Dangerous in Diamonds
edited: Monday, May 09, 2011
By Elaine Carey
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Monday, May 09, 2011
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The final book in Madeline Hunter's Regency series--Castleford's story
We met him first in "Ravishing in Red." Castleford seemed the most debauched of the bad boys.
We've waited awhile for this one. Think of everything you wanted to know about him. How deep and dark are his secrets? Is there an anguished soul beneath the hedonistic surface? Is he even capable of love? What motivates him to sobriety on Tuesdays, and no other? Is there a woman in the world who can attract and hold his attention?
Then, there's the cool, lovely Daphne Joyes. How did she become the owner of a floral business? When did she first begin collecting misfit women who were "haunted" and "hunted"? Would her story be a worthy resolution of the series? Is there a man around who can command her respect?
Hmmmm, I've already been through the entire book twice. Can't say all the questions are fully answered, but nothing in this book is a rehash of Madeline Hunter's others. That's what I love about this author--I can always count on an intelligent, romantic read that winds its way through mysteries. But the trail will not be passing old, tired landmarks. I'm frankly puzzled by critics of the book. I'm concluding that they're looking for a tortured hero and tragic heroine, so they will have to look elsewhere.
For me, D in D epitomizes the wit, fun, and romance required in my weekend reading. I like intelligent heroines who are drawn to men of honor.