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I finally read my first Madeline Hunter! It was a pretty good read with a rather interesting wager where the heroine put her virginity up against the hero's 10,000 pounds in a game of cards she desperately needed to win. Ahh the scandal!
"You are going to make me beg, aren't you? Humble myself. Fall to my knees and plead."
"That sounds very appealing.""You are a scoundrel to demand that of me before you let me out of the debt."
"Oh, are we still talking about forgiving the debt?"
"Of course. Why else would I beg and plead?"
A vague, slow smile formed. "You are an innocent aren't you?"
"I look forward to enlightening you."
The Accidental Duchess (Fairbourne Quartet #4) by Madeline HunterHeat: 2.5 out of 5 Rating: 4 out of 5
Oh I thoroughly enjoyed my first read from Madeline Hunter. The Accidental Duchess wasn't quite what I was expecting but I loved it. From set up to frustrations to a dreamy hero and lovely though cocky heroine. It was a delightful historical jaunt as a blackmailer forces Lady Lydia to do something she never thought she would...bet her virginity in a game of cards to a man she really can't stand because he took someone from her in the past. Scandal, steam and all kinds of salacious goodness! Just my kinda read! lol
I really enjoyed these two and that they had a rather muddy past and one that haunts them both in different ways. There's a nice fire between them because of it and it was interesting watching as things slowly changed as they were forced to spend time together and the truth about their past was revealed.
Lydia was an interesting heroine. She could be a little cocky and arrogant and didn't always make the best choices but somehow I still liked her and how passionate she was about things. She wants so fiercely to be independent--and I could understand her desires especially in a time period where women has so little freedom--that I think I was able to look past some of her questionable behavior. And Penthurst...well he's a pretty sexy Duke with a dangerous reputation but that's honorable and has such a commanding presence he could totally make a girl shiver. Oh yes. He was definitely working for me. *nods*
All in all, I had a good time with The Accidental Duchess as Lydia and Penthust deal with the blackmailed and the mystery surrounding him and his behaviors. As they fought their past and their attractions and started their life together. I'll definitely be heading back to check out the earlier books in the series.
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