Book Review

‘The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne’ by Madeline Hunter

tsomf mhSTORY: A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise. Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors. So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding…

All would have proceeded smoothly–if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s. An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house–and Darius is certainly not interested in allowing the lovely Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding. Clearly the business must be sold.

But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates. Holding his temper in check, Darius decides to attack on a different front. There is another way to achieve her surrender, one far more pleasurable for both of them…

REVIEW: After the death of her father, Emma Fairbourne was left a half interest in a London auction house to be held by her with the hope that her brother, Robert, who was reportedly as possibly lost at sea would indeed return. If he actually would return, he would inherit the half ownership of the auction house. The other half of the auction house was owned by Darius, the Earl of Southwaite. Emma wanted to keep the auction house business continuing but Darius wanted to sell it. As she struggles to find items to auction, she uncovers a possible smuggling of goods into England from France. It would not do to find that items auctioned were actually smuggled goods. Emma is always at odds with Darius who insists that she sell the house and puts her down constantly.

I was intrigued by the cover and short synopsis of this novel and had been looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, it did not keep my interest. The story seemed to be all over the place. One big thing I did not like was the relationship between Miss Fairbourne and the Earl of Southwaite. While they were supposed to be equal owners of an auction house, he was always the one treating her like a child, talking down to her and being downright obnoxious. She always appeared to be submitting to his tirades and even gave into his sexual advances. That was a total turn-off to me. If a man and woman cannot be portrayed as equal in their relationship in a novel, I’m not interested in reading it.

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