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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….

©2012 Sherry Thomas (P)2012 Recorded Books

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Sherry Thomas is the best!

Would you listen to Beguiling the Beauty again? Why?

One of my favorite romance writers! Her characters are always three dimensional and her plots are riveting. You really like these people! This is the first in the Fitzhugh series. My favorite is the story of Hastings and Helena. Great book!

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loved it.

Great situation, characters, and adventures. Wished it had been a bit longer...I'll go to the library for the other two.

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The characters are round. The story is great and t

The romance is beautiful. There's harmony between the development of the characters and the "crescendo" of the story. These book is worthy to read (or listening).

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Different Story

Would you listen to Beguiling the Beauty again? Why?

Yes. It was refreshing

Who was your favorite character and why?

the heroine

What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

Didn't notice it. So it was perfect

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this ooh imensly

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  • Karen
  • Southern United Starex
  • 06-12-14

Well done Ms. Thomas, you have a new fan

I enjoyed the story line in this book very much. The author Sherry Thomas takes us on an unexpected journey. How two people could dislike each other more and still end up together is a writing feat worthy of being shared. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator too. Her ability to do different characters and not read to fast should be applauded. It's difficult in historical romance to change up the boy meets girl and falls in love plot line but Ms. Thomas did it wonderfully.

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Frustrating Plot

What did you like best about Beguiling the Beauty? What did you like least?

Jenny Sterlin, the narrator is always good, which is why I purchased this book.
I got very frustrated with the plot half-way through when Venetia falls in love with the Duke but chooses to act like a "B..." even after he knows her identity. Also, she doesn't tell her family what is going on even when she marries the Duke. There is no reason to keep them in the dark when she has a good relationship with them and they would not judge her.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would change Venetia's behavior toward the Duke after he learns her identity. He could still refuse to forgive her without her behavior toward him being so wicked. She just makes herself look worse in his eyes which at this point she shouldn't wish to do.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Sherry Thomas's early novels very much and was disappointed in this one.

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Sexy, Romantic and Well-Written

I loved this story. It was so well-written with wonderful dialogue, interesting plot and delightfully charming characters. My absolutely favorite part is the shipboard romance between the Duke of Lexington and Venetia Easterbrook disguised as a German Baroness. Venetia was hoping to revenge herself upon the Duke for remarks he made about her at a lecture she attended, but instead she falls in love. And the fact that she's in disguise makes this otherwise reserved and "dukely" duke open up his heart to her. It's a blistering and lovely affair, but Venetia has to deal with the consequences when she returns to England and must appear undisguised and as herself. Definitely one of my favorite listens,

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 01-02-14

Wonderful..

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What a great romantic story. I loved Venetia and Christian, really loved their time on the ship. As to her extraordinary beauty, I loved that too. In a romantic novel I want to have a hero and heroine to look just that way. In the real world I face the "not perfect" people but in a book I want to be taken away to a make-believe world for a few hours. But, that's just me. I think Ms. Thomas did a spectacular job with this book. Not as good as His At Night but pretty darn close.
As to the narrator? She could have done a little better with her male voices but, over all, she did OK.

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  • Judith
  • Pennington, NJ, United States
  • 01-21-13

A very good book, but...

Would you consider the audio edition of Beguiling the Beauty to be better than the print version?

I actually liked the audio version better than the print version

Any additional comments?

I liked the book and the audio up to the last chapter. The way Sherry Thomas finished the book felt abrupt and somewhat unbelievable. I would say this is an excellent the book except for the last book. This is however a great lead-in to the next two books in the series.

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Great story and series!

I love this book and the others in the series. I think they are well written and I enjoy hearing about life in the late 1800s.

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