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Vanquished (The Roxbury Trilogy #1)

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  283 ratings  ·  43 reviews
"The photograph must be damning, indisputably so. I mean to see Caledonia Rivers not only ruined but vanquished. Vanquished, St. Claire. I'll settle for nothing less."

Known as The Maid of Mayfair for her unassailable virtue, unwavering resolve, and quiet dignity, suffragette leader Caledonia "Callie" Rivers is the perfect counter for detractors' portrayal of the women as r
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2006)
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Caution: may contain spoilers. (If I'm remembering correctly, all the personal trauma stuff is revealed midway through...but FYI.)

Here we go again, kiddies. I was suckered into another Evil Buddy Read. [Here is Rachel's contribution, if you're curious.]

Slab Bulkhead vs Ninja ...aka Evil Buddy Reads vs Sarah's Mental Health. Curse my small brain!

There comes a point when snark alone isn't enough to ensure reading satisfaction. There has to be an ounce of caring about someone, even if it's to wish
What I learned from this book: Like peanut-butter and kippered herring, formulaic romances and the historical suffrage movement are two great tastes best enjoyed separately.
Esta reseña contiene spoilers que pueden dar a conocer aspectos relevantes de la historia. Si no has leído este libro, es recomendable que no leas esta opinión.

Esta historia me tomó por sorpresa, y solo por eso, se lleva una estrella extra. Cansada de leer el mismo tema una y otra vez de una novela romántica, Vencida definitivamente dio con el elemento sorpresa y hubiera seguido así durante todo el libro si no fuera por un cúmulo de puntos que desinflaron la trama al final.

La trama es muy origi
Anna Casanovas
Elegí esta serie (ya me he comprado los dos libros siguientes) porque leí los argumentos y los tres me parecieron innovadores dentro del género y, aunque sin duda me leeré los dos libros que me faltan, este primero no ha acabado de convencerme. (La puntuaría con dos estrellas y media, en realidad)
No escribo aquí el argumento para no repetir información, pero diré que tanto el personaje masculino como el femenino son arriesgados y que el modo en que se desarrolla su relación también. El estilo na
Tara Chevrestt
This story took me by surprise, and for that alone, it gets a few extra points. I'm tired of reading the same done over and over again story lines and I like to be surprised.

The plot alone is unique. You have the leader of suffragettes, a woman who hasn't known the touch of a man in a very long could say she's a man-hater. You have a photographer being blackmailed into somehow obtaining a naughty photograph of her. How in the world can he get under skirts?

This leads to romance, to fal
Realmente una época novedosa para mí dentro de la novela romántica... pero en la que la historia entre ellos no me ha llegado.
Quizás la autora quiere emplazarla tan bien que deja poco espacio para que se desarrolle. al principio es lenta y algo sosa y luego, toda pasa demasiado deprisa y fácil.
Lástima, tenía muy buena pinta y se ha quedado en entretenido, a pesar de que la parte histórica que narra sobre el movimiento sufragista de la mujer es muy interesante.
Seguiré con el segundo a ver qué tal
3 3/4 stars... there were many surprises in this book. First off the Heroine is more of a plus size girl (love that). I'm not sure what to make of the love scenes. In some cases they were a bit much (includes a little bit of everything, and I mean everything). I loved the suffragette theme, and details mentioned like Camera name brands, or her dress in the style of the Madame X portrait. It gives you a stronger connection to the time period. Overall I enjoyed the story, and the characters. This ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
I really wanted to like this book. I loved that the heroine was involved with the suffrage movement. Callie, of course, was monied and didn't really think about the poor. Less naivete would have been awesome. I liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Hadrian was disappointing to me; I liked that he was working class, but I didn't like how he treated Callie.
This was a tough one to rate, but in the end I concluded that I just didn't like the hero enough to rate it higher. But I will say the plot was unique and kept me interested, the characters were well developed, the romance hot. I just realized that though I liked a lot if the pieces of the story, I just wasn't rooting for them (him) in the end.
Teresa Cameselle
He leído la versión traducida al español, "Vencida" de Libros de Seda.
No le pongo cinco estrellas, porque es difícil decir que una novela es perfecta, pero me ha gustado mucho el estilo de Hope Tarr, y sobre todo la ambientación y documentación de esta novela. Como lectora de romántica, especialmente apasionada por la romántica histórica, hace años que me aburrí un poco de las historias de aristócratas ingleses, con sus bailes y sus fiestas en fabulosas casas de campo. "Vencida" tiene dos protag
A pesar de que esta novela sea de romance histórico es completamente distinta a todo lo que anteriormente he leído y a lo que estoy acostumbrada

Hope Tarr nos ofrece una trama única que te mantiene interesada en seguir leyendo, ya que está muy bien documentada y nos da sorprendentes giros de argumentos sin excesivas descripciones y sin dejar atrás el contexto político y social de aquella época, con una ambientación desarrollada a finales del siglo XIX, que nos plantea la lucha del movimiento sufr
Sep 12, 2011 Misfit marked it as thinking-about-it
Free on kindle at the moment.
SENSUALITY RATING: 1) Kisses, 2) Subtle, 3) Warm, 4) Hot, 5) Burning
“HOT” - Very explicit sensuality. At least two graphically depicted love scenes. Use of sexual terminology "code words."

GENRE: Historical romance

SETTING: London, 1875

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: Caledonia Rivers aka Callie; defender of equality for women; dresses so no one will notice her.

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: Hadrian St. Claire born as Harry Stone; photographer; taken from the slums as a boy and given a second chance.

Jeannie Mancini
A Passionate Unveiling Before the Camera’s Eye

Colliding together one winter day in a London park, Caledonia Rivers and Hadrian St. Claire meet eye to eye allowing love at first sight to suddenly color their world. Caledonia, nicknamed Callie, is London’s leader of the latest Women’s Suffragette Movement. Fiercely passionate in her fight for the cause, storming the city with daily rallies, speeches, and handouts to convince London’s finest ladies to fight for their right to vote, Callie is all fi
I wasn't expecting that this book would be so spicy! The main story line was good. The ending was tied up in a good way, you aren't left hanging. The book itself was an easy read, I finished it in a couple of days.
From the back of the book here is the description:
The photograph must be damning, indisputably so. I mean to see Caledonia Rivers not only ruined but vanquished. Vanquished, St. Claire, Ill settle for nothing less.Known as The Maid of Mayfair for her unassailable virtue, unwavering re
Avant ce livre, je n'avais jamais lu de romance historique, je n'avais donc pas d'attente particulière et j'ai passé un bon moment.Il s'agit du premier tome d'une trilogie sur trois amis orphelins. J'espère que nous aurons les deux autres tomes en France.

J'ai beaucoup apprécié le fond historique sur le droit de vote des femmes en Angleterre ainsi que le côté politique même s'il aurait pu être encore un peu plus approfondi. On apprend également beaucoup de choses sur les conditions de vie de l'é
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N.K. Jemisin
Interesting in more than the romance sense -- the story follows a British suffragette, so illuminated some of the differences between the suffrage movements in the US and the UK. (Useful for me, anyway, since I'm a USian.) But the romance was hot too, between a man raised in utter poverty who had reinvented himself, and an upper-class woman trying to do right by the downtrodden of the world -- women, the poor, etc. Caledonia was a marvelous character: complex, realistic, not at all stock. The st ...more
Although I read Victorian romance, I thought I would give this a try. It was o.k. but outside my comfort zone. I'm all for female equality and all that goes with it, but I truly felt this was not my cup of tea.
Written well but did not particularly like the story - not much of a romance for me.
Viridiana Ivashkov
A pesar de ser un libro de romance histórico la autora no deja de lado el contexto político y social de la época. Un buen cambio de las típicas novelas centradas en temporadas y bailes de sociedad.

Reseña en proceso xD
Estefania B. León (Undécimo Reino)
Fue una grata sorpresa este libro. Al inicio no pude conectar con la historia pero me gustó ese leve toque moderno, la relación de los protagonistas es intensa y muy bien lograda.
Oct 12, 2011 KyBunnies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance readers
Recommended to KyBunnies by: Hope Tarr, author
When I got this book it was a free ebook in the Kindle store.
This was an interesting read. Lots of talk about the women's suffrage movement in England in the late 1800's. I know this book was a work of fiction but reading it makes a person think about how true the book could actually be. How men during that time did not want women to have any rights and would stop at nothing to deny women the right to vote or anything else. The author had good developed characters and the plot was interesting.
Honestly, this book disgusts me. I don't need a novel to be strictly PG either, Hannah Howell, Nicky Charles, ect. I have never had an issue with, but this one pushed those limits. It wasnt tastfully done at all, and felt that it didn't add anything to the mediocre plotline. The scenes, such as a child being forced, just left me feeling disgusted and sick to my stomach and I didnt feel they needed to be in there. It was not an enjoyable read, so even though its free I dont recommend it.

A well written Victorian romance, however at times I felt bogged down by the whole Suffragette side-plot that Callie is involved with. I was more interested in Hadrian St Claire/Harry Stone's background and the betrayal. The intimate scenes were far and few between, brief, and not particularly satisfying. Also, I found the progression of their loveplay to be unbelievable and the feelings of betrayal were resolved unrealistically quickly (like, the next day).
This book was very slow in the beginning. About half way through, it picked up, which is why I gave it 3 stars. It'd have gotten 2 if it hadn't. I understand needing to develop the characters and such, but I'm not sure that much needed to happen as slowly as it did. I only kept up with it because I wanted to see if it'd improve...which I'm glad it did. While this was one of my free downloads, I guess I got what I paid for this time. C'est la vie!
Jodi Lynn
5 for research and plot / 3 for pacing and character depth. This was a good book from a historical standpoint and the suffrage elements it dealt with, but I found the pacing very slow and it made it hard for me to fully connect with the characters. The characters also felt rather cliche quite often. At the same time it's not your typical historical and in that regard it made for an interesting read.
I cannot get through the book. The story line is ok but predictable. There are scenes in the book that make me cringe. This book has not captured my interest. I got through around 45% of the book and I am not going to read anymore.

The writing style is good. I liked the descriptors that were used by the author. I would probably read another book by this author if it was on a different subject.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the interplay between Hadrian and Callie. I liked her struggle with her personal persona and her internal desires also. This wasn't necessarily a book I'll read again, but I don't have many complaints. It was one of the more enjoyable historical romances that I've read about this time period.
A photographer is hired by the villain to seduce and ruin the reputation of a women's suffrage movement leader. When he falls in love with her instead, will his fighting back against the villain be enough to save her? I enjoyed this book.
Dec 29, 2012 Zona marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't finish... I'm not sure why though. I just wasn't hooked by 100 pages. It had all the things I love. Historical setting, intriguing male lead, bad guys out to get the plucky heroine. Maybe I'll pick it up again someday.
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Award-winning author of 25 historical and contemporary romance novels, including OPERATION CINDERELLA, optioned by 20th Century FOX for feature film. Co-founder and current principal of Lady Jane's Salon, NYC's first--and still only--monthly romance fiction reading series, now in its sixth year with eight satellite salons nationwide, all of which donate their net proceeds to a 501c(3) charity. (Th ...more
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