Madeline Hunter is one of my favorite authors. Originally, she began writing medievals and then moved on to regencies. Her writing is well balanced by strong characters and good plots, with plenty of action. Her other regency series, The Rothwells is another favorite of mine.
Currently, she has back to back releases of a new regency historical quartet, The Rarest Blooms. The first book Ravishing in Red is set to release in a couple of days, followed by Provocative in Pearls in late February. Here is a little information about the first two books.
The Rarest Blooms #1
February 2010 (On Sale January 26th)
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 advertisement that brought her there.
When the pistol accidentally fires, the situation becomes mortifyingly public, and thoroughly misunderstood. Audrianna is prepared to live with the scandal. Lord Sebastian has other ideas. . . Excerpt
The Rarest Blooms #2
March 2010 (On Sale February 23rd)
When Verity’s past abruptly finds her, her recent behavior promises to unleash the scandal of the decade. Of more concern to her, she now has to outwit fate or be forced back into a marriage to a lord whom she never freely accepted. She never expects for the stranger who is her husband to create so much sensual excitement, however, or for her quest for the life she was supposed to live instead to reveal a conspiracy that endangers them both. Excerpt
Series Reading Order:
1. Ravishing in Red
2. Provocative in Pearls
3. Sinful in Satin (fall 2010)
4. Dangerous in Diamonds (spring 2011)