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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeline Hunter Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rarest Blooms Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781452678627
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The Duke of Castleford has been so bad for so long that scandal can't be bothered to rise up around him anymore. To alleviate the boredom of his privileged life, he occupies himself with drinking and whoring, not to mention the occasional duel. When something piques his interest, however, he has been known to emerge from his ennui and employ his considerable mental faculties to finding answers to the questions that fascinate him.When Daphne Joyes rejects this notorious hedonist's seduction, she assumes that he will forget about her and continue on his path to hell. Instead her beauty, grace and formidable composure captivate him, and she becomes one of those fascinations to him. That he intends to have her, and soon, is actually the least of the dangers that his pursuit of her presents. More troublesome is his interest in her past and her history, and the way he keeps poking his nose into the secrets behind the distant relative's bequest that gave him ownership of the property where she lives. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The depth of characterization and intense emotions will enthrall readers…The tight plotting and masterful storytelling will captivate. Brava!”

    RT Book Reviews

  • Fans will be delighted to learn what the previous Rarest Blooms ladies and their husbands are up to, laugh at their chatter, and cheer their unwavering friendship. Publishers Weekly
  • “Hunter masterfully weaves a sensual web…Fans will be delighted.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/28/2014

    " I admit, I had higher expectations for this book. It was slow moving, boring me at times. Although the ending was sweet, I'm not sure that I totally believe the HEA. Even still, I give it a 2.5-3 star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/26/2014

    " It was slow starting out. But half way thru,the story finally started going and it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jackie frye | 1/12/2014

    " Excellent - The reason Daphne opened her home to women in need was a semi-suprise. I have liked Castleford since "Ravishing in Red" and was glad he turned out to be the honorable man I gave him credit for being. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanette | 1/11/2014

    " Like everyone else, I was looking forward to this book but it quite a let down. very disappointing. boring to a point. plot was really weak. Castleford was so much funnier and amusing in previous books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sola | 1/7/2014

    " When the Duke of Castleford inherits several small pieces of land, with their tenants, from someone who didn't like him, he's curious and goes to visit. He meets Daphne, who he's attracted to on site, and he's sure that she must have been the other man's mistress. She's upstanding, runs a home for abused women, raises flowers, and agrees over time to sleep with him. Relatively thoughtfully portrayed, but annoying nonetheless, in that despite knowing that the dead man's son could rape servants, Castleford assumes that it didn't happen with Daphne (but it did). Daphne ends up exposing the bad guy, runs from Castleford, who ends up chasing her and proposing marriage, including her daughter in all the things that he accepts about her. Not the standard chase, but predictable nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 12/27/2013

    " The final book in The Rarest Blooms collection lives up to its predecessors. I enjoyed it. I loved how Daphne didn't fall into Castleford's arms and under his spell immediately. She made him work for her. I also liked how Castleford kept wanting to believe Daphne had no influence on him but slowly came to her way of thinking. This was a fitting end for these ladies and these stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 12/21/2013

    " In my opinion, this is the best by far of The Rarest Blooms series. I absolutely love the characters and the dialogue. Even thoung it does stand on its own, you really do need to read the previous books in the series to understand all the supporting chacters actions and reactions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2013

    " Loved the hero, but spent most of the book wanting the heroine to just stop being so serious. Granted, there were good reasons for her mein, but I missed the sparkle of the other stories in the Rarest Blooms series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chloe Harris | 11/17/2013

    " This was a bit of a tough read for me personally. Part of the subject matter hit too close to home. But that's a personal hang up only and of course she handled it beautifully. Great way to end another wonderful series. But I have to say Jonathan is still my favorite rarest blooms hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 10/24/2013

    " This story surprised me in a very good way. Though I have liked Castleford from the beginning I was not sure if I would like his story. The author did a great job melding these two very different characters together. There was mystery along with getting to revisit the others from the past books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mem | 10/24/2013

    " Daphne and Castlefords story is the best of the four Rarest Blooms books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aquit | 10/20/2013

    " DNF. The whole series was boring and not captivating at all. I barely made it through this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 9/30/2013

    " Yay! I am so pleased to have found another romance author that I enjoy! Hunter's characters are engaging and interesting and do not make me want to throw the book across the room. I highly look forward to reading more of her work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delia | 9/14/2013

    " Amazing book, another winner from Madeline Hunter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Sherman | 6/15/2013

    " A good book to read on Mother's Day or anyday. A Duke has been given four small properties by someone who wasn't a particular friend. Read what happens when he visits one of the properties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laylah | 6/4/2013

    " A competent read, although a bit of a let down after all the builds up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza Lloyd | 1/17/2013

    " Wow. Madeline has surpassed herself. Castleford was potrayed to decadent perfection. For lovers of historical fiction, don't miss this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shalon | 1/3/2013

    " oh. i may need to read other books by Madeline Hunter. i have really enjoyed the Rarest Blooms books.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Hill | 12/22/2012

    " I loved this story. So romantic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/12/2012

    " Heroine is the woman who runs the "shelter." Hero wants to know her secrets. It's a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Madeline Hunter

Madeline Hunter is a two-time RITA Award winner and seven-time finalist and has more than two dozen nationally bestselling historical romances in print, including The Accidental Duchess, The Counterfeit Mistress, and The Conquest of Lady Cassandra. A member of RWA’s Honor Roll, her books have been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. More than six million copies of her books are in print, and her novels have been translated into thirteen languages. She has a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.