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When the outrageously wealthy Duke of Castleford is bequeathed a small piece of property that houses a modest flower shop, he encounters its owner, the mysterious Daphne Joyes-a budding rose who quickly becomes the object of his seduction.

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When the outrageously wealthy Duke of Castleford is bequeathed a small piece of property that houses a modest flower shop, he encounters its owner, the mysterious Daphne Joyes-a budding rose who quickly becomes the object of his seduction.

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Hunter's fourth Rarest Blooms Regency (after Sinful in Satin) masterfully weaves a sensual web ensnaring florist Daphne Joyes and Tristan, the scandalous duke of Castleford. Their paths cross when Daphne's landlord dies and Tristan inherits the land on which she runs her modest flower business. Rarest Blooms secretly offers sanctuary to women who need it, no questions asked. Dukes always get what they want, and Tristan instantly wants Daphne, but she challenges him in arguments as passionate and provocative as their eventual lovemaking. The backdrop of spousal abuse and the millworkers' riots is leavened by mishap as Tristan acts on erroneous assumptions that Daphne cheerfully refrains from correcting. Fans will be delighted to learn what the previous Rarest Blooms ladies and their husbands are up to, laugh at their chatter, and cheer their unwavering friendship. (May)
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"Fans will be delighted to learn what the previous Rarest Blooms ladies and their husbands are up to, laugh at their chatter, and cheer their unwavering friendship." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515149340
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 302,124
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeline Hunter has published twenty-one critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. More than five 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. She loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website: www.MadelineHunter.com.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    a terrific historical

    Tristan the Duke of Castleford stays sober one day a week as he sets aside Tuesdays to deal with affairs of the estate. The rest of the days he enjoys wenching and drinking. However, he finds alcohol and woman not quite appealing as he feels a major bout of ennui instead of the usual euphoria lately.

    He decides to escape London to visit four properties he has never seen but he now owns since inheriting them for some unknown reason from the recently deceased Duke of Becksbridge. One of his recent acquisitions is land where The Rarest Blooms floral shop resides. There he encounters florist Daphne Joyes, who keeps him miraculously sober more than just for one day a week. He wants to know her story especially why his late relative rented to her; so he digs into Daphne's history and watches women come and go while she tries to hide them from him and others. The pair argues, fusses, and kisses although his conclusions about her are totally wrong but she refuses to correct him. However, they will soon learn the dangerously hard way that a common foe wants both destroyed.

    The latest Rarest Blooms Regency romance is a terrific historical as Madeline Hunter supports her wonderful amusing romantic subplot with an insightful look at spousal abuse and the Dickensian working conditions of millworkers leading to riots. Fans will relish the missteps of the hero as the lead female enjoys watching him stumble while the return of the previous three Blooms enhance a delightful series (see Ravishing in Red, Provocative in Pearls and Sinful in Satin).

    Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

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    Too Bad!

    I love this series and all the character from the Rarest Blooms. The problem with this book is that Daphne is not the right match for Castleford. She does not even have a personality. The author needed to work a little bit harder on this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    It is ok

    It is not a book that you read in two or three days like I usualy do because it is a little tedious, like the first in this serie, the third Sinful in satin is better.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Beautiful

    I have come back to read this book four times now and will probably not stop there. Extremely well written and beautiful character development...I was left with wanting more, not because of lack of development but because I cared so much for the subjects.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Love it!!!

    I love her books but this was a great end to this series. The writing taking you back to the past is written very well i felt i was there...a nice romance suspense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Unlikely couple come together

    In the previous three titles in The Rarest Blooms series we have seen the depths of sin that the Duke of Castleford enjoys. When he unexpectedly becomes the owner of the property that Daphne Joyes has been renting for her floral business, he is determined to make Daphne his latest conquest. This rather extreme version of love redeeming the sinner works because Daphne is a three-dimensional heroine, not an angel, and Castleford's transformation is believable, not a total personally switch. I started the story skeptical that these two characters would come together in any even somewhat believable fashion, but the author made it all come together well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    This is an Interesting Read!

    I found this book to be interesting because it has not only the expected male/female attractions, but also some surprising developments. Was was surprised when the child appeared, but was disappointed with the way the rapist character was handled.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    great read

    i love this series. i never thought these characters will ever settle down and was surprised that they got together. i was happily surprised that is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Don't miss this one!

    Madeline Hunter's fourth and best of the series. Celia's story is almost as good, I'd give it 4 and1/2 stars. This was definetly a 5. I fell in love with Castlrford myself! Lots of chemistry between characters as well as a good storyline with a little twist at the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Castleford doesn't dissappoint!!!

    The best one in the series! Loved every minute of the sroryline. Likely the most difficult character to put into words. So glad I found Ms. Hunter's works, I have read them all! I usually am a very quick reader and I begun pacing myself so it would not end! Please write more with these interesting characters, I'm sure Castleford has a long lost cousin somewhere!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2011

    wonderful

    Madeline Hunter is an excellent writer. Even when a story line falls short, her books are always a joy to read. I enjoyed this story and the characters. Thank you Ms. Hunter! I can't wait to read your next novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2014

    Finally, finally! We get the story of the ¿mad, bad, and dangero

    Finally, finally! We get the story of the “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”* Duke of Castleford, whose debauchery, humor, and wily intelligence has tempted readers throughout an entire series. This is book four in Madeline Hunter's intelligent and thoroughly entertaining Rarest Blooms series. 
    The Duke of Castleford is brought to his knees by a brave and shrewd woman, Daphne Joyes, proprietor of the Rarest Blooms. He begins a calculated strategy to seduce her after she flatly refuses his offers at her house in Cumberworth.
    He holds great power over her as he has inherited the land on which her house and business sit. This is Regency England and women have no rights; it is often painful to watch Daphne steer her way around his manipulative machinations to get her into his bed. She needs a roof over her head but she refuses to be his whore.
    Castleford himself is the ultimate man-whore. He sleeps around atrociously—he’s lucky he doesn’t have the pox—gambles, and drinks himself to oblivion daily. Except on Tuesday. Tuesday is the one day of the week he allows himself to soberly attend his ducal duties, leaving him free to fool around in mindless pleasures the rest of the week.
    But he is not merely a hedonist. He is also an intelligent man whose interest in Daphne goes beyond seduction. He’s overly confident he can get her into his bed, but her hidden and very secret past, her strong-willed determination to stand up to him, and her pale and ethereal beauty fascinate him.
    This entire story is a gripping game of sexual tension. He is single-mindedly intent on getting her into his bed at all costs. As he lowers her defenses one by one, Daphne fears more his discovery of her secret past than falling for his irresistible charms.
    She tries to resist him at almost every opportunity. She puts him off as much as possible, adding to his increasing dual frustration, at his impatience at how long this seduction is taking and that he is also dissatisfied sexually. I thought it humorous he felt he couldn’t bed other women while he on the chase for this one woman. He can’t even write his titillating book about a gentleman’s guide to London brothels—he finds he’s adjusting its tone so as to not offend a lady, drat it! He takes to staying sober on other days of the week besides Tuesdays. In short, she completely upends his life and people are beginning to talk.
    Daphne Joyes is a mystery woman. An enigmatic widow, she has lived quietly in the country, in a house of her own tending to her gardens and her very successful business, the Rarest Blooms. Pale blonde with grey eyes, her beauty and charm devastate and confound him. I love how her cool personality discomfits him; it’s delicious to read.
    Castleford has control of Daphne’s house and lands and, essentially, her fate. To entice her to stay in London so that he can seduce her, he tells her he must have the lands inspected and evaluated, the proceeds to tell his man of business, Mr. Edwards, to take his own sweet time in doing so. To her dismay, she feels she must acquiesce.
    To say this is manipulation is beside the point. Daphne feels she must be polite to Castleford as he can turn her out of her home at any moment. Yet she is attracted to him almost against her inclination but, at the same time, wary as he can promise her nothing more than pleasure. 
    Their cat and mouse game is a delight to read, very exciting, and well drawn out with searing sexual tension throughout. I love how Daphne keeps Castleford guessing but, at the same time, I did hope for their happy ending. More for her as she has so much to lose as a woman alone.
    Castleford surprises me toward the end, but in a good way. Daphne is the one woman who will always keep him on his toes because, just when he’s sure of her, she surprises him. And Daphne, too, is full of surprises and secrets of her own. Yet I can’t help but doubt that a man who has slept around his entire life will really and truly settle for just one woman. They might be happy for a few years, but long term? I somehow doubt it.
    This is narrated by the cool and sophisticated voice of Kate Reading. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the switch as I had been listening to this series read by Polly Lee. But I have enjoyed other audio recordings by Reading in the past, most notably Julia Quinn’s books.
    This story has been a long time coming and the mystery of Daphne and the debauchery of Castleford are a continuous and exciting thread throughout the entire series. It has been very fun and entertaining to read.
    I highly recommend this romance and series to those who enjoy their romance on the sensual side with a dash of mystery.
    *Lord Byron

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE

    The Rarest Blooms is one of my favoite series and this book did not disappoint. Will definitely read again. LORRAINE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    A true hunter book

    Love the series. Best of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Best of the series!

    After reading about Castleford in the three other books, I could not wait to get to his story. The unfolding of Castleford's and Daphne's coming together was charming and humorous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Hunter does it again. Castleford, for me, was an amazing hero!

    Hunter does it again. Castleford, for me, was an amazing hero! He stood out in each of the books in this series and I couldn't wait for his story. It did not disappoint. Selfish, spoiled, arrogant, beyond wealthy, disreputable, brilliant, but the go to guy one day a week for getting an impossible job done. Couldn't help but love him. Quite a redeeming character and he finds his perfect match. Bravo Ms. Hunter.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Dangerous in Diamonds is exactly the kind of historical romance

    Dangerous in Diamonds is exactly the kind of historical romance I love. It's hilarious, witty, and sexy. It has the developing romance between the hero and heroine but it also has a mystery plot in the background. Daphne, the heroine, has secrets upon secrets, and their discovery is threatened when the Duke of Castleford inherits the property she calls home. Castleford is interested in Daphne's secrets only so far as he can use them to manipulate her, thus ensuring the planned seduction. Both of them share a hatred of another, quite powerful Duke, which helps to bring them together.

    I loved Daphne's character. She's kind, smart, and she helps others. She's also powerless against her attraction to Castleford. I LOVED Castleford. He's the worst sort of rake with no intention of mending his ways. Why should he? He enjoys his life exactly as it is. His manipulations were hilarious. I read 2 or 3 times the short scene where his man writes to him from Daphne's property and says he thinks Daphne should be informed of certain developments there. It was LOL funny. Actually, I re-read several of the chapters before moving on because I didn't want to let go of them. The book was so well written and turned out to be exactly what I love...great characterizations, a solid plot, and scenes that are really funny--witty funny (not slapstick funny) involving the psychology of people and their interactions. Now I get to go back and read Ms. Hunter's other books. I am so lucky!

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