Monday, April 11, 2011

RAVISHING IN RED by Madeline Hunter

Publisher: Berkley
Date published: January 2010
ISBN: 978-0515147544
Historical Romance
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained Via library

Audrianna Kelmsleigh has complete faith her father did not commit the heinous crime he was accused of before his death. Now, in the aftermath of her family’s humiliation, she believes she may have found the person who will clear her father’s name. The truth will not bring him back; but it will clear his name and make things more bearable for her family.

Following an ad appearing in the paper she travels to an inn to confront the man holding the precious information. Pistol in hand she waits for the Domino to arrive.

Lord Sebastian Summerhay has diligently pursued the men behind tampered gun powder that cost many soldiers their lives. He does it not just for England but he has a personal reason for doing so.

While he relentlessly pursued Kelmsleigh to his death, he still seeks the whole truth of the gunpowder. His investigation brings him to the very room where Audrianna awaits the Domino. The situation quickly spirals out of control and Sebastian is shot. Society being what it is, rather than accept that it was the Domino that shot Sebastian, a scandal erupts painting the pair in the worst light. As the situation deteriorates, Sebastian lights upon a solution—they will marry. Audrianna will have none of it with the man who caused her father’s death. Yet if he is really so wrong for her, why do his kisses stir her in unimaginable ways?

It has been some time since I’ve had the pleasure of a five heart book that I know I will read again and again. RAVISHING IN RED is that book. Madeline Hunter’s prose is so incredibly rich it is akin to the most decadent dessert. I really liked Audrianna. She knows her own mind and despite the constraints of her world and the times she lived in, she is able to hold her own. She will compromise, but she will not set aside her integrity.

Ms. Hunter’s characters are true to life and completely credible. She tempts her readers with an incredibly sensuous writing voice. There were a few times when Audrianna and Sebastian are about to kiss when I found myself holding my breath. The descriptions of The Rarest Blooms garden and greenhouse were so vivid I could swear I almost smelled the flowers. The imagery painted inside the chapel for Audrianna’s wedding was so real I wanted a similar arrangement for myself. The story flows at an even pace, rather than detract or slow the pace the lulls build anticipation for the next scene. As I saw the ending coming I wondered how Ms. Hunter would carry out the inevitable consequences and she does it with total style. I can’t wait to dig into book two of this marvellous series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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