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Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cynster Novels Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781470333430
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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has created some of romance’s most unforgettable novels. Now she has created her most provocative love story—and amazing hero—to date. This is the book that dares to ask the question: Who is this man’s ideal bride?

Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament—a man destined for power. Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly charming, he is just arrogant enough to capture the interest of the ladies of the ton. And with his connections to the wealthy and influential Cynster family—his sister is married to Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives—his future appears assured.

Except that Michael lacks the single most important element of success: a wife.

Political pressure sends him searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, malleable young lady, preferably one with a political background. Michael discovers such a paragon but finds a formidable obstacle in his path—the young lady’s beautiful, strong-minded aunt—Caroline Sutcliffe.

One of London’s foremost diplomatic hostesses, Caro has style and status but, having lived through an unhappy political marriage, wants nothing of the sort for her niece, who has already lost her heart to another.

So Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot: Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for Michael. She succeeds in convincing him that what he really needs is a lady of experience by his side. And the perfect candidate is right under his nose—Caro herself. Then it is Michael’s turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm as he tempts and tantalizes Caro, seeking to convince her that becoming his bride will bring her all her heart desires … and more.

But then a series of mysterious and dangerous accidents befall Caro—an assailant has stepped in with their own idea for Caro’s future—one that could 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

  • “Laurens has written another sensual, suspenseful romance designed to enthrall. She knows what readers want: an alpha hero, a dynamic heroine, and a powerful conflict between them that is enhanced by a tinge of mystery and adventure. Add the perfectly researched backdrop and you have a memorable addition to your Laurens’ keepers.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Sensational…Cynster fans will be delighted to see again the characters first introduced in Devil’s Bride.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[A] tale of passion, intrigue, and international machinations…The usual Laurens romantic touches and interesting characters are here…Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • The Ideal Bride is a continuous joy. With humor, intrigue and suspense, great characterization, superb plotting, and gradually escalating passion, it’s an up-all-nighter. Don’t miss this one.”

    Romance Reviews Today

  • “Compelling and delightful characters…highly sensual, The Ideal Bride is delightful reading.”

    Old Book Barn Gazette

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/19/2014

    " 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 Danette | 2/17/2014

    " 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 Frances | 2/17/2014

    " Not as good as the first time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 2/5/2014

    " This is the second time I've read this novel. I enjoyed it all over again. A man believes he needs a wife and decides on a young debutante. Her aunt, an attractive widow, is really more his match and it takes him some time to figure it out and even more time to convince this lovely person that he is the one for her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/20/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/4/2013

    " I like almost everything of hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/27/2013

    " 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 Sharon | 11/22/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janalynn | 9/12/2013

    " 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 Denae | 8/19/2013

    " 4 unexpectedly touching moments "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayu | 7/27/2013

    " Ini novel kemana ya? Apa dijual? Lupa aku....xixixixi "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 4/9/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kez | 11/21/2012

    " 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 Carla | 11/19/2012

    " 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. "

About the Author

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

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.