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The Raven's Revenge Paperback – May 1, 2011
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"A thief, a damsel in distress and plenty of conflict--what more could a reader want?... Black adds sensuality and humor ..."
--Romantic Times Magazine
". . . a delightfully satisfying and sexy Restoration romp!"
--Lisa Valdez, NYT Bestselling Author
". . . a sweetly lyrical romance that is both compelling and has a strong sense of place. The Raven's Revenge will warm your heart and restore your faith in the power of love."
--Claire Delacroix, U.S.A. Today Bestselling Author
"...a terrific, engaging read, full of adventure and tension and some unexpected, wicked humor..."
--Bridget, The Romance Reviews
About the Author
Gina pounded out her first story on an old Royal typewriter when she was eight. For most of her adult life she worked in television counting backwards and telling people what to do. Now she lives in Central California with her personal hero and spends her time writing books about characters who do what they want no matter what she tells them.
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An unusual love story involving a seemingly plain and inexperienced young woman, who however knows very well what she wants from live and a much more life experienced hero, who doesn't really know yet which his priorities in life are. He is only to find out when he is close to losing all of it.
Well written love story with all necessary ingredients to keep the reader in suspense - incl. inventive ending.
Katherine Welles is a puritan lass down to the bone-- even if she doesn't want to admit it-- trying to escape her arranged marriage to a vile man. As her luck would have it, she manages to run away with the man she'd been helping recuperate,the infamous Raven, and enlists his help to reach her cousin in London.
Most of this book consists of their journey to London and the obligatory growing attraction between the hero/ heroine. And for the most part I was along for the ride. The writing is good, quick and light, but engaging enough. Our heroine was innocent and plucky enough-- though at times a little too insufferably naive-- to keep our hero on his toes and there was enough tension to keep me turning the pages. But it all turned sour when the Raven's secret was outed.
*Spoilers be Here!*
Now, one would think that the heroine, already knowing that Nicholas is the Raven, wouldn't be too much surprised that he had secrets. Kat even knew this going into their relationship, I mean, what do you expect after only knowing the man a few weeks? But her reaction to finding out the he is actually an Earl was way too over the top. In fact, I think most women would be ecstatic to find that their paramours were actually much better off than they had thought. And the fact that she was so upset because she thought he wanted her for her estate was laughable at best. That's what marriage was back then, and it was what she'd been expecting earlier in the book when she was betrothed to yet a different man. The whole misunderstanding between Nic and Kat could have been resolved if they had just talked to each other. But they didn't and her level of hate towards him seemed very misplaced.
I had to skim the last part of the book because it was just too drawn out and ridiculous.
In the end it's not a bad read, it's fast and light and fun at times-- but the ending sort of ruined it for me.
Katherine has always been a good and dutiful daughter. With the death of her brother, that leaves her the heiress to the family estate. Her father arranges a match with the neighbor, who Katherine despises. To escape this ill-fated match, Katherine runs off into the night with the highwayman she found wounded and nursed back to health. She's desperately wants to get to London and her cousin. Her cousin will keep her safe, she hopes! Along the way, she falls in love with the highwayman, but does he love her back?
Nichloas Montford has returned to London to reclaim his father's estate. He has a plan to abduct the heiress and extort her safe return when the estate is turned over to her. Imagine his surprise when she wants to run away with him to London. Things just got easier for him, or so he thinks!
The story of Katherine and Nicolas is heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time. She's been raised in a Puritan household and has little freedom to do as she chooses. Now she's been promised to a cruel man, who takes every opportunity to terrify and hurt her. What would it be like to be married to this awful man? She takes a huge risk and runs off with a highwayman, the Raven, in order to get to London and her cousin.
On the way to London, Nicholas (who is the Raven), gets to know Katherine and finds himself attracted to the woman whose face lights up with laughter and whose smiles soften her face. In one night, their fates are changed forever. Katherine reaches out to Nicholas as a woman does a man. But what happens when Katherine finds out who he really is and what he's after?
I really enjoyed the story of Katherine and Nicholas. Katherine learning to laugh and enjoy life was a real treat. I also enjoyed watching Katherine and Nicholas fall in love. Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Nicholas's refusal to confess to Katherine who he really is, creates so many problems. I cried so hard when she finally found out and her heart shattered. No matter how hard I cried though, I had to keep reading to find out if they ever get their HEA. I stayed up until the wee hours of the night finishing this story.
The history of the time period really lent a wonderful backdrop to this story. It really showed what happened to people when they finally returned from exile once Cromwell's rule was over. With Charles now King, they were free to return, but many had nothing to return to. Their property was taken under Cromwell and they had to wait to see if Charles would return it to them. So many lives were changed with the changes in power and not all of the changes were good. Women in that time period did not have a lot of control over their lives. They couldn't choose who they would marry but they could choose who they would NOT marry. But being in the country did not guarantee that option. Women could be forced to do as their guardians bid them and they were stuck.
I really enjoyed this story and read it in one day. I was riveted and could not put it down. Gina Black is a new author for me and I can't wait to read more from her!
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