Thursday, October 6, 2011


Publisher: Berkley
Date published: April 2011
ISBN: 978-0515149340
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained Via publisher

For years Daphne Joyes has not only led a quiet life, one she enjoyed at her cozy home in the country. She has opened her doors to women needing a safe haven from their own cares, woes and worries. There is one rule at the Rarest Blooms, one does not ask about another’s past. If one of the women in residence cares to share, she may, but no one may ask. The rule as served Daphne well. She has her own secrets.

Tristan, Duke of Castleford is known for his hedonism and dedication to being bad. He spends his nights with prostitutes, drinks to distraction and cares nothing for anyone. Unless it is a Tuesday. Then he conducts business and does what is expected by a man of his rank. When a distant family member dies and he finds himself the beneficiary of a bequest, albeit it a small one, even though it is not a Tuesday, he proceeds to visit the various properties. Well, at least one of them. When he arrives at the Rarest Blooms and meets Daphne, for the first time in his life he is told no. Not taken in by his rank nor the stories of his philandering, she holds to her own values—which intrigues Castleford even more. With her home to hold over her, Castleford embarks on the road to seducing Daphne. The more she says no, the more determined he is to have her. Despite her resolve, bit by bit Daphne finds herself falling for the naughty Duke. Still, she has her secrets…some she knows he will never accept.

DANGEROUS IN DIAMONDS is the fourth book in Madeline Hunter’s Rarest Blooms series and I think the best of them all. It appears the series is ending with this book and I am sorry it is so. I do hope, however, that there may be at least another story or even a series starting off with Katherine and Mr. Edwards’ story.

Ms. Hunter writes the most breath-taking love scenes. She knows how to build tension not only in her characters but also in her readers. You want the hero and heroine to consummate their relationship but at the same time, the sexual and sensual tension between them is so brilliantly done. You sit there with your toes curling and all they’ve done is kiss, but what kisses they are.

She entwines the couples from the first three books as a part of the story that brings you up to date with what is happening in their lives and at the same time ads to the current story. After reading about just how bad Castleford was in the first three books I was most curious if he could be redeemed and how Ms. Hunter would do it. With a hug, a kiss and incredibly described love making she does that and more.

Each book is a standalone although I would definitely suggest reading RAVISHING IN RED first as it does lay important ground work for the succeeding stories. Each story is wonderful tale leaving you missing the characters when it is done.

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

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