Sinful in Satin

Jove. (Rarest Blooms). Oct. 2010. 357p. ISBN 9780515148442. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL
Drawn from her peaceful country existence by the death of her celebrated courtesan mother, Celia Pennifold, who fled London's demimonde lifestyle five years earlier, returns to an inherited mountain of debt, a small town house (complete with Jonathan Albrighton, an attractive, mysterious tenant), and the chance to build a new, independent life. When a villain (and money owed) from her past threatens Celia's future, she begins considering her mother's path, but she neglects to weigh Jonathan's feelings for her and his fierce determination not to let that happen. Secrets, mystery, and scandal add intrigue to the plot of this dexterous adventure that reprises characters from the two previous entries in Hunter's enthralling quartet.
VERDICT With searing sensuality, palpable sexual tension, and exquisitely rendered, complex characters, Hunter's third series entry draws readers into her realistic Regency arena and provides them with a tantalizing glimpse of the uncommon, fascinating world that hovers just behind the facade of polite society. Sensitive, thoughtful, and beautifully done. Hunter (Provocative in Pearls) lives in Pennsylvania.

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