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Beguiling the Beauty

(Fitzhugh Trilogy #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,973 ratings  ·  356 reviews
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 youn
Mass Market Paperback, 281 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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(This review contains spoilers, and I don't care.)

I don't know about my fellow buddy readers, but for me this Buddy Read was going to ask a Very Serious Scientific Question:

Do Sherry Thomas books always blow chunks?

Now, it wouldn't make sense to read the same book. This is scientific, you see. But as the Sherry Thomas Pain Train commenced, one truth became evident:

Miserable characters living in a hell of their own making that they created with their eyes wide open.

It's all about the wangsty emoz
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

Her beauty was staggering, excessive, as if she were not quite flesh and blood, but an artist's conjuration, born of a bout of fevered ecstasy.

Christian de Monfort, Duke of Lexington at nineteen was smitten. Venetia Fitzhugh Townsend, a married lady was simply the most beautiful woman Christian had ever seen. Two years later, Venetia's husband dies. She remarries a wealthy, older man, and it is rumoured she had an affair with one of her second husband's best friends. Christian now realised that
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Sherry Thomas is an excellent writer, technically, and her prose can sometimes be beautiful (when it's not crossing the line into emo uselessness), but I'm not sure her work is really in line with what I enjoy in HR. She's capable of crafting interesting, sympathetic characters and keeping the reader hooked (I had an enormously difficult time putting this one down to get anything else done), but the payoff wasn't what I'd call satisfying. I liked the characters, for the most part, but Venetia wa ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Hrnghin, I'm incomprehensible, LOL. I loved Beguiling the Beauty. I don't even know what to say. Venetia Easterbrook remained disguised for just long enough, and Sherry Thomas' characters attacked compelling questions, primarily, appearances vs. reality. Genre novels engage this theme halfheartedly in Beauty & the Beast tributes. Will she love me despite my hairy toes? Thomas engages the implications relevant to modern audiences. Is Venetia judged at first glance as just a pretty face? Is sh ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Since I read the 3rd book first, I already know how this one will end, but, ah, what a beautiful story this was!!!

We get to discover everything Venetia went through in her two marriages! Poor girl... the first disastrous one to a pompous, egocentric idiot; the second one a gay.... Poor, poor girl...

Christian, as all the other men, was mesmerized with Venetia's extraordinary beauty and he fancied himself in love with her. But he also resented her for the oull she had on him. So when her first hus
May 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
First please indulge me as I spend a paragraph or two hating on the cover illustration. I have read SO MANY romance novels and know all about their silly covers but for some reason THIS one bothers me. Mostly, it's this horrible dress she's wearing. It looks so uncomfortable! The scratchy-looking lace on the neckline is digging into her breasts, but if she lowered her arm, the bodice would fall right off. Her posture may be physically possible (although who knows what she's doing with her right ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
RTC. Cause that was a binge read and it’s bedtime.

The review hasn't written itself, but I did so appreciate the conversation and intimacy built between these characters. I HATE mistaken or hidden identity plots, but this one did work for me. The hero makes a mistake and is punished in a singular fashion for it, but of course that goes awry because he's also a really decent guy.

There's some sexy hairpin action (aka sexy consent) and what results is a sweet, convincing relationship. When it all f
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Let me preface this review by saying that I have a fan-gurl krush on Ms. Thomas, so it is extremely hard for me to give any book she writes a 3 star rating. However, since I also want to be truthful when I write a review, then I must let the 3 star must stand.

What I loved about the book was as usual Ms. Thomas has wrote two emotional and complicated characters, where not all as it seems. While I didn't like Venetia or Christian for most of the book, by the end I wasn't ready for the book to be
Wicked Incognito Now
I really hate to write a review for a book I loved. It's so much easier for me to pinpoint the things that went wrong in a book than the things that are right. Plus, novel enjoyment is subjective. Romance novels are particularly subjective, so when I write a glowing review I'm always afraid I'm setting up other readers for disappointment. The disappointment is more likely if the reader, like me, holds Sherry Thomas up on an HR pedestal. She is the creme de la creme. Disappointment is easier when ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
I really enjoyed this, though not without some bumps. Christian and Venetia were lovely, with lots of drama pulling them apart and I didn't even mind the conceit of falling in love while she covered her face. Nor how harsh things turned for a while (because it was earned and expected).

I wasn't so much a fan of Venetia turning coward quite so thoroughly towards the end, but even that would have had me rounding a 4.5 up. Unfortunately, that was never in question because Thomas kept throwing in bor
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I devoured this book in one sitting. Sherry Thomas's prose is always delightful, and this was no exception. The dialogue sparkled, particularly during the hero and heroine's affair on the steamship. In fact, if the entire book was like that section, this would easily be a five-star, all-time favorite romance for me. I loved the chemistry between Christian and Venetia, not just the physical, but their passion for their shared interest in paleontology, the emotional honesty allowed by Venetia's an ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Hmmm, sort of waffling here, but I think 3 stars. Easier to say that I liked it more than Delicious, but it was not as intimate and intricate as His at Night and Not Quite a Husband and Private Arrangements. I adore the 'don't-hate-me-because-I'm-beautiful' trope, and parts were really lovely, but the romance seemed at arm's length. So much happened offscreen, so it was hard to really feel sympathetic - or to get that true angst fix.

There was also oodles of series foundation building, and nearl
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This HR by Thomas is a lovely homage to Judith Ivory's BEAST. Roles are reversed but the plot is similar in that Ivory's hero in Beast (Avon Romantic Treasure) needs the darkness to conduct the H and h's shipboard affair and here Thomas's heroine is the one not wanting the hero to know her identity. But we have the inevitable fall into love with one of the persons not knowing the true identity of the other.

The book itself is not quite perfect, especially if you analyze the actions of the hero, t
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading my first Sherry Thomas book in twelve months brought home to me her astonishingly consistent excellence. Numerous authors are able to churn out consistently mediocre pulp fiction (and sometimes make a fortune in so doing), but truly original and inventive writers seem unable to avoid the occasional sour lemon among the juicy peaches.

The narrative of Beguiling the Beauty is deceptively complex, which is perhaps why the Goodreads summary is so unsatisfactory, leaving out so many essential
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It felt light and fluffy, but overall a very satisfying romance IMO. I like the way Sherry Thomas writes. Also, there's something very vicariously pleasant about having a heroine whose incredible beauty is a plot point. I mean, I'm also fond of the stories where you have a mousy plain Jane who wins over people with her inner beauty and whatnot, but this story of a jaw-droppingly gorgeous beauty who's also crazy about dinosaur fossils was a nice fantasy!

There wasn't any darkness in this story at
Elis Madison
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: era-victorian
I'm not usually a fan of romances whose plots are basically, "he loves me, he loves me not." My favorite books usually have certain elements, including danger (and a plot that revolves around adventure, intrigue or mystery), a complicated love story whose resolution you don't see coming a mile away, writing I can admire, and a historical setting that is more than just a set and props. I like heroines who have a brain and enough self-respect to refuse to tolerate ill treatment from a man, and I l ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance
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I have read a few other high-rated reviews and I agree that it is very passionate and it was interesting regarding the irony about falling in love with two versions of the same person. But it is so trope-y. These people are not smart.

First of all, Christopher's damning confession at the lecture. I thought he was supposed to be a man of science? He used anecdotal evidence as facts and then generalized it to women of beauty. I had bells ringing in my head when I was reading that part, and I feel
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, romance-histo
I really enjoyed this book. Even though I had strong qualms at first. I feared she would be much older than he was - and I'm not a huge fan of cougar romances. She had already been married twice. Her sister was having an affair with a married man. Not sure what else but it seemed like a sure recipe for disaster. Though it was nothing like that.
I really enjoyed getting to know the different characters, their own difficulties & challenges. I deeply enjoyed the heroine, her way if trying to orc
The ending was weird.

At the middle of the story, Venetia and Lexington got married due to an unforeseen circumstances. They loathed each other but secretly love one another. And then two gossipy young ladies came to the house threaten to run their 'juicy stories to maintain their gossipy reputation'. In order to protect Venetia's good name, Lexington decided to tell the ladies the truth, and then Venetia walked in and decided to tell her version of the truth. In their storytelling, they ultimat
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Updated to 4 stars on re-read
Not as good as I've come to expect from Sherry Thomas. I'm not all that crazy about love at first sight based only on great beauty, and the stratagem to keep her identity secret later seemed kind of lame. The next book in the trilogy sounds more promising, although the relationship of that couple, as shown in this book, is certainly problematic.

Update: I'm not sure why I was so harsh on this book the first time around, but I liked it much more on re-read after readi
A 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Finally! A Sherry Thomas book that I found pleasantly enjoyable. Probably because I went in with low expectations that this author could ever impress me. The first few chapters dragged a little with several time lapses, but once our two main characters met in the New York hotel and on the ship sailing back to London, I couldn't stop reading. If this book had been longer than 281 pages (or more than 18 chapters), I would have stopped for a lunch break. lol.

The one thing I d
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Christian, Duke of Lexington, fell in love with Venetia Easterbrook from afar, as many young men have done. But she was married at the time of his falling was for naught. But Christian still made a promise to himself that one day, no matter how long he’d have to wait, he would take a chance with the beautiful Mrs. Easterbrook.

Christian harboured this thought close to his heart for years. Even after an unsettling conversation with Mr. Easterbrook about his downfall, thanks in part to his beguili
Naty Levin
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excelente como cada libro que leo de Sherry Thomas. Los personajes, las relaciones, los diálogos todo me encanta en estos libros. El final tal vez se me hizo un poco raro, pero no afecta mi opinión general de esta trilogía. Totalmente recomendable! y ahora vamos por Hastings y Helena
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: xarchive-bli-rev
(Review originally posted at Book Lovers Inc:)

My Thoughts:

I’ve gotta say that it’s not often that I’ll go out and immediately buy a book solely based on the book description. Yet, that’s what happened in the case of Beguiling the Beauty. The dynamic between the two main characters seemed likely to be wrought with plenty of dramatic tension. Moreover, the female lead sounded like a highly intelligent yet beautiful heroine—and I love myself an Elizabeth Bennett-type. I foresaw plenty of emotional
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
It's official. As long as it's done right, historical romance is for me!

I loved this book.

I doubt there's anything truly groundbreaking to the story, and even a bit of the cliché but the storytelling is so fun and the characters extremely lovable even when you're yelling at them: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"

Venetia Fitzhugh Townsend Easterbrook's biggest concern was for the welfare of her sister's reputation, which is how she found herself in America attending a lecture at Harvard by the Duke of Lexin
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
*Note: Since this is a book club read, I don't want to give any particulars in the review as I don't want to influence other book club members with my review but I'll speak in generalities and maybe will come back and update after our book club discussion.*

As I have commented many times in the past 'I HATE HISTORICALS'. And yet every year I end up reading a couple for one reason or other. In this case, it is the book club pick for a group of friends. And here's the thing - I didn't HATE it. I di
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
What to say about this book? I have read Not Quite a Husband by this author and thought it was one of the most moving and well-written books I've read. I loved it.

This book, well, the writing is wonderful. This author has a really wonderful way of putting words together. So smooth, so flowing.

The story was a little .... hard to get a grip on. It's difficult to believe that the H and h could conduct an affair for a week and the H wouldn't see the h's face. It's a bit of a stretch to believe that
Victoria Cavill
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-read
4.5 loved-it Stars...!!

I loved the book. Adored more like it. Sherry Thomas just entered my list of favourite historical authors. She writes with quick wit, humour and much much romance. I enjoyed the book thoroughly.

Venetia is a darling. Yes she is extremely beautiful. But that wasn't what made me like her. I have read so many books where the heroines are described as heavenly beautiful, bit here Venetia has such a pleasant character. She has her flaws and her attributes. But I loved her beca
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's always a treat to read a book by Sherry Thomas - she never writes down to some imaginary "average romance reader" level which with some authors appears to be about Grade 6. The characters and story in this book are great - both the hero and heroine are so flawed and fallible, yet completely lovable. The characters' shared interest in fossils is a great touch, and the hero's gift to the heroine of a huge slab of rock with dinosaur footprints is a priceless way to win her heart.

The heroine i
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 02, 2015 08:57AM  
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Because actual world domination is too much trouble, USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal is life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia-inspired duology. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Tim ...more

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Fitzhugh Trilogy (3 books)
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“Do you think I should be paying my addresses to Mrs. Martin, my dear Miss Fitzhugh?” he whispered. “Martin doesn’t
look the sort to have enough stamina to service two women.
And goodness knows you could probably exhaust Casanova himself.”
Again this insinuation that she must be a sufferer of nymphomania. Behind her fan, she put her lips very close to his ear. “You’ve no idea, my Lord Hastings, the heated yearnings
that singe me at night, when I cannot have a man. My skin burns to be touched, my lips kissed, and my entire body passionately fondled.”
Hastings was mute, for once. He stared at her with something halfway between amusement and arousal.
She snapped shut her fan and rapped his fingers as hard as she could, watching with great satisfaction as he choked back a
yelp of pain.
“By anyone but you,” she said, and turned on her heels.”
“He wanted to make cast models of her. He wanted to take a set of precision calipers and measure every distance between her features. He wanted her blood and glandular fluids analyzed by the finest chemists in the world—there must be something detectibly different in her inner workings for him to respond so dramatically, as if he’d been given a drug for which science had yet to find a name.
But more than anything, he wanted to—”
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