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Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas
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May 06, 12

Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas
Historical Romance May 1st, 2012
3 ½ stars

Sherry Thomas writes a novel about two beautiful main characters that are unerringly meant to be together.

The Duke of Lexington, Christian de Montfort is charming, attractive and wealthy. But there is one thing he can’t have, the married and very beautiful Venetia Easterbrook. When her husband cryptically tells Christian that Venetia may be the death of him and then suddenly and mysteriously dies, he questions her honor. Especially when she quickly marries another man many years her senior. However, this does not stop Christian from still desiring her for himself. When he visits the Americas he vilifies Venetia anonymously and Venetia is hurt and humiliated. When they meet on a transatlantic boat she pretends to be the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitze-Hardenberg so she needn’t confront him. But finds she is shockingly aware of him and he of her. She decides to hurt him with a vengeful affair as the mysterious Baroness but instead finds herself in love.

This was an interesting story which seemed a bit more convoluted then it needed to be. The motivations of each character seemed to be more extreme than most people, especially Christian. Christian (particularly, in the beginning) comes off as a bit spoiled because he can’t have Venetia so he easily is willing to believe the worst of her. I also felt it was pretty unbelievable that they had an affair and he has no clue that the Baroness is really Venetia. Venetia is a far more sympathetic character, she holds painful secrets but the affair with Christian didn’t seem true to her character. She becomes enraptured with Christian despite his arrogance. I enjoyed the second half of the story more as Christian must change. They both long for each other and their feelings were very real. While well written, I found this story ultimately unsatisfying.

While the first section of the book is a bit unbelievable the second half is filled with deep emotion that is romantic.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

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