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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,430 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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
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Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Bantam Books (first published 1990)
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Peyton
Pros:
- 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,
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FreeNightFalls
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.
Alina
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
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♡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.
Tammy
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.
Barbara Vey
I'm a huge Amanda Quick fan and was shocked to find I hadn't read this one. Turns out it was published in 1990. While I enjoyed it, her later books are so much more enthralling.

Instead try the Lavinia Lake/Tobia March trilogy or any of the Arcane Society books. All must reads for me.
Daniella
Seduction would have been a solid 5 star read if Julian hadn't started out as a selfish, manipulative bastard who used Sophy's affections for his own purposes. Granted, that was for her safety, but manipulation for whatever ends does not sit well with me. I also didn't appreciate the fact that he all but demanded Sophy to continue loving him without offering his love in return. Ugh, the injustice of it all.

But meh, I have to admit that the ending did pacify whatever hatred I had for him. In my o
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Andrea
No sabía como calificar el libro, porque 3 estrellas es poco y se podría pensar que no es muy bueno. Sin embargo quiero defenderlo, principalmente por la protagonista SOPHIE.
Julian, es un viudo que guarda malos recuerdos de su matrimonio, marcado por infidelidades y humillaciones.
Ahora quiere una esposa para procrear y que no le cause mayores problemas. Los motivos tajantes para eso, es que no pretende volver a enamorarse. Y va a pedir la mano de una humilde Sophie.
Sophie es una mujer que le
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Josephina
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
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Gina
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
Hannah
I love Amanda Quick. Her books may be predictable, but they're also reliable and totally hilarious.

This was just as enjoyable as I hoped it would be; the hero could be very frustrating and the heroine had one TSTL moment, but I'm able to forgive and forget given how often this story made me smile. It was definitely frivolous but when you're trapped at O'Hare for seven hours, anything entertaining is gold in my mind.
Erica
Julian was a complete prick. He treated Sophie like a dumb child all the time, and she sat there and took it. This book was terrible, with two completely unlikable main characters. There really wasn't much of a plot, until the end. Skip this one
Dinjolina
Cute.

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
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Rexanne
The story starts with Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, asking for the hand of country-bred lady Sophy. He is more than annoyed at her grandfather's announcement of her refusal to marry him so he takes matters into his own hands. What Julian doesn't know is that Sophy has ulterior motives for her refusal-one of them vengeance, the other love. A story with a feisty heroine and a brooding yet charismatic earl, Seduction is a tale of romance mixed with mystery and suspense-the mark of a true Amanda Quic ...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
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Lisa
I didn't really like this book. The "hero", Julian, was a hypocritical bully who continually broke his solemn word of honor without a second thought.

The premise of the story is that Julian is a rich Earl with a dead first wife and no heirs. His first wife was a slut who cheated on him with practically every man she met and even aborted Julian's baby so that she could continue to have her fun. Now that she's gone, Julian has a strong desire to avoid scandal and wants his next wife to just sit qui
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Nibrock
It wasn't as good as previous books that I've read by Amanda Quick. I think it was missing a big mystery. The ring left by Sophie's sister was a good secondary plot line, but there needed to be something bigger for the main plot. There are some really funny situations/conversations - like Sophie's duel & her drugging her husband - but there is too much slow moving situations/conversations.
Dayna
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Robin
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
Norabear
Eh. I hadn't read Quick in years but decided to start re-reading her books from the beginning. Her newness as an author shows in this below average historical romance though in spots she displays the humor and warmth that her future books will delight me with.
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
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Seatah
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
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nurmawati
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Jonetta
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
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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
Lauren
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
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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
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Bbabri
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
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Xipie
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
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Indiana
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
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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

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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