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Ravishing the Heiress

Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Series: Fitzhugh Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives. It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more...Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife...

As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship--or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?

©2012 Sherry Thomas (P)2013 Recorded Books

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I lost 8 hours of my life

This story is barely a romance. It’s 6.5 hours of the hero being indifferent and at times mean to our heroine. The hero was simply awful for most of the story. He was unfaithful repeatedly with different women and couldn’t care less about our heroine. She in return was dutiful and caring with him. This made me so angry! I don’t understand how they actually fell in love. The last 1.5 hours a sort of mild romance developed. At the very end he finally shows true love towards the heroine. It felt too little too late. I finished the story because I wanted to know how it would end and the narrator did a very good job in this story. But I can’t recommend this story because it was too frustrating for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not enough groveling

While I enjoyed this book, I just couldn't get over Fitz being such a selfish turd in the beginning. And Middle. And part of the end. I mean seriously, it's not like Millie personally made him marry her. He treated her terrible! Millie girl, you were too much the Saint. He needed a good smack in the head and you just let him tromp all over your heart time and again. Honestly, he needed to do more groveling.

That being said, I'm a fan of Sherry Thomas and start a novel of hers knowing that it will be full of angst. This one had just a bit too much for me to ever come around to liking the characters more than mediocre. I'll still continue the series and I think the next one will be the best of the trilogy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Love hate feelings for the book

I hated him in the beginning but his character grows. I loved this book at times but was frustrated at others. I didn’t understand how she was so in love with him without him ever earning the love and I hated how she could never be honest with him even when the opportunities arose. Also, there was a bit of other books in this series that annoyed me. I was waiting to see what happened with this couple, didn’t need that much information about the others. All in all not a bad listen but can be confusing due to bouncing back and forth between the years.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very sad female character

I found this book to reflect the worst in a woman and in a relationships No one would put up with such a relationship.

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end did not justify the means

this man thoroughly disrespected this woman throughout the whole story and you expect us to believe that love grew out of this? how?

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Needed more groveling

Loved the story until the end. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I loved both the main characters but I would’ve liked to see the hero in doubt of the heroines love for a little longer. He got everything he wanted almost as soon as he wanted it. Milli suffered so very much. I would’ve liked to see him in suffer for the want of her.

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An enjoyable listen.

This book is engaging with good character and plot development and a satisfying, albeit predicatable conclusion. While the predictability didn't bother - it is a romance novel after all - the degree of back and forth repetition and vacillating between the main characters near the end was a bit annoying. They've already been through the 'fidelity/infidelity' and 'love you/love someone else/love you' scenarios a number during the course of the story so reintroducing it again in the final chapters is somewhat offsetting and makes the book drag on a bit too long to no avail.

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Pleasantly Surprised

Even though you may read the reviews and they say this is an abridged work and some of the work is missing, it is a good book. If you haven't read the book, you may not know the difference. I did wish that the main female character would have had someone else trying to court her but this version makes it appear as though she had blind devotion. The male character her love interest frustrated me a lot. He was trying to make too many people happy. This story switches between past to present almost every chapter so if you don't like time jumping this is not the story for you. Overall it does what a story is suppose to do, makes you smile and sometimes frustrates you.

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8 hours of monotony - lacks poignancy and passion

What disappointed you about Ravishing the Heiress?

Having downloaded and loved many romantic historical novels by Diana Gabaldon and Maya Banks in this genre, I purchased this download with great expectations. Unfortunately it fell far short and ended up being a disappointment. While the narration was sufficient, the writer fails to create a compelling dialogue.The plot is disclosed in the description and does not change in the book. The monotony of whining over potential love does not really create the tension that you typically find with similar heroine and unreachable disenchanted lover. The flashbacks become annoying. Even though only 8 hours, I found this book a challenge to listen to. As an aside it lacks to the historical fact basis and poignancy of the authors cited in my past downloads.Save your money, or your credits, and look somewhere else for a stimulating and credible romantic historical novel set in Great Britain.

Has Ravishing the Heiress turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. If it had been my first book in this genre, I would answer Yes.

What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

Jenny Sterlin did a good job reading this novel.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The too slow

Had to skip chatacters. Goes from past to present every other chapter in the end i just wanted to know if he dumped one for the other