Dangerous in Diamonds

Dangerous in Diamonds

by Madeline Hunter

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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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ISBN-13: 9780515149340
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: The Rarest Blooms Series , #4
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 365,352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"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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Dangerous in Diamonds 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
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.
1VAReader More than 1 year ago
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.
kbspaterson More than 1 year ago
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.
Karen Lamarre More than 1 year ago
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.
nicelady More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Absorbing. Could not put it down
reesa00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Castleford and Daphne are great characters. Castleford receives a small but unexpected inheritance when a relative dies. He meets (or rather remeets) Daphne when he is visiting one of the properties. Castleford plans to seduce Daphne but she has plans of her own and expects him to behave a certain way. Castleford spends most of the book trying to figure out why Daphne and the other tenants are on the properties with such favorable terms - a very interesting component to the plot that leads to trust and a better understanding between the two. This is the only book I have read in the series and I'm glad I picked the book with the most interesting characters. The other series characters appear here and I'm not that interested in reading their stories.
plunkinberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the conclusion to this Rarest Blooms saga. Both Mrs. Joyes and Castleford were intriguing and enjoyable characters. The plot, with its twists and turns, was better than average. I truely enjoyed this conclusion to this series.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
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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The Rarest Blooms is one of my favoite series and this book did not disappoint. Will definitely read again. LORRAINE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series. Best of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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