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Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not be forgotten. Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Others whispered of foul play and the devil’s wrath.

Now country-bred Sophy Dorring is about to...more
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Bantam Books
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This is the first book I read by Amanda and that's why it holds a special place in my heart. With this book my obsession with historical romance began and there was no turning back.
I loved how Sophie irritated Julian and made him go crazy. It was so sweet. I also enjoyed the erotic scenes, and even though Julian was so arrogant, it fit the storyline well.
♡Karlyn P♡
DNF. Story was just too slow and boring for me. At the halfway point almost nothing had happened, and what did wasn't helping me stay awake.
- the heroine was kind of my fave. The hero's reactions to her would constantly make me trolololol.
- the way it addressed the imbalance of power between husband and wife in the regency era but in such a way that I felt that the hero and heroine reached a solid compromise. I really, really dislike when the heroine has no power and doesn't push back, maybe that's just me being too modern but whateva whateva
- the handling of the hero wanting sex, boy howdy am I used to that from boys my age,...more
I was so angry with this book. On one hand, it had some truly great scenes and plot elements for a Regency romance: the heroine duels a courtesan at one point! How awesome is that? The answer is: very awesome.

On the other hand, I have rarely encountered a character, in a romance book or otherwise, that I loathed more than the "hero" of this novel. There's your stereotypical "alpha male" hero of the Romance genre, and then there's this. Typical Romance alphole I can stand just fine. This... this...more
Having just read the awesomeness that is Ravished by Amanda Quick, I expected much more from this book. The old school elements (super jerk alpha hero and clueless but doesn't think she is heroine) were trying at times. I did like the secondary characters a lot. Jane and Anne, Sophy's friends, were great if a bit underdeveloped. Harriet and Fanny, Julian's aunt and her "friend" (a strongly hinted at lesbian relationship without ever saying it directly) were also fascinating, and I love how their...more

Nothing to write home about but it was a very big step up from regular A.Quick novels. Because those are not very good. More like predictable. Oh, and a guilty pleasure of mine :)

But this one actually pulled off the crazy villain! Have you read the other Quick books? This is BIG!

All in all the only thing I had a problem with was that we did not really see how the hero realized he was in love. He just...told us on his way out the door to fight the looming evil. That was kind of a bummer beca...more
Jean Tatro
I was drawn in by the premise, the beauty-and-the-beast setting being my absolute favorite, and I was left feeling ambivalent towards the book in general. It had a fairly good story, and some great scenes. The hero and heroine felt bland, while the secondary characters shone.

The reveal at the end could have used a lot more foreshadowing, but at least had a solid set up. At the end it didn't seem like the hero and heroine hadn't changed at all, and there was no real chemistry between them. It has...more
didn't really like that she was so deceitful about the supposed "rape". I really disliked her after she pulled that trick and couldn't bounce back to liking her again. Liked the hero but not the heroine. She was obsessed with being "forced" a bit too much for me. Especially when he did nothing to warrant such worry.
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The Earl of Ravenwood has asked for country-bred Sophy Dorring's hand in marriage. The Earl is looking for a compliant bride to bear his children. But Sophy hesitates to accept Julian, not because of the mysterious death of his first wife, but because Julian doesn't love her. Then Sophy comes up with a plan. Marry Julian and teach him to trust and love again. Of course, things don't go as planned. Soon Sophy is entangled in a blackmail plot and challenging Julian's former mistress to a duel at d...more
Serban Georgiana
Sincer nu prea mi-a placut aceasta carte.
Sunt putin cam dezamagita si sincer ma asteptam la mai mult din partea autoarei.
Poveste de dragoste este cam superficiala cu multe lacune. Ma asteptam ca macar razbunare pe care Sophy o cauta sa se desfasoare altfel.
In descrierea cartii se specifica ca Julian este un adevarat diavol,dar in schimb pe parcrsul catii decopar un barbat cam fara caracter,usor de manipulat si foarte rece din punct de vedere sentimental.
Chiar daca Amanda Quick incearca sa...more
Well, thank heavens that's over.

I decided to re-read Quick's books, as I enjoy several of them. ... Not this one, sadly.

To break it down:

The Heroine:

My word. I've been staggered lately by how many romance novels have at least one scene that makes me think, "Well, that was a bit rapey." This had a slightly different variation on the theme, in that the heroine only lets the hero THINK he raped her. So that's okay - and not at all, you know, deplorable. If you can get past that somehow, her charact...more
Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not be forgotten. Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Others whispered of foul play and the devil's wrath.

Now country-bred Sophy Dorring is about to become Ravenwood's new bride. Drawn to his masculine strength and the glitter of desire that burned in his emerald eyes, the...more
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Julian Sinclair, Earl of Ravenwood, has selected Sophy Dorring to be his next wife as he needs an heir to continue his family line. His first marriage was a disaster, with his wife Elizabeth cuckholding him and ultimately drowning in the estate pond. Sophy, orphaned at 17 and having failed during her one and only season, should have been grateful for the offer but turned Lord Ravenworth down. Only after getting his word to some specific terms was she willing to marry him.

Sophy's a pretty specia...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This story opens with Julian, the Earl of Ravenwood being told that his suit to Sophy Dorring has been turned down. He is surprised and not very happy, so goes to meet Sophy when she comes back from the herbalist. A bargain is struck in which they clearly outline the requirements of the marriage. Sophy marries him quickly and starts to pursue her own vengeance. Julian, on the other hand, is frustrated because his word to Sophy. In a temper he leaves her in the country and goes to London. Sophy f...more
Seduction by Amanda Quick
4 Stars

My Synopsis: The enigmatic Earl of Ravenwood and his new bride, Sophie Dorring, each of their own reasons for marrying. Julian seeks a woman who is the exact opposite of his promiscuous first wife, whom he is suspected of murdering. Sophie desires the freedom to seek vengeance against the man who defiled her sister and believes marriage to Julian will give her this opportunity. Little do they know that this marriage of convenience will ultimately set them on a col...more
Tam B.
This was a re-read for me. I had an Amanda Quick phase years ago and every so often re-visit that box of book.

This is a fairly standard staple by this author. A heroine (Sophy) who is individual and makes an impact by being herself (and isn't a ravishing beauty but more unique). A hero (Julian) who is worldly, powerful, physically gorgeous/impacting and suffering some sort of past hurt. These two get married, suffer a few hiccups in their relationship before an outside threat to Sophy means Juli...more
Végre vége! Ismét belefutottam egy olyan olvasmányba, amit a legszívesebben felgyújtanék.
Az első 20 oldallal nem volt túl sok bajom. Valamennyire felkeltette az érdeklődésemet, de nem kötött le nagyon. Ahogy haladtam, úgy kezdtem egyre ingerültebb, és idegesebb lenni, és végül a 100.oldalnál kénytelen voltam letenni ezt a valamit mert különben cafatokra téptem volna.
Másnap újra nekiültem, hátha… De nem. Nagyon nem. Durván 100 oldal volt, amire azt mondom, hogy talán elfogadható, de utána megint...more
I knew before I started reading this book that it was one of Amanda Quick's first novels ( the first, I think) and so I reviewed it accordingly.

It's not great. I think it could have been, but it tries to do a lot, and it ends up being exhausting and drawn out. It's also pretty dark, which could have made for an interesting alternative from more conventional historicals about witty banter and expensive dresses, but I got the impression that the author wasn't totally comfortable with just how ...more
Mmmm. Not sure. I kind of disliked it but liked it at the same time. LOL. Sophy Dorring agrees to marry Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, because she has loved him from afar for the past few years and believes she can teach him to love again after his horrible ill fated first marriage. Julian wants to marry her because he believes she will be a quiet well behaved faithful wife, unlike his first one. Basically Julian is a domineering ass who expects to get his way at all times and thinks he can convenie...more

Pela primeira vez eu leio um livro em que o casal de mocinhos realmente enfrentam os seus problemas de relacionamento como um casal normal. É muito comum nos livros históricos, mocinhos que após se casarem, vão embora de casa para não ter que enfrentar as suas fraquezas, em Seduction, Amanda Quick faz exatamente o contrário.

Julian e Sophy são duas pessoas de personalidades muito fortes e sempre estão discutindo por causa de suas vontades. Pra vocês terem uma ideia, Sophy só aceitou se c...more
Sakura Yue Michaelis
Actually I give this book 3 stars and a half, mostly because of Sophy. I read this book like 3 years ago and then I forgot about it. But one scene has been kept on my mind all the time: when Sophy drugs Julian when he wanted to consummate their marriage. I found that scene very witty, and Julian totally deserved that. I didn´t remember the title of the book nor the author, so I posted that particular scene in What is the Name of that Book group, and after 2 weeks or so, I got the answer (thank y...more
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Quick, Amanda - Standalone

Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not he forgotten. Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Others whispered of foul play and the devil's wrath. Now country-bred Sophy Dorring is about to become Ravenwood's new bride. Drawn to his masculine strength and the glitter of...more
3.5 stars, but it's still an Amanda Quick novel, so let's keep things in perspective!

Sophy was a particularly charming historical heroine--a big reader, slightly disheveled, honorable and loyal...I quite liked (and related to) her! Julian was really not the "devil" the back of the book advertised, but still, I enjoyed their interplay and their growing affection for each other (well, Sophy loves Julian from the get-go, but it takes him a while to smarten up). I haven't read a Quick novel in a whi...more
This was my very first Amanda Quick novel and came very highly recommended. I really enjoyed the idea behind it. Julian is a dark hearted Earl who’s first wife died in mysterious circumstances. Sophy is the country blue-stocking who will become his bride. Sophy isn’t just looking for a marriage of convenience, though, she’s looking for love. Sophy was a great character. She was funny, light hearted, smart, and spunky. Her interactions with Julian were wonderful and their sparks together were sex...more
งานของอแมนด้า ควิก หรือเจย์น แอนน์ เครนซ์ ท่าทางจะไม่ถูกจริตกับเราจริงๆ อารมณ์เหมือนท่องอาขยาน คือ เรื่อยๆ มาเรียงๆ จุดที่ควรพีค ก็ไม่พีค จุดที่ควรตื่นเต้น ก็ไม่ได้ตื่นเต้นเท่าที่ควร ก่อนหน้านี้อ่านแนวรว่มสมัยในชื่อ JAK ก็รู้สึกแบบนี้ แต่คิดว่าเป็นเพราะเป็นแนวร่วมสมัยที่ไม่ได้ชอบเป็นทุนเดิมอยู่แล้ว เลยทำให้อ่านแล้วเนือยๆ แต่พอมาอ่าน hr ก็ยังเรื่อยๆ เนือยๆ เหมือนเดิม

Allison L
As most of you know, April is kind of the “go-to” person when it comes to audiobooks. She usually has one playing in the background while she at work, or in the car, or working out, or cleaning the house. If whatever she is doing calls for an opportunity to listen to a book, April is usually taking complete advantage of it. Of course, she has been trying to convince me that I should join in on the fun and start listening to audiobooks too. Admittedly, I didn’t really listen to her at first but o...more
I remember this! My 13 year old self loooved it. Lol, I still remember how the protagonist faked their wedding night and accidently made her husband believe he'd raped her because there was sooo much "blood". Such exceptional writing!
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The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

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