Synopses & Reviews
THE BEAUTY. THE SPY. AND THE BEHOLDER.
From the beloved New York Times bestselling Madeline Hunter comes this riveting historical romance, in which a darkly handsomeand#160;noblemanand#160;is determined toand#160;unmaskand#160;a delicate and mysterious young beauty...
A refugee from the war in France, Marielle Lyon has established herself at the fringes of London society. Claiming to be the niece of an executed aristocrat, Marielle welcomes the gossip that she is a spy. The more eyes she has watching her, the better protected she isand#151;and the better chance she has of saving her fatherand#8217;s life.
A warrior at heart, Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, would still be in uniform if not for his older brotherand#8217;s untimely death. After all heand#8217;s seen, Kendale doesnand#8217;t trust the Frenchand#151;or their femmes fatales. He has set up a surveillance network to ferret out undercover agents, and he believes heand#8217;s found one in the delicate, mysterious Marielle.
Ready to pounce on his tempting prey, Kendale arranges a meeting with Marielle, who is more beautiful and more cunning than he anticipated. But the Viscount is ready to do whatever it takes to unmask herand#151;even if it means playing a game of seductionand#133;
"Bestseller Hunter (The Conquest of Lady Cassandra) stumbles with this passionless historical tale of an English spy-hunter and a young woman who's determined to rescue her father from French revolutionaries and bring his nemesis to justice. Former soldier Gavin Norwood, Viscount Kendale, has been following Marielle Lyon for over a year, trying to gather proof that she's a French spy. When she's attacked in an alley, he comes to her rescue and is forced to admit his interest is personal as well as professional. Marielle isn't above using his obvious lust against him, especially if it will help her bring down the evil Antoine Lamberte, who had her father arrested and is still hunting her in France. The plot drags and the story offers few surprises, as all loose ends are eventually wrapped up with minimal effort. Despite the attention to period detail, even Hunter's most ardent fans may have trouble staying awake through this lackluster story. Agent: Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Clever plotting, delicious sensuality, excellent art history elements, and strong, magnetic characters will attract readers to this engaging and beautifully executed romance." --Library Journal
"Richly imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters, the latest impeccably researched Regency romance by RITA Award winner Hunter is a masterpiece of wit and passion." --Booklist
Further praise for The Counterfeit Mistress:
"Madeline Hunter uses a popular Regency spy angle to intriguing effect, keeping readersand#8212;and Kendaleand#8212;guessing as to Marielleand#8217;s true intentions, while creating a sizzling frame of sexual tension through Kendale and Marielleand#8217;s seductive dance of truth, daring and consequences. A smooth, sexy and sophisticated spy-themed Regency romance." --Kirkus Reviews
and#8220;Replete with action, adventure, humor, and lots of delicious dialogueand#8230;This is a book I highly recommend for an enthralling read.and#8221;and#8212;Romance Junkies and#8220;Hunter is a gifted writer whose careful, engaging sense of plot and character allows her to build sexual tension and suspense. Add to this creative storytelling and graceful prose, and readers have a sexy thrill ride of a spy noveland#8230;and an unforgettable read.and#8221;and#8212;RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) and#8220;An intriguing read that pulled you in from the first few pages.and#8221;and#8212;Joyfully Reviewed Praise for the novels of Madeline Hunter:
"Another stellar Regency-set historical romance that hits all the literary marks. Hunterand#8217;s effortlessly elegant writing exudes a wicked sense of wit; her characterization is superbly subtle, and the sexual chemistry she cooks up between her deliciously independent heroine and delightfully sexy hero is pure passion." --Booklist (starred review)
"Intelligent and memorable...As smart and sharp as the best of Regency romances can be.and#160; With its tangy dialogue, Pride and Prejudice themes, bits of mystery and nefarious characters, readers may be reminded of Jane Austen." --Romantic Times (Top Pick)
and#8220;Hunterand#8217;s books are so addictive.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;Hunter's flowery centerpiece will suit every romance table. Highly recommended.and#8221;and#8212;Library Journal
Praise for The Counterfeit Mistress:
"Underestimating Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, almost cost Marielle Lyon her life. At first, Marielle believes the English nobleman following her is nothing more than a handsome nuisance, but Alban quickly disproves this theory when he rescues Marielle from a rendezvous with two of her confederates that turns deadly. As it turns out, Alban has his own reasons for saving Marielles life since he believes she is a French spy, and he wants to wring out every ounce of information from her that he can. As a former officer in the British Army, Alban is used to skirmishing with the enemy, but engaging in an ongoing battle of wits with the oh-so-seductive Marielle could very well prove to be a losing battle. Combining a Regency-set romance with spies has always been a popular idea, but few romance writers do it with the graceful sense of élan and subtly sophisticated use of sensuality as RITA award-winning Hunter." --Booklist Praise for the novels of Madeline Hunter:
"Another stellar Regency-set historical romance that hits all the literary marks. Hunters effortlessly elegant writing exudes a wicked sense of wit; her characterization is superbly subtle, and the sexual chemistry she cooks up between her deliciously independent heroine and delightfully sexy hero is pure passion." --Booklist (starred review)
"Intelligent and memorable...As smart and sharp as the best of Regency romances can be. With its tangy dialogue, Pride and Prejudice themes, bits of mystery and nefarious characters, readers may be reminded of Jane Austen." --Romantic Times (Top Pick)
“Hunters books are so addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hunter's flowery centerpiece will suit every romance table. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise. Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors. So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding…
All would have proceeded smoothly—if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s. An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house—and Darius is certainly not interested in allowing the lovely Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding. Clearly the business must be sold.
But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates. Holding his temper in check, Darius decides to attack on a different front. There is another way to achieve her surrender, one far more pleasurable for both of them…
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.
About the Author
Madeline Hunter has published twenty-three critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Timesand USA Today bestseller lists. More than five million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA Awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.