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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 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 Neither of these two things were an issue with this book Ravishing the Heiress with a title that has nothing to do with the book is about a young girl named Millie who meets her intended fiance and falls in love with him on sight The problem is Fitz is in love with another girl but he must marry Millie for money Cue eight years of Fitz s anguish over losing the love of his life, and eight years of Millie anguishing over a husband who could never love her back Through these eight years the two become best friends and have an unconventional marriage in which they aren t together initmately but only put on a show for propiety Fitz also remains unaware of Millie s feelings for him.This was the perfect angsty read to get me out of my reading funk, and it definitely made me rethink my historical romance ban As long as it s angsty and historically accurate For those who are maybe interested in reading this, it reminded me quite a bit of Natasha Anders The Unwanted Wife, which I also loved. [E-pub] ☫ Ravishing the Heiress ♩ Millicent Understands The Terms Of Her Arranged Marriage All Too Well She Gets To Be A Countess By Marrying An Impoverished Earl And In Return, The Earl Fitzhugh Receives The Benefit Of Her Vast Wealth, Saving His Family From Bankruptcy Because Of Her Youth, They Have Agreed To Wait Eight Years Before Consummating The Marriage And Then, Only To Beget An Heir After Which, They Will Lead Separate 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 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 4.00 Stars Historical Romance Victorian Fitz image error 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 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. 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 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 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