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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: December 2004 ISBN: 9780060786557
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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 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 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 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 Jeanne | 1/3/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie Culpepper | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoyed the by-play between the hero & heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/22/2013

    " This was an ok book. Definitely erotic, but definitely romantic. It was, in the grand scheme of things, pretty boring. I would not read it again. "

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

    " 4 unexpectedly touching moments "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janalynn | 12/13/2013

    " When you read any romance novel, you expect a little skin but this book had way too much. I skipped over nearly a third of the book because there was so much. It was boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/10/2013

    " Wndrflly done acct of political & diplomtc doings w/ lv n lust btwn Michael A-W & widow Caro "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances Fuller | 11/6/2013

    " Not as good as the first time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/1/2013

    " I love Stephanie Laurens books! I thought this was a great book and love the way she interacts her characters and keeps you updated or has family members help solve mysteries in the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/16/2013

    " I like almost everything of hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Tollestrup | 2/17/2013

    " Tepid...no real highs or lows in this romance novel. The main characters are likable enough but sometimes pleasant isn't enough to stoke the passion of the readers imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/9/2013

    " Another of the Cynster books, in this one Honoria's brother Marcus is looking for a bride. Great book as always from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/25/2012

    " I reread this when I purchased it on kindle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/16/2012

    " This book was just OK. It was slow moving and I never felt excited while reading it. It took me much longer to read than most books do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/13/2011

    " Lauren's might have tipped her hand early regarding the villain but I was an unexpected set up. Also explains a lot about Breckenridge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 10/6/2011

    " I was just ok.Don't know why i battled this much to finish a book.Thank goodness! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasneem | 6/3/2011

    " A really enjoyable read of how Michael learns to fall in love and realises that marrying for practical reasons isn't what's best for his life and career. She is so amazingly strong, so capable, and yet so vulnerable. It was a really well written story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kez | 1/23/2011

    " Maybe its because Caro was a widow that I enjoyed this book more. Or maybe I just actually preferred Michael as a non-rake hero. But still my heart just isn't in this series anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 annisa belikov | 1/2/2011

    " dah baca nih..ya owlo kipas-2 baca buku ini..padahal karisma yang terjemahin..hmpfh jadi penasaran mo lanjut baca seriesnya nih... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/5/2010

    " Tepid...no real highs or lows in this romance novel. The main characters are likable enough but sometimes pleasant isn't enough to stoke the passion of the readers imagination. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janalynn | 9/20/2010

    " When you read any romance novel, you expect a little skin but this book had way too much. I skipped over nearly a third of the book because there was so much. It was boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sweety | 6/14/2010

    " The first book of stephanie that i read.
    i found the translation in Kharisma book store some years ago

    I love this story very much. so wicked "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 4/6/2010

    " I was just ok.Don't know why i battled this much to finish a book.Thank goodness! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/20/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette | 2/2/2010

    " Dragged a little, but still good. Always can depend on Laurens to deliver a steamy romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 6/26/2009

    " An enjoyable escape read, although the characters of Michael and Caroline are not as intriguing as the heros/heroines of the other Cynster series novels. Much more of a lukewarm romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kez | 6/25/2009

    " Maybe its because Caro was a widow that I enjoyed this book more. Or maybe I just actually preferred Michael as a non-rake hero. But still my heart just isn't in this series anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/4/2009

    " Lots of heaving breasts and heated loins. Escapism, pure & simple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/18/2008

    " Typical Cynster novel...alpha hero, slightly feminist heroine...sex in a semi-public place...yada yada yada. Laurens is definitely a comfort read...you know exactly what you're going to get with her competent if predictable writing. "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens, a #1 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.

About the Narrator

Clare Higgins, an award-winning English actress, is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. As a stage actress, she has had leading roles in London and on Broadway in such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire, Night of the Iguana, and Measure for Measure. She has had roles in numerous BBC television plays and series, including Downton Abbey. In film, she best known for Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and The Golden Compass. Her acting awards include three Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, and a London Critics Circle Award. She has narrated more than a dozen audiobooks, earning three AudioFile Earphones Awards.