Book: Secrets of Surrender
Author: Madeline Hunter
Reason for Reading: for fun
Genre: Romance - Historical
Summary: (amazon.com) He catches her eye across the dining room–a handsome stranger who stands out among the lewd noblemen and bawdy painted women. But their worlds are about to collide in a way Roselyn Longworth could never have imagined. For before the night is out, she will be auctioned off to the highest bidder…and Kyle Bradwell will lead her from one kind of hell to another. Yet from the moment he wins her, Kyle treats Rose with a gentleness she hasn’t known since a family scandal destroyed her reputation. And when she finally learns what is really driving Kyle, it’s too late. For Rose has fallen for the man who knows her most intimate secrets. Now he has stunned her with a proposal of marriage–the first step in a seduction that will demand nothing less than her complete surrender.…
Christine's Review: First, let me start off by saying that I LOVE amazon.com's summary of romance novel plots. I could write my own but I can't capture the cheesiness like amazon. Okay...back to the review at hand.
This was my third book in the '...sin' series. Unlike the male leads in Hunter's previous works, Bradwell is a self-made man and this was a welcome change. The heroine, Rose, fits the mold of previous romantic leads..not a virgin, but still innocent in the language of love. Characters from previous books make an appearance, such as Phaedra Blair and her husband Elliott Rothwell. While I did not care for Phaedra in the book focused on her, I enjoyed her presense in this.
Rose's family is financially ruined after her brother swindles people out of a lot of money. Although a family friend pays off the debts, the family name is ruined. Thinking she is in love, Rose becomes the mistress of a well-known man, only to discover he is a mean, vicious man who thinks she is a whore. After forcing her to attend an illicit party, she rebukes her boyfriend's advances and in retaliation, he sells her to the highest bidder. Lucky for Rose-Kyle Bradwell, a self-made man who is appalled at the situation at hand, bids for her. They end up married and battle a number of issues, including her brother's trial and finding love with each other.
Overall, this was a fun, easy read.
Book Junkie's Grade: B