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Venus [Mass Market Paperback]

Jane Feather

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26 Aug 2003
From the New York Times bestselling Jane Feather, author of To Kiss a Spy and Kissed by Shadows, comes a deliciously sensual tale of intrigue and temptation…

The last thing Lord Nicholas Kincaid expected to see in the gloom of a London tavern was a vision of loveliness. And when she led him to a bedchamber with a come-hither smile, there was no question of resisting—until he realized the lying wench meant to render him senseless so the landlord could rob him blind! That’s how the handsome lord made the acquaintance of Miss Polly Wyat, a ravishing beauty he soon decided would make the perfect spy. Unwittingly, she would infiltrate the inner circle at the king’s court. But when Nicholas sets out to bind Polly with chains of passion, he’ll find himself hard-pressed not to be bewitched…or to fall in love.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (26 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553573691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553573695
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,167,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-Publish Alert! 2 Dec 2003
By LBM - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was previously published as "Heart's Folly", in 1988. It IS dated - I throughly agree with the review by Kathleen, above. The heroine is irritating, and way too self-sacrificial. Feather has written much better books, since.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same stuff, different day 5 Sep 2003
By K. N. Nelson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author has a gift for interesting dialogs appropriate to the time period she is writing of,(despite the alltime most irritating word "mayhaps"in that genre). In this case the setting is in the 1600s in King Charles reign. The aristocrats are powerful and conniving with a mishmash conspiracy plot by Lord Buckingham to control the King and bolster his own ill defined power grab. He is the sleezy villian in the yarn.
The Baron Kincaid is the flummoxed rescuer of another of Feather's trademark inane and very unsympathetic heroines. In this case the damsel in distress is Polly Wyat, a 17 year old of unremarkable birth who is currently serving in a sleezy pub at the mercy of her cruel and abusive uncle. She is a fleabitten, filthy bar maid in search of an escape from her strife filled life and looking for a protector to help her fulfill her dream of becoming a stage actor.
There are so many loose ends in this book that despite a different and potentially interesting plot the end result is confusion. What happens to Lord Kincaid's career after his false imprisonment? What about his grand plans to overthrow Buckingham? What does he do with his new bride and his irascible sister Lady Margaret a puritan of preachy morality who bites the very hand that feeds her? In this story the hero is also dimwitted even though he is an experienced at the art and folly of politics. On many levels this story made no sense as it progressed and proved ultimately frustrating.
But I think most of all, my objections to this book is that this is another one of the dimwit females that the author seems to have in every one of her books. This one is obnoxious in her posturing and cutesy mannerisms to the point of teeth grinding by this reader. If you like this sort of helpless female in embattled situations falling into the arms of a strong man with a big "sword" then this book is for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice but not one of her best 27 July 2004
By IRRS - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Feather uses an interesting time and setting for her book and while I've seen books that had more atmosphere this one does fairly well. She also includes a great deal of information (nicely presented) about the role and lives of actors and Restoration theater. It was not uncommon for high ranking men to marry female actors so the ending for Venus wasn't out of bounds. But I do wonder how many of these women continued in their professional careers after marriage (as Polly seems set to do).

Polly is also a mistress for most of the book (nice change) but started out as a 17 year old virgin (sort of hard to believe she had kept her maidenhead in her circumstances for that long a time). Feather balances this by an event I wasn't expecting towards the end of the book when no punches get pulled as

Buckingham takes his revenge.

I like Nick even as he cold bloodedly prepares Polly for her role in his plan. I get a sense of him as a man of his times who doesn't hesitate to put the little woman in her (lesser) place even though he loves her. He goes for the win in all battles of wit and precedence (though Polly does seem able to control

him fairly well) and their relationship is similar to the battles of the sexes in the plays in which Polly stars.

There are some nice secondary characters but I was a bit disappointed that Feather didn't use more of the great calamity of the year (the Great Plague of 1665). This book also featured Feather's low key sexual tension style but as I was expecting it, it didn't bother me as much.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... 10 Dec 2003
By Elizabeth - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The research that must have gone into this book was tremendous, and for that, Ms Feather should be commended. From the blurb, the story had a lot of potential, but for me, it didn't live up to it. I got tired of Polly always backing down when she and Nicholas disagreed. The emotional connection between the two just didn't come across as convincing for me, and I don't feel like I got to know them very well to be able to empathize with them. I got to page 270, but I've had enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed 28 May 2005
By Megan - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been reading historical romances for awhile now but I just recently started reading books by Jane Feather. This is the 2nd one I've read and I had a very hard time finishing it. The reason I had such a hard time was because of Polly, the main female character. I couldn't stand how stupid she was...yes she was only 17 yrs old but c' was just too much. I'm going to continue reading Feather's books but I'm hoping the other books are much better..if anyone has any good books by this author please let me know so I can begin again with a good one by Feather...
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