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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,870 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Elizabeth Sastre Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cynster Novels Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061262593
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When New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens created the world of the Cynsters, she introduced readers to aristocratic British society, where arranged marriages are the norm and love is a dangerous indulgence. For no gentleman is this more true than Charles Morwellan, but, as Lord Meredith, he must marry, so he offers for his neighbor Sarah Conningham. She's intelligent enough to run his social life, beautiful enough to grace his arm, and old enough to know the value of his offer. But as a lady of independent means Sarah is unwilling to surrender unless it is for unbounded love.

But he convinces Sarah to give him two weeks to win her, after which, if he succeeds, they will marry immediately. And so begins an intense courtship. By day, Charles and Sarah are models of decorum. Each night they steal away and sensual embraces turn to searing kisses, which soon become much more.

After the wedding, despite nights of insatiable passion, Charles maintains an aloof distance. Sarah battles to prove that true love is a force that can't be contained, but it's only when she's engulfed in a web of increasingly dangerous incidents that Charles discovers how much he's willing to surrender to protect...the taste of innocence.

Performed by Elizabeth Sastre

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laurens fans, rejoice: It’s back to Regency England and the worId of the Cynsters in a sweeping romantic story starring two people with different reasons for avoiding marriage.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “The plot moves briskly… and the author introduces a variety of intriguing side characters (many of whom, like Devil Cynster, will be familiar to fans)…while the love scenes sizzle.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Laurens expertly spices up the passion-rich plot with danger and intrigue, making the fourteenth in her best-selling Cynster series sinfully sexy and deliciously irresistible.”

    Booklist

  • “A villain out to take Sarah’s beloved orphanage adds danger to the mix, but it is our lovers’ maturing relationship that makes this book a winner.”

    Library Journal

  • “Elizabeth Sastre reads the sex scenes with practiced ease…A subplot, smoothly developed through Sastre’s expert pacing and intonation, adds some mystery to the story.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasneem | 2/17/2014

    " I love Laurens' writing and this is a wonderful book in her style. The passion is firery, the characters funny and charming and their romance beautifully brought out. I like the Cynster family, and the men and women who make up the clan are strong, resourceful and interesting to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helene Harrison | 2/14/2014

    " I think that The Taste of Innocence is my favourite of the post-Bar Cynster novels. I just felt that the getting married earlier and exploring their married relationship worked really well. I also loved the mystery, although I did guess right at the beginning who was responsible, which hadn't happened for example with Devil's Bride. What does confuse me about this series is that the books don't seem to be in chronological order. For example, in this book, Simon Cynster isn't married, but he was actually married five books before this one. I loved Sarah and how she insisted on keeping the orphanage and got involved in it, and how she was sure Charlie loved her. Thoroughly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine ang | 2/2/2014

    " It was boring and the plot was shallow. Full of unnecessary sex scenes. If it were a movie, it would be kinda like a porno with full of crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 1/26/2014

    " I'm FAIRLY certain that this is the Stephanie Laurens I read? I know it was in this series and this cover looks super familiar as does sound the plot. Maybe I should read another one? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bree | 1/12/2014

    " This is probably the first Stephanie Laurens book I was sorry I read, even if it was a library borrow. Charles, not all that interesting in Alathea/Gabriel's book, is even less interesting here. Sarah is the only redeeming feature of the book, but she is a too-perfect heroine, which makes Charles seem unworthy of her. The crossover feature with The Bastion Club series seems forced - like SL's editors asked for it to boost BC sales. And for readers fo the BC series, making Sincalir a sympathetic villain calls weakens the BC mystery. Won't be re-reading it, or buying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/8/2014

    " All the classic trappings of Stephanie Laurens romance, contented sigh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexi | 1/8/2014

    " I thought the book was pretty poorly written. The beginning was decent, and the last 100 pages were good. other than that, it was all sex scenes. a very boring read that I could've done without. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisha | 12/28/2013

    " I have read this series off and on for years...it is a good series as you don't have to go in order. They are nice to read to take a break from all the 'angst' I read for work. You can only read so many Young Adult novels....have to have an adult one every now and then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Matthews | 11/8/2013

    " i started this one almost 2 weeks ago and it never takes me that long to read a book this stephanie laurens book just isnt doin it for me.....i feel like shes really dragged this one out. anyone else agree or is it just me...... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andreasoldier | 9/28/2013

    " The repetition of the phrase was "taste of innocence" was enough to make me start to put this down, but the storyline kept me reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abi | 8/19/2013

    " oh God almighty... I'm sorry to say that this is the most boring book i've ever read in my entire life. I wasn't really expecting it from Stephanie Laurens...I have collected every book she wrote and i did try reading it, but, it was too painful to continue, i stopped reading after Chapter 4.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten Lenius | 6/9/2013

    " Not Laurens' finest, but I enjoyed it anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Meier | 4/30/2013

    " Good back story to go along with the romance, lust and drama! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 8/28/2012

    " This book lost my interest for a bit in the middle, but then picked up with issues of marriage and intrigue. Overall, a good escape read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie~~ | 8/15/2012

    " Sorry. I hated this. Won't be getting anymore Cynster books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/30/2012

    " I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Anderson | 7/14/2012

    " steamy for sure, as are all of the Cynster novels...I always find my self skipping pages to get back to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 6/28/2012

    " This book is good... not one of her best but still a good read. The "villian" in this one is extremely obivous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 5/26/2012

    " Bland and predictable; why did I bother to finish it?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/22/2012

    " I love the Cynster series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette Steward | 12/25/2011

    " The first 2/3 of the book was okay. The last 1/3 was kinda boring. I don't like crime mysteries. Book was steamy, but that wasn't quite enough for me this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 3/14/2011

    " This was an accidental re-read, but so good once I started it I couldn't put it down. It was just as good as the first time I read it. I got frustrated all over again and fell in love with the characters too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 2/19/2011

    " Sorry. I hated this. Won't be getting anymore Cynster books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 9/30/2010

    " i started this one almost 2 weeks ago and it never takes me that long to read a book this stephanie laurens book just isnt doin it for me.....i feel like shes really dragged this one out. anyone else agree or is it just me...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette | 3/14/2010

    " The first 2/3 of the book was okay. The last 1/3 was kinda boring. I don't like crime mysteries. Book was steamy, but that wasn't quite enough for me this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 8/14/2009

    " This book lost my interest for a bit in the middle, but then picked up with issues of marriage and intrigue. Overall, a good escape read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 10/15/2008

    " steamy for sure, as are all of the Cynster novels...I always find my self skipping pages to get back to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/15/2008

    " This was an accidental re-read, but so good once I started it I couldn't put it down. It was just as good as the first time I read it. I got frustrated all over again and fell in love with the characters too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/2/2008

    " Stephanie is one of my favorite authors of romance. I like the period that the stories are based. Just a light story "

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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

Elizabeth Sastre has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston, Brick Lane by Monica Ali, and The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde, which was an AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2004.