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Velvet Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 1994

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553564692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553564693
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A moonlit night, France, 1805... This is how we are taken into this story about two strong characters involved in the games and dangers of espionage in the days of Napoleon and his march across Europe. And apart from a slight dip about 3/4s of the way through, the tale delivers intrigue, passion and danger in bucketloads!

We follow the meeting and intertwining of hero and heroine through both of their eyes; Gabrielle is a feisty, passionate and attractive woman with family ties to both France and England, and a score to settle with the man who ordered the assassination of her lover, which make her the perfect mix for a double agent. But she's up against England's spymaster, Nathaniel, a cool dispassionate customer who will make her work for any crumb of affection he has left in him. Sparks fly between the two right from the off, and never really let go until the end.

Light relief comes in the form of Nathaniel's young son and the friends who surround the pair, the danger ratcheted up by the likes of the Paris secret police chief and Gabrielle's godfather, who will keep entangling her in his own grand schemes for the reins of power in Europe.

Stick with the slightly slushy section near the end of the story (which seems a bit out of place here because the rest of the book is written in a completely different context, very passionate and pacy rather than lovey-dovey), as overall the book is worth a complete read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite Jane Feather book. A very liberated heroine, mature and experienced, is a nice change from the usual innocent virgin found in so many other romance novels, even Ms. Feather's. Enjoy!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 1998
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This book is not good as "Vice" and "Violet" but definetly better than "The Diamond Slipper". The nicest part of "Velvet" is Jake, the hero's six-year-old son. That boy looks like a promising character for a sequel book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The most mature and exciting of Ms. Feather's novels 25 Nov. 1999
By Krystle Chow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Feather is one of my favourite authors and this was by far her best novel, unparalleled even in comparison to her other novels. I loved Gabrielle de Beaucaire, who was the most inspiring and liberated heroine of all Ms. Feather's books. I found Nathaniel Praed a little stuffy, but the romance between them was sizzling and the adventure was heartstopping! Definitely a novel I will treasure always.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected 24 Nov. 2009
By A Book a Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There were limited reviews on this but since they were all positive, I gave it a go. I did enjoy the book overall, however I have to say it just didn't seem romantic or connected. The hero is a spymaster for England and the heroine is a spy for France set at the time of Napolean's terror. I loved the strength of Gabby as a character, but wasn't quite convinced of the love she developed for our hero. She had two great loves in her life, but she seemed more like a slave to sex than to love. On the hero's side, quite frankly, outside of being good in bed, Nathaniel seemed like a total loser. Still grieving his wife lost in childbirth six years before, he becomes a terrible friend, a terrible father and an all around not nice person. They both throughout the entire book do not trust or are trying to manipulate each other, but keep throwing caution to the wind because they can't keep their hands off each other...recklessly and indiscreetly so for two trained spies, it just didn't add up. Right from the start, Gabby is intent on seducing Nathaniel to become a double agent as part of her revenge because Nathaniel gave the order to assasinate her lover. She sleeps with him, even though she hates him, and because the chemistry is so great, she's already starting to fall for him. I just couldn't sink my teeth into it. As for the spy element, I'm not even sure why she needed to become a double agent in the first place, it was all wrapped up like they were fighting on the same side the entire time for the good of Europe, but just couldn't put their cards on the table due to their alleged loyalties. She was initially motivated by revenge, but I don't even know what that revenge would have been. It certainly wasn't to kill him or even make him look like a fool... I'm still asking what was the revenge she was plotting that would slake the emotion of having her lover die in her own arms? Having said that, the book was much more focused on sex as the mechanism to bring these two together and outweighed some of the more romantic aspects that go along with learning about one another and seeing the inner self. Right up until the remaining pages, Gabby chases after Nathaniel to try and save his life, when she gets there, he doesn't listen to her explanantion, learns she still has access to government secrets, calls her a whore and slaps her from feelings of betrayal... she has to scream she's pregnant so he won't hurt her further. If actions like this happened towards the beginning of the novel, I think I could have stomached it more, but with 22 pages to go, you'd think a relationship would have progressed a little further than that. So with probably more detail than most, I liked the heroine in principle, didn't care for the hero, and was confused when it was over.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Jane Feather's best! 24 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite Jane Feather book. A very liberated heroine, mature and experienced, is a nice change from the usual innocent virgin found in so many other romance novels, even Ms. Feather's. Enjoy!
Started Slow 24 Aug. 2012
By Riley Grey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Velvet

In the beginning both the H&H seemed somewhat shallow and superficial but Ms. Feather went on to develope them very well. Plenty of action and danger as well as love and of course love scenes. Enjoyed the inclusion of the child and seeing Nathaniel learn to be a father.

Lesser characters not that interesting or distinctive. Was sorry when the book ended and would definitely recommend. However, the dozens of typos are very annoying - especially when the spelling of the heroine's name changes in the same paragraph repeatedly.
I love Jane Feather this is not one of her best 21 Aug. 2014
By D. Thedford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Jane Feather this is not one of her best. It did not catch my interest like some of her others (The Silver Rose) but it is ok if you need something to read. I wish she would do a rewrite of it. The premise was good but not well done.
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