Ravished: A Novel

By Amanda Quick

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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jean rabe
I recommend this book and I buy all of Amanda Quick's books.It had a nice twist to it,
alittle different that what I normally like to read, but a good read
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tausance
There is no such thing as an Amanda Quick that you don't want to read and not put down and this was no exception. She is my favorite in all her guises. She never disappoints.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
siamphone louankang
It's a good book....I just forgot I had bought it already. The book was fine and the shipping was fine
Otherwise Engaged :: Second Sight (Arcane Society Series Book 1) :: 'Til Death Do Us Part (Berkley Sensation) :: The Perfect Poison (An Arcane Society Novel) :: Assassin Next Door (Bad Boy Inc. Book 1)
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
talia
I really wanted to like this book. I like other books written by Amanda Quick and a mystery to solve alongside a budding romance usually leaves a smile on my face. However the further I got into this book the worst my mood became. The heroine is beyond annoying. I don't mind having a hobby or even being eccentric about a particular interest, but every other word out of her mouth is bone this bone that. I didn't believe the romance between her and the hero. It was force and it seemed fights were always set up between them so that they could end up making out only to fight again once they finished. If you're looking for a book to take your breath away and characters you want to root for, or a love story to end all love story--this is not it. Not worth the hours of hoping maybe a turn of the page will reveal something worthwhile.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dinom
Okay characters. Some twists to plot.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
deana
Shallow, unbelievers characters, thin plot, repetitive dialog. Would have made an interesting short story, but is a silly novel. Good sex scenes, but why can't there be a good story to go with them.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dan drazen
no commen
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krystin
I was expecting chuckles and was disappointed. The Kindle edition's many typos and miss-spellings were distracting. Hope you actually read this review, the store/Kindle, and do something about your proofreading.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
christina brazinski
Disappointing - she phoned this one in.
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safa aldamsis
I feel guilty even attempting to write a review since I could not get past the first 4 chapters. The female lead, Harriet, was an idiot and I could not even tolerate her character. I finally put the book in the "garage sale" box and moved on... I hate giving up on a book but in this case I had no choice.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
heikki
The most boring book I have ever read. Fossils, fossils blah, blah, blah and an extremely annoying leading female character. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my 10 bucks on this one.
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rimita
I LOVE Beauty and the Beast. Love it. I have seen the Disney movie approximately a billion times. It is one of my favorite stories. And I love retellings of the story. It is pretty easy to make me love a story if it is Beauty and the Beast related. I also love old timey books. Love them. Plus I love fossils! I could go look at fossils all day and be happy. Love them and geology and all that stuff. It is the best.

So all of this love makes it seem like I should love Ravished right? I mean it is about a girl who loves fossils, collects them and tries to find them in the caves near her house. It is old timey. It is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. It seems like this would be a shoe in for one of my favorite books. Only it wasn't. It was bad. How did the author take all these elements I love and turn it into this book that was so frustrating to read? Well by writing it in this "zany" way that is supposed to be fun/funny and it didn't work for me. As it usually doesn't when it comes to books that are supposed to be humorous. I knew right from the start, when Mrs. Stone, the housekeeper, faints. I know it was supposed to be humorous, but it just made me roll my eyes so hard and thinks oh, this is the kind of book I am going to be reading? Okay. And I didn't stop rolling my eyes or wanting to bang my head against the wall the whole time I was reading it. It wasn't for me, but I see where other people would find it humorous.

So Harriet is one of the most annoying females I have read. She acts like a petulant child when she doesn't get her way, never thinks about what effect her childish actions will have on others, and just keeps getting herself into messes because she cannot think. She loves fossils. Fossils, fossils, fossils. Tooth fossils to be exact. Oh tooth fossils. Do you like tooth fossils? She likes tooth fossils. If only she could find more people to talk to about tooth fossils, or find more tooth fossils. Ugh. It was like let's see how often we can use the word fossil in this story. It was fossil this and fossil that in a really unbelievable way. I know, it is probably supposed to be humorous, but it was just annoying. It didn't go into what the fossils were or anything about them for the most part. I think there might have been two times when something was explained or talked about more than an 'I like tooth fossils' kind of way. It was frustrating for me, especially because I do like fossils! I would have been interested in reading more about what ones she found in the cave and stuff like that. But no, I just had to keep reading about how much Harriet loves fossils. So much so that she completely loses all sense when they are in the picture. It was ridiculous!

Harriet also never took into account what her actions would do to Gideon. What people would say if she didn't go along with what he suggested. She was just all no, no, no! I don't care what people say about me! And he would have to be all, and what about me? What about what they will say about me? You know the past 6 years have been incredibly difficult for me, everyone thinking I am a terrible person for things I didn't do, and then she would be all oh noes! I totes didn't even think about you even though I am supposedly in love with you. Yeah, sure. Maybe think for two seconds about how things will be for the guy you claim to love. Ugh she was annoying.

As for Gideon he was better, but still he was off for me. He has a scar on his face and his honor has been tarnished and no one believes he didn't do what they say he did. After a while he just stopped trying to tell people the truth. Until Harriet, who believes he is good right from the start. The writing in the book didn't make it so I felt any connection between these two characters, so when they were supposedly falling in love I didn't see it. It wasn't that good. That and the sexy time scenes were really uncomfortable for me. Not sexy. Not good.

This whole book was just kind of a disaster for me. I didn't like the characters, I didn't see the connection, it was kind of all over the place. I didn't like it. Oh, and the thieves are caught pretty quick which left me thinking what now? What is the rest of the book going to be about? It all moves so quickly. Like things were introduced, then dealt with in a few pages it felt like. Then the ending...ugh. Things were resolved okay I guess, but it was so lame. The everyone lived happily every after and all issues were fixed was just too much. It was too easy. Too simple. I didn't enjoy it. So yeah, this book was not for me.

This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laura albert
Amanda Quick is in my top five historical romance authors. Not all her books appeal to me at the same level. That's naturally true of any author. Even though this is one of her earlier works (originally published in 1992), I found it to be one of the most enjoyable.

I liked Harriet. She was intelligent, and stubborn (sometimes to a fault). But she is also loyal and very kind. She gets into scrapes sometimes, but not because she's stupid or careless (well, once it was because she was a little reckless). Her unfailing faith in Gideon is heartwarming. Some of Quick's heroines can be stubborn about their beliefs to the point of being stupid (e.g. Emily from Scandal) but Harriet isn't like that.

Gideon is proud and honorable. He has been deeply offended by his family's lack of faith in his honor. He is not a wounded hero, in spite of his scar. Just a man who has been unjustly accused of dishonorable behavior. He finds, in Harriet, what he needs most. Someone who has unwavering faith in his honor and his loyalty. It doesn't hurt that she loves him as well.

I found the addition of Harriet's fascination with fossils to be quite interesting. Much more so than chatter about balls, gowns or poetry. And not once did our hero even hint that he thought she should stop looking for fossils. He doesn't try to change her. He's quite happy with her the way she is.

There are plenty of suspenseful moments and villainous characters. Maybe two crazies is a bit much but it all seems to fit. All in all, this book goes on my top shelf. The one reserved books I will read multiple times.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
svetlozara
I have every contemporary book by Jayne Ann Krentz, every Jayne Castle futuristic, every Amanda Quick historical, and many contemporary romances written under her other pseudonyms. I have them in paper, and in Kindle when available, so I obviously am extremely fond of her writing. It would kill me to have to choose, but I think this one is my favourite.

Gideon and Harriet are the perfect hero and heroine, as well as perfect for each other. This is a 'Beauty and the Beast' story, with a tortured hero and a heroine who sees him as he really is. Both characters have endearing, admirable qualities and both have flaws. They see the strengths and flaws in each other and in themselves, which fleshes them out as characters, adding depth to their personalities. Gideon is clearly tormented by his past, despite what some reviewers have said. Similarly, Harriet is not too stupid to live or spoiled, as some reviewers believe. She is a bit scatty and impulsive, but insightful and strong.

The plot is fast paced and tight. Quick offers a good explanation for the fact that everyone doubted Gideon and believed Deirdre. She outlines the fact that Deirdre is a rector's daughter, so people are inclined to see her as truthful and virtuous. She supposedly told her father what Gideon had done to her, just before killing herself. Again, rector, rector's daughter and an almost deathbed confession weigh heavily against Gideon. He is doomed before he has a chance to defend himself. Added to this is the malicious, fast spreading gossip that is spread behind his back and not to his face. Finally, Gideon has the added problem of his physical appearance. Aristocratic society at that time had rigid notions of gentlemanly physique and physical perfection. Gabriel's large physique carries overtones of the lower orders and scars were viewed with revulsion. He had that against him even before the episode with Deirdre. Seen in this light, the plot is logical and holds up to scrutiny. As for Harriet's belief in Gideon, she has seen him express his anguish over his lost honour and she sees beneath the surface. That, too, is in character for how Harriet was written.

There was amusing dialogue and several humorous episodes. I found Harriet's obsession with fossils to be endearing. Most of us have some subject that obsesses us like that, whether it be a sport, something in the arts, or some other form of entertainment. During the period in which the story takes place, many men and women were fascinated by natural science, and pursued this interest through associations, study, travel, collecting, reading and writing. It was a perfect interest for Harriet, and as a device, it added humour and moved the plot along.

There were a few explicit sex scenes, but they were very well written. They didn't slow down the plot, but added to its development. The first one contributed to the marriage plot and strengthened the bond developing between the hero and heroine. Subsequent ones were not simply lust driven or pure erotica. The sexual intimacy plus the dialogue accompanying it strengthened the relationship, revealed fears and insecurities, offerred reassurance, cleared up misunderstandings and were written as the physical expression of the emotional love.

The conclusion was very satisfying. We expect a happily ever after in a romance book, and we expect the villains to get their comeuppance. The way in which it was done in this book was especially apropos and thoroughly enjoyable. The epilogue wrapped things up nicely and was the perfect ending.

My husband and I both love this book and have read it several times. It is a light romance, despite the more poignant episodes, and it is an optimistic one. It is a perfect read at any time, but is especially good on those gloomy days when your spirits need a lift. Romance books don't come any better than this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
vivike
4.5 stars

An amazing all round 4.5 stars. A truly entertaining novel with characters so lovable, you'd never want it to end. The only reason I did not give it a full 5-stars is because I think the fossil hunting obsession was taken just a little bit too far, and the final resolution was a bit of a stretch. A reverend turning out to be a mass murderer is too much to swallow. But other than that, this is one great read. Exciting, fast-paced, excellent character development, great historical detail, a page-turner. What stands out particularly in this novel is the excellent characterisation. I loved the two lead characters - hero Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, and heroine Harriet Pomeroy, and their wonderful relationship. From beginning to end they were endearing characters; their dialogue very entertaining and witty, and the few love scenes believable and very romantic.

I loved this book and will be sure to read more of the author's Regency novels after this. Amanda Quick also writes as Jane Anne Krentz, whom I've read several times in times gone by. But I think "Ravished" must be one of her best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erica luria
Loved everything about this story. The Beauty and the Beast theme is a definite favorite. But this was so much more. Harriet didn't even have a clue how she changed and healed this broken hero. I loved the day to day scenes, the dialogue and funny banter. I adored their arguing because it was so funny yet so passionate. Lots of mystery and suspenseful times. I always enjoy a quirky heroine. Harriet took that to the best level. I'll definitely be looking at more from this author.

100% Safe (ex for hero mentioned but wasn't a love match)
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
tricia miller
Literally forgettable. I had read this book some time ago, but didn't recognize it from the cover art or description. It was only as I started to read it, and certain passages seemed vaguely familiar, that I started to question. I was more than 50% through it before I was finally convinced I'd read it before and it wasn't just Amanda Quick's writing style, or elements borrowed from her other books, that made this feel familiar. That's quite a bad sign, I think. THAT is a forgettable book.

The premise is that the h, an amateur fossil hunter, finds that thieves have been using the caves she's been hunting in to store their loot. She notifies the absent landlord, whom she has never met, and the H promptly appears. After 3(?) brief conversations, they have sex in the cave, rather an uncomfortable deflowering, I would think. She later reveals she already knew by then that she loved him. Really, after a few, brief, not always friendly, conversations? I actually liked the H, I just thought he deserved a better story. The h was a little too buffleheaded for me. Surely a woman can be intelligent without having to be completely clueless about "real" life? She's the insulting "absent-minded scientist" stereotype without being too scientific. I'm sure I'll have started to forget this one, again, by the time I finish this review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
danielles
After having left a 2-star review for Witchcraft, I had to leave a 5 star for this book, which was wonderful! I am new to Amanda Quick aka Jayne Krentz aka Jayne Castle, and started with her newer books, then worked my way back. The female lead was courageous and interesting - as with most of her characters, she had her own interests and life, which did not include getting married off to someone she did not love. Parts were laugh out loud funny, something rare in any type of book. Great plot with some surprises, wonderful characters, and fascinating locations!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa hapney
Read this one years ago when it first came out and enjoyed it. Recently borrowed it through my local library and am enjoying it thoroughly again. Hero is AQ's typical scarred (physically or mentally) alpha male, and the heroine typically "unusual" female who isn't quite beautiful but interesting enough for said male. I'm vastly amused by the heroine's fascination with fossils and the hero's typical bemusement. All in all, an enjoyable read. Although I must research "bottle of hock."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
arsanyos
Harriet is crazy about fossils. She wants to make discoveries that will make a big splash in the world of fossil hunters. When she believes someone may be damaging some caves which hold many interesting possibilities, she asks for help to stop the intrusion.

Gideon is the heir to an earldom and has the power to stop anyone from damaging caves or hiding stolen property in those caves. He is the one Harriet calls on to come and put a stop to the dastardly deeds.

Gideon has a history. It is common knowledge that he is a heartless man who took advantage of a young woman and then tossed her aside. And to top it off, he has a terrible scar on his face that makes him look as evil as he is.

The relationship between the two is lovely. Harriet takes Gideon at face value (no pun intended) and because it is evident to her that he is an honorable man, she trusts and respects him. The fact that she orders him around and tries to bully him does not mean she does not respect him.

Gideon looks at Harriet as a bossy woman who happens to be fascinating and very funny.

This book has the humor that is a trademark for Amanda Quick. As the story progresses, we get to know the two main characters as human beings who find a very strong attraction for one another.

This is a love story with a theme of trust and honor. And the progression of the love story is pretty much as the reader would expect. Lust and attraction, differences of opinion and eventual acceptance of attraction.

The mystery that evolves brings knowledge of Gideon's history and what actually happened when his life was ruined. We see how he became a man who has shut himself off from the world.

I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I have. If you want a love story with mystery, redemption and wonderful humor, this is a book for you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
asha galindo
RAVISHED by Amanda Quick charms. Enter an iimpetuous, intelligent heroine with a passion for bones...ancient bones, a peremptorially summoned man of the gentry, Gideon--and sparks fly from the moment they meet. Wow.
I love this book. I've read it countless times, and ave never tired of it. Here's the story(though I'm not telling all--that would spoil the fun): Harriet sends off a missive to the local lord of Blackthorne Hall, who arrives half-irritated, half a very curious man(he's read her letter and is impressed by the energy of the writer!), to see what the to-do is all about.
You see, it begins with a nest of thieves in "her" caves, where she is busy digging bones, very carefully. She wants them out so she can keep her possible future discoveries safe from "unscrupulous sorts--"not the thieves, but other amateur paleontologists!
From there, things get tangled--and Harriet, her energy, her endearing humanity, ensnares a very surprised Beast of Blackthorne Hall--and changes everything in his life. How can anyone resist the indomitable Harriet??
I didn't. I love this story, its improbable connection to the early years of paleontology, and the adventure Harriet leads Gideon into. I feel for the story, the tragedy of ostracism that is so strongly a part in it, and love that flows from it. As I said, I never tire of it.
Amanda is "quick" with her wit, her sense of fun, and the skillful way she weaves her tales around the reader. I was certainly caught; I think you'll be, too.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
vivian horvath
“Ravished” was my first Amanda Quick novel. I heard this in audiobook and I got the feeling this dragged on and on. It was a little boring. The narrator did quite a dramatic reading, but I found myself uninterested in what she was saying.

The characters were not as likable as I wished. Gideon was interesting enough, but I didn’t understand how the injury described made him as ugly as was made out. Also all his position in society seem strange to me, he didn’t defend himself just accepted an unjust punishment for so long.
Harriet was a pain. She collects fossils and is really obsessed with it. It’s the only thing she cares and talks about. Maybe the author was trying to describe her as intelligent and cultured, but to me she seem narrow minded. She’s bossy, never considers the feelings of the others or the consequences of the own actions. So, mostly the characters were one-dimensional.

The plot was to predictable, the romance boring. And, what the hell happened in the cave? That scene made no sense… Also, there were some expressions and dialogs that would never happened in that time. I could accept some inaccuracies, but the all thing seem off place.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
milia
Another one that I dust off and read periodically.
Plump spinster with her own interests and world view meets reclusive, scarred, and disgraced nobleman. But it's not boring or a trite as that sounds. It's actually quite lively and a good deal of fun, including a carriage chase, Bow Street Runners, thieves, and fossil hunters, and an attempted murder. The characters are great fun!
Anne Flosnik is not my favorite narrator. Reminds me of the hams from old radio shows.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nikki fitlow
I was apprehensive about reading this novel after reading the negative reviews. One in particular was annoyed with Harriet's fixation on fossils and a certain tooth. It's true Harriet does go on and on about that stupid tooth. But, the reviewer missed the point. Harriet is like an absent minded professor who is so focused on her "bones" that she has blinders on. It's been a long time since anything's been more important than her fossils. Also, her dearly departed papa shared this hobby with her when she was little. I think she feels close to him in her caves. As a result, society has passed her by while she has been digging around in her caves. She accepts that she is a spinster without the hope of ever attracting love. Suddenly she demands some action be taken to safeguard her beloved caves and fossils. In walks her hero, the beast , to save her life's work. I loved watching the avenging Harriet and her dark knight discover happily ever after, plus a couple of bones, hidden treasure, murders, thieves, etc. Whew, all very entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maryanne
I absolutely loved reading "Ravished" by Amanda Quick. I rarely laugh out loud when I enjoy romance novels, but this one forced me into chuckles on at least three occasions (hence the five star rating!). I'm usually annoyed by heroine's as silly and rash and stubborn as Harriet, but somehow she charmed and won me over as well, much like her character does to the ton and to the hero in the story.

I won't waste time over-summarizing a plot since this book has been reviewed so much already. However, I will say this was a sweet and fun Regency Romance with a host of pleasurable side characters. Further, having had been a student who has studied fossils in college myself, I would say the author did a great job of exploring a unique profession for the heroine. It allowed for an interesting sub-plot as well, and Regency Romances are usually lacking in plot period. (And I'm not being punny!) ;) This story is full of exciting undertones.... dark caves, hired thieves, scandal (of course, it is regency after all), and something of intelligence as well.

I must say I adore Gideon! For a "tortured hero" I appreciated his sense of humor and honor. I was taken with him immediately and truly enjoyed the romance between this stubborn giant and his spunky little lady. The witty conversation between them was simply adorable. In fact, the witty conversation in the entire book was adorable! I absolutely loved Harriet's friends... Applegate, Fry and Youngstreet had me laughing out loud! The "abduction scene" was very funny and endearing for all of the characters involved.

It is rare to read such a funny and sweet AND interesting romance these days. I'm sure this is one I'll read again!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
paige davis
Ravished is beloved my many readers and has been in my TBR pile for some time. After many disappointing reads lately, I was excited to get out of my slump by reading something that comes highly recommended by so many. I finally picked up Ravished. After a sluggish start I had some doubt, but KEEP GOING! The last half was priceless and I can honestly say that it lived up to all the hype! It's a keeper.

The CHARACTERS are what make this book special. There is a mystery within it's pages that's okay, and there is certainly a strong plot, but it's mainly Harriet and Gideon that make this book what it is. Very few authors have the talent to make me love their heroines more than their heroes. Garwood is the only other writer I can think of that consistently makes me love the lady more than the hunk:) Harriet is truly special and I loved her more and more as the book progressed. She is SMART (a paleontologist) , FUNNY (has consistent witty dialogue), LOYAL (believes in Gideon), and HONEST (readily communicates feelings). I adored her for all these reasons and find that these traits are often times missing in heroines from Romancelandia.

You may of read that this book has a beauty and the beast theme. It does in that Gideon has scarring on his face, but other than that, this hero has no imperfections. He had it all and I loved reading about his past and what makes him tick. Harriet is his perfect mate, and vice versa. This couple *sparkles* with chemistry and energy and I was flipping pages as fast as I could and laughing all the way. It is a treasure. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
james newman
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale. When I was younger, I wanted to hear the story every night. There is just something magical about the tale that draws me to it like a moth to a flame. So when _Ravished_ came my way, I was once more swept away into this magical story of where a charming beauty tames a beast.
Six years ago, Gideon Westbrock, the Beast of Blackthorne Hall, had his honor questioned for life. He was engaged to a woman who was pregnant before their marriage. The night she told Gideon, she killed herself. Everyone said that the Beast drove her to her death. This was also around the time when Gideon's brother was killed, and there were whispers about his being involved in the killing so that Gideon would come into the title and the money that should have gone to his older brother. With a scarred face to match his reputation, Gideon retreted from Society to become a hermit whose only activity was to watch over his father's estates.
In Upper Biddleton, a small seaside town, lived Harriet Pomerory, a vicar's daughter. When her father died, Harriet took up responsibility of running the house. Her aunt came to live with Harriet and Felicity (Harriet's sister) becoming their gaurdian and helping Felicity prepare for a season that the three hope will be sponsered by another one of their aunts. Harriet does not care for Society and spends her time indulging in her one hobby, fossil collecting. So, when she discovers that there is a ring of theives opperating in her caves, who does she summon but Gideon. Little does Harriet know that she has just summoned the Beast of Blackthorne Hall back to Upper Biddleton.
Gideon and Harriet are instatnly attracted to one another, and Harriet looks past Gideon's scars. The two are crompromised one night in the caves, and Gideon offers for Harriet's hand in marriage. Harriet accepts, but is not willing to give up her freedom. Will the two be able to live together in harmony. Can Harriet melt Gideon's heart of stone? What about the ring of theives in the caves?
_Ravished_ was by far my favorite Amanda Quick book. I loved the Beauty and the Beast tale, the sea side villiage, the glimpse of the ton, Gideon, Harriet, basically everything in the book. I really felt awful for Gideon. He has such a gentle soul and sense of honor, but he was ruined by vicous gossip. When he meets Harriet, it is obvious that she is the only one who can heal his wounds. Harriet was wonderful. Although she was not a complete beauty, Gideon made her feel breath taking. That was one thing about the two, they complimented each other. Gideon made Harriet feel beautiful, and Harriet made Gideon feel handsom. They fit together like peanut butter and jelly, and it was nice to see Gideon be so affectionate to Harriet right from the begining. All of the characters were well fleshed out and extremly well developed and three demensional. As always, Amanda Quick made her side characters important, and I loved reading about them as much as Harriet and Gideon. The mystery was one of Amanda's best. It was very complex, and there was more then one answer... it kept me guessing until the end. So, do yourself a favor and read this wonderful tale about a beast and the woman who wins his heart. Highly recomended.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
bob g
it's romantic hogwash
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flexnib
"Ravished" is a smooth novel flowing with intrigue and perception. Instantly, Amanda Quick entangles her reader with spellbinding ease, blending romance with a subtle cloak-and-dagger feeling.
In Upper Biddleton, Miss Harriet Pomeroy fills her days with devotion. Harriet Pomeroy has an insatiable passion for fossils. She spends her time digging, collecting, and researching old bones. All is well, until Harriet discovers sinister events taking place in her fossil caves - found beneath the estate belonging to the Viscount St. Justin. Immediately, she summons the viscount.
The audacity of Miss Pomeroy's commanding note fascinates Gideon Westbrook, the Viscount St. Justin. Following a six-year absence, Gideon returns to Upper Biddleton.
Harriet Pomeroy is an insightful heroine gushing with innocent boldness. Gideon Westbrook glides through the pages as a gruff hero radiating honor and dignity. However, it is the humor the author employs which successfully ties the entire story together.
This is smooth reading with a pleasant romance involved; however, the story has limitations. Personally, I enjoy a little more quiet lust before the actual grand event takes place and regrettably, the unending fossil theme grows tiresome. Nevertheless, the author has reached her goal with a charming book.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
-- Historical fact: In June of 1824, teeth found in Sussex, England, by the wife of amateur palaeontologist Gideon Mantell were examined at the Hunterian Museum in London. The famous anatomist Georges Cuvier concluded that they were the teeth of an extinct herbivorous reptile. --
Did the author, Amanda Quick, purposely use "Gideon" for her hero's first name? A nice touch.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amber
This was my first Amanda Quick novel and I'm sure it won't be be my last. It was a lovely, humorous read from start to finish. It had a nicely shaped plot, but what--more precisely, who--made the story so enjoyable were the characters. Harriet Pomeroy is the rector's daughter and since the death of both her parents, she has managed the small cottage she lives at with her aunt and younger sister. Harriet is a no-nonsense geologist and her interactions with those around her are charming and hilarious.

When she discovers that thieves have been using "her caves" (where she digs for her fossils) to carry out their operation, she writes a letter to Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, who manages the estates of his father the earl. Gideon has not returned to Upper Biddleton since his pregnant fiancee, Deidre committed suicide as he was believed to have "ravished" and abandoned her (and ultimately led her to take her life). His elder brother and first in line to the throne also dies around this time after falling off a cliff and as Gideon is the newly-minted "Beast of Blackthorn Hall" thanks to Deidre's death, the townspeople believe him to be the culprit.

Harriet and Gideon's interactions are amusing from the beginning. They both have somewhat dry dispositions (Harriet's is because she's an academic more interested in her fossils than anything else, while Gideon uses his as a shield to the hurt of being thought of so poorly by even his family, for so long). Their dynamic definitely made this story worth reading. The way they end up together is also rather amusing, but what leads me to point out the only flaw I felt the book had, which was Harriet, herself. I liked the character (she reminded me a bit of Jessica Trent from Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels), but thought that she at times did such stupid things. An example would be her decision to go investigate the caves after she believes the thieves have been caught by Gideon. It leads to their relationship and while it was great to move the story along, it made her seem silly. However, this doesn't necessarily detract from the whole story; it was just one of the bits that annoyed me. Gideon is a great character from cover to cover and one I found myself rooting for from the beginning.

I read it on my Kindle, but will definitely be purchasing a hardcover version!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenny bannock
I loved this book because the hero was in no way arrogant nor was he a notorious womanizer/rake/rogue.Nor was the heroine exceptionally beautiful.Both of them were somewhat misfits in society.He because he has been ostracized for something he didn't do her because she is something of a bluestocking whose passion is fossil collecting.Gideon is a gentle giant who has physical as well as mental scars that he has learned to accept;he is no brooding hero however which was good.He maintained his innocence of seducing the rector's daughter to his parents who didn't believe him,the rest of society he didn't care about their opinion.I didn't like the portrayal of his parents who at first came across as being cold and uncaring towards Gideon as they still mourn the loss of their elder son.

Gideon mets Harriet when he goes to Upper Biddleton in answer to her later asking for his help in apprehending criminals who have been using the caves on his property to hide their loot.Harriet discovered this loot while searching for fossils.It is while apprehending these criminals that Gideon and Harriet are trapped in the caves and forced to become engaged to save her reputation.Before marrying Harriet travels to London with her sister and Aunt to get some town bronze so she will be ready for her role as a Viscountess.I enjoyed how she defended Gideon when he is attacked at parties by the father of the girl who he had been accused of ruining.I also enjoyed how her friends tried to protect her from Gideon.Asa result of this they got married sooner than they had planned to.This story was well developed and how they fell in love was done well not rushed and the villain turned out to be someoen I didn't suspact at first but it was logical that that was the villain.Good story I will read it again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
beau davenport
Yes, Amanda Quick does it again! Ravished is marvelous. Why didn't I give it five stars? Because it doesn't live up to Reckless, my favorite, but it is still marvelous.
Basically, a Beauty and the Beast story, although the Beast is an honorable man with a reason to brood. Harriet, our heroine, enlist the aid of Gideon, Viscount and future Earl of her my village, to solve the mystery of a burglary ring. Harriet is an archeologist (fossil collector as she is called in the novel)and she stumbles upon the hideout of the burglary ring while fossil collecting in the caves of her village. Harriet, of course considers the caves her 'personal caves' and believes her mission is to capture the thieves and maintain possession of her precious caves.
Yet, Gideon has a past and history of ravishing young innocent maidens and then leaving the maidens in a disgraceful state. He is also accused of driving his deceased fiance' to suicide. Gideon is scarred physically and mentally. Yet, it will take a fiesty spinster whom defends Gideon verbally and physically to free him of his past hurts and open his heart.
Harriet discovers and uncovers a wonderful beast in her caves and in her love.
Marvelous!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
matt grinberg
Amanda Quick did excellent with this book! The characters were awesome! I have had complaints about the character development with some of Quick's other novels, however, I must say that Harriet and Gideon were so real!! Harriet was one of the strongest character's that I've ever encountered in any romance novel before!!! She knew exactly what she wanted and how she felt and didn't let anything stop her.. not once through the entire book! It was wonderful!! And Gideon was a wonderful sensitive man who had to learn how to love once again. His character was one who didn't take things for granted since he had already been throught so much pain and hardship that he really treasured what he did have.
The only complaint I had about this book was that the story line was much too predictable, I think she could have done so much more with it, especially with such original and wonderful characters! However it still gets 5 stars in my opinion, definatly a book worth reading!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hayes jernigan
Harriet, vicar's daughter and fossil enthusiast discovers that thieves have been using 'her' caves for stashing stolen goods. Summoning the notorious Beast of Blackthorne Hall, Gideon, was the only logical thing to do. They're his lands of course. Harriet encounters the surley and battered Gideon and hatches a plan to get rid of the theives from her prescious fossil caves asap. Gideon is stunned to find a woman, who by all accounts is not intimidated by him nor disgusted by his appearance. After hearing all the rumors about Gideon and his reputation of ravaging females, getting them pregnant and abandoning them, Harriet is relieved to find not a beast, but a gentleman. She decides to make her own opinions of him and she is the first to have faith in him. A beautiful love story insues.

I really loved this book, a keeper for me. The way that Harriet stands by Gideon, even when she should be running for the hills, is very heart warming. She doesn't back down once and defends him to everyone -a real champion (a first for him). Harriet shows that Gideon is a true man of honor. Yeah, the fossil stuff is a bit toooo much, but that's just her quirky personality.

A really good regency. I also recommend, Mystique by Quick and authors Quinn, Kleypas, D'Alessandro, Maxwell (early works) and Garwood.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brandon the gentleman
This is a new author to me who is writes historical romances.

This story of Gideon and Harriet was like a Beauty and the Beast kind of story, which I really enjoyed. Harriet stood up for her man even when the world though he had no honour, without knowing his full story Harriet knew that Gideon was a man of honour.

I really enjoyed this story. I am looking forward to reading more from this author too.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aimee sinamban
This book is wonderful! It's been on my keeper shelf for years, and after having read it for the 4th or 5th time recently, I thought I should review it. The constant draw to this and all other Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) books is without a doubt, the characters witty banter and hysterical personalities.

With this hero (and with most of hers) there's an edge of danger, but never toward the heroine. St. Justin is cynical, mysterious, and compelling. He's feared and loathed by most because of his scarred features and largeness, also because of a rumored history of having debauched and then abandoned the town's rector's daughter.

Harriet is quirky, driven by her passion for fossil collecting and innocent when it comes to male/female attraction. But of coarse Harriett sees his "handsomeness" and is strongly attracted to him and becomes his champion. While they banter and discover each other, they have to deal with the hidden threat of an old adversary, and societies ridicule of St. Justin.

Every romance fan MUST experience Quick in my opinion. I consider her books "Comfort Books" and when I pick one up I know it's a sure bet that I'll love it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joanna marie
Ravished is one of my all-time favorite Amanda Quick novels. It's a wonderful story with likable characters and I must have read it at least 3 times already. Gideon is a scarred, brooding, semi-outcast whose own parents don't believe in his innocence. Despite having more reason to be bitter and harsh than the immature heros of many other romances, Gideon never behaves like a jerk or takes out his anger on the heroine. He can be arrogant and dictatorial, but he is tender to and proud of Harriet from practically the beginning. Harriet is eccentric, geekily obsessed with fossil collecting, intelligent, a bit bossy, a bit plain and on-the-shelf in her mid-20's. She's no shrinking violet, and is not afraid to go for it when she and Gideon get stuck in a cave alone overnight. Their bond is wonderful, she believes in him and defends him (verbally and in 1 memorable scene physically) to everyone, and he sees her as beautiful. There are some nice passionate scenes. Some good humor too, when Harriet's geeky friends try to "save" her from the Beast. Assorted villains, including a rival fossil hunter, add to the plot. But the focus remains on the romance and it's lovely *sigh*.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scotchgirl
Ravished by Amanda Quick was released in 1992. Harriet and Gideon are the main couple in this fine Regency romance novel. Lots of plot, a despicable villain, with well written characters all around. Fans of Amanda Quick will like this the most.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sheila ruth
Christened The Beast of Blackthorne Hall, it is said Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, ravished and caused the suicide of a country rector's daughter. With a scarred face to match his marred reputation, all and sundry feared Gideon, all that is, except Harriet Pomeroy. Seeking aid to protect her sacred caves, Harriet turns to the most powerful land owner in the district, unaware of his insidious past. Together they form a bond that sets Society on it's ear and has the whole 'ton' talking in Amanda Quick's _Ravished_.

I am a firm believer in Amanda Quick's talent to shape characters that are not only three dimensional but people you'd feel privileged to know. In _Ravished_ she creates the finest characters of her career. Gideon will touch your heart. It is difficult to put into words just what you will feel for Gideon. While he is domineering, headstrong, and arrogant on the surface, beneath his confident facade lurks a man who has endured more physical and emotional pain than anyone should be forced to experience. The instant you meet Gideon, you know, just as Harriet knows, that he is incapable of the vile things people claim he did. He is kind, giving and the very epitome of a true gentleman. Harriet is a tyrannical bluestocking who has just the right flare to tame the Beast. She is honorable, noble and you instantly love the way she guards and protects Gideon. It is charming to watch her spar with the people who would smear Gideon's name.

While the romance is the main focus of this book, Ms. Quick adds just the right amount of humor and mystery to keep things interesting. There were quite a few places I found myself laughing aloud! The main thing I loved about this book though, was the fact that both the hero and the heroine *need* each other. Gideon makes Harriet feel beautiful and Harriet heals the wounds that impair Gideon's soul. As always, I was more than pleased in my selection. _Ravished_ will be a book I visit very, very often.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kishore
I *loved* this book. The writing was not perfect, but the storyline and characterizations more than made up for that!

The best part of this book for me was the way it avoided all those tired old romance cliches -- most particularly the one where if the hero and heroine would just talk to each other the central conflict would be solved in 5 pages. Gideon and Harriet just plain *don't* have misunderstandings. They each have their own internal conflicts, and they have believable conflict in their relationship, and there is of course outside conflict, but none of this is ever the result of assumptions or stupid misunderstandings.

Just one example (spoiler, of course):

Harriet's friends kidnap her to Gretna Green to marry one of them, so that she won't "have to" marry Gideon. He considers for maybe *one second* that she might not want to marry him after all, basically shrugs and thinks "if she didn't want to marry me she'd have said so" and goes off to rescue her. When he finds her, she's not flustered or afraid that he'll be mad at her; she *knows* that he knows she wouldn't have gone off that way of her own accord.

They *trust* -- it's amazing.

Harriet is a fun, quirky heroine, and Gideon is the perfect tortured hero -- not *too* tortured, and not without reason.

What a great, great book! I couldn't recommend it more highly. I've told three people about it just today, and I only finished it last night!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gina gilbert
Probably now one of my favorite romance novels. The couples talk it out! They grow! They're happy together! There's consent! I guess one complaint might be some of the writing? Like, I don't know if folks back then spoke without contractions, but it didn't distract me too badly. Gideon+Harriet is a wonderful pair.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
helen sullivan
Amanda Quick does it again. Harriet is an intelligent fossil hunter but a social amatuer who is just unconcerned enough about the goings on between men and women that she completely dismisses the scandal haunting the emotionally wounded Gideon. Her faith in him is absolute and the scene where she physically defends his honor by knocking a vicar to the ground in front of the ton and proceeds to pound on him remains one of the best scenes ever written in a romance novel. The characters are a delight, and the story is fast paced and exciting. I re read this book several times over the course of a year, and once left it in a taxi. When I discovered its loss, I went immediately to the closest bookstore and bought it again because the thought of it not being on my bookshelf was impossible. Thanks for another jewel, Ms. Quick.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christine henderson
This is one of my favorites by Amanda Quick. Though this is my third time reading Ravished, I enjoyed it as much if not more than the first time. The hero and heroine are lovable, well-rounded and memorable. The supporting characters are also full of life and believable. There's lots of action. Oh, and I can't forget to add that I found it hilarious.

The Plot

Harriet summons Gideon Westbrook, the Viscount St. Justin to Upper Biddleton to catch a ring of thieves using his caves to hide their stolen goods. After Harriet and Gideon are forced to spend a night together in the caves, her honor is hopelessly compromised. Gideon offers to marry Harriet, but gossip has it that he has compromised a woman before and then cast her aside.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ragdoll306
This story is about a woman (Harriet) who works with fossils and learns thieves have been hiding out in the caves she frequents. She summons Viscount St. Justin (Gideon) to chase them away. Gideon's scarred face, brawny build and reputation as a murderer create a monstrous character. Like Harriet, the reader quickly learns that Gideon is every inch a gentleman. He may not be handsome, but he has every other grand attribute in three-fold. You will truly fall in love with his character.

Although predictable at times, this was a sweet romance about two ordinary but peculiar looking people. This was my first Amanda Quick novel and I would not hesitate to buy another one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
angel
I'm not sure why this book got many recent bad reviews. I loved this story. There were many laugh out loud moments. Gideon is one of my new favorite heroes alongside Derek Craven and Dain from Lord of Scoundrels. I fell in love with Harriet. She is strong and her loyalty to Gideon is unending. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
asmaa elwany
This was a sweet historical romance. It was a pretty unique spin on Beauty and the Beast. The character depth was solid and the plot well-paced. My only complaint is the price. I don’t feel it was anywhere close to its current price tag of $7.99.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michael schwratz
Miss Harriet Pomeroy is a dedicated archaeologist and spinster. Then she finds some amazing bones as well as smugglers in the caves belonging to Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, Beast of Blackthorne Hall. Harriet and Gideon join forces to defeat the smugglers and an arch-villain with a grudge. They also end up making sweet love on the floor of the cave at high tide. But you know how it is, fossils are so erotic. Despite the machinations of Gideon's nemesis, the terrible scandals circulating about him, and the kindhearted though misplaced efforts of Harriet's new friends, the two manage to find truth, happiness, and a way to "tame the beast."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jackie
What a read! Strong characters, very funny, good plot & I loved the way they talked!
Harriet -the hereon- is what you want a woman to be; she is intelligent, sure of herself & of what she wants in this world. She is honest about her feelings, which is refreshing. She doesn't listen to cruel gossip or what people around her think.
The hero is a man that you'll fall in love with instantly, strong, loving but... of-course.. tortured!
The story is enjoyable & the rest of the characters are interesting. I wouldn't put it past me if Amanda Quick wrote a book about Harriet's sister Felicity.
If you want an enjoyable evening reading something to fuel your imagination then this book is for you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tigernach
What is it about a tortured man that is so undeniably appealing?
Well, let me tell you.....Gideon(Our hero in Ravished)is definitely appealing. Not only does Gideon have a blotched past that is responsible for his woe, but he is scarred and finds his face to be utterly repulsive. Now I ask you....is this man begging to be nurtured or what? I personally found him to be at the height of sexiness. Of course, where would he be without his wonderfully lively heroine to come rescue him from his despair? That is where Harriet comes in..I just adored her...she was always bubbling over with energy and ideas...and was always getting herself into trouble...I really enjoyed this book..I loved the way the characters related to one another.. it is a fast fun read that is definitely worth purchasing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nikoya
This was my first, and by far the best, novel I have ever read. I would recommend this book to any willing reader. Amanda Quirk delivers a heart warming blend of innocence and scandal that erupt into a blinding explosion of passion and love.
It's a story of trust and a bond that goes far beyond any kind of friendship. The H+H are complete opposites yet are attracted to each other and have a shared understanding that survives through all of the vicious gossip and seducing tyrants.
Read this book and you will be pleasantly surprized by the witty comebacks and unsuspected happenings. I'll leave the rest for you to uncover and I hope you love the book as much as I did.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
gia cerone
This is a very enjoyable book -- sweet romance, well-rounded characters, and an interesting plot-line. Who could resist a story about a tragic aristocratic hero (Gabriel) saved by the love of a good woman (Harriet). The inevitability of the happy outcome does not interfere with the enjoyment of the story.

My one quibble has to do with our heroine who keeps dashing into trouble recklessly putting poor Gabriel into danger. Harriet`s quirkiness ultimately makes up for this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jdk1962
This is the 3rd book I've read by Amanda Quick and the best so far. The characters were great and funny. It is always nice to read a book about a heroine who is not an ethereal beauty and a rake who is not as handsome, arogant or a rake, you just get sick and tired reading the typical heroes and heroines from other romance novel that it makes you say...."okay, so if i'm not a great beauty, its most likely I won't find my true love", anyway, I'm babbling. I just thought that this book is one of the best i've read. I've always liked reading novels about a hero with scars on their faces. Everything about this book is soooo funny, i had kept laughing and giggling all throughout, my husband thought i was loosing it. One of my favorite scenes was the one at the carriage where she was kidnapped by her three friends and planned to take her to gretna green, read it and you'll know what I mean, there are some other memorable scenes in this book as well, very funny. Overall, definitely a great read and keeper.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
robert fairhurst
This was a very enjoyable read and I like the fact that the main female character was not whiny. She was woman who knew what she wanted and stuck to her guns. I hated to see it end. I would recommend this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer colwell
This is another great story by Amanda Quick. The heroine is fun with her own unique style. She is smart and doesn't hesitate to take action yet she isn't overwhelming. The hero in this is what I consider a true alpha, determined, clever, with a in your face kind of personality yet he is considerate of the heroine and actually enjoys her unusual way of life. The plot is also fun and kept my interest enough that I stayed up late to finish it. Really enjoyed this one
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cory glass
Excellent work by Quick. We are presented with a truly likeable character in Harriet. She's the "everywoman's" heroine. Intelligent, bright, spunky, not a fashion plate and not dazzlingly beautiful. She is a bluestocking who loves to collect fossils! Her mate is the Beast of Blackthorn Hall, Gideon. A strong man burdened with a scarred face and scarred reputation. Together they forge a strong love that really makes one laugh and cry. While learning to love one another they also foil jewel theives, stop a rapist and catch a killer. Exciting plot with many twists and fast paced. Highly recommended.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cmauers
"Ravished" was a quick read. I thought Gideon was an interesting hero; he's scarred both physically and mentally. Harriett had a unique hobby for a romance novel heroine - that of fossil collecting - but as a character, she didn't grow much (if at all) throughout the novel. She is obsessed with her fossils throughout the entire book, and while it is amusing, she never once thinks about the consequences of her actions (although she does the same thing over and over, always getting her into trouble). I did appreciate her loyalty and faith in Gideon, though. That was heartwarming. Altogether, the story was sweet, the plot predictable, the characters mostly one-dimensional (bad guys bad for no real reason, family members flat, etc.), the dialogue wordy, and the love scenes redundant - though everything was well-written. "Pleasant" is the word that comes to mind when describing this book. It wasn't one of those books that made me want to rush out and buy another Amanda Quick novel to read. It was more like I finished it (at a reasonable hour), turned off the lights, and went to bed, without another thought on the matter at all.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrea waldron
It just happened I read this book after Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught...and yes this book is absolutely delight...compare to Whitney..and wonderful amuse, witty sweet dialoque between H/H, no querelling, no misunderstanding, no heavy kind of emotions...only love love love and love...beautifully written...

Eventhough the Hero look like a "Beast" but I do not mind to have this kind of Hero in my life..he is such a gentle kind of person...
And the Heroine is smart and great. This is my 1st read of Amanda Quick and not the last.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stephanie hargis
What an exceptionally great book. Loved every word of it. Loved all of the characters. simply enoyable. The rigt amount of romance... suspense...and humor. Sorry when it ended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tausance
Ravished is Amanda Quick's best book ever. I have read every book by AQ, but Ravished tops all. Her hero Gideon, though scarred, remained gallant to the end. The description of both the hero and the heroine made them seem real. Most books paint a picture of perfection in looks and actions that the characters are impossible to believe. AQ has a way of making the characters believable. Love her work and will read all of her books even the ones written under the pseudonym of JC or JAK.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wap76
I absolutely love Amanda Quick. I have read about fifteen of her books and am reading more all the time. Ravished is my favorite of all her books so far. If you have read a lot of Quick's stories you probably have recognized the rather obvious storyline trend. While she basically only uses one formula, it is a very effective one. I really enjoy these stories. They are fun, fast-paced, and very romantic.

The two lead characters, Harriet and Gideon, make a very interesting team. They are complete opposites, which creates a strong chemistry between them. I think this particular story is my favorite because in addition to the romance and suspense aspects, which can be found in all Amanada Quick novels, Ravished is also really funny. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the story. Harriet's quirky eccentricities are a stark contrast to Gideon's strongly controlled actions. Even physically, they are opposite.

Ravished is a fun and easy read. One that will have you laughing continuously from the first page!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tai viinikka
I liked the hero - he wasn't drop dead gorgeous. He's not a notorious rake. He also did a selfless act in taking the blame for something not his fault. The romance between the hero & heroine was touching and enjoyable. I would just stress for authors of historicals, please remember you are writing a historical. Several times this author has a character using the phrase, I heard you were "in the neighborhood". Come on, is this the way early 19th century English people are going to converse? I think not. All in all, this was an enjoyable read, I just expect more authentic dialogue in a historical.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
macia noorman
I bought this romance based on the many high ratings and the fact it was on a "favorite romances of all time" list I found, but I can't imagine what else those people have read that they would rank this among the great romances. (See my lists for some really good ones.) I found the plot contrived and the story boring. The dialog, especially between the hero and heroine just went on forever. It isn't as if Quick can't write; she can. But the story is disappointing. As one reviewer put it, it was not hard to put down.

It is a Regency era romance (though no date is given it's likely 1820 or so). It tells the story of Harriet Pomeroy, a Rector's daughter who isn't really interested in marriage as her consuming interest is fossils and geology. Since her father's death she has become the decision maker for her younger sister and the family that includes her widowed aunt Effie. While hunting for fossils in a cave near her home in Upper Biddleton (a community dominated by the estate of the Earl of Hardcastle, who is never there), she discovers some loot hidden by some thieves. She sends for the earl's only son, Viscount St. Justin, to come to her aid and take care of the thieves who are interfering with her plans to dig out some old fossil tooth. St. Justin, who 6 years earlier lost his honor due to his fiance's suicide, bears both external and internal scars that he has become resigned to even as society has shunned him, the Beast of Blackthorne Hall. But Harriet is not put off by his scars and speaks very frankly to him which he loves. When the thieves return for their loot, St. Justin captures them but in an action to save Harriet, the two end up trapped by the tides in the caves all night where they make love (not a seduction, not a rape, just two consenting adults). Having "ruined" Harriet both in fact and in appearance, St. Justin insists they be wed and she agrees. OK, that's the basic story set up. Not much angst, not much tension and a whole lot of fossil talk.

I did not find the heroine as irritating as some reviewers. I rather liked her unusual temperament and it seemed she was just right for St. Justin. But the fossil talk did get a bit old. And occasionally her nagging him got on my nerves though much of it was tongue in cheek. Two-thirds of the way through the book I could have set it down and not missed it. Not a good sign though I grant you it was entertaining in places. Still, I just can't recommend this one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laesar
The story of Gideon and Harriett is one of the best of Amanda Quick's. The romance of these two is really a great read .
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ashlar
I've read nearly all of Amanda Quicks books and this was by far my favorite. I rarely have time to read as a busy mom but I stayed up half the night and read this one the whole way through because I couldn't find a good "stopping place". There was never a dull moment and I couldn't wait to turn the next page. If you're a romance novel fan, and especially if you're a Quick fan this is a must read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
justin ramroop
A fun creative story, loveable characters who can really produce sparks, laugh-out-loud moments, a mystery that you think you've got figured out but you're not quite sure, and a "good feeling" at the end...my dream list for a book. Few succeed, this one did. It had a few moments that were monotonous and/or drawn out, but not enough to take anything away.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lindsey coons
I loved this story. Harriet is fun and progressive for her time and Giddeon is someone I could fall in love with.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
silvana
I greatly enjoy this light blend of mystery, romance and fossil hunting which I reread about once a year. Still, after all this time, I find myself chucking over Harriet's determination to protect her fossil cache from the clutches of other collectors.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kamana
I simply like Jayne Ann Krentz's books regardless which pen name she is using. Great characters, suspense and smiles - sometimes even giggles or laughs. That is the way to read.............
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
richa gim
This book is fantastic. I have all of Amanda's books and this is the best so far. The story keeps you turning page after page and craving more. The characters are funny and they take you along with them. The love story is fantastic and the action intense. I recommend this book to anyone who wants value for their money. DON'T lend this to your friends because they won't bring it back. I know, I speak from experiense.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
monika
Although this book is not my favorite Amanda Quick novel, I truly enjoy this story. I enjoy it when you have an intelligent woman with a one track mind coupled with a man who is smitten by her. This is a fun read for a lazy afternoon. Enjoy!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
meg gregory
This is the first Amanda Quick novel I have read. It did not leave me anxious to run out and buy more of her books.

One thing that has always annoyed me about many romance novels is that the female leads are so often written to be completely void of common sense. This was an evident characteristic of the female lead (Harriett) from the very beginning of "Ravished."

Harriett is a fossil collector. She explores the caves near her home in hope of someday finding a great discovery. When she finds a trove of stolen treasure in one of the caves, she contacts the Lord of the land, Gideon. Her main concern is not for her safety, or that of her neighbors. She is just annoyed that the thieves might stumble across some of "her" fossils while storing the treasure. Wanting to keep any discoveries for herself, she insists that Gideon get rid of the thieves. She is pushy and rude to him from the beginning. She seems to think he would not be able to complete the task without her opinions about how it should be handled.

Late one night, she sees a strange man entering the cave. Does she find Gideon for help? Does she even bother to wake any neighbors? No... she is just mad that the strange man might find some fossils, robbing her of the chance to find them for her own collection. So, in typical brainless heroine fashion, she goes down to the cave by herself. She plans to confront the strange man and tell him that he can't have any of "her fossils."

The entire story continues with Harriett's first thoughts surrounding fossils, and making sure no one else gets them before she does. It is literally all she talks about. I got very bored reading paragraphs filled with Harriett's obsession over "fossil teeth."

Gideon is an honest man. He has had a hard lot in life. Six years earlier, he was falsely accused of "ravishing" a young virgin, then sending her away when he finds out she is pregnant, which leads to her committing suicide. Everyone knows him as "The Beast." Even his own parents are cruel to him. This character has a more realistic personality. He keeps the story moving, despite Harriett's rambling about old teeth.

When he goes to save Harriett from her foolish attempt to confront the strange man in the cave, Gideon and Harriett are trapped in the cave by the ocean tide. They must spend the night together in the cave until the morning pulls the tide back. While in the cave, Harriett gives herself to Gideon. Being an honorable man, he immediately goes to her family to offer marriage.

Once they are married, Gideon takes Harriett to meet his parents. As they are all having dinner together, Harriett informs them about all of the flaws she sees in Gideon's character, and what she thinks he needs to change about himself. Of course, this line of conversation ends when she sees an opportunity to jabber on about fossils instead.

The remainder of the story is spent on Gideon and Harriett working their way into posh London society. It would have been much more fun to read about Gideon hunting around the caves for the thieves.

This could have been a very exciting adventure romance. Unfortunately, all of the exciting ideas are quickly overshadowed by uninteresting side characters. The leading lady annoyed me most. Yet, somehow, the rest of the characters in the book adored her. Like magic, she is the solution to Gideon's six years of bad reputation. In a blink, "the ton" loves him. (Harriett is an unfashionable loner, so I'm not sure how that worked.) Also, Gideon's father suddenly declares that he is proud to have Gideon for a son. All the while, Harriett is still blabbing about fossil teeth.

Tired of hearing me rant about Harriett's obsession with fossil teeth? If so, you have the gist of this story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jo angwin
I can't see this book receiving anything less than 5 stars! I really love this story. When I finish it, I had to read it again. (mind you I have have lots of other books to read) but I found myself transported into this era. WOW what a trip. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who believes in love.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
trin
Lovers of Amanda Quick will enjoy Harriet, an opinionated but loyal heroine who, like many of Quick's heroines, has an unusual occupation - fossil collection - and a heart big enough to tame a Beast. This is not another Beauty and the Beast tale (although there are delightful retelling of that fairy tale). This is a signature Amanda Quick with a more-than-average-scarred hero who desperately needs rescuing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
essra
I just re-read this book for the gazillionth time and decided that I need to write a review! Faithful readers of Amanda Quick know that she has her own certain style and some find her newer books a bit of a bore. I, myself never thought that. But this book is a classic! It never gets old. I love the transformation of the "Beast" and all thanks to his not-so-typical "Beauty".
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
steven werber
This is a good story with a lot more depth than the title and cover portray. The characters were well thought out and at the end, all the loose ends have been tied up,
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kourtney
I am re-reading these Amanda Quick regencies. They are upbeat and fun, but after awhile, I get tired of the silly heroine having the same conversation over and over again with the hero. Hero: Do this; Heroine: No, because a,b,c.....
Hero: Do this; Heroine: No, because a,b,c.....

There isn't much growth in the characters, and the heroines seem to be the same in every book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
janett
As always a great read. Kept me entertained fromm the beginning to the very end. Looking forward to the next book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
haylie
I couldn’t put this book down, it is beautifully written. I love when an author can transport me to another place and time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shelagh
great read
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sean lucas
What a read! Thoroughly enjoyed it and a different and interesting storyline. Harriet and Gideon were great characters. Love and suspense included. A very good read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lydia bartholomew
I first read this book as a teenager and it remains one of my favorite romances novels. It's got a classic "beauty and the beast" plot line, with a brooding, scarred hero and the girl who saves him from his past. I'm a sucker for that. Plus, Harriet is a fun and intelligent heroine, who I enjoyed getting to know. I liked that she had her own interests and plans, and that she drove a lot of the action. If you like regency romances I think you should give this one a shot.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linnea
I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast reading beCause I couldn't put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sashi
I've read almost all of Amanda Quick's books, and this is the best so far. Great story, great hero, a reason for being in love besides looks. I appreciate the fact that Quick's heroines usually are not devastatingly beautiful; they are usually people all of us normal people can relate to.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anna kohl
This one is a complete romp, with dinosaur bones to add interest and complications. I laughed my way through it, and you will, too.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
richard retyi
My 1st by this author. I was impressed with this very sweet, easy to read little tale. The heroine has an interesting hobby studying fossils. She's intelligent without being annoying. Liked the beauty and the beast feel too.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alaa amr
A very well written book! Amanda realy knows how to play with my heartstrings. Great buy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
shannon bodwell
When I read the small summary on the book, it sounded exciting. And when I read it the guarentee was exactly what I got. I read straight through in 8 hours and only put the book down to have a couple of snacks. It was a fun read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
roger prado
A great Beauty and the Beast kind of story (even though the heroine is not a beauty). I felt that Gideon really fell in love with Harriet. I read this book a while back, but I still remember really enjoying it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tamer solieman
Very entertaining
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lucinda reed nowland
Loved this book. Amanda Quick, a.k.a Jayne Ann Kremtz, a.k.a Jayne Castle, tells a good story with characters that draw you in. This is one of her early works which I like better than her more recent paranormal storyline.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
behnamprime
I first read this a long time ago after picking it randomly from the library and enjoyed it so much that I decided I needed to read it again a few months after. I couldn't even remember the name of the book, but I did remember the jacket design, so for years after I'd browse the library with one eye out for it. That got to be a bit ridiculous, so thanks to the power of Google, and a good memory for plots, I found it! Yes, it was that good.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
evelynn
This is hands down my favorite Quick novel. I have read every word Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle has ever written and this is far and away my favorite. Well worth the money.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dottie crumbacker
I have read A. Quick's books before, and have yet to find one I have totally loved. But for some reason I keep going back to her books. I guess because her writing is usually fast-paced and light, and an enjoyable read.
Unfortunately, I am in the middle of reading this book and it is boring me utterly. Where is the conflict? It's sweet to see Harriet's constant defense of Gideon, but the two main characters just don't seem to mesh well. I am just hoping the rest of the novel isn't as disappointing as the beginning.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
abdul manan
Very enjoyable amanda quick novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ella tetrault
I love these 1-title books from Amanda Quick. I know they are not a series, but each book has some similarities, but she always keeps it fresh and very sexy!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
phelecia odima
This is not great, but it's a nice romance novel. The characters are interesting and likeable. Bad guys create the conflicts. Sexual content: moderate.

For a list of my reviews of other books by this author, see my 4 star review of "Sizzle and Burn" posted 2-09-08.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kamila bojarov
Fun characters.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kim almeida
I went in search of this book when I read a preview of it in the back of Ms. Quick's other book. First I was intrigued, then when I finally bought it, well, how shall I put this nicely: I LOVE IT! Its beautifully well written. The characters were more then a match for each other. The book had me laughing me head-off, my husband no longer wanted to sit next to me until I finished "that damned book!" Thank you Ms. Quick! :)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vaishali
Amanda Quick's characters are always interesting but Harriet and Gideon are two of the best. I laugh and cry every time I read this book. I reread it at least once a year.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
soraya12
I enjoyed this book. I've read her books under all her names in the past and have never been disappointed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
utpal
Awesome reading
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zabe bent
This book was delightful. I have read and re-read at least a dozen time. You can see Harriet and Gideon falling in love. This story was well told and extermly fulfilling it felt complete, but I would love to see more of Harriet and Gideon. Good work...
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
january carroll
This one was ok . Have have read more interesting ones but I reads well and the ending was just a bit of a surprise.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
phoebe ayers
Once again Amanda Quick provides a fun, sexy read. She keeps the reader eager to see what will happen next.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sahin
A very good story and a enjoyable fun-read which is with great sense of humor and very romantic. I love this book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kristine poplawski
Quick was watching Scooby Doo and was all, "I think I'll write a romance novel."

The plot is loosely about some pirates using a cave as a super secret location and our leading characters foiling them. Also, the leading lady is a lot like Velma; geeky and unflappable and cool. Staying on the geeky theme of my review the leading man is like Batman in that everyone is afraid of him but really he is just a pussy with mommy issues.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
yulia
Hiya Everyone,

I picked this book up at a thrift store for $0.50. Thank heavens I didnt pay more. This book is terribly written, Ive suffered through about 5 chapters and I absolutely give up. Ive never abandoned a book before, let alone had the desire to fling it at the wall in complete disgust.

This book was on my wish list based on its great reviews and its tortured hero theme. I cannot fathom why. This hero is far from tortured, scarred yes, but he has none of the restraint that most "beast" type heros have, and he certainly didnt act as though he was used to being found loathesome. Zero angst and even less self recrimination. Gideons brazen remarks at the first cave visit were laughable and completely out of place. Whatever the author was trying to inspire in the scene - tension, attraction, mild interest even, failed in the extreme.

The fossil obsessed Harriet really stepped over the fine line that separates an impetuous willfull heroine and a brainless, over indulged brat. Maybe if I had had the stomach to read on she would have redeemed herself. The dialogue in this book leads me to doubt that. Forced, contrived, juvenile. In the first scene the verbal exchange is almost that of a tennis match, whipping back and forth with no real substance. No feelings exposed, nothing to really get you inside the mind of the characters. I can always enjoy polite discourse between Hero and Heroine, pleasantries masking something deeper. This was far from that, and it was painful to read.

I highly doubt I would give this author another chance, I think shes better suited to write for T.V. Guide and thats being generous. I wish I could give this zero stars.
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