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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515151319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515151312
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Blackmailed and faced with embarrassment and the suspicion of treason if the draft of her ill-advised, racy adventure novel is made public, unconventional Lady Lydia Alfreton heads to the gaming tables to raise some cash. Sadly, her gambling plan goes awry, and she is forced to call in an old bet with the Duke of Penthurst and recklessly wager (and lose) her virtue. Although the duke doesn’t plan to collect, he keeps Lydia guessing. Then Lydia’s ill-advised attempt to deal with the blackmailer brings Penthurst to the rescue, compromising them both, and suddenly it’s marriage, not simple seduction, that lay ahead. VERDICT A rash, adventure-seeking heroine and an honorable, take-charge hero clash splendidly as passions blaze in this complex story that pairs another marvelously singular couple, brings the bad guys to justice, and cleverly ties up the loose ends...—to the delight of all concerned." --Library Journal

"Fueled by an abundance of subtle wit and potent sensuality, The Accidental another exquisitely crafted love story by one of the romance genre’s masters." --Booklist

Praise for the novels of Madeline Hunter
"Another stellar Regency-set historical romance that hits all the literary marks. Hunter’s effortlessly elegant writing exudes a wicked sense of wit; her characterization is superbly subtle, and the sexual chemistry she cooks up between her deliciously independent heroine and delightfully sexy hero is pure passion."—Booklist (starred review)
"Intelligent and memorable...As smart and sharp as the best of Regency romances can be.  With its tangy dialogue, Pride and Prejudice themes, bits of mystery and nefarious characters, readers may be reminded of Jane Austen."—Romantic Times (Top Pick)
“Hunter’s books are so addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hunter's flowery centerpiece will suit every romance table. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

About the Author

Madeline Hunter has published 24 critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. More than six million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.

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I love books with sassy, independent heroines and hunky heroes.
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I enjoyed how the author developed the romance story between the two main characters and added a bit of suspense to their story.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By arc on June 4, 2014
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This is the last book of the four book series. Of the four, the second book about Cassandra and Ambury, and this one are the best. The previous book (The Counterfeit Mistress) was very disappointing and the characters in that book still annoy even when they appear in this one. The lead characters in this book have moved in and out of the previous three so we are somewhat familiar with them. Lydia was rather unpleasant and bratty and Penthurst eccentric and superior. The characters have filled out considerably and they are interesting, especially Lydia as she attempts to deal alone with the consequences of her own poor choices. Penthurst remains a bit eccentric but given the very young age at which he shouldered large responsibilities, his self possession and (mostly) adherence to the expectations of his class make sense.

One of the things I enjoy about Hunter's work is that she doesn't try to make her period heroes into champions of 21st century gender equality. These men are kind and understanding of their wives frustrations at the limits imposed on them, but that doesn't stop them from exercising their authority and imposing limits of their own. They subscribe to the belief that they have a right and obligation to control their wives behavior for their own good and do sometimes annoyingly treat them like children - and certainly like the dependents they are. Where the women prevail it is usually through manipulation. That might be objectionable from a modern perspective (I wouldn't put up with it!) but makes perfect sense within the context of the time period of the story. There is nothing much more annoying in period romances than plot, dialogue and social and political beliefs and activity that are based firmly in the 2000's.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Coop on June 7, 2014
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I was thrilled when I won an ARC of this book on Ms. Hunter's website drawing, because I am a huge Hunter fan--this is my 24th book of hers that I own, and the first that I didn't pay full price for. This review is geared specifically to her fans. Amidst all the self-pub and drivel that hardly appears edited out here in the romance reader's world, Ms. Hunter's books are always engaging, well-written, plot-driven page-turners. In my book, she can only get a 5-star within the Amazon rating system because if we're comparing her talents to any other romance author out there, she is plainly and totally A-Team. Her books are always readable, enjoyable page-turners, and worth their price in sheer entertainment, romantic value. So 5 Stars is her minimum Amazon Rating.
However, fans might like to know how this book compares to her other works...Madeline Hunter as compared to Madeline Hunter.
The heroine: Lydia is probably the most difficult h that Ms. Hunter has ever written. She is not only dangerously naive, but arrogant about it--which is sometimes difficult for the reader who would like to reach into the pages and shake some sense into her. However, those of us who have read the full Fairbourne Quartet series were completely prepared for this, as she was fully introduced in the previous books. We knew she had some serious growing up to do, and that we were going to watch her do it. Because this was, at times, somewhat painful, Lydia gets 3 stars for common sense and 4 for her plucky attempts to be a plucky woman during a time when pluckiness was neither admired nor encouraged, and 4 for a certain sweetness that she manages to keep, despite occasional stubbornness. Man, it wasn't easy to be a spirited woman back then.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2014
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I've been reading romance for a very long time and have always been a big fan of Madeline Hunter's books, ever since her Medievals. But now Hunter seems to have gone the way of some of my other longtime favorites such as Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh, Mary Jo Putney. In other words, they all seem to have run out of interesting plots, characters and even clever dialogue for their books and have started to bore me.

In Hunter's recent quartets, she saves the duke's romance (there always seems to be one duke with lesser peer friends) until the last book. This wasn't the case of a "best for last", however. Although Penthurst is a perfectly fine person, he's pretty much a generic romance duke: handsome, capable, with a commanding presence, thoughtful and caring, but a bit domineering. There's nothing about him that I'll remember in even a week's time. And heroine Lydia? Well, I haven't liked her since the first book of the series and there's not much here to make me change my opinion.

The saving grace of many Hunter romances is the camaraderie among the male protagonists of each series. Here it was lacking and I found previously somewhat interesting characters to be rather colorless. Even Emma and Cassandra have lost a bit of their color in this last entry to the quartet.

At least we finally get that years-earlier death of Baron Lakewood in a duel with Penthurst all cleared up here and there's a little mystery, a little blackmail and a little romance, but it's all kind of "meh", if you ask me.
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I am a published novelist, a mother and wife, an art historian and a teacher. My first historical romance was published in 2000 and my bibliography shows the list of books since then. My books have been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly (where I have also had two starred reviews.) I have won the RITA award twice and been a finalist seven times. My novels combine strong romances between layered and complex characters with plots that include mysteries or intrigues.

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