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Deirdre and Don Juan by Jo Beverley

Deirdre and Don Juan

Plain Lady Deirdre Stowe is not impressed when the seductive Earl of Everdon proposes to her. She might be plain, but she has another man in mind thank you! As the Earl gets to know her, and her chosen match, he sees that beauty is more than skin deep and her intended is a mismatch. Now if he can only get her to see…

Deirdre and Everdon are engaging in themselves, but it is their chemistry which draws the reader. Their wit and determination not to let the other ‘win’ cause amusement while creating the sense they would be well matched. Their interactions plus past and present heartbreak due to mismatches make the plot humorous and create hope for a happily ever after. Beverley’s descriptions of outfits beautiful and hideous, activities including a spontaneous horse race and social mores bring the reader into Regency England.  Deirdre and Don Juan is a good read for those wanting a pair with good chemistry, a humorous but also serious plot and/or a break in Regency England.

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Phoebe in Georgette Heyer’s Sylvester is another not beautiful heroine who is not impressed when a man famous for scandal comes calling. She is so not impressed by him that she even wrote a book featuring him as a villain…

Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice also have a chemistry which could make them a perfect match. That is if they can stop insulting one another and get past a few misconceptions…

Want to learn more about the Regency England? Books such as An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England provide a look on that time and place.

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Scandal in Venice by Amanda McCabe

Scandal in Venice

Lady Elizabeth Everdean flees to Venice after her life goes horribly wrong. Unknown to her, Sir Nicolas Hollingsworth has come to retrieve her to repay a debt of honor. He didn’t know she could understand how the pain can cause pain. She didn’t expect to meet a man who could bring joy into her life again. Unfortunately, the truth of his mission might destroy the love growing between them…

Elizabeth and Nicolas have a chemistry that not only comes from attractiveness but from being antidotes to each other’s pain. Nicolas shows Elizabeth that a relationship with a man, despite the examples she has seen, can be joyful. Elizabeth shows Nicolas that he deserves to be loved and can have a meaningful relationship despite the pain he holds. The other characters also make this book worth reading: witty and bold Georgina, pained Peter and loyal Stephen. Venice is a beautiful place full of parties, beautiful clothing and an almost mystical ability for people to be drawn together. The Regency atmosphere of cards, partying and the occasional slang is extravagant and fun. The plot also appeals to the reader: wondering if the heroine and hero will have a happy ending and whether Peter is truly seeking redemption. Scandal in Venice is appealing for its characters with pasts who threaten the present, Venice and Regency atmosphere in general and being an escapist read.

Want other reads like Scandal in Venice?

Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas is another Regency Romance in which past secrets threaten future happiness. In this case companion Catherine Mark’s past threatens to prevent marriage to the man of her dreams…

Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton features a Regency heroine who thinks she has found the man of her dreams, but learning about his past may prevent future happiness…

 

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