Dangerous in Diamonds: The Rarest Blooms, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 43 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 29, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #110,627 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,094 in Regency Romance
#7,811 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#9,825 in Regency Romances
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The narrator perfectly captures the nuances of the Duke of Castleford's very droll humor - I just didn't get that from reading the book last year. The comedic interplay with the characters from the preceding books also came more clearly into focus. If you enjoyed the previous audios in this series, I think you'll enjoy this one.
Dangerous in Diamonds is such a good read because Daphne and Castleford are such fully developed characters (though it helps that we've seen them already in the previous three books). Daphne truly is strong-willed and independent. She isn't one of those common romance heroines whom the author must constantly remind us is strong - we see Daphne's courage in her actions. She places a high value on herself, and I liked how she really makes Castleford earn her love.
Castleford and Daphne are extremely well matched. Their verbal sparring is quick and clever, but there is an obvious respect between them. Time spent with Daphne seems to temper Castleford's arrogance and selfishness, and we can see the man beneath the duke. He even talks to Daphne about his childhood, how as heir to a dukedom he was always deferred to even as a young boy. These teasing glimpses of the inner Castleford are endearing and it's easy to see why Daphne finally lets her guard down to trust him.
Dangerous in Diamonds was a satisfying conclusion to The Rarest Blooms series, and I can't wait to see what Hunter gives us next. PS: I particularly like talking about Hunter's books to romance-scoffers, because Hunter is a PhD and university professor, much like the fabulous Eloisa James. Who says smart girls can't like romance novels??
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This has been on my kindle for ages ,forgotten about when other bookstore my attention. Lockdown made me look at my 'back catalogue.' Castleford is a dreadful philandering ,drunken wastrel Duke,every day except Tuesday which he devotes to business. He is left a puzzling bequest by a relative of a property occupied by the very lovely Daphne Joyes who he assumed was his relatives mistress. The mystery of why Daphne is there and how Castleford finds a reason to stay sober and falls for Daphne makes excellent reading.
Tristan, the Duke of Castleford, has inherited the house Daphne Joyes is living in from the Duke of Becksbridge. This surprised him, as he never liked Becksbridge, nor his son, Latham. He's instantly drawn to her beauty, but Daphne knows about his wild reputation. He toys with her, neither letting her know if he'll let her continue living there or not. Despite her cool mask she has long used, she finds herself beginning to let her guard down around him. Knowing this, he steps up his game, but then she tries to find other excuses not to be with him, including the fact he might have 'diseases,' from all the women he's been with. He tells her he's clean and even says a doctor will confirm it. He tries to get one to write a long letter, telling her how he's in the best health and he should know as he visits the same brothels (which the doctor doesn't).
Daphne and Castleford have their own reasons to hate Becksbridge and Latham. Over time, they have a relationship, and Castleford feels things he's never had before. He offers marriage, but doesn't propose and she turns him down. Daphne wants revenge for what has happened to her and the other victims, and when the truth is revealed publically, Latham goes into hiding. But Daphne has another surprise at the end, which just seems to spoil the whole story. There were no hints in the story that there was another revelation, and it just seemed like it was added for a filler. I won't explain too much, but if you read it, you'll see why.
I skipped Albrighton and Celia's book, as this one was meant to be better. However, I'm staying away from Madeline Hunter at the moment and will come back to read it another time.
A wonderful, wonderful read, I couldn't put it down and it serves a 5 + rating.