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Ransom My Heart

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  6,865 Ratings  ·  499 Reviews
Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia and star of Meg Cabot's insanely popular #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries books, has "penned" her first historical romance novel . . . with help from Meg Cabot

He's a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She's an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister's dowry, and fast
Paperback, 396 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Just because Meg Cabot is primarily known as a YA author and the "author" of this book is Mia Thermopolis (the main character of Cabot's YA Princess Diaries series), does not mean that this is a YA book. It's not. It's an adult romance.

The story was cheesy, cliche and comical. I laughed out loud A LOT ... and the scenes I was laughing at were probably not supposed to be as humorous as I found them! And the idea that it was a common practice for maidens to kidnap men for ransom to pay their dowr
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A book by Mia Thermopolis (Meg Cabot)? I thought when I first saw this. So being the Meg Cabot fan, I checked out this book from the library and began reading it that night. The first shock came on the very first page with the date: England, 1291. Holy cow this was long ago. But I read on and on. By the time I was finally able to stop reading, it had been well over an hour.

Mia's (Meg's) writing abilities continue to blow me away. It was just amazing. No, telling you it was amazing doesn't do it
Jan 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Normally I'm a huge Meg Cabot fan. I picked up this book and liked the main character immediately. And the knight's character too. However, it turned out to be more like a Harlequin romance. I hate to say it. But I wasn't expecting so much sensuality. It could have been such a wonderful book, but there was far too much sex in it. I'd hoped that most authors would learn from Stephenie Meyer that having tension in a book is much better than sex scenes. It makes me sad, since I have almost all of C ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Girls will laugh and swoon with RANSOM MY HEART. Princess Mia Thermopolis, heroine of Meg Cabot's THE PRINCESS DIARIES, pens a fun, flirty debut novel that's spiced with the occasional mishap.

Finnula Crais is out to catch a rich man. Why has Fair Finn switched from hunting game to hunting men? To help out her beloved sister, of course!

The family beauty, Mellana, has spent her entire dowry and needs Finn to capture and ransom some poor unsuspecting fo
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another book in the summer of romance novels - this one will set a high bar for the others to attain, however. Reading through it brought me back to the basic principle that a good book does not need to be high literature if it it makes you want to stay up for hours to finish reading this one. And I certainly did with this book - much more so than almost any of the others I've plowed through recently.

High spirited heroine who is just beginning to recognize the effect that men have on her. A her
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Purportedly written by "Princess of Genovia Mia Thermopolis", who I understand to be a popular movie character, this book is a typical bodice-ripper, airport-novel read. Or more properly, a "braies-ripper", since the main female character has a propensity for wearing this form of late-medieval menswear, and the main male character spends most of the book fantasizing about removing them (spoiler alert: he does). Though interspersed with the occasional "God's teeth" and "Nay, my lord", the dialogu ...more
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Alright, once again I would like to know why movies have ratings but with books? You have to guess. Because this book makes you guess the rating WRONG.

Pros: It was a cute fun read. If you are in the mood for moderatly smutty, self indulgent, completely fluffy romance. Which as it happens I sometimes am. It's pretty funny.

Cons: Who in their right mind connects the Princess Diaries (which I'm only on book 4 of but I'm pretty sure I'd let a 12 year old read) with a book like this that is sooo much
Natalie Marie
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
So I have always been a big Meg Cabot fan, really I have, whether it was reading about Princess Mia's awkward adventures or some of her other fluffy, light-hearted romances. So I figured when I picked up a novel written by "Princess Mia" with the help of Meg Cabot I was in for a winner...however, this was not the case. The plot reminded me a lot of Roberson's Lady of the Forest but not quite as good. Maybe I have just been in one too many gender classes for my own good, but lots of bits were ope ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Finnula Crais is in a bit of a quandary. The year is 1291 and her older sister Mellana is pregnant by her lover, Jack Mallory, a troubadour who is dead broke. Mellan begs Finnula to help her and Finnula comes up with a plan. She will kidnap a rich man and use his ransom to pay Mellana’s dowry. Finnula has a low opinion of men in general. She thinks they are useless creatures. The reason she feels this way is because of her first unwanted marriage that ended with her old senile husband dying the ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Meh. All I can think is that I liked the beginning and I liked how badass Finnula Crais was at the beginning. I liked her huntress skills and her leather trousers and her defiance but then along came her pregnant sister Mellana with a ridiculous plan to gain money. I swear I laughed my ass off at the ridiculousness of the whole kidnapping idea, I mean honestly that was just childish.

But ofcoarse the plan went along and Finnula kidnapped Hugo and I got pretty pissed because she started turning s
2,5 stars
"Being in love looked rather painful from what she observed." (Finnula Crais)

Curiosity is what made me pick up Ransom my Heart. After reading excerpts of Ransom My Heart in Ten Out of Ten, I wasn't expecting much from it. I expected a bodice-ripper romance novel and that's exactly what I got, but I must say that I'm mildly surprised.

The heroine, Finnula Crais, is extremely likable. She's kind, fierce, brave and outspoken. She's good with a bow and arrow, has keen hunting instincts and
My (Lostinfantasybooks)
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for Finnula and Hugo

This book was wonderful.

For everyone asking what the book has to do with The Princess Diaries Series, it's the book Mia (the protagonist of 'The Princess Diaries') 'wrote' between the 9th and the 10th book of the series. Of course Meg Cabot is the real author here.

I normally don't read Historical Romances, but I really liked the short snippets of this story we got in Forever Princess and I thought that I should give it a go. I was not disappointed.

The novel sets in th
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
This was quite an interesting book, a little different from those Princess Diaries that I’ve recently read, with Princess Mia talking and writing on her journal. This time, Ransom My Heart was being narrated by a third person and it was done OK.

Ransom My Heart is about Fair Finn, the youngest among seven siblings, the boyish among the brood. Finnula Crais was born into a really big family but her parents soon passed away. At least, however, she had an older brother who was old enough to raise th
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: for fans of Meg Cabot and romance readers
A historical, fun filled romance. This book was "written" by Princess Mia (of course she had help by Meg Cabot)But unlike the Princess Diaries books, this book is NOT YA friendly.

Finnula or Finn as she is known, isn't your typical fair maiden. She would rather be hunting with her faithful compainon Gros Louis. Finn is known around her village and also neighboring ones for bringing meat and meals when needed. She has a kind heart and helps her fellow villgers. Her sister, Mellana, finds herself
It is a charming, sweet, adventurous historical romance with lots of humor, mystery, and loveable characters.

Finnula is kind, generous, witty, and stubborn. I really liked her relationship with her siblings and the villagers.

Hugo is a real knight, quick-witted, and makes no bones about his feelings and intentions.

Both Finnula’a and Hugo’s personalities and motivation are nicely elaborated, and the secondary characters are also well-drawn. Ms. Cabot is able to characterize them with only a few
Asrina Maharani
Dec 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
This time was a half hearted re-read. I forgot that I had ever read it in the first place.
The romance element was predictable with little to no real tension. I think Cabot intended to add freshness by creating a wildcat heroine who wants to wear braes instead of pants- annoying and stale. This taming of the shrew took 396 pages to be much ado about nothing.

Oda Renate
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
What an amazing book!
just soo good!
No complanits just pure joy!
Kinda hope for a sequel pr companion.
Maria Antoinette
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Fielding
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book drew me in – classical and romantic – and the book did not disappoint. I found it to be a refreshingly different historical romance, in that it has a unique blend of the conventions of the genre and also elements of the most contemporary romances in terms of characterisation and writing style.
I really enjoyed Meg’s language in the book, which draws upon ‘ye olde’ English without reaching the point that the reader is lost or bored. I especially like her inclusion of quite m
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Ransom My Heart is a historical romance, as it could only be written by an environmentalist-vegetarian-feminist, whose romantic ideals are Mr. Rochester and the Beast, and whom herself is a reluctant royal (and of course just happens to be fictional). Having not actually read any romances myself, historical or otherwise, I cannot really compare it against others in the genre in which Princess Mia chose to write, in order get her foot through the door of the publishing world. I can say, however t ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In England in the year 1291, Finulla Crass, the adventurous daughter of the village miller, is determined to help her older sister, Mellana, who is pregnant out of wedlock and needs a substantial dowry, as her child's father will otherwise be too poor to marry her. The sisters come up with a rather unconventional plan - Finnula will find a wealthy man, kidnap him, and hold him for ransom in order to obtain the money Mellana needs. Finnula decides her captive will be a young earl, Hugo Fitzstepha ...more
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Care for lusty reading to wild-up your imagination? Ransom My Heart is definitely book for you... Hehehe.. Well, as a beginner for adult-romance novel reader. There's a lot of questions that pop in my head. Such as, is it all sexual intercourse and sexual thoughts in this particular genre always been the main purpose for all the plot-line of the story? Or is it all that stuff are the main purpose for created this genre?

I mean, two main characters in this book are TOTALLY sexual driven person. Al
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I ADORE Meg Cabot and all of her books from ever since I was 13 years old. I've read all her books and will forever do so, and have only good things to say about them. This one, however, having been 'writen' by Mia Thermopolis, Genovia's very own Princess, makes it ten times more interesting.

Finnula is a fiercely redhead girl in 1291 England who stands out from all the other girls her age--and time. She wears pants, she rides her horse and goes for hunting for long hours, mostly to help the les
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Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book impressed me. I loved the fact that Finnula is modern for her time. She has common sense, and I felt for her with all my heart during the parts of the book where her time period traps her with its idiotic customs. Half the time I wanted to be her, and the other half I was content with being the reader!

While this isn't a deep, soul-searching book, this passionate and comical historical romance is addicting and enthralling. I couldn't put it down, and found myself wasting away the hours
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I chose the book Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot because I enjoy longer books and I have always loved Meg Cabot's books. The book was about how a young woman named Finnula Crais, an esteemed huntress, is forced to kidnap a man and hold him hostage to help pay off her sister's dowry. Finnula, or Finn, ends up kidnapping a man who is lying about his identity and attempting to keep his crush on Finnula hidden. My favorite quote in the book was, "Try that again, sir, and you'll be sucking down that cup ...more
Nour El Houda Ziani
I hadn’t read The Princess Diaries when I picked this book, I didn’t even know it was part of a series (It wasn’t mentioned in the edition I found) and I somehow liked the description, so I bought it, and then I checked it on Goodreads and realized it was kinda part of The Princess Diaries series, but I decided to read it anyway when I found out that it was written by the main character of the series. So I wasn't expecting much, I actually was expecting myself to hate it or to not understa
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
“No man wants to marry, Finnula. There are just some women they can’t have any other way, and so it is a sacrifice willingly made in order to attain a particularly choice—” 1 likes
“All it took was one man, just one, to declare that something was not right, and others would follow.” 1 likes
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