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The Ravencliff Bride

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  365 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews

As the coach flew up the Cornish coast, Sara saw the end of her journey: Ravencliff Manor. She was now its Baroness. But what sort of man would rescue her from debtors prison by marriage, sight unseen, by proxy? Obviously, a wretchâ”the same sort of man who kept the curtains drawn and his house in a state of gloomy disrepair. The same sort of man who let a strange, wolf-l

Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Love Spell (first published August 2005)
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I'm not really sure how to rate romance novels. They are not a normal part of my reading list, and I don't think I've even picked one up since high school. I've been reading a lot of Urban Fantasy books lately, so I thought I'd take a little detour. Ok. A big detour. I was walking around in the Fiction section of my local library and saw the cover of this one poking out. Calling to me, if you will. I blushed, grabbed it, and stuck it behind a more respectable Agatha Christie mystery I was also g ...more
Ann Noell
by the last few chapters I was just skimming through the pages to say I finished it; everyone was getting on my nevers and I didn't care what happened to them. This is the second book by Dawn Thompson I have tried to read the first one I did not finish, I will not be reading any more.
Paranormal Romance
Stuck in a debtors prison after the death of her father, the heroine is stunned when she receives the most unlikely of offers. The son of a friend of her father has offered her marriage and she jumps at the opportunity. Making the trek to Cornwall with a less than pleasant friend of her new husband, the heroine is happy to be rid of the man's company. In the castle by the sea, the heroine meets her husband. He is broad shouldered, hair dark as a raven and pleasant enough if a little dark and moo ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it
I wish I could give 3 1/2 stars. I think I tend to rate a little on the high side, though. I did enjoy the book. It had plenty of room for improvement throughout, though. The story was interesting, but it seemed to take me a while to read this book. When I love a book, it matters not the time of night, I will atleast cram in a few chapters. With this book, I found myself going to bed, looking over to my nightstand, and saying, "nah, not tonight, too tired." It was enjoyable while I read it, but ...more
this book is a total garbage.i was not able to connect with hero or heroine. the attraction between them is so-so.the girl is just too curious for my liking. all i could think was shut up and do wat u r good at. the guy was even worst, every page i turn all i could think was just tell her the secret and get done with it. i have never hated heroine in any book as much i hated this one. she is rude to her maid-servant, she puts maid's life in jeopardy and in that situation heroine is angry with th ...more
Leeanne Grant
Jul 07, 2008 Leeanne Grant rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of Gothics and paranormals
As I was copying my reviews over to GoodReads, I not iced I never posted a review for this book and that made me sad. Dawn Thompson is my favourite author and I wish she had had a chance to know how much I loved this book.

She is an amazing storyteller. One that deftly creates a Regency world like few can do. Laying over that is the strong Gothic paranormal that echoes back to books of 50 years ago, like Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel. This was her debut romance novel and we all expected her to go
May 13, 2014 Bastet rated it it was ok
Well, I gritted my teeth and saw this to its bitter end and unsatisfactory conclusion. It was particularly frustrating because it had a promising premise and introduction (a gentleman werewolf as a love interest), but only succeeded in either boring me to tears, or raising my anger, or simply drowning me in apathy.The heroine was extremely annoying. Her caustic personality and her idiotic behaviour was the rotten cherry atop a sour reading experience. She goes where she is told not to go, for he ...more
I really enjoyed "The Bride of Time" by Dawn Thompson and downloaded a few of her other books. This one was also good and I liked it. Yes, it is the type of story where most of the plot could be resolved with one good conversation between the characters, but it was still interesting to see how the events (though somewhat predictable) unfolded. Overall, I enjoyed it and could recommend it to others - especially those looking for shape shifting AND time travel in one book.
Aug 25, 2013 Muffe rated it it was ok
He says 'don't do it, it's dangerous' and she's like, okay, but the second after she is doing exactly that thing she's not supposed to do.

Really? Almost being raped and the night after she's leaving the door ajar to whoever wants to come in, despite warnings about danger?

Being stubborn is not an admirable character if it only annoy the readers. Seriously, what is the heroine's problem? Are we supposed to like her because her not OBEYING (God forbid heroines who do that) is a sign of being inde
Karen Darling
Jan 31, 2016 Karen Darling rated it liked it
Not the type of romance I am use to. It started out a little slow and boring but got a little better. I also think that both the hero and heroine changed personality from the beginning to the middle of the book.
Nancy Konsitzke
Feb 08, 2016 Nancy Konsitzke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a very good story , I would recommend to all to read, I enjoyed this book very much
Kathleen Crowell
Feb 16, 2016 Kathleen Crowell rated it it was ok
there were some interesting parts. I don't normally like this genre (werewolves, vampires, etc). it was ok. 2.5
Dec 11, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: m-f
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one, though I am not usually big on paranormal twists. The hero had the right mix of sympathetically sweet and creepy, while the heroine was surprisingly the right mix of intelligence, awkward and curious. Not an overly dramatic drama, the relationship is slow going and mystery building, but once the hero and heroine start to interact the pace picks up and provides for some humorously tender moments. Of course steamy tension prevails though the pages, but no bodice rippi
Oct 13, 2014 Marya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Regency-era marriage to a were-wolf (not really my cup of tea)
Jan 26, 2016 Hillary rated it liked it
I liked this book and it was very good.
Nov 13, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
One of Dorchester's newsletters previewed this book last week and just from that three paragraph preview I was hooked! I've been a fan of Gothic romances since I read THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO in college. THE RAVENCLIFF BRIDE had all the key elements of a Gothic: supernatural mystery, a dash of horror, the classic background of a dark castle, and, oh, those tortured heroes! Add a little more spice than those 18th century readers were accustomed to and you've got yourself a Dawn Thompson classic. Fun ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
when I started this book I thought it was a gothic romance, one of my favorite genres. But it turned out to have a werewolf in it which is not to my liking. I am not a big fan of Paranormal books. The story was not bad and I am a sucker for dark black haired men, but the paranormal stuff bothered me. The sex was not overdone.
Aug 12, 2015 NaiaraGarmen rated it it was amazing
i love it!
Sep 17, 2013 Pris rated it really liked it
More fluff. Great for an extended bedtime story to read each night before falling asleep. Repetitive in some areas, but like I love to say, romance books like these are fluff, something to fill your head with uncomplicated and light, good thoughts so you eventually fall sleep.
Dec 22, 2013 Mell rated it it was ok
This was a loaner from a friend, to read during my lunch breaks while it's too cold to go out. This gothic-style romance novel has secrets, mysteries, and some supernatural stuff going on.
Jul 13, 2014 Theresa rated it did not like it
Sara is a goddamn moron. I can't stand her. I ended up skimming the last 100 pages since I couldn't bring myself to continue reading this book. UGH.
Jul 13, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was ok
boring, boring, boring. No character development at all. And the constant use of "obsidian" was driving me crazy. Don't waste your time.
Sep 02, 2013 Daneesha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
Omg. Much to say about this book. I definitely rolled my eyes way too much. Review coming soon.
May 11, 2010 Emma rated it it was ok
Recommended to Emma by:
Shelves: dawn-thompson
Sara Tyler, Nicholas Walraven
Kitty Felone
Sep 18, 2013 Kitty Felone rated it really liked it
Good book but it's a bit wordy.
Pamela Belsham
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Sep 20, 2016
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Dawn Thompson was a regular columnist featured in women’s special interest publications world and nationwide for over thirty years, one of which CROCHET WORLD, published by House of White Birches, since its inception over twenty-five years ago. She was an award-winning poet, artist, and needlework designer and illustrator, specializing in vintage concepts for today’s woman.

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