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American artist Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister, Sophie, have arrived in enchanting nineteenth-century Venice with a single-minded goal. The twins, who have fled scandal in New York, are determined to break into Venice's expatriate set and find a wealthy patron to support Joseph's work.

But the enigmatic Hannigans are not the only ones with a secret agenda. Joseph's talent soon attracts the attention of the magnificent Odilé Leon, a celebrated courtesan and muse who has inspired many artists to greatness. But her inspiration comes with a devastatingly steep price.

As Joseph falls under the courtesan's spell, Sophie joins forces with Nicholas Dane, the one man who knows Odilé's dark secret, and her sworn enemy. When the seductive muse offers Joseph the path to eternal fame, the twins must decide who to believe - and just how much they are willing to sacrifice for fame.

©2014 Megan Chance (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • 08-13-14

More gothic romance than historical fiction

Would you listen to Inamorata again? Why?

I enjoyed this book. The novel is set in Venice sometime around turn of the 19th century. The supernatural element is central to the story but an "impossible" romance is also involved. There are moderate doses of "corset unlacing" and lifting of chemises---nothing too graphic and certainly appropriate within the context of the story. I could certainly stand listening to it again for its entertainment value.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the twins....and the "creature"; I believed she had incredible potential which was not fully exploited by the author.

Which character – as performed by David deVries – was your favorite?

The "creature" was wonderfully performed.

Any additional comments?

This book is well written and very entertaining. I enjoyed it....I do like period pieces, don't mind the supernatural and love anything that has to do with Venice. The city becomes another character in this story and it is the perfect setting for it. There are echoes of Anne Rice here. But this is not historical fiction. If you liked Anne Rice when Lestat was her hero and her witches were running around New Orleans you will enjoy this "Lite" version.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Mysticism, Mystery, Love, Loyalty and Sacrifice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to my friends. This is an excellent book, and I think listening to it narrated added a whole new level of enjoyment.

What other book might you compare Inamorata to and why?

I think the closest book(s) I would compare Inamorata to would be Dan Brown's books, where he weaves history, mysticism, mystery, and of course a love interest into his stories.

What does David deVries bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

David deVries did an excellent job narrating this book. Having been to Venice, I could see in my mind the places he was describing in the book, and experienced all the descriptions with all my senses (smell, sight, hearing, touch). When the reader should feel apprehension or fear, I was in that moment completely, on the edge of my seat. When the relationships between characters were described, I could feel it as if I were the character. He even did an excellent job narrating the different female and male voices, which I think would be difficult for a male narrator. I would probably buy another audible book just because it was narrated by David deVries.

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

Definitely! I couldn't stop listening...I was completely captivated. I usually listen to my audiobooks first thing in the morning as I drink my morning coffee and prepare mentally for my work day, and for 2 days I listened for 3-4 hours straight and picked up where I left off in the evening.

Any additional comments?

Great book, great narration. I would highly recommend this audible book as a first time experience to those new to Audible!

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Really disturbing

Would you try another book from Megan Chance and/or David deVries?

Probably not, but the narrator did okay.

What was most disappointing about Megan Chance’s story?

[Spoilers}<br/><br/>I wish I'd known this was quite as disturbing as it is. Themes of incest, child abuse, sex and dead bodies. A bit too dark for my taste.

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An incredible story - the narrator, not so much

Inamorata is a riveting story but the narrator completely ruined the parts written from female characters' perspective. He made the heroins sound infantile and stupid. Maybe this pretentious manner and speaking softly is how he imagines females spoke back in the day, or should still be speaking. Maybe somebody else wouldn't mind the narration at all but it aggrevated me to no end. To be fair, narrator's done great with the rest of the book.
Still, a fantastic story.

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Much Darker Than Expected

Story was OK but not great. It was very dark and sinister which was unexpected after reading the summary. I liked the narrator but would not read anything else by this author again. Somebody who does not mind books about daemons might enjoy it more.

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Good storyline and performance ...

I liked the storyline ...it was a very intrresting twist...but, it did get confusing at times....

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Not what I expected....in a good way

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Even though this book (in my opinion) can be considered paranormal, we don't read to many about succubae/incubi. It is great insight into their behaviors. And to attach the story to great artists, musicians, poets, etc was a great move.

What did you like best about this story?

This is not your typical romance. There are a lot of new spins to it and it was not overdone. The story was well put together and it also flowed well.

Which character – as performed by David deVries – was your favorite?

the sister was my favorite. He portrayed her personality and how she felt.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end when a big decision/sacrifice has to be made. I wanted to scream and say "Noooooo" but it had to be done.

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pretty good a little long

took a while to get into it... finally understood each character. The voices were well done.

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Stunning

Brilliant and beautifully written. This story is fascinating and addictive from the very beginning. Sensuality, mystery and terror intertwine. I listened to this on Audible, and I was hooked. Is there more?

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Simply lovely

The story and plot were very unique and well presented. The narrator was excellent and the experience of hearing this book was most memorable. Thanks for the enjoyment!