Ravishing the Heiress

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  • Ravishing the Heiress
  • Sherry Thomas
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  • 05 July 2019
  • 0425250873

About the Author: Sherry Thomas

Ravishing the Heiress PDF/EPUB ✓ Ravishing the ravishing pdf, heiress download, Ravishing the kindle, Ravishing the HeiressRavishing the Heiress MOBIBecause actual world domination is too much trouble, USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal is life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia inspired duology Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best of the year honors from trade publications, including such Ravishing the ePUB ´ outlets as the New York Times and National Public Radio She is also a two time winner of Romance Writers of America s prestigious RITA Award And by the way, English is her second language Her upcoming release is A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN , book of the gender bending Lady Sherlock mystery series Sherry Thomas has done the impossible and crafted a fresh, exciting new version of Sherlock Holmes From the carefully plotted twists to the elegant turns of phrase, A Study in Scarlet Women is a splendid addition to Holmes s world This book is everything I hoped it would be, and the next adventure cannot come too soon Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author Thomas weaves a lush, intricate fantasy world around a gorgeous romance that kept me riveted until the very last page What a breathtaking journey Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series Sherry Thomas is the most powerfully original historical romance author writing today Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author Visit Sherry at her website Follow Sherry on twitter Find Sherry on Facebook.


Ravishing the HeiressRavishing the Heiress PDF/EPUB ✓ Ravishing the ravishing pdf, heiress download, Ravishing the kindle, Ravishing the HeiressRavishing the Heiress MOBIMillicent 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 Ravishing the ePUB ´ an heir After which, they will lead separate livesIt 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 Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabelle, 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.

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  1. Karla says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here WARNING GIFs since it seems to be a bugaboo for some with liking and feeds and whatnot It s been a couple days and yet I still don t know how to formulate my thoughts about this book.Why Because I still feel like this Oh, but you re just a hater you might say And you d be partly right These new romances do have lots to live up to IMO It s not entirely my fault they usually fall short I admit I m a harsh grader with the plethora of Regencies and Regencies in all but name Victorian se WARNING GIFs since it seems to be a bugaboo for some with liking and feeds and whatnot It s been a couple days and yet I still don t know how to formulate my thoughts about this book.Why Because I still feel like this Oh, but you re just a hater you might say And you d be partly right These new romances do have lots to live up to IMO It s not entirely my fault they usually fall short I admit I m a harsh grader with the plethora of Regencies and Regencies in all but name Victorian set tales of passion, angst and woe that are published by the megafuckington load.But I d never read Sherry Thomas before, and the description of her as being an author who writes outside the normal formulas piqued my interest.That said, full disclosure, this was a Snarky Buddy Read from the very beginning and check out my colleague in pain s review here But the praise for Thomas did have me optimistic blinks And, to be fair, the writing was a cut above what I ve suffered in other books hence the second star But still, pretty turns of phrase here and there don t erase the experience ofwait, let me get my list.1 Godawful bloody annoying schticky narrative framing aka time leaps back and forth between chapters that wrought absolute fucking havoc on the characterization in relation to the story s pacing.2 Totally unrelated to the story at hand but blatant and obnoxious please buy my next book secondary character subplot bait.3 A heroine who is not only a doormat, but is a doormat used by people who step in dog crap.4 A hero who is an emotionally stunted bounder, which is not a sin in itself, but who doesn t possess one ounce of charisma to offset some unbelievable doucheyness.5 A total rush job climax and resolution that sucks donkey balls.So as a half assed stab at coherency, I ll digest one at a time 1 The Narrative DeviceOK, this is from a purely self centered perspective, but I don t have oodles of free time at a stretch where I can sit and read uninterrupted It seems like lots of romance readers can consume a book in one sitting or nearly so You are the other half to me I ve got my nose pressed against the window of your lovely unencumbered afternoons and your ability to stay up past 9pm So when an author picks a gimmicky device like alternate timelines between chapters, it s not friendly to someone who has to put the book down every ten minutes and scrabble to remember just WTF is going on and when every time I come back to it There, uninteresting bitchery over.Now, as for how it trashed the characterization, the way Millie s and Fitz s relationship unfolded didn t survive the sharp breaks between chapters chronologies So much of it was stagnant and soggy that I had no idea what time period I was in And those wretched secondary characters didn t help matters Then, at the end, it shifted gears entirely and seemed totally fake and alien to all that had come before it When things had to change in the H and h s attitudes towards each other, it was usually told and not shown because we had to rush off and see what Book 3 s couple were up to 2 Stop It With the Series Crap, SrslyA huge reason why this book sucked was the shoehorning of Couple from Book 1 and Couple from Book 3 into Book 2 For a book that apparently clocks in at under 300 pages, the amount of series bait filler that eats up time is unforgivable What did Helena s and Hastings s scenes have to do with Millie and Fitz He gives her porn to publish and she gets horny They always clash, but he s in love with her And she s chasing after a married man Oooh, when does Book 3 come out I can t wait Sorry, but no When I see these word count gobbling bits o nothing my reaction is not one of wallet grabbing anticipationVisual approximation It s the book in my hands now I want to focus on, not what s being released months down the road.And yeah, I know this trend ain t changing anytime soon, but it s no less annoying 3 Millie the Doormat of Dog CrapOMG, srsly, I ve never yearned so much for a feisty TSTL heroine in my life At least they grab their destiny by the balls and try to do something, even if it s idiotic, impulsive, and doomed to failure What does Millie do She waits, she endures, she suffers, and she eventually gets the prize at the end and what a prize eyeroll What the hell is the moral of this story Show an aptitude for advertising chocolate bars and a willingness to suffer repeated humiliation and you ll earn the love of your man Truly, I don t know how Millie s mind works beyond the pathetic eagerness of a Golden Retriever for every crumb of consideration Fitz drops in front of her nose.And this is a small bitch, pure and simple, but why must these heroines have little or nothing else in their bookcases besides Jane Austen and the Brontes you know it s Charlotte C mon, authors, do a little research and have your heroines be a little bit less clich in their reading 4 Fitz the DouchebagLook, I know it sucks to not marry the girl you want, but Fitz was a whingeing emo teen well into adulthood He made the conscious decision to throw Isabelle over for an heiress who could fund his weekend trips to Home Depot and tidy up his crumbling manse He had little nothing about him in his favor Even by the final clinch, I didn t think that Fitz loved Millie The only things that seemed to push him towards her in the end was that Isabelle is a class snob and he s been in business long enough to lose his own snobbery towards merchants Oh, and the dormouse Isabelle gave him died, so that severed an emotional tie of steel.Sherry Thomas loves her emoz, and Fitz is a wallower who trashes rented rooms, drinks himself into a stupor on his honeymoon, and pines for his jilted honey for years.Not sure why I m supposed to be glad that this douche decides the wife he humiliated in public for 8 years by carrying on with multiple women is hot in the sack the first time and worth keeping Millie s masochism at wanting to hear about his amours while weeping and dying inside made them the most pathetic, miserable and unsympathetic couple I ve ever read 5 That Suckass Rush Job EndingAfter all the angst and slow as molasses if not entirely absent plot, to get a last minute climax and declaration of lurve leaped over annoying and landed into full on obnoxiousness territory Really, that s how you want to push the story over the finish line A silly misunderstanding, a frantic search, and then final clinch Really But I really shouldn t have been surprised by the WTFery since the hero and heroine s biggest relationship moments can be distilled down to this formula

  2. Rachel (BAVR) says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Full disclosure here Angsty storylines are not my cup of tea More to the point, angsty storylines are my brain s Kryptonite So what s a girl to do when she opens a book to discover two relentlessly annoying people angsting over each other and other people for a couple hundred pages Well, snark about it, of course It s the only way my brain can process the fucking PAIN Okay image error GIFSoup Seriously THIS is what happens to me if I lay off on the snark This is also how I envisio Full disclosure here Angsty storylines are not my cup of tea More to the point, angsty storylines are my brain s Kryptonite So what s a girl to do when she opens a book to discover two relentlessly annoying people angsting over each other and other people for a couple hundred pages Well, snark about it, of course It s the only way my brain can process the fucking PAIN Okay image error GIFSoup Seriously THIS is what happens to me if I lay off on the snark This is also how I envisioned the characters for 75% of the book.I would be hard pressed to call Ravishing the Heiress a romance Sure, there s a bit of sex, and the characters wangst constantly about love and hearts and marriage blah, blah, blah But when it comes down to the plot itself, there s nothing particularly romantic going on here Most of the characters just really, really suck SUMMARYas told from the immature, emo teen perspective that Fitz uses for 3 4 of the book So there s this girl with tons of money because her family got rich from canning sardines Her name s Millie, but her folks are totally not in with high society because EW sardines Right Anyways, even though Millie s super plain and not very interesting, her parents manage to arrange a match between her and this totes hawt guy who just inherited an earldom His name s Fitz, and once again, he s super duper dreamy Millie falls in love with Fitz at first sight, which is soooo romantic, but there s a problem because Fitz s heart belongs to some chick named Isabelle And Isabelle s like, Don t get married, Fitz I know that if you don t marry for money, your title, estate, and family will be forced to live in poverty, but this is 1880 something, and a girl has needs And Fitz is like, I ll love you for all time, Girl I ve Only Kissed Once But I must do this for the sake of my family and my honor However, to prove my undying love for you, I ll be the whiniest, most irrational dick EVER about the marriage of convenience that will make me super wealthy M kay Millie totally gets that Fitz has a love boner for a prettier,interesting girl, so despite her own feelings on the matter, she proposes that they just, like, abstain from sex for a few years because she totally doesn t have feelings for him or anything blatant lies And Fitz jumps on that idea like a dog on a bone He even proposes, You say we should wait to have sex for 6 years How about 8 Because no one in this marriage will ever have needs That would be unrealistic So Fitz and Millie get married and don t bone for 8 whole years And just when it s about time to start jumping on the heir creating love wagon, Isabelle returns to London as a widow She totally wants Fitz back, and Fitz wants her, too Will Millie ever open her freaking mouth and tell her husband, No You may NOT take all my money through marriage and run off with some dirty mistress without ever giving me a real chance, or will Fitz end up with the girl of his wet dreams and abandon his wife for good Geez Can you FEEL the romance Millie the Brainless Martyr image error GIFSoup This, the most disturbing image I ve used in a review yet, is representative of Millie s story arc during her marriage to Fitz.The way this woman pants after Fitz is disgusting I could understand it at the beginning of the marriage because she s only 16 and believes in love at first sight Of course she d make a fool of herself over a hot body and handsome face But after the 8 years was up, and Fitz was still parading his line of mistresses in her face and acting like that type of thing wouldn t embarrass a woman in the 1890 s Come on, Millie Grow some velociraptor balls and stop melting into a fucking puddle every time Fitz does something halfway decent, like asking you to make advertising decisions for the business that YOU brought to the marriage This girl is the quintessential doormat Even though it breaks her heart, she has casual conversations with Fitz about his mistresses When Isabelle comes back to town, Millie falls over backwards to make it incredibly easy for Fitz to LEAVE HER FOR GOOD and live a loving, devoted life with the girl who he never stopped reminding everyone he loved when he was a freaking boy Noooo, Millie couldn t insist that Fitz be a normal man and act with discretion about his mistresses and imagined soul mate She needs to be his best buddy about the whole ordeal because she LOVES him so damn much Fuck This Shit The whole time, I was begging Millie to find her inner TSTL heroine and throw the biggest hissy fit London s ever seen, but she never does view spoiler She even APOLOGIZES to Fitz at the end for never telling him the truth about her feelings Sure, that was really stupid, Millie, but have some PRIDE, woman hide spoiler Fitz the Selfish Man Child image error GIFSoupMy name s Fitz, and I really want to tell you about my feelings Do you have any tissues This man is incredibly unattractive Sure, he might have a pretty face, but there s nothing charming or handsome about a guy who whines and pouts like a toddler He HAD a choice at the beginning of the story He could marry Millie and have some cash to renovate his dilapidated estate, or he could run off with Isabelle and be annoying with her for eternity He chooses the money So don t go crying to the rest of us about your broken heart, you fortune hunter Fitz s behavior during their honeymoon was perhaps the most pathetic, dumbest thing I ve read in a long time He doesn t seem to dislike Millie for any particular reason beyond having to marry her for money, so why he finds it appropriate to drink himself half to death and destroy furniture and other breakable things EVERY NIGHT is beyond me He spends so much time feeling sorry for himself and angsting over his great adolescent love that I m surprised Millie doesn t attempt to have him committed view spoiler At one point, she gets all upset because she walks in on Fitz staring down the barrel of a gun Convinced that he s suicidal, she confronts him about it A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER because it s always responsible to let your supposedly suicidal husband keep up his antics for a fewdays , and he thinks her concern is hilarious because it was only a toy gun How fucking melodramatic of you, Fitz hide spoiler This guy is the biggest baby ever Later, when he s considering leaving his wife for Isabelle, all he worries about is making sure that he and Isabelle are happy Even after her realizes that he doesn t want to run off with the woman, he still puts her needs before his wife who he apparently loves Seriously This fucking guy Isabelle the Boring Home Wrecker Why did everybody tip toe around this woman in the story She really had no particular claim on Fitz to begin with, so the whole argument that she was the wronged party even from Millie s perspective got old incredibly fast Plus, Isabelle gives very little reason to like her character She s flighty, selfish, possessive, and apparently unconcerned by how her children would be received if she carries on openly with a married man Even though Millie s a long suffering martyr with a wet blanket complex, I STILL would choose her over the annoyingly vapid Isabelle But since Isabelle is treated like a glass figurine from beginning to end, huge portions of the story are devoted to a wholly uninspired character I kind of wanted her to die in a carriage accident so I wouldn t have to read about Fitz s obsession with her any The Stupid Enablers Millie s love for Fitz is NO SECRET to their family and friends But does anyone say something to Fitz about it Maybe just a gentle, Hey, dude, maybe your wife feelsthan she lets on How about you stop being such an insensitive prick OF COURSE NOT That would just spoil the nonsensical, painful plot No one can convince me that neither of Fitz s sisters, two strong and out spoken women, wouldn t at least tell him that his behavior is improper But under the author s puppet strings, these people just watch on in silence from a distance and grimace a lot The Freaking Formatting The chapters alternate between the beginning of the marriage to eight years later So at the start of the book, you already know where these people will be in eight years So tedious So boring Between the insufferable navel gazing segments about unrequited love and pining after god forsaken Isabelle, Thomas keeps us riveted in the past chapters with long, detailed accounts of Millie and Fitz s estate renovation project Later, she treats us to the trials and adventures of creating Victorian advertisements for probably disgusting canned foods The movement of plot suffers for this Just when I thought I might be interested in the present, Thomas would hurl me back into the past so Fitz could wax poetic about losing his dreams and stuff Unbearable To make matter worse, huge chunks of the present portions of the book are devoted to the main couple of the NEXT BOOK in the series I won t be reading that Despite all of my complaints, I ve read worse than Ravishing the Heiress The writing isn t bad, although I did notice a few awkward turns of phrase and several typos If only the content hadn t been so insufferable and depressing, I wouldn t have to be so harsh in this review Special Note I endeavored into this book as a buddy read with my GR friend Karla You can find her review, which I guarantee will entertain you, here

  3. Jill says:

    So, we come to it at last.A mundane marital task, was this not An obligation he d put off for too long Why then, as he advanced toward the bedroom, did he feel as if he were being swept out to sea That the tides and currents would be unlike anything he d ever known in the calm estuary that had been his marriage Millicent Millie Graves, an heiress was wed at sixteen Her father determined that they be joined to a titled family, arranged the marriage to the impoverished Earl Fitzhugh Fitz, a So, we come to it at last.A mundane marital task, was this not An obligation he d put off for too long Why then, as he advanced toward the bedroom, did he feel as if he were being swept out to sea That the tides and currents would be unlike anything he d ever known in the calm estuary that had been his marriage Millicent Millie Graves, an heiress was wed at sixteen Her father determined that they be joined to a titled family, arranged the marriage to the impoverished Earl Fitzhugh Fitz, at nineteen and newly titled, was not yet ready for marriage let alone children Fitz and Millie make an agreement to not consummate the marriage until they both want children Though married they would live separate lives for the agreed eight years But now with the eight year pact finally drawing to a close, Fitz s first and only love makes a reappearance in his life There are many talented writers of historical romance But even they tend to write within certain guidelines, never wavering from what s expected from the genre Sherry Thomas does not write the expected She steps on the toes of predictable romance tropes Her romances rely on the usual happily ever afters, misunderstandings and impossibly handsome heroes But she takes a twisted and often tortured path to that rainbow at the end of the story Her romances don t work for everyone, that s for sure.But with a writing style and prose almost second to none in historical romance, she delivers in Ravishing the Heiress another absorbing story Sweet, sensible, self controlled Millie falls in love at first sight with the handsome, young Fitz Fitz, in love with another barely notices Millie as a woman, but they develop a deep, beautiful friendship over their eight year marriage Readers who baulk at adultery, misunderstandings and the hero pining for another woman for most of the book, will have trouble enjoying this Fitz, for the most part is a blind, selfish fool He s offended when others disrespect Millie, yet he is the worst offender and the cause of others disrespect, a hypocriteNo one is allowed to disrespect my wife, least of all some woman with whom I am temporarily keeping company Their honeymoon was awful, heartbreaking for Millie and for me as a reader The narrative switches back and forth between the past and present The resolution of all this drama is quick and the ending abrupt.But like every Sherry Thomas novel I ve read, at the end, I m left with the impression that I ve just read somethingthan a mere romance Steam 2.5

  4. Didi says:

    4.5 STARSI LOVED this Let me first just say that the title is quite misleading Ravishing The Heiress is a title that sounds like you d be reading a bodice ripper, or that the story is quite lusty and not very deep In reality it was none of these things It was angsty, emotional, heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time This is not a quick historical romance and although it s just under 300 pages, it unravels slowly, letting you witness the evolution of love from friendship This also 4.5 STARSI LOVED this Let me first just say that the title is quite misleading Ravishing The Heiress is a title that sounds like you d be reading a bodice ripper, or that the story is quite lusty and not very deep In reality it was none of these things It was angsty, emotional, heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time This is not a quick historical romance and although it s just under 300 pages, it unravels slowly, letting you witness the evolution of love from friendship This also reminded me of Unforgivable, by Joanna Chambers Same idea a young and plain girl gets married off to a fledging man of the nobility to save his family from ruin Said man is resentful and not at all happy to be married off to someone other than the girl he loves Where as in Unforgivable, the hero was quite the asshole, abandoning his wife and seeking other women for pleasure, this book shows our hero accepting his lot in life and basically making the best of it You see, impoverished and almost destitute, George Fitzhugh has become an earl at age 19 His distant cousin, the previous Earl, has died suddenly and was betrothed to Heiress Millicent Graves, in a bid to save his land and title Now the burden falls on Fitz George , but not only is he in opposition to the union, he also must abandon his love, Isabelle Englewood and marry Millie My heart broke for Millie so much throughout this book She was in love with Fitz from day one even though she was only 16 Their marriage became very amicable and they became very good friends but never consummated their union, rather deciding to wait 8 years Why I m not going to spoil that one But throughout their marriage, they became close and dear to one another Millie would get her hopes up but then they d be squashed again with Fitz s unrequited love She never shared with Fitz how she felt, believing that to protect her heart she must remain stoic and complacent She knew what he did with other women, it wasn t a secret then that a man had a wife and various lovers throughout his life But she suffered internally and quietly I also loved Fitz I tried to hate him for how he made Millie feel, although unbeknownst to him, but he was a great and caring husband in almost every sense of the word But his affection and lust were entertained elsewhere Until Isabelle came back on the scene I couldn t stand that woman I understand she and Fitz once had something but she was so callous at times and insensitive to Millie and her position in Fitz s life Watching Fitz slowly realize how he truly felt about Millie was one of my favorite things about this book It was almost subconscious, his change in feeling He d bottled up his desires and thoughts and mistook them for friendship but when things were tested he really came through Still, the honeymoon scene broke me in two, and many others had me tearing up constantly, especially when Millie believed Fitz had abandoned her This was a beautifully written, moving, emotional and affecting book I love the friends to lovers plot but seeing it with a twist here was fantastic Unrequited love is a guaranteed tear jerker for me, it gets me every time But when that person finally sees the fool he or she has been, it s perfection the only thing I wished was for there to be an epilogue, it just ends but maybe in the next book we ll seeof Fitz and Mille though the next book is about Fitz s sister, Helena Highly recommend this book to HR fans, it s different and refreshing, also beautiful and epic feeling Loved it, loved it

  5. Rachel Reads Ravenously says:

    4.5 stars HELL HAS FROZEN OVER I found a historical romance book that I LOVED And it s all Didi s fault because of this spectacular review she wrote I have a long history of loathing with historical romance As a history major in college I get nitpicky about the details and often end up screaming things at the book such as why are you not pregnant yet or why are you talking like a millennial.

  6. Las says:

    The take home message of this book Be a good girl, never complain, don t make any waves, and eventually he ll fall in love with you.Yeah, I hated everything about this book It s love at first sight for Millie She just sees Fitz, and boom, it s love I d give her a pass on that since she was only 16, but since she shows no signs of growing up in the course of this story, I m calling it Fail 1.Fitz still fancies himself in love with Isabelle after not having had anything to do with her for 8 y The take home message of this book Be a good girl, never complain, don t make any waves, and eventually he ll fall in love with you.Yeah, I hated everything about this book It s love at first sight for Millie She just sees Fitz, and boom, it s love I d give her a pass on that since she was only 16, but since she shows no signs of growing up in the course of this story, I m calling it Fail 1.Fitz still fancies himself in love with Isabelle after not having had anything to do with her for 8 years But they were so in love you say They weren t married, or engaged, or in a relationship, really They were teenagers in the throes of their first crush As tragic as the circumstances of their parting were, they each went their own way and had lives of their own But they still managed to be in love with each other, so much so that when Fitz finds out her husband died, he immediately contacts her, and they make arrangements to spend the rest of their lives together, his wife and her children be damned That snot normal If it had been, say, three years, sure, that would be understandable But eight years Fail 2.So Fitz just announces to Millie that he plans to permanently live with Isabelle, right But first he and Millie are going to follow their original plan and finally have sex after 8 EIGHT years of marriage, and hopefully conceive in the 6 month window Fitz without consulting with Millie, but why should he, since she ll just nod her head like the good little girl she is has decided is an appropriate amount of time After a bit of a freakout, Millie, of course, agrees, no questions asked Questions like, Hey, asshole, don t you think it s fucked up that you plan to abandon me for another woman, making me an object of curiosity and ridicule in society or, So let s say I conceive what s your plan then You re going to abandon your child Or do you expect me to hand him over after I give birth How exactly will this child be raised with one parent sobbing in her pillow every night because she s a pathetic loser with shitty tastes in men and another who s shacking up with his childhood sweetheart And how will society treat him under such circumstances You can change the above language to make it historically accurate With all that s wrong with this book, THAT is what most chaps my ass Those things didn t occur to anyone Fail 3.As Fitz and Isabelle spendtime together, he inevitably starts comparing her and Millie, with Isabella coming short That s right, people, he has to be annoyed by the woman he loves in order for him to consider staying with Millie What s the problem with Isabelle Well, what it all boils down to is that Isabella is too opinionated She s impulsive, vivacious, has qualms about his interests in business and isn t afraid to tell him so I suppose I should be grateful Sherry Thomas didn t go completely conventional and make Isabella a total bitch, but, really, the end result was the sameFitz having an easy choice to make because one woman is so obviously wrong for him personally, I think he could use a woman who would challenge him, but that s not the kind of heroine we re stuck with Fail 4.Both the book and many reviewers insist that Millie should have been honest about her feelings to Fitz I don t agree First, because I don t really believe in her love for him love at first sight doesn t count, and there s not a single indication that Millie s love ever matures from that beginning If at the very least there has been a moment where Millie thought, What the hell was wrong with me that I thought I loved this fool, especially during their honeymoon, and then showed her falling in love in earnest, than yeah, I d call it love But that never happened Second, and most importantly, Millie s pride in this is about the only thing I found admirable about her Why would she confess to loving a man who s made it clear he doesn t love her who plans to leave her and live with another women We re told that by telling him, it will open his eyes to how much he loves her, and that s what ends up happening And that, my friends, is bullshit Why would anyone want that How could anyone believe in the love of man who barely noticed you for 8 years, who had to told that you loved him in order for the possibility of a future between them to occur to him How can anyone believe that this man truly loves her instead of just feeling a combination of lust and obligation Of course, Millie believes it easily She actually knows he s in love with her before he does, and she just quietly Ever the stoic martyr, our Millie hopes that he ll eventually realize it and and come back to her, so she can happily take him back, no questions asked, no anger, no recriminations Fail 5The book sets up Helena s story with Hastings Helena, pretty much the only interesting women in the series, is getting a really shitty love story Another love at first sight tale, since Hastings has loved her forever, and he has a really creepy way of showing it Following her around, interfering in her private life, threatening heryeah, that sounds like the makings of a great love story Fail 6.What the hell happened to Sherry Thomas

  7. Kelly22 says:

    4.00 Stars Historical Romance Victorian Fitz image error The majority first part of the book was amazing You read this book with a very heavy heart The dialogues, the emotions, the way the story commenced, matured and proceeded, the visits to past and the returns to present, make your heart constrict so bad that it pretty much makes you one of those candidates who cry time to time from reading a book It s one of those books you feel helpless reading You feel helpless that you can t solve th 4.00 Stars Historical Romance Victorian Fitz image error The majority first part of the book was amazing You read this book with a very heavy heart The dialogues, the emotions, the way the story commenced, matured and proceeded, the visits to past and the returns to present, make your heart constrict so bad that it pretty much makes you one of those candidates who cry time to time from reading a book It s one of those books you feel helpless reading You feel helpless that you can t solve the problem neither will you know how to turn it into a happy ending and put the protagonists out of their misery Every dialogue, every incident and every tiny yet intense anecdote between the scenes make you die a thousand deaths and yet you still keep going with a hope of happy ending The 19 yr old exceptionally handsome Earl Fitzhugh inherits the earldom in a very dire and destitute condition On top of that, the previous deceased earl, who was 33, has left behind not only vast amount of debts and obligations, along with his disheveled castle and no good estate, but also a 16 yr old fiance, whose gigantic dowry has been chosen to rebuild and reestablish the earldom after their impending wedding But Fitz, with his own dreams of a 19 yr old dashing man and joining the army, was madly in love with his childhood friend Isabelle But he was helpless to do anything and take initiative since he didn t come out of age yet.The 16 yr old Millicent was brought up to be the lady of a manor someday She was prepared for any earl viscount duke to be chosen by her father to conduct her fate of an arranged marriage She was prepared for anyone and anything, accepting her duty and obligation to marry and produce an heir What she wasn t ready for was to fall head over heels in love with the supremely handsome and young earl, who doesn t and will NEVER love her and who has eyes only for his childhood love Isabelle, the prettiest girl she has seen But she was helpless.Eight years goes by and Millicent and Fitz are now a married couple living a PLATONIC friendship by their choice Their marriage is companionable, friendly, but nothing that a man and a woman will share were they were truly married Until now that is Lady Isabelle is a free widow now, coming back to London Both Milli and Fitz have agreed upon on him taking up with Isabelle and having a second chance of love that has been snatched by fate from them But prior to that, Fitz must now finally consummate his marriage to Milli to beget an heir and before return to Isabelle and remain faithful to her for the rest of their life, leaving Milli behind for good They have six months before the sham marriage ends Six months to start his life with Isabelle which he was destined for Six months to finally say goodbye to his sweet wife who has been there with him in sickness and health for the last eight years Six months for Milli to have her friend of a husband to herself before she says good bye with a smile But is it too easy to farewell the man you love so much to the girl he always loved Can she remain impassive still and hide the tremendous love she has for him since always Will it be easy for Fitz to finally touch his young wife he has been seeing grown up right in front of his eyes and walk away You will want to know these answers once you start reading this book It s addictive.The story started and proceeded with such a huge promise and high hopes that I couldn t help but get disappointed with the abrupt ending I felt the author ran out of page suddenly and hence had to finish it with the given few that were left Not a good feeling But I ll tell you dear readers, the first majority of the book is so good that you keep on thinking 5.00 starts all along and thank your lucky stars that you picked it up However, the ending, no matter how much agreeable, didn t do much for me It was short and rudely abrupt Hence the 4.00 stars Regardless, with its exceptional plot and supreme writing of Ms Thomas I recommend it is worth for you all to give it a try

  8. Sam (AMNReader) says:

    I rate this about a 4.25 I m big into rounding down these days.About 4.25 of those stars are for Millie s fortitude Her stoic pragmatism was something here, and her strength something else.I won t recap, but I ll definitely say in many ways this isn t an easy read And it would be easy to malign Fitz for his choices and seemingly constant rejection of Millie, but part of why this book worked was that he, too, was rejected time and again by her At least in my eyes If my spouse is all, hey, I rate this about a 4.25 I m big into rounding down these days.About 4.25 of those stars are for Millie s fortitude Her stoic pragmatism was something here, and her strength something else.I won t recap, but I ll definitely say in many ways this isn t an easy read And it would be easy to malign Fitz for his choices and seemingly constant rejection of Millie, but part of why this book worked was that he, too, was rejected time and again by her At least in my eyes If my spouse is all, hey, going to meet another lover or hey, jumping off the bed when you are sexy snuggling it d feel kind of shitty I m not sure why he d think anything but what he thought, and his appreciation of her really did ring true from the very early bricks of their relationship Also well done was her status in his eyes This very sweet no one treats my wife rudely thing, which could sound ironic, but isn t And friendship is such a lovely foundation, isn t it I think the choices in this book were brave and made for a unique plot It would be easy to have Fitz hung up on his long forgotten lover but Thomas made heravailableto him, and in the end that s what set this book apart I did feel like the end was too quick would have loved somequiet scenes from these two once they really start their lives together.So a couple random paragraphs there, but in the end I ll just say this I loved their quiet humor, I loved their quiet strength, and I loved their quiet and powerful love

  9. Mei says:

    I don t know if I could do what Millie have done, but I applaud Ms Thomas for having written such a wonderful story I wanted so many times to slap, shake, punch Fitz that it s not funny How can an intelligent man submit a woman his wife to something like that Inconceivable I got, at the beginning that he was devastated I got that he didn t want to marry I got that he was sick to his heart I got all that But, for God s sake, he went with other woman without shame or thought I don t know if I could do what Millie have done, but I applaud Ms Thomas for having written such a wonderful story I wanted so many times to slap, shake, punch Fitz that it s not funny How can an intelligent man submit a woman his wife to something like that Inconceivable I got, at the beginning that he was devastated I got that he didn t want to marry I got that he was sick to his heart I got all that But, for God s sake, he went with other woman without shame or thought how his wife will feel about that And when, after many years, finally they became friends and partners and they both had feeling for each other what did he do He decided to leave Millie for his ex when she returns to London as a widdow With two children too OMG O M G So, I don t, really don t know if I would have been able to bear all Millie went through She was a saint A fool, IMHO, but stilll a saint So, why 5 stars Because Ms Thomas you, dear lady, are a genius has written an incredible story, where a saint Millie gets her heart s desire the idiot she loves More, the idiot finally discovers what a gem he has as a wife and how much he loves her What a journey this was Spanning years, heartbreaks for poor Millie obviously and beautiful freindship building moments, this story has left me with a satisfaction of having read a true life, not love, but life story

  10. Elisabeth Roam says:

    I m sad to say I was disappointed by this book I was really looking forward to it and even paid the full price for an ebook version After all is said and done, almost 9 bucks is a little much for a book that really doesn t deliver I wanted to like it because the story line is amazing and has so much potential I think Sherry Thomas is a good writer, Some of the lines in the book were very poetic and true of love and life I get the main idea with Fitz, he s heartbroken about not getting to li I m sad to say I was disappointed by this book I was really looking forward to it and even paid the full price for an ebook version After all is said and done, almost 9 bucks is a little much for a book that really doesn t deliver I wanted to like it because the story line is amazing and has so much potential I think Sherry Thomas is a good writer, Some of the lines in the book were very poetic and true of love and life I get the main idea with Fitz, he s heartbroken about not getting to live the life he had planned He s in love with a woman he can t have But the way that his heartbreak was used as an excuse for his behavior over and over again was annoying There is nothing I hatethen a heroine who is humiliated through out the novel repeatedly and then made to feel sorry for by the reader The author didn t even have the good grace to make the heroine some what beautiful It was said many times that she could never compare to her husband in looks and that she wasn t as beautiful as the woman he really loved Ugh At least make her beautiful if she s going to suffer for most of the novel I was cringing at the thought of Millie who is described as short, tubby and not very pretty finally confessing that she had secretly loved her husband for years Great Just the clincher that makes her lookpathetic I know the book praised her many other qualities but I felt that Fitz needed to suffer a littleand really yearn for Millie like he did Isabelle The fact that Millie can organize and remodel a house and start a business doesn t exactly do it for me I had a hard time believing that those qualities endeared her to Fitz as much as they did The last few chapters were rushed and there wasn t even an epilogue In fact the closing chapter is that Millie s face is all splotchy and red from crying and Fitz starts to kiss her, really The love scenes left something to be desired and I felt the book in general lacked that heat, that special spark that should endear us to Fitz and Millie Instead we were given lots of facts and events that took place with his wife and with her husband In the end it sounded like Fitz was just way too comfortable with his dowdy wife and the life they had built together Way too comfortable with the way his wife had catered to him over the years and done everything to make him happy as he continued to pine after Isabelle The author did very well in describing two people that shared a friendship The author did very well in describing the story in the element she most likely intended it to be in Yet as the reader I kept thinking, Where s the spark The passion Why doesn t Fitz man up Where s the retaliation that Millie deserves Where are the fantasy elements in this romance novel Where s the freaking epilogue