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Vice [Paperback]

Jane Feather
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Book Description

2 May 1996
From the incomparable Jane Feather, author of national bestsellers Vanity, Violet, and Valentine, comes this enthralling new romance of daring deception and forbidden passion...

Juliana drew the line at becoming a harlot. She had already begun the week as a bride...and ended it as a murderess. She was sure no one would believe that she'd hit her elderly groom with a bed warmer and knocked him dead quite by accident. So she did the only thing she could--she ran. Yet now she was in no
position to turn down a shocking proposition from the dangerously handsome Duke of Redmayne: that she become one man's wife and another man's mistress--his mistress.

Could she play such a role? Could she live up to such a bargain? And once she had tasted the pleasures of Redmayne's bed, would she ever want anything else?

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  • Paperback: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (2 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572490
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,169,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very NIce!! 20 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I thought this book was one of the better ones out of all those other extremely fake and boring historical romances books. The characters had depth, except that I thought Juliana was a bit unnatural in her tendency to fire up whenever she talked with Tarquin. I mean, how is she gonna live after she gets married--argue all the time? I loved Tarquin, the hero, who is dashing, attractive, and just plain breath-taking. THis is a must-read, so go and get it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very realistic novel 8 July 1998
By A Customer
I woul have to is a very realistic book to shows about the 17th century look on London, England.I have to put the novel 3 stars, for one thing it was just the plot was too fast, kind of confusing but over all a 50/50 novel with erotic sex, good dialogue and the plot was not that bad. People reading this, I have to say, you'll may love it,or may not love it at all.But even though I'm a very young age to read romance novels(15 to be exact), I know a good romance novel when I see one. The characters are very real and their personality have so much feeling to it.Jane Feather writes a really good novel , she is a very talented author, I truly hope she will makes better novels for us romance readers, to enjoy and loved.Juliana is a suvivor, a spirited woman, and a lively character in the novel.Tarquin he is a dangerously, handsome Duke.. in a good way and a persuasive man. But the rest of the characters.. they are my perspective. So romance readers go out there and get the novel and get seduced by the seductive world of Vice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well written with just enough spice 15 Jan 2001
By "kamisi" - Published on
Over the years, I have enjoyed reading all of Jane Feather's novels. I find her stories to be quick reads with interesting plots, complex ( albeit sometimes quirky) characters, erotic sex, and a few twist and turns to keep one reading all through the night. I found "Vice" to be an entertaining story with the right mix of plot and chemistry. However, with that being said,I thought the book's characterizations were not as strong as some of her previous novels ( Velvet, violet, virtue).It is the reason I did not rate the book higher. The darkely handsome Duke, Tarquin remains a bit too emotionally removed from the story's adventures for my taste. I think it would have helped to delve a little more into the history and psych of this smoldering, private hero. The heroine, Juliana, a true firebrand and good match for Tarquin becomes a bit too reckless and fiesty. I found myself tiring of the constant bickering between the two lovers; although, things resolve nicely by the end. With that said,if you are a fan of this author, read Vice,it is still an interesting well written story .
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and repetitive, revolting premise 11 Mar 2003
By J. Mullally - Published on
A man who will do anything to save a family estate is not going to be the most attractive hero. Tarquin is not only all that, but he is completely selfish and unable to grasp Juliana's feelings about anything.
She is so determined to fight him that she gets herself into ever more dangerous predicaments, and her campaign to reform the prostitutes takes up way too much time in the book which should rightfully have been spent with them getting to know each other and falling in love.
As for the 'love scenes' he is there for all of two seconds and then pulls out without so much as a kiss and walks off. It is evident this author does not like writing those parts of the book, in which case let us please use our imaginations rather than be so badly let down. By the time the book is half over all the love scenes vanish anyway.
He is a selfish man who moves people around like pieces on a chess board because he is wealthy and can do it. The idea of anyone loving him because of himself, and not because he is a Duke is totally thrown away. And the idea of them living happily ever after just does not ring true.
A much better book if it were half the length as well!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...but not her best!! 30 Nov 2004
By Leci D. Steele - Published on
Jane Feather is a wonderful author whose books I always enjoy, that having been said, I must admit I was a little disappointed with this one. I loved Tarquin, he was arrogant but very endearing. The heroine, Juliana was not quite as endearing. She was headstrong to the point of stupidity, always getting into one scrape after the other, expecting Tarquin or someone else to help, but refusing to take any responsibilty for having landed herself in such sad predicaments. She was the most ungrateful wretch. She never showed anyone gratitude for rescuing her from the consequences of her rash behavior. The plot was fast-paced but sometimes got bogged down by the heroine's zeal to reform and unionize the prostitution industry. I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the heroine had not been such an idiot!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as I remembered.. 21 April 2014
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I read this book many years ago, and I remember liking it very I purchased it again. I am beginning to wonder what was wrong with me. While I enjoyed the writing, and I am as much for a strong willed heroine as the next person, there is a fine line between willfulness and sheer stupidity. Among other lacking qualities I found in Juliana. I enjoyed the plot, but the heroine made the book difficult for me to enjoy more. She even admits that her lot in life could have been significantly worse were it not for the arrangement she found herself in, yet continued to defy the hero at every turn and not only put herself in dangerous situations time and again, but then had the audacity to blame HIM for whatever unfortunate situation she managed to get herself into, and never offered a word of gratitude after his continual rescues. I was speaking with a friend of mine about the book, and even said to her, "You know what? If I were him, I would have kicked her @$$ to the curb already and been done with her ungrateful, stupid self." But then I guess that is why I would not be a very good love story....not to say this one is much better. I think if I were not so annoyed with the heroine at every page turn, I would have absolutely LOVED this book. As it stands, however, three stars is the most I can give.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your interest but you will be frustrated with the heroine 13 Sep 2010
By Camillereads - Published on
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What do you do when you accidentally kill your husband on your wedding night? If you are Juliana you run to London with no money, no contacts and hope you find a job. But suddenly you find yourself living in a bordello and "sold" to a Duke in a wild scheme that will actually make your life a lot better.

This novel was a quick and easy read and will hold your attention. The only problem is I started to immensely dislike the "heroine". Her decision making process left a lot to be desired and it got to the point where I had to side with the duke who "purchased" her. I know many historical romance readers like "strong willed" female characters, but how can you like a character that is stubborn to the point they continue to make silly decisions which always ends in harm's way?

As for the romance, I was a little disappointed the author did not take us on a "romantic journey". Juliana and the Duke instantly lusted over each other, and love was barely mentioned, which I found odd. On the plus side, I did learn a lot about prostitution in Victorian London and the infamous red-light district of Covent Garden.
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