Sinful in Satin

Friday, October 8, 2010

I just finished reading Madeline Hunter's latest book, "Sinful in Satin," the third in her The Rarest Blooms series. I always savor Madeline Hunter's seamless prose - often pausing to reread lines simply because they are so beautifully crafted. (By the way, Hunter is another one of those "scholarly" romance writers. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History and teaches at the college level.)

Getting back to "Sinful in Satin," Celia is the daughter of a courtesan who's been groomed to take over the family business. However, she runs away before Mom can sell her daughter's services to the highest bidder. Years later, while trying to make a respectable life for herself, Celia falls for the enigmatic Jonathan. Luckily for him, Celia can finally put all those skills Mommy taught her to good use. Yep, it's pretty steamy.

The story moves along at a restrained pace, steadily building a mystery involving both Jonathan and Celia that is resolved in a satisfying conclusion. I didn't LOVE the last page but, who cares, by then I was already sold on the characters and the plot line.

While I enjoy all of Hunter's books, I think my favorite remains "Secrets of Surrender," which brings the son of a coal miner - who has done very well for himself - together with a lady whose reputation has been destroyed by a family scandal. The novel begins with him "buying" her at an auction. Need I say more?

Do you have a favorite Madeline Hunter book? Have you read "Sinful in Satin" yet?

By the way, Ms. Hunter is actually judging two of my finalist entries in the New Jersey Romance Writers 2010 "Put Your Heart in a Book" contest for unpublished writers. Both of my completed manuscripts, "Compromising Willa" and "Seducing Charlotte" are nominated in the historical category. The winners will be announced later this month.

When I picked up my first Madeline Hunter book a few years ago, I never dreamed that one day she would be reading my work!


Cara said...

Madeline Hunter is one of my favorite writers yet I found "Sinful in Satin" a little disappointing. I did not like the heroine's voice. My favorite is also "Secrets of Surrender"

Pam said...

I love Madeline Hunter! My favorite is "The Seducer".

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I am even thinking this, but can you have to much sex in a romance novel?

Jen said...

I think you can have too much sex because it gets boring. And we all know boring sex is not a good thing!

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