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The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 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"
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But then I noticed Old Latin Teacher had recommended the book and since her recommendations have given me so many great books up until now, I gave this one a try too. I`m so glad I did (thank you, OLT).
What I really enjoyed about this book - and what will have me buy more of Madeline Hunters books - was how she let love grow slowly. I dislike books where the hero and the heroine fall instantly in love and you have a full book with both of them pining for the other one. I also enjoyed how she let the hero and the heroine get slowly adjusted to each other. They had plenty of things working against them and it would have been entirely incredible if they`d fallen into each other`s arms on page three.
The book was very well written and the characters and situations were credible. There were a lot of emotions in this book but Madeline Hunter showed them in a very clever way which made it all the more lovely to read.
Both hero and heroine were lovable and annoying in just that perfect mixture that makes you want to see things end well for them but you`re not on a sugary overdose after two chapters.
In a world of very predictable and boring historical romances this book offered me something else - something more. I`m glad I found a new author to read because I was afraid I`d run out of good historical romances - having read so many inferior ones lately.
In addition, Darius, Earl of Southwaite, who has been a "silent partner" in the business, now wants Emma to sell it and live off funds invested after the sale. That's what women are supposed to do. They're not supposed to work. But convincing Emma of this will be easier said than done.
Between Darius and Emma there's not just the clash of wills about the auction house, there's also some great sexual tension and attraction, which Emma in particular needs to fight. She must not surrender to Darius' will, in or out of bed. Emma is a great heroine, with just the right amount of gumption, willing to stand up for what she thinks is necessary.
This is an excellent HR, with an interesting and complex storyline, with spies, smugglers, the question of the exact circumstances of Emma's father's death, and the mystery of Emma's brother. Did Robert drown or is he still alive? What all was Emma's father involved in before his unexpected death? Can Emma find the answers to these questions? And can she save the auction house?
Hunter gives us this very enjoyable story and, in addition, her trademark great romance between a rather autocratic (but hunky) hero and a heroine with a backbone and intelligence. Her heroines sometimes can become a bit weak when around the overly strong hero, but Emma here manages to hold her own and confound Darius often. This is the best HR I've read in months.Read more ›
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Interesting story about Emma and Cassandra. Must read all 4 novels in this series.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved, loved, this book. Looking forward to reading many more by Madeline Hunter.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
When Emma Fairbourne’s father, Maurice, is found dead at the bottom of a cliff near the family cottage in Kent, the duty of running Maurice’s famous auction house, Fairbourne’s,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nikita @ Plot Twist Reviews
I am so disappointed in this book. I am a big fan of Madeline Hunter but not of this series. I read this book a while back and hated it but I went ahead and read the second book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by booklover