Signet, Oct 2002, 6.99, 416 pp.
In 1792, Lady Kathleen Hatton gives birth to twin boys, but dies as the second child is born. Her husband Henry is elated with his heir Christopher, but blames the second infant Nicholas, named by a servant, for the death of his spouse. Over the years Henry gritted his teeth whenever Nicholas was in his presence and blamed him for all misdeeds whether the lad or Christopher, called Kit, did them. As much as he wanted nothing to do with his murdering son, Henry spoiled the older twin.
Over two decades later, their two families expect Alexandra Sheffield and Kit to marry, but she knows she does not love him. Instead, she secretly covets his brother. When she seeks adventure before doing her duty, Nick protects her. However, as they fall in love, circumstance forces the siblings to do what they do best, switch places to keep everyone safe.
As expected from Virginia Henley, RAVISHED is a delightful torrid Regency romantic suspense that drives in first gear from the moment Henry cuts off his youngest son until the final identity stripping by Alex. The story line is loaded with action as the two rogues and the adventure-seeking lady will delight the audience with their antics. Though twins switching identities is an over used theme trap, Ms. Henley's brand of pandemonium in and out of the boudoir makes for an invigorating reading experience for sub-genre fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner