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THE SURRENDER OF MISS FAIRBOURNE
MADELINE HUNTER
ISBN# 9780515150469
March 6, 2012
Jove Books
www.penguin.com
print
$ 7.99
344 pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Emma Fairbourne knows she is not beautiful. But she believes in plain speaking, her ability to run her father’s auction house and that her brother, Robert, is still alive. These four beliefs lead Emma into a unique situation—one contrary to that of Darius, Earl of Southwait.

Darus is half owner of Fairbourne’s auction house, a fact that Emma conveniently forgets quite often. When her not-so-final auction leads to the next, he finds himself running to keep up with the lovely and sharp tongued woman. Tempted, but not sure why, he becomes an increasingly less silent partner as Emma begins to dare and taunt him more and more.

When her manager proposes marriage and promptly quits working for her, she is left to come up with a scheme to replace him. Her best friend helps her devise an ad for someone charming who is willing to please Emma in every way that she can think of…A job that Southwaite is more than happy to apply for. Will outrageous misconceptions lead to The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne?

Hunter does it again with another deliciously decadent historical romance that will have readers flipping the pages to devour more of this delightful tale. Emma was a fun character and I really enjoyed her plain speaking snark. Darius fell a little flat for me since we didn’t see enough of why he fell in love with Emma making his tenderness somewhat less believable and almost leaving it feeling lust based. The whole thing was almost too well cast into the historical romance mold—if you read a lot of this genre, you could almost guess what was coming next. Even with that being said, it was a fun story and I love and adore this author so although it was reminiscent of other things I have read, when I say reminiscent it was like having a piece of chocolate cake…Although I may have had it before…I am going back for more.

Virginia
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