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Ravishing in Red

by Madeline Hunter

Series: The Rarest Blooms (1)

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Audrianna Kelmsleigh is unattached, independent--and armed. Her adversary is Lord Sebastian Sommerhays. What they have in common is Audrianna's father, who died in a scandalous conspiracy--a deserved death in Sebastian's eyes. Audrianna vows to clear her father's name, never expecting to fall in love with the man devoted to destroying it.… (more)
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I enjoyed reading this first book in the Rarest Blooms series. Madeline Hunter is a wonderful writer in the historical romance genre.

Hoping to clear her dead fathers name, Audrianna Kelmsleigh decides to respond to the advertisement placed by the mysterious "Domino" Armed with her cousin's gun, she takes a room at the Two Swords Inn. But the handsome man of commanding sensuality who shows up is not the Domino at all, but Lord Sebastian Summerhays one of her fathers prosecutors - who has been lured by the same advertisement. When Audrianna's gun accidentally fires the situation suddenly becomes public...
There is only one way out of the scandal that erupts. But she remains determined to exonerate her father even if it means risking her life, and her heart. ( )
  oldriverbooks | Mar 2, 2015 |
Interesting plot with hints of mystery and scandal -- unlike many others in the genre in that the heroine is the daughter of a gentleman, but not nobility. Decent writing, and no specific problems, though not terribly memorable; earns 4 stars. ( )
  NeitherNora | Sep 7, 2013 |
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Heroine seems like kind of an idiot - OK, but not great. I'm also a little dubious about the "group of women living together who don't ask questions about their pasts." ( )
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this book. Audrianna was determined to prove her father innocent, and worked to convince Sebastian of it. Their marriage started out by compulsion, but the chemistry between them led them down a different path. The mystery of the gunpowder was excellent, and not predictable, which made it more enjoyable for me. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Oct 15, 2010 |
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Hunter pays little attention to period custom and language, apparently more concerned with future storylines-taking special care to introduce Audriana's three beautiful friends and Summerhays's matching trio (an injured brother and two handsome friends). It should be no surprise, then, that the novel is most enjoyable in its leads' moments of passion.
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly (May 3, 2010)
 
The novel offers the pure pleasure of seeing strangers forced into marriage, without blame attaching to one or the other. In Hunter's deft hands, this standard plot turns into a ravishing story about strangers who long for intimacy, who move with cautiousness -- and then true joy -- into a passionate marriage.
 

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