From the New York Times-bestselling author, “an intelligent, fast-paced romance, chock-full of sensuality and spiced with mystery” (Publishers Weekly).
NOTORIOUS NOBLEMAN SEEKS REVENGE
Name and title: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton. Affiliation: London’s elite Society of Decadent Dukes. Family history: Scandalous. Personality traits: Dark and brooding, with a thirst for revenge. Ideal romantic partner: A woman of means, with beauty and brains, willing to live with reckless abandon. Desire: Clara Cheswick, gorgeous daughter of his family’s sworn enemy.
FAINT OF HEART NEED NOT APPLY
Clara may be the woman Adam wants, but there’s one problem: she’s far more interested in publishing her women’s journal than getting married—especially to a man said to be dead-set on vengeance. Though, with her nose for a story, Clara wonders if his desire for justice is sincere—along with his incredibly unnerving intention to be her husband. If her weak-kneed response to his kiss is any indication, falling for Adam clearly comes with a cost. But who knew courting danger could be such exhilarating fun?
Madeline Hunter’s novels are:
“Brilliant, compelling . . . An excellent read.” —The Washington Post
“Mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Pure passion.” —Booklist
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In Hunter's first Decadent Dukes Society romance, a Regency-era duke's thirst for revenge turns into lust for the daughter of his sworn enemy. Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, wants to find the people who spread rumors that his father committed treason, leading to his father's suicide. Adam's first target is the Earl of Marwood or rather, his family, as the earl has also recently died. The Dowager Countess of Marwood, the earl's mother, wants to end the longtime feud between their families by marrying Adam to the earl's youngest daughter, Emilia. But Adam is not interested in the beautiful, demure young woman, preferring one who will be more of a challenge: Emilia's older half-sister, Clara. Clara has no desire to marry; she enjoys her independence, which allows her to publish a journal. Nonetheless, she is drawn to Adam. As he breaks down her resistance to intimacy, she starts to wonder whether his desire to wed her is merely part of his quest for vengeance. Hunter has created an intelligent, fast-paced romance, chock-full of sensuality and spiced with mystery.
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I thought the plot here was incredibly imaginative and original, but as the other reviewer has said, the emotional/romantic connection between Clara and Adam needed to be more developed for them to believably fall in love. The ending was also a bit abrupt to me; however, I am used to historical romances ending in epilogues, and that maybe be why I was caught off guard and unsatisfied with the ending.
Great historical romance
Well written with very good characters and storyline. You will enjoy the story of the Duke and the Lady and their challenges and their falling in love!
A bit insincere
I did enjoy reading this book for the most part, but the one thing it greatly lacks is the feeling of a genuine connection between the two protagonists. Adam and Clara had a whirlwind romance that involved an unmarried physical affair, which is to be expected. But there was so much emphasis on the “physical” part that it made the romance between them feel insincere. It was a bit difficult imagining a genuine love building between them when all they seemed to do was sneak around to satiate their cravings for each other. I would have enjoyed it if there was a bit more of a focus on the romance and emotional connection, rather than just physical intimacies.