A leopard does not change its spots... but can the innocent spinster, Venetia, win the infamous rake, Lord Damerel's heart ?
I read this many years ago. It is even beter the second time!
I reread a paperback copy of this so much I wore it out. Georgette Heyer is a fantastic writer. So entertaining and fun.
One of the most delightful regency romances ever. Venetia Lanyon had been forced by her stern father to live a dull and secluded life in the country with only her brother for company. Her neighbor was Lord Damerel - a notorious gambler, a shocking rake, a man with whom no girl's virtue was safe. When he unexpectedly returned home after a long absence, he caught Venetia trespassing, and immediately found her to be the most fascinating and wittily perverse woman he had ever encountered. Venetia found him rude, arrogant, frightening ... but exciting beyond words.
Love Georgette Heyer!!!!!
All the Heyer elements, this time without the background of Almacks and the London Season. I must have read this at some point in my youth, but I didn't remember it and so it was brand new to me.
This is a 1958 copy, but the book is in good shape.
In all her twenty-five years, lovely Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrogate, nor enjoyed the attentions of any but her two wearisomely persistant suitors. Then, in one extraordinary encounter, she meets a neighbour she only knows by reputation - the infamous Lord Damerel - and before she realizes it, finds herself egging on a libertine whose way of life has scandalised the North Riding for years.
A bit different from Ms. Heyer's usual sweetness and light among the "proper" women. Venetia is a bit too outgoing for her time period. She makes a great character, and I'm glad she "gets her man" (or maybe he gets her. Read it to find out.)