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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (594 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeline Hunter Narrator: Alison Larkin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fairbourne Quartet Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781452678634
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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 . . . Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters…impeccably researched…a masterpiece of wit and passion.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • 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 Starred Review
  • “Clever plotting, delicious sensuality, excellent art history elements, and strong, magnetic characters will attract readers to this engaging and beautifully executed romance.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne Mulcahy | 2/17/2014

    " To me the plot seemed little more than running from here to there and back again. Miss Fairbourne was not one of my favorite characters. I really liked M. Hunter's other series, so I'll still look forward to her next in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebony Morton | 2/8/2014

    " I Loved it !!! It had a slow start though. but, she delivers again !!1 Great book !!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 2/7/2014

    " I agree with smartbitches...., this one was full of too many holes and crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 2/5/2014

    " This one is set in the earlyish days of the French Revolution, in 1798 or 99, when England was anticipating an invasion. Heroine's father ran an art auction house. He's died falling off a cliff overlooking the English Channel, which raises suspicions, and his daughter's trying to keep the business open and profitable. But there's this silent, noble partner of her father's. And strange things happening. Hero's the nobleman partner, heroine's the auction house owner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh Bertman | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent Romance~ Love the setting and use of author's knowledge of the art world. Miss Emma Fairborne's individualism was refreshing for the time period, but it would have been bolstered by more background on her relationship with her father and non-existent mother. The ending was a little disappointing. The return of the brother from 2 years believed dead was less than enthusiastically received by the reader because he spent his time in the luxurious home of a French nobleman and found his future bride. All the drama and build-up leading to the brother's rescue might have seemed better spent if the brother wasn't living the good life abroad, albeit in captivity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/10/2014

    " I liked Miss Fairbourne - enjoyed her independence. Found the male lead a bit stiff - guess I preferred the character from Ravishing IN Red for the male protagonist. However, this was definitely enjoyable also. There is a fluidity to description from Madeline Hunter that is attractive to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Sherman | 12/25/2013

    " Some men just won't be satisfied without total surrender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 12/14/2013

    " Prose as round and smooth as pearls and a wonderful setting. Emma and Southwaite's inability to talk to each other was at times frustrating but always believable. I'm hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this read by Hunter, but it was some what different from her other reads. Still I enjoyed it......always good romance, great heros and herione's, sensual, a bit of susense and guessing, good romance historical read!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/28/2013

    " Some good scenes between Emma and Darius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 8/21/2013

    " It was ok. An audio book book and 2 chapters were erased. This evaluation is incomplete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen C | 7/20/2013

    " Having read most of this authors books I was excited about this new series but something about this first book just didn't capture my attention. Hoping that the next book in the series will be better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/4/2013

    " One of my favorite romance writers. Even when she misses with the storyline, I still enjoy her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cocktails and Books | 1/22/2013

    " Look for review on Night Owl Reviews "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 12/22/2012

    " Enjoyable romp through Regency England. I liked how I knew what Darius and Emma were thinking of the other. It was fun to watch her get the upper hand with him. Just a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/14/2012

    " I'm not usually a fan of romantic historicals but I simply loved her characters their chemistry was electric . Very addictive! "

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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

Alison Larkin is a playwright, stage actress, stand-up comic, and voice artist, whose wide range of voices can be heard in cartoons and movies, including Pocahontas and The Wonder Pets. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has earned an AudioFile Earphones Award.