Monday, November 10, 2003

Review: The Seducer by Madeline Hunter

Title: The Seducer
Series: The Seducers
Author: Madeline Hunter
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: September 20, 2003
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553585894
ISBN-13: 9780553585896

From the moment he arrived to rescue her, Diane Albret saw more in the darkly handsome, charismatic gentleman than just a guardian. Over the years that have passed since she first laid eyes on Daniel St. John, he had become, quite simply, the most dangerously irresistible man she could ever have imagined. Diane herself has changed from a bewildered schoolgirl, tragically orphaned, into a determined young woman of alluring charm and beauty. Now, leaving the cloistered life of her school, she has been brought to Daniel’s home with dreams of her own amid rumors and hints of scandal. But the legendary seducer seems to have other plans for Diane—and he possesses a secret about her lost past that he will do everything to keep: a secret that will put both their lives in jeopardy, even as the passion they have denied for so long threatens to break out of all control.

My rating:

Orphaned Diane Albret finds herself in the headmistress's office to be punished under the eyes of her mysterious guardian, Daniel St. John.

Daniel soon realizes his young charge is no longer a child he thought he knew and she no longer belongs into a school. He takes her to his home in Paris, a home he shares with his sister.

As Diane's guardian, Daniel buys her a new wardrobe and takes her to the theater, not realizing the impact such attention might have on his young charge... or to him.

Despite his reputation as a notorious seducer, Daniel fights his attraction to his beautiful protegee since she is part of the revenge plan he's been harboring for the past fifteen years.

But the heart and passion would not be denied and as Daniel takes Diane into his arms and his bed, he realizes the most important lesson of all. Revenge does not come sweet, when the cost is love.



Madeline Hunter has moved from the medieval settings into Regency, offering us a dark and sensual introduction into a new series.

Daniel St. John is one of the darkest, brooding heroes that I've encountered. His secrets keep accumulating, keeping the reader at the edge of the seat wandering what they are and whether there are even more of them.

Ms. Hunter weaves a dark tale of seduction, revenge, sensuality, secrets, and love so palpable you can touch it.