Date published: September 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Celia comes home to bury her mother and see to her inheritance. There isn’t much as her mother had a lot of debts and only one house is left. But even this house may be taken from her when another debt rears its ugly head. Celia is still determined to make it, even if it means reverting to the profession she was trained for. Her mother was a famous London courtesan and Celia had been tutored, in the arts of seduction and pleasure. So, first she tries to make a small business of her own with the help of some friends. Then she discovers that she has inherited something else, a tenant in the form of a handsome man called Jonathan Albrighton. Jonathan has some very special reasons for staying at the house, although Celia seems to be trying to get him to move out. He has been charged to investigate Celia’s mother’s activities and the more time they stay together, the more the sparks of passion ignite. It looks like there are more mysteries to uncover than both realized and according to convention, Celia has no chance of a happy ending with Jonathan. But Jonathan is a man who cares nothing for convention.
This is a really delightful book to read and I enjoyed every single page, which I could hardly turn fast enough. I had to read this book in two sittings and I would have rather read it in one. I really didn’t want to put it down. This story has everything going for it, a very sympathetic heroine who I was rooting for. A darkly, dangerous, handsome hero, with whom I also fell in love with. A mystery or three and some secondary characters that liven up the story and give it more depth. An antagonist who at first you may like, but who turns out to be a cad, with capital letters! The dialogue had me laughing in places and the romance had me sighing with joy. Jonathan and Celia certainly have the sparks flying even though everyone else sees it first.
Madeline Hunter has given her fans another exciting story. It seems to be the third in a series so I have to go and hunt the first two down now, before the next one comes out. Sigh…too many books and so little time. Still, I can really recommend this one. Especially lovers of historical romance are going to enjoy it.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.