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Lord of Sin (Seducer) [Mass Market Paperback]

Madeline Hunter
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1 April 2005 Seducer
He’s never met a woman who didn’t want him. Until now.

When carefree rake Ewan McLean inherits an earldom, his plans for his new fortune are entirely in keeping with his lifestyle: to expand his collection of erotic art and expensive mistresses. That is, until he becomes acquainted with his most intriguing new responsibility . . .

Bride Cameron is beautiful, unmarried, and sole caretaker of her three younger sisters. Now it’s Ewan’s duty to see that she is provided for. But to his amazement, the last thing the fiery lass wants is Ewan’s help. The simplest thing would be to walk away. But Bride, with her sparkling gaze and fierce wit, is the most bewitching woman Ewan has ever met. And he intends to have her–and to learn how she has managed to survive on her own. Even if he has to employ all the arts of seduction for which he is notorious . . .

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553587307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587302
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tame despite a smart pace and barrels of fun 8 Jun 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is much lighter fare than this reader is used to from Madeline Hunter. The novel is smartly paced, brimful of fun and laughter and once again well-researched. However, one misses the intensity and heart of other novels. Ewan, the darkly handsome prince of pleasure, tackles a brand new responsibility. Bride, passionately beautiful and dead set against being a 'responsibility that needs to be tackled' refuses Ewan's assistance in settling her and her sisters. Circumstances force her to review her stand and Ewan snaps up 'the invitation' to spin a leisurely and passionate seduction. Bride, however, has a lot of pressing issues on her mind, the least of them the 'prince of pleasure'. Ewan and Bride are compelled to work together on an assignment, even if the assignment is precisely what is keeping them apart. And so, hampered by trial and error they eventually manage to find the love that their torrid love affair promised. In comparison with other novels of Madeline Hunter, the reader found this story tame. Ewan lacks the forceful presence of "the hero of an historical romance". For example, he does not have the brooding intensity of an Adrian (main protagonist of THE CHARMER) or the dark mystery of a John (main protagonist of THE SEDUCER). It is only much later in the novel that the reader is convinced that there IS more to Ewan than the 'lord of sin'-appellation. Bride comes across as brittle and self-absorbed and does not seem to have the compassion and vulnerability inherent in the strength and passion of "the heroine of an historical romance" - unless it impacts directly on her sisters. However, this is to the mind of this reader. If one does manage to buy into the characters, the novel should be highly enjoyable. As is, the novel is still much better than many others published in this genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pure delight...thoughtful, sensual and very satisfying 8 April 2006
By statengirl - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a smart, well written, and satisfying story with interesting leads, a good romance and a compelling mystery. Ewan McLean, carefree lover and man-about-town, promises his uncle the earl, on his deathbed, that he will help the family of a man whom the uncle ruined years before. This takes Ewan, now the new earl, to a remote part of Scotland where he learns that the man has died and left behind four daughters. Ewan and the eldest daughter Bride, a passionate and self-reliant Scottish beauty, are immediately and intensely attracted to one another. They have several intimate encounters, but Ewan does not allow things to go too far because he feels responsible for Bride - responsibility being a rather new concept for Ewan. The sisters are barely making ends meet, so Ewan offers to move them to a comfortable home in Glasgow, but they stubbornly refuse. They insist they can get by on the money they earn from engraving prints from templates, a trade learned from their father. Ewan nonetheless arranges for generous trusts for the three younger sisters (Bride refuses one for herself), and reluctantly returns to London, afraid that he will compromise Bride if he stays.

Weeks pass and Ewan cannot get Bride out of his mind. Then suddenly she appears on his doorstep, sisters in tow, having been evicted from their home. What Ewan does not know is that Bride has another reason for coming to London. She is trying to find out who stole her late father's templates for forged banknotes, before she and her sisters can be implicated. What Bride does not know is that Ewan, an expert on engravings, is investigating reports of forged banknotes on behalf of the government. With deception and intrigue swirling around them, can true love prevail for this passionate pair?

This appealing story is well-paced and held my interest from start to finish. Ewan and Bride are an unusual and refreshing couple, for each has a background that is somewhat imperfect, and yet they are clearly perfect for one another. Ewan is a collector of erotic art and has a liking for all things sensual; Bride does not reject out of hand his rather unconventional hobby, but instead has a healthy curiosity about it. Both have great appreciation for the other's qualities, and they truly connect as soul mates on a physical, emotional and intellectual level. The story has many funny moments as Ewan tries to hide his irregular activities from the prying eyes of Bride's sisters and chaperone, all while they are living under his roof. The dialogue is thoughtful and intelligent, and the romance sensual and satisfying. Highly recommended.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book! 21 Jun 2005
By Regency Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I was really suprised by some of the other reviews, especially the woman who said she had to take a shower after reading the book. Based on their opinions, I guess I am an immoral pervert because I had no objections to the hero, he was no worse than some of the other male leads in books that have gotten rave reviews. Madeline Hunt is one of the best writers I have read in a long time. Her 'bad' books are way better than the average historical or regency books out there.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lush historical by Madeline Hunter 3 Sep 2005
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on Amazon.com
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Ewan McLean is a grand seducer of women. All he cares about is enjoying the pleasures of the flesh and adding to his collection of erotic art. Until he grants the death bed wish of his uncle to right an old wrong, that is. Now Ewan is off to Scotland to grant this request and his life changes abruptly as a result.

Bride Cameron is the sole support of her family that consists of herself and three younger sisters. They make their living by doing engravings using their father's old equipment, and by a secret mission that could get them into big trouble if ever discovered. The last thing she needs is an overbearing man coming into their home with the strange idea that he should support them.

Sparks fly between Ewan and Bride from their first meeting, and those sparks grow into a burning desire as they journey back to London to try and track down the person who is forging money and priceless works of art. As Bride works her way in to Ewan's heart, he begins to wonder if his life would be better with her in his bed... as his wife.

Madeline Hunter has written another lush historical to delight her many fans. In this story she even gets to demonstrate her remarkable knowledge of art, which is the focal point of her career outside of her books. It is more than evident that she knows her stuff where the history of the art of printing is concerned. Readers will love to see the results of the compilation of both of her careers in this book.

Readers who have read previous books in the Seducer series will remember the carefree Ewan. It is delightful to see how he grows and changes throughout this story. Bride is a force to be reckoned with as well, with a fiery temperament to match her flame-colored hair. Ewan has met his match in Bride and watching the dance of desire between them is fascinating.

The plot of the forged art and money is brilliantly woven throughout the story, adding to the romance found in this tale and showcasing both Ewan and Bride's considerable knowledge of art. There are also enough sub plots to intrigue readers on many different levels. Readers will also relish the opportunity to visit some old friends from previous books in the series.

As always, Ms. Hunter has penned a passionate love story, rich in historical detail, that is bound to leave fans, be they new or old, longing for the next book by this talented author.

Kelley A. Hartsell, August 2005. All rights reserved.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dependable Hunter - Much better than typical Regency 4 May 2005
By Sarebral Cortext - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Althought the title makes one cringe, the content is classic Hunter with characters who have depth, and a much more interesting view of the Regency period than the endless (boring) rounds of parties, frothy dress details, who was "bad" and who is "good" and the usual angst about the "ton" that is the usual historic romance. Other reviews will give plot details. You will enjoy the fact that there is in fact a plot. This is a sensuous book, probably a bit more than the other titles in her regency series, but the love making is carefully done to fit the characters and not for effect.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE ROMANCE DILUTED IN A LOT OF FILLER . . . 3 Jun 2005
By Lolita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was extremely dissapointed with this novel. Madeline Hunter and Liz Carlyle are my favorite historical romance authors, so I was really looking forward to Lord of Sin. I disregarded the less than glowing reviews, thinking I was safe with Ms. Hunter. That was a mistake, and I have seen for myself that this was an uninspired effort by the author. I did not like the hero nor the heroine, I could not get close to them, and I did not believe in their relationship. These are other issues I have with the novel:

1. I can appreciate a hero who is a rake, but I found Ewan disgusting and shallow. Someone who gets excited by having sex in front of others, who is (in)famous for organizing and participating in orgies, who collects expensive erotic art that cannot be displayed freely, who abhors responsibility, and who is completely amoral is not hero material for me. Eeewww! And then the reader is supposed to believe that this "hero" will be content in a regular, monogamous relationship, ugh!

2. The heroine didn't fare much better. She held on to her secrets for way too long, trying my patience. It seemed to me that the conflict was too contrived and took over the romance to the point where it overwhelmed the development of the characters and their relationship.

3. The setting of the story and the information about engraving and forgery was interesting, but extremely detailed. This was another element that only served to dilute the romance that was supposed to be the central part of the story.

4. The "efforts" of the h/h to be discreet about their relationship seemed pointless and useless. How did Bride expect her sisters to be virtuous when she was carrying on a sexual relationship under their noses for the second time? Was she excused because of her age from the expectations society had for unmarried ladies of her time?

5. For a novel whose h/h were supposed to be so sensual, I found the love scenes cold, superficial, and uninspired. Very different from the author's other novels.

6. Unbelievable coincidences and a lot of telling instead of showing make me think that Ms. Hunter was trying to meet a deadline while busy with a lot of projects that didn't leave her enough time to write in the way to which we have become accustomed. This kept me detached from the story and for the first time I skimmed through pages of this author's writing.

I really, really, really, hope that Ms. Hunter will go back to writing medievals and I really, really, really hope that her next work shows she has recovered from whatever impaired her undeniable story telling skills this time.
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