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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Roz Landor Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest...and he has. He's played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones.

But now he's restless and bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so it's with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family's estate in rural Devon. His most pressing need is to hire a new manager for the inn; the center of village life. Such a small task, yet he discovers few decent applicants are willing to live in a quiet country backwater.

Then genteel but impoverished Miss Emily Beauregard applies for the position. Jonas's initial response is an emphatic no! Ladies, especially one as attractive as Emily, belong in the ballroom or the bedroom, not running an inn. But with no alternatives, he grudgingly allows Emily to try, and she rapidly proves herself worthy, resurrecting the inn with tact and skill.

But Emily has a secret. It's not only the need to provide for herself and her orphaned siblings that has brought her to Devon. She's surreptitiously searching for a family treasure hidden in the village, the only clues to its location a cryptic rhyme handed down through the generations. Emily is determined to solve the puzzle, find the treasure, and reinstate her family to its rightful place in society.

But Em hasn't bargained on Jonas. His experience is temptation, his attentions irresistible, and he's determined to aid her in her quest. He eventually persuades her to trust him, and together they unravel the clues. But someone else is watching, waiting, and once the family legacy is unearthed, the villain strikes, threatening Em, her family, and the love she and Jonas have discovered in each other's arms. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/18/2014

    " Every once in a while you need a no thinking book and this is it. Very smutting (if that is a word)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Kapsley | 2/12/2014

    " i didnt mind it not one of my favourites but did enjoy the story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mayakda | 2/9/2014

    " Seemed to drag on and on. The story seemed out of place for the setting. The secondary characters were less than flat, they were practically linear. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda G | 2/3/2014

    " Normally, I like S. Laurens books but this one was extremely predictable and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/27/2014

    " It was a great Cynster novel..strong hero, family loyalty, good mystery. I love the Cynsters! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 1/27/2014

    " Once again, I get sucked in by the 'new' shelf at the library. Clearly I should not be around shiny things. This was terrible, but I definitely needed a palate cleanse after Time Traveler's Wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leticia Vega | 1/21/2014

    " You can't go wrong with a bit of romance, kidnapping, and a treasure hunt. Definitely an entertaining read. It kept a steady pace, though toward the end I did feel my patience stretch at how the pace slowed down toward the last few chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2014

    " Good book when you don't want anything too heavy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thea | 12/28/2013

    " Two kidnappings too much. The heroine is too stubborn for my taste, not much of a strong character. Lacks all "goodness" qualities. The hero, Jonas, is the epitome of a perfect-EST gentleman ever been written. EVER. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/21/2013

    " I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kas | 11/21/2013

    " Dnf... I found this book to be much too wordy. It seemed that it had a lot of filler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 9/9/2013

    " Decent romance (very spicy) with strong characters. This one is set in the small town of Colyton and revolves around the Inn and a treasure hunt. Fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carli | 2/3/2013

    " The first one I've read where she's strayed from her tried and true plot formula. Hallelujah! Greatly enjoyed it, although I do wish that the hero wouldn't use sex (and lots of it!) to 'persuade' the heroine to marry him. Still, it's the genre, I suppose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 1/23/2013

    " I think this was hot hot hot and the mystery was good, but.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gevera Bert | 10/2/2012

    " I usually enjoy the Cynster series books. For some reason, this one felt very bloated and overwritten, with a lot of filler. I found myself skimming rather than reading for pages at a time, because nothing was happening that moved the plot along. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 9/19/2012

    " Like many other reviewers of this book I found myself skimming through most of it. Actually, I skipped almost the last 100 pages because the storyline had just become predictable and bland. I think it is time for Stephanie Laurens to put the Cynsters and their storylines to bed ... permanently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petie McCarty | 8/9/2012

    " A good read, the Cynster novels always are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/12/2012

    " If it wasn't part of a series, I wouldn't have finished the book. It really dragged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette Steward | 3/23/2012

    " 4.5 The last of the Cynster Series. This was more exciting with an actual treasure to find!! Of course, like all the other Cynster books....lots of hot scenes to digest as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah Sullivan | 2/29/2012

    " I'm glad I'm finishing this. But boy, this could have used a good 100% less boring buildup, which would have been probably 25% less book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Serra | 7/18/2011

    " Too much sex and not enough of a storyline or plot. I was hoping that this would be a good treasure hunt type of romance story, but it was just too slow and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Meier | 7/17/2011

    " Loved it! Not so much of the high-society stuff in 1800's London. Good adventure story too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dácil | 3/20/2011

    " Como siempre Laurens se enrolla ella solita. La historia en si es buena pero cuando la autora empieza a liarse convierte una trama de doscienta páginas en una de quinientas que termina aburriendo y cansando.
    Una pena. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Qtpham85 | 2/10/2011

    " This story was readable, but kind of lackluster. The love scenes were nice, but I found myself skipping through them just to finish the story, because there were so many. It got kind of repetitive. Not her best, for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SATIN SUE | 11/14/2010

    " i really liked tis book.....the sex scenes were very ditry in places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 5/30/2010

    " I'm glad I'm finishing this. But boy, this could have used a good 100% less boring buildup, which would have been probably 25% less book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette | 5/10/2010

    " 4.5 The last of the Cynster Series. This was more exciting with an actual treasure to find!! Of course, like all the other Cynster books....lots of hot scenes to digest as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/23/2010

    " I love reading about the Cynsters.

    I wonder if I have read too many of Laurens' books as I knew the where the treasure was from the beginning. Or maybe it was just that obvious. :) still and enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerelyn | 4/10/2010

    " Some one else said this but it fits perfectly I have hit Cynster saturation. This one was nothing special and I am glad I got it in a swap and didn't pay full price for it. I need to step away from Lauren's for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 2/20/2010

    " It was a great Cynster novel..strong hero, family loyalty, good mystery. I love the Cynsters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 stella | 2/7/2010

    " how can she can still write good books after tons of it ? anyway, i'm proud that i can still catch up ! =) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 12/15/2009

    " Normally, I like S. Laurens books but this one was extremely predictable and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 12/10/2009

    " This is another good Laurens book with hot sex and all. I did enjoy Jonas Talent as the hero. I like how the book related what running an inn of that time would require. I did get tired of "I'm not good enough" and that gets old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/25/2009

    " Every once in a while you need a no thinking book and this is it. Very smutting (if that is a word)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 10/20/2009

    " I liked it, even though I could write her sex scenes. "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens, a New York Times bestselling author, began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. She subsequently introduced the equally unforgettable members of the Bastion Club, as well as several other series. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels in her signature “Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style for more than twenty years.