Ravishing in Red : The Rarest Blooms

  • by Madeline Hunter
  • Narrated by Polly Lee
  • Series: The Rarest Blooms
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first novel in a magnificent new quartet of historical romances.
Audrianna Kelmsleigh is unattached, independent-and armed. Her adversary is Lord Sebastian Sommerhays. What they have in common is Audrianna's father, who died in a scandalous conspiracy-a deserved death in Sebastian's eyes. Audrianna vows to clear her father's name, never expecting to fall in love with the man devoted to destroying it.

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What the Critics Say

"Richly spiced with wicked wit and masterfully threaded with danger and desire, the superbly sexy first book in Hunter’s new Regency historical quartet is irresistible and wonderfully entertaining." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Timid Narrator-Tame Storyline

There were times while listening I thought I wasn't particularly enjoying the book because I'd taken an instant dislike to the narrator's timid, little girl voice. As I progressed through the book I also realized the story line was hum drum. Even the "sizzling" scenes lacked steam. I gave three stars because I love historic romance and cannot give less than a three to any author writing this genre!
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Sweet, satisfying story

What a great depiction of the evolution of love! Too often, romance novels focus on instant attraction to the detriment of mature commitment and self-sacrifice. Though the main characters in this book share an intense and exciting initiation into their acquaintance, the love story involves a journey of introspection and discovery about themselves and about each other. This pilgrimage from strangers to intimate friends and lovers felt very true to my own experience with my husband, something that did not match up to the hype of spark and fire all the time, but, with its share of excitement, also grew into a deep and lasting affection. The characters' love is much more realistic than most depictions while retaining a great deal of excitement and energy. Don't get discouraged when the characters marry half-way through the book! The suspense continues regardless! I wish I could give 4 and half stars, because I love the book, and my caveats are very small. 1. I am not one who enjoys hearing detailed descriptions of sexual encounters, though I give the author credit for developing these trysts in an intimate and satisfying way. 2. The buildup of action was so slow (in a good way) that I wanted an intense, breath-holding climax that resulted in a little heart pounding. Instead, I got a satisfying resolution that more swelled like a wave in the deep ocean than crashed over me like a tidal wave on shore. All that being said, I haven't felt sorry to see the end of a book for several months, but I miss this book already. I will be buying the next book.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio