Stephie Smith never dreamed of becoming a writer until a series of her humorous essays about family were published behind her back. Unlike most things done behind her back, this one she actually liked.
And now she writes.
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Dangerous in Diamonds by Madeline Hunter is exactly the kind of historical romance I love. It’s hilarious, witty, and sexy. It has the developing romance between the hero and heroine but it also has a mystery plot in the background. Daphne, the heroine, has secrets upon secrets, and their discovery is threatened when the Duke of Castleford inherits the property she calls home. Castleford is interested in Daphne’s secrets only so far as he can use them to manipulate her, thus ensuring his planned seduction. Both of them share a hatred of another, quite powerful, Duke, which helps to bring them together. Daphne, the heroine, is kind, smart, and she helps others. She’s also powerless against her attraction to Castleford.
I LOVED Castleford. He’s a rake with no intention of mending his ways. Why should he? He enjoys his life exactly as it is. His manipulations were hilarious. I read 2 or 3 times the short scene where his man writes to him from Daphne’s property and says he thinks Daphne should be informed of certain developments there. It was LOL funny. Actually, I re-read several of the chapters before moving on because I didn’t want to let go of them. The book was so well written and turned out to be exactly what I love…great characterizations, a solid plot, and scenes that are really funny (witty funny, not slapstick funny) involving the psychology of people and their interactions.
This is the first book by Madeline Hunter that I’ve read. Now I get to go back and read Ms. Hunter’s backlist. I am so lucky!