All of England rejoiced on her wedding day. But Judith vowed that her husband would get only what he took from her!
At the flower-bedecked altar, the first touch of their hands ignited an all-consuming passion. Gavin Montgomery looked deep into her golden eyes and burned with desire for her...but his heart had been pledged to another.
Humiliated and alone in a strange castle, Judith resolved to hate this husband who took her body but rejected her love...never admitting her fear of losing him.
But destiny held another fate for Judith...a fate that would keep at last...The Velvet Promise.
©1980 Jude Deveraux (P)1980 Simon & Schuster
The audio edition of Velvet Promise is better than the print version. I read this book many years ago. I was excited to see it come into Audible's library. I honestly think that a narrator can ruin a great story. This was not the case for this book. I was very pleased.
I enjoy series that follow a family. The brothers were introduced well in this book. A reader is allowed a glimps of them that does not interfere with the main story. I did not feel like the next books were being "set up".
I can't explain anything specific. I have listened to many wonderful audiobooks. Gabra Zackman's performance was one of the best.
This is a book that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. I just downloaded the next book in the series so I can start it, and I have 2 books in my library that I was going to read before I continued the series.
one of my favorite series! love hearing it come to life! Gabra did an exceptional job with her voices. I can't wait to hear the other 3 books with the other brothers.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
I would have given it five stars except the main male character was so cruel to his wife - hit her, raped her, laughed at her, flaunted his "lover" in front of her and everything else repulsive. It was very hard to like him at all and hard to understand why the heroine loved him. The book held my interest however, kind of like a train wreck.
While rape was a part of the culture back when this book takes place, there is too much in this book. It is unrealistic that the woman was raped by her husband and then want him passionately just a few minutes. What woman in her right mind would want to make love to her raper like that? Gavins character is all over the place. This character one moment is a nice guy and the next a horrible man. I have liked Jude Deveraux's books in the past, but this one needs work.
Once again I feel cheated of a credit. There should have been a warning about the rape scene and the stupid "heroine" who "falls in love" with her rapist. This is sickening story telling even for a period piece. I've read other Jude Deveraux stories that did not involve rape. I won't be purchasing any other novels by her
I actually enjoyed this book. The chemistry and struggle between the two main characters was interesting to navigate through. Yes the men were brutal but there is nothing like a strong loving character to build a great relationship!
I don't comprehend all the four and five stars rating here. What the hell!!! Am I reading a different story from everyone else? What kind of hero is this? He's a Class A JERK, stupid as all get out (really, I'm surprised he has survived till the old age 27 and even managed the estate), till the very end didn't believe his ex-bitch is a manipulative slut. . And the heroine, goodness, why is she still around? Why does she keep putting up with his shit? She doesn't seem stupid... her father's dead and the stupid hero can't really keep her against her will, she had so many chances to leave, why stay?!!! God, even her mom kept telling her to not fall for him and he's just not worth it, just like her dad... worse! Ugh... this is the most pathetic story I've ever read.
This isn't even angst,... this is martyr... or the most pathetic version of it... even that Walter dude is better than that Gavin puppet.
I can't pinpoint exactly what it is, but for some reason the narrator ruined it for me. I really wanted to read all of the books in this series, but after starting this one and falling asleep on it, then waking up several times throughout the night with it still going, I can't even get myself to go back and listen to the parts I missed. The voice and the way it was read just ruined it for me. She just didn't get the characters right and some were too much to listen to. I wish it was available with another narrator. I think I will exchange this for another book. It's been a while since I've read books by the author but I used to enjoy them. Funny how a voice can ruin a whole book and very unfortunate that she does other books by the author.
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