Published by Harlequin Books on October 17th 2006
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Narrator: Richard Armitage
Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, Backlist Reader Challenge
She wasn't looking for love . . .
Her beauty rivaled only by her sensibility, Venetia Lanyon is nearly resigned to spinsterhood, thanks to the enormous amount of responsibility she inherited with a Yorkshire estate, an invalid brother and the lackluster efforts of two wearisomely persistent suitors. Then she meets her neighbor, the infamous Lord Dameral, a charming rake shunned by polite society -- exactly the type of man that a woman of quality should stay away from . . .
He wasn't looking for redemption . . .
Though his scandalous past and deepest secrets give Venetia every reason to mistrust him, a rogue always gets what he wants. Without warning, his demanding kiss threatens to become a bachelor's undoing . . . and a spinster's most passionate awakening.
Georgette Heyer has been on my TBR for years and years. There are many of books that I have heard amazing things about. But, there are three Heyer books narrated by the amazing Richard Armitage! I listened to Sylvester a year or two ago and quite liked it. Finally I listened to another narrated by Richard Armitage, this time Venetia, and I loved it!
- Venetia sort of reminds me of Pride and Prejudice (never a bad thing!). Venetia and Damerel don’t care for each other at first. And Edward sort of reminded me of Mr. Collins (although in a much nastier way).
- Venetia the character was so easy to like. She is nice, but is not at all afraid to speak her mind.
- Damerel took a bit for me to love. But once I did fall for him, I FELL for him, if that makes sense. The first time Venetia and Damerel meet, I was definitely a bit annoyed with him (as was Venetia). But someone he wormed his way into my heart and wouldn’t leave.
- I loved the friendship between Venetia and Damerel. They developed this friendship first, and it was just so sweet. They were great together, and it was very easy to understand why they fell for each other.
- I also loved the friendship that Damerel gave to Venetia’s brother. Her brother needed that as well, and it made me love Damerel all the more.
- I was not surprised but nonetheless frustrated when Damerel pushed Venetia away.
- I was surprised about the revelation regarding one of Venetia’s family members. And I loved how Venetia used that surprise to her advantage.
- I loved Richard Armitage’s narration – although I’m not sure if that is because I just love him narrating books, or because I find him altogether dreamy. Perhaps it’s a bit of both.
I loved Venetia by Georgette Heyer. While the story is great on it’s on, Richard Armitage’s narration makes it all the more better. I can’t wait to listen to the third Heyer book Armitage narrated.
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