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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (28 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553587315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587319
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Thornes on 22 Aug 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am afraid that I totally disagree with the review written by Lindymck!!In my opinion, Madeline Hunter stands 'head and shoulders' above most of the 'Bodice Rippers' In fact, it is almost an insult to put her into this category. Lady of Sin is a very warm, deep and, I found, very moving book. Granted the previous book' Lord of Sin' was not her best and I would not rate it more than four stars, but 'Lady of Sin' has most of the depth of previous Madeline Hunter books. I believe she will never better her first three books but she has kept up an incredible standard and has not resorted to debasing her relationships by the usual method of 'calling a spade a shovel' and still manages to get to the heart of very compelling. meaningful relationships.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scifi Fan on 21 Jun 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a big fan of M Hunter's books, I have been making my way through her novels with interest, and so far this is one of my top 2 (out of 7 read so far). The characters have been established previosly in her other novels, and I will admit that I wasn't all that intrigued by their story..until I started reading. From the first scene M Hunter establishes this story as wonderfully original. She breaks the standard model of these genre novels, adding new elements that make the story enjoyable and the relationship fascinating, well beyond the point of their first night together. The romance genre, especially historical romance, has a tendancy to have very little variation to the basic flow of the story, making them predictable and uninspiring, but M Hunter has always broken out of those restrictions and this novel shows that more than any other. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance, but in particular for those who find the standard romances out there as growing a little too similiar to each other.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindymck on 31 Dec 2007
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the idea of this story is very interesting but the author doesnt use it to its full advantage by relagating it to a subplot to the relationship between the two main characters which isnt very interesting at all!!!! obviously well written and great period feel but it just didnt zing for me!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The headiness of newfound love, paired with a good mystery 8 Mar 2006
By statengirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An intriguing mystery involving a boy's parentage fuels this intelligently written romance of two long-standing adversaries who are suddenly very attracted to one another. Lady Charlotte Mardenford, a baron's widow for six years, has begun to feel lifeless and alone despite a very full life. She decides on a whim to attend a decadent masquerade party at the home a friend, purely to watch and not to participate. Charlotte soon becomes uncomfortable and is offered a quiet corner in which to withdraw by Nathaniel Knightridge. Nathaniel is a family friend with whom she endures a very contentious relationship. She knows who he is because his face is not hidden behind a mask; hers is, however, so he does not recognize her. Nathaniel is a prominent defense counselor and he just lost his first murder case. He is deeply depressed, but he is also gentler and more vulnerable than she has ever seen him. Charlotte shows a different side of herself as well - softer, warmer and more needy. Of course, before long they are in each other's arms. They share a night of passion like nothing they have ever experienced, yet they leave the party with her identity still a secret.

Weeks pass, and Charlotte shows up at Nathaniel's door on the day of his murder client's execution, ostensibly to discuss a women's rights bill. She has really come to comfort Nathaniel in his time of need, fearing correctly that he is grief-stricken. Charlotte winds up doing some fairly intimate consoling of Daniel before they are interrupted. Daniel is amazed and quite touched by her compassionate gesture, particularly in light of their past adversarial relationship. He also has some moments of déjà vu, but cannot fathom that the thorny Charlotte could be the pliant and lovely woman that haunts his memories. Charlotte has piqued Daniel's interest, however, and he begins a deliberate pursuit of her. At the same time, he starts to investigate a blackmail case involving a young street boy who may be related to the family of Charlotte's late husband. The case could have a devastating impact on the Mardenfords, including Charlotte. Daniel is torn between his search for the truth, and his desire to protect the woman he is growing to love.

The mystery component of this story definitely captured my interest, pulling me through right to the end. The romance was also appealing, particularly how it captured the heady feeling and obsessive nature of newfound love. My one dissatisfaction is that the writing was at times a little wordy, and both lead characters tended to over-analyze things. Nonetheless, there is good dialogue and humor in the story, and I liked the quiet passion that the couple had for one another, contrasted with their sometimes noisy exchanges in the past. Their road trip together was romantic and fun and one of the highlights of the story. I have not read the previous books in this series, but look forward to doing so now. Well done.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a beautifully told and lyrical romance 22 Oct 2006
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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In one night of impulse, Charlotte Mardenford's entire world changes.

As a prim and proper young widow, everyone expects Charlotte to always do what is right. One night she decides to find out what it would be like to give in to her urges and attending a rather sexual party in disguise, finds herself giving everything to fellow party-goer, her least favorite person, Nathaniel Knightridge. It's no surprise that when they meet again later on, he has no clue as to who was that masked woman.

Charlotte is on a mission. She is fighting for women's rights and having solicitor Nathaniel on her side could do wonders for her campaign. If only she can keep her secret about their night of passion. Little did she expect that though he didn't know who she was, he has designs on her.

As they venture across the country gaining support for Charlotte's cause, they encounter a young boy who looks surprisingly like the relatives of her late husband. Now they have an additional duty to undertake... finding out the connections of this boy to her family. But Nathaniel and Charlotte find they are having greater difficulty resisting each other's allure. How can they give their relationship room to grow that won't scandalize English society and threaten the family Charlotte dearly loves?

With Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter, we are carried back in time to a day and age where what was proper was the most important thing many people worried about. Charlotte is the epitome of what women are expected to be so getting inside her head and discovering what she really thinks and feels was fascinating to encounter. Her passion for Nathaniel is very real, as much as she tries to deny it to herself.

Nathaniel is a zealous man, who finds what he wants and will pursue it until he gains it. Presently, what he wants, or rather who he wants, is Charlotte and he is determined to succeed. Yet as he pursues her, he discovers much about himself and Charlotte that surprises him.

The secondary plot line of the mystery child adds depth to the story. It takes Charlotte and Nathaniel on additional journeys as they travel across England trying to get to the bottom of who the boy is and how he ended up on the street as a part of a gang of child thieves. It also adds tension between Charlotte and Nathaniel because they are in disagreement over what to do. The resolution of this mystery is not a total surprise but readers will still be thrown a bit to discover the truth.

As with any book by Madeline Hunter, readers are in for a beautifully told and lyrical romance with Lady of Sin. Though this probably isn't her best book, it is still remarkably well done and guaranteed to keep you reading through to the end.

© Kelley A. Hartsell, September 2006. All rights reserved.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining and a quick read 19 Nov 2006
By Neilisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Charlotte, the widowed Baroness Mardenford, and Nathaniel Knightridge, renowned London barrister, can't stand each other. Whenever they're in each other's company, they can't resist getting on each other's nerves. All that begins to change when Charlotte shows up at Nathaniel's house to cheer him up. One of his clients, found guilty for whatever crime he committed, was hung that day and Nathaniel was content to get himself drunk to try and forget his failure...until Charlotte shows up. What follows after their usual argument is a sudden heated passionate encounter that catches them off guard.

Regardless of his sexual attraction to Charlotte, Nathaniel can't forget the mysterious woman he met at a masquerade ball a month ago. Every time he's with Charlotte, much to his chagrin, his mind drifts to that woman. As he tries to unveil this mystery, Nathaniel is saddled with prosecuting a man who is tried for extortion. The man tells Nathaniel an interesting story of a young lad whose father is a nobleman. At first, Nathaniel doesn't believe him, until the man ends up dead. Nathaniel decides to investigate the man's claims and runs into the boy in question. His first glimpse of the little boy rocks him back on his heels. Nathaniel immediately realizes that if he were to investigate further, the truth could ruin Charlotte and possibly any chances they have of having a relationship.

I think Lady of Sin was far better than Lord of Sin. The attraction between Nathaniel and Charlotte was far more convincing, moving immediately from their mutual dislike of each other to passionate sexual attraction. The story is further enriched with a believable and enticing mystery involving Charlotte's brother-in-law and what he was trying to cover up. I enjoyed reading this story. It's not my favorite Madeline Hunter book but it's passable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Loved it 18 Oct 2007
By Mae Adamson - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. I was a little down on this writer after Lessons of Desire. This book really restored my faith in Ms. Hunter. Great romance and mystery. If there is one quibble I have in this book, it is that things are still kind of up in the air at the end. This seems to be a trend with Hunter and is not limited to this story. I like my happily ever after to stretch well into the foreseeable future. The ending had a little too much realism to my liking. On the other hand, the realistic characterization is one of the things I like best about this writer. I guess I have to take the good with the bad.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must read for "Seducer Series" fans... 1 July 2009
By KBT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rounding up from 4.5. I remember reading The Romantic and thinking "it's so obvious that Charlotte and Nathaniel sparks underlie an attraction"- I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered this was a seducer spin off. Lady of Sin was exactly what I thought the story would look like. I especially enjoyed the peak into Dante and Fleur's life. Madeline Hunter's characters in this series were highly intelligent, unique for their times and a joy to read about.
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