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The Velvet Promise (Velvet Montgomery Series #1)

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All of England rejoiced on her wedding day. But Judith vowed that her husband would get only what he took from her!
At the flower-bedecked altar, the first touch of their hands ignited an all-consuming passion. Gavin Montgomery looked deep into her golden eyes and burned with desire for her...but his heart had been pledged to another.
Humiliated and alone in a strange castle, Judith resolved to hate this ...

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Overview

All of England rejoiced on her wedding day. But Judith vowed that her husband would get only what he took from her!
At the flower-bedecked altar, the first touch of their hands ignited an all-consuming passion. Gavin Montgomery looked deep into her golden eyes and burned with desire for her...but his heart had been pledged to another.
Humiliated and alone in a strange castle, Judith resolved to hate this husband who took her body, but rejected her love...never admitting her fear of losing him.
But destiny held another fate for Judith...a fate that would keep at last...The Velvet Promise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671739744
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Series: Velvet Montgomery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.22 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning, The Scent of Jasmine, Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. To learn more, visit JudeDeveraux.com.

Biography

Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky, the eldest of a family of three girls and one boy. After earning a degree in art from Murray State University and studying teaching at the University of New Mexico, she taught fifth grade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She left when her first book, The Land of Enchantment, was accepted for publication by Avon books.

Jude's first books were historical, chiefly featuring the Montgomery and Taggert families. Stories of the lives and loves of these families spanned over several centuries in the US and England. They are filled with details of the history and culture of the time periods and settings of her novels. Her more recent series of books focuses on the McTern family and its descendants. The novels are set in the fictional town of Edilean, Virginia, and go from when the family arrived in America to contemporary time.

Jude's exhaustive research on every aspect of her books has made for a rich and detailed background for each of her novels. Her stories are adventurous, funny, and at times heartwarming. Jude has had over thirty books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, over 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages.

Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. She likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, work in her garden, and in boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

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Deveraux began her career as a fifth-grade teacher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Depressing, mean, terrible story

    I have read several JD stories and loved them. This one was so negative I had to force myself to finish it! Leading man rapes his wife on wedding nite, hits her a few times, all while still in love with a horrible 1st love he was too foolish or arrogant believe could do him harm. Not much to save the story. I never give 1 STAR this was so NOT WORTH my time or money to read! It was negative, so depressing, and dark- look for a different story to entertain!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    My least favorite of the series.

    The male lead was weak, easily manipulated, and abusive. Read this novel only to finish the triology.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2008

    Loved it

    This book was good but it definitely had its sad moments. But I didn't like that Judith got hit by her husband, it was just too soon. Anyways, I still loved the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    I tried...really (SPOILER)

    I love historical romance, but this book fell flat in my opinion. I didn't get a good sense of time or place. The dialog was contemporary even though it belonged in the medieval times ( I think). I disliked Gavin immensely, even though his actions could have been common in those times. I've read many books with rough male characters, but they were better written, I guess. Gavin just came across mean, and vindictive. They kept going back and forth to extremes. One minute giggling and having sex, the next hating each other, with a lot of time passing unaccounted for. It wasn't believable. Judith didn't hold out for long. I know she was an innocent and didn't know much about men, but after being raped and slapped around, she was more than eager to jump in bed with him and giggle. At least until she was reminded of Alice. Then it was back to square one. There was really no progression. And what was up with the minor character, Walter Demari? He sees her one day and next thing you know, without any character progression, attacks and kidnaps. Sorry, but I couldn't finish it...and I rarely do that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Great Romance! Loved it!

    Read some of Jude's books when i was much younger. Loved them then. Years later, she does not disappoint! So much fun to read! Sad it came to an end. Very sweet story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    not at all recommended

    Sadly this might have been a wonderful romance it certainly had potential but the men slap women repeatedly - far too much domestic violence. I do not agree that it is just a part of the era, I do not read romance to imagine women suffering. This is a real let-down and I am surprised it garnered so many 5 star ratings.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    If you start here, you won't finish with this one!

    As mentioned by others , this is the first of a 4 part series on the Montgomery brothers. They're all great books (I've read 3, halfway through Velvet Angel) - Gavin and Judith's story is wonderful. Gavin is complex - he's a good man ultimately, but starts out a bit like a thick headed pig, totally in love with a woman who turns out to be just evil (she makes appearances later in the series - ugh!) Judith is stubborn and willful too, but she's had a terrible past. The story is so well written and you learn about the other brothers for the first time -and end up wanting to read their stories too. And you should!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Very good read

    Good story line - liked the characters and wanted to know more about them.

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    Posted June 14, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Anonomyous

    Good read. It was an emotional roller coaster... but a very abrupt ending. I wish there was an epilogue.

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!! It was funny...it was sad...it was passiona

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!! It was funny...it was sad...it was passionate! I love it when a book can make me laugh out loud or draw tears in my eyes! This is a must read! I want more!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Must read

    Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Entertaing

    This is my second time reading a book from this author, and i teally enjoyed it! No it wasn't the best, but I could not put it down, and will continue to read the sequals to this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    M.l.Clampitt, Corona, Ca.

    I loved the book. I hated the small type at the begining of each chapter. There was no way to enlarge the first paragraph to be able to read it easily. I hope the other books in this series are not this way. The book itself was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    A classic novel by Deveraux

    This is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great book!

    This book made me laugh and cry. Picked it up and couldn't put it down until i finished! Loved it so much i had to buy the other 3 books in this Montgomery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Love This Series

    I love this book, it is my favorite series. Jude Deveraux is my favorite author. I like the way she writes her characters, they are human beings, not dream men who don't exist. I just wish she still wrote historical romance instead of contemporary. If you are looking for wonderful books, with engaging characters, that keep your interest throughout you can't go wrong with Jude Deveraux.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Love this book!!!

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    love this entire series!

    The Montgomery men made me fall permanently head over heels. Jude Deveraux has been my favorte author since the eighties. All of the books in this series will delight and leave you craving more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    A quick, easy and enjoyable read

    This book was a quick and easy read that I really enjoyed. However, I felt it came to a rather ubrupt end, and I wished that the author had allowed more of a look into the life of Gavin and Judith once they finally admitted that they loved each other. Over all, if you're looking for a page turner that is full of love, suspense and characters that are easy to relate to, then I think you will enjoy The Velvet Promise.

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