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The Conquest of Lady Cassandra (Fairbourne Quartet Book 2) by [Hunter, Madeline]
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*Starred Review* In retrospect, Cassandra Vernham realizes she should have listened to her aunt Sophie and never put anything in writing. Unfortunately, it was because of Sophie that Cassandra sent her scalding letter to Yates Elliston, Viscount Ambury, in the first place. Cassandra desperately needs the money she counted on from auctioning her jewels to keep Sophie safe. Ambury successfully bid on a pair of Cassandra’s most valuable earrings, but weeks after the auction he has yet to pay Cassandra the money he owes her. What Cassandra doesn’t know is that Ambury has his own reasons for withholding payment. Not only does Ambury believe the earrings are hot property, he is almost certain they were stolen from his family. RITA Award–winning Hunter follows The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (2012) with 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. --John Charles

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Praise for The Conquest of Lady Cassandra:

"RITA Award–winning Hunter follows The Surrender of Miss Fairborne (2012) with 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... [The Conquest of Lady Cassandra] is 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)

Praise for the novels of Madeline Hunter:
“Hunter’s books are so addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
"Richly spiced with wicked wit and masterfully threaded with danger and desire, the superbly sexy first book in Hunter’s new Regency historical quartet is irresistible and wonderfully entertaining."—Booklist (starred review)
“Hunter's flowery centerpiece will suit every romance table. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
“Hunter gifts readers with a fantastic story that reaches into the heart of relationships and allows her to deliver a deep-sigh read.”—RT Book Reviews


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  • File Size: 1619 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (February 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZPYTS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to say, this book left me slightly unsatisfied. Don't get me wrong--the writing is great, the character development largely strong, but I was just left with the feeling that the romance wasn't really complete.

Cassandra is an interesting character. She's smart (but not exactly brilliant), and she's very strong willed. She's seen as a ruined woman, and she definitely exploits that. She plays up her bad reputation and encourages people to think ill of her so she can, perversely, gain some degree of freedom from those assumptions. (After all, if she is already ruined there is less worry for her virtue.) In some ways, though, I felt this made the book rather bleak. Many in society have spurned her, and while she has not been entirely ostracized, she suffers no small amount of humiliation in this book. The social constraints felt especially oppressive, and though Yates helps her escape some of it, she can never really live it down. ***Very slight spoiler alert*** I did appreciate the twist that while she definitely wasn't sleeping around she also wasn't entirely innocent--I assumed that was the direction the book was heading but it didn't go there at all. Cassandra is not innocent and she refuses to apologize for it, nor does Yates force her to. Refreshing.

Yates was just an ok hero, I thought. He is, as so many soon-to-be earls are, overbearing, insanely good looking, a womanizer, etc. He is seemingly infatuated with Cassandra from before the book even starts, though it's not until later that he admits that. I didn't really understand his character particularly well. He seems to care for his parents, and that relationship was rather touching, and he has good friends, though from all these relationships we see hints of depth but not much evidence.
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The Conquest of Lady Cassandra is the second in a new series of historical romances by Madeline Hunter. It is the follow-up to The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne. Miss Fairbourne's best friend Cassandra meets her match in Yates, Lord Ambury. It is not necessary to read the first novel to enjoy this one.

Hunter is a gifted writer of the genre and this is one of her best. Her romantic duo are strong people whose romance is threaded into a story of familial and social relationships creating a tapestry of rich characters. In particular, the interactions between Yates and his father are poignant and realistically drawn.

Both Yates and Cassandra have parent and sibling issues that create the mystery and the impetus for their being thrown together and eventually wedding to avoid scandal. The mystery was simultaneously subtle and explosive. I did not see it coming until near the end of the book. The sex scenes were primarily within marriage and the societal interactions were standard historical romance. Fans of the genre should love it and others should appreciate Hunter's way with a story.
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This is the second entry in Hunter's new Fairbourne Quartet, following The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne. In that book Emma Fairbourne was running the Fairbourne auction house after the death of her father and ended up "surrendering" romantically to the Earl of Southwaite, another one of Hunter's trademark arrogant, managing males. In that first entry we also meet Southwaite's friends Viscounts Ambury and Kendale and former friend, the Duke of Penthurst. Penthurst is on the outs with the group of men because of his duel with another friend, Baron Lakewood, who was killed in the duel. The motive for the duel is rather murky and it seems that it may require all 4 books of this quartet to get to the bottom of that mystery. Penhurst certainly isn't saying and nobody else really knows.

But that's neither here nor there. It's just some background. What's important is that the heroine of this book, Lady Cassandra Vernham, daughter of an earl and now the new earl's sister, was introduced in Book 1 as Emma's best friend. The trouble with Cassandra is that there's scandal tied to her involving that Baron Lakewood. Ambury, who had been a good friend of Lakewood's, even though sexually attracted to Cassandra, doesn't like or admire her much and blames her for Lakewood's death.

There's a lot packed into this book. Issues involving Cassandra, her colorful Aunt Sophie and her overbearing brother Gerald. The scandal involving Lakewood's death. Provenance of a piece of jewelry Cassandra had put up for sale at Fairbourne's auction house and which was purchased by Ambury.
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As a devoted Madeline Hunter reader I have yet to be disappointed in her stories. In Conquest of Lady Cassandra you find a heroine who has made decision on her life with difficult consequences. But she has no regrets and at no time in the story does Hunter muddy her character with senseless remorse. Cassandra is a strong character but a woman of deep passion and compassion. She is a loyal friend to Emma and Lydia and unquestionably loyal to her Aunt Sophie.

Yates, Lord Amsbury, a close friend of Southwaite the husband of Emma, was introduced as Cassandra was in the last book. His character is of a man with deep loyalties to his friends and a love for his parents despite past conflicts. As his father slowly dies Yates returns to learn his duties as the Earl but to also solve the mystery of stolen/lost earrings. This is what leads him to Cassandra and is one of the themes of the story.

These two characters have history and a strong attraction. Hunter doesn't just make this a simple love story but a journey in trust, honesty and friendship. Both are fiercely committed to present and past friends. But each have the ability to not blindly and irrationally cling to assumptions. In the end as they are able to let down their walls a true and real relationship is founded.

Hunter never makes any of her character anything but real. I read this story knowing that there would be no tricks. There are surprises and I discovered that what I thought would happen didn't but the plot flowed evenly.

Throughout the book there are previews of who will be prominent in the next books. Penhurst and Lydia, Renfeld and maybe Marielle. I like that. The next book can't come out soon enough for me. A wonderful series.
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