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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A woman running a prestigious London auction house? 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 A woman running a prestigious London auction house? 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 Get A Copy.
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Be the first to ask a question about The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 31, Catherine rated it it was ok Shelves: sucked , england , series , fiction-vixen-reviews , first-reads-arcs-won-a-copy , read , romance , boring , class-difference , historical. But I have never been so completely bored when reading when of her books. Of course, the Earl of Southwaite, the hero, is the proverbial fly in the ointment.
Of course, this difference in opinion over the future of the business causes Emma and Southwaite to butt heads. Given the disagreement over the future of the auction house, I expected more excitement between Emma and Southwaite.
Hell, I expected more excitement in general. I enjoyed the fact that Southwaite became so completely turned around whenever he spoke to Emma. Yet even that was a kind of drab enjoyment. It was well written, but it was a chore to read. There was no excitement or emotion to catch the reader and pull them in. One minute she would be subtly confounding Southwaite and getting her way and the next she would seem painfully oblivious to the realities of the world.
Whenever any sexual attraction came into play she became a dim, easily manipulated creature who made me grit my teeth. She got better once they had sex, but I was never very impressed by her. Southwaite was really no better.
He tended to bulldoze over Emma whenever he got the chance. I found his presumptuousness completely galling and was frustrated that Emma went along with it so often.
I liked that we stayed out of the ballrooms and focused mostly on trade world but I found the smuggling plot boring. If she had spoken to her friend Cassandra or even spoken to Southwaite in the beginning I would have had more respect for her intelligence. Then again, she never really felt like she had a good handle on her plan for the auction house either, so can I really say that I was surprised by how she handled it? But then to have it all resolve in the anticlimactic way it did?
Talk about going out with a whimper instead of a bang. I hope this book was just a fluke and that the next one is better. I assumed he had some fascination and, being a man, he would do what men are wont to do when they are fascinated.
Not at all. It was never the wonderful Miss Fairbourne. More the annoying Miss Fairbourne and the exasperating Miss Fairbourne. View all 14 comments. Jan 18, Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it Shelves: steamy , romance , audiobook.
My enjoyment of this novel is pretty much all about falling for Darius early and wanting him to be happy. I wanted to attach to Emma as well, but she kept doing things that frustrated me. Not that they didn't make sense or weren't in character so much as I just wish she had been someone else. Which shouldn't have worked for a romance because you generally want the guy to have a girl you like but Hunter actually made it work, at least for me.
And I have to admit that I did sympathize with Emma's My enjoyment of this novel is pretty much all about falling for Darius early and wanting him to be happy. And I have to admit that I did sympathize with Emma's struggles to hold things together despite the disadvantages of her gender. Yeah, those disadvantages are socially constructed, but she faces them nonetheless and her efforts to work around them seemed both genuine and courageous even if doomed to eventual failure there's only so long you can maintain a front-man on an operation that has so much public contact as you do in an auction house.
The death of her father has left her with a business that no longer has an obvious leader. Yeah, she can do all the work as she was trained by her father and it was work she truly loves, but society is what it is and pretending her minions are running the show will only stretch so far.
Anyway, those things were sympathetic. Less so were her continual evasions of Darius. Emma's father used funds from Darius to expand his business in exchange for a half interest. So Darius is a legitimate owner and yet Emma treats him with contempt and deception at every turn pretty much right from the start. Yeah, he wants to sell the business and he's imperious and all, but he's still only part owner and she truly has him over a barrel in the sense that he doesn't want exposure as having his hands in trade and thus can't actually force her hand in any legal or potent way.
She'd have been much better off treating him with enough respect to simply oppose him outright and then give them a basis for working out what it is going to mean from there. Frankly, not much of the plot would have changed as a result. Except for the stupid sneaking around she resorts to because, well, reasons. She is otherwise quite courageous and strong so being so weak in this one case bugged me. This comes to a head for me when, near the end, she decides to view spoiler [give in to the blackmail over her brother's captivity to commit treason.
I'm sorry, but colluding with a French spy network during the Napoleonic Wars was so many levels of wrong I just lost all sympathy with her. There are some lines you don't cross and aiding a tyrannical despot is top of that list.
This is undoubtedly a part of my paladin core but death before dishonor, while in the main rather silly, has a place when it comes to the well-being of millions; not least when that includes the potential fall of your very own country. Not to mention that the risk of discovery was easily in the neighborhood of fifty-fifty, the absolute certain consequence of which is death by hanging. So it's not only stupidly sentimental, it's also foolhardy on a level that comes dangerously close to too stupid to live.
Darius, on the other hand, is full of win. I always have a place in my heart for the competent hero, capable in his sphere, who is caring and kind and eager to help those he cares about. Darius is all of that and honorable to boot. I particularly loved when view spoiler [he tracked back the spy network to Emma's brother and staged a daring raid to free him hide spoiler ]. And his trust and care of Emma was endearing even when she was being an idiot about it.
It was helped that she obviously loved him and wasn't doing the push-away thing beyond reason as you'd almost expect given my comments above. Indeed, their private moments were outstanding and a large part of what pushed this above the three-stars the attachment to Darius alone would have warranted. The other elements of the story were strong enough to escape notice; decent pacing, interesting plot, and the auction house setting was kind of fun even in the face of being the source of so much anxiety for both protagonists.
The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne
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