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Audrianna (The Rarest Blooms #1)

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"Retrouvez-moi à l'auberge des Deux Glaives. Signé : Domino." La missive était adressée au père d'Audrianna, qui s'est donné la mort après avoir été accusé de complot. Le scandale a rejailli sur toute la famille. Mais Audrianna est sûre de l'innocence de son père et fermement décidée à le prouver. C'est elle qui ira au mystérieux rendez-vous. Le soir venu, elle se retrouve ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 311 pages
Published January 2012 by J'ai Lu (first published January 26th 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
It's been a few years since I read Madeline Hunter. But, I didn't forget how good her writing is. Her style has an authentic feel that I love to read in historical romances. I like her choice of words and her use of subtle wit. This story wasn't particularly steamy, and at first, I was disappointed at how mild the love scenes were. But, as I continued to read, I came to realize that they fit this story.

I love books in which the couple marries early, and the progression of the book shows how they
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willaful
I reread this because 1) I only got 1 1/2 books into the series and want to catch up and 2) I almost always find Hunter worth a second read. I think my feelings about it haven’t changed much, but on this reading I was struck by the dry wit and clever turns of phrase:

“‘I suffered Mama much better before I had some experience in not having to,’ Audrianna said as they strolled down the street.”

“He had not gone far. He knelt right in front of her. Her head cleared enough to realize he was going to p
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Kathleen
Feb 24, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually I give this book a 4&1/2 stars. I'd have given it 5 stars if it would have been a tish hotter, lol! It did have enough heat to keep me satisfied though. The story line was really good. One I had not read about before. I LOVED the H&H's characters in this book, they were both well done. I also like knowing that a lot of the other characters in this book will be written about in books to come in this series. I hope that Audrianna and Sabastian turn up during the following books si ...more
Susana
Nov 15, 2014 Susana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susana by: My mother!
A pretty forgetful story, with insta love/lust. The characters meet, and five pages later Sebastian is trying to choke her with his tongue O_O .

There's nothing particularly wrong with this story, but there's nothing particularly interesting in it either.
I'm afraid that the author's writing style is no longer a favourite, and then reading this translated to Portuguese, was the nail in the coffin...
Who hires these people?

Despite that, I will be giving the second one a try, because according to my
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♡Karlyn P♡
Ravishing in red finished strong with a clever mystery and some interesting characters, but the slow and boring start (that spanned the first half of the book!) had me nearly quitting many times. It was hard not to get distracted and just do something else instead of read, but as everyone points out the story does eventually speed up and will hold your interest. It took me nearly a full week to read this one, and I normally burn through three books in the same amount of time. So given how much e ...more
Carolyn F.
Jun 28, 2010 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audrianna's father had committed suicide after being accused of a crime. In trying to find out information to help clear him, she encounters Lord Sebastian at an inn, her gun accidentally goes off and then scandal at first makes her look bad and then him. In trying to repair some of the damage they marry and work together (kind of) about finding further information on the crime her father was accused of. In between this, they slowly fall in love.

This was a wonderful book. I liked it so much, I'
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Keri
This book was good, but suffered to me in some of the wording used. The premise and the majority of the book was solid. But when it came to the love scenes they were so far removed from the act with the wording used. It became hard to connect to the emotions of the h/h. I do look forward to the next book, but can't wait for Lord Castleford's book, what a man-whore. He is going to have to do some major groveling to deserve Daphne...MAJOR! :-)
Ana
Audrianna will do anything she can to help clear her father's name. Even if it means going to an inn alone armed so that she could meet a mysterious man - Domino - who claims to know something. But the man she meets isn't the one she seeks, but Lord Sebastian Summerhays a man whose investigation placed the blame on her father in the first place.

Sebastian is enchanted by the woman he meets. Too bad that she is totally unsuitable, mainly because of her father. But when they are caught together and
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Sonya Heaney
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I put off reading this series for a long time, as every time I considered beginning it, I’d come across a negative review that made me hesitate.

Finally I was in the mood for something historical and all out of ideas, and so I took a chance on this, the first book in the Rarest Blooms series. Now I regret waiting, because I really enjoyed it.

What I liked most about this book was that the author stuck to the conventions of the time. Men and women acted within the parameters
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Renee Jaspers
Jun 09, 2010 Renee Jaspers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be ultimately quite boring to me. Didn't draw much emotion from me at all. I think I'm just not into the Regency subgenre. All the worry over upperclass aristocracy and society gossip can be so dull. The romance was believeable between the two, but it wasn't emotionally consuming for me as a reader. The sex scenes erotic without getting too explicit, but not very satisfying. The main mystery to uncover wasn't very exciting, engrossing or dangerous. As I said, I was bored by th ...more
Emma
Feb 22, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 really. I enjoyed this book immensely although I regret the first 150 pages were so terribly slooooooooow.
Madeline Hunter's writing is just flawless and beatiful. The love scenes between Audrianna and Sebastian are both subtle and extremely erotic. I have no idea how she does that. I know, it's weird... you definitely need to read the book to see what I mean.
Elaine
My first Madeline Hunter. It definitely won't be my last!
This is an easy light book to read quickly, interesting enough to keep you going. What lowered my rating was the lack of chemistry between main characters. But I loved the plot, and I'll definitely continue with the series.
D.G.
**3.5 stars**
Kaye
3-1/2 Stars

As mentioned in my review of Provocative in Pearls, I accidentally read the second book in this series first and had a few issues with it. But since many of the reviewers there said they liked the first book in the series better, I decided to give it a try. Ravishing in Red was definitely better than Provocative in Pearls as the resolution of the plot happened on page rather than just being summarized later, as an afterthought.

However, I'm getting somewhat tired of books in which the
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Gail
Stayed up way too late reading this. WAY too late. Heroine's dad committed suicide because of investigation into bad gunpowder sent to English army. He's assumed to be guilty. She refuses to believe it. Goes to meet someone who offers information, and meets the man she believes hounded her father to death instead (the hero, of course)-except each thinks the other is the "Domino" spy person at first. Stuff happens--hero kisses heroine, spy shows up, hero gets shot (bad graze), heroine is accused ...more
Tegan
Aug 31, 2011 Tegan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmmm not sure about this one..... When I come across a good book I find it hard to leave it alone long enough to have a life but I didn't have that problem with this one.... I left it for days at a time while I was off doing better things.
It was slow to start and I found it hard to keep my focus on it, but having said that I did start to enjoy it more after the halfway mark. I didn't love either Audrianna or Sebastian at first but I must say that I did grow to like them as I got through the bo
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Patrícia
Dec 18, 2013 Patrícia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alguns, embora não muitos, autores representam histórias obrigatórias na minha estante. Sejam melhores ou piores tentativas de expressar o seu talento enquanto contadores de fábulas, eu, enquanto ávida leitora dos seus trabalhos, sinto uma necessidade violenta de acrescentar cada novo título, cada momento escrito mais antigo, à imensa quantidade, já em casa existente, de outros romances por eles escritos, e essa é urgência à qual não consigo fugir. Madeline Hunter é um desses nomes ‘especiais’, ...more
Virginia
Another great story by Hunter. I am especially grateful since this book helped me pass away the time during my 3 hour glucose test. :) Thank goodness for that! The plot was intriguing and the characters reasonable. No undue histrionics which I find refreshing. I find that the older I get, the more I enjoy civilized discussions and mature relationships (even if they are in marriages of convenience) and the less I enjoy the over-dramatic flares of fury. I am thoroughly enjoying Hunter!
Sumaira
Nov 11, 2014 Sumaira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised about how much I actually enjoyed this book, it’s one I would recommend to those who love historical romances. The best books are the ones that take you by surprise. Audrianna has travelled to an Inn on her own to confront some who may have information concerning the scandal her father’s suicide. Her father committed suicide as he was the last person to sign off some faulty gunpowder which lead to soldiers being killed in the war. Audrianna does not believer her father was at fau ...more
Patrícia
RATING: 2.5 stars-ish.

Já há algum tempo que não leio um livro de Madeline Hunter, porque o primeiro que li dela não me encantou assim muito. Mas o tempo apaga muita coisa, e sendo Hunter uma autora tão popular entre o público português, decidi que talvez tivesse apenas pegado no livro errado.

Infelizmente, não foi o caso.

"Deslumbrante" é o primeiro livro da série "As Flores Mais Raras" e narra a história de Audrianna (que raio de nomes que as pessoas inventam para as suas personagens), uma jove
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Kit
Feb 01, 2010 Kit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Madeline Hunter is able to capture the essence of the years she so eloquently writes about. The dialog, the formality of the relationships, and all the details are written in a way to whisk the reader to another time. Ravishing in Red is a lovely start her new romance series about the ladies of The Rarest Bloom.
Mariusky Spínola
Aug 13, 2015 Mariusky Spínola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não sendo grande fã de livros de época, admito que foi dos que mais gostei! Agora quero ler a saga completa!! ;)
Ana Luisa
Jul 31, 2013 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Há alturas em que se torna difícil escrever uma opinião. Primeiro porque ainda estamos num estado comatoso depois da leitura do livro e depois porque muitas vezes acabamos por repetir um pouco aquilo que já dissemos em outras opiniões. Claro que falo por mim mesma e muitos de vocês pode pensar algo do género “Mas ela gosta de todos os livros que lê?” e a resposta que vos dou é que, na verdade, isso realmente acontece porque não me aventuro demasiado para a
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Denise
Sep 12, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and I was very impressed. The h, Audrianna Kelmsleigh has been living with a female relative, who owns a florist called The Rarest Blooms, along with two other women. They all have some sort of scandal attached to them which is why Daphne took them in.
Audrianna's father had committed suicide after being blamed for war crimes having to do with gun powder. She lost her fiance' because of this as well as the family honor. She sets out to clear her fathers na
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Erica Anderson
Ravishing in Red is the story of how a young woman is compromised and how she and the gentleman involved deal with it. What I enjoy is the way that Hunter treats being compromised as a real disaster. There is genuine mortification involved when the heroine, Ms. Kelmsleigh, sees herself portrayed in lewd engravings sold on London street corners. The hero is an MP and the brother of a peer, and his career is totally run off the rails when gossip paints him as a ravisher of innocent young ladies. H ...more
Sandra
Feb 07, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audrianna é uma jovem mulher que está a começar a passar pela "idade ideal de casar", quando o seu pai suicida-se devido a acusações gravíssimas e como consequência o seu noivo pede-lhe que o liberte da sua promessa de estabelecerem uma vida conjunta como marido e mulher.
Esta torrente de acontecimentos leva a que Audrianna se refugie junto da sua prima, Daphne Joyes.

Daphne é uma viúva ainda jovem mas extremamente bela que fez do seu lar uma espécie de refúgio para jovens mulheres de grande integ
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Amanda
I absolutely loved this book. To my memory, this was my first Madeline Hunter book and I will definitely be reading more - especially the rest of the Rarest Blooms series.

There are a few spoilers in my review, but nothing that describes major plot points - just to let you know.

There was something different about this book than other historical romances. Although the marriage due to being compromised is not new, the way that Audrianna handled the situation was very different. When she finally ag
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Isa Lavinia


The thing with this book is that it starts exactly as it promises on its description, and it fills you with hope for some genuine love/hate romance filled with witty repartee, until the hero and heroine are overcome by their feelings and confess their mutual love - hopefully keeping up with the witty repartee.

What it delivers actually, is a very believable, historically accurate and, I must admit it, a bit boring story focused on a mystery that wasn't even that interesting because the main the
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Amber
Feb 19, 2016 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, my options on overdrive have become fairly limited so I've been listening to romance novels. Most are utter trash to be honest, but this series has been half way decent. It's predictable and no feat to writing, but it has a decent steam factor and nothing I found terribly creepy so I enjoyed it well enough. Plus I liked the characters names...sorta shallow to care about, but wtf, I'm reading smut for godsake.
Rebecca
Jul 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the Rarest Blooms series, and it’s an absolute winner. This is by far the best historical I’ve read in a long, long time, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The heroine is Audrianna Kelmsleigh, whose father committed suicide when accused of negligence that led to barrels of unusable gunpowder reaching the troops fighting in France. Audrianna is determined to clear her father’s name, and when she spots a newspaper ad from someone calling himself Domino, she arranges to m ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 2 3 Feb 23, 2015 09:26AM  
  • Proof by Seduction (Carhart, #1)
  • Lessons From a Scarlet Lady (Northfield, #1)
  • To Desire a Devil (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #4)
  • A Little Bit Wild (York Family, #1)
  • Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable Quintet, #2)
  • Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1)
  • The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #1)
  • A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
  • To Pleasure A Lady (Courtship Wars #1)
  • Tempting Fate (Providence, #2)
  • At the Duke's Pleasure (The Byrons of Braebourne, #3)
  • Fallen
  • A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior (Adventurers’ Club #2)
  • Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (London's Greatest Lovers, #2)
  • Never a Gentleman (Drake's Rakes, #2)
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.
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Other Books in the Series

The Rarest Blooms (4 books)
  • Provocative in Pearls (The Rarest Blooms #2)
  • Sinful in Satin (The Rarest Blooms #3)
  • Dangerous in Diamonds (The Rarest Blooms, #4)

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“I did indeed say you could have lovers. But I never promised that I would not kill them.” 37 likes
“You will have to forgive me, Major Woodruffe. I am new to marriage, and perhaps more given to jealousy than some of the more experienced husbands that you know. It is possible that you seek only friendship with my wife. If, however, you entertain any other--"
-Sebastian to Woodruffe
"I assure you that such a thing is the furthest thing from my mind."
-Woodruffe to Sebastian
"Come now, Major. We are both men. Such ideas are never far from our minds at all. But if you do anything that causes me to think that your mind dwells long on that particular idea, I will thrash you, I will ruin you, and I will probably kill you.
-Sebastian to Woodruffe”
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