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KINDLE ✓ Dangerous in Diamonds Þ Madeline Hunter

Dangerous in Diamonds Ploy his considerable mental faculties to finding answers to the uestions that fascinate himWhen Daphne Joyes rejects this notorious hedonist’s seduction she assumes that he will forget about her and continue on his path to hell Instead her beauty grace and formidable composure captivate him and she becomes one of those fascin 35 stars I enjoyed the read but it wasn't as good as the Rothwell Brothers series which I recently read It might have been better if I'd read the earlier books in this series actually as there were some plot points that clearly resonated with earlier books This one is about a powerful duke Castleford LOL I'm getting a little tired of the 'duke' trope who was apparently well known as a drunken manwhre Until of course he takes up with our lovely heroine Daphne The good old reform of a rake storyline Fortunately he is revealed as not such a wastrel as society likes to think him although he's certainly no angel And once he connects with Daphne there is no cheating either So that's good I didn't like him writing the saucy book though a guide to London's best brothels Yes I know there were such books some of them are apparently now available on the Internet LOL but I found it a bit too salacious for my taste that our hero would want to write and publish such a book I like a hero with a little integrity and moral self worthI wonder if this book published in 2011 would be published as is today because Castleford is very determined to seduce Daphne and there are some scenes where he's assuming no means yes It's a tad non PC these days and I was verging on uncomfortable in some scenes where Daphne was saying no and he was really pushing her to give in But later when Daphne's horrible history is revealed he is understanding and nothing but supportive so that was goodI did find there was a bit of overlap in the plot concerning the nasty antagonist with another Hunter book I read a few weeks ago which also featured an abusive character It was handled differently in this book than in the other one but still it was a little disappointing to me as a reader to see such a similar plot point I also couldn't really see the relevance of including the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester a real historical event of 1819 in this book It did not serve much of a function in the plot of this book and could easily have been left out It was just not very relevant to the story and it wasn't introduced to the storyline very well IMO Seemed a rather pointless inclusion to meI was not that keen on the heroine Daphne and her background I don't always need to read about characters from the Upper 10000 but in this case something seemed to be missing I was uncomfortable with her apparent acceptance of being Castleford's mistress I'm not usually keen on 'mistress' books But again maybe it was the fact that she'd been introduced in earlier books which I haven't read which made her character feel a little undefined for me In that case my bad Or if it's going to be presented as a potential standalone the author perhaps could pay a little attention to this A tricky aspect of writing a series no doubtBut with all of my uibbles and cavilling I did enjoy the read overall and I will consider reading other books in the series The reviews seem to be saying this is the best one but we'll see I suppose

Madeline Hunter Þ Dangerous in Diamonds TEXT

The Duke of Castleford has been so bad for so long that scandal can’t be bothered to rise up around him any To alleviate the boredom of his privileged life he occupies himself with drinking and whoring not to mention the occasional duel When something piues his interest however he has been known to emerge from his ennui and em 45 starsI haven’t read or listened to any of the other books in this series but I picked this up in the recent Tantor Audio sale gawd bless ‘em and was immediately hooked by the superb narration by Kate ReadingThe story is pretty much a variant of your “jaded rake meets woman who finally interests him” plot but what marks it out as a bit different is the inclusion of the historical detail around the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 plus Daphne’s network of “sisters” women who have been through similar experiences to herself at the hands of unscrupulous menAt the beginning of the story Tristan the Duke of Castleford is surprised by the beuest of several plots of land he has received in the will of the Duke of Becksbridge a distant relation He doesn’t need the money or the land and the late Duke’s accompanying missive is cryptic to say the least but while Castleford might spend six days out of every seven drinking and whoring he does tend to his estates – on Tuesdays – and by all accounts has a very shrewd head for business and managementHe decides to visit the closest of these packets of land and finds himself at the “Rarest Blooms” which is currently inhabited by Mrs Daphne Joyes the widow of a soldier and a younger rather nervous woman named Katherine Johnson The property houses Mrs Joyes’ flower growing business and is also a sort of refuge for women who need to escape from the eyes of the world or worse things and live in peace and anonymity for a whileCastleford is immediately captivated by the beautiful and intelligent Mrs Joyes and sets about trying to seduce her As far as that element of the story goes it’s not especially original but it does have some delightful dialogue between the pair as they develop a friendship of sorts and as Daphne begins to realise that there is to the Duke than many people believe – or rather than he allows many people to believeBut Daphne is a mystery and Castleford’s acute mind won’t leave it alone – he has to find out just who she is and why she is living alone as well as working out why on earth he was left the properties in Becksbridge’s will which are all dotted around in different parts of England He begins to piece the puzzle together slowly and it’s likely the readerlistener is a bit ahead of him but Daphne’s story when it is finally revealed packs no less a punch for thatI admit that I really liked Castleford as a character He’s jaded and he’s a rake and makes no bones about admitting it but he’s fiercely intelligent and honourable at the same time He’s witty has a great sense of humour and he doesn’t lie to Daphne He makes it clear to her that he wants her to become his mistress and that theirs will be a finite relationship but he also shows her a lot of consideration especially when he makes her a promise that most men would have found it impossible to fulfil The trouble is that it’s hard to believe that this intelligent witty kind man only manages to stay sober on one day each week During the course of the book we only see him after he has received the beuests and has become intrigued enough by Daphne and her situation to want to devote time to delving into her past and the mystery that surrounds her but it’s still difficult to believe that someone with his proclivities hasn’t drunk himself to death or gambled away the family fortune long before nowDaphne is obviously his perfect mate She can match him in intelligence determination and wit but she is not completely honest with him I suppose this is understandable given her history and Castleford’s reputation for insobriety and dissipation but I did feel as though her insistence on not giving him her trust got a little wearying especially after she’d given in to his blandishments and become his loverThe sexual tension between the pair crackles from their first meeting Daphne is adamant that she does not want to be seduced but is unable to stop herself becoming and fascinated by Castleford who is such an odd mixture of depravity and astuteness as well as someone she is pretty sure knows how to show a girl a good time Even simple kisses raise the temperature and the love scenes while not graphic are very sensualThere are some fascinating glimpses of the political situation of the day in the novel too England after the Napoleonic Wars was still suffering great hardships There was widespread famine and chronic unemployment and conditions were made even worse by the introduction of the first corn laws which meant it was illegal to import cheap wheat even when there were shortages In the earlier part of the novel we hear about the civil unrest that is spreading in the north of England and Castleford takes part in several discussions about what is happening and about what parliament should be doing in order to prevent disaster When he follows Daphne to Failsworth five miles outside Manchester they both get to experience first hand the effects of the meeting at St Peter’s field and the subseuent military chargeBut the book is first and foremost a romance and these events take place in the background so the progress of the central relationship is not slowed down in favour of a history lessonAs with so many other books in my TBR mountain this is a title I opted to listen to rather than read and I’m so glad I made that choice because Kate Reading’s narration was outstanding Each of the characters in the book was voiced distinctly and there was never any confusion as to who was speaking Not only were the male and female voices different – I think Ms Reading is one of a handful of female narrators who is able to lower the pitch of her voice sufficiently to sound reasonably convincing as a man – but her portrayal of characters of the same sex was also very clearly delineated I noticed as well that even when she was narrating what was in a character’s head she tended to speak using a tone similar to the one she used for that character’s speech so that it was very clear when we were hearing Castleford’s thoughts or when we were hearing Daphne’s I was so impressed with her delivery in this that I immediately headed over to Audible to see if I could find what other books Ms Reading has narrated I’m pleased to say that she has worked on the Lauren Willig Pink Carnation series several of which are already on my TBR pile but it doesn’t look as though she has narrated many historical romances at all which is a great loss to the genre IMOIn the end I opted to give Dangerous in Diamonds 45 stars While I liked Castleford it’s impossible not to be a little distracted by the inconsistencies in his character and that together Daphne’s repeated refusals to trust him did unbalance things a little for me in terms of the story But the narration is stellar and I thought it than made up for the things I found problematic I haven’t listened to any of the other books in this series and I’m not sure I’ll be doing so any time soon Had they been narrated by Kate Reading I’d probably be glomming them right now but the other three books use someone else I’m not familiar with so I might wait a while before I pick any of them up

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EPUB Ò MOBI Dangerous in Diamonds í 9780515149340 â The Duke of Castleford has been so bad for so long that scandal can’t be bothered to rise up around him any To alleviate the boredom of his privileged life he occupies himself with drinking and whoring not to mention the occasional duel When something piues his intAtions to him That he intends to have her and soon is actually the least of the dangers that his pursuit of her presents More troublesome is his interest in her past and her history and the way he keeps poking his nose into the secrets behind the distant relative’s beuest that gave him ownership of the property where she lives 45 Devilish Duke Stars