BEGUILING THE BEAUTY
From a fresh, vibrant voice comes another unconventional romance that has depth of character, powerful emotions, fascinating plotting and an unforgettable story. Thomas speaks for all women who crave independence, respect and the love of the right man. Setting the stage for her trilogy, she merges two subplots seamlessly into this powerful story so readers will eagerly await the sequels.
Once glimpse of the beautiful Venetia Townsend and young Christian de Montfort, Duke of Lexington, fell in love. But when he heard of her callousness from her husband’s lips days before his death, he vowed to forget her. Venetia knows of the rumors that swirl around her, but when she hears the duke’s harsh words at a lecture she is stunned and determined to have her revenge. On a voyage from America to England, she disguises herself as the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg and enters into a torrid affair with Christian. Trouble begins when their heated sexual encounters become more intellectually intimate. Venetia disappears when they dock, but Christian’s determination to find her might ruin her scheme, while bringing her a love she never anticipated. (BERKLEY SENSATION, May, 304 pp., $7.99)