The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne

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A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise.  Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors.  So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding…

 

All would have proceeded smoothly—if it weren’t for the ...

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Overview

A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise.  Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors.  So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding…

 

All would have proceeded smoothly—if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s.  An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house—and Darius is certainly not interested in allowing the lovely Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding.  Clearly the business must be sold.

 

But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates.  Holding his temper in check, Darius decides to attack on a different front.  There is another way to achieve her surrender, one far more pleasurable for both of them…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this 1790s quartet opener, Hunter weaves a suspenseful and romantic but improbable tale. Darius Alfreton, earl of Southwaite, is the secret partner in a successful auction house. When the owner dies suddenly, Darius assumes the business will close; Fairbourne’s son was lost at sea two years before, and his plain and forthright daughter, Miss Emma Fairbourne cannot legally inherit. Emma, however, plans to run it from behind the scenes until her brother returns. As Darius and Emma engage in a battle of wills, sizzling chemistry draws them together despite a number of amusing miscommunications, their difference in stations, and the mutual threat of betrayal. Unbridled passion, tender affection, and escalating intrigue balance the unlikely resurfacing of Emma’s brother and the unthinkable union of a tradesman’s daughter and a peer of the realm. Agent: Pamela Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates. (Mar.)
Library Journal
With her brother lost at sea and her art expert father recently dead in a tragic fall, Emma Fairbourne has one aim: to see that the family art auction house stays afloat. Unfortunately, Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite and her late father's partner, has no desire to manage the business—and he certainly isn't about to let a woman flout convention and do it herself, despite Emma's clever plan. Naturally, the earl reckons without the determination of our intrepid heroine in this intriguing, lushly seductive, mystery-infused tale. VERDICT Clever plotting, delicious sensuality, excellent art history elements, and strong, magnetic characters will attract readers to this engaging and beautifully executed romance, the first in a projected series. Hunter (Dangerous in Diamonds) lives in Pennsylvania.
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"Richly imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters, the latest impeccably researched Regency romance by RITA Award winner Hunter is a masterpiece of wit and passion." —-Booklist Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515150469
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 401,401
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Another excellent romance by this author!

    One of Madeline Hunters finest! I am so happy to have found this author and have read all of her works, she is an absolute favorite of mine. She certainly gives depth to the characters and just enough to leave you waiting to see how the other characters will emerge in the coming series. Intrigue with the plot, sexual tension between the characters, and much more! Especially an empty ballroom by candle light scene you will never forget!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Great storyline! I typically enjoy Madeline Hunter's novels. She

    Great storyline! I typically enjoy Madeline Hunter's novels. She usually uses great character dialogue with intriguing romance. The end of the of book fell a little flat but still a fantastically entertaining story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Classic Hunter

    Well written but promises better stories in subsequent books by introducing future characters beter than she usually does heroine surrenders a little too easily one minute ignorant the next oh so willing but hunter still writes a better romance than most in the genre

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Madeline Hunter never disappoints with her stories and character

    Madeline Hunter never disappoints with her stories and characters. Enjoyed this book tremendously. Ms Hunter has another great series going, even though each book stands alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Great Story

    I have followed Madeline's writing and series for years. Classic story with good characters and a compelling story line. I hope it starts a series as I want to know more about the others characters and hope the get their own stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    I am a big Madeline Hunter fan, and this is one of the best she'

    I am a big Madeline Hunter fan, and this is one of the best she's ever writtten!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Ms. Hunter consistently turns out compelling and lushly written

    Ms. Hunter consistently turns out compelling and lushly written stories, and this is another one to add to the keeper shelf. Miss Fairbourne must keep her father’s auction house running, as long as she continues to believe that her brother did not perish while traveling to the continent. Darius, Earl of Southwaite, must force the sale of the auction house despite being a silent partner. After these two determined and headstrong characters meet, the challenge is set to see who will win. Throw in an inconvenient and confusing attraction, and you have all the hallmarks of another great Hunter story. Readers will also be introduced to secondary characters that will peak the curiosity for further stories associated with Fairbourne’s Auction House.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Not one of her best

    Boring storyline and characters. Ms. Hunter can do much better than this.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Highly Reccommended

    A change for me, new author of choice. I really did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    Good but not great! I likes it especially at the end. Southwait

    Good but not great!

    I likes it especially at the end. Southwaite got on my nerves a lot he seemed very cold towards everyone but at the end i began to like him. It was an ok read and the introduction to the future book characters was exciting and i cant wait to read their stories. it had mystery and love, so read it and judge for your self

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    Posted May 31, 2012

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    A Sweet Story!

    I love Madeline Hunter's Books. This one didn't disappoint.

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