Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.
So, Damerel in the brambles is douchey. Let's just get that out of the way. And Edward is a prig, and Oswald is a ninnyhammer. Aubrey is loveably curmudgeonly for one so young.
But I am liking this so far.
Like most of you, I didn't like the meeting between Damerel and Venetia, and I think that Heyer overplayed the "rake" a bit there - because "rake" shouldn't mean "attacks unsuspecting village girls," which is pretty much what happened. I am displeased. One of the village maidens needs to hit him where the good Lord split him.
But I did love so much that moment that Venetia realized that she likes Damerel. When she wakes up the morning after their second meeting, full of excitement because she has a friend to laugh with, that she didn't have before, my heart broke a little bit for her.
These are two incredibly lonely people. Heyer is playing it just right - lightheartedly and without self-pity, but I get the feeling that neither of them has ever really had a real friend. In the words of Anne Shirley, they are kindred spirits.