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Something Dangerous (The Spoils of Time #2)

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The dazzling Lytton twins, Adele and Venetia, are born into the great Lytton publishing empire. In 1928, on their eighteenth birthday, they are rich and admired, with a confidence verging on arrogance. But the specter of Nazi Germany is growing…Gradually their privileged world darkens in unimaginable ways—but it is not just the twins whose lives have been irrevocably chang ...more
Paperback, 626 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Becky
The second book in the Spoils of Time Trilogy, and by far the best in my opinion. I'm not saying this is classic literature, but an excellent easy beach read? ABSOLUTELY. I was actually hooked on this book to the point of doing nothing else, hiding in the bathroom, just to keep reading while the kids entertained themselves...practically all day. It was a long, 700+ book and I read it in about four and a half days. I was nursing the flu and a cold, and this book couldn't have come at a better tim ...more
Shannon The Show Stopper
This is the second book in the Spoils of Time trilogy and if I had to pick a favorite of the three books, this would it. This is an epic saga about the Lytton family that spans several decades and starts before WWI. This has lots of family drama and romance and told with superb writing! This series is a must read!
Anna
I really enjoyed the first Lytton book, "No Angel". "Something Dangerous" is fun to read, and the plot certainly moves along. At some point, however, I thought I would hurl if one more woman fell violently and eternally in love with a man at a social event. Falling in love in this book is a sharp reaction in the stomach, and if a woman has that symptom, the affair is forever. (Better or worse remains to be seen, but you know the woman won't walk away.) If, however, one slowly comes to appreciate ...more
Shanna Swendson
Something Dangerous is a sprawling, soapy family saga, not my usual sort of thing at all, but I stumbled upon it when looking for novels set in World War II. This book turns out to be the middle book in a trilogy about a family running a publishing house in London. It spans the years from the late 20s to the late 40s, going through the Depression, the war and the aftermath of the war. It's mostly about the relationships and loves of the huge cast of characters associated with this family, and I ...more
Robin Nicholas
The second book in the Lytton trilogy. I love Penny Vincenzi. Her books are filled with strong women, relationships, secrets, and wealth. This type of book can go either way, but because Vincenzi's writing is so strong, this is a really good book. This book concentrates on the late 1920's and the 1930's. It's themes include WWII, Hitler, the Depression, the book publishing business, Paris during the war, etc. Something she does really well is tie her many characters and locations together seamle ...more
Sarah
I read this novel years ago but re-read it because I happened to find the other 2 books in the trilogy. And today I think it's worth an extra star. The second novel of the epic Lytton family saga (it's a very long book!) is set against WW2 and was a can't-put-downer, even though it was occasionally rather predictable and I would have liked to slap a few female characters now and again.
Some people have described this as "girlcrack", but I think that's probably a bit too disparaging. Penny Vinc
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Lezley
A great read. looking forward to enjoying the final book.
Asha
Second in her spoils of time series, this was my first penny vincenzi. What I like about penny is how she places her characters in a historical context and then follows up their fortunes. The first of the series NO Angel traces the fortunes of the lytton publishing empire through the first war and then "Something Dangerous" which is the second one is set against the backdrop of the second world war. I am looking to get my hands on the 3rd volume which i hope will be a befitting end to the riveti ...more
Charity
Another thrilling tale in The Spoils of Time trilogy! I was skeptical at having so much of the book center on the Lytton twins, having not cared much for their nonsense in the first book, but I quickly warmed up to them (as well as the other Lytton children) as they matured, faced the challenges of life, and dealt with the onslaught of WWII. Once again, plenty of twists and turns in this family saga that kept me enthralled from beginning to end.
Sariah
This is more of a 3.5 rating (I sure wish we could give actual .5 stars...). The second in the trilogy, I liked "No Angel" a bit better, but I still immensely enjoyed this one. Freaking long book, but it didn't feel bogged down. It's an easy, fun read. I love the whole historical fiction, soap-opera, feel of the family saga. I didn't like how every one seems to fall so immediately and intensely in love with the most completely WRONG person for them. Only one of the love interests had any redeemi ...more
Ann
Feb 26, 2010 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
The characters in this family saga are positively addicting! Donna Peak and I were reading this at approximately the same time -- and we were both talking about the characters as if they were real. Vincenzi's trilogy (No Angel, Something Dangerous, and Into Temptation) makes me wish for more snowy days so I can curl up and read.
Brittany Johnson
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This is the second book in the Spoils of Time trilogy by Vincenzi, and I loved it as much as the first. Vincenzi is just a fabulous example of an author who knows what she's doing.

This book had the backdrop of World War II, most of which didn't feel much different to me from the backdrop of World War I in the first novel. One thing that does stand out is that Vincenzi used Celia as an example of how
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Ann Boytim
This is the second book in the series and it is in the time of World War II and Celia is holding down the fort at the publishing house aloing with liver as others go off to war. Adele one eh of the twins is in a bad situation caught in France with her lover and two children. Venitia finds that her husband is having an affair and divorcing him but before he goes off to war they see each other again and this results in another pregnancy. Barty has issues of her own and is engaged but then breaks i ...more
Rachel
This is a much better read than the first book in the trilogy. The amount of research the author took shines through; making the story full of facts and interesting snippets of information, particularly around the war. The war years third of the book is probably what made it a more enjoyable read as there is much more going on with the characters and various settings.The first novel was rather thin; 'and this happened. And then that.' This is much more of a flowing story and gives slightly more ...more
Miriam
These books are just publishing girl crack. That is all there is to it.
Christine
This was by far my favorite of the Lyton family saga.
Laura Smith
It had been some time since I read No Angel the first of Penny Vincenzi's "Spoils of Time" trilogy. I could remember bits of the story and therefore when I began the second in the trilogy I worried how long it would take me to get back up to speed. I needn't have worried though as the book was written really well so as to reintroduce all the key players and I found ask the important plots from book one flooding back.

The Spoils of Time trilogy continues to follow the Lytton family, publishing mag
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Graceann
Jul 13, 2014 Graceann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Downton, UpDown fans
This review assumes that you have read the first in the trilogy - No Angel. If you haven't you will read spoilers here, so be aware of that.

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We join the Lyttons just about eight years after the first book ended. Oliver and Celia are working away at publishing, the youngest child, Kit, is growing like a weed, and the twins are getting ready to go out into the world.

I didn't like Something Dangerous as much as I did No Angel, if only because while in No Angel, Celia is an essentially well-m
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Melissa
Oh my, it's been years since I've even thought of tackling a 700+ page book. This was does not disappoint and I found my family very annoyed at the many times in a day when I would sneak away to read-especially when a page or 2 turned into an hour long session. So hard to put down, the twists and turns were exciting and often heart-wrenching. I will have to start on #3 soon!

"It's 1928 as the book opens, and the Lytton heirs apparent—Giles, Kit and their twin sisters, Venetia and Adele—are more a
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Rula
Another one of Penny Vincenzi's remarkable novels - this time, new characters, and more thrilling plot. This is an enchanting novel with unbelievable twists as the plot weaves you into the story. My favourite character would be Lady Celia Lytton because she's the main patriarch of the Lytton household and she's full of joie du vivre, really. She loves being the head of a publishing, and being organised. The publishing house is called Lyttons and they have one in London, Paris, and New York, so i ...more
Julia
First off, I thought I would enjoy this book more than I did. It looked exactly like my kind of book, with glamour and drama and secrets. But it took a very long time to get into. Only about half way through the book did I actually want to pick it up and read it for more than 10 minutes. But perhaps that was intentional, because the beginning was rather fluffy and flimsy and had no substance to it, but as it went on, everything got better, the characters became people and not just characters. ...more
Chanda
It is a rare occasion when I find an author that rivals Jodi Picoult for my literary admiration. Penny Vincenzi is that rare occasion. I fell completely in with the Spoils of Time trilogy. This second installment picks up with the second generation of Lytton's and somehow Vincenzi manages to continue the suspense and the family drama without creating a trite 'Dallas' type of read. I had a more difficult time admiring the venerable Lady Celia in this one but I think the disenchantment you feel fo ...more
Sammy
I keep finding these gems of stories. Ones that I pick up thinking they're going to be all right and they end up being fantastic. Something Dangerous is one of those books.

One problem, that was easily overcome though, was that this is the second book in a trilogy, I didn't know that when I started reading it. I thought it was sort of weird how there were certain references made every once and a while that were being referred to as if the author knew what it was. Even so, I found the book did rea
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Michelle
This is the second book in the Spoils of Time trilogy. The time period for this part of the Lytton family saga is from the late 1920's through the post WWII period. While set primarily in London, New York also features prominently in the story as does the Beckenham estate. While the prior book focused on Cecelia, this one involves the next generation, her children and Barty. While I initially found the twins to be vapid and spoiled, they do come into their own in this one and have some redeeming ...more
Kelly
The nice thing about book 2 in the Spoils of Time series is that you pretty much know and care for all the characterers straight off so I was vested from page one.

Celia's Lytton is by far the glue that holds this family and book together. I don't want to say to much that will spoil it for the next reader I will say how surprised and a bit sad i was for many of my favorite people. Dear Kit, Sebastian, and I the twins. I never thoughtI would be all in for the twins but I grew to love them.

I neve
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Miriam
extraordinarily long -- but worth every page! when I reached the end, my first thought was "there has to be a next book!" I read "no angel" first, which I think is a must, and I would love a third book in the series.
an absolutely delightful family saga set at the time of the depression and wwII in both england and america. the characters are both intriguing and complex; the settings are beautifully described and the story unfolds in a delightful mix of fact, jealousy, love/hate/envy, and family
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Kelly
The second in the Lytton family trilogy picks up where "No Angel" left off. WWII provides the central historical arc of the story as the narrative shifts from Oliver, Celia and Sebastian as major characters, and focuses more on the next generation – the twins, Adele and Venetia, their brothers Kit and Giles, Sebastian’s brief marriage to Pandora and their daughter, Izzie; and the complement of American characters who continue to intersect with the London Lyttons, in matters of love and business. ...more
Heather
I really enjoyed this lovely escape. It is a great vacation book. However, I found myself a little frustrated with the lack of courage on the part of the author. Several times she set up situations for the main characters that were intriguing and/or dangerous. Yet every time she let them out of the maze only mildly scraped up ... it isn't that I crave tragedy, it just felt a little fake to me. I think this would have been a truly great book if the author could have allowed something REAL to happ ...more
Elizabeth
A follow-up on 'No Angel' and in this book the Lytton twins Adele and Venetia, daughters of Celia and Oliver, grow up with the world at their feet.
Born into the Lytton publishing empire they are rich and admired. But the Nazi German aspect is darkening their future very soon.
Barty Miller, also written about in 'No Angel', is faced with temptation on the other side of the ocean, in the US.
And then there is Kit who is falling in love with Isabella, Sebastian's daughter by his first wife Pandora.
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Heather
Truth be told, the is a rewrite of my original review which was slightly caustic! But, bottom line, I didn't like this book at all.

I loved the first book of this trilogy, No Angel. That book revolves around Oliver and Lady Celia Lytton who run a successful publishing house in London. The women are strong and intriguing and the story lines drew me in.

Because I so enjoyed the first book, I immediately started Something Dangerous which is the second in the trilogy. Shockingly, I found this book
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