Provocative in Pearls (Rarest Blooms Series #2)

Provocative in Pearls (Rarest Blooms Series #2)

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by Madeline Hunter
     
 

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Their marriage was arranged, but their desire was not...

After two years, Grayson Bridlington, The Earl of Hawkeswell, has located his missing bride Verity Thompson. Coerced into marrying Hawkeswell by her duplicitous cousin, Verity fled London for the countryside. Now, the couple must make the most of an arranged marriage-even if it means surrendering to

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Their marriage was arranged, but their desire was not...

After two years, Grayson Bridlington, The Earl of Hawkeswell, has located his missing bride Verity Thompson. Coerced into marrying Hawkeswell by her duplicitous cousin, Verity fled London for the countryside. Now, the couple must make the most of an arranged marriage-even if it means surrendering to their shared desire.

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ISBN-13:
9780515147629
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Series:
Rarest Blooms Series, #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
745,389
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Provocative in Pearls (Rarest Blooms Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 92 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Two years ago they married, but failed to consummate the act before she vanished. Verity Thompson, daughter of a late inventive and successful iron making firm, was assumed to have died, but legally since no body existed seven years must pass before she is declared dead. Her husband, frustrated Lord Grayson Bridlington, failed to get one pence that he needs to help his tenants. Now, the Earl with his recently married friend Summerhays (see Ravishing in Red) finds Verity alive and well living on a country estate. He insists they are married while she insists they annul the marriage as she was coerced by her odious guardian her cousin Bertram who extorted her cooperation by threatening a mother and son she loves. As the couple becomes acquainted they begin to fall in love, but the specter of her missing Michael stands in their way. This is a super Regency romantic mystery starring two likable individuals who come from different walks of life with plenty of issues between them. The story line is fast-paced as Madeline Hunter provides another strong historical focusing on an independent woman and the earl with a temper who is unsure whether to strangle her or kiss her. Fans will enjoy this fine tale as well as its predecessors knowing two Rarest Bloom ladies to go (and hopefully the fascinating Castleford too). Harriet Klausner
Elle_See More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed Madeline Hunter, as her style of writing generally puts her a few cuts above many other authors in the genre. Several of her recent titles have felt a little below her usual level, but this new series is nearly back to form. 'Provacative in Pearls' is the second in the Rarest Blooms quartet, after 'Ravishing in Red.' Verity Thompson is independent and resourseful, but so consistently distrustful of her estranged husband, the Earl of Hawkesville, that you occasionally want to shake her. Hawkeswell is equally strong willed, and struggles with his temper. Fortunately, both demonstrate measurable, believable character growth thoughout the story. Put the two of them together, pit them against villianous and/or annoying relatives, join them with memorable friends - it makes for a great fast read. I picked the book up expecting to glance through it for a few minutes and ended up late for a meeting because I had gotten into the story so quickly. Would definitely recommend.
WinterRains More than 1 year ago
First off the plot of the story is good..However, and yes there is one, I do not reccommend this book. It is S L O W! It took my 4 days to finish it, because it was not good enough to engage my mind completely. The only thing I can say is, if you want to, read it, but its not anything other than a book to fill in a few days of your time. Don't expect much.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is the second story in the Rarest Blooms series by Madeline Hunter. The series focuses on three young women, of dubious background and scandals, all taken in by Daphne Joyes, the homeowner and entrepreneur of the Rarest Blooms flower business. Audrianna’s story is first with Ravishing in Red and this is Lizzie’s story. Lizzie is not her real name. We learn that she is Verity Thompson. Two years earlier, Verity abandoned her new husband, Grayson Bridlington, the earl of Hawkeswell, on their wedding day, after she was coerced into marriage. She hoped to stay away until she came of age to claim her own inheritance and she believes her husband was in collusion with her cruel and unscrupulous cousin, Bertram and his equallly vile wife, Nancy. As expected, she tries to convince Hawkeswell they will not suit when she meets him again. But once Hawkeswell finds Verity—in a wonderfully surprising and unexpected scene—he doesn’t wish to let ever her go again. He is attracted to her and, when he discovers the real reasons she left, is determined to help her uncover the truths of her past. For her part, Verity is pleasantly surprised and relieved to discover that Hawkeswell knew nothing of her cousin’s intentions and that he is nothing like them. The close, strong, and supportive friendship between Daphne, Celia, Audrianna, and Verity is lovely to read and an important part of the entire series. It reminds me of the strong all-women household that Jane Austen herself belonged to—with her sister, Cassandra, her mother, and a family friend—as well as the Dashwood women in her novel, Sense and Sensibility; women who combine their assets for mutual financial and emotional support in the absence of male protection. Audrianna and Sebastian appear here for their friends—Sebastian and Hawkeswell (as well as the debauched Duke of Castleford) are old friends. With their help, Hawkeswell delves into the scheme that threatens Verity as well as the trust in their marriage. As the mystery comes to a resolution, the love between Verity and Hawkeswell grows. Madeline Hunter writes with feeling and authenticity. Her love scenes are very sensual without being overtly graphic; you can feel the love being expressed in every carefully crafted sentence. Her stories are often set in the Regency era and involve a mystery where the hero tries to help the heroine against some tyranny or overpowering menace. This audiobook is narrated by Polly Lee, who also narrated the first book. Her voice is lovely and calm, and I enjoy the different inflections she brings to the several male and female characters in this series. I could easily differentiate between all them. Unfortunately, my library doesn’t own the next book in audio and the fourth book is not narrated by Polly Lee but, rather, Kate Reading; another good reader but it would have been nice to have some continuation. The tempting and debauched Lord Castleford makes another appearance here, friend to both Summerhays and Hawkeswell. He’s the bad boy every woman loves; I look forward to listening to his story in the last in the series, Dangerous in Diamonds.
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