Sinful in Satin (Rarest Blooms Series #3)

Sinful in Satin (Rarest Blooms Series #3)

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by Madeline Hunter
     
 

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Celia's quiet life ends when her mother, a famed London courtesan, dies, leaving her a small house in town-and a darkly handsome, reputedly dangerous tenant.

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Celia's quiet life ends when her mother, a famed London courtesan, dies, leaving her a small house in town-and a darkly handsome, reputedly dangerous tenant.

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Drawn from her peaceful country existence by the death of her celebrated courtesan mother, Celia Pennifold, who fled London's demimonde lifestyle five years earlier, returns to an inherited mountain of debt, a small town house (complete with Jonathan Albrighton, an attractive, mysterious tenant), and the chance to build a new, independent life. When a villain (and money owed) from her past threatens Celia's future, she begins considering her mother's path, but she neglects to weigh Jonathan's feelings for her and his fierce determination not to let that happen. Secrets, mystery, and scandal add intrigue to the plot of this dexterous adventure that reprises characters from the two previous entries in Hunter's enthralling quartet. VERDICT With searing sensuality, palpable sexual tension, and exquisitely rendered, complex characters, Hunter's third series entry draws readers into her realistic Regency arena and provides them with a tantalizing glimpse of the uncommon, fascinating world that hovers just behind the facade of polite society. Sensitive, thoughtful, and beautifully done. Hunter (Provocative in Pearls) lives in Pennsylvania.

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ISBN-13:
9780515148442
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Rarest Blooms Series, #3
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,115,075
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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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Sinful in Satin (Rarest Blooms Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 118 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London, only courtesan, four mirthful young lords, a fifth somber man, and the daughter attend the funeral of the renowned courtesan Alessandra Northrope. That daughter Celia Pennifold had been trained by her mom in using her female wiles to seduce men, but the child was unable to follow her mother's footsteps and has refused to tease men into taking care of her. With her mom's death, Celia inherits the estate, which includes a small house in London. Celia decides to live in her new home, but is taken aback to find a tenant occupying the place. She was clueless to the fact that her mom rented a room to Jonathan Albrighton. He is attracted to her, which stuns him; but also conceals his undercover work to prove Alessandra sold information to the enemy during the Napoleonic Wars. Celia applies the sexual skills her mother taught her because as her debts prove overwhelming, she needs to know who her father is and seduces Jonathan. The third Rarest Blooms Regency romantic mystery (see Provocative in Pearls and Ravishing in Red) is an entertaining historical thriller due to the strong lead couple. Celia vowed to never use her erotic education, but turns to those tricks to seduce Jonathan who already decided he wanted her. With the mystery of espionage issue hanging over their relationship like a pendulum sword, readers will relish this exciting thriller. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a slow start but about a third way through it picked up greatly. Good read. Looking forward to reading the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite in this series is "Ravishing in Red", Audriana's story, from the "Rarest Bloom". You will not be disapointed in any of the three books plublished so far. Good exciting plot, not predictable and totally romantic with a deep sense of true lasting love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third of Madeline Hunter's Regency Quartet. The first two books were great reads. This book is another great read. The story makes you sigh in satisfaction at the end. The characters are strong people. Jonathan and Celia are definitely not wimps. Even if they both have been ostracized by society, they managed to hold their own. You would appreciate their strength and intelligence and the love they have for each other. The other characters, who you would also find in the first two books, are also very entertaining. The Duke of Castleford is another character that I look forward to - he will be the hero in Dangerous in Diamonds along with Daphne. I can't wait for the book to come out.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The third book in the very enjoyable Rarest Blooms series by Madeline Hunter. Celia is the daughter of a famed courtesan, Alessandra Northrope, groomed by her mother for a life of giving men pleasure. But it is not the life Celia wants for herself. She plans to live quietly, owning a small business in London and living in a simple house on Wells Street left to her by her mother. I admired Celia’s outlook on life, despite the way society treated her due to her birth. They treated Jonathan the same way, but he is a man so it is different. “She knew about male desire in all its forms and manifestations, and could sense it the way some people could smell rain on its way.” “…she was vulnerable to the cruel judgments merely by her birth.” Her good friends, Audrianna, Verity, and Daphne love her like a sister yet they must meet in secret or risk the scorn of Polite Society as both Audrianna and Verity have married peers. They can’t even attend Celia’s mother’s funeral in the opening scene but must hide in carriages. Celia understands this but it hurts nonetheless. We also learn a surprising secret about Celia, proving that even readers make assumptions as does society. Celia has always seemed worldly and knowledgeable in the pleasurable arts in the past two novels in this series, but things are not always what they seem. Though she was estranged at the time of her mother’s death, they had made peace. Alessandra left Celia houses and gowns, as well as extensive information on being a courtesan, although her account book is mysteriously absent from her final effects. Little does Celia know that someone else seeks this information. Both Celia and Jonathan seek the truth about their parentage. Jonathan wants acknowledgement while Celia has never met her father. “He admired how she was trying to create a world for herself here, and establish an income that would permit her independence.” Jonathan Albrighton is the son of an earl and his mistress as well as a self-made man. His illustrious family refuses to acknowledge his existence, except his Uncle Edward. Jonathan also seeks acknowledgement of himself by his family, as he suspects he is legitimate. He has been seeking this information for years, and there has been no break for him. With Edward, Jonathan works as an investigator for the Home Office in government work. At Edward’s request, his latest assignment requires he locate the names of Alessandra’s patrons. He is to ensure that none of the names be made public and he later learns that one is also suspected of treason.  Jonathan is reliable, trustworthy, and a sort of cipher, able to move in and out of everyday society inconspicuously, including as a tenant in Celia’s late mother’s house, much to her surprise and consternation. His calling card merely holds his name and he answers questions with questions of his own, conveniently dodging them and changing the subject. He is decent and kind, admirable traits in a hero in my book. Celia’s late mother is also suspected of possible treason; Celia is sharp as she discovers what Jonathan is really up to.  “‘The truth is that men are pigs by nature, and not known for constancey, and this one was no worse or better than others on that, I suspect.’” Jonathan begins by seeking information when he becomes attracted to Celia, then he wants to protect her and, eventually, love her. His thoughtfulness to her manifests itself in many ways: by supplying her with washing water in the mornings, waiting with her patiently while she confronts a possible candidate for her father, and his determination to love her despite his rise in society. There is a nice plot twist and discovery at the end of the book that is poignantly portrayed. I am just as touched as Celia is. Years before, we learn that Celia suffered a great disappointment and that Jonathan had been kind to her, and that endeared her to him even as she knew almost nothing about him, except that he was her mother’s friend. Their love story is sweet and sensual, the love scenes brief but powerful. She feels she is beneath him in social station and cannot be anything but a mistress to him. The ironic thing is that his own mother was a powerful man’s mistress. When she says as much to him, he doesn’t understand his own reluctance to accept this. “Most men would kill for such uncomplicated intimacy.” This series should be read in order as it follows four female friends and four male friends through a series of interconnected events. Indeed, the events of Provocative in Pearls touch upon a case that affected Jonathan severely and the characters from the first book, Ravishing in Red, continue to appear in prominent roles. Through this entire series, we come to meet and enjoy the lively personality and wildly debauched antics of Tristan St. Ives, the colorful Duke of Castleford. His devil-may-care attitude provides a lot of  raunchy humor throughout the series. I cannot wait for his story in book number four. “Tristan here no longer drinks on Tuesdays. He gathers his faculties and concentrates on his duties then. The rest of the week…”  “Then he sprawled, hooked one booted leg over the arm of his chair, and smiled at Jonathan like the devil eyeing the next soul he would steal.” Memorable Moments: “A careful composition of blues and creams, each item had been chosen to reflect good taste so the gentlemen who visited would feel at home. There were important illusions to be maintained.”  “He lingered like a scent that would not quickly fade, as if the furniture and walls had absorbed some of his life energy and would quietly echo his invasion for days, reminding her of the excitement waiting if she were to be sure.” “Pleasure could induce men to impulsive declarations.” A lovely addition to an intelligent, authentic, and pleasing series.
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