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Velvet Song

(Montgomery/Taggert (Publication order) #4)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  8,339 ratings  ·  160 reviews
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 Blackett 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

Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published February 1983)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2 stars!


Nothing infuriates me more when the author destroys my favorite character in a book, much less in a series. Champion of the underdog, Raine Montgomery is the main reason why I love the Velvet saga – his sense of honor and his unwavering loyalty and love for his family is what makes him my favorite Montgomery brother. With this book, however, Jude Deveraux has obliterated Raine’s character and I’m not sure I’ll be able to recover.

As we know from book 2, Raine has been banished by the king
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is my least favorite in the Velvet series. I didn’t care for Raine, he was too much of a “hard-head”. In one scene Raine spanks Alyx for disobeying him and then she follows him to their tent to make sweet-sweet love??!! What. The. Deuce??!! No!! Just no!!
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
Tiera McMillian
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb2019
*Reread Review*
In the past this was one of my favorites in this series because I loved Raine! I find that during my reread of this series that though, I still liked Raine through most of the book, he was quite exasperating! The arrogance and the pride.. OMG eye roll worthy! Yet another thing about Jude Deveraux's books that I like is that the males are far from perfect. Even if they seem that way for a bit.. just wait they are going to do something ridiculous soon lol. This book continues the lo
C Joy
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to C 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
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Although I rated the previous book in the series 4 stars I can’t remember it at all but must have really liked it. The first was such a revelation for me and one I don’t think I’ll ever forget. This one I’m afraid may also end up as unforgettable. Regardless when I give a book three stars it means I found it relatively entertaining but wouldn’t bother to re read. There were some obvious plot twists and predictable and repetitive parts. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. I’m more i ...more
Wendy Keel
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book however was getting a little fed up at Reigns code of honor attitude. I liked that the h was not the standard body type but beautiful still. I LOVED how all the characters came together here. It's like a continued story from the last so you are weaned off each of the past characters. ...more
Valentina Markasović
You can really tell that Deveraux worked hard to have all 4 books published in the span of 2 years. Some things just don't make sense at all. They fall in love randomly and unconvincingly. Joss and Alyx talk about Alyx being a woman in love with Raine, but only after some 30 pages does Alyx acknowledge that Joss knows she is a woman...? Alyx's connection to the Black Lyon is dropped and never mentioned again. Alyx's father was murdered in the first 20 pages and then she was sad and then she neve ...more
After reading Stephen's story in Highland Velvet(my favorite in this series), I think I set my expectations too high. Of the Montgomery brothers, after Stephen, Raine is my favorite. I loved him in Velvet Promise... he was so honorable and protective of Judith. I really like his character, but something about him was lost in this book. He kept taking pride and honor way too seriously in his treatment of Alyx.

Also, the whole love story between Raine and Alyx seemed rushed. The book could have be
joy in wonderland
Jan 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: he-loves-me
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 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. ...more
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
May 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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 :) ...more
Oct 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Total heaving bosoms trash but surprisingly well-done and entertaining, the characters are decently developed and funny. Perfect for long car rides or transatlantic flights.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you love a story in which the heroine pretends to be a boy then you should read this. Highly recommended.
Dahlia Mrd
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
All of Jude's work deserve 4 stars to say the very least. Sorry but her books are amazing! ...more
Linda Williams
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Classic Jude Deveraux. This is my go to author when I have read too much dark literature. Always a happy ending and comforting predictable story line. Like having coffee with an old friend.
Mandy (Bookishlove85)
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-own
It's so funny to reread a series I love so much and rate it more accurately. I adore Raine Montgomery so much. But Alex's whiny and uppity disposition grated on me more this time than I remember. I very much enjoy reading about this family and their journeys through out this saga but I feel better giving it the new rating of 3 stars. Onto the finale! ...more
Edina Memić
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite
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
Labeebah Hasan
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, Velvet Song is an underdeveloped novel. Concepts are thrown in and used so negligently 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 been ha ...more
Maria Sanigan
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I needed some mindless escapism and I got it with this traditional "bodice-ripper" romance set in 1502 England under King Henry VII's rule. Very formulaic, takes from many stories to sew together this romance between an "outlaw" nobleman (hiding in a forest, no less) & a young woman who has disguised herself as a boy to escape from her village after her father was murdered & house burned to the ground, and found herself labeled a witch. We have a disgruntled, starving populace, divide between th ...more
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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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Other books in the series

Montgomery/Taggert (Publication order) (1 - 10 of 35 books)
  • The Black Lyon (Montgomery/Taggert, #1)
  • The Velvet Promise (Velvet Montgomery Annuals Tetralogy #1)
  • Highland Velvet (Velvet Montgomery Annuals Tetralogy #2)
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  • Twin of Ice (Chandler Twins, #2)
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