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Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Matthew Brenher Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780062135018
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“Laurens’s books are always synonymous with sensuality and strong-willed heroes and heroines.”
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae, romance fiction superstar Stephanie Laurens has done it again with this passionate tale of an oh-so-proper lady and the dangerous man for whom she throws caution to the wind. The Lady Risks All in this delightfully sexy and sensuous historical romance novel from the creator of the recklessly romantic Cynster family—Regency England’s most irrepressible clan of sexy rogues and ladies—as well as the acclaimed Bastion Club books. The notorious Neville Roscoe, who lives boldly outside the bounds of proper society, is one of Laurens’s most unforgettable heroes—and the story of his seduction of prim, straight-laced Miranda Clifford is filled with intrigue, danger, and passion that will thrill not only Stephanie Laurens fans, but devoted readers of Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsey, and Mary Balogh as well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laurens’ latest lushly written romance will ensnare readers.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The masterful, eloquent [Laurens] takes time to build the background, and the characters’ motivation, as she weaves an enchanting story of a very proper miss and London’s notorious gambling king. Along with the romance are themes of family, identity, the desire to be loved for who—not what—we are, and, most of all, the power of love.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “When it comes to dishing up lusciously sensual, relentlessly readable historical romances, Laurens is unrivaled, and [The Lady Risks All], her latest Regency-set romance, is guaranteed to hook readers with its irresistible mix of exquisite passion and dangerous intrigues.”


  • “Brilliantly detailed, the romance [is] heated and passionate.”


  • “Laurens’ books are always synonymous with sensuality and strong-willed heroes and heroines.”

    Fresh Fiction, praise for the author

  • Winner of the 2013 RUBY Award from the Romance Writers of Australia

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mimi | 2/14/2014

    " I was disappointed...this is either one of those manuscripts hid away until this printing or a ghost writer did this. The characters were flat, the head-bobbing between the two was troublesome from chapter one until the took me twice as long to read this book as any book this size. I FORCED myself to finish in spite of contractions and other modern grammar rules being used in a Regency Romance...was the editor just out of high school or something???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 2/13/2014

    " I love Stephanie Lauren's books. The Lady Risks All is no exceptions! Stephanie Lauren is able to write characters that can resonate. They are multidimensional and looking for answers in their world. Yes, they are normally rich and titled. And yes, you know the end before you read it. That is their charm. Remember the stories you loved Cinderella, Snow White... Disney stories... Stephanie Laurens writes the grown up versions today. And hot sex. Enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/11/2014

    " This was a spin off of one of the characters from her Black Cobra series. I really enjoyed this book with no prior knowledge of that connection, however. The blurb on the back of the book did not do the hero in this story justice. He is simply awesome. Doing anything it takes in just the right way to keep his family and his love alive and well, not to mention what a philanthropic soul he is (and inspires in others) . The h&h had great chemistry and I was cheering for them so hard. I loved how the heroine Miranda resolved the problem of her being a lady, but he isn't (not really, but his persona he must keep up is a gambling czar). Way to take charge! And I loved the epilogue. Such a great HEA! A-. "

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

    " Love Stephanie Laurens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/28/2014

    " Loved the book. Miranda is twenty nine and unmarried. She and her brother live with their aunt who has raised them under strict rules of respectability. Miranda has always watched out for her brother and follows him one night when she is worried about his activities. She is caught by the owner of the house, Neville Roscoe, the gambling king of London. He shows her that she doesn't need to worry about Roderick's presence there and escorts her home. A few nights later, Roderick goes missing and she goes to Roscoe for help. In spite of his reputation, Miranda insists on accompanying him on his search. It takes several days and some danger, but they find him and take him to Roscoe's family's home to recover. From there it's back to London to try to find out who is behind the attack on Roderick. I loved both Miranda and Roscoe. He is a nobleman who left his life behind and became to gambling king in order to save his family from ruin. He has spent twelve years keeping himself separate from them, with only occasional furtive visits. He knows that if his identity were known his family would suffer the disgrace. He has also accepted the fact that no respectable woman would marry him. From the beginning Miranda has something that calls to him. He can't stop wanting to be with her, and even lets her in on his daily life while they wait for information on what has happened to her brother. He likes the way that she stands up to him even as it frustrates him. He is attracted to her but refuses to start anything with her, until she comes to him with her needs. When he takes her and Roderick to his family's home it is one more step in breaking down the walls that have kept his life apart from his family's. He is determined to protect her from danger, but also from being affected by his reputation, and tries to end their relationship on their return to London. I loved his protectiveness to his family and to Miranda. He was so willing to give her up for her own good that it hurt to see. I loved the way he came to the rescue at the end. Miranda was a woman who started out as kind of uptight, but that was due to her aunt's influence. When she made the decision to help with the search her inner strength came out. I loved the way that she simply refused to take no for an answer when dealing with Roscoe. Her appearances at his house enabled her to learn more about him and I loved the way that her opinions and feelings began to change right from the beginning. She also had no problem speaking up for herself when she had an idea that would help and kept after Roscoe until he had to admit that it would work. I loved the way that she decided that she would give in to her attraction and take the opportunity that she felt would never come again. I also enjoyed the way she was so readily accepted by Roscoe's family and the way that they showed her another side of him. I loved seeing her interactions with them and how they gave her a new perspective on society. When they returned to London she wanted to continue seeing him and was upset when he refused. She tried to move on with her life, but things kept happening that would bring them back together. I really enjoyed the time that she lost her temper with him and the effect it had on him. I really liked the way she went to him at the end and fought for what she wanted. Though there were a few times the story dragged a little bit, the rest of the book made up for it. I was glad that Roscoe got his own story since his appearances in The Reckless Bride and The Edge of Desire were very intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 My | 1/23/2014

    " THE LADY RISKS ALL by Stephanie Laurens is an intriguing Regency historical romance.What a different historical romance where the heroine knows what she wants and goes after it, asking and pursuing her heart's desire for marriage,love,children,family and a home. What happens when you cross the rigid,and respectable, Lady Miranda Clifford with the dangerous and notorious Rake,Neville Roscoe? You get a witty,sometimes funny,refreshing story of living outside of society rules,danger,intrigue,romance,honor,passion and finding love.As peril brings Miranda and Neville together passion and desire holds them there. Another hit for this author. I enjoy her stories! She pulls the reader into the story and holds them there as they follow the hero and heroine on a thrill ride of adventure and emotion.If you enjoy historical romance,"The Lady Risks All" is definitely is a story for you, you will not regret reading this one. Another must read historical with a refreshing plot! Received for an honest review from the publisher.Details can be found at the author's website,Avon Books,Harper Collins Publishing and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/ My Book Addiction Reviews "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookwyrm1313 | 1/19/2014

    " I like regency romance and Stephanie Laurens does a gods job making her characters real. The heroine is not flighty with no concerns other than fashion and the hero has a good side "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aidan | 12/27/2013

    " Why do I keep reading her stuff? Why? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 De | 12/25/2013

    " Loved this book. Had drifted away from Stephanie Laurens, got abit bored with her books. But this was excellent, loved Roscoe, the story re finding out who tried to kill roderick and the whole story kept me guessing to the end. Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vashti | 12/9/2013

    " I enjoyed this latest entry by SL.The story kept my intrest and was able to finish in one sitting.The writing remains lyrical and somewhat overaught at times,but that is what I have come to expect from her books.Solid 4*** read for me.Glad that some old fav characters made a very brief appearance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/20/2013

    " Love Roscoe--true hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flitterkit | 10/26/2013

    " Well written and fun characters. A bit neat on the wrapping up of all the threads towards the end, but I still enjoyed the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regan | 10/4/2013

    " After a slow start the story takes off with some intriguing twists and turns. For mystery lovers there's an interesting "who done it?". What I liked was that rather than a traditional Regency the story can transcend several time periods making it a fun read for any historical or contemporary period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 9/16/2013

    " Not part of a series, this stand-alone book, chronicles one woman's decision to risk it all for true love. Of course, along the way there must be some obstacles and danger to overcome. In true Stephanie Laurens fashion, this book delivers a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 9/6/2013

    " Interesting characters and plot. Will read more of Laurens' work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/28/2013

    " A nice standalone book that a few old familiar characters appear in. The twists and turns were good and it was a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tee | 6/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed it. It had a different feel to it compared to other regency books. It took a while to get into it but once I did, it became an intense and interesting read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anthony | 3/21/2013

    " I read this for my manuscript editing unit at university and it was one of the most painful reading experiences of my life. This book is horrible, boring, obvious and lame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/5/2012

    " The book was not one of Stephanie's better novels....the plot drug terribly bad. I like the heroine and just took forever (it seemed) to get to the end of the book. "

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

Matthew Brenher, originally from London, is an award-winning actor of stage, film, and television and an accomplished voice-over artist. His theatrical background includes many Shakespearean productions. For his role as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, he was awarded best performance by a lead actor/drama by Stage Scene LA 2009–2010.