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Friday, July 3, 2009

Venice by Lynne Connolly

Venice by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (201 pgs)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Venice is perfect for their honeymoon. Unless an assassin plays his cards right…

Richard and Rose, Book 3

At long last, it is Lord and Lady Strang’s wedding day. Yet no sooner do Richard and Rose leave their wedding breakfast than two shots ring out, forcing a hasty change in honeymoon plans. Instead of traveling together by yacht, Richard goes on ahead, making sure the road to Venice is safe for his beloved.

Rose is by no means alone, however. Along her journey by packet, coach, even mule, she befriends young couple, the Ravens, who have a strange confession to make. They are traveling incognito—and are really the newlywed Lord and Lady Strang!

Once reunited in Venice, Richard and Rose heat up the sheets, making Richard consider the delightful possibility of keeping his wife in bed for the rest of their stay. Except Venice is as full of knaves as London, and one of them is still trying to find them with a bullet.

The Ravens could hold the key to the assassination attempts. Or perhaps they are playing a deadly game of their own…
Venice is as beguiling as the glittering city in the sea itself. There is love, intimacy, desperation, and the shining promises that might indeed cover deception.

Young Rose Strang, newlywed of Lord Richard Strang, meets – on what was to be her honeymoon journey – none other than ... Lord and Lady Strang.

Lovely young Rose, not all that long from resigning herself to being a respectable spinster, is simply floored. If she is Lady Strang – and she most assuredly is that lady, and viscountess besides – then these two are surely imposters…and yet… how well does she know this man she has married? He has not the most sterling reputation, after all. And to think, once her greatest fear was not bumbling through the ceremony itself!

Rose is simply darling; shy, self-effacing and always desperately hoping not to fail her duty. Richard has all the dash and drama needed, with his ‘unearthly’ good looks, and powerfully sensual personality. Surely, this is enough for the newlyweds?

Yet the start of their lives together does not go smoothly. They rush forward into an unplanned adventure, blackmail, mistrust, and more. The lovely city of Venice, with its canals and boatman, contributes to the magical aura of their love, which permeates every page, even with suspense hovering around the couple constantly. Toying with the other couple, the Ravens, provides some light moments, but on the whole, this is a serious story, with some dark elements. Readers may anticipate certain twists, and the behavior of characters.

Venice is a very engaging romance. There are lovely, intimate scenes between husband and wife, and their hunger as well as gentle feeling for one another shines through every scene. Even so, Connolly manages to keep a constant tension going about what is about to happen. The storyline is mostly unpredictable, from start to finish. My guess is that, like I, other readers will wait, and hope, that each of the characters rises to the requirements before them.


Lynne Connolly said...

What a lovely review! Thank you so much!

Pam P said...

This is one of my favorite series!