Posted in Madeline Hunter on January 24, 2009|
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Seven years ago, Leona Montgomery’s sensuality was awoken by a mysterious young adventurer full of dark chaos and sinful inclinations.
When she meets him again, their attraction reignites immediately, but he is much changed. Arrogant, masterful, and determined to seduce her, he now appears to have leashed the chaos and tamed the darkness.
Or has he?
Title: The Sins of Lord Easterbrook
Author: Madeline Hunter
Genre: Regency Historical
Series: Last of the Rothwell Brothers Series. After The Rules of Seduction, Lessons of Desire, and Secrets of Surrender
Content warning: There is a paranormal element that is not treated as paranormal since this is a historical. I usually hate paranormal elements in historicals (e.g. Mine Till Midnight) but the way Hunter does it here worked for me.
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Posted in IRL, Madeline Hunter on October 15, 2008|
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As regular readers of this blog knows, if there is a historical author that languid moi is probably fangurlish for, it’s Madeline Hunter. I haven’t absolutely loved everything she has written (in fact, I was lukewarm on her last two books) but there is something in her writing that always resonate with me, even as I want to strangle the heroine/hero.
Last week, Madeline was kind enough to meet me for coffee and we talked for about 90 minutes about various subjects from 19th Century Macau to the Marquess of Queensbury to the lamented demise of Bantam’s Loveswept line of series contemporary romances to authors and blogs to Iris Johansen’s historicals and to the overall brilliance of Mary Balogh’s traditional regencies, specifically A Precious Jewel. She was pretty much as I expected: straight-shooting and intelligent and introverted.
As for news, well, she wouldn’t tell me much about her next book coming up – The Sins of Lord Easterbrook – beyond what anyone could gleam from the preview of it at the end of Secrets of Surrender. She did add a new excerpt from it on her website which you can find by clicking here.
I did ask her about her next series after this one. She is currently shopping a four book series and she will be staying in the period of the 1820s (sorry, Medieval fans).
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Since the time of when Fragonard painted his famous painting to the right, the Swing seems full of playfully erotic possibilities.
In Madeline Hunter’s The Sinner, a dissolute character (Ewan McLean) is introduced. He is quite the naughty gent with tantalizing mentions of a swing in his London bachelor pad and sole ownership of the only surviving copy of I Modi (The Ways), the infamous Renaissance engravings of erotica showing mythological figures going through various sexual positions. When Ewan McLean eventually gets his own story later in the series in Lord Of Sin, I fully expected Hunter to show Ewan making good use of both the swing and the engravings. Lord of Sin, it turns out, was all about the art of engraving but the love scene I expected on the damn swing consisted of all of two lines. 😦
Sadly, I can think of only two other love scenes which occurred on a swing that I have come across in my years of romance reading. In Sabrina Jeffries’s A Dangerous Love, the first book in her Swanlea Spinster Series, the consummation scene mostly takes place on a swing before the hero decides he needs more leverage.
I think the best incorporation of the swing in a romance is in Eve Byron’s Tempt Me Not. It is used throughout the book. The Hero and Heroine grew up together and the swing serves as the backdrop to the beginning of their connection. Later, as a grown man, the Hero installs a swing onto the terrace of his estate and it becomes a peaceful setting for when he wants to brood. When the H/H make love on the swing, it brings them full circle.
Does anyone know of any other romances with love scenes on a swing? If any writers stop by, please think of including one in your next work. 😉 For more inspiration, I found an Indian Mughal painting that is quite, um, inventive. I put it after the cut because it’s quite explicit and NSFW (Not Safe For Work). (more…)
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Here is the cover for Madeline Hunter‘s next book in her current series that started with The Rules of Seduction. It will be released on September 25, 2007. This is Elliot and Phaedra’s story, the younger brother and best friend from Rules of Seduction. I wish they had kept the grey grisaille look and large font of ROS. Also, Phaedra’s shift looks more like a nightie to me. Too modern looking IMO.
Also coming in September is Elizabeth Hoyt‘s last book in her Prince Trilogy — The Serpent Prince. This one features Simon Iddesleigh, the dandy from The Raven Prince and I can’t wait. Here are Hoyt’s comments on Serpent Prince from various sites:
Everyone does remember Simon Iddesleigh, the elegant viscount and Edward’s second at the end of TRP. I’ve saved the best for last so his book comes out in September and is called, The Serpent Prince. When rakes fall, they fall hard!
My editor ending up loving LEOPARD and even the third book in my PRINCE trilogy, THE SERPENT PRINCE (Simon! A rake who loves to talk, likes red heels, and is one by one revenging himself on his brother’s murderers. What’s not to love?) so as it turned out, she must’ve liked diversity, too.
A sword wielding dandy wearing RED HEELS? I am already in love.
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Lord of a Thousand Night (2002) by Madeline Hunter
This Medieval may be the worst Madeleine Hunter novel I have ever read. Either this one or her Lord of Sin.
Which means that Hunter needs to stay away from spin-offs with the words “Lord” and “Of” in it. Still, bad Hunter is 80% better than any other historical romance you are going to find on the market, which is why I am giving this a B-. The reason that I am disappointed in this book is not just the fact that the H/H didnt engage me. That is always a crapshoot whether a character is gonna engage you or not for whatever reason. I think it doesnt help that the Heroine is one of those (spoiler) Virgin Widows and this isnt even a frickin’ Avon novel for crying out loud! It also doesnt help that Hunter dropped a couple of plot threads like the Hero saying he will confront his brother and sister-in-law at the end and then . . . nothing. Also, there was a weird bondage sex scene done medieval style that seemed to come out of nowhere. Just very, very weird and just shows how Hunter is off her game. All this grumbling is still not gonna prevent me from buying Lessons of Desire the first day it will be available in September, however.
Her Scandalous Marriage (2006) by Leslie LaFoy
Grade: B (DNF)
This is one of those Amazon.com recommendations based upon my buying habits. I picked this because it’s the first of a trilogy. I like trilogies. Great for people with short attention spans like me. Authors who write series that go on forever (Quinn, Laurens, Gabaldon) annoy me quite frankly. When that happens I usually just read the first 3/4/5 books and that is IT. Series had ended for me (I dont care if the author sez otherwise).
The first 70 pages of this LaFoy was great. The characters were very witty and intelligent. The book was cute (without being cuteSY). I thought this was gonna be a winner. Then the author made what I would consider a HUGE plotting mistake on page 90. For the next 100 pages afterwards, LaFoy made no romantic progression whatsoever. Instead, she kept on introducing more and more new characters instead of advancing the plot. After 100 pages of nothing but the characters renovating the castle — 100 pages!! — and falling asleep twice trying to muddle through, I decided to not finish cause I just didnt care anymore.
His Secondhand Wife(2005) by Cheryl St.John
I am so NOT the type of reader for this type of by-the-numbers small-town Americana romance. The only author who does them, that I can stand and even love, is Pamela Morsi. I adore Morsi’s gentle humor. It’s very winsome to me. On the other hand, I happen to find L. Spencer, the pioneer of Americana Romances, pretty boring and I would categorize this book as more in the Spencer style than Morsi style. This is a nicely written, calm, steadily-paced novel about a hideously scarred Virgin Hero who marries his sis-in-law after his no-goodnick brother marries, beds, impregnates, and abandons her and dies womanizing with other wimmen. The Heroine is one of those indomitable sweet-tempered waifs who unaccountably cant be satisfied enough with being the pampered Lady of the Ranch after being a laundry slave since she was 12. That and the interfering mother-in-law from hell seem to be the only (paper-thin) conflicts in the book. Because it’s a nice book. About a nice small town full of nice people (in case you wanted to read the nice related books about them. Cause they are so nice, you know.)
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