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Surrender of Miss Fairbourne, The Mass Market Paperback – 3 May 2012
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"Clever plotting, delicious sensuality, excellent art history elements, and strong, magnetic characters will attract readers to this engaging and beautifully executed romance." --"Library Journal"
"Richly imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters, the latest impeccably researched Regency romance by RITA Award winner Hunter is a masterpiece of wit and passion." --"Booklist"
Praise for Madeline Hunter and Her Novels
-Hunter seamlessly marries seductive wit with smoldering sensuality.---Booklist
-Smooth, sexy, and sophisticated.---Kirkus Reviews
-Hunter...masterfully weaves a sensual web.---Publishers Weekly
-There are some writers who are born to write...Stellar.---Examiner.com
-Hunter combines desire with mystery and sensuality with adventure, bringing readers the kind of romance that makes their hearts soar.---RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Madeline Hunter is a two-time RITA award winner and seven-time finalist, and has more than twenty-five nationally bestselling historical romances in print. A member of RWA's Honor Roll, her books have been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. More than six million copies of her books are in print and her novels have been translated into thirteen languages. She has a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.
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The plot follows Emma and Darius's separate paths of discovery in solving the mystery behind Emma's father's death and their frequent misunderstandings regarding the running of the auction house. The book is well written, detailing both Emma and Darius's point of view, which helps you to engage with both characters and understand their motivations and viewpoints. I loved the descriptions of and witty comments about Emma and Darius's tumultuous relationship, which often made me smile:
"You would also be wise not to call me presumptuous unless you are eager to see just how presumptuous an earl can be."
"Then I will find other appropriate words. High-handed. Conceited. Arrogant..." She burned his ears with every other descriptive she could think of while the horse bore them away.
She stood. Her color rose. Her eyes flashed lightning. He half expected a spear to appear in her hand and for her to bellow a Celtic battle cry.
There were also some lovely descriptions of tender moments, where you are reminded of how alone and out-of-her-depth Emma must be feeling:
She did not have to stand alone in that embrace, or be strong. There was no sorrow while those kisses pressed her lips, her face and neck, and no worry or calculations. No thought at all, just the delight of new, fresh sensations, much like feeling the first warm spring breeze after a hard winter.
This book features many of the societal scandals typical of the Regency period, and with some spies, smugglers, art history and a country at war with France thrown into the mix, it provides an interesting backdrop to Emma and Darius's story. With a rounded, heart-warming ending, I really enjoyed reading this first book in Madeline Hunter's new series, and I look forward to reading more.
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