Saturday, October 30, 2010

Review - Sinful in Satin

Title: Sinful in Satin
Author: Madeline Hunter
Publishing Date: October 2010
Genre: Historical
Rating: B
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I purchased this as an ebook through BN.

Sinful in Satin is the third book in Madeline Hunter's Rarest Blooms series. Celia Pennifold, the daughter of an infamous courtesan had managed to escape from reality for a few years as she lived in isolation among a few women in the country. When her mother dies, Celia is forced to come to terms with her identity and reconcile her estate. Celia chooses to leave the Rarest Blooms and live in a modest home her Mother's estate left to her. She is surprised by a tenant, Mr. Jonathan Albrighton one night when he accosts her in her room by mistake.

Madeline Hunter's writing is like an old friend. I love revisiting and catching up with her. Jonathan and Celia ignite on the page with their forbidden sexual tension. Jonathan is not sure whether or not Celia or her mother was involved with political ties, linking them to traitorous activities. His attraction to Celia and vice versa makes things very tense while he is trying to find answers.

I could have done without all the political intrigue. That is just me though; I have never been a fan of the spy plot and could care less about traitors and such. I felt that Jonathan was an upstanding character with much strength and confidence given his situation with his family. Curious as to where his strength came from. Celia was no wilting flower and was more the aggressor than one would suspect at first glance. I can always admire a heroine who goes after what she wants.

Since it is a series, there are glimpses at the mysterious Duke of Castleford. Will he be paired up with the lovely Daphne of the Rarest Blooms? I see hero material, but will he be redeemed? He is the ultimate, debauched rake after all. Dangerous in Diamonds will be released in May 2011. All I can say is that I am hooked.

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Kwana said...

Thanks for this review.

Maija said...

Glad to know you liked it despite that political intrigue. I have a thing against the spy plot too :/ I have a couple of very nice romance novels waiting for me in my TBR shelf, but I just can't seem to pick them because there's the word "spy" or "traitor" or something in the back blurb...
But well, I have enjoyed Hunter's books and I think I have one sitting in my shelves. Will read it the next time I get a historical kick! :)

Hilcia said...

Goodness, I still have to get this series by Hunter. I'm so behind on my reading and it looks so good, Jill.

Jill D. said...

Maija - There really isn't much going on with the political plot. It is more in the background, but I didn't pay a lot of attention to it.

Hilcia - This is a good series. I really like Hunter's writing so it was at the top of my list.

Leslie said...

Nice review Jill. :) I think I've got the first book (red cover?) but not sure when I'll get to it.

I like that the hero is a Mr. and not a Lord. Reminds me of some of Kleypas' heroes.

nath said...

Hmmm, I'm hesitating about this book, because of the whole courtesan thing ^_^;

I'm not one for spy plot either, but sometimes, they are good.

Castleford is hero material... but is Daphne? That is the question :P

Jill D. said...

Leslie - Yep, first book is Ravishing in Red and it does have a red cover, LOL. It's a good series, but you have to like this author's writing style. I also like it when authors mix it up and don't always feature a Lord/Lady.

Nath - Don't worry the courtesan was Celia's Mom. Celia isn't like her Mother in that aspect at all.

LOL, I am the opposite, Daphne is heroine material, but Castelford...? He is too much of a drunkard and slutty for my taste. It will be interesting to see how Hunter weaves that tale.

Christine said...

Hi Jill! Remember me? j/k I'm so embarrassed by how long it's been since I've dropped in... so sorry. :( I hope you've been well. :)

I've read the first two in this series and really enjoyed them. This one is on my list... I want to get to it soon. It looks like I'm in the minority as one who likes spy plots! ;)