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Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cynster Novels Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9780062909770
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Never let it be said that a Cynster male can't face up to the one unassailable truth: A successful marriage gives life its fullest meaning. To all of English society, Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life—one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status. His lean handsomeness turns the heads of naïve debutantes, while his sensual allure ensures he never lacks for more sophisticated partners for a night, or more, of pleasure. Yet despite all of this, Simon knows that there is something—or rather someone—missing in his life.

To achieve true contentment, Simon must find a lady accomplished enough to be his wife, someone who will spend her days as a member of one of England's most influential families ... and her nights pursuing duties of a more private—and personal—nature.

But Simon knows what to expect if he reveals his intention to choose a bride; nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall . . . and is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford.

Simon has never considered Portia as a potential wife. He's known the raven-haired beauty since childhood; she's willfully independent and has always claimed to be uninterested in marriage. But an unexpectedly heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. Soon they begin to long for the moments they can spend in each other's arms.

But all is not as it seems at Glossup Hall. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed ... and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself. And even more shocking than the fact that a murderer secretly walks among them is the realization that all of Simon's considerable strength and influence may not be enough to protect Portia—his once and always perfect lover . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As with Laurens’s earlier titles, the generous doses of erotica will appeal to devotees of romantic suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Elegant writing flavored with wit, memorable characters, some superbly sensual and exquisitely detailed love scenes, and a plot laced with danger all come together beautifully in this wickedly fun, wonderfully sexy romance.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/14/2014

    " Love most of her books, but this was too much of a bodice ripper for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 2/7/2014

    " Great book. I really enjoyed it. I just need to finish reading all of the Bastion Club books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaetrin | 1/16/2014

    " I was starting to fall out of love by this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/15/2014

    " I actually 'listened' to this book. I enjoy a romance novel once in a while, but I don't think I got the 'romance' out of it from listening to it. I probably would have given it a better review if I read it instead. My suggestion: "Read" it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/14/2014

    " I don't usually like the 'english lady' type of romances, but this one was good...not as predictable as similar books in this genre "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexandra | 1/1/2014

    " I would have enjoyed this book more had the author not decided to throw in a suspense-y subplot at the last possible moment. The story read almost as if she'd gotten halfway through the book and remembered "oh right, I need a suspense bit." It felt too contrived against the backdrop of what really is a lovely romance with a fiesty heroine who is not too stupid to live and an alpha male hero that doesn't antagonize the reader. Laurens does a great job of character- and conflict- building for the romance plot, but the story isn't strong enough to support an unwieldy murder mystery at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/1/2014

    " Murder, Seduction (but who is seducing who), Blackmail, and a sneaky grand dame playing matchmaker. Its all here, and more besides. Oh My, hot and steamy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/1/2014

    " SL a fav wrtr, grt prose; this bk vry gd stry, mrdr mys, excllnt rltnshp btwn m/f lds, vry blvabl "

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

    " Another typical Cynster book with alpha male and strong woman, this was a nice regency romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aparna | 12/9/2013

    " Shes ok but thought a bit tooo descriptive. Otherwise ok! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 11/29/2013

    " I liked it. Nice and fluffy, easy reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/26/2013

    " I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!! Another fav in the series! These two are perfect for each other! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 7/1/2013

    " just something about falling for the older brother figure in your life, he wants to protect you and you want to run wild! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/29/2013

    " When I first started reading this book, I couldn't put it down, but once I reached the murder subplot, it was hard to continue. It felt contrived and like the author needed to make a page quota, because it felt out of the blue. I would read another one by her, but I will be skeptical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iliana_r | 6/14/2013

    " Definitely, Mrs. Laurens doesn't disappoint. Good, well paced romance, like she always write. Can't expand on it, but it was a GREAT reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/21/2013

    " Just finished reading this book, and I loved it. Stephanie Lauren's is always a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denae | 1/21/2013

    " 3 high-bred cockteases "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 12/5/2012

    " A good Regency romance with a little old-school English manor murder mystery thrown in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 10/16/2012

    " Don't judge :) Listened to this book on CD while cleaning the house. Pretty predictable but the housecleaning was done before I knew it. "

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.