by Madeline Hunter

February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-515-14754-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Audrianna Kelmsleigh takes a very big risk coming to the inn alone. With the need to clear her father's name foremost in her mind, she answers the Domino's cryptic message. She hopes he will give her information that will prove her father's innocence, even though his suicide implied his guilt.

Sebastian Summerhays has also seen the advertisement, and hopes to pass himself off as Kelmsleigh in order to question the Domino for his investigation. He does not expect to find a young woman in the meeting chamber, especially a young woman with a gun!

Their relationship starts off with a bang, and Madeline Hunter's new series begins. Ravishing in Red introduces readers to the women behind The Rarest Blooms, and several of the key series players. Sebastian and Audrianna have plenty of reasons to dislike and distrust each other, but fate has something else in mind. They will have to weather the scandal and learn to trust each other if they hope to learn the truth behind the gunpowder sabotage.

As the first novel in the series, Ms. Hunter does an excellent job of laying the groundwork, without losing her main plot. We learn just enough about the four women of The Rarest Blooms to be intrigued but not enough to be bored with repetition when their stories are told. Her focus is on Sebastian and Audrianna, as it should be. All of the interesting secondary characters will find a place in later books. Fans of Ms. Hunter's work will be pleased at the prospect of a quartet of stories, and Ravishing in Red is a great place to start.

Reviewed in January 2010 by Paula.

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