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Ravishing the Heiress

(Fitzhugh Trilogy #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  5,515 ratings  ·  696 reviews
Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After whi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 283 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley Sensation (first published July 1st 2012)
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Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel (BAVR)
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Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

So, we come to it at last.
A mundane marital task, was this not? An obligation he'd put off for too long. Why then, as he advanced toward the bedroom, did he feel as if he were being swept out to sea? That the tides and currents would be unlike anything he'd ever known in the calm estuary that had been his marriage?

Millicent (Millie) Graves, an heiress was wed at sixteen. Her father determined that they be joined to a titled family, arranged the marriage to the impoverished Earl Fitzhugh. Fitz, a

I LOVED this. Let me first just say that the title is quite misleading. Ravishing The Heiress is a title that sounds like you'd be reading a bodice ripper, or that the story is quite lusty and not very deep. In reality it was none of these things. It was angsty, emotional, heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. This is not a quick historical romance and although it's just under 300 pages, it unravels slowly, letting you witness the evolution of love from friendship.

This also
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars

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I found a historical romance book that I LOVED!!! And it's all Didi's fault because of this spectacular review she wrote.

I have a long history of loathing with historical romance. As a history major in college I get nitpicky about the details and often end up screaming things at the book such as "why are you not pregnant yet?!" or "why are you talking like a millennial!". <---Neither of these two things were an issue with this book.

Ravishing the Heiress (w
Sam (AMNReader)
I've been feeling like rereading this book for months. All Sherry Thomas, really. In these times, I'm finding this the most satisfying way to read--revisiting old favorites.

I found so much more to love about this book the second time around. My first review was certainly inadequate, but I feel like my first read of it was as well. Upgraded to a full 5.

Original Review:
I rate this about a 4.25. I'm big into rounding down these days.

About 4.25 of those stars are for Millie's fortitude. Her stoic
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
The take home message of this book: Be a good girl, never complain, don't make any waves, and eventually he'll fall in love with you.

Yeah, I hated everything about this book.

It's love at first sight for Millie. She just sees Fitz, and boom, it's love. I'd give her a pass on that since she was only 16, but since she shows no signs of growing up in the course of this story, I'm calling it Fail #1.

Fitz still fancies himself in love with Isabelle after not having had anything to do with her for 8 y
4.00 Stars - Historical Romance/Victorian


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The majority first part of the book was amazing. You read this book with a very heavy heart. The dialogues, the emotions, the way the story commenced, matured and proceeded, the visits to past and the returns to present, make your heart constrict so bad that it pretty much makes you one of those candidates who cry time to time from reading a book. It’s one of those books you feel helpless reading. You feel helpless that you can’t solve th
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I don't know if I could do what Millie have done, but I applaud Ms. Thomas for having written such a wonderful story!

I wanted so many times to slap, shake, punch Fitz that it's not funny!!!!

How can an intelligent man submit a woman (his wife!!!) to something like that???!!! Inconceivable!!!

I got, at the beginning that he was devastated. I got that he didn't want to marry. I got that he was sick to his heart. I got all that!!! But, for God's sake, he went with other woman without shame or thought
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Joanna Loves Reading
This was a reread. This one is an interesting contrast with the first in series book Beguiling the Beauty, which seemed to be more of a pre-destined fate that the h&h would come together and love was the by-product. This one was more about opening the heart to the reality. Feelings can slowly change over time. I accept both stories arcs and enjoyed both stories, but this one really packs in the feels.

Millie loves her husband since the moment she met him, but his affections reside elsewhere. Thro
Elisabeth Roam
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm sad to say I was disappointed by this book. I was really looking forward to it and even paid the full price for an ebook version. After all is said and done, almost 9 bucks is a little much for a book that really doesn't deliver.

I wanted to like it because the story line is amazing and has so much potential. I think Sherry Thomas is a good writer, Some of the lines in the book were very poetic and true of love and life.

I get the main idea with Fitz, he's heartbroken about not getting to li
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I realllyyy wanted to enjoy this more since I loved book 1, but there was BARELY any romance here. It was love at first sight for the heroine, and the hero spends about 80% of the book in love with another woman. Oh, and he had endless mistresses during their marriage of convenience. I know Sherry Thomas can do angst well, but there was way too much of it here.
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Princess under cover
Don’t like this one despite the good writing. Husband cheats on wife. I get their arrangement, but still. And if he does, let’s not mention his being a superior lover at every turn bc of his adultery shall we? And he was in love with another woman for the majority of the book, tho the story does focus on how he and his fixed marriage wife built a life together and got to know each other.

Just can’t stand cheating for any reason. He should have had some honor if not love. And if he was ‘in love’
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Usually when I read a romance I'm observing the couple from afar, recognizing when it's a well- or badly-written HR and just enjoying it rather objectively. But with this one my stomach was often in knots in sympathy with the heroine, even though I knew the book would have the requisite HEA.

While the first book in this trilogy was a homage to Judith Ivory's BEAST, this one seems to be Thomas's homage to Georgette Heyer's A CIVIL CONTRACT. As a teenager I read that excellent marriage of convenien
Wicked Incognito Now
In a nutshell, this newest Sherry Thomas novel is rather similar to some of her past successful stories. This has all of the unrequited angst of Not Quite a Husbandand Private Arrangements, without the past of betrayal and heartache. The heartache is there, of course, but in a blameless form.

Millie is the heiress, and Fitz holds the title. Like so many HR plots, Fitz must marry the heiress in order to bring his estate back from debt and ruin. They are both extremely young, and to make it worse,
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was an alright read. I think, however, it had the potential to be better. I wanted to feel the h’s unrequited love more. I wanted to connect with her to the extent that I had no choice but to get emotional for her. I wanted to care more that the H didn’t see her feelings, but instead I understood how he might not have. The ending sucked too with leaving us with just (view spoiler) and no real time experiencing their HEA. Bummer.

Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it

The summation of my thoughts:

1. I adored Millie. Her struggle between what she wanted and what she thought she needed to do was powerful and well done and I loved all the little instances of her exposing herself without meaning to (i.e., the salt on her eggs, her well-timed questions, her topic changing).

2. The development of Millie and Fitz as a team was so good. I was so into seeing them grow together and befriend one another and their emo
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Disappointing. I like the marriage of convenience plot, and I love the way Sherry Thomas does angst. I even liked the flips back and forth in time - it was a slightly different way to get the story of how the relationship developed between the two protagonists. I didn't even mind the heroine's inability to speak up for herself for most of the book; she seemed to be functioning mainly on pride, and that made sense to me. However, what did not appeal to me was the hero's behaviour. I get that he h ...more
I should have listened to the reviews. I started, then skimmed, then DNF.

I had a hard time with the idea (view spoiler)
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This was a reread and I liked it much better this time around after reading the first book. Note to self: read series in order!
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Omg this was amazing!! I wasn’t so frustrated most of the time with the hero and I cried a lot but it was such a beautiful story! I wish there was more!
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pub-2012
Have you ever seen a dog or a cat woken from general anaesthesia? It’s walking around all dazed, bumping against the walls. That’s me after reading Sherry Thomas. She is the best romance writer in the history of the universe. I had read very few romances until I found Sherry Thomas, and since I found her I’ve just been trying to find another one but every other historical romance is no more than an echo of what Sherry Thomas can do. If I could live in a book, I’d love to be the heroine of one of ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, I read this back to back with Tempting the Bride and I’m doing a joint review because the two books have a considerable amount of overlap and my brain kind of conflates them together.

I had read both of these before, pre-GRs, and Tempting the Bride stuck with me far more. Probably because Hastings and Helena are somewhat top billing of this trilogy, and are trailered very heavily throughout Ravishing the Heiress. And of course they have such a tantalising set up because of all the amazing se
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kainat by: Pang ((♥ Book Paradise ♥))
Shelves: fav-hr
4.5 Stars.
Full review to come...
“It was the beginning of the end. Or perhaps, it was only the end of something that was never meant to begin.”

One sided love, huh?
This was way better than I thought it would be. Wow, this was very different from the HR I usually read. Hats off to Thomas! Will be reading her more books soon.
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
when Jenny Han recommends a book, you read that book!

marriage of convenience? unrequited love? nonstop angst?


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The absolute best thing about Sherry Thomas's romances (among many) is how unconventional they always are. She goes beyond the typical reformed rake meets wallflower spinster and they live HEA plot to create lively, passionate, and heartwarming stories that are entirely original. Ravishing the Heiress is no exception.

Fitz married Millie for her money, at the expense of losing his childhood sweetheart, Isabelle. Nearly a decade has passed and they've gradually settled into a comfortable married l
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
This is second in a series and while that shows, it isn't terribly intrusive. What I mean is, the previous couple have a presence, but you could easily enjoy this and know all the emotional and character by-play without having read that first book. But you should read it anyway, because it is a better story.

Which isn't to say that this one sucked. It has some quite touching moments and Millie was very engaging. Thomas does an excellent job setting up the premise of Fitz's young love and the inte
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Baaah, I want to read the third one now! I mostly enjoyed this, but not as much as I expected to, because the resolution was so short. One of Sherry Thomas's weaknesses. She can deliver a lot of misery, but the happy joy joy times, not so much. So this wasn't so much a married man falling in love with his wife as a record of him neglecting her for eight years. There were romantic hints and moments building something subtle, but no effusiveness, no demonstrations, except for a scene or two at the ...more
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USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided years ago that her goal in life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, young adult, and three books inspired by the martial arts epics she grew up devouring. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as th ...more

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