by Madeline Hunter

December 2003
ISBN: 0-553-58591-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Itís 1831 and England is close to open rebellion. A stirring backdrop to Madeline Hunterís latest romance. The king needs all the support he can get, and Sophie, the new Duchess of Everdon, is in the position to hand him much needed votes. However instead of meekly accepting the king and his advisorsí political guidance she sets out to educate herself and form her own opinions.

Only the third son of an Earl but with friends in high places Adrian Burchard is commanded by the king to guard Sophie and to ensure her right decision. But of course spending time with a woman that canít help collecting any stray, he soon finds himself enthralled. And not even the danger of losing his career stops him from becoming her conquest. Sophie on the other hand isnít losing anything she hadnít given up before. And with Adrianís support, understanding and friendship she finds the necessary strength and courage to face her past and her future.

Whereas I read other authorsí books for their heroes, I read Madeline Hunterís stories for the strong and intelligent heroines she chooses. It is Sophie wielding the power in this tale, but itís also Adrianís story. Itís his emotional journey that carries the book. He is the one taking considerable chances and facing huge obstacles. Itís him who comes away a different person.

I fell in love with Adrian the first time I spotted him in Madeline Hunterís The Seducer. And Madeline Hunter, the wonderful writer she is, acknowledged his fascinating presence and now grants him his own staring role in The Charmer.

Reviewed in November 2003 by Kris Alice.

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