The Charmer

The Charmer

by Madeline Hunter
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Overview

The Charmer by Madeline Hunter

Filled with suspense, seduction, mystery, and passionate love, the unforgettable romance novels of Madeline Hunter have earned critical accolades and captivated readers. Now, in The Charmer, the nationally bestselling author weaves a spellbinding tale of an exiled duchess, a charismatic aristocrat, and a once-in-a-lifetime seduction worth risking everything for...

The Charmer


He’d found her in another man’s arms, the very picture of sophisticated debauchery. But Sophia Raughley knew very well that the truth was much different from appearances. What should she make, however, of this commandingly handsome man who’d burst into her Parisian salon demanding that she return with him to England by authority of the king himself? Adrian Burchard had no idea of the painful memories that had driven the beautiful duchess into a self-imposed exile across the sea, but he was clearly not going to take no for an answer. Yet this devastatingly seductive man had a tormenting secret past of his own—and powerful enemies in England that they both shared. As Sophia falls under the spell of his erotic charms, and Adrian finds himself unable to resist her passionate response, they embark together on an irresistibly dangerous affair that will either destroy them both—or prove the one thing that can save them.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553898132
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2003
Series: Seducer , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 100,543
File size: 584 KB

About the Author

Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of twenty-four historical romances and one novella. Hunter is a seven-time RITA finalist, and two-time RITA winner. Twenty-three of her books have been on the USA Today bestseller list, and she has also had titles on the New York Times printed list, Publishers Weekly list, and the Waldenbooks paperback fiction list.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, she has a PhD in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.

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The Charmer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
KBT More than 1 year ago
A wonderful romance! Adrian and Sophia's story was not only very touchingly romantic, it also had what I can only describe as an intellectual depth that was very welcome after reading several light romantic romps. The characters were smart and endearing. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE CHARMER, is a charming story that had me swiftly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next!
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I love the characters in this book especially the main male character. He was a strong take charge kind of guy. And sexy of course. The female character was good also she wasn't afraid to be real and I thought that was different. Very good book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Adrian and Sophia were a very sophisticated couple. Having read the series in order so far, Adrian had already been introduced and he made a great impression, so I did wonder what type of woman the author had in mind for him. Sophia, with all her riches, intelligence, and vulnerability, was perfect for him. I haven't yet read Dante's story, but out of the first three heros, Adrian is the best one, followed very closely by Daniel St. John, then Vergil Laclere. The heroines in M.H.'s books are not always 'pure' and some even have reputations that the heros are willing to overlook. In Sophia's case, there is even a scene in which a man blatantly touches her while Adrian looks on. It's rather daring for an historical romance and I hope it sets a trend and puts romances in the 21st century and leaves behind those hard-to-believe-too-goody-goody romances. Also, we've all read stories that pit the wealthy character against the unweathly one. The author must convince the reader that the less fortunate person wants to marry the wealthy person out of love, not money. None has ever been 100% convincing, until now. Adrian and Sophia were so much in love, more so than any other couple I've read about, with the possible exception of Jason Bradford and Kianna Hamilton in the novel, THE ROSE OF ENCHANTMENT. This is a wonderful book, a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1831 King William sends Adrian Burchard to bring Sophia Raughley back to England though she feels her home is in Paris after eight years there. However, with the death of her estranged father, Sophia inherits the Duchy of Everdom. This means among other things she is considered now a key political person because she controls several rotten borough representatives in the House of Commons including her escort.

Adrian first meets Sophia when she is almost unconscious during an orgy. An artist stud that she sponsors slipped her a knock-out drug so that he could have sex with her even if she is out cold, but Adrian stops him. Taking advantage of her claim that she is married, Adrian says he is her spouse and demands that her sponsored artists must stay away from her. Adrian forces Sophia to return with him, but quickly finds himself in love with a woman he thought was a crazy nymphomaniac. She falls in love with her escort who she thinks is a pawn of the rich and famous starting with Wellington.

As she did with THE SEDUCER and THE SAINT, Madeline Hunter provides her audience with an engaging historical romance that uses historical tidbits to bring alive the era and to enhance the lead couple, especially their relationship. Once Adrian arrives on the scene with his first impressions, the novel moves rather quickly forward as the twosome argue over just about everything except love. Madeline Hunter provides a delightful tale that will please her myriad of fans who can look forward to a sinful encore.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite.