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As in Quick's Surrender , the crux of this new Regency is one night's indiscretion, a ruined reputation and a hurried wedding. But despite the title, this is no rape-'em-and-romance-'em. Harriet Pomeroy, the woman in question, is--at the grand old age of 25--perfectly capable of handling herself. In fact, she's more concerned with the reputation of her outsize fiance, Gideon Westbrook, aka the Viscount St. Justin, aka The Beast of Blackthorne Hall, who supposedly abandoned another woman after bedding her. After her unconventional engagement, Harriet, her sister and aunt leave the backwater of Upper Biddleton in search of polite polish during London's season while adventure and, inevitably, love tag along. An avid antiquities nerd with a decided predilection for moldy teeth, Harriet is a cheery, intensely likable character, one well matched by the battered and beleaguered Gideon. Although more romance than Regency--a few articles of clothing and a liberal sprinkling of the word ton suffice for atmosphere--genre aficionados will find this a spiffy read.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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.

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  • File Size: 1727 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (December 18, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00317G7OC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Carrell on October 7, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Slater on May 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Ravished" is my favorite of Amanda Quick's books. Gideon is a brooding hero, but for once the reader can understand his pain because of his past. He's not forbidding for no reason, which is often the case with reluctant heroes. Harriet is just a delight, with her love for fossils and common-sense approach to life. The passion that ignites between them seems very urgent and very real. While this is basically a "redemption" novel, there is enough charm and humor throughout to keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet. The unexpected twists and turns in the plot serve up some danger and suspense, but the true joy in this book is the friendship and love that develops between the couple. I loved the depth of Gideon's sensitivity and perception beneath his fierce exterior. This is truly a "must-read" for regency fans.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on August 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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