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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,119 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Clare Higgins Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cynster Novels Release Date:
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Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a man destined for power. Except that Michael, for all his political skill and intelligence, lacks the most important element of success: a wife.

So he goes searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, well-managed young lady. Michael discovers such a paragon, but finds a formidable obstacle in his path, the young lady's beautiful, strong-minded aunt, Caroline Sutcliffe. Caro has lived through an unhappy political marriage, and wants nothing of the sort for her niece, especially as the young woman has already lost her heart to another.

Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot -- Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for him. In deflecting Michael's matrimonial attentions away from her niece, Caro unwittingly focuses them on herself. And then it is Michael's turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm.

A series of mysterious and dangerous accidents befall Caro -- it becomes clear that an assailant has stepped in with his or her own idea for Caro's future -- one that could even involve murder. Before Caro can become Michael's ideal bride, they must race to uncover the unknown's identity before all hope of what they long for, and wish for, is destroyed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marvelous”

    Cathy Kelly, #1 bestselling author

  • “Laurens's newest romantic offering, set in early 19th-century London, possesses two of her trademarks—coolly confident characters and plentiful and graphic sex scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “How Michael uncovers the key to Caro's heart is a feat worthy of any Cynster, and Cynster fans will be delighted to see again the characters first introduced in Devil's Bride.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerin | 2/16/2014

    " eLibrary. Michael Ansthruther-Wetherby, brother of Honoria Cynster, has progressed nicely in his political career, now for advancement he needs to find a wife and fulfill the home life of a politician. He has his sights set on a young daughter of a just retired politician, Elizabeth, but she is in love with her aunt's secretary, Edward. With the help of her aunt Cora they portray Elizabeth as not politician wife material, and end up giving way to feelings between Cora and Michael. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison Fetch | 2/9/2014

    " This wasn't one of my favorite Cynster novels, though I did enjoy it enough to finish it. The characters were too stodgy, even though they were quite the hurricane in the bedroom. If I read the phrase "social mask" one more time I was ready to scream! The mystery part of the book was entertaining though I thought it took too long to ramp up. Hopefully the next one will be better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/24/2014

    " Solid romance--writing is good, characters are somewhat interesting, and there's some excitement in the slight mystery/thriller subplot. I'll read more of her for sure! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeanne | 1/3/2014

    " Not sure if I really like this book. I guess I like more mystery in my novels. "

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