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The Sins of Lord Easterbrook Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2009
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I think the statement that Easterbrook makes to Leona, "I am Easterbrook" really defines the entirety of his character. He's troubled yes, but the issues he has are overshadowed by his arrogance and belief in his own superiority. On one hand I think this is a refreshing attitude. It's hard sometimes to suspend belief when nobility act like they don't have a sense of entitlement. I think it's more realistic to show a nobleman secure in his belief that people should do what he says just because of who he is. On the other hand it makes him aggravating. His arrogance starts to grate and you have to wonder why Leona is letting him walk all over her.
When I learned the reason for Easterbrook's reclusive habits I was intrigued. I was eager to see how the author would handle this disability. I never felt like that was explored though. There was no need to get a handle on it because it seemed like it surfaced in fits and starts. We're told that it's a constant battle for him to deal with it, but it wasn't an issue when it would be inconvenient to the story and only appeared when the author wanted to show Easterbrook's angst. I wanted consistency and a real look at what a struggle life must be for him. We got vague memories of a hard childhood and the bitter realities of being able to see into an unhappy home, but it wasn't enough. I couldn't help but feel that everything skimmed the surface and nothing really had any depth.
Leona was a flat character for me.Read more ›
I found Hunter's revelations about the Opium trade and British-Chinese dealings very well researched. Connecting to the characters humanized the whole situation. As always, Hunter weaves a story both historical and romantic, full of mystery and criminals who don't quite get away. The only sure thing is that someone will have a HEA, and it won't be the bad guys.
Leona has made her way to London in order to try to set up some more shipping deals for her late father's business which her brother has now inherited. However she has a second mission, to try to find out who was behind the intimidation of her father and to expose the trade in opium with which various peers of England are involved. When she meets the Marquess of Easterbrook she discovers that the man she knew as Edmund in Macau is actually a titled Lord, perhaps one of those involved in the trade - especially as she suspects him of stealing her father's notebook.
As Christian and Leona get to know each other again he begins a determined pursuit of her. But Leona knows she will need to return to Macau eventually and that she's not the right sort of person for Christian anyway. But in order to keep Leona safe Christian will have to spend a great deal of time with her and he may find he can't live without her calming influence on his life - even though his secrets may drive her away.
Once again this was another good book by Madeline Hunter, one that had a rather original storyline and whose pacing was very good.Read more ›
Seven years after they first met, Leona is in England seeking answers to her family's devastated business now run by her brother while also seeking needed capital investment. Her late father blamed the government sponsored Opium for Tea triangular colonialism trade anchored by the English opium monopoly for destroying his firm. Christian has waited for her all these years. Though he will help her on her quest, this time he will not allow her to run from love.
This mid nineteenth century romance is fast-paced and filled with action as love and intrigue make for an excellent historical. The relationship between the lead couple is worth the cost of this fine early Victorian, but it is the insight into the octopus tentacles of the Opium Trade for tea that brings depth to this passionate tale.
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I was really looking forward to Christian's story but I have to admit this was not my favorite book in the series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lucky Clucker
Hunter hooks us on the first page with a slightly humorous but dark and tortured Lord Easterbrook. She balances the story with a business-savvy and head-strong Leona Montgomery,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Zabeth Marsh (book, tv and movie reviewer)
This was the last of the Easterbrook brothers and family. I have a hard time putting it down, but wanted it to go on.Published 15 months ago by jc
Lord Easterbrook was intruiging from the start and the background of the China opium trade was eye opening. Madeline Hunter always weaves an interesting tale. Read morePublished 16 months ago by T
Old stories written by dead authors, new stories written by authors still alive, can be just as good to read today as they were when written. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by suekar
Christian showed up two books ago about his brothers. He was strange then but we didn't know why....now we do and this story is the best of all.Published on June 3, 2013 by Kindle Customer
While Madeline Hunter, with her sterling prose, intricate plots, and detailed characters, easily places within my Top Five romance writers of all time, this book had the misfortune... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Il Padrone
I have tried really I have, but I am half way through this book and it's so much easier to just skip to the end and see how it turns out. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer