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Era la giovane donna più eccentrica che Gideon avesse mai incontrato. Scarmigliata e un po' in disordine, appariva perfettamente a suo agio tra gli innumerevoli libri e ossa che ricoprivano ogni angolo della stanza: il suo lavoro, lo chiamava lei. Certo, nell'accorrere alla richiesta d'aiuto che gli era stata inviata, il signore di Blackthome si figurava di dover soccorrerEra la giovane donna più eccentrica che Gideon avesse mai incontrato. Scarmigliata e un po' in disordine, appariva perfettamente a suo agio tra gli innumerevoli libri e ossa che ricoprivano ogni angolo della stanza: il suo lavoro, lo chiamava lei. Certo, nell'accorrere alla richiesta d'aiuto che gli era stata inviata, il signore di Blackthome si figurava di dover soccorrere una damigella in difficoltà e non certo questa specie di virago in gonnella. Invece miss Harriet Pomeroy non aveva battuto ciglio alla vista del viso sfregiato che aveva sconvolto ben più di una dolce fanciulla, pareva fermamente decisa a rimanere zitella e se ne infischiava alla grande della propria reputazione. E come se tutto ciò non bastasse, ora gli stava candidamente confessando di essere uscita diverse volte nel cuore della notte per spiare un gruppo di pericolosi banditi che, a suo dire, con la loro attività minacciavano dei preziosi fossili. Ce n'era a sufficienza perché il potente Gideon accantonasse il risentimento che provava per gli abitanti dei propri territori, ignorasse le pesanti accuse che essi gli muovevano e decidesse di approfondire l'argomento. Ma mentre si accingeva a farlo, ecco entrare la vecchia governante: con un grido d'orrore, esclamando sgomenta "La Bestia di Blackthorne Hall", l'anziana donna crollava a terra svenuta, non prima però di aver urlato all'attonita Harriet di fuggire lontano da quell'uomo. Un uomo sul cui capo pesa il più infamante dei sospetti, un uomo che la vita ha duramente segnato. Un uomo la cui rettezza e il cui coraggio segneranno irrevocabilmente il destino di Harriet, spalancandole le porte della più ardente passione......

Title : Batticuore
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ISBN : 15824734
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Batticuore Reviews

  • AgentScully
    2018-10-15 17:32

    Ravished is one of my all-time favorite Amanda Quick novels. It's a wonderful story with likable characters and I must have read it at least 3 times already. Gideon is a scarred, brooding, semi-outcast whose own parents don't believe in his innocence. Despite having more reason to be bitter and harsh than the immature heros of many other romances, Gideon never behaves like a jerk or takes out his anger on the heroine. He can be arrogant and dictatorial, but he is tender to and proud of Harriet from practically the beginning. Harriet is eccentric, geekily obsessed with fossil collecting, intelligent, a bit bossy, a bit plain and on-the-shelf in her mid-20's. She's no shrinking violet, and is not afraid to go for it when she and Gideon get stuck in a cave alone overnight. Their bond is wonderful, she believes in him and defends him (verbally and in 1 memorable scene physically) to everyone, and he sees her as beautiful. There are some nice passionate scenes. Some good humor too, when Harriet's geeky friends try to "save" her from the Beast. Assorted villains, including a rival fossil hunter, add to the plot. But the focus remains on the romance and it's lovely *sigh*.

  • Dina
    2018-10-15 22:40

    4 1/2 starsI like Beauty and the Beast tales and Ravished is many reader's favorite Amanda Quick novel, so I chose it as my introduction to her work. I'm glad to say I was not disappointed. :)I loved Gideon from the start and he was everything but The Beast of Blackthorne Hall, the nickname he received due to his "shady" reputation and his sinister appearance. I was expecting to meet a dark, tortured hero, but he was actually quite funny. Harriet was a different matter and it took me some time to understand her. She came dangerously close to becoming a TSTL heroine when she put herself in danger by refusing to listen to Gideon's reasoning, not only once but twice. Her redeeming point was her never-faltering trust in Gideon, jumping - at one time, literally! - to his defense whenever someone dared to speak ill of him.As for the story, it was entertaining, funny and fast paced. Some events and, particularly, Harriet's reaction to them were "unusual" (for lack of a better word) but, in the end, I thought that quirkiness was fitting. I wasn't too surprised with the identity of the master villain, even though I spent most of the time thinking it was someone else. Considering this was a romance and not a mystery-thriller novel, I have no complaints. And the ending... Ah, I love closing a book with a smile on my face! :)

  • Phrynne
    2018-10-03 22:27

    I love Regency romances - I am a Georgette Heyer tragic from way back - but many of today's efforts are very weak and formulaic. This one is neither of those things and I was in my reading element:). The two main characters were delightful, the conversation was witty and the formula was thrown out the window. Guess what - no misunderstandings between our purported lovers to separate them and lead them astray. In this book our hero and our heroine understand each other from the start and have each other's backs throughout the story. It was fun, it was fresh and I loved it!

  • Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
    2018-10-06 22:39

    My first Amanda Quickand mostdefiantlynot my last ! Loved everything about this book ! The plot, the characters...it all radiated true originality ! This one's definatly going into my shelves of favourites !

  • Erika
    2018-10-15 20:39

    Overall rating: 4.5 starsCheating: NoLove triangle: NoAnything sexual with om/ow: NoAmount of Sex In The Book: several scenes of lovemaking but they are not heavily detailedOverall Steam Factor/Chemistry (between 1-5): 3.5 – though the sex scenes actually display some emotional intimacy which I likedHEA/HFN: HEAMy review:Sweet. Funny. Endearing. Heartwarming. Light-hearted. Cute. Easy. Entertaining. Exciting. Romantic.Those are just a handful of adjectives I would apply to this story. This was just such an easy, non-stressful read (except for one thing I will get to later). Gideon and Harriet were extremely likable characters. Several secondary characters were also a joy to read about, mainly Harriet’s sister and some of Harriet’s friends from the fossil society.I really liked the fossil part of this story as well. This may bore and bother some readers, but I happen to find fossils interesting and actually considered archeology at one point in my past.Some of the banter between Gideon and Harriet had me laughing out loud, especially the first scene in which they meet.I know some reviewers thought Harriet had several TSTL moments, but I was never really bothered. She was a quirky character and in her mind, everything she did made perfect sense. It worked for me.My only complaint about Ravished has to do with Gideon’s father. Honestly, the way he felt about Gideon, and the way he treated him for 6 years, was inexcusable. I would have liked to see some major major groveling from him. Though to be honest, even that wouldn't have made up for the way he treated Gideon. Just imagine your own parent outright telling you they loved your sibling more than you. And then imagine that parent believing you did horrible things, even when you repeatedly told them you did not. Really, it disgusted me. I felt the family troubles were too easily resolved in the end and that took away a half star in my rating.

  • ♥ℳelody
    2018-10-10 17:43

    *Review Up*"There she goes again,” Gideon warned his mother. “You had better stop her quickly unless you want the conversation to revert to fossils.” So I generally try to stay far away from bluestocking heroines in HR, specifically the 'eccentric' kinds simply because they are typically (not always) written to such a slanted degree that it comes off obnoxious and to be completely honest: historically inaccurate. Such was the case here. My first Amanda Quick book and I can see she likes to go for quirky hammy characters and campy plots that are not that complicated or mysterious (and a little too thin). I personally prefer more meat to the story and characters that I don't picture as…..how can I put this delicately.....well, not like this:The heroine Harriet was very hot/cold for me. I found her inconsistent at times. I was cheering her on at places and at others I wanted someone to duck tape her mouth shut. She’s this hardcore fossil enthusiast, to the point that the girl is racing down a bluff like a kid whose hair is on fire to confront fossil hunters from taking over her ‘precious cave’. The villains! Rogues!Her precious fossil tooth is unprotected! State of emergency! Police. Help! Where is the Jurassic Park dude when you need him?She gets in blistering huffy arguments with everyone and anyone who says stupid things and defends the hero staunchly (which I got a real kick out of). Nobody diss 'the Beast' in front of her. Proceed with caution!But then there were moments where I questioned this girl's much touted intelligence....oh YES, there's more besides the fossil stupidity. (view spoiler)[ The whole kidnapping scheme was ridiculous and hurl-to-the-wall worthy. This girl suddenly lost her tongue and indignation all because the people who spirited her off are her fossil enthusiast friends. They lure her into a carriage and spirit her off to Gretna Green to marry her to someone else. She indulges them and stays silent and twists Gideon's arm to drop his demand for satisfaction all because they 'meant well'. Huh? No and no. Idiocy is idiocy. When someone is taken somewhere by force/or unawares it IS kidnapping. Note cute.(hide spoiler)] I just never found it amusing when you have a bunch of meddling secondary characters running amuck trying to 'save' the heroine from the BEEEAST hero, all because they think she doesn't know any better.Yeah no.Another ludicrous moment was Harriet thinking she can reason with random thieves to not enter the cave because gosh darnit! Gideon gave explicit permission that only she can have access to the cave and they MUST listen to her!.…...Are you serious? You go unarmed, all by your lonesome, in the middle of the night to confront possible thieves in a damn cave and think you will be perfectly fine?Gideon called it best, brainless twit indeed. Like I said she had her moments.Harriet’s obsession with those caves and her fakakta tooth fossil I didn't find cute or interesting in the least. Just really tiresome. This is the kind of thing about bluestocking heroines I honestly cannot stand. Authors who take it to such extremes that it becomes a parody and suspending belief. It’s just not funny to me when everything becomes a hijinx and the eccentric managing heroine HAS to have her way in everything. The world will not end if you have to wait a few days or a week to explore a cave dearie. Calm down. I just find it childish and juvenile to see a grown woman act this way over fossils and nose around in things that only got her in trouble. And I noticed that she always seemed to win every argument and discussion even when she was acting outrageously silly over things. G-d forbid she can never be wrong! And speaking of suspending belief, it didn't escape my notice that the heroine magically happened to dig up a tooth of an "extremely large lizard" that nobody else has discovered. The thing was nearly sticking out of the wall inside the cave (which she immediately recognized as a tooth). A few chips of her chisel and boom! out falls the ginormous tooth. Of a dinosaur. (For real? For real for real?)Yes because that’s generally how excavations of prehistoric fossils were done in those days. 😒😑 Like I said, I could have done without this whole adventure. I'm all for mystery, intrigue, the couple solving something. But a bunch of guys stealing from rich houses and crotchety fossil hunters chasing after a bluestocking is so stale and unexciting.The slight saving grace for me was Harriet’s interactions with Gideon. She was his number one champion which was very sweet and had me cheering her on. The girl literally pummels a man to the floor after he publicly insults Gideon and gives him the cut direct. Hilarious and so richly deserving. Even with that, Gideon seemed to calm her down, bring her down back to earth and call her out when she’s being ridiculous. If it wasn’t for Gideon I would have probably dropped this in a hot second. They really did make a sweet couple, I just wish the story was focused more on them and not a tepid mystery subplot and the heroine's hobby that seems to swallow up most of the book. And I thought the whole The Beast of Blackthorne Hall! title to be a tad over-exaggerated. A stupid lie by a scheming cruel selfish girl, misconstrued gossip and a scar makes him the most feared man in England. Seriously?? It's a scar on his jaw but everyone acts like he's the Hunchback of Notre Dame.And how everyone came to deduce that Gideon was the villain over that whole 'ravishing and abandoning' scandal is beyond me. Nobody thought that twit was lying? And for those giving me the side eye for this comment, read the book. There were swiss cheese holes in the girl's story.As for the 'villains' in here? Welp...And no I'm not talking about the fossil hunters. The real ones. Who are so predictable and campy you see it a mile away. Why antagonists in here were sooooooo hung up on not having money and a title and wanting revenge simply because...because LIFE ISN'T FAIR! was so ridiculous and humdrum. I have 4 other books by this author and I'll be honest I don't know if I'm interested enough to give her another try. I usually have a 2 book rule if I'm not sure about an author but given how many books I have to go through to clean out my shelves my patience is thin and I don't want to waste time reading the same kind of trope with eccentric managing heroines running around willy nilly with mystery that isn't that suspenseful or intriguing. 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  • WhatIReallyRead
    2018-10-16 22:31

    A very amusing, entertaining HR read. The heroine annoyed me a bit at first, but then I warmed up to her and ended up really enjoying the book.

  • Jasmin
    2018-10-15 01:48

    Unknowingly, I've read this earlier in 2008. I had no idea, since Amanda Quick's covers and titles have a striking resemblance. Titles are one word, and cover is one-colored too, but in different shades and featuring an object.The title and characters were a little forgotten to me, however, the story and plot are etched in my cranium.As I flip the pages, I begin to become immersed in a different world, pleasant and achingly familiar, however I do not drown, for romances as sweet as this could sustain my survival.Bones and fossils. Imagine creepy skulls, teeth, toes and femurs stuck on a stone wall and being freed by our odd heroine, Harriet Pomoroy. Bones and fossils do not scare her. She is considered a spinster, for she is 25 years of age. She has no interest in marriage, for only fossils catch her attention. And perhaps the Beast of Blackthorne Hall. Gideon St. Justin, is our battered hero. Being the second son, he was least favorite of his parents. Has a terrible scar on his face. Has gained reputation of "Beast of Blackthorne Hall". Is believed to have compromised fiancee, the daughter of Reverend Ruston, Dierdre, who have committed suicide after allegedly being dropped by Gideon after discovering she is with child. His reputations is also tarnished to shreds. And is feared by all. Except Harriet.Harriet and Gideon are an odd couple. They never fit in normal society. However, they no doubt belong in each others arms. Despite the world being against them, they manage to fight all odds, since loving each other is as inevitable as the dawn. BTW, this book is not just a wonderful story that would make you smile. It is also educational.One could learn a lot from Harriet's archeological skills. However, the best of her lessons that I would keep in mind, is a practical lesson & being non fossil related, is this:Rock floor is not conducive to lovemaking.

  • Mei
    2018-09-16 20:27

    A delightful book!I laughed at Harriet's reasoning and her explanations! :)It was wonderfully written!I felt pity for Gideon - he didn't have a chance! LOLThe mistery part of the story is filmsy, but it gave their love story a nice touch!I don't know why I haven't read this author before! I will correct that ASAP!

  • Avid Booker
    2018-09-23 19:37

    This story is a beauty and the beast retelling, with two interesting main characters. Harriet Pomeroy, a fossil enthusiast and the viscount Gideon St. Justin. Gideon got the name beast because of his large size, mean attitude, and his scar over his eye. Also because it was said that he drove his fiancé to kill herself.It got boring at times and they had sex so quickly that I was so confused on if they were going to even have a relationship.But I did have time after that to find out that the heroine is completely annoying. Like he had to literally ask did she favor her fossils over him. And she said she favored him, but shit you can't be too sure. Tbh I dont think she told the truth. She literally gets herself into so much trouble over these fossils; over 20 times throughout the book and it's completely stupid. She was supposed to seem like a headstrong character but she was actually, just stupid and rash.Gideon was a likeable enough. He played his beast role, except I was hoping more true to the character hostility towards the heroine. There was close to none here. He really never did a wrong to her, she always managed to get herself into stupid predicaments that need saving, he does the saving, and then reprimands her about it. But she actually does say he's been nothing but nice to her the entire time. One thing I dont like about him, is that he never clarifies that the marriage truly wasnt of convience, that he had some weird obsession/attraction even though she clearly only holds attraction to old ass rocks. He never explained that to her and it's like it would have helped the plot a bit.Then there was this whole backwards mystery in this book. I'm normally not a fan of mystery in my historical romances, so that was new. Who was planting stolen property in the caves? Why did this really matter? Well because she decided the cave was hers and that she didnt want any more fossil hunters to find what belongs to her. Once again, BITCH THE CAVE DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU! As I type this I'm serious starting to hate the heroine even more.Whenever she and her club met up to talk, I always skipped/skimmed those parts, utterly BORING. And plus she talked about them too much. I honestly have no idea how the hero even fell in love with her. I literally only know one thing about her; she likes fossils. Like you have no idea every other page she talks about fossils. It got to the point where he decided to help use it as foreplay! It was literally, just no, just ugh.Then she says she's not the prettiest, her sister is, yet so many guys when she goes to London are at her feet. I know she couldnt afford a season before this time, and she's 25 which means old maid in these times. But if all these guys here are at your feet, none were at home? I wonder why? Maybe it's your obsession with bones and that you have literally nothing to talk about except them.SHE WANTED TO BE INCLUDED IN EVERYTHING HE DID. For one it wasnt proper nor did it happen in that time. But she sat there and demanded Gideon everything. Like if he didn't listen to her she would go around him and force him to do it. Let him handle it. She NEVER listened to him. Not once. It was her way or the highway. And although Gideon tried to put her in her place, she didn't accept that. Look, I'm all here for GIRLPOWER! But not stupid and dangerous power, let him do what he needs to.I didn't feel a strong connection between the characters. I could see Gideon's, but hers was almost nonexistent. Yes she claimed to like him first and all that, but it seemed her fossils were more important and she stated a whole bunch about how she would "rather be talking about fossils" 40 million times through the book. Like I dont even want to hear about fossils for the next month!Oh! And she claimed the place where she dug fossils at to be hers. ALL THE TIME. Bitch you do not own those, those are Gideon's legally, and even then anyone could dig on those. She was quick to defend her friends when they actually did some wrong shit. ALSO THE DAMN TOOTH. Once we hear about it, its all she fuckin thinks about. I loved when we switched to what Gideon was thinking about, because she annoyed me.I did like one thing though. She didn't care about Gideon's face. That was a genuine aspect in her. She didn't mention it, she didnt find him ugly, and she generally never thought about it.

  • Ari Reavis
    2018-09-17 18:30

    There was a good deal I liked about this book. Gideon was great. Even though early on he's all 'I've forgotten what love is', you can tell he cares for Harriet a lot and will quickly grow to love her. The rumors about him are pretty messed up, but you know instantly they don't fit his character. The sex scenes, while not always as descriptive as I would have liked, were hot.My main problem was the heroine. She constantly put herself in dangerous situations. Then she was always telling Gideon to stand down and let every offense slide. The one that really bugged me (because she tried to dissuade Gideon against it for manyyyy pages) was when Gideon wanted to duel someone and Harriet is like, 'I know this psycho trapped me and planned to rape me had I not escaped, but stop this foolishness right now and don't you dare duel him over my honor.' Now maybe I've read too many mafia romances or something but I would've been like, 'Gut him like a fish and bring home his testicles so I can make a necklace out of them and mail it to his mama.' But hey, that's just me.The whole mystery behind the fossil tooth and who the mastermind of the ring of thieves was ok. I didn't really care either way. But the person behind it was surprising, as well as some of the other things he confessed to.

  • Kiri Fiona
    2018-10-10 01:28

    Well, well, well. Amanda Quick...Gideon & Harriet were the couple I never knew I could hope for! They surprised me at every turn...- When I read, I always think I know what's going to happen next. Hero's nemesis corners heroine in the library - of course the hero is going to walk in and his insecurities will get the better of him. Cue ensuing drama and pain. Hero is the target of cruel gossip about how he treats women - of course the heroine is going to believe it. Cue ensuing pain and drama.Not this book. I was so wrong - so many times! Blissfully wrong!Gideon & Harriet trust each other. They understand each other. It was spectacular to read.- Harriet is fantastic. She is passionate, intelligent, transparent, and loyal. The scene in the ballroom when she defends her man's honour - I loved it. Couldn't have loved it harder if I tried. I also really enjoyed how she was never spiteful - even if she was hurting she was honest. She could have hurt Gideon deeply, and repeatedly, but she never did. She was just glorious!- As much as I loved Harriet, her stubborn streak got her into more than one stupid situation. Fortunately, both her and Gideon acknowledge that, so I could move on. Nothing frustrates me more than a stupid character who I am expected to pat on the head and humour. Most of the time I want to punch them, or DNF, or burn my Kindle. But I didn't get any of those burning desires here."But you know as well as I do that sometimes your plans do not always go perfectly. Bear in mind what happened that night in the cavern, all because you did not take me into your confidence.""The only time my plans go awry, madam, is when you interfere with them," Gideon said evenly.-Harriet & Gideon- Gideon was so misunderstood, and so hurt by how he'd been treated. I really felt for him, and Harriet was just the perfect woman for him. I was so happy AQ gave them each other.- So... I'm a nerd. I can own that. As such - I really enjoyed the fossil backdrop of the story. Throughout everything I was thinking It's a dinosaur, right? She found a dinosaur? Over dinner, I actually wanted to discuss fossils and I almost googled Upper Biddleton to see if dinosaurs were discovered there. FYI, Upper Biddleton isn't real. Fuck it all.- The realistic way his family healed their relationship. It wasn't one fantastical moment of fireworks, it was just... natural. Real. Believable.- The romance was hot.- Some of the peripheral characters were lovely. Felicity was adorable & vivacious. Fry & Applegate made me smile. "Do not move, Miss Pomeroy," Applegate commanded bravely. "I will not let this blackguard touch you. I shall defend you with every drop of my blood.""And it will be my pleasure to assist Lord Applegate in protecting you, m'dear," Fry announced loudly. "We shall both defend you with every drop of Applegate's blood."- It was a dinosaur, right? Why is Amanda Quick holding out this information. I hope it was a dinosaur. Or a wooly mammoth? But then she would have found tusks. It's totally a dinosaur.I haven't read a couple like this before. Amanda Quick kept me guessing, second guessing, and inevitably I surrendered myself to her genius. This book makes me so happy. A billion starsIt's totally a dinosaur. Update: My BFF just read this. She says it might have been an Iguanodon. Do you hear that Harriet? You discovered an Iguanodon. Yay!

  • Deserie williams
    2018-09-27 01:35

    May Contain Spoilers!4.5 stars! I really enjoyed this:)I loved this couple. I absolutely loved Harriet she had me laughing. I loved how she didnt judge and how she never once doubted him!Gideon was such a sweet man in his own way! Yes he was stubborn at times but never long with Harriet! I felt his beauty and love for her even though he didnt at first. loved the fossil concept.That has always fascinated me! Love the banter ,love how we see them interact on different things ! I do wish we got more of a wedding but I'm happy with the HEA! safety H was engaged before and he thought he loved/cared for her but he didnt! I think it was just lust! he never slept with her. H didnt seem like a manwhore at all . His past isn't really discussed! h is a virgin! No OM OW drama

  • Laura
    2018-10-11 01:23

    Originally posted on my blog: http://paleohigh.blogspot.com/2011/02...This is not a book review. This is me sounding my barbaric yawp over the smut-loving rooftops of the world.In a recent bout of unproductiveness (which, let's face it, really comprises about 85% of my day, with 10% of the remaining 15% being eating, and you have to work bathroom breaks in there, too...) a little web searching led me to a list of romance novels that involve paleontologists. I've always had this rage of jealousy deep down in my soulless soul at the thought that archaeologists got all the romantic glory. But apparently sometimes being wrong is awesome. Oh Happy Day! After cross-checking with my library's online catalog, I found that a local library actually had one of these books. Days just don't get better than this, so I immediately placed a hold. Granted, with a title like "Ravished" (by Amanda Quick), I wasn't sure how this was going to play out - perhaps the sketchy little website had lied to me. After all, if I were to write a paleo romance, it would be titled "Dirty Little Bone", "Old, Hard, and Dirty", "Hard as a Rock", or "Bones of Contention" at the very least. My fears were compounded when I went to pick up the book and it had a photograph of flowers on the front. Flowers? Really? You don't even find fossil where flowers grow...unless it's a prickly pear. However, I was slightly comforted by the fact that this was the Large Print version, and everyone knows large print versions always have plot-inappropriate images on the cover. So I let this slide; old people need to get their daily dose of bone, too, even if it's disguised behind flowers. It's like hiding their blood pressure pills in the pudding.The online library summary provided no clue as to plot points, and I was far too lazy to actually look up the cover copy on Amazon, so needless to say I was surprised to find this alleged paleo smut to be a Regency. Although, with a title like "Ravished", OF COURSE it was a Regency. Every self-respecting historical is entitled "Ravished" or "Seduced", followed by the optional prepositional phrase. Seduced by a Duke, Ravished by a Viking, Seduced by a Ravishing Viking Duke - you get the picture. But the point of all of this is to say that I had no clue what I was going to get when I started reading "Ravished", but I was assuming that my emotional investment in the hope of paleo smut was going to result in nothing more than a spiteful tease by an archeologist-loving website. Boy was I wrong.Harriet Pomeroy is a rector's daughter in (where I can only assume) southern England, and has a fossil problem. Most Regencies involve heroes and heroines with whoring problems, money problems, gambling problems, petticoat problems, and overbearing ass7wipe family problems (the 7 is silent), but few have fossil problems. (As an aside, though, I will note that I know several non-Regency people with a fossil problem, so they do exist outside Romancelandia.) And it came as a further surprise that it was the heroine who is the eccentric fossil hunter - though, upon reflection, in a historical this makes sense as the heroes are generally off being irresponsible, except when needed to save the day, and wouldn't be able to fit in fossil hunting amongst their alpha asshattery schemes. Regardless, female paleontologist = double rainbow. But Miss Pomeroy has a fossil problem that gets her into all sorts misguided adventures. And it gets her ravished. In a good way. By Gideon, who is less of an assclown than many romance heroes. While the plot held my attention (hell, the promise of a brooding alpha asshat and a hot sex scene at some point in a book can hold my attention these days), it was the "Romance Novel Guide to Paleontologists" that totally did it for me.First we have the descriptions of paleontologists: "A fossil collector will resort to anything when he gets desperate."And a warning about the dangers of other "professionals", which is surprisingly accurate given some of the stories I've heard over the years: "I can tell you, sir, that there are those who would steal my fossils and claim them as their own discoveries without so much as a flicker of remorse."Coupled with delightful character references that perhaps explain why I'm still single: "He wondered if it was the lack of an inheritance that had kept her unwed or if her evident enthusiasm for old bones had put off potential suitors. Few gentlemen would be inspired to propose to a female who displayed more interest in fossils than in flirting."Followed by an appropriate emphasis on the utter and total obsession with fossils. Upon first meeting her mother-in-law (a countess, no less), rather than engaging her in charming conversation, Harriet prattles on about her newly-found fossil tooth. As Gideon tells his mother, "And that is the end of all polite social discourse this evening unless you forcibly intervene, madam. Once my wife is launched on the subject of fossils, she is very difficult to deflect."Shortly followed by: "There she goes again...You had better stop her quickly unless you want for the conversation to revert to fossils."We learn the important lesson that digging up fossils predisposes a woman to deadly schemes and supernatural strength, and when using a fossil as a weapon against ravishing in a bad way, make sure it's a forgery. "Harriet ignored him. Her goal was the large stone sitting on top of the last cabinet in the aisle, the one that contained the fossil impression of a [fake: this was mentioned earlier] large, spiny fish. She prayed the stone would not be too heavy for her to lift. "Bryce [bad guy] never guessed her intention. It probably did not occur to him that a woman would resort to such a means of defending herself or that a woman would be strong enough to do so even if she tried. "But Harriet had been digging fossils out of solid rock for years. She had spent hours wielding a mallet and chisel. She knew she was no weakling. "She grabbed hold of the chunk of stone and hurled it down at Bryce's blond head just as he reached up to grasp her ankle."We also learn how to use bone analogies in pillow talk. Just in case it wasn't obvious.Says Gideon: "Perhaps you will show me just which portions of my anatomy you consider equal to or more impressive than the old bones you collect, madam."Says Harriet: "I would have to say that I have rarely encountered fossil metatarsals of such size...And one seldom is lucky enough to find a tibia of such proportions...Very impressive...And other than the femur of an elephant I once had the privilege of examining, I have never seen such a magnificent thigh bone...Now we come to a most interesting discovery..."Says Gideon: "Do not tell me you have found fossils of that particular anatomical item."Says Harriet: "No, but this is certainly as hard as any fossil I have ever dug out of stone."Ladies and Gentlemen, that's how paleontologists do it. Lesson learned. The only thing I would add would be a reference to how I once drunkenly bid $300 on a walrus baculum during a live auction at a conference. To which the auctioneer commented, "Batteries not included".Our last lesson is in how to title a scientific paper. Harriet entitles her paper: "A Description of the Great Beast of Upper Biddleton" by Harriet, Lady St. JustinAnd that settles it. I'm working "Great Beast" into my next paper title, and I am adopting "Lady" over the more traditional "Dr." as my required prefix. This includes in the classroom, in the mail room, and in everyday life. Especially at professional conferences. Even if I'm dancing on a table.All in all, I really can't praise this book enough, or the experience of reading it, mocking tone aside. The scientific ideas are vague enough not to cause violent flinching to the paleo-knowledgeable, but are appropriate to the time with discussions on fossil succession, deep time (vs. the deluge), mountain building events (sadly "orogeny" was not used in any bedroom ...or cave... scenes), and extinction. The paleo romance I'm currently reading is a contemporary and I find myself talking back to the characters when they're wrong. 'Tis the curse of the well-informed.Moral of the story: everyone should be ravished by "Ravished", impressive anatomical specimens and all.

  • Lauren
    2018-10-08 01:35

    Ravished5 StarsWith her fascination for fossils, Harriet Pomeroy has little time or patience for rumor and scandal. Thus, when she discovers that smugglers are using her beloved caves for their nefarious schemes, she never thinks twice of summoning Gideon Westbrook, the local landowner and the man everyone calls the Beast of Blackthorne Hall. With his scarred visage and lecherous reputation, Gideon spurns society, but something about Harriet draws him in and soothes his tormented soul. Yet to be together, Harriet and Gideon will have to face society and evade the clutches of a sick and twisted mind determined to destroy them both. Amanda Quick is a favorite author of mine and I've decided to read through her backlist. This book, a lovely retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast, is one of her earliest and showcases her trademark plotting, characterization and banter. Harriet and Gideon's romance is wonderful. At the outset, they are both somewhat bewildered by their attraction, but as they grow closer and learn more about it each other, this turns into an incredible connection based on trust, devotion and a true meeting of the minds. Their conversations and witty banter are a highlight of the story. The minor mystery only heightens the intensity of the romance as Harriet is able to look past external appearances to the real man beneath Gideon's stoic façade. The villain of the piece is not surprising although the motivation and the extent of his depravity is astounding. All in all, a charming and entertaining read with endearing characters, clever dialogue and an interesting story. Recommended for both fans and newbies alike.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2018-10-02 21:39

    I've seen this listed as a fave on many lists and thought I'd give it a go. I like Amanda Quick but have never been overly wowed by her work. The dialogue is often clever and witty and I've enjoyed that but for the most part the stories tend to sound about the same. Something about this novel really grabbed me though. I can see how it would be a fave with her fans and I'm glad I finally got to read it.

  • LibraryLass
    2018-10-14 01:39

    Absolutely wonderful! This is one of my favourites of A. Quick's. A lovely beauty and the beast them with every part of the story hitting the mark.Lovely

  • Obsidian
    2018-10-13 20:39

    I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017: Fairy tale Retelling square.I have carried this book with me to countless countries and on countless vacations at this point. I love “Ravished.” I think Amanda Quick was firing on all cylinders for this one. I ended up reading this after another romance book I started was ticking me off so badly I just ran to my shelves and pulled this book down. You have a hero and heroine you can root for, an A and a B plot, and some very cute secondary characters.Harriet is a typical Quick heroine. She’s not conventionally beautiful, but is very smart. Harriet is interested in archaeology and more to the point with anything dealing with old bones and teeth. Living in Upper Biddleton she calls on Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to come and deal with thieves who have set themselves up in the caves she is exploring.St. Justin is a recluse from society due to his very large body and the scar that is down one side of his face due to a fencing accident. St. Justin, called the Beast of Blackthorne Hall by the local residents, does come to Upper Biddleton wanting to know what female dared to command him to come and do his duty. Readers find out quickly about St. Justin’s nasty past with many blaming him for the suicide of one of the local young girls who St. Justin was engaged to at one time.Harriet and Gideon were wonderful together. Honestly. From the very beginning you get to see that Harriet doesn’t let Gideon’s scar or bad temper (justified in this case) get to her at all. She looks past that and sees a man who is very lonely and doesn’t have anyone in the world. She’s also very focused on archaeology and only Gideon is able to divert her from her pursuit of finding out about a tooth she finds that does not seem to belong to any creature that she has heard of.Gideon is scared to love anyone again after dealing with the fact that the local girl he was engaged to really didn’t love him. He and his father fight every-time they see each other, and he barely speaks to his mother. Gideon hides from them thinking that they would prefer it if he were dead, and his older, more handsome brother were still alive.I love the fact that Harriet is so protective of Gideon and not once, but twice goes after anyone that calls St. Justin a Beast. There is a scene in a ballroom where she launches herself at someone and I cracked the heck up. And Gideon does his best to provoke Harriet in order to see I think how much she does love him. Good for her for never taking any of his crap and telling him that she loved him all of the time. That was probably tho only failing of Gideon’s that I saw. Due to what has happened to him, he really doesn’t believe or think he can love someone.The secondary characters in this one are really great. Harriet’s aunt is very stern, while her sister Felicity is hilarious. I once again wish that Quick had spun off some of her characters into other books. Felicity seems to find most of Society hilarious. And honestly one can’t blame her due the hypocrisy of most of the people in this story. St.. Justin’s parents are really good in this too. You get to see how far apart he is from his parents, but the fact that his father realizes he was wrong about St. Justin, and his mother thanks Harriet for bringing her son back to her were tear jerker moments for me while reading. We also see one of St. Justin’s old friends rear his head, and we realize why the two men fell out.The A plot (thieves in Upper Biddleton) and B plot (a man trying his best to pursue Harriet for his own reasons) tie together nicely in this one. I did love though that when push came to shove in one key scene, we have Harriet saving herself.The writing was easy to read and the flow was great. No complaints from me at all.The setting between Uppder Biddleton and a Society that had turned its back on St. Justin was an interesting contrast. Apparently people in the countryside can be just as much jerks as people in London.The ending was satisfying and the epilogue was too.

  • Iliada
    2018-10-10 00:28

    I have an issue, especially with HRs. I don't like cartoonish characters or caricatures and I can't stand TSTL heroines or overly quirky ones to the point that their quirkiness messes around with the historical credibility of the character and the story in general. Harriet's obsession with fossils was both annoying and hard to swallow, not to mention the many other silly things she did. Her saving grace was her support for the hero and her faith in him.I loved the hero. He was the only character in this book that felt truly genuine. This was a nice book and I would definitely recommend it, especially to fans of authors like Tessa Dare (which, unfortunately, I'm not any more), but I'm hearing this is the best Amanda Quick has to offer. If that's so, I don't think I'll be reading any other book of hers since her "best" one is only a 3-star read for me. And this is truly not meant to discourage anybody from reading this as it was a good book. It just wasn't amazing for me. If you do like TD, though, or if you're not a freak about historical accuracy like I am, go ahead and read it.

  • Christy Stewart
    2018-10-01 19:40

    Quick was watching Scooby Doo and was all, "I think I'll write a romance novel."The plot is loosely about some pirates using a cave as a super secret location and our leading characters foiling them. Also, the leading lady is a lot like Velma; geeky and unflappable and cool. Staying on the geeky theme of my review the leading man is like Batman in that everyone is afraid of him but really he is just a pussy with mommy issues.

  • adelina.
    2018-09-20 00:41

    First thing first. I love this book so much it's not even possible to love a book this way. (Yeah I'm a crazy person)So Ravished was my first beauty and the beast story and as you can tell I think of this book as a special one.The characters of this (spelling amazing) story is Miss Harriet Pomeroy and Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin.Harriet - one of my favorite female characters of all time. I just loved her spirit, her love and her loyalty for Gideon, she fought for her spot under the sun and oh! How she shined. Gideon - once again, but this time favorite male character. Nobody knows better then Gideon how is it when your friends, society, even your family turns her back on you. So Gideon was very smitten with Miss Harriet who sometimes can be quite a tyrant.(view spoiler)[“I am here out of sheer, undiluted curiosity, Miss Pomeroy. Your letter was nothing less than a royal command. I am not accustomed to being summoned by young chits whom I have never even met, much less being lectured by them on the subject of my duties and responsibilities. I must admit I was extremely interested to meet the female who felt she had the right to do so.”“Oh.” Harriet’s expression grew cautious. For the first time since he had arrived, she appeared to comprehend the fact that Gideon was not altogether pleased by the meeting she had arranged. She tried a tentative smile. “Forgive me, my lord. Was my letter perhaps a shade peremptory in tone?”“That is putting it mildly, Miss Pomeroy.”She nibbled briefly on her lower lip, studying him intently. “I will admit that I have a slight tendency to be a bit, shall we say, blunt?”“Forceful might be a better word. Or perhaps demanding. Even tyrannical.”or she can even insist??! Harriet lifted her chin. “Sir, it is very important to me that you act at once to clear those villains out of there. I must insist you deal with the matter as quickly as possible. It is your responsibility to do so.”Gideon allowed his voice to become very gentle. Those who knew him well generally ran for cover when he used this particular tone. “You insist, Miss Pomeroy?”Nobody loves, but still very much fears Viscount St. Justin. or better known as The Beast of Blackthorne Hall who rejected his fiance once he found out that she's pregnant and probably killed his brother to get his title.. and this story was told for six year and after some time Gideon just started to go with it ( broke my heart), but Harriet would not hear about it.I just loved this quote after their first love making;But Gideon realized now that once she smiled at him, once she had reached for him and opened herself willingly to him, all his good intentions had gone up in smoke. Making love to Harriet had become as inevitable as the down.One of my favorite scenes is when Gideon has to get to Harriet before her friends get her to the Gretna Green. His thoughts make me emotional every damn time I read this book.Plenty of time to think. Perhaps too much time.Was he pursuing a kidnapped fiancée or a fiancée who was fleeing from the Beast of Blackthorne Hall?He longed to believe Felicity was correct when she said Harriet considered herself committed to him. But the notion that Harriet might have run off willingly into the arms of the lovestruck Applegate was a possibility Gideon could not ignore.She had been very annoyed with him yesterday when he had taken her for that drive in the park. He remembered the little lecture she had delivered on what she called his dictatorial tendencies. She had made it clear she was not accustomed to being ordered about, no matter how well intentioned the one was who was issuing the orders.Gideon’s jaw clenched. She had obviously been doing a great deal of thinking lately about what being married would mean. She had wanted to make it clear that she did not expect to give up her independence after the wedding.The problem, as Gideon saw it, was that Harriet had been independent for a long time. She had been forced to make decisions for herself and others for several years. She had grown accustomed to doing so, just as she had grown accustomed to running about alone in caves.She had grown accustomed to her freedom.Gideon watched the road ahead, absently aware of the play of the leather in his hands as the horses bounded forward. He had chosen Cyclops and Minotaur just as he chose everything else in his world, for their stamina and endurance, not their looks. Gideon had long ago learned that superficial beauty mattered little in horses, women, or friends.A man who was obliged to face the world with the scarred features and the ruined reputation Gideon possessed and who found himself judged on that basis soon learned the virtue of looking beneath the surface in others.Harriet was like his horses, he reflected. She was made of sturdy stuff. But she had a mind of her own.Perhaps she had decided life would be more pleasant for her if she married someone like Applegate, who would never dream of issuing orders to her.Applegate had a great deal to offer, including a title and a fortune. On top of all that, Gideon realized, Applegate shared Harriet’s interest in fossils. Harriet might have found herself overwhelmingly attracted to Applegate’s brain.Marriage to Applegate would have a number of advantages and none of the drawbacks that would most assuredly accompany marriage to the Beast of Blackthorne Hall.If he were truly a gentleman, Gideon thought, he would probably allow her to run off with Applegate tonight.Then he pictured Harriet in Applegate’s arms. Gideon suddenly felt coldly sick. He imagined Applegate touching her sweet breasts, kissing her soft mouth, pushing himself into her tight, welcoming heat. Anguish and a shattering sense of loss tore through Gideon.It was impossible. Gideon knew he could not give her up.Life without Harriet was too bleak to contemplate.He remembered something Felicity had said earlier about exhibiting Harriet to Society as though she were some rare creature from a distant part of the globe. Gideon’s hands tightened briefly on the reins as he acknowledged to himself that he might have done just that.The only woman on earth who is not afraid to marry the BeastGideon loosened his grip on the reins, urging the horses to an even faster pace. He could only pray to whatever god had abandoned him six years ago that Harriet was not running away willingly tonight.So this review is long, but this story is one of my favorites so you'll forgive me.Happy ending was meant to be;When Gideon put the squalling infant into Harriet’s arms, she smiled ruefully.“I fear that between us we have created the true Beast of Blackthorne Hall, my lord,” Harriet said ruefully. “Just listen to him roar.”Gideon laughed, happier than he had ever thought possible. “You will tame him, my love. 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  • Rhapsody
    2018-09-17 19:29

    Harriet lives out in the country with her aunt and sister. She is an avid fossil collector and spends much time in the nearby caves. When she finds what she believes to be smuggling activities, she calls in Gideon, the viscount, to take care of the problem so that she can go back to excavating her cave. Gideon is drawn to her and after he accidentally compromises her, he decides that they must marry. However, Gideon has a very dark past and is almost a pariah, causing some trouble when they go to London. Harriet never believes any of the rumors and gradually wins his love as she continually champions his innocence.I tend to like quiet, timid heroines, but Harriet was adorable. I guess my problem isn't so much with outgoing heroines as with uppity ones. Harriet is bossy, temperamental and stubborn, but she was also very cute and funny. Gideon, who had become so bitter, found her amusing and intriguing from the start, and it was a treat watching such a miserable character learn to laugh again, especially because Harriet was so genuinely compelling.

  • Rachel Regina
    2018-09-27 00:22

    Overall rating: 4.5 Fossil Hunting stars!Triggers:Cheating: (view spoiler)[ NO(hide spoiler)]Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No(hide spoiler)]Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)[ Gideon (hero): Honestly, all I know is that he wasn't a virgin. His past really isn't mentioned at all - other than that he was engaged 6 years ago and the aftermath of that. I am only assuming it might have been that long since he's been with a woman. Harriet (heroine): Is a virgin(hide spoiler)]Push/pull: (view spoiler)[ I would have to say none(hide spoiler)]OM/OW drama: (view spoiler)[ None(hide spoiler)]HEA: (view spoiler)[ yes - very cute, but I could have used more!(hide spoiler)]My review:This was light and sweet with very little drama or angst. I enjoyed both characters and didn't mind how Harriet was a little TSTL at times. It just fit with the story to me. I loved how she was geeky with her fossil discoveries and how Gideon just did what he could to oblige her. They made a great couple in my opinion. (hide spoiler)]

  • Vanessa
    2018-10-02 17:28

    I was amazed how much I loved this book. I used to read a lot of romance novels, but grew tired of them, and very few romance authors have held much interest for me in the past few years. Interesting historical romance authors are even harder for me to find. But I love her Arcane Series historical novels, and with the added recommendation of my mother, decided to give this one a try. And I am so glad I did! From the very first scene, I was hooked, and I finished it one sitting, only stopping to eat dinner. I know a romance novel is good when I want to find my hunky husband and give him a big..kiss!I found myself laughing out loud at the crazy antics of Harriet and the clever dialog between her and Gideon. Harriet's a no-nonsense kind of gal and her sister and aunts were great characters as well. It was a quick enjoyable read, fun and delightful.

  • Kathie (katmom)
    2018-10-03 19:34

    I LOVED this...Harriet is a fossil collector...The Beast of Blackthorne thinks that may be why she doesn't seem to notice the huge scar on Gideon's face.Harriet is a different kind of leading charactor, she's got backbone and she's bossy, but only for a good cause.Gideon has been hurt by society and his family for so long, he's pretty sure that he can't ever love again, but he is certainly taken with Harriet.This is a journey toward each other...and love...with a few dramas along the way.I like how steadfast Harriet was through all the tribulations. HE was amazed at how steadfast she was...This one has to go on my BEST BOOK EVER list too...very enjoyable and I know I'll come back and read it a time or three...

  • Aayesha Khatri
    2018-09-17 20:19

    This book was one of the sweetest, most adorable books I have ever read! I absolutely loved, loved, loved the heroine, and the hero!! The way the heroine jumped to defend him, how much she loved him, and how the hero thought she was more beautiful than anything else, it was just so - :') (Yes, I know I just said in my last review that I put way too many :') in my reviews, but - WHAT CAN I DO, HOW ELSE CAN I EXPRESS IT OTHER THAT - :') ) The story was super sweet, fluffy and the kidnapping part was downright hilarious. Recommended to everyone who loves cute fluff!

  • Hollie
    2018-10-03 21:30

    This was a sweet historical romance. It was a pretty unique spin on Beauty and the Beast. The character depth was solid and the plot well-paced. My only complaint is the price. I don’t feel it was anywhere close to its current price tag of $7.99.

  • Chitra *CJ*
    2018-09-23 01:41

    Ravished tells the story of Harriet, our headstrong, fearless fossil collector and St Justin or Gideon, unfortunately nicknamed the beast due to whispers of his past.Going in without assumptions, I was pleasantly surprised.Wonderful chemistry, bashful lovemaking, beautiful ruin and a couple without doubts.I absolutely adored how fiercely Harriet was protective about Gideon from the start and how he trusted her despite circumstances pointing otherwise.Sweet seduction and eventual HEA- with his name being cleared from the false misgivings- this was a much lovelier read than I anticipated.Loved the heroine and her anthropology interest- here's to nerds in historicals.Also loved their banter- there was instant chemistry which transforms to explosive lovemaking.Adorable epilogue.Safe3.75/5

  • Alexis Lee
    2018-10-11 01:36

    Oh dear oh no. Smutty regency strikes again. And I'm smitteeennn. Amanda Quick's works are pretty much the standard fare, same old ye olde barbarian/wild rake kind, but this one rises above the rest of her novels (along with her other one, The Paid Companion.) Its an all-over feel good novel, full of meaningless fluff (its sooooo fluffy), and its a fun, fun read that doesn't take up much time or brainspace. The hero and heroine are more likable than the standard stuff you get from other smutty regency. Mind you, they're still pretty generic, and possess many of the stereotypes that you tend to find in these sorts of stories - but they're likeable.And yes! I totally fell for that heroine-beliving-in-the-goodness-of-the-hero-although-nobody-else-did gizmo. Don't hate me - I'm only human, and the hero was not at all a jackass - he was kind to the heroine, and was so genuinely surprised that she believed him - compared to other regency heroes I've read, this one's an angel (he's actually nice, not just nice to the heroine - now if only everyone else could stop being so mean..). Plus, that scar on his (chin? jaw?) makes him toootally dashing. Right, there's that Beauty and the Beast stereotype playing out. I C What U Did Ther. Besides this - there was no overdone denial of feelings, there were no convoluted silly misunderstandings, there was no dramatic unresolved sexual tension bickering (rather more of the cute-flirty-adorable kind). All plus points in my book, because those things are rarely ever done right.But also - really now?! Some of the dialogue is funny in terms of subject matter and witticisms, but some of it is just funny because its plain ridiculous - as in, Oh My Gosh did he/she actually say that/describe it like that?!?! Yeah, you know what I mean. Its in all the Quick novels, and I suppose I'm used to it by now.... no...not really.So, as far as smutty regency novels go, this is a good one. Of course, you have to *like* these things (like I do, for reasons I don't understand - fantasy fulfillment?!?! gratuitous smut?!?!) to enjoy them. If you do? Read this one. Its fluff, fluff, fluff all the way. And a little bit of smut. Fluffy smut? Smutty Fluff?I did take off one star from the rating, because the book, for all its enjoyment, is completely shallow with no depth whatsoever - especially when contrasted with stuff like Lord of Scoundrels or Romancing Mister Bridgerton - so although its a happy fluffy rainbow bunny sprinkles read, I don't feel completely satisfied at the end of the book. Certainly it could have been *more*. More dramatic tension, more plot development, more character development. Its a waste, because these were likable people in a likable story.I could complain about how they fell in love too bloody fast, of course, without any notions of proper regency propriety (lawd, they had sex in a cave - no really, I am not kidding you - a cave! Before marriage! In a cave! Mind can't even....). I can complain about Amanda Quick's standard purple prose (but then again, its a Quick novel, we knew it was coming...) - there are lots of things I could complain about. Heaps of them - but I was drugged or something. I don't know, I just like this book.Oh, I must stop reading these things. This is killing brain cells. I'm addicted!

  • Sarah Z
    2018-10-09 23:35

    I finally finished this book. Barely. So close to DNF'ing it but I was almost at the end so I just skimmed. I think Amanda Quick and I might have to part ways. This was one of her higher rated books and it wasn't for me. I read one other book by her, Desire, and I liked it, but I see recurring patterns here and I don't care for them. I only gave it two stars because of Gideon. It's sad because I think Amanda Quick is a good writer, I just don't enjoy her material.One of the major issues I have with her books are her heroines. They are just not realistic to the time period. They say and do things that just aren't genuine to me. Maybe Quick needs to research more. This is HR not CR. Harriet was also incredibly annoying. Apparently, she was so smart, but had no common sense. I do know people like that, but my issue with her was how rebellious and independent she was. She kept pointing out she was 25, but she acted like she was 12.Then there were her fossils. Fossils?! Really, who thought fossils were a good idea? Not to mention someone obsessed with fossils. I was a science major, and fossils are interesting to a point, I just DON'T WANT TO READ ABOUT THEM IN MY HR. So freaking boring. How in the world did Gideon fall in love with this girl? Because she was the only female to show interest in him? And how did Harriet fall in love with him? She had nothing in common with him, hung out with him maybe twice and decided she was in love? Give me a break. She was more in love with her fossils than him. The only saving grace was Gideon. Quick can create a decent hero. Although I felt bad for him because he had to end up with the fossil queen that doesn't shut up and doesn't listen to him EVER. The little chemistry they had was in the bedroom. I also felt bad that people thought he looked like a beast because of the scar on his face. A little OTT if you ask me. And yes they thought he was a beast because of what he did too, but luckily that all gets cleared up. Speaking of things getting cleared up, thank goodness for the tiny bit of excitement towards the end that I skimmed through because otherwise the book was a complete snoozefest. I'm not sure if I disliked this book as much as I did because the one I read before it was so amazing, or this book is really just that bad. If you like fossils with a side of romance, than this book is for you!