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review 2017-07-14 01:57
Quick Thoughts: Ravished
Ravished - Amanda Quick

Ravished
by Amanda Quick

 

 

From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of the a fashionable London soiree comes an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple . . . poised to discover the rapture of love.

There was no doubt about it.  What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man.  Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot.  But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself. . . .

Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing.  Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him.  For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe . . . and a searing passion she yearned to answer.  Now, caught up in the Beast’s clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart–and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.



Really, the best part of this book was definitely Harriet!

While Harriet doesn't stray far from most of Amanda Quick's typical heroines, there's just something about her attitude about life, about her priorities... just her entire style is so, so great!  She's unconventional, like an Amanda Quick heroine, but she goes a step further by almost being an absentminded professor.  She's so obsessed with her fossils that something life altering could have happened, she reacts appropriately, but then gets distracted pretty easily with thoughts of fossils.

It's a little disconcerting, and while many might find a trait like this a bit annoying, I actually find it kind of amusing.

In comparison, Gideon, the Viscount St. Justin, is also the typical Amanda Quick broody male alpha.  He's a good man, but he's got all the broody alpha frustrating traits you can think of.  Of course, he's also misunderstood, and has endured a blemish on his reputation without anyone to stand by his side for the past six years.  It's no wonder he behaves the way he does at present, because, as Gideon explains, when no one will believe you, no matter how many times you try to explain yourself, you just give up and let people believe what they want to believe.

To be honest, while I didn't really like the way that Harriet and Gideon end up together intimately, the rest of their relationship is just lots of sweetness and fun.  I loved how Gideon would keep trying to intimidate Harriet, and she would just blow him off like an obstinate child; and the amusing thing was that he knew she wouldn't be cowed by his behavior, but he kept trying anything, probably to get her fired up or something.

The story of the Beast of Blackthorne Hall wasn't as much like the 'Beauty and the Beast' story as I had expected.  Instead, I loved the direction that this story went, because even despite not quite following in the fairy tale it is said to be a retelling of, it still holds an almost fairy tale like flow and ending.

Harriet is a wonderful and sweet person who never once strays from her belief in St. Justin's character.  And I love how she continuously defends his honor, constantly becoming outraged on his behalf whenever others try to make him look like the beast they think he is.  She has no restraint in her reactions.  She is so straight forward about herself, innocently responding without any qualms, without any underlying motives.

I loved when Gideon's mother asked her if she'd received any social polish after being in London for some time, and her response was a very unhesitant, "Well, no, not really."  Meanwhile, her thoughts kept straying back to fossils.

It was great being able to predict her responses, but then being pleasantly surprised when her thought process went in a different direction.

The main conflict of the story was pretty predictable, to be honest, which is not to say it took away any from my enjoyment.  In fact, I think I spent more time having fun with Gideon and Harriet's relationship and bickering dialogue.

Side characters were also fleshed out and very likable, though they didn't get as much book time as I would have liked.  Harriet's sister, Felicity, is lovely and fun; Aunt Effie was stern, but also amusing.  Mrs. Stone, what little we see of her, was frustratingly annoying, but comedic in a way.  I loved the introduction we get of Gideon's parents, not the arrogant upper crust stiffs I'd been expecting, but quite open, honest, and readily likable.

And even the young group of fossil organization members were cute.  The drunken kidnapping to Gretna Green was actually kind of fun.

All in all, Ravished is a wonderfully enjoyable book, with a few quibbles that I chose to ignore.  And as I'd stated already, Harriet is probably my favorite of the entire book!


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Page Count:  418
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text 2017-07-08 01:57
Starting: Ravished
Ravished - Amanda Quick

It was a scene straight out of a nightmare.  Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, stood on the threshold and gazed into the cheerful little anteroom of hell.

 

There were bones everywhere.  Savagely grinning skulls, bleached ribs, and shattered femurs were scattered about like so much devil's garbage.  Chunks of stone with teeth and toes and other odd bits embedded in them were stacked on the windowsill.  A pile of vertebrae littered the floor in one corner.

 

 

Interesting...

 

 

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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Ravished
Ravished - Amanda Quick I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017: Fairy tale Retelling square.

I have carried this book with me to countless countries and on countless vacations at this point. I love “Ravished.” I think Amanda Quick was firing on all cylinders for this one. I ended up reading this after another romance book I started was ticking me off so badly I just ran to my shelves and pulled this book down. You have a hero and heroine you can root for, an A and a B plot, and some very cute secondary characters.

Harriet is a typical Quick heroine. She’s not conventionally beautiful, but is very smart. Harriet is interested in archaeology and more to the point with anything dealing with old bones and teeth. Living in Upper Biddleton she calls on Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to come and deal with thieves who have set themselves up in the caves she is exploring.

St. Justin is a recluse from society due to his very large body and the scar that is down one side of his face due to a fencing accident. St. Justin, called the Beast of Blackthorne Hall by the local residents, does come to Upper Biddleton wanting to know what female dared to command him to come and do his duty. Readers find out quickly about St. Justin’s nasty past with many blaming him for the suicide of one of the local young girls who St. Justin was engaged to at one time.

Harriet and Gideon were wonderful together. Honestly. From the very beginning you get to see that Harriet doesn’t let Gideon’s scar or bad temper (justified in this case) get to her at all. She looks past that and sees a man who is very lonely and doesn’t have anyone in the world. She’s also very focused on archaeology and only Gideon is able to divert her from her pursuit of finding out about a tooth she finds that does not seem to belong to any creature that she has heard of.

Gideon is scared to love anyone again after dealing with the fact that the local girl he was engaged to really didn’t love him. He and his father fight every-time they see each other, and he barely speaks to his mother. Gideon hides from them thinking that they would prefer it if he were dead, and his older, more handsome brother were still alive.

I love the fact that Harriet is so protective of Gideon and not once, but twice goes after anyone that calls St. Justin a Beast. There is a scene in a ballroom where she launches herself at someone and I cracked the heck up. And Gideon does his best to provoke Harriet in order to see I think how much she does love him. Good for her for never taking any of his crap and telling him that she loved him all of the time. That was probably tho only failing of Gideon’s that I saw. Due to what has happened to him, he really doesn’t believe or think he can love someone.

The secondary characters in this one are really great. Harriet’s aunt is very stern, while her sister Felicity is hilarious. I once again wish that Quick had spun off some of her characters into other books. Felicity seems to find most of Society hilarious. And honestly one can’t blame her due the hypocrisy of most of the people in this story. St.. Justin’s parents are really good in this too. You get to see how far apart he is from his parents, but the fact that his father realizes he was wrong about St. Justin, and his mother thanks Harriet for bringing her son back to her were tear jerker moments for me while reading. We also see one of St. Justin’s old friends rear his head, and we realize why the two men fell out.

The A plot (thieves in Upper Biddleton) and B plot (a man trying his best to pursue Harriet for his own reasons) tie together nicely in this one. I did love though that when push came to shove in one key scene, we have Harriet saving herself.

The writing was easy to read and the flow was great. No complaints from me at all.

The setting between Uppder Biddleton and a Society that had turned its back on St. Justin was an interesting contrast. Apparently people in the countryside can be just as much jerks as people in London.

The ending was satisfying and the epilogue was too.

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review 2016-10-09 16:37
RAVISHED BY THE BOSS by Ava Sterling
Ravished By the Boss - Ava Sterling

Sarah is called to take dictation for her boss, Mr. Kane, but she does not remember taking it.  When he wants her to take dictation the next day, it feels like déjà vu but she still cannot remember.

 

I enjoyed this short tale.  I wish it were longer.  I was curious about what Mr. Kane was doing to Sarah.  I was also curious about the identity of the man in the elevator that Sarah keeps remembering.  I hope to find out about him but I did find out what Mr. Kane was doing and it was hot.  I was as enthralled as Sarah.  I hope to see more of them.

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text 2016-09-04 22:52
Ravished by Amanda Quick $1.99 Comfort Read!
Ravished - Amanda Quick

From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of the a fashionable London soiree comes an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple . . . poised to discover the rapture of love.

There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself. . . .

Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing. Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him. For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe . . . and a searing passion she yearned to answer. Now, caught up in the Beast’s clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart–and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.

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