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A Raven's Heart

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August 1815. The war with France is officially over, Napoleon’s an exile on St Helena, but Europe is still a very dangerous place to be.

Kidnapped and held for ransom at nineteen, ducal heir William Ravenwood knows the only person he can rely on is himself. Now part of a spy ring that includes his friends Nicolas and Richard Hampden, he’s the smuggler known as The Raven, a
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Caz
4.5 stars rounded up.

I fairly raved about K.C. Bateman’s début novel, To Steal a Heart, earlier this year. It’s the rare first book that gets that sort of praise, but Ms. Bateman’s writing, characterisation, plotting and dialogue were so exceptionally good, and the book overall was so enjoyable that I couldn’t do anything other than award it DIK status. Naturally, I hoped that her second book, A Raven’s Heart, would be as good and simultaneously worried that it might not be – but I’m happy to sa
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WhiskeyintheJar
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Heloise and William have danced around each other for a long time. As his bestfriend's little sister, William has tried to distance himself from Heloise while she has decided after once being rejected by him to protect her heart. They both have their share of scars, both internally and physically, but staying apart might be hurting them more than helpin
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Mei
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, historical
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

I must say that I must have had enough of the same old I'm too good for her trope.

And here it is the leitmotiv of the whole story... :(

They lust for one another, but they both think they're not good enough for the other!!!

So what did he do? He treated her like an idiot (not that she's not acting like that all by herself!!!) to keep her at distance.... But, at the same time he didn't want to let her go with her life.

I could understand her
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'A Raven's Heart' by K.C. Bateman is book two in the "Secrets and Spies" series. I have read the previous book but this book is a standalone book for sure.
This is the story of Heloise Hampden and William de l’Isle, Viscount Ravenwood.
Ravenwood is a spy along with Heloise's brothers. Ravenwood and Heloise's brothers are like family but there has always been something between Heloise and him. But when Ravenwood was about 18 years he turned down Heloise feelings when she tried to move forward with
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Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
I loved TO STEAL A HEART, Ms. Bateman’s debut novel, and the first book in her Secrets and Spies series. I was hoping that A RAVEN’S HEART would be just as good, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Six years ago, nineteen-year-old William de L’Isle, Viscount Ravenwood (Raven), was kidnapped and held for ransom. A proud and stubborn man, his grandfather, the Duke of Avondale, refused to pay the kidnappers, hoping to thwart their plans by hiring Bow Street Runners to find his grandson. Meanwhile,
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Esther
ARC Netgalley for honest review. Rating 4.5

What an enriching and character driven romance.

Our tortured hero, Raven was taken at the age of nineteen and held for ransom. Unfortunately his grandfather never paid the ransom thinking he could hire someone to rescue Raven. Sadly during this time he was tortured and at some point escaped on his own. He was changed from that point on, feeling betrayed and broken. He became a spy for the English crown and was very good at what he did.

Lady Heloise was
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Laura
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

Historical romance is a genre that is hit or miss for me. I often either find the heroine to be too "modern" and not believable...or so of her time that I am not able to relate. Heloise was neither. She was feminine, appropriate for the time, and still relatable. The reason that Raven would be attracted to her was readily apparent.

Raven was also enjoyable. Capable, heroic, but also passionate and clearly in love with Heloise...although denying it
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Cait
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I might look back at this in a few months and think 5 stars is too much but I don't care I loved this. It had some of my favourite tropes: pining! falling for your siblings best friend/best friends sibling! spies! romps through (just)post-Napoleonic Europe!

Kate Bateman was a great find, I'm so excited to read more from her (will definitely be reading the next book in this series)
Wendy
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Raven's Heart is both the second in K.C. Bateman's Secrets and Spies series and her second published book - and what an exciting new addition to the genre she is. I was originally urged to read her début novel To Steal a Heart when it was first published by a respected friend/reviewer who was extremely impressed by it, but for various reasons, kept putting it off; now I'm wondering why on earth I didn't jump to it immediately, because my friend knew me better than I knew myself and I was q ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raven and Heloise

The bickering and banter in this work was so sweet. Two people hopelessly in love, but bound and determined to stay apart. I mean, a man cannot lust after his best friends' little sister after all.

I enjoyed reading the push and pull of the protagonists as they navigated the vagaries of a life and death mission.

If you like a romance where the declarations are clear in the individuals' heads, but not public, you will enjoy this work.
Vellum Voyages
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 helms


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Get ready to feel the yearn in this book! Raven & Heloise just burn up the pages! We get a tease of their story in "To Steal A Heart" and now that we get to read their story in "A Raven's Heart" it does not disappoint! The chemistry was scorching between these two and boy was it fun to watch them both struggle against their wills for each other!

William Ravenwood (Raven) is tortured by his past after being kidnapped
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Barbara Rogers
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first book I've read by K. C. Bateman, but it definitely won't be the last because I LOVED it!!! This is the second book in the Secrets and Spies series, but I haven't read the first book so I can truthfully tell you that this can be read as a stand-alone book. However, I enjoyed this one so much I'm going to read the first one and then look forward to the next one!!!

The characters are c
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Ingrid Thomas
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 out of 5 witty stars

This is a comedic romance story with a great set of characters!!! You love them right from the beginning!!!

“That’s how it is with me. When you go, all the light goes, too.” He sounded both defiant and vulnerable.


Heloise is just at the right age where the marriage proposals come from every angle, and even after she was in an accident that left her with a scared face, the marriage proposals still came, and her father was pushing her to pick someone, so she would be properly
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Jennifer
4.25 Stars

Why I Read It...

I adored the first book in the series, To Steal a Heart. Heloise and Raven were very minor characters in that book, but it was obvious that their story would be epic. I also was very lucky to receive a review copy from Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What I Liked About It...

1. Heloise was fantastic. She was smart, generous, and willing to learn from her mistakes. I just loved the whole concept of her being a code breaker and liked the little tid
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booksofallkinds
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viscount Ravenwood, Raven to his friends, has found himself in many dangerous situations during his years as a spy, but his latest orders to protect Miss Hampden, a talented codebreaker, will be his most dangerous yet. For he has grown up alongside Heloise Hamden, as a best friend to her brothers, and has wanted her for as long as he can remember. But after his captivity, and the many unscrupulous things he has done for his country since then, Raven knows that she can never be his - she is too p ...more
Donna
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author but will not be my last. I enjoyed the banter between Ravenwood and Heloise as well as the plot.

Ravenwood lives next to the Hampdens and her brothers are his best friends. They currently are spies working for Lord Castlereagh. Heloise has always been in love with Ravenwood but feels her facial scar makes her unattractive. She also works for the government as a code breaker. When she breaks a code saying a British operative is still alive but being held, Raven
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Debra Martin
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a scorcher! This book has everything--snappy dialogue, banter back and forth between Raven and Heloise and chemistry that sizzles. Right from the opening pages, I was drawn in to this story. The interactions between the two main characters was electric and, of course, I was rooting for them all through the book.

Ms. Bateman has done herself proud with the second book in her Secrets and Spies series. She is a master at teasing out a scene. Who knew a look could ravish one so completely?
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Jeri
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review and I am so glad I did! Raven and Heloise have a chemistry that leaps off the page. Raven is a Duke, but a spy first. Heloise has been the girl next door that has annoyed him to distraction most of his life. Raven must now protect Heloise a brilliant code breaker that has broken a code that will set her up for assassination. This novel was elegantly written with the perfect amount of detail and excitement that you could not put it down. The ...more
Jenny
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable book. Both hero and heroine were likable and their chemistry sizzling. They both adored each other and they both had scars, heroine physical and hero emotional. I would have liked an epilogue with cute babies though.
Jasmine
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very beginning, this book captured my attention. Full of adventure and steam, I loved the chemistry and fire the main characters brought. There was also random and interesting trivia thrown in, making this historical romance even more unique. Loved it, can't wait to read more!
Gail Koger
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters. Great writing that kept you turning pages. Lots of action. Highly recommend this book
No Apology Book Reviews
I’d like to thank Ms. Bateman, Loveswept, Penguin Random House for allowing me to review this title in exchange for an honest review.

Friendly enemies since Lord Ravenwood became close friends with Heloise Hampden’s brothers, the two have fought their love for each other for years. Then Heloise cracks the code of an important missive from France, and Raven, a spy for the crown, immediately rushes to the aide of a friend held captive, taking Heloise along for further code-breaking and to keep her
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Ermione Pickwick
Marvellous novel. Honestly I was surprised, I truly liked her first romance and I hoped the second would have been as good. Well, A Raven's Heart is perfect. I was so charmed and amused by the wittiness of the protagonists banters and squabbles, I was captured by their mutual attraction and passion (I love nothing better than a long harboured love between friends). I even deeply enjoyed the background story (and spy romances are certainly not my favourite).
This novel is no doubt among those I w
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Katherina
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, please read the first book in the series. You don't need to read it to appreciate this story, but the first story is fantastic and we get to meet both Raven and Heloise. The first book is a battle of wills between the main characters on a physical level, while in the second book they battle on a more intellectual level. K.C. Bateman's writing is engaging, the pacing perfect and the characters the right amount of imperfect. For more romance reviews, check out my website: https://kat ...more
Sarah
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 3.5 rounded up to a 4. The writing was good. The story was good. I just have a HUGE problem with hero’s that are in love with the heroine from afar but can’t have her for whatever reason so they sleep with every other woman they come across. That 👏 is 👏 not 👏 romantic👏. These are supposed to be ROMANCE novels. I want my hero to pine and languish for want of the heroine. I want a hero that knows he will never want another woman like he wants her. That knows no woman will ever compare.
Samantha
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 decoding the Raven's heart stars. Honestly? I think this read is my favorite historical romance read to date. It was fascinating mixing suspense, history, romance and wit. I laughed a lot because of the play between the hero and heroine and how both wanted so desperately to be with each other. This was my first time reading K.C. Bateman but if Bateman continues writing like this, I'll continue reading!
Jewlsbookblog
Raven and Heloise won me over immediately upon their opening conversation! Their witty, supercharged, sometimes innuendo-loaded banter had me in stitches!! I can’t call it a true love/hate relationship. They were more...unrequited love with a heaping side of sarcastic wit, sharp intelligence, and a lot of humor! There was also quite a bit of emotional exposure from Ravenwood. Unlike the first book in this series, we got to see Raven’s side of things along with Heloise’s, giving a more even keel ...more
Kim
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, Yes and More Yes!!!! I absolutely loved this second installment in the Secrets and Spies series. I wasn't thrilled with the first one but saw where the potential was there for greatness and I was not disappointed at all. This book is fantastic! It's host to some of the best characters in historicals that I've come across in a while. I love the angst of the two characters being in love but denying it to each other and to themselves. And seriously, how fun was it to have the gypsy's in the st ...more
Bec (booktineus)
4.5! Another pleasant surprise. Also SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THE SHIP
Patricia
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2020
WHOA!!

What an adventure!
One of the things I like best about KC Bateman is that she isn't terribly constrained in writing her characters. While this is in the period right after Waterloo, the woman is strong enough to have a task for her country, and the men around her accept that.
The chemistry explodes, and fireworks literally fill the sky. There are villains and unlikely allies, and heartfelt reconciliations.
In short, this book has it all.
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Kate Bateman (also writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she'd 'never finish the thing.' She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-era romances all feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.

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