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Ravishing in Red

(The Rarest Blooms #1)

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Armed with her cousin’s pistol, Audrianna travels to a coaching inn, to meet with a man who may have information that will clear her dead father’s name. She does not realize that the handsome man of commanding sensuality who shows up is not the person she expected, but instead Lord Sebastian Summerhays, one of her father’s persecutors, lured to the inn by the same advertis ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Jove
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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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Joanna
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Regency Romances......Oh man its been a while. I can say that, back in the day, this was all I read then. I owned the 3rd book from this quartet because, at the time, the book store didn't have the first two and the fourth wasn't out yet. I recently have been loving using my library for audiobooks so I decided why not try it for a romance novel I'm in no rush to buy but would like to read anyways. I have to say that I loved reading it via audiobook because of how quick I was able to get it done ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance, audiobook
This is the first by this author that I've read so it was something of a gamble for me; one that paid off, obviously, given my rating. It's a Regency era romance, but it has something of a different flavor than I'm used to and it took me a bit to decide whether I was in favor of it or not. In the end, I decided that I at least don't mind and the surrounding story was so engaging that I'd have probably continued reading even if I had found it off-putting.

I've been trying to pin down how it differ
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Susana
May 25, 2014 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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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 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 since this ...more
♡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
Keri
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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! :-)
Lover of Romance
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

I have recently fallen in love with Hunter’s writing style, there is something so realistic about her stories with showing progressiveness and a sensual love story. I love her writing style and she tends to balance everything out so perfectly and if you are looking for an author that does the right research in regency romances, And as a plus there is a well talented narrator that weaves this story so beautifully. I was hooked into this stor
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Carolyn F.
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE

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 paramete
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Ana
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Renee Jaspers
Jun 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Elaine
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
**3.5 stars**
Pamela Shropshire
The heroine, Audrianna Kelmsleigh, isn’t touted for her grace or beauty, although the hero finds her to be both, but for her intelligence and strength. The hero, Sebastian Summerhays, is one of the “troubled” kind, but not in the usual manner: he is involved in a military investigation in which innocent lives were lost. His brother is the Marquess of Wittonbury, and he was seriously injured in the war, having permanently, it seems, lost the use of his legs. Sebastian is trying to further his bro ...more
Kate
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this one! The characters and plot were engaging and the mystery part was quite well-done (usually in books like these I can guess the outcome after a few chapters but here it wasn't that obvious from the start). The writing itself flowed nicely too.

I would enjoy it even more if it weren't for some disturbing behaviours on hero's part, like too much talk of "complete possession" or saying things like "I command you" or "You will not say no" (right before sexy times, like, umm...N
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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
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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
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Duchess Nicole
Quick review:

Audrianna Kelmsleigh and Lord Sebastian Sommerhays have an odd relationship from the start...they are enemies but never really dislike one another. Their relationship is never volatile and not quite passionate. Honestly, this whole book was rather bland even though it had the potential to be pretty explosive.

Hunter's writing is very sensual but not overly sexual, which leads to a somewhat PG rated romance. In fact, the storyline focuses as much on the "whodunnit" intrigue as it does
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Virginia
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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!
Kit
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

Didn't like the arrogant hero, he ruined the book for me.
HR-ML
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Regency England. I 1st read this romance + mystery
about 8 years ago. A joy to read.

Sebastian was a MP & brother of an invalid marquess,
injured in battle. Seb investigated why the military
received gunpowder which did not fire? Audrianna's
late father, Board of Ordnance employee, seemed at
fault per Seb and associates.

Audrey sought to draw out "the Domino" RE the gun-
powder controversy to clear her Da's name. The leads
met at an inn, each expecting someone else. A shot
was fired by a 3rd part
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Elaine
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, fave-authors
An interesting and enjoyable story. Love Madeline Hunter's books. 4☆
Sumaira
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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