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4.0 out of 5 stars A Reputation's Redemption
Determined to clear her deceased father's name, Audrianna Kelmsleigh defies all risks to her reputation to answer an obscure advertisement promising information. Unluckily for her she isn't the only one seeking the same source. When a pistol is accidentally fired and she is found alone with Lord Sebastian Summerhays, the night takes an unexpectedly unwelcome turn...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, but it dragged on
This is the first in the Rarest Blooms series with Summerhays and Audrianna.

Audrianna lives in Cumberworth in a modest house with three other young women. Neither know each others secrets and are happy to keep things that way. Audrianna 'borrows' her friend, Daphne Joyes' pistol, and goes to meet the 'Domino' who may have answers surrounding her father's...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Reputation's Redemption, 8 April 2010
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This review is from: Ravishing in Red (Mass Market Paperback)
Determined to clear her deceased father's name, Audrianna Kelmsleigh defies all risks to her reputation to answer an obscure advertisement promising information. Unluckily for her she isn't the only one seeking the same source. When a pistol is accidentally fired and she is found alone with Lord Sebastian Summerhays, the night takes an unexpectedly unwelcome turn.

Being found alone with any man is enough to ruin a girl's reputation, but Lord Sebastian led the investigation against her father. When talk fans the gossip into outright scandal, threatening to ruin them both, there's only one option left to them both...

With this story of scandal, a family in disgrace and a marriage of convenience, the opening of Madeline Hunter's RAREST BLOOMS series shares much in common with the first of her last series, The Rules of Seduction. Like many a Hunter heroine, Audrianna is loyal, intelligent and trusting, refusing to believe the worst of the ones she loves, and resentful of her attraction to Sebastian, even as she succumbs to him. But she's no fool, and still manages to see the best in people, even when they might not deserve it.

However, most of this story focuses on Sebastian and the struggles he faces - investigating the disaster, exploring his feelings for Audrianna, the relationship with his brother Morgan and the responsibilities he doesn't want to have to take. A typical Hunter hero he is strong-willed, handsome, brooding and smart enough to keep up with the heroine. He also has a rakish reputation, but there's so much more to him than that.

Filled as always with the rich details and powerful emotions that Hunter is so good at, her tale of attraction, sensuality and love is a decadent read. Yes, aspects are familiar (Rules of Seduction, Lady of Sin in particular), but this story is enjoyable for its own sake. The next in the series - Provocative in Pearls - looks to be a fascinating read too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, but it dragged on, 12 May 2012
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This is the first in the Rarest Blooms series with Summerhays and Audrianna.

Audrianna lives in Cumberworth in a modest house with three other young women. Neither know each others secrets and are happy to keep things that way. Audrianna 'borrows' her friend, Daphne Joyes' pistol, and goes to meet the 'Domino' who may have answers surrounding her father's death. Not believing any of the rumours surrounding her father's involvement in corrupted gunpowder, she vows to clear his name. But the person she meets is none other than Lord Sebastian Summerhays, the MP who's been accusing her father of the crime. In a panic, she accidentally shoots Summerhays. The innkeeper finds them, and wants to have Audrianna arrested, but Summerhays comes to her defence and says the real culprit got away. Forced to marry after being caught alone together, Audrianna is still adamant her father is innocent. Summerhays agrees to help her find the truth, but he's still certain her father was involved. Over time, they develop feelings for each other, and Summerhays shows jealousy when Audrianna spends time with his disabled brother. But when they find out the truth about her father's involvement, both must put aside their differences if they want to be together.

Overall, the book was good. It did drag on a little, but it didn't put me off reading the next in the series with Hawkeswell and Verity/Lizzie.

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