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Publisher's Summary

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

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Perfect performance for a good story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Velvet Promise to be better than the print version?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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".

What does Gabra Zackman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I can't explain anything specific. I have listened to many wonderful audiobooks. Gabra Zackman's performance was one of the best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-24-16

love!!!

I loved this book, but I am a true suckered for Historical Romance & Jude Devereaux! Gabra, Zack man is a favorite as well!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Really??!!!

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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exceptional

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Well, can't get back those hours..

Would you try another book from Jude Deveraux and/or Gabra Zackman?

I would listen to another book read by Gabra Zackman, sure. I don't blame the narrator for the utter lack of this book. As for Jude Deveraux, I remember enjoying her romances when I first started reading them. But this one.. just UGH. No. Not this book. Not this series.. NO NO NO NO NO

What could Jude Deveraux have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There was so much I HATED about this book. Basically, everything about the 'hero' or 'main male' character. I saw NO redeeming qualities in him. The heroine, for all her 'brains and passion' she was a limp damned noodle to this moron of a male. Please.. no. BLEGH

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The ONLY redeeming thing about this book was it made me LOVE Raine Montgomery. That's it. NOTHING ELSE. But I fear what I would find in a book she wrote for him with this sort of 'cast' around him. UGH

Any additional comments?

Don't waste the credits. The love story isn't there. This is a story about manipulation, rape, sexist jerks, and gore. NOPE.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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"A Classic 1980's Historical At It's Best"

What made the experience of listening to Velvet Promise the most enjoyable?

This was written back when today's woman maybe offended, so check the original published date before making a judgement on this marvelous classic historical novel. For us long time author's fans, we have awaited this wonderful classic to be read by the great Gabra Zackman, AKA Isabelle Gordon (erotica). These velvet saga's were how good 80's books were written and in fact made this author very famous. Her current works are very modern stories, but the classics made the author enough money that she could buy herself her own castle in England.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Judith as she was intelligent as well as compassionate. Gavin was true to his time, and the author knew how to write a story to elicit humor, anger, and to get the reader engaged in this classic tale.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the brothers always come to defend our heroine.

Any additional comments?

note: I use the new 1.25x speed to get the original action the author intended .
This is a wonderful series not to be missed

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Narrator

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!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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great

I love this book I had read it sometime ago. but to hear it read was just as good. anyone who likes romance will love this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A hard book to read

Starts out with cruel physical abuse by a Father to a hero that hits his wife and rapes her on their wedding night. There are shallow side love stories thru out and a book filled with cruel men. I listened to the end in hopes the hero's brothers would eventually whip his butt and heroine would end up with one of them! This will be a return. Narration did not help the nasal voiced hero and simpering Alice was almost more than I could bare! I'm shocked that someone in Goodreads compared Judes writing style to Garwood....well certainly NOT this book!!!!!

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loved it!!

okay, could have been better, didnt like the way the male parts were read ,kinda blah....