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READ ↠ Dangerous in Diamonds ↠ The Duke of Castleford has been so bad for so long that scandal can’t be bothered to rise up around him any To alleviate the boredom of his privileged life he occupies himself with drinking and whoring not to mention the occasional duel When something piues his interest however he has been known to emerge from his enThe Duke of Castleford has been so bad for so long that scandal can’t be bothered to rise up around him any To alleviate the boredom of his privileged life he occupies himself with drinking and whoring not to mention the occasional duel When something piues his interest however he has been known to emerge from his ennui and em. 45 starsI haven’t read or listened to any of the other books in this series but I picked this up in the recent Tantor Audio sale gawd bless ‘em and was immediately hooked by the superb narration by Kate ReadingThe story is pretty much a variant of your “jaded rake meets woman who finally interests him” plot but what marks it out as a bit different is the inclusion of the historical detail around the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 plus Daphne’s network of “sisters” women who have been through similar experiences to herself at the hands of unscrupulous menAt the beginning of the story Tristan the Duke of Castleford is surprised by the beuest of several plots of land he has received in the will of the Duke of Becksbridge a distant relation He doesn’t need the money or the land and the late Duke’s accompanying missive is cryptic to say the least but while Castleford might spend six days out of every seven drinking and whoring he does tend to his estates – on Tuesdays – and by all accounts has a very shrewd head for business and managementHe decides to visit the closest of these packets of land and finds himself at the “Rarest Blooms” which is currently inhabited by Mrs Daphne Joyes the widow of a soldier and a younger rather nervous woman named Katherine Johnson The property houses Mrs Joyes’ flower growing business and is also a sort of refuge for women who need to escape from the eyes of the world or worse things and live in peace and anonymity for a whileCastleford is immediately captivated by the beautiful and intelligent Mrs Joyes and sets about trying to seduce her As far as that element of the story goes it’s not especially original but it does have some delightful dialogue between the pair as they develop a friendship of sorts and as Daphne begins to realise that there is to the Duke than many people believe – or rather than he allows many people to believeBut Daphne is a mystery and Castleford’s acute mind won’t leave it alone – he has to find out just who she is and why she is living alone as well as working out why on earth he was left the properties in Becksbridge’s will which are all dotted around in different parts of England He begins to piece the puzzle together slowly and it’s likely the readerlistener is a bit ahead of him but Daphne’s story when it is finally revealed packs no less a punch for thatI admit that I really liked Castleford as a character He’s jaded and he’s a rake and makes no bones about admitting it but he’s fiercely intelligent and honourable at the same time He’s witty has a great sense of humour and he doesn’t lie to Daphne He makes it clear to her that he wants her to become his mistress and that theirs will be a finite relationship but he also shows her a lot of consideration especially when he makes her a promise that most men would have found it impossible to fulfil The trouble is that it’s hard to believe that this intelligent witty kind man only manages to stay sober on one day each week During the course of the book we only see him after he has received the beuests and has become intrigued enough by Daphne and her situation to want to devote time to delving into her past and the mystery that surrounds her but it’s still difficult to believe that someone with his proclivities hasn’t drunk himself to death or gambled away the family fortune long before nowDaphne is obviously his perfect mate She can match him in intelligence determination and wit but she is not completely honest with him I suppose this is understandable given her history and Castleford’s reputation for insobriety and dissipation but I did feel as though her insistence on not giving him her trust got a little wearying especially after she’d given in to his blandishments and become his loverThe sexual tension between the pair crackles from their first meeting Daphne is adamant that she does not want to be seduced but is unable to stop herself becoming and fascinated by Castleford who is such an odd mixture of depravity and astuteness as well as someone she is pretty sure knows how to show a girl a good time Even simple kisses raise the temperature and the love scenes while not graphic are very sensualThere are some fascinating glimpses of the political situation of the day in the novel too England after the Napoleonic Wars was still suffering great hardships There was widespread famine and chronic unemployment and conditions were made even worse by the introduction of the first corn laws which meant it was illegal to import cheap wheat even when there were shortages In the earlier part of the novel we hear about the civil unrest that is spreading in the north of England and Castleford takes part in several discussions about what is happening and about what parliament should be doing in order to prevent disaster When he follows Daphne to Failsworth five miles outside Manchester they both get to experience first hand the effects of the meeting at St Peter’s field and the subseuent military chargeBut the book is first and foremost a romance and these events take place in the background so the progress of the central relationship is not slowed down in favour of a history lessonAs with so many other books in my TBR mountain this is a title I opted to listen to rather than read and I’m so glad I made that choice because Kate Reading’s narration was outstanding Each of the characters in the book was voiced distinctly and there was never any confusion as to who was speaking Not only were the male and female voices different – I think Ms Reading is one of a handful of female narrators who is able to lower the pitch of her voice sufficiently to sound reasonably convincing as a man – but her portrayal of characters of the same sex was also very clearly delineated I noticed as well that even when she was narrating what was in a character’s head she tended to speak using a tone similar to the one she used for that character’s speech so that it was very clear when we were hearing Castleford’s thoughts or when we were hearing Daphne’s I was so impressed with her delivery in this that I immediately headed over to Audible to see if I could find what other books Ms Reading has narrated I’m pleased to say that she has worked on the Lauren Willig Pink Carnation series several of which are already on my TBR pile but it doesn’t look as though she has narrated many historical romances at all which is a great loss to the genre IMOIn the end I opted to give Dangerous in Diamonds 45 stars While I liked Castleford it’s impossible not to be a little distracted by the inconsistencies in his character and that together Daphne’s repeated refusals to trust him did unbalance things a little for me in terms of the story But the narration is stellar and I thought it than made up for the things I found problematic I haven’t listened to any of the other books in this series and I’m not sure I’ll be doing so any time soon Had they been narrated by Kate Reading I’d probably be glomming them right now but the other three books use someone else I’m not familiar with so I might wait a while before I pick any of them up

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Ations 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 beuest that gave him ownership of the property where she lives. You know how when you're a kid you just can't wait to open that one really special looking present and it seems the day will never ever arrive but it finally does and you open it and there's just underwear and socks inside That's kinda the way I felt when reading this after waiting so many months with so much anticipation The book has some beautiful moments but they are counterbalanced by some strange awkward or boring ones The secondary female characters heroines of the 3 previous books have turned into silly giggling females Daphne the heroine in this one is a bit lacking in personality is too serious earnest and humorless The only character to stay in character is Castleford and even with him you wonder just what it is about Daphne that inspires him to reformIf you have not read the 3 previous books you might wonder what's all the fuss about Castleford I think you have to get hooked on his character over the space of those stories But hooked I was so I did enjoy the story and Hunter's writing is very good as usual I also enjoyed the interaction of Castleford with the male secondary characters the heroes of the first 3 books although Jonathan H of SINFUL IN SATIN is much less interesting and compelling here than I found him to be in his own story Well none of the secondaries male or female are as interesting here as they were as stars of their own books with the possible exception of Hawkeswell but I suppose that's to be expectedCastleford is fortunately as compelling and fascinating as ever and his reformation and wooing of Daphne is amusing and entertaining to behold BTW Hunter must have heard some readers' complaints about Castleford's risky ways with loose women I confess to being one of them Complaining reader that is not loose woman He is forced to prove to Daphne that she will not suffer any health conseuences from a physical relationship with him That's one of the amusing sections of the romance I personally wouldn't have been too convinced he was STD free from his explanations but Daphne was and that's all that matters There are many such entertaining interactions between the two The meeting places chosen by Castleford what he does with his bed his reaction to his own unexpected sobriety etcWe have serious moments too because of secrets in Daphne's past and even in Castleford's Side stories with regard to women's powerlessness in the face of abuse oppression of the working class by the elite and subseuent riots etc But some of this just seems thrown into the mix for no real reason and does not advance the story but rather sets it off on tangentsStill it is worth reading Castleford may be my favorite romance character since Loretta Chase's Dain He is splendid and complicated and I believe I'm as in love with him as Daphne is That's why I was wanting a bit from Daphne as a reason for Castleford to fall in love with her Yes she is ethereally beautiful but I'm sure he's met up with beautiful women before Perhaps the beauty mixed with the earnestnessgoodness was what his subconscious was looking for as a reason to reform himself

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Dangerous in DiamondsPloy his considerable mental faculties to finding answers to the uestions that fascinate himWhen 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 fascin. Once again I am completely taken by surprise I kind of want to know what was going on in Madeline Hunter's head when she wrote Sinful in Satin and this book because in all honesty these two books were LEAGUES above the first two I mean its night and day from book 2 to book 3 Just incredible I seriously don't know where to begin because even after 10 days I am still speechless As I was hoping for in my Sinful in Satin review Madeline Hunter decided to end her uartet with the euivalent of a noonday uick draw between the sherif Daphne female MC and the lawless bandit Castleford male MC And just like a uick draw it was fast and dangerous Oh man XD XD XD XD XDThe biggest issues I had with the first two books is that the plots seemed very small Like they weren't big issues but Madeline wrote them like they were I empathized with why Audrianna and Verity felt the need to hide out with Daphne but it wasn't dire Now Celia and Daphne's stories were dire In fact the plot in this book was the most complicated of them all and I totally understand why Daphne needed to hide There was a reason that she had that gun and it wasn't for show Daphne's back story was tragic heartbreaking and powerful I was literally in shock as it came to light and when it finally did you understood why Daphne acts the way she does and why The Rarest Blooms exists This book centred a lot around Castleford and Daphne and their tryst but it did also parallel Daphne's back story which was definitely the way it needed to be done and it was done exceedingly wellIn terms of characters in this book you do see the others occasionally I found that we didn't see Audrianna Verity and Celia too much in this one but we do see of the boys of course which isn't so bad because they are Castleford's 'Rarest Blooms' mates We also get to see what happens to Katherine the girl Verity picked up by the harbour in her book Provocative in Pearls and Edward Castleford's practically indentured secretary LOL So many wonderful side characters were introduced and all of them were memorable I have to say that our villain was Grade 'A' bad I mean despicable Damn SMH THE REAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD here though are and its not because this is their book Daphne and Castleford Knowing that these two were going head to head was like waiting for the Tyson and Holyfield fight Am I dating myself OH MY and I was salivating at the bit These two did not disappoint From the jump the word play was at the highest as compared to the rest of the books in this series It was definitely a no holds bar scenario here and I loved every minute Listen 60% page 22 into the book this is what you are looking forward too if you pick it up Daphne There is a young woman living here If you in any way importune her in your ongoing efforts toward varied badness if you even flirt with her I will shoot youCastleford If I die they will hang youDaphne No they will not My lawyer will pack the courtroom with other women you have seduced and every father on the jury will vote to acuit meLMFAO I am telling you it only gets BETTER from here Incredibly witty fast paced and lethal is the way to describe the banter between these two silver tongues and I am impressed by it Well Done Madeline slow clap Honestly I didn't even know if it was possible to reign in Castleford but I knew if anyone could do it it would be Daphne The ending was honestly so beautiful and touching It was really memorable and emotionally charged Castleford truly shows his merit and behind the vices lies a man of incredible integrity and honour Okay I can't gush about this book any longer because I am starting to tear up but if you haven't decided to read this book after all of this there is nothing I can say I hope everyone gives the series a try overall These books are very interconnected so I do feel that you should really read all 4 books in order to fully understand everything and everyone ESPECIALLY CASTLEFORD as he is a character that grows throughout all the books In fact you get to learn about Daphne's character and her ideology by reading about her in the earlier books too but Castleford is the one with the most character growth overallIf any of you attempt to read this series or even just this book comment down below and let me know what you thinkHappy Reading Jo