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Sinful in Satin by Madeline Hunter

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Cover art: Sinful in Satin Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Sinful in Satin - 3rd in the Regency Quartet series
Author: Madeline Hunter
Publisher: Jove
ISBN-13: 978-0-515-14844-2
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Madeline's Website/Blog: www.madelinehunter.com


Celia Northrope is the daughter of the most famous London courtesan. She was trained to lead the life of her mother, until she ran away and escaped into anonymity. She was happy living in the country in obscurity until her mother died. Now Celia has inherited all the property—and all the debts—of her mother. There is a small house in London that it appears she will be able to keep. Unfortunately, it comes with a tenant who can’t be evicted. One Jonathan Albrighton is the tenant—a man who has known her since she was a teen. He was disturbing to her then and he’s equally disturbing now. As she settles into the townhouse, she begins to realize she might not want to evict Jonathan after all. He may be a mystery, but he’s easy on the eyes and a great help when she needs it most.

As some additional debts come to light, Celia is in jeopardy of losing everything she has left, including her purity. She may have been trained to be a courtesan, but she ran away before she could be put into the lifestyle. With the debts mounting, she’s afraid the only way to get out is to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Too bad the only man she wants to practice her erotic arts on is the one man she can’t have…Jonathan.

Madeline Hunter has created quite a character in Celia Northrope. The girl has lived in the fringes of polite society and has had training that we can’t imagine. Yet, she walked away from all of it to lead a quiet life in the country. In her country life, she learned all about flowers and she herself began to bloom into the fullness of character that we see throughout the story. While this is the third book of the quartet, it does stand-alone. There’s enough back-story to keep new readers up to date while returning readers won’t be bored.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Celia and her friends. Celia is such a strong woman and we see her strength of character in all she does. Celia impressed me both as a person and in the way she handled adversity. Jonathan is another interesting person. The more we get to know about him, the more we realize how little we know. He’s quite the paradox of emotions and behaviors. His profession might be questionable, but he is so chivalrous that it more than makes up for any faults we find in his occupation.

The story moved along and, for the most part, was very engaging. There was a section in the middle that drug quite a bit and seemed to be a rabbit trail off of the main story. I can see why the author wanted to include this information, but it detracted some from the story and I’m not sure I saw any long-term value in pursuing this information. Perhaps it will come to bear more in the next story. While it didn’t seriously detract from the story, it did make a portion of a generally fast-paced novel really slow down.

Madeline Hunter has crafted a set of characters that are diverse and yet engaging. They all come from vastly different backgrounds, but when they pull together, they are quite the force to be reckoned with. Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to the fourth in the quartet.

Robyn

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