but the conflict came down to a misunderstanding - or a series of them. The hero, the Duke of Lexington, was in awe of Venetia's beauty since they were teenagers and he spotted her across a crowded cricket pitch. She was already married and her husband was a jealous ass who treated her like crap, gave expensive gifts to his mistresses, and went bankrupt trying to get rich to prove himself. Her second husband was gay and she helped cover it up by pretending to have an affair with the husband's lover. But the Duke hears the mean gossip and believes it all – adolescent sour grapes. His character was simplistic and immature to me. Just an aside here about her terrible burden of great beauty: as a person of average looks and less-than-average grace and poise, it's hard to be sympathetic. But from the time she was a teenager she was forced by circumstances to believe all she had going for her was being gorgeous, so she worked very hard at it. She neglected her interest in science, even though she and her siblings had uncovered a dinosaur skeleton when they were just kids. So this aspect of her character ended up working for me, mostly. Instead of finding out if she was really as awful as the (late) husband said or her second husband's family said (they were jerks), the Duke just decided she – like all beautiful women – was evil and money-grubbing and had nothing else going for her but beauty. So during question time for a lecture in the US, he uses her as an example of why beauty is bad, without using her name. But she's at the lecture with her sister and sister-in-law and there are some mean-spirited gossips who spread the story. The heroine decides to seduce him, so veils herself and takes the same steamer back to England, only making love in the dark or with him blindfolded. But instead of whipping off her veil and saying “You stink”, she falls in love with him. And do real people really say they're going to seduce someone and dump them? Is that a valid form of revenge? "I hate you, so let's have sex." I mean, for anyone over the age of nineteen? It didn't have the depths of angst you usually get in Thomas' books. And instead of unfolding and unrolling and intensifying the problems, it felt more like she was just repeating them in more or less the same words. Then it was all solved when he realized he was a jerk and she rushed in to tell him she loved him anyway. The stand-off with the gossips who are complaining that they never get a story wrong felt contrived, though it brought the couple together. But a not-so-great Thomas book is better than a lot of other books. The characters were well-drawn and the heroine complex and deeper than her pretty face. I give it a solid B. P.S. Based on the excerpt at the end of her next book about the heroine's brother and sister-in-law, it's going to be painful and angtsy. Does it make me a bad person to want Thomas' characters to suffer? Because Thomas does suffering so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a thoroughly ejoyable tale. Some of the transitions are a little abrupt and some parts of the story could have been fleshed out more, but all in all a good read.
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ElkeO More than 1 year ago
Loved this story and the unique way the characters got to know each other as they feel madly in love. Sherry has such a wonderful way with words, as a writer, I'm totally jealous! :-) A great story of how love can overcome obstacles including time and other people.
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This was a good book and i enjoyed it but it wasn't anything to write home about. I enjoyed the cool scientist vibe from the Duke but Venetia kind of left me cold. She was the best with her family but itdidn't make me want to cheer on her love life. Her counterpart however was great. Although these two characters were flawed i was happy they ended up with each other in the end...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Felt like the characters came together and then resolved things too quickly. Used to more of a slow burn and building tension with Ms. Thomas's writing. Maybe she was too rushed, trying to pump out three books this year....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as I have loved everyone of Sherry Thomas's books. The characters are always so interesting in her books, the love of fossils gives a new twist to this era. It some ways the story brings me back to the characters in Delicious when the male is unaware of the true identity of the female. Her romantic twists are filled with such anguish that it moves the novel to a new level. The story is always so involved that I can not tell you how it will evolve. A true trait of a marvelous writer.