Ravished

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Author: Amanda Quick

Publisher: Bantam Books (2009)

Pages: 385

Synopsis: From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of 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.

Opinion:

This was a silly book. Silly and lovely and heartwarming. It made me laugh from the very beginning, starting with the title: Ravished. I can not pronounce it without letting out a giggle, in the least.

Ravished (giggle) is set somewhere in the 19th century England and tells the typical “plain girl steals wounded man’s heart” story, with the twist that there’s no sign of the drama that usually comes attached to this kind of plot, which for me was quite amusing and refreshing. Those who read historical romance know it to be some kind of rule that a story of this tone always has to have: 1- an extremely jealous and possessive hero you both want to cheer for and/or slap according to what’s going on, 2- a helpless and often outcast heroine you want to protect all the times no matter how stupid she can be in one, or two, or in a dozen occasions, 3- a lot of maddening misunderstandings that bring an equal amount of nail biting drama and headache, and 4- inumerous and shameless lovemaking scenes, and with Ravished (giggle), one only gets the latter. Don’t get me wrong, there is a fine hero and heroine in this, but they are most certainly not the conventional type.

The female lead, Harriet, “still” a spinster at twenty-five (I see nothing wrong with that…), and in charge of her humble household after her father’s death, is the most devoted fossil collector and enthusiast, and besides her sister’s well being, she cares for nothing else in the world, that’s why when she spots that some thieves are using the caves she’s exploring as a hiding place for their stolen goods, she fears so much for her fossils that she immediately calls for the landowner’s help. And this is where Gideon, the landowner’s heir and awaited wounded hero, comes in. He has a gigantic size, a scarred face, a heart frozen in time, and a stained reputation due to misjudgments and malicious rumors. In sum, no one can stand the sight of him and everyone believes he’s to blame for a terrible deed. Everyone except Harriet, who obviously doesn’t listen to rumors either because she barely goes out in society, being too busy fossil hunting, or simply because she actually takes her own conclusions from a subject instead of agreeing with what everybody else is saying, and I dare say, it’s invigorating watching her getting the point in her first attempt when so many people over the years didn’t. She actually attacks a Reverend in the middle of a ball because he calls Gideon a beast – that scene cracked me up.

She’s quite pragmatic too, which often leads to humorous situations that in any other story of this kind would most certainly lead to over the top dramatic events. For instance, if kidnapped, she simply sits back and relaxes while waiting for Gideon to catch up and take her back home; if trapped by a scoundrel who wants to do her harm, she finds the means to knock him out by smashing a big fossilised fish in his head and carries on with her business, and so on. There’s just no time or opportunity for theatrical attitudes in Harriet’s life – so many fossils to hunt, so little time!

There are a few action scenes in this book too, and with them, a handful of villains who, mostly guided by jealousy and greed, try to damage Harriet and Gideon’s, now that they found each other, perfect lives, nevertheless,  for these two, these  are nothing more than minor annoyances that they can solve in an almost cartoonish way.

I really enjoyed this book, it was light, it was fun, and still, it had an important message to tell, which I most certainly heard. Recommended to historical romance fans everywhere.

Rating: 7/10



4 Responses to “Ravished”

  1. Wonderful review hon. I like the funny books moist but I’m still mostly reserved when it comes to reading historicals. No idea why but I just don’t find my inner adoration for the genre even if I read some really good ones.

    • Hey Susi! Nice to see you here 😀

      Thank you. Yes, a lot of people feel that same thing about historicals, and in a way I understand, it’s almost like they all tell the same story (guy, girl, steamy lovemaking scenes), but I made a habit of reading a book of this genre from time to time, so now they’re my guilty pleasure *blushes* I’m afraid there’s no way back for me now xD
      And btw, in the spirit of our other discussion, just like the PNR these too are a type of books I don’t dare to read in public because of the covers. This edition of Ravished isn’t a great example (even if the title is embarrassing for itself) but others like this one, are a definitely a “read at home” xD

      • OMG LMAO that cover in the link. <_< I think my main problem with historicals is that the woman aren't independent enough and I hate when woman cower. I like some and I always get great recommendations from pattepoilue…so I actually own some. But they always are at the bottom of the tbr. I will work on that.
        And btw this title is nothing in comparison to The Playboy Sheikh’s Virgin Stable-Girl, LMAO

      • 😮 *in shock* Oh-My-Lord..who names a book like this?! xD seriously…it’s tragicomic! Hands down my friend, you win our little “embarrassing titles” battle 😉

        Yeah, the heroines in historicals usually need a few wake up slaps in the face…they make me so mad when they let the guy be an arsehole to them *sigh*


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