Velvet Song
Jude Deveraux
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Velvet Song (Velvet Montgomery Annuals Quadrilogy #3)

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They were both outcasts by a harsh decree — and on the brink of a shared destiny of passion!

With her father murdered, her home burned, lovely Alyx Blackelt fled to the woods — and sanctuary in the camp of Raine Montgomery, a nobleman outlawed by the king's edict. There she hid her beauty in the guise of a boy, and her sorrow in her work as Montgomery's squire.

But how l

Paperback, 315 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1983)
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Feb 19, 2011 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: Johanie
Perhaps it's not that bad to have read this after Velvet Angel because there were a lot of overlapping events. Raine and Miles's story were happening simultaneously that I didn't mind not knowing what it's all about.

The beginning was slow and I had to force myself to read it and finish it but I just wasn't in the mood so I read a contemporary story, then I just set my mind to it and I couldn't stop reading when Alyx first stepped into Raine's camp dressed as a boy. There were a lot of recurring...more
joy in wonderland
Jan 21, 2009 joy in wonderland rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to joy in wonderland by: officemate
Shelves: romantic-novels
*currently-reading* comment:
am bored... first i thought the book is quite entertaining... fast faced (coz i just read "almost heaven" by judith mcnaught) so something refreshing to have this fast faced set up, but then i got... whatthe--- the two just fell in love!? did i miss a page? huh? really... i find all the set-up shallow (sigh) am not used to saying this stuff, coz me myself cant even write a book so who am i!? however i find it really disappointing, like am stuck here have to endure a...more
So I am being nice w/my stars. I should only go with 2 3/4 but it's Deveraux and I couldn't bring myself to do it. I just really wasn't feeling this book. I liked Raine before I read this book. He was a wonderful brother-in-law to Judith in her other book. In this book he was an ill tempered jerk and I didn't get him at all. Then the whole singing thing and to have such a voice for the kind to beg you to come as his audience. Maybe that was the way of it then but it seemed really unlikely and ki...more
The story moved along and it was great to see characters from the other novels. As far as the saga goes, this is a must read. However, so far, this is my least favorite of the series in a romantic sense. I was disappointed about that, since I really liked Raine in the first two novels and was looking forward to his story.

I'm not a fan of the plain Jane heroine. And I'm not sure if that's even an accurate label here, but Deveraux seemed constantly confused with how to describe Alyx. You get the s...more
Jemma Gutierrez
I guess it's not fair to give it 2 stars; but i know id be lying to myself if id give it i-liked-it 3 stars.

WHat really did not work for me about this book is the heroine's total bluntness that made me cringe and how she gets really really self-concious around our hero; how she degrades herself and goes all im-ugly blah blah blah.

I was looking forward to this but the heroine ruined my impression. Most of the time she was judgemental, abrasive, calling woman 'slut', she lacks manner and class. S...more
The heroine disguised as a boy plot line has been much better used in other novels (Shakespeare not the least of which), and romance novels can treat the trope very well (Johanna Lindsey's Gentle Rogue, for example) but Jude Deveraux falls down on the job. As a whole, Highland Velvet is an underdeveloped novel. Concepts are thrown in and used so negligantly that they defeat the purpose of inclusion. Alyx as a boy, for example. Deveraux doesn't follow through on all of the fun that could have bee...more
Alyx Blackelt is not having an easy time. She had always been told her musical gifts were a blessing from God. She is off composing when the local nobleman sees her alone in an orchard and tries to rape her. She manages to get away but in revenge the nobleman breaks into her house, kills her father, burns the house to cover his crime, and then has her proscribed as a witch. The priest puts Alyx in male clothing and sends her off into the woods to a camp of freemen ruled by Raine Montgomery, a no...more
Terrible story line! I liked Raine in the other books as a gentle soul who was more understanding than his stubborn brothers. Then in this book, he became a sulky nasty wife-beater who neglects his whole family. Blech! The other stories in the series were much better. I also was not a fan of Alyx. Whine, whine, shout shout... The "couple" fighting overpowered this novel. I was actually hoping Brian Chatworth was Raine in the duel and that it would just be a tragic story that would tidy up in the...more
¿Por qué leer romance histórico? Porque estoy cansada, estresada y no me apetece complicarme pensando mucho... pero aún así hay estupideces que no soporto y me superan.
Tipico chica-no-bonita-para-canones-tradicionales que se suma al aún más tipico me-hago-pasar-por-chico con trauma de odio a los nobles y conoce al tipico noble-responsable-y-honorable metido en el tipico lio el-rey-me-ha-declarado-traidor... y el tipico me-desespera-pero-me-gusta.
Yo creo q lo que me hizo darle una estrella extra...more
The only thing I didn't like was the background story. Mile's story was practically announced. I'm afraid there wont be much surprise in this next book. Raine really shouldn't have kept ignoring her but that seems to be the trend with these stories.
Another awesome book is finished ! :D I love this book but not quite alike second book in the series :D And can't wait to read fifth ;) If you have passion for Alpha Male characters and good story :D you should read this series :)
Raine Montgomery, I just loved him in Highland Velvet and I thought I would love his story. It was okay. He being my favorite brother from this series deserved a little more. I thought they spent too much time apart.
Forgot how much I hated this character. In the other books in the series, he's the character you like. In the book that focuses on him though, he's horrible. To abandon his wife and child is unacceptable.
Raine had potential to be my favorite brother, but I didn't love the way his character is portrayed. He seemed much kinder in the earlier books. Did love the horseback riding scene, though!
it lacks of emotion n the pace is too fast.. there's no affection showed by either raine or alyx.. too much misunderstanding between them n lack of togetherness
Nicole the Reading Ninja
Well... yeah... How do I put this without sounding crazy negative... I've read bodice rippers before but this was really the first actual book that was true to the meaning behind the phrase. The hero has heroic moments BUT when it comes to our heroine not so much. In fact if I was the heroine in this story, the moment I met said hero I'd of run for the hills (or at least another country.) I really enjoy the awkward attraction of a man to a girl dressed as a boy but I just couldn't get past the s...more
amazing book ♥... 5 starts.. couldn't get less... can't wait to finish velvet angel ♥♥♥... p.s. I've always thought that Raine was blond :P... hehehhehe
If you love a story in which the heroine pretends to be a boy then you should read this. Highly recommended.
I love Jude Deveraux's books because they are fast, fun and easy to read romances.
Lucie Janků
I've read this book before (maybe 8 years ago?) and I loved it. But now, after re-reading it at older age I just have to lower the number of stars to 4. It was still really good, VERY catchy, I couldn't stop reading and I will always come back to it again. But in comparison to other books from the Velvet saga, I just couldn't quite relate to characters. I really wasn't a fan of a main heroine, she didn't seem to have all those qualities I usually love about Jude Deveraux's women. On the other ha...more
Red Austin
I must say, although I haven't read the last of the Velvet Series which is the "Velvet Angel", that the Montgomery Brothers -Gavin, Stephen, Raine, and Miles - are indeed hard-headed, prideful, and really hot-headed people!!! Yes. They are knights who are noble and who wouldn't want their ego to be hurt. They wanted war abruptly than thinking of the future and what it will cost their beautiful family!

But then with this anger I have, I owe them a very important thing! I would not have cried a bu...more
I was disappointed with Raine's story. He had potential to be my favorite brother. Alyx, though, is a disappointment. There is nothing particularly interesting about her. Other than her ability to sing, she has no compelling qualities. I like her story, how she came to meet Raine, but I didn't think she was right for him. He's loves Judith, who is so strong, capable, and logical but falls for Alyx, who is none of these things. If Deveraux wanted to rewrite this story with a better heroine, I'll...more
Alexis Apodaca
This actually the third in the velvet series. We follow Gavin and Stephens younger brother raine into the forest because he's been deemed a traitor by the king. He meets alyx, supposed to be a young boy as his squire... She's been outcast as a witch and has a reward on her head.

I loved this book, love seeing old friends from the previous two books. It's a lovely adventure through the forest and another brother takes your heart! This is the second time I've read this and finished it in less than...more
I have a soft spot for Montgomery's. An interesting story, I like how Alyx comes to realize the importance of other people in her world.
Bets LS
Raine was my favourite among the 4 brothers he was understanding and kind but in this book about himself he is just as hot-tempered as his two elder brothers. And I find a hard time to digest the fact that he abandoned his kid. Raine was so kind in the previous two books. And it really annoys me how Miles story is mentioned in this, kinda spoiled it. Alyx was just an ordinary girl with an exception of a brilliant voice unlike the previous heroines her personalities didn't standout. However over...more
Still a great read after all these years. Had me laughing, sighing and at times crying. If you love historical romances I suggest you start with book 1, and yes it will probably make you mad but still it's a great read as well. Then read the whole series and end with VELVET ANGEL. This is book 3 so keep in mind it is part of a series and they do need to be read in order. The characters are great, the plot is wonderful, the writing awesome and the overall appeal of the story outstanding. LOVED it...more
The third in the "Velvet" series and the fourth in the Montgomery series by Jude Deveraux. A wonderful series set in Renaissance England. Raine Montgomery is declared a traitor by his king and hides in the woods. (Robin Hood? LOL) Alyx Blackelt is a young woman with the voice of an angel and on the run from a murdering nobleman. She is disguised as a boy and ends up with Raine and his group in the woods.
Just as good as the 2 before, although I enjoyed the slight change in the story. Instead of taking place with Nobles and the constant feud between the main characters; the story takes place in a forest with Thieves, Murderers and Outcasts. Of course there was till a constant battle between the main characters, it was a nice bit of change. Enjoyed just as much as the others in the series.
Not my favorite in the saga, but another winner by Jude Deveraux! I loved Raine's sweetness and stubborness, but I really couldn't connect to Alyx. I felt that she was too much of a spoiled bratt throughout the majority of the book, despite her attempts at the end to make it up. I loved the Robin-Hoody feel of the outlaw forest, and it provided such a great backdrop for the story!
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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