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Look Inside. Feb 01, Pages download. Sep 22, Pages download. Feb 01, Pages. Sep 22, Pages. Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not be forgotten.
Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Drawn to his masculine strength and the glitter of desire that burned in his emerald eyes, the tawny-haired lass had her own reasons for agreeing to a marriage of convenience. One was vengeance, and in its pursuit she would entangle Julian in a blackmail plot, a duel at dawn, and a dangerous masquerade.
The other reason was dearer to her heart, but just as wild a quest: Sophy Dorring intended to teach the devil to love again. From the Paperback edition. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the… More about Amanda Quick. Read An Excerpt. Historical Romance Regency Romance Category: Historical Romance Regency Romance. Mass Market Paperback , pages.
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Sort order. Jan 06, Obsidian rated it it was ok Shelves: I am finally done with my reads of some of Amanda Quick's earlier works from the 90s.
I think I hit peak over this two days ago though. I can't wait to move onto some other authors. This is the same set-up of most of Quick's earlier books.
Quirky Original in her mids who is in danger of "staying on the shelf" and an older male who knows he should not be attracted to said female, but is, and then denies he is falling in love with her for most of the book.
The heroine for this book is Pho Yes! The heroine for this book is Phoebe Layton. The hero, Gabriel Banner, the new Earl of Wylde.
Random comment, how come none of these dudes are ever a duke? Phoebe and Gabriel have a weird history. Phoebe found herself at 16 falling in love with Gabriel and seeing the guy as some modern version of a knight yeah this is a regency romance book so for Phoebe this was the modern era and actually encouraged her older sister to run off with him to escape marrying someone she didn't know much about.
Of course running off with a woman to Greta Green is not the thing to do, Gabriel and Phoebe's sister were caught, and then Gabriel ended up having his life ruined by Phoebe's father and brother. They think the guy was a fortune hunter out to snare a wealthy heiress and Gabriel is forced to go off in the East yeah that word again to make his fortune.
Cue almost a decade later and we have Phoebe and Gabriel coming face to face again due to Phoebe seeking out Gabriel for stupid reasons. Seriously, sometimes the heroines in Quick's novels are painfully aggravating and Phoebe was definitely one of them for me while reading this one of the many reasons why I just gave this 2 stars she is still determined to have Gabriel be her knight for no reason that I can tell.
I think maybe having a prologue showing Phoebe and Gabriel younger and showing maybe why Gabriel was someone that Phoebe was in love with would have made things better. But no, we get a painfully naive Phoebe throughout this entire book. Gabriel runs around for most of the book thinking about getting revenge against the Layton family because he can't see why they would be upset about him running off with their daughter.
I don't even get why the guy doesn't understand why they went out of their way to ruin him for what he tried to, no matter his justifications.
Though Phoebe's sister Meredith is not totally blameless in the whole thing, and I wish she had acknowledged she was wrong to run off with him even though Phoebe encouraged her to. Wow, I just realized that I don't like most of the people in this story besides Phoebe's parents and her brother. And there is a side plot about a past love from Phoebe that may be more dangerous than he appears which of course has Gabriel all riled up because he actually encountered the guy while out gaining his fortune.
There really is not much to this novel. Honestly, most of this book really is people telling Phoebe things that she doesn't want to hear that are true and her saying she doesn't know who to believe. For example, a man that Phoebe thought was in love with her that she called her Lancelot, is now back, though Gabriel knows of him and has given her information about what the guy was really up to when Phoebe thought he was off somewhere else.
By the way it's not just Gabriel that tells her about this guy, it's her father, her mother, her brother, and her sister. I wanted to shake her after a bit. The writing was not Quick's best work. There are a lot of asides about Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot and how Phoebe is much smarter than Guinevere.
I maybe laughed a bit about that line because I never quibbled about Guinevere not being smart, it was the whole faithless thing that was the main issue. Can I say thought that I am heartily sick of hearing about Camelot right now after reading the Mary Stewart books.
The flow was up and down. I think because Quick realized she had to add some intrigue in this one and she tried to, but it doesn't really work. While Phoebe is whisked off to Gabriel's home of course it's a freaking castle attempts on her life are being done and this leads to Gabriel trying to keep her confined to their home so he can keep her safe. Though Phoebe doesn't like it since this proves Gabriel doesn't trust her, or something, I don't know.
It made no sense to me. And I realize that in a lot of Quick novels the heroine is sometimes confined to the home in order to keep her safe and said heroine is always irked about it. Yes let's get irked about your husband trying to keep you from being murdered! This book. Things get tied up in the end, but it doesn't make much sense to me. The villain of the peace was readily apparent and based on what we know about the guy. I still don't understand why Gabriel didn't have him locked up but will just wave my hands at the book and say plot reasons.
I read this for Romance Bingo , and this book fits my free space square! May 13, Katy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. Maybe my worst enemy. Livid, in fact. The kind of angry that makes me want to destroy furniture, maybe hulk smash something. Or both. I'm going to admit right off the bat that this book contains my least favorite romance trope.
The good ol' revenge plot. If I'd known, I wouldn't have read it. I've never been a fan and honestly, I have no idea why it's even a thing. I find nothing romantic about it in the least. I just don't get it. Will you marry me give me many sons? Just no. Even when this kind of plot is done well, I still don't like. And when it's not? It just makes me want to throw shit. But then again, this is Amanda Quick, I thought to myself.
If anyone can do it right, she can. I don't even want to spend the energy necessary to describe the plot, but I will because it was half the reason I disliked the book so much. So, we have Phoebe, who has been writing Gabriel letters that are signed "The Veiled Lady", for anonymity, concerning some very old and beautiful manuscripts that they both want. Once upon a time, eight years ago, Gabriel was very taken with Phoebe's sister Meredith and used to send her books about knights and romance and Arthurian legends.
Meredith did not share his enthusiasm or his affection and instead, Phoebe would read them and so began her love of such books, and a bit of love for Gabriel too. She saw him as a knight straight out of the books. When Meredith was told to marry some bore she didn't know and didn't want to know, Phoebe convinces her that Gabriel who was courting her? Meredith is horrified and wants no part of that.
When Meredith and Phoebe's father finds out what almost happened, he is also horrified and thinks Gabriel wanted to whisk her away to marry her for money Gabriel was not well off , so he ruins Gabriel in every way possible.
Gabriel takes his ruined self and sets off to sea to make his fortune and get away from the general awfulness of society. Eight years later he is back with a bucket load of money, downloads a crumbling castle, and stays away from society.
And the love of books never went away, so he continues to collect. Phoebe and Gabriel have that in common. While Gabriel was gone, Phoebe became very good friends with a man named Neil Baxter and while she didn't love him, she adored him in a friendship kinda way. Neil professes to love her but was broke, so he tells Phoebe he is off to the seas to make his fortune. Years later, Phoebe finds out he was killed by a pirate that stole a book Phoebe gave him before he left.
She has recently found out the book is once again in London. Phoebe happens to feel that Neil's death is her fault so she sets out to get justice by finding the book and therefore Neil's killer. Oh my god this synopsis is taking forever. He has no interest helping really for his own reasons , but once he figures out that the Veiled Lady who wants his help is, in fact, the daughter of the man that ruined him so completely, he sees his opportunity.
He is a bitter petty douche who decides to ruin Phoebe, who did absolutely nothing to him. Phoebe still sees him as this noble knight who will help her find justice and all Gabriel sees is a beautiful woman he will enjoy seducing thereby ruining her reputation, life, and a chance at marriage.
Because, you know, revenge. There's a bunch of other stuff, obviously, but you get the point.
From the very beginning, I disliked Gabriel. Within the first couple of chapters, I was ready for Phoebe to find out the awful things he was planning and throw them in his face.
I looked forward to her ripping out what little heart he had and throwing it in his face. I was amazed at the crazy amounts of schadenfreude I had from the get go. He knew what he was doing and it was just so, so, seriously wrong.
Phoebe told Gabriel over and over how wonderful he was and just how much what he was doing meant to her and he told her was stupid for believing it and just went on ruining her. While I was indeed frustrated by Phoebe's complete blindness to Gabriel's flaws, I was more pissed at Gabriel's selfishness. He quite literally did nothing without thinking of himself.
He was even a greedy lover. Not just once, but most of the time. This especially pissed me off. The world is filled with selfish lovers that are well aware of their selfishness, don't put them in my romance novels, damnit. I don't care how realistic it is. That's the entire point of these books. These books are fiction. It added nothing to the plot. There wasn't some thematic reason. It wasn't like this was an arranged marriage between two people that didn't know each other and therefore lacked intimacy.
They were friends. They spent a lot of time together. They had a history. He should have wanted to do good by her. Juuuuust great. He knows she adores him, sees the very best in him, and he just takes what he wants and rolls off. On the floor. That's right. On the damn floor. Keeping it classy, Gabriel. Then we come to the title of this book, Reckless. Phoebe is impulsive and stubborn and loves her freedom.
While that isn't unusual in books like this, I mean, how else is a cold, heartless man going to realize he loves his woman unless she almost dies, amiright?
I hated that every time Gabriel forbid her from doing anything, she did it anyway, and Gabriel was always proved right. He was a controlling, condescending ass that wouldn't let her do anything and when she, of course, ignored his commands, she always needed rescuing.
Yes, she was in danger and I get the rescuing was done on purpose, to prove he was a knight or something like that, but I hated it. It always made his overbearing controlling demands seem necessary. It would have been far more interesting if she could figure out that she didn't need a knight to rescue her. But no. Good thing I don't beat women who disobey me, other men do. He literally said that men have beaten their wives for less. The writing was just fine. Obviously, Amanda Quick knows how to write.
But man, some of the sex scenes were just cringe-worthy. At one point Gabriel makes a really terrible sailing metaphor during sex and all I could think of was Sex in the City. You know, when Charlotte and Trey are having trouble and they name their bits Schooner and Rebecca. I feel like there must be something I'm missing. Everyone loved this book. I get it that it's nice to see someone who believed they would never be loved, finally understand that they are indeed loved.
I get that Gabriel had a terrible fear of abandonment, but I would have liked it better if he didn't express it by being a complete asshole. There are better ways. Needless to say, you can probably tell I did not like this book. Perhaps I'm missing the point. Maybe there is some grand message I just didn't receive. Maybe I'm just too cynical.
Regardless, I cannot and will not recommend this book.
If you want a nice Amanda Quick, try something like Ravished. Or anything else ever. View all 6 comments. Sep 11, Helena rated it did not like it. I never thought I'd give one of Amanda's books one star but here we are. The plot was uninteresting, the characters were stupid and the romance was cringeworthy.
In comparison to some of her other books, this one deserves a Thankfully, Quick does an admirable job of keeping the angst to a minimum by writing two of the most straightforward characters in Romanclandia. Phoebe is a delightful heroine who is incapable of keeping her opinions to herself for even one second and Gabriel's armor might be tarnished, but he is a knight nevertheless. The first half of the storyline revolving around Gabriel's history with Phoebe and her family is wonderful and the chemistry between the leads is tangible.
The plot does begin to lag during the second half with Phoebe and Gabriel's reactions to the unsurprising appearance of the villain. It is at this point that Phoebe's intelligence and Gabriel's charm vanish for a few chapters.
Thankfully, everything is ultimately sorted out, but this is an Amanda Quick novel after all, so no big surprise there either. Looking forward to continuing with my read through of Quick's backlist. Feb 01, Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it.
I have long been a fan of Amanda Quick, the pseudonym under which Jayne Ann Krentz writes her historical romances. Even in her earliest novels, her unique voice is present. While it is true that her books have become rather formulaic over time, I applaud that she has I have long been a fan of Amanda Quick, the pseudonym under which Jayne Ann Krentz writes her historical romances.
While it is true that her books have become rather formulaic over time, I applaud that she has maintained that tone that is distinctively AQ.
Phoebe is a fun heroine, independent and headstrong and yet naive. For a year she has felt guilty over the death of a former suitor; since he went to the South Seas to seek his fortune so he would have something to offer her in marriage, she feels his death there is her fault. She is attempting to recover an ancient book that she gave him before he left, entitled The Lady in the Tower.
She has pleaded, coerced and bribed an old acquaintance for help, Gabriel Banner, the newly titled Earl of Wylde. Several years ago, he attempted to elope with Phoebe's older sister to save her from a loveless marriage. Phoebe believes that Gabriel is, therefore, a noble gentleman in the mold of King Arthur or one of his chivalrous knights. Little does she know that Gabriel is the man who killed Neil Baxter, who was actually a pirate, and that Gabriel has the book.
Those aren't spoilers because they are revealed very early.
The romance isn't very complex. The best part of the book, IMO, is Phoebe's family and their relationships with each other and how they accept Gabriel into the fold.
View 1 comment. I read this one many years ago and found it on sale recently.
This was an enjoyable trip down memory lane but not my favorite. It was a little too formulaic in character to receive higher than 3 stars. View all 4 comments. This is one of the few Amanda Quick good oldies that I have no intention of re-reading. Don't get me wrong, this book has all the Amanda Quick signature charms. Formulaic but well-written. Not to be missed if you have read and liked Quick's romance novels. In this story Phoebe Layton is the reckless heroine who dreamed of chilvary and gallant knights.
Her prince on the white horse was Gabriel Banner, who once eloped with Phoebe's sister. They met again when Phoebe was 24 and tried to engage Gabr This is one of the few Amanda Quick good oldies that I have no intention of re-reading. They met again when Phoebe was 24 and tried to engage Gabriel in some kind of a quest. Odd girl meet emotionally unavailable boy, oh my she is so different from any other women, why won't he love me?
I am plain but smart. I can get him to love him. Handsome hero finds odd heroine intriguing. Phoebe is your typical Amanda Quick heroine: I really have the feeling that Amanda Quick is writing about herself in these novels. And just how many queer women are there who all met handsome and hot earls who have eyes only for odd women?