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Ravishing the Heiress

(Fitzhugh Trilogy #2)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,614 ratings  ·  577 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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Karla
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Rachel (BAVR)
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Jill
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
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Didi
4.5 STARS

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
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars
HELL HAS FROZEN OVER

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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
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Las
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
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Kelly22
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
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Sam (AMNReader)
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 pragmatism was something here, and her strength something else.

I won't recap, but I'll definitely say in many ways this isn't an easy read. And it would be easy to malign Fitz for his choices and seemingly constant rejection of Millie, but part of why this book worked was that he, too, was rejected time and again by her. (At least in my eyes. If my spouse is all, "hey,
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Mei
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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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
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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,
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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’
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OLT
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
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
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!
Cecilia
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
Vintage
I should have listened to the reviews. I started, then skimmed, then DNF.

I had a hard time with the idea (view spoiler)
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Kinga
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kainat by: Pang
Shelves: fav-hr
4.5 Stars.
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“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.
Jan
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!
Dija
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
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Zoe Liew
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There is something so romantic about Millie and Fitz's relationship. Their love is not built on lust or on the thrill and adrenaline provided by adventures but mutual trust and respect as well as all the decisions they've made together and all the obstacles they've overcome together.

And I disagree with the author, respectfully. Isabelle would not have been right for him. Even if Isabelle was the one with the money, had they married, their marriage would be filled with heat for quite a number of
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R.
Absolutely splendid.

I'm a sucker for both marriages of convenience and wallflowers in unrequited love, so the fact that this novel combined both those tropes meant it was already set to be one of my favorites, but Sherry Thomas goes above and beyond.

One might think that by having the hero and heroine immediately engage in a pact of platonic conduct on which they do not renege, Thomas has hamstrung herself and removed one of the most... interesting aspects of the marriage of convenience: the navi
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kris
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
GOD DAMN IT GOODREADS. WHY TAKE THIS REVIEW FROM ME.

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
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willaful
You know the video responses they have on Youtube? All the while I was reading Ravishing the Heiress, I felt it was a literary response to Georgette Heyer's A Civil Contract. It's not plagiarism, it's not fan fiction, it's not homage... "reconstruction" is the word that comes to mind. As if Thomas had taken the bones of that story apart and then put it back together a more appealing way. (No offense to those who think A Civil Contract is just fine just the way it is.)

This is the story of a marri
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Caz
Review Updated - 31 July 2013; this review is of the AUDIOBOOK version.

I gave this audio an A- for content (which I equate to 4.5 stars) and a B+ for narration in my AudioGals review.

Ravishing the Heiress is the second book in the Fitzhugh trilogy and tells the story of the young Earl Fitzhugh, known to his friends as Fitz, and his wife, Millie, who are contracted into an arranged marriage at the ages of nineteen and sixteen respectively.

I read the print version when it came out last year and lo
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Amy
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fv-review, ppb

Such a depressive, angst ridden story up until the bitter end. The author has a profound voice (although not one I enjoy), however the two books I've read have both had miserable protagonists.

I'm fine with angst if it's with a couple that loves each other but when the hero is married to the heroine and pining over another woman he loves throughout the majority of the story, it does not make for enjoyable reading for me.

I even cringed in the one love scene between the main couple because during
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Aayesha Khatri
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book left me with a bad taste in my mouth because of the awful hero. It didn't feel like a romance novel, it didn't feel like fantasy land. And the reason I read romance novels is to fall into that sweet fantasy land.

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The only reason I continued reading the book was to see how the author pulled off their happy ending. She did it well, I must s
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Nymeria
Gah, this book...

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A martyred doormat for a heroine and a self-absorbed jerk for a hero. This was painful. NEVER AGAIN
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Because actual world domination is too much trouble, USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal is life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia-inspired duology. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Tim ...more

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Fitzhugh Trilogy (3 books)
  • Beguiling the Beauty (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #1)
  • Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3)
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