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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (1 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451207378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451207371
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write lush and lusty historical romance. My heroes are dark, dominant, and dangerous, with a hint of the lurking bastard inside them. Then I create a heroine who is a match for them, or more than a match!
I have written over 30 novels, and am a NYTimes bestselling author. The first time I made that list with Seduced, I climbed on the roof and shouted it to the world!
I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England and emmigrated to Canada when I was twelve. I married a Canadian and about twenty years ago we moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. I have two handsome sons, two outstanding grandsons, one beautiful granddaughter, and a perfect great-granddaughter.
The first line of my bestselling novel, The Pirate And The Pagan, defined my career: "What a beautiful cock!"

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By Thunder Cat on 16 April 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very inspiring story about love, of a persons and places. Its make you feel wanted to go back in regency era, with all the stately houses you can imagine and vast plantation in Ceylon in the year of 1800s. Nothing compare with any writers of this era, Virginia Henley write very well, with rich of history.
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19 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2003
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For a long time, I felt like Viginia Henley was loosing her touch. Her books had become banal: The stories were weak, the characters were underdeveloped and the plot was not fully flushed out. However, this book changes my opinion. Virginia Henley is back! This is the richest and most luscious story she has written since the early 90s when I first became enamoured of her armorous adventures! This one has got historical detail, vivid characters and the sparkling wit that has been missing in some of her recent work. Anyway, even when her books are stinkers, Virginia Henley's still the best in romance fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.5 STARS Loved half of the story, bored with the other half. Good character and scenery development kept the story moving. 28 Jun. 2006
By Alyce In Wonderland - Published on
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The base romance in this novel was terrific. Unfortunately it was cut- in by a lot of side topics that had nothing to do with the main couple. I'd say they could have cut out about 1/2 of the pages and it would have been a perfect story.

Alex, the heroine, spends a lot of time dressed as a man in an effort to learn about the seedy side of London. These pages were pretty boring. I skimmed through them a lot.

Nick, the hero, joins the army about 1/3 of the way though the book. Part of this topic was intense and endearing, such as a point where he is trying to swim upstream in a raging river and he uses his memories of Alex as his means of strength to make it across. Other parts were boring facts about the war that had no significance for the main characters.

The love between the main couple is beautiful, but unfortunately we don't get to enjoy it much. There are only a few pages out of the whole book where the two of them are happily together. Still, their devotion keeps you going.

The Basic Story:

Alexandra and her brother Rupert grew up as best friends with the kids in the plantation next to their own. Those kids were twin brothers, Christopher and Nicholas. Growing up with three boys made Alex a tomboy. She wanted to do everything the boys could do. Now as a 17 year old, she wants all of the same privileges the men have. Most of all, she wants to be a writer. Because women are not respected in the literary field, Alex starts dressing as a man. She uses her disguises to gain access to the many "gentleman's clubs" in London. These clubs will provide her with information for her newspaper articles.

Alex and Rupert were raised by their grandmother. The twins, by their dad. Alex's grandma and the twins dad have arranged a marriage between Alex and the older twin, Christopher. However Alex is deeply in love with Nicholas, the younger twin. Nick loves her back, but wants her to have the family title and lands that will be inherited by his brother. Nick feels he will be robbing her of those things if he marries her himself. In an effort to put distance between them, Nick joins the army.

Over the next year, Nick fights for his country while Alex works to prevent her grandma from losing her home. Nick and Alex dream of each other every night. Nick uses his love for her to survive the harsh realities of war. Alex has no choice but to take two secret jobs. She is a reporter and a stripper. In society, she is a lady. When she is not working, she is being courted by societies most sought after bachelors. Still, she can never completely get over Nick.

When Nick returns from the war, he finds that his older brother has squandered away the family fortune. He is even about to lose the family estate. Nick takes every risk necessary to fix his brother's mistakes. He even pretends to be Christopher in order to seduce Alex into agreeing to marry his older twin. Yet when Nick discovers how deeply Christopher's dishonorable schemes go, he gives up on trying to hide his own feelings for Alex. He claims her for himself. He also can't let his brother lose any more of the family's property. He will do some scheming of his own to take control of the money, the title, and the estate.

Basically, add a lot of padding to this story and you have the complete book. Some parts were very romantic, others were frustrating. (Such as watching Nick poor his heart out to Alex, while pretending to be his brother, to help seal an engagement between them. Ugh! We want to see him fight for her, not give her away to his worthless brother!)
The characters were interesting and the core story good. Those things kept me reading to the end of the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ms. Henley Delivers Again!!! 25 July 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
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Ms. Henley always offers her readers strong almost willful heroines, and strong male leads that manage to support rather than stifle their spirit. This story is no different. What is different is the fact that hero and heroine spend a good deal of the story apart from each other. As a result this is not the normal type of read that we normally get from Ms. Henley.

Christopher (Kit) and Nicholas are twins that are as close as they can be. They often switch places and Kit being the favored older son is willful and weak. Nicholas on the other had is despised by his father and when he is accidentally killed in a hunting accident by Kit, Nicholas steps in and takes the blame. It only gets worse though. The one thing that Nicholas was counting on is the family horse farm. When the will is read, he finds out that he has been cut out totally. Nicholas has pride and will not sit back and let society mock him. He joins the army and heads to the Peninsula in order to fight Napoleon. He leaves behind the one thing that he wishes was his. Alexandra Sheffield. She is met for his brother and he wishes that she were his. But, fate has seen the end to that dream.

Alexandra has always loved Nicholas. She grew up with Kit and Nicholas and although her grandmother wants her to marry well, she wants the younger son. Problem with Nicholas has honor and he won't dishonor Alexandera. She also wants to be a writer but that dream is also going to be hard to achieve in a world that is dominated by men. She is deeply hurt when Nicholas leaves without saying goodbye in order to fight a war. While he is away she leads a very dangerous, and unorthodox life. One that opens up doors to Alexandra she never knew existed. What will happen when her hero returns from the war? Will she finally find love with her Nicholas, or will she be forced to marry the other twin?

Alexandra was a very unusual heroine. Her ideas and actions are not what you normally find within the pages of Regency romances. At times her actions were a bit overbearing. Kit and Nicholas are dynamic characters but they didn't really seem to develop as Ms. Henley's other hero's. I would have liked to see Alexandra and Nicholas' relationship more fleshed out and I would have like to have seen them together more. Especially without the misconception regarding which twin was which. Call me romantic but I would think that Alexandra should have been able to the difference between the twin she loved and the twin that was a friend. Especially after having grown up with them. Still this was an entertaining read although not one of my favorites by this talented author.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining and enjoyable 8 Dec. 2002
By Rose Chastain - Published on
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Ravished proves to be an entertaining and enjoyable read with this particular heroine, Alex Sheffield. She is a spirited beauty and breaks every rule that the society forbids at that time. Her desperation in writing and reforming the society makes her so attractive and draws the readers' attention. Readers will love the last part of the story when Alex finds herself not an heiress and goes ahead to work in a brothel as a stripper in order to take care of her family. An usual woman who is admirable or like Nick said - a hellion.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nice but not up to par 12 Dec. 2002
By SmokeyNite - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a nice little love story, but if you are expecting the same type of hot love scenes that can be found in "The Dragon and the Jewel" or any of Henley's older works, this is not the book for you. Most of the time the two main characters are apart and when they finally do "get together" the scene is somewhat hot, but more romantic than anything. If you are looking for a nice (if a bit goofy) love story, this is the book for you. Otherwise, try out her older stuff.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Enjoyable Read 24 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a very good read. It did not seem like your typical romance book. It took the characters until the end of the book before they finaly came together. I would reccommend this book to anyone who is looking for something other than your typical romance book.
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