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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  15,425 ratings  ·  731 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Rendezvous presents a spellbinding new Regency historical destined to be a hot beach read this summer. Moving from the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village named Upper Biddleton to the glittering crush of a fashionable London soiree, Quick offers an enthralling tale of a mismatched couple poised to discover the rapture of love.

Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published December 2005 by Bantam (first published July 1992)
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Miriamgreen answering my own question, this was one of the most witty and fun book to be found under this genre. it hit all buttons. highly recommended

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Ravished is one of my all-time favorite Amanda Quick novels. It's a wonderful story with likable characters and I must have read it at least 3 times already. Gideon is a scarred, brooding, semi-outcast whose own parents don't believe in his innocence. Despite having more reason to be bitter and harsh than the immature heros of many other romances, Gideon never behaves like a jerk or takes out his anger on the heroine. He can be arrogant and dictatorial, but he is tender to and proud of Harriet ...more
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

I like Beauty and the Beast tales and Ravished is many reader's favorite Amanda Quick novel, so I chose it as my introduction to her work. I'm glad to say I was not disappointed. :)

I loved Gideon from the start and he was everything but The Beast of Blackthorne Hall, the nickname he received due to his "shady" reputation and his sinister appearance. I was expecting to meet a dark, tortured hero, but he was actually quite funny. Harriet was a different matter and it took me some time
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Regency romances - I am a Georgette Heyer tragic from way back - but many of today's efforts are very weak and formulaic. This one is neither of those things and I was in my reading element:). The two main characters were delightful, the conversation was witty and the formula was thrown out the window. Guess what - no misunderstandings between our purported lovers to separate them and lead them astray. In this book our hero and our heroine understand each other from the start and have ...more
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
My first Amanda Quick and most defiantly not my last !
Loved everything about this book ! The plot, the all radiated true originality ! This one's definatly going into my shelves of favourites !
*Review Up*
"There she goes again, Gideon warned his mother. You had better stop her quickly unless you want the conversation to revert to fossils.

So I generally try to stay far away from bluestocking heroines in HR, specifically the 'eccentric' kinds simply because they are typically (not always) written to such a slanted degree that it comes off obnoxious and to be completely honest: historically inaccurate. Such was the case here. My first Amanda Quick book and I can see she likes to go
Avid Booker
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People Who Enjoy Fossils
This story is a beauty and the beast retelling, with two interesting main characters. Harriet Pomeroy, a fossil enthusiast and the viscount Gideon St. Justin. Gideon got the name beast because of his large size, mean attitude, and his scar over his eye. Also because it was said that he drove his fiancé to kill herself.

It got boring at times and they had sex so quickly that I was so confused on if they were going to even have a relationship.

But I did have time after that to find out that the
WhatIReallyRead (Anna)
A very amusing, entertaining HR read. The heroine annoyed me a bit at first, but then I warmed up to her and ended up really enjoying the book.
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance fanatics
Unknowingly, I've read this earlier in 2008. I had no idea, since Amanda Quick's covers and titles have a striking resemblance. Titles are one word, and cover is one-colored too, but in different shades and featuring an object.

The title and characters were a little forgotten to me, however, the story and plot are etched in my cranium.

As I flip the pages, I begin to become immersed in a different world, pleasant and achingly familiar, however I do not drown, for romances as sweet as this could
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
A delightful book!
I laughed at Harriet's reasoning and her explanations! :)
It was wonderfully written!
I felt pity for Gideon - he didn't have a chance! LOL
The mistery part of the story is filmsy, but it gave their love story a nice touch!
I don't know why I haven't read this author before! I will correct that ASAP!
Kiri Fiona
5 Stars…

Well, well, well. Amanda Quick...


Gideon & Harriet were the couple I never knew I could hope for! They surprised me at every turn...

What I loved:
- When I read, I always think I know what's going to happen next. Hero's nemesis corners heroine in the library - of course the hero is going to walk in and his insecurities will get the better of him. Cue ensuing drama and pain. Hero is the target of cruel gossip about how he treats women - of course the heroine is going to believe it. Cue ensuing pain and
Ari Reavis
There was a good deal I liked about this book. Gideon was great. Even though early on he's all 'I've forgotten what love is', you can tell he cares for Harriet a lot and will quickly grow to love her. The rumors about him are pretty messed up, but you know instantly they don't fit his character. The sex scenes, while not always as descriptive as I would have liked, were hot.

My main problem was the heroine. She constantly put herself in dangerous situations. Then she was always telling Gideon to
DNF 50 %. Maybe 2.5/5 despite not finishing, which has more to do with my current mood. It's not a bad book and the writing is good. I must say, the heroine annoys me with her antics. Much that I'm a bona fide nerd, I actually hate it when bluestocking heroines get so single-minded in their pursuit of knowledge, that they don't pay attention to people and clues in their environment and placing themselves in dicey situations. Surely bookish intelligence and common sense are not mutually exclusive ...more
Eden Rose
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was quite different from other historical romance books I'd read.
No super beautiful lady.
No handsome man and bla bla bla
So it was very intriguing for me.

and I was wondering why didn't I give it five stars? 🤔
5 Stars

With her fascination for fossils, Harriet Pomeroy has little time or patience for rumor and scandal. Thus, when she discovers that smugglers are using her beloved caves for their nefarious schemes, she never thinks twice of summoning Gideon Westbrook, the local landowner and the man everyone calls the Beast of Blackthorne Hall. With his scarred visage and lecherous reputation, Gideon spurns society, but something about Harriet draws him in and soothes his tormented soul. Yet to be
Deserie williams
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May Contain Spoilers!

4.5 stars! I really enjoyed this:)I loved this couple. I absolutely loved Harriet she had me laughing. I loved how she didnt judge and how she never once doubted him!Gideon was such a sweet man in his own way! Yes he was stubborn at times but never long with Harriet! I felt his beauty and love for her even though he didnt at first. loved the fossil concept.That has always fascinated me! Love the banter ,love how we see them interact on different things ! I do wish we got
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my blog:

This is not a book review. This is me sounding my barbaric yawp over the smut-loving rooftops of the world.

In a recent bout of unproductiveness (which, let's face it, really comprises about 85% of my day, with 10% of the remaining 15% being eating, and you have to work bathroom breaks in there, too...) a little web searching led me to a list of romance novels that involve paleontologists. I've always had this rage of jealousy
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LibraryLass by: Everyone
Absolutely wonderful! This is one of my favourites of A. Quick's. A lovely beauty and the beast them with every part of the story hitting the mark.

Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First thing first. I love this book so much it's not even possible to love a book this way. (Yeah I'm a crazy person)
So Ravished was my first beauty and the beast story and as you can tell I think of this book as a special one.

The characters of this (spelling amazing) story is Miss Harriet Pomeroy and Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin.

Harriet - one of my favorite female characters of all time. I just loved her spirit, her love and her loyalty for Gideon, she fought for her spot under the
I have an issue, especially with HRs. I don't like cartoonish characters or caricatures and I can't stand TSTL heroines or overly quirky ones to the point that their quirkiness messes around with the historical credibility of the character and the story in general. Harriet's obsession with fossils was both annoying and hard to swallow, not to mention the many other silly things she did. Her saving grace was her support for the hero and her faith in him.

I loved the hero. He was the only character
Christy Stewart
Quick was watching Scooby Doo and was all, "I think I'll write a romance novel."

The plot is loosely about some pirates using a cave as a super secret location and our leading characters foiling them. Also, the leading lady is a lot like Velma; geeky and unflappable and cool. Staying on the geeky theme of my review the leading man is like Batman in that everyone is afraid of him but really he is just a pussy with mommy issues.

I've seen this listed as a fave on many lists and thought I'd give it a go. I like Amanda Quick but have never been overly wowed by her work. The dialogue is often clever and witty and I've enjoyed that but for the most part the stories tend to sound about the same. Something about this novel really grabbed me though. I can see how it would be a fave with her fans and I'm glad I finally got to read it.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017: Fairy tale Retelling square.

I have carried this book with me to countless countries and on countless vacations at this point. I love Ravished. I think Amanda Quick was firing on all cylinders for this one. I ended up reading this after another romance book I started was ticking me off so badly I just ran to my shelves and pulled this book down. You have a hero and heroine you can root for, an A and a B plot, and some very cute secondary characters.

Regan Walker
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
I bought this romance based on the many high ratings and the fact it was on a "favorite romances of all time" list I found, but I can't imagine what else those people have read that they would rank this among the great romances. (See my lists for some really good ones.) I found the plot contrived and the story boring. The dialog, especially between the hero and heroine just went on forever. It isn't as if Quick can't write; she can. But the story is disappointing. As one reviewer put it, it was ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harriet and Gideon

This is the funniest book I've read so far this year. I laughed throughout. The interaction between the protagonists was both humorous and touching.

Harriet's obsessive and single minded concentration on her fossil finding vocation was priceless.

Gideon was the most put upon hero that I've ever read. The poor guy just couldn't catch a break. Harriet was truly the heroine he needed.

Villains everywhere oh my! There were so many bad actors determined to make life miserable for
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Renégade ♥
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighter Regency Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Ravished has been on my TBR pile for quite a while. It ended up being my very first read by the prolific and much-loved Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle, et. al.). Overall, I very much enjoyed this tale that has a Beauty and the Beast theme. Its light and witty, while also expressing some deeper emotions, particularly for our hero whos been through quite a lot. It also contains a couple of light mysteries surrounding exactly what happened six
Dec 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: regency romance readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
Harriet lives out in the country with her aunt and sister. She is an avid fossil collector and spends much time in the nearby caves. When she finds what she believes to be smuggling activities, she calls in Gideon, the viscount, to take care of the problem so that she can go back to excavating her cave. Gideon is drawn to her and after he accidentally compromises her, he decides that they must marry. However, Gideon has a very dark past and is almost a pariah, causing some trouble when they go ...more
Overall rating: 4.5 Fossil Hunting stars!

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Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was amazed how much I loved this book. I used to read a lot of romance novels, but grew tired of them, and very few romance authors have held much interest for me in the past few years. Interesting historical romance authors are even harder for me to find. But I love her Arcane Series historical novels, and with the added recommendation of my mother, decided to give this one a try. And I am so glad I did! From the very first scene, I was hooked, and I finished it one sitting, only stopping to ...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.

She earned a B.A. in History from the

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