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    1. Marriage Most Scandalous
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 1416505458
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 995
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    With the dazzling blend of romance, humor, and poignant storytelling that has made her one of the world's best-loved authors, Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl's daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian.

    Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian--while Sebastian is banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel.

    When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent.

    Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade.

    As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life--and love--he deserves? Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.

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    2. A Loving Scoundrel
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 0743456300
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Pocket Star
    Sales Rank: 41730
    Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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    #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers into the privileged world of English aristocrats as she presents a new novel of passion, intrigue, and romantic pleasures featuring the incomparable Malorys -- a family of dashing rogues, rakehell adventurers, and spirited ladies. Now Jeremy, the son of gentleman pirate James Malory, falls in love....

    When Danny, a young woman who grew up on the streets of London with no memory of her real family, is banished from her gang because she helped handsome rakehell Jeremy Malory steal back the jewels his friend lost in a card game, Danny demands that Jeremy give her a job. She is determined to become respectable in order to fulfill her dream of marrying and starting a family. Intrigued by her beauty and spunk, Jeremy hires Danny as his upstairs maid, although he wants her as his mistress.

    Under the tutelage of Jeremy and his cousin Regina, Danny blossoms into a lady. Although she is drawn to Jeremy by passionate feelings she has never experienced before, she refuses to be anything more than a servant to him because she knows he is not the marrying kind. When Danny undergoes a Cinderella-like transformation and poses as Jeremy's new love in an attempt to help him avert a scandal, a few highly placed members of the ton remark on how familiar Danny looks. Now tongues are wagging, raising the question of her true identity, which threatens not only Danny's chances of capturing Jeremy's heart but her very life.

    With the humor, lovable characters, and romantic intensity that have placed Johanna Lindsey's six previous Malory novels in the ranks of the best-loved and most widely read romantic novels of our time, Johanna Lindsey delights readers with an emotionally powerful tale of an irresistible scoundrel who meets his match in a brave, strong-minded young woman and can't help but fall in love. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally
    I have been waiting forever, like many other Malory family fans for Jeremy Malory's story. I was so surprised, and delighted to have stumbled upon it a few weeks ago. I read many of the reviews and was a little disappointed because though most liked it, most had something negative to say about it. I thought that it was great. I thought it was funny, very sexy, and I highly recommend it. I thought that Danny was the perfect match for the charming Jeremy. And it was great how Mrs. Lindsey revisited the history of the Malory family, and most of its members to give new readers a taste but not too much to cause boredom for the old. Yet to be a little hypocritical, I do wish that it had contained more love scenes, instead of glossing over most. There have been some comments about Jeremy taking advantage of the fact that Danny was drunk. It's a historical romance novel. The female lead is usually seduced during some state of vulnerability or extreme circumstance to justify their fall from virginal grace and show their difference from the females of loose morals. If it had been a modern romance novel then I agree it would have been a little inappropriate but in a age where teenage girls have a season to search out a husband and are expect to do nothing but shop and beautify themselves all day, I think the seduction should be view in a different light. In the end, I thought the book was great and I give it two thumbs, with my sincerest thank you to Mrs. Lindsey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
    Jeremy Malory's book is finally here! As an avid fan of Ms. Lindsey's work, I've been disappointed in her more recent work, but this book lives up to every expectation. Jeremy Malory has all the charm of Anthony and James but has an added depth and compassion which work to make him a very appealing character. Johanna Lindsey does an excellent job of creating Jeremy's perfect mate. Danny, as a pickpocket who grew up in the London slums, fits Jeremy and his own childhood to perfection. It's such a treat to read a book about two people with such a capacity to love! It is my favorite book of Ms. Lindsey's since Tender Rebel and Gentle Rogue!

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Malory clan continues
    I had fallen in love with the Malory clan from the beginning (Love Only Once)and loved each and every book that came out. When Jeremey's story came out, I was so excited. I fell for him when we met him and laughed as he grew in the following stories. I was a little disappointed with his story. This story could have been more for another Malory (one of Eddie's boys) then for Jeremey. However, I am glad that he finally found love. I wish we saw more of his family epescially James and Tony. They were always there for the others it only seem to make since that James would have been around to help his son through his time of love. I do hope that Lindsey continues on with more of the Malory clan. This family is the most loving and the funniest family I have ever met.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Malory Tale
    A Loving Scoundrel by Johanna Lindsey is another marvelous Malory novel.

    Jeremy Malory sets up a trap to catch a thief. He needs this thief to help a friend retrieve jewels lost in a fixed card game. He gets more then he bargained for when he enlists Danny in his scheme.

    Danny had no memory of her life before she joined the street gang at the age of 5. She had disguised herself as a boy to fit in. By helping Jeremy she is kicked out of her gang. Danny figures Jeremy owes her. So, she strikes a bargain with him. Danny will work as his upstairs maid if he will help her refine herself.

    What comes to pass is a battle of wills. Jeremy to bed her and Danny to stay out of his bed.

    When trouble from her past comes to harm Danny, Jeremy will do anything to protect her.

    This is a wonderful continuation of the Malory clan, the witty conversations, smoldering passions and the interfering family.

    You can not go wrong with a Johanna Lindsey novel.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Horrifying
    I could not believe this book. First Jeremy had absolutely no charm whatsoever. He relied solely on his looks and he was just as bad as Emily in this book by doing whatever he deemed nevessary to get what he wanted. The heroine even though she wanted him had morals and since she wouldn't give into him he deliberately waited unti she was drunk to sleep with her which in my book is the same thing as date rape. I expected so much more from Lindsey but after reading this and A Man to Call My Own too I'm taking her off my list. I just could not believe that the 'hero' would resort to date rape to get Danny to sleep with him. This book was flat and nothing up the Lindsey's usally caliber. The only good parts in the book are when James and Anthony are sparing which unfortunately isn't very often. ... Read more


    3. Moon Shadows
    by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, Marianne Willman
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    Asin: 0515138312
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Jove Books
    Sales Rank: 2264
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    Romance and magic meet by the light of the moon in this all-new all-star collection of Celtic tales from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts and New York Times bestselling authors Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman. ... Read more


    4. Always Time to Die : A Novel
    by Elizabeth Lowell
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    Asin: 0060504153
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
    Publisher: William Morrow
    Sales Rank: 9823
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    With her trademark electrifying storytelling and razor-sharp tension, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell proves once again why she is one of today's top masters of suspense -- in a riveting tale of dark family secrets ready to explode with the devastating force of a Southwestern earthquake.

    The powerful Quintrell family of New Mexico has spent decades in the public eye. Now the recent death of the clan's patriarch, a former U.S. senator, has placed his son, Governor Josh Quintrell, squarely in the spotlight as he prepares his run for the highest political office in the land. It is not a good time to be rattling skeletons in the family's closets.

    Researching personal histories isn't just Carolina "Carly" May's profession, it's her passion. When the governor's eccentric Aunt Winifred invites Carly into the Quintrells' private Taos compound to compile a genealogical record of the illustrious residents, she can hardly believe her good luck. But digging into the past is raising troubling questions about the would-be president's private life, his late father and catatonic mother, and the grisly street crime that left his notorious drug-addicted sister dead. And it soon becomes frighteningly apparent that the motivation of the dotty old woman who hired Carly might be something more akin to revenge -- and that someone is determined to remove the inquisitive genealogist from the picture by any means necessary.

    As a dark world of twisted passions and depraved crimes slowly opens up before Carly, she realizes that there is no one whom she dares to trust -- perhaps least of all Dan Duran, a dangerous and haunted mystery man who's somehow tied to the Quintrells' past. But she will need an ally to survive the terrible secrets a father carried to the grave and an even more devastating evil that lurks among the living -- because following the bloodlines of the wealthy and power-hungry can be a bloody business ... and some dead secrets can kill.

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    5. A Lady of Expectations
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 0778321754
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 3727
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Jack Lester has to find a bride . . .

    But where can he find the perfect woman? She has to be attractive, kind, a good conversationalist . . . and more important, she has to accept him as he is: devilishly handsome, charming and, as far as anyone knows, poor as a church mouse! If London society discovers his hidden wealth, he'll never find the right wife.

    Jack's heart races when he first lays eyes on Sophie Winterton. She is everything he desires -- and more -- but he is caught in his own trap. Believing that Jack needs to marry into wealth, Sophie rejects all his advances, certain he would never marry a poor girl like her. As they play out a game of cat and mouse, can Jack convince her that she is the woman he wants -- and that he is the husband she deserves? ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read
    When i bought this book, I knew it was a reprint.I would say that this book is enjoyable but it does not compare with her newer work. The book has the usual Laurens flare, yet it still is lacking in some areas. I would suggest you read this if you are a die hard fan. if you are new to Stephanie Laurens i would suggest you read her Cynsters novels first.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
    Yuck.I really dislike it when an author's old work is published as if it were new.I unfortunately did not notice that the book was ten years old until after I bought it and started reading.This book is tedious and does not compare to her later works at all.It should at least have gotten a fresh edit or re-write before this publication.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not a the first time in print.
    Stephanie Laurens is one of my favorite romantic authors. I was excited when I saw this on the shelf, I though it would pick-up where the previous book in the series, The Reasons For Marriage, left off. While it does pick up where the preivous book left off, it is not of the quality we the readers have come to expect from Ms. Laurens. The Reasons For Marriage, though a MIRA reprint is more what we have come to expect from Ms. Laurens, but I digress. This is indeed a reprint of a previously issued book. While a pleasant read, it is not anywhere near the quality of Ms. Laurens Cynster series nor her Bastion Club series. Fortunately for us the readers Ms. Laurens style has greatly improved since the days when she wrote this book. I would definitely suggest that you read the authors Cynster series and her Bastion club series, both are excellent.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Check it out carefully
    I am a big fan of Stephanie Laurens and eagerly await her new books. I was very pleased to see this one on the shelf. Unfortunately when I got it home I saw that it was published by Mira (aka Harlequine). This is usually a clue that it is a reissue of an old book. I checked the copy write date and this book was originally issued in 1995. If you have not read it before it's worth a read. Not up to the standards of her Cynster novels or the Bastion Club but okay. Her style has matured since this book was written. If you have been reading Ms. Laurens' books for a while you should make sure you have not already read this one. I believe this particular book has been reissued more than once. It was enjoyable but not really a keeper. I will now have to return to the bookstore and wait for Stephanie's next New book. ... Read more


    6. The Truth About Love : A Cynster Novel (Cynster Novels)
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 0060505753
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: William Morrow
    Sales Rank: 4496
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    When New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens created the Cynsters, a phenomenon was born. Bold, passionate, and possessive, the Cynster men let nothing stand in their way when it comes to claiming the women of their hearts. Now, Stephanie Laurens has written her most romantic and powerful novel to date, one that dares tell The Truth About Love.

    Gerrard Debbington is one of the chosen few -- the gentlemen who've learned their social and amorous skills at the feet of the masters. Handsome and wealthy, protégé and brother-in-law of Vane Cynster, Gerrard is part of the charmed Cynster family circle. One of the most eligible gentlemen in the ton, Gerrard is constantly besieged by offers from London's most sought-after beauties, but as the ton's foremost artistic lion, there's only one offer he wants to accept -- the chance to paint the fantastical but seldom-seen gardens of reclusive Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall.

    That chance is dangled before Gerrard, but to grasp it he must fulfill Lord Tregonning's demand that he also create an open and honest portrait of the man's daughter. Gerrard loathes the idea of wasting his time and talents on some simpering miss, but with no alternative, he agrees ...

    Only to discover that Jacqueline Tregonning inspires him as no other lady has. Certainly she is beautiful, but Gerrard is stunned by the deep emotions she stirs and is captivated by her passionate nature and innate goodness. He is soon convinced that Jacqueline is the soul mate he needs as his wife.

    But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil lurks in the beautiful gardens and along the rambling pathways. And that evil reaches out to ensnare Jacqueline, trapping her in a web of insidious whispers -- whispers that paint her as a double murderess.

    The rumors are false, but someone is actively spreading them. Convinced that Jacqueline is innocent of all wrongdoing, Gerrard is confident his portrait will open others' eyes to the truth he sees, but when a long-dead body is discovered in the gardens, the campaign to blame Jacqueline escalates -- Gerrard and she are running out of time. The days they spend together lead to nights of sweeping passion -- and Gerrard vows to move heaven and earth to protect the woman who, for him, personifies the truth about love.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Sexy and enjoyable
    Gerrard Debbington desperately wants to paint the famous gardens of Hellebore Hall--but has not interest in painting the portrait of another English girl/woman. Finally, though, Lord Tregonning of Hellebore Hall makes him an offer he can't refuse. Paint the portrait--and he'll be given access to the gardens. Refuse and Tregonning will make sure Gerrard is banned for life. But when he travels to Cornwall, to Hellebore Hall, Gerrard discovers that the painting is only one part of a puzzle. Instead of the girl/woman he anticipated, Gerrard discovers Jacqueline Tregonning, a beautiful woman with unplumbed depths, and with the suspicion that she murdered her own mother hanging over her head. Jacqueline and her father have decided that only a painting that reveals her true soul--and her inner innocence--can clear her from the horrible rumors and doubt that have surrounded her since her mother's 'accident.'

    Gerrard falls hard for the beautiful Jacqueline, but he suspects a painting, however clear, won't be enough. He needs to find the true killer, and protect Jacqueline from the threats that surround her. In the meantime, a painter needs to get close to his subject--and Gerrard wonders if he might have strayed too close to this candle to avoid getting burned.

    Author Stephanie Laurens mixes a bit of mystery, post-Regency manners, and a heavy dollop of sex in an intriguing novel. Okay, the mystery isn't hard to guess and Gerrard's goings-ons about owning Jacqueline are a little hard to take, but the sex sizzles, the English manners are in high form, and Laurens adds some slap-bang action to the exciting conclusion.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Well....
    I am torn about this book. The beginning really dragged on for me and I had to force myself to keep reading. It was not until after they went to London that I became interested. I liked the characters and the plot was somewhat different, but the descriptive text went on forever.
    Stephanie Laurens is an excellent writer, but I was disappointed in this story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well...I enjoyed it.
    As always, Laurens manages to write very hot historical romances.Her characters are fairly interchangeable from book to book, but those domineering Cynster males are quite attractive--so I can live with the repetition.I appreciate the fact that her heroines aren't idiots like so many other romance writers.And I always enjoy the mysteries.So...if you've enjoyed Laurens' books in the past, I would recommend this one.

    This IS a novel, so some improbability can be forgiven.I actually found the artist and model "thing" kind of cute.There was some confusion between watercolorists vs. painters in oils.But maybe I just missed that part.And many famous painter (i.e. Turner) did both.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hellebore Hall
    Gerrard Debbington is part of the charmed Cynster family circle. He is also one of the most eligible gentlemen in the town. Gerrard's goal is to paint the private gardens of Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall. In order to get the job he must also paint an open and honest portrait of the man's daughter, Jacqueline. He accepts the terms although he sees it as a great waste of his time and talents. Much to his surprise Jacqueline Tregonning proves to be inspiration.

    He soon comes to realize that evil lurks in the lovely gardens and along the charming pathways. And worst still it overpowers Jacqueline. He must find a way to free her and get rid of the evil that haunts Hellebore Hall.

    Reviewed by Janet Sue Terry author of the Set Me Free Series -Possibilities and Resolutions. President of Just My Best Book Publishing Company. www.janetsueterry.com

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read - Lovely Prose - Sensually Inspiring
    In a return to the captivating world of the Cynsters, Laurens continues the saga with Gerrard Debbington, brother-in-law to Vane Cynster who married his sister Patience.Gerrard who has now had the good fortune to grow and prosper under the Cynster tutelage has become a much sought after painter.Wealthy in his own right, he chooses only those projects that inspire him. When the opportunity to paint the fabulous gardens, rumored to exist but seldom viewed, at the reclusive Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall he is tempted beyond measure, but with that opportunity comes a price.The catch to painting the gardens only comes if Gerrard agrees to paint an honest portrait of Lord Tregonning's daughter Jacqueline.Gerrard hated the idea of bargaining this one point, but when push came to shove, the chance to see and be allowed into the gardens was too much to pass up.

    Jacqueline Tregonning, is twenty-three andGerrard knew in a glance that this was a woman who would be able to arouse him as no woman ever had. He was captivated at once by not only her beauty, but her cool reserve.What he would soon discover were the layers of her reserve hid a frightened and complex personality that he would soon have the opportunity to free.Within the beautiful gardens of Hellebore Gerrard finds an evil that lurked in the shadows that he would have to conquer before he could liberate the woman he'd come to believe was his soulmate and would inspire him to believe in the truth about love.

    *** In reading the diverse reviews of love and hate this book has caused I will honestly say that Ms. Laurens has not lost her touch with creating beautiful love stories with dynamic and totally dreamy heroes.It is slower than some of her more action sub-plots but the vividness of her descriptive prose in setting the stage and her more than adequate sultry seductions are well worth the read.I was somewhat surprised at the ending and identity of the villain and the ending was poignant enough to have me reaching for tissues.While I will not say it was a great read, it is a good read, and the pure pleasure of revisiting the noble Cynsters will always be a draw for me. --- Marilyn, for www.historicalromancewriters.com ---

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    7. The Middle Sin (Cleo North Trilogy)
    by Merline Lovelace
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    Asin: 077832172X
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 9206
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    When a young woman vanishes without a trace, former special agent Cleo North is hired to find her. But cold trail after cold trail lead to nowhere, until Major Jack Donovan -- special agent with the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations and the on-again, off-again man in Cleo's life -- joins the case.

    Soon they are trying to determine why a lowly employee had access to engineering schematics of a ship carrying dangerous cargo. When the evidence leads them to Malta, they uncover a massive threat with international consequences. Absolutely nothing is as it seems -- and time is running out for them to find the key to a terrorist's deeply hidden sins. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars exhilarating military-industrial complex investigative tale
    In Charleston, CEO of Sloan Enterprises, Marcus Sloan hires Dallas-based private investigator Cleo North to look into the disappearance of a young office assistant, Trish Jackson.Marcus' personal assistant Diane Walker knows that he met Cleo a few months ago on a case involving his twin and though she turned out to be an excellent sleuth, he probably wants to bed her too.

    Cleo, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations Agent, arrives in town and begins immediately trailing Trish's path to include Weight Watchers where she learns the woman might be pregnant.The next day Air Force Office of Special Investigations Agent Jack Donovan arrives at Sloan Enterprises to interview Marcus, whose prime customer is the military.Jack and Cleo have been lovers whenever the time and place converge.Jack asks Marcus when he last accessed the DNA signature Top Secret Defense Department Afloat Prepositions Program; Marcus responds several weeks ago; Jack states yesterday.Someone perhaps Trish has used Marcus' DNA to attain access and perhaps gained a schematic of a vessel carrying a potentially deadly weapon.Jack and Trish know their cases have converged and work closely to stop a potential calamity.

    THE MIDDLE SIN is an exhilarating military-industrial complex investigative tale that starts off at a leisure private detective tracking a missing person through the suburbs, but soon turns into a race against time thriller.Merline Lovelace smoothly transitions the story line while keeping the believability intact due to strong characters and building off of Cleo's first day inquiries.This is a five star billet with a sequel to follow starring the lead couple of this fine tale.

    Harriet Klausner
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    8. Love Only Once (Malory Novels (Paperback))
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 0380899531
    Catlog: Book (1985-12-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 85263
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    The Malorys

    A family of dashing rogues and rakehell adventurers -- and ladies of uncommon beauty and incomparable spirit -- their amorous exploits are spoken of in envious whispers from Regency London to America's shores.

    Love Only Once

    The exquisite niece of Lord Edward and Lady Charlotte Malory, Regina Ashton is abducted by Nicholas Eden -- an arrogant seducer hardened by a painful secret from his past.

    Reggie has vowed to marry the golden-haired rogue who has besmirched her good name--and who arouses her womanly desires to an unendurable level. But her beauty only stirs Nicholas's passion--giving rise to dangerous misunderstandings. . .and a love that can live only once in a lifetime. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ***Lindsey is at her best (as usual)***
    I have been waiting about 2 years to read this book, and it was well worth the wait. Nicholas and Regina make a wonderful pair. I love the Malory series, and I really hope there will be more books in the series than there already is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Warning - this book will addict you to the Malorys!
    I recently re-read all the Malory books and fell in love with them all over again. This is the beginning of the family saga, and after reading it you will crave another Malory book. Regina is a particularly appealing heroine - independent, strong-willed but nevertheless loyal to her family and her husband. You will be cheering when Nicholas finally proves to himself that he is a mate worthy of her. Hurry up and read this book so that you can rush on to Tender Rebel which is even better!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Soo Good!
    This is a funny fast paced romance. Lots of laughs
    and plenty excitement. Nick is manly and charming;
    the yummy silent type. All JL's great characters are
    so witty. This book is sure to please any romance fan.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Infuriating hero.
    The main reason I could not enjoy this book more is that I spent most of the time furious at the hero. He acts callously and selfishly, but above all foolishly, because his "reason" to act like that is stupid in the extreme.

    Imagine this, Nicholas is crazy about Regina, but would not consider marriying her, even after taking her virginity. The fact that she could well be carrying his child doesn't even enter his mind (...)And his reason for resisting marriage is that he is illegitimate and does not want to pass the stigma of his birth to his wife, if this fact comes to be known, as his supossed mother threatens to do. He has to be forced by Regina's uncles to marry her, which he longs to do, but resistes with all his might for the reason I mentioned above.

    Now, this could explain why he rejects the idea of marrying, but does not explain why, once he gives in and marries her he abandons her for almost a year instead of enjoying his wife and even trusting her with his secret. He should have known that she would not reject him after knowing he is illegitimate, since her favorite cousin (who, by the way, is his best friend) is also illegitimate and she loves and accepts him.

    But this is not all, when he finally returns to his wife, he doubts he is the father of her child. Oh, at this point I was boiling with fury and anticipating the part when he would grovel for his wife forgiveness. But guess what? It never came. He never apologizes for his despicable behavior, and his only thoughts are how to get his wife into bed again. And even more infuriating, she forgets about all he has done and wants him back in her bed too! This unrealistic behavior pretty much ruined the book for me.

    And what about all the mistakes with the forms of address? All the males in her family are called "Lord Malory", when the proper form of addres would be for Jason "Lord Haverston" since he is the Marquess of Haverston and for the other brothers "Lord Edward Malory", "Lord James Malory" and "Lord Anthony Malory". Derek could not be the heir to his father's title, since he is illegitimate. And how did the title fo Viscount of Ryding came to be held by James when he is the third son and everybody knows that all the titles are held by the firstborn? And why is Anthony called "Sir Anthony"? Does he have a knighthood? And how did Edward come to be an Earl? It is not a common occurrence for second, third and fourth sons to hold titles, so I think this deserves some kind of explanation.

    All the books in the series are full of these kind of mistakes and this makes me lose respect for the writer. I think that a good writer should know the details about the society she is writting about, to avoid making these silly errors that only cheapen her work and prevent the readers from taking her seriously.

    Other books of the series are amusing, in a light sort of way, but they are enternainning nonetheless. My favorites are "Tender Rebel", "Gentle Rogue" and "Say you love me".

    5-0 out of 5 stars getting better and better!
    I have read Gentle Rogue, Magic of You and Love Only Once, in that order...and the last time I'd written a review i've said that I liked Amy and Warren's story than Georgie' and James's...and now, I take all those back and admit that Love Only Once is now my favorite Malory Book...I dont know if it's a spruce of the moment(however the saying goes)...it just happened...
    But as I think about it, I wasn't really captivated from the 1st half...I started to be hooked half way through the book. It doesn't have the humor in Gentle Rogue and Magic of you. What I like about this novel is that it invoked deeper emotions than a usual Malory novel. This is where the Malory brothers were united and I noticed that they were not as active on this one as they were on the coming novels, That's why the story is more centered on Regina and Nicky. There are a lot of holes and flaws within the plot of the story but I won't enumerate those all; OBVIOUSLY, that's not the reason I gave this a 5-star rating. I just felt good and satisfied after reading it, and I say, that's what really counts! ... Read more


    9. Tender Rebel (Malory Novels (Paperback))
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Tender Rebel

    Scottish heiress Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin--and from the army of fortune-hunting scoundrels who cover her wealth and beauty. And Anthony Malory is everything she has been warned against.

    A ruthless, irresistibly handsome English rogue, Malory's sensual blue eyes speak of limitless pleasures. How Roslynn wishes she dared love such a man, but believing his passionate promises will only lead her into uncertain realms--and to unimagined heights of love. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The second book in the Malory family series
    This is the story Of Roslynn Chadwick and Anthony (Tony) Malory. Roslynn is a proud Scot and Tony is an arrogant English nobleman. When he meets her, he vows she will be his. When they marry, everything seems to be going happily ever after, untill Rosylnn thinks Tony cheated on her. James Malory, ( hero of the third book, Gentle Rogue) helps his brother and his proud Scottish bride fall back into love. This book is full of all the things I love about Johanna Lindsey. Love, Fueding, And Inticate Families.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Malory Series Part 2
    Set in 1818 London. Rosalynn Chadwick, Scottish beauty and rich heiress flees Scotland and her fortune hunting cousin, Geordie Cameron, who is out to get his hands on her money by forcing her into marriage. Rosalynn decides to enter London society in order to find a suitable husband who will protect her from the unwanted attentions of Geordie.

    During her second ball, whilst trying to escape from the persistent but clumsy Lord Bradley, Rosalynn disappears into the garden and runs straight into Lord Anthony Malory, a most handsome black haired, blue eyed rakehell. "...and she was staring at him with a new look, obvious fascination, and he was glad that women found him appealing to the senses." However, Rosalynn had been warned before about rakes and "He was one of them, one of the 'not to be considered'."

    I was looking forward to Anthony's story after reading about him in Love Only Once. As with the previous book, I found this book to be a run of the mill regency romp. I did find that Rosalynn spent too much time of the novel being jealous and angry at Anthony but then where would the fun be without the antagonism? You'll enjoy the book anyway if you are a JL fan like myself.

    Don't miss James' story in Gentle Rogue, the next in the series.

    Lealing

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As I Had Expected
    I'm a huge JL fan, especially of the Mallory series. Anthony was SO good in the other series and I couldn't wait to read his story. But, for heaven's sake, all he and his bride did was argue, argue, and argue. It was never pleasant to have them in the same room together. As easy going as Anthony was, in this book he's forced to become very moody and depressed, not to mention terribly unhappy.
    I can't imagine anyone even remotely enjoying this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tender Rebel
    This may not be the best Mallory novel Ms. Lindsey has written but it's darned close. Tony is every woman's dream - Tall, dark, and handsome. And who can resist a "bad boy". Apparently not Rosalyn, the beautiful heiress looking for a husband. She gets more than she bargained for in Tony, though. Also great are the reappearence of Nicholas and Regina Eden, Tony's niece and black sheep nephew-in-law from the first Mallory novel. You can guess who is match making. This is an all around great romance second only to Gentle Rogue, the story of Anthony's brother James.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good story but the audio cassette just doesn't cut it!
    This is the second in the Malory series and I listened to the the audio cassette and though the story was good the reader's lack of English and Scottish accents and that she didn't bother even to make her voice sound different for each character was annoying and kind of boring! The story is about a young Scottish lady named Roslynn Chadwick who flees her beloved home in Scotland to escape from being forced to marry a creep who wants her money and land, she goes to England and runs into Anthony Malory a man with a reputation for being the love em and leave em type but soon Roslynn finds herself falling for Anthony and they both find themselves involved in adventure, mystery and suspense when the creep comes after Roslynn. I give the audio version 2 stars just for the reader's lack of accents and different voice sounds and if she had I would without doubt have given it 5 stars! The audio recording is abridged and I hope that Johanna Lindsey has it rerecorded unabridged with the proper accents and changes of voice sounds! ... Read more


    10. The First Mistake (Cleo North Trilogy)
    by Merline Lovelace
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    Ten years ago, former special agent Cleo North ignored her gut instinct -- and a young sergeant wound up brutally murdered. Finally she is in a position to find out what went wrong.

    Cleo is certain the official story -- a murder-suicide -- is wrong. Now she has a new assignment working with Major Jack Donovan and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, offering security to a pampered celebrity as a front for a terrorism fact-finding mission. At last she has access to the one man she's sure is involved in the decade-old murder.

    But as Cleo is plunged into a tangle of violence and lies, she must quickly decide who the real victims are. And who's covering up a first deadly mistake. ... Read more


    11. The Magic of You (Malory Novels (Paperback))
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    The Malorys

    The Magic Of You

    As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung for piracy.

    Warren Anderson is shocked by the brazen advances of his despised enemy's beautiful niece. Though determined to resist her, he burns for the enchanting British minx. And an impassioned heart implores him to surrender to a love that could stoke the smoldering fires of a family feud into a dangerous, all consuming blaze. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A must read if you love the Mallory's
    I did not agree with the people who rated this book as a bore. I have this book, in fact I have read the enitre series many times and have loved each every one.

    Warren Anerson, a typical male character for a romance novel, was inhanced for the fact that he had James and Tony to match his wits against. I liked the caustic remarks and wit that was displayed from these 3 characters and found the book to be very entertaining.

    I liked that Amy mallory wasn't your typical lie back and allow the man to seduce her heroine but a woman who knew her mind, heart and soul. She didn't wait for things to come to her in their own good time but went after them. she enrgetic, lively and in my humble opnion quite 3 dimensional charater. Not 1 dimensional.

    I do happen to agree with another persons review that JL explained the other books too much. it does tend to grate on the nerves and she would be better off to not explain every situation time and again. This is why I rated the book 4 stars instead of five. But all in all a good read and great characters and I am like all the rest, impatiently waiting for the next Mallory/Anderson novel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 4th book in the Malory Series
    First off, here is the series in sequence: 1. Love Only Once 2. Tender Rebel 3. Gentle Rogue 4. The Magic of You 5. Say You Love Me 6. The Present: The Malory Holiday Novel

    Even in the first book of the series, Love Only Once, Amy was described as a dreamer, aggressive and strong willed. She speaks her mind and shows her heart. So if you like woman who are the seducer in the book then this one is for you. As for me, I normally prefer the man being the seducer while the woman are innocent and naive, however, in this circumstances, I wasn't offended by the way Amy reached out to Warren. Ms. J.L. wrote it well and it wasn't disgusting or degrading to woman. Warren had a dark past that made him hard and distant to love so it is understandable that Amy should be the one to reach out to his hard heart and try to make it soft again. The Malory family conflicts, bickering & arguements is once again an add on spice to the book.

    I have notice that all books in this Malory series (except for the first one) contains lots of repetitive informations. There were times I had to skip parts wherein a Malory or two will start discussing the story or happenings of the previous books, sorta like a short summarization for those who have not read it. For readers like me who have read the series in sequence, It's kindda useless info. and i won't lose anything to skip it... At first, this style of writing didn't seem to bother me but when I got to the third book of the series, the summarization of the first two books was getting to me. Imagine my restlessness when i was reading the 4th and the 5th book! I skipped more parts then cuz I didn't need to read the summary of the 3-4 previous books which i already know about. Whew! I say it would have been better for Ms. J.L. to leave readers some thrill to pick up each book and read each story for themselves.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Just Average...
    Amy Malory has set her sights on Warren Anderson, an American ship captain who almost had her uncle hung for piracy. Warren tries to avoid her and fight his growing attraction. She chases him relentlessly. They end up being kidnapped, and held captive on a ship together, to voyage across an ocean. She continues to pursue, and he continues to resist her advances until finally, he gives in (of course).

    It's been awhile since I've read this, and I haven't read any of the other Malory series books. Compared to other romance novels I've read, this is far from the best. I've read a couple of Lindsey's books, but I haven't found anything special about them, and have since quit reading her work. The story started out pretty good, then they were kidnapped and put on the ship. It just felt like the story took this odd, unexpected, and not so great, turn of events. Once Warren finally gives in to Amy's advances, (and we did have to wait a long time), the lack of description was a letdown. On the positive side, I did like Amy being the aggressor and the humor was pretty good. Bottom line: the book was just average, and unless you're a Lindsey fan, I'd skip it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A one of a kind heroine!
    What's the typical heroine anyway?
    Well, if you're reading the usual romances, then she has to be beautiful, has sense of humor, has a way with witty comebacks, and she has enough dignity and pride to resist the hero's charms...and finally give in close to the end of the novel.
    Amy Malory is all that EXCEPT of the LAST criteria mentioned. She knocked me off my feet when I first met her. Man oh man, was she ever the most daring heroine or what??? Her "brazeness" irritated Warrer Anderson but she will ABSOLUTELY drive u to tears, from laughing of course, with her up-front manners.
    As for Warren, wat can I say, if u have the most down-to-the-point girl, then u'll have the most unrelenting man u'll ever meet. But I think his control was too much. It went on and on and on, I thought he'll never give up. And then, when he finally did, wat do u know, there were only a couple of pages left. I was not satisfied, I wished it was LONGER.
    This is my second Malory book, and I have to say that I enjoyed this better than "Gentle Rogue". This doesn't mean that I don't like James and George...I DO! Especially on this novel. The MALLORY brothers, James & Anthony, are at it again! READ IT, it was a fun ride, and I hope it will be for u too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My fav Johanna`s book!!
    First of all I have to say that I always knew that Johanna will write a book about Warren, since I read `Gentle Rouge`. I was sooo charmed by Georgina`s refractory brother, really))
    So, War (as I call him, because of his famous `terrible temper`)) was so brave but still pitifull with his hope to dissuade Amy with her plans to seduce him, ah huh))
    And, yes - Amy is one of my fav Johanna`s female characters, as War with male. They are both so obstinate, so `desperado` if you know what I mean)) ... Read more


    12. Hero, Come Back
    by Stephanie Laurens, Christina Dodd
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    13. Say You Love Me (Malory, No. 5)
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Left penniless after her parent's death, Kelsey Langton must now take responsibility for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. But when circumstance and human frailty conspire to leave them homeless as well, Kelsey is forced to resort to drastic measures. Only by allowing herself to be sold at auction can she rescue her sister's future -- and so Kelsey enters the infamous House of Eros, resigned to becoming the plaything of some well-heeded gentleman.

    Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder for Kelsey's charms -- a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues who draws the sensuous dark-haired maiden into a world of unparalleled pleasures and dangerous rivalries. But Kelsey must scrupulously guard the secret of her highborn past -- even as her grace, wit, spirit and beauty entice her new "master" to renounce his scandalous ways...and take a chance on true love, the most perilous and rewarding gamble of all. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Malory... Need I Say More?
    I fully enjoyed the return of the Malory clan! While the plot resembled one I've seen before, it was still fun to see how a Malory handles such a situation. A great read. Derek Malory and Kelsey Langton are a perfect match. I gave it 4 stars, only because I reserve 5 for that "Gentle Rogue" James and "Tender Rebel" Tony. PS: Hey Reader from Chicago... You asked for it! You get it... Look for a Malory Family Tree in Lindsey's latest Malory Story out just in time for Christmas. It's appropriately called "The Present" and I loved it! It centers around that rumor of the black-haired, cobalt-blue-eyed "gypsy" grandmother of the Malory clan, while bringing love back into that strait-laced elder Jason's life. Oh, George has sent James back to the doghouse... You'll have to read it to see how he gets out! I loved it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Tender Love Story
    Ms. Lindsey plays to her strength in this novel by making use of all the delightful characters she has created in the Malory family. She brings the family into the storyline of the main characters and makes them part and parcel of its happy resolution, something she does again in the last book so far of the series, The Present. The book's love scenes are different from those of other Malory novels, a lot less wildly passionate, and a lot more tender. That is not to say there isn't plenty of passion, but it is more restrained, and in keeping with the characters. After all, Derek is not Anthony or James! But in its own way, this is a wonderful story, highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I juz simiply love the Malory Family!
    This is the very 1st books of Ms Lindsey's novel which I started off. In fact I started to love her Malory novel series. I just simply love the stories how Kelsey and Derek met each other - so romantic... I will definate continue to finish the rest of the other malory's series and currently I'm on my way to finish 'Love Only Once' which consist of stories about how Reggie met Nicky, its quite a comedy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars where is jeremy' story?
    Say you love me is a great book as are the rest of the malory books, but I cant help wondering about Jeremy Malory and can't wait to get my hands on his story. Is Ms. Lindsey writting a book for him? If any one knows , let me know!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars malory's novels
    I've always love the Malory's novels. I love this one too, it was good, somewhat predictable and I think it could have been better. I also would love to know what happens to Jeremy Malory, where is his storie? ... Read more


    14. All About Passion (Cynster Novels)
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Gyles Rawlings, fifth Earl of Chillingworth and an honorary member ofthe Cynster clan, is determined not to marry for love. To that end, he makes anoffer of marriage, sight unseen, to the niece of an old friend. He believes he'schosen a docile, biddable lady who will bear him an heir and leave his emotionsuninvolved. He arrives for his own wedding without ever actually meeting hisfianc&eaccute; and at the chapel's altar, is astonished to discover that he'soffered for the wrong woman--his wife is the cousin of the woman he thought hewas marrying. The two ladies share the same name, and the woman he has marriedis a passionate female who makes his head spin. Francesca isn't docile,certainly not biddable, and she has no intention of settling for anything lessthan her husband's heart.

    The battle lines are drawn in this war of love, with both parties well aware ofthe stakes. Will Giles continue to barricade his heart, or will Francesca's loveand loyalty tear down the walls that keep him from her? And if Giles can'tthwart the strange threats to Francesca's life, neither may live to see the endof their contest of the heart.

    This installment in author Stephanie Laurens's beloved Cynster series has beeneagerly anticipated by fans, and All About Passion doesn't disappoint.Taut with sexual tension between the hero and heroine, rich with details of theworld of Regency England, and well-supported with a solid plot, this latestCynster tale is an excellent read. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Can I give this 4.5 stars????
    I waver between 4 and 5 stars for this book. Overall, Stephanie Laurens is very, very good. She consistently turns out satisfying books, mixtures of some mystery and lots of romance. When both elements (mystery and romance) are "on", she can't be beat. When one element is "off", she's still pretty darn good. A few of her past books - Captain Jack's Woman (which was really a dry run for a Cynster novel), Devil's Bride, A Rogue's Proposal, and All About Love have hit both nails on the head. All About Passion is one of her very best romance stories - but the mystery/suspense story never really gets off the ground. It's blatantly obvious who the "villain" is and the pathetic red herrings that are thrown in mix into the story like chocolate sprinkles on a beer. On the other hand, I think she could have really used our boys (the Cynsters) more to round out the story. Devil plays a bit of a role and Harry (Demon) shows up on one scene, but that's it. As for the story between Chillingsworth (always one of my favorite minor characters in the Cynster novels) and Francesca - it's superb, one of the best in this series. Of course, his obsession about not falling in love is absurd, but you always have to suspend reality when you're reading in this genre. She's one of the best heroines in the series, too. As always, Laurens writes some of the steamiest copy around, but you get a feel for the personalities and character of both of the main characters. Overall, a pretty darn good read - probably could have used a bit more time in the writing process to make it perfect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Your Father's Romance
    As a mystery author with my debut novel currently in its initial release, I read a wide variety of fiction. I genuinely enjoyed Stephanie Laurens' ALL ABOUT PASSION. Gyles Rawlings, an honorary Cynster, decides that the time has come for the Fifth Earl of Chillingworth, himself, to marry. Living in Regency England, he elects to marry for dynastic reasons, not love. He selects a distant relative named Francesca whom he believes will provide him with heirs yet not engage his heart. To the best of his knowledge, she is supposedly a docile blonde who will honor her obligations meekly and not trouble his soul. This dynastic marriage is arranged, sight unseen. Upon his wedding day, he discovers he's contracted to marry the wrong woman. The Francesca he has mistakenly agreed to marry is a passionate woman who will challenge his heart. The other woman was her cousin with the same name. Sexual tension saturates this work, and Gyles finds himself reluctantly drawn to his wife and her loving passion. Things don't work out exactly the way the Earl planned, especially when Francesca's life becomes threatened. ALL ABOUT PASSION is a fun read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This book lacked character.
    The character of Chillingworth always intrigued me. He seemed the ultimate rogue - the eternal bachelor. And I hoped his downfall would be exciting and passionate. Well, it was and it wasn't.

    First of all, the whole thing about Francesca learning about sex from watching her parents (on multiple occasions) was more than a little disturbing. She didn't just walk in on them. She spied on them and learned her sex moves from them. Can you say, creepy?! Come on, that is downright bizarre. But, if you could get past that, the story was decent.

    This book was all about Chillingworth. The author gave very little insight into Francesca's character. We know nothing about her parents, her life growing up in Italy, and what she thinks and feels. She is a very 2 dimesional character. She is half-Italian, passionate, and hot-blooded. But rarely does her passionate nature shone through. She is content to rein herself in to capture Chillingworth's heart - noble? Maybe. A little boring? Definitely.

    This was a nice read (aside from the whole sex/parents thing). Definitely not my favorite, but decent.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Cancelled Flight I Ever Had!!!!
    Due to bad weather my connecting flight was cancelled. So, left with 5 hours to kill in the middle of the Atlanta airport I went to the bookstore and picked up this book. I was enthralled! I had never read Stephanie Laurens before. I spent the whole 5 hours sitting at my gate reading this book!! I never took a break! The book was sensual and fun! Others have wrote very nice storylines so I won't do that but I will say that I enjoyed this book so much that as soon as I got home I ordered all the rest in Stephanie Lauren's Cynster series and her new Bastion Club series!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love the Cynster Men
    Stephanie Laurens has created a wonderful series of great dashing male characters with her Bar Cynster series. This is book 7 in the series.
    All About Passions is a wonderful addition to the series. Gyles Rawlings (a cousin this time) is the handsome Earl of Chillingworth but he is determined to not be a member of the Bar Cynster. He's watched all his friends fall to a fate he finds worse than anything "LOVE". Refusing to let that emotion overtake his destiny he decides to arrange a marriage based on property and bloodlines rather than love. Luckily for him he discovers that the heiress to a piece of property that he desires is just what he is looking for. He sends his man to investigate the girl to discover she is of breeding and sounds like the meek woman he needs to give him an heir and a spare. Francesca Rawlings is just what he's looking for, but when he stumbles upon a wild gypsy girl at the estate he finds himself drawn to her even though he has offered for her Francesca. Unlike Frannie the blond, fair creature he sees sitting in the garden this gypsy stirs other things in him.

    He wants nothing more than to marry Frannie and at the same time wants to fulfill his desires with the wild dark haired beauty who stirs his passions. On his wedding day though he finds a very big surprise when the woman he sees at the alter isn't the mild mannered Frannie, but his gypsy Francesca Rawlings. Gyles had no idea that there were two Frannie's or Francesca's as he soon finds out. How can he ever explain to Francesca that while he was trying to seduce her he'd planned on marrying her cousin?

    Stephanie does a wonderful job of creating a very well written romantic story. This is my favorite Bar Cynster story so far. The scenes between Francesca and Gyles are electric and very erotic. Their passion erupts from the pages. Add in the discovery that someone is trying to kill one of them and the search for a killer only adds to a wonderful romantic novel.

    This story doesn't end at the bedroom door so if you don't like spice in your romance then this isn't the book for you. If you do, well, Gyles is a very wonderful leading man and the chemisty between him and the fiery Francesca/His Gypsy is wonderful.

    Beyond the romance/erotic/seductive storyline is a tale of family bloodlines, madness and a wonderful family of Rakes who think LOVE is a dirty word until they find it for themselves.

    Stephanie Laurens keeps continuing to write about a wonderful family of men with great strong female counterparts. Add in a little mystery and you've got a fun romance with lots of passion.
    A perfect way to spend time with a book.

    5 Stars for the Bar Cynster and hopes that Stephanie Laurens will find even more family members to add to the series!

    You must read the others as well Devil's Bride, A Rake's Vow, Scandal's Bride, A Rogue's Proposal, A Secret Love, All About Love and the upcoming The Promise in a Kiss: A Cynster Christmas Novel. ... Read more


    15. Gentle Rogue (Malory Novels (Paperback))
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 0380753022
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    Gentle Rouge

    Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy--never dreaming she'll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship's irrepressible captain, James Mallory.

    The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion--and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
    I found this book absolutely wonderful. This was the fifth Malory novel I've read and I loved it. This is the story of James Malory, the family ex-pirate, and Georgina Anderson, a heartbroken American. Did I mention James is English? Ms. Lindsey has brought to life two very lovable characters. I laughed at the antics of James and his brother Anthony. And when Connie, friend of James, is added to the mix it is downright hilarious. The love scenes between James and Georgina are without a doubt superb. There is so much tenderness between the two. You will fall in love with them as they fall in love with each other. Tender Rebel, the Malory novel with Anthony as the main character, is closely tied to Gentle Rogue. Some parts of the story overlap with Tender Rebel. The parts are so entertaining though I'm sure you won't mind. Oh, one other thing, once you read one Malory novel you'll be hooked and have to read them all!!!!:o)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent: Romance, Humor, Excitement all in one!
    I've read a lot of duds lately, so I was thrilled while reading "Gentle Rogue." It never got boring. I read the entire 426 page book in a day, because I could not put it down.
    James Malory is a terrific hero. His wit keeps you grinning through out the story. He's also big, strong, brave, and all man. Although he has a dark past, he has a soft heart for the women in his family.
    Georgina Anderson makes a great heroine, too. She is strong- willed, but not nasty like some heroines turn out. She has guts and is willing to work to make her way home, to America, from England. She's intelligent and witty, as well.
    The families of both James & Georgina are also a good source of humor. James has 3 brothers, Georgina has 5. All enjoy ribbing one another in a way that makes the whole story fun.
    Great love scenes, that are steamy without going over the edge.
    This is my first book by Lindsey. I'm definitely going to look for more of her work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well Written and extremely Funny!
    If you are in for a light-humourous novel which lack drama and all that emotional stuff, then this is the book u are looking for. The Malories and Andersens are two eccentric families who are devoted to their own blood with fierce determination. Georgina is the sister of 5 Andersen brothers. Surely, u know wat that small detail suggests=) Their protectiveness toward George will be put onto test when James dared to touch their baby sister. Of course, we can't deny the additional fact of the presence of the Malory clan. It will be chaos when the two families meet. I didn't recognize Lindsey's writing in this novel. She absolutely did a good job and this is probably her best. If she's not good with drama, I assure u, it is because she's better on making people laugh than crying and thank God for that!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting as usual
    it is good to see the notorious rouge being tied down(marriage), and his plot to seduce georgie, the dialogue are funny as usual, i recommend readers to read the whole of molary series, you won't be disappointed

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
    This is one of my favorite books by Johanna Lindsey. I have read many of her other books but I keep coming back to this one. I love the chemistry between Georgie and James. There is more to these two characters than the passion that they share. Everytime I pick up this book I know I won't be able to put it down again. No matter how many times I have read it I keep getting engrossed in the characters and the plot. Don't hesitate to get this book; it is a keeper. ... Read more


    16. Devil's Bride (Cynster Novels)
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 038079456X
    Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    Setting: Regency England
    Sensuality: 8

    Governess Honoria Wetherby is determined not to marry; she plans to have adventures among the Egyptian pyramids in lieu of wedding a controlling husband. But even the best-laid plans can run afoul of luck and outrageous fortune, as is fatefully proven one stormy evening when Honoria happens upon a dying young man in the woods. After passing the night in a cottage alone with the corpse and his cousin, the rakish and very much alive Devil Cynster, it's decided--by the handsome rake--that Honoria has been compromised by the unchaperoned evening and the only remedy is to marry. Despite her flat refusal, Devil is determined to have the beautiful and feisty governess; his family is overjoyed that he's finally planning to marry. But Devil definitely has his work cut out for him as heattempts to convince Honoria to wed him and forego her plans for adventure. Luring Honoria to the altar is further complicated when she insists upon aiding him in the search for his cousin's killer. Which will Devil accomplish first: seducing Honoria or unveiling a murderer? Or will Honoria foil the first plan and solve the second before Devil can?

    Devil's Bride is the first of several novels by Laurens that feature the members of the noble Cynster family in Regency England. The larger-than-life hero is bold, brave, daring, and determined and meets his perfect match in the heroine, who is plucky, intelligent, practical, and wise. Lush sensuality, deft plotting, and charming secondary characters make this novel a stellar beginning for the Bar Cynster series. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The start of an addicting series
    DEVIL'S BRIDE is the first installment in Stephanie Laurens' Bar Cynster series, witty and passionate tales of mesmerizing and powerfully attractive Regency-era rakes. The Bar Cynster are six cousins who cut a swath through the ton and are "cursed" with the peculiar affliction of marrying solely for love. Their various journeys into love prove the expression "reformed rakes make the best husbands."

    In this first chapter of the Cynster saga, we meet Sylvester Sebastian Cynster, more commonly known as Devil, the Duke of St. Ives. Devil has no idea what Fate has in store for him when he rides the wooded bridle paths of his estate. In the woods, he meets Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby - crouched over his dying younger cousin, Tolly. Devil and Honoria manage to get Tolly to the gamekeeper's cottage, where he dies, unable to tell them the identity of his killer. A storm forces Devil and Honoria to pass the night in the cottage, where they are discovered the next day by various Cynster connections and Honoria's current employers. For propriety's sake, Devil immediate takes over and claims he will marry Honoria. But our heroine is a headstrong miss, an heiress who prefers to work as a governess of sorts, who will not bow to the dictates of such an autocratic decree, particularly when she has no intention of marrying - but every intention of solving the mystery of Tolly's murder.

    Watching Devil and Honoria duke it out (no pun intended) in a battle of wills and of the sexes is extremely entertaining, and pretty much makes up for the fact that the mystery itself is fairly transparent and obvious. How they couldn't figure it out immediately is beyond me, but what is important are the changes these two strong-willed and stubborn protagonists make in each other. Devil learns that not everything can be his at the drop of a hat, that some things are worth working for, and that women (and by extension, wives) are not just for decoration and begetting heirs. Honoria learns that love can conquer irrational fears and makes some risks completely worthwhile. The banter between the two - Devil dictating and Honoria scoffing in his face - as well as their ultimate surrender to each other make DEVIL'S BRIDE a worthy read.

    Laurens has the elements of romance firmly in place in DEVIL'S BRIDE; if she works on the mystery aspect in future Cynster tales, this series will become even better. Nonetheless, I'd recommend this series to any historical romance fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent read -- a lively romance!
    I have read all of Ms. Lauren's books, including the five about the Bar Cynster, but my ABSOLUTE favorite is "Devil's Bride"! If I am in need of a rollicking romance, with an iron-willed duke and a strong-willed duchess (both before and after the marriage), then I pull this book from my stack and enjoy the ride! I enjoyed watching Devil find his will often thrwarted by Honoria, and how they move from a marriage of passion to one of deep, abiding love. And I am a hopeless romantic to know that the vows they made to one another would be held until the end of their days. Sigh -- how much better can it get? Adventure, love and humor, with wonderful insight into Regency England and the Ton. The rest of the Bar Cynster is interesting, but to me the books only light up with Devil and Honaria make an appearance! Thank goodness there is still Lucifer's story to see them again, although I have hopes of the twins' story and to see the Bar out in force to protect them!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Just awful!
    I've just recently started reading romance novels, and this book is the epitome of every negative preconception I've ever had about the genre. I prefer historical romances, and although Laurens' book takes place in the 19th century, you wouldn't know it. Part of the reason I like historicals is because of the sense of time that they evoke. I want to be carried away to a different place and period. In my opinion, Laurens spends far too little time creating an 1800s atmosphere. The setting might as well have been an estate in the 21st century, but for the carriages.

    Also, there was no plot or character development. Within the first two chapters, the leading man has already decided to marry the leading woman. Where's the anticipation? Personally, I like my romance novels to be...well, romantic. "Devil's Bride" was simply too smutty for my taste. I prefer a gradual build up, versus a quick burn/burn-out (which was the case in "Devil's Bride").

    As far as I know, regency/historical romances are characterized by the focus on manners/etiquette/propriety and the conflict that arises when love/desire manifests itself. I don't think the hero/heroine really gave a fig about what society thought about them, they were too hot and heavy for each other. This book should have taken place in a brothel, that's how bad it was.

    Worst of all, Laurens decided to tack on an abysmal murder-mystery storyline that filled in the spaces between the sex romps. Laurens clearly lacks the talent for mystery writing. Just about anyone will be able to figure out the identity of the murderer. It's so blatantly obvious.

    Any speck of romance in this novel was negated by the opening 2 chapters in which Devil lusts over the heroine while hauling the bloody, half-dead body of his cousin through the woods. He practically pants after her while his cousin is dying in the same room. And even after the cousin dies, Devil makes a play for her. Talk about bad timing! I don't know about you, but necrophilia is UN-romantic. For witty, romantic literature, I recommend books by Julia Quinn and/or anything by Georgette Heyer. Check out "Frederica," "Venetia," or "The Grand Sophy" by Georgette Heyer to see how historical/regency romances should be done!

    1-0 out of 5 stars UTTERLY DREADFUL
    God this is by far the most awful and mind-torturing book that I have the misfortune to come across. I have to will every single ounce of my concentration just to stay awake while reading it and it's not even a bedtime read. The main charactors are so shallow they are just a blur to me, there was no fire, no spark, no sense, absolutely nothing between them. I can usually visualized the hero and heroine in my mind as they were living persons but not with this book. And the plot.....well there is no plot. I've managed to guess the murderer by chapter 6 (I'm really surprised that I 've lasted that long, though I would have to admit there was some paragraphs-skipping to reach this far) and jumped straight to the last chapter to confirm it. And that was the end and I'm not even bordered about the reason behind the murder. I've decided to give it up right there and then and realized that I couldn't force myself to finish it just because it has cost me twenty seven dollar in my country currency. (Which is considered to be very expensive as an average book I bought cost me about six, which is also the reason why I've written this review because I'm livid to part with my money for something that is so worthless). I would recommend books by Julie Garwood, Amanda Quick, Karen Marie Moning over this author any day of the week. Even the worst book by them is so much better than this utterly dreadful piece of work. Don't waste your money and time on this one, it's beyond hopeless. This book sure didn't deserve a star from me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Devil's Bride
    This is the first book in Stephanie Laurens Bar Cynster series, and what a way to begin.

    Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives, is the man that dreams are made of: arrogant, handsome, titled and rich. Honoria Wetherby is just a governess, trapped by society when she's caught alone in a cabin with the dashing Duke.

    With the murder of one of their family, the Bar Cynster - a group of men that rival the Duke in arrogance and handsomeness - band together to hunt down his killer. Meanwhile, Devil must convince Honoria that wedding him is a better idea that searching for adventure.

    This book should not be missed! It's a stunning combination of adventure and love, where you'll sympathize with the heroine and fall in love with the Duke. ... Read more


    17. Scandal's Bride (Cynster Novels)
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 0380805685
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
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    Sales Rank: 38689
    Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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    Setting: Scotland, 1819
    Sensuality Rating: 9

    Beautiful Scotswoman Catriona Hennessy knows that she must eventually marry and so decides that she requires a mild-mannered, biddable husband, a man who will agree to father a daughter to inherit Casphairn Manor and who will leave her free to manage her holdings without interference. Unfortunately, the spirit of the earth that protects the manor and its valley, the Lady of the Vale, has other plans. The Lady firmly tells Catriona that the man who shall father her children is none other than Richard Cynster, better known throughout the land as "Scandal." Richard is definitely not the mild-mannered man Catriona had in mind, and even worse, he's English. Although Catriona fights the command of the Lady, all she gets for her efforts is a headache.

    The two unlikely lovers are thrown together in a cold Scottish castle by the reading of a last will and testament. And while Richard is wildly attracted to the lovely Scottish lady, marriage doesn't cross his mind until the will is read and he is compelled to consider the subject.Richard's restless search for family and home becomes focused on Catriona and any doubts he has are quickly erased by his already raging physical attraction to her. Convincing Catriona that they are well-suited, however, is another matter entirely. Who will win this battle of wills--Richard or Catriona?And how will Richard resolve his need to protect and defend Catriona while leaving her free to fulfill her responsibilities to the Lady of the Vale?

    Laurens's latest tale will impress readers with its intense sensuality, colorful Scottish scenery, and strong, expertly drawn characters--from the hero and heroine down to the most minor member of the cast. Combine those elements with a competent plot, throw in an intriguing glimpse of ancient mother earth worship in the British Isles, and it all adds up to a novel well worth reading. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars SENSUAL,LUSH,SEXY,MY FAVORITE OF THE CYNSTER SERIES
    This is my favorite of the Bar-Cynster series. I loved Devil's Bride as well as A Rake's Vow, however Richard and Catriona in Scandal are mezmerizing. Richard has all the same perfect qualities as all the other Cynster men except to me he is sexier due to his vulnerability. He has no real place to call his own. Catriona being a witch also adds spice to the story. I fell in love with Richard and wanted to be Catroina. If you like a good story, sizzling,hot,lingering sex scenes then this book is a must read or if you are just a fan of those oh sooooooooo sexy Cynsters, then read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sensual and sweet
    My favorite of Ms. Laurens Bar Cynster series, this book contains both the sensual love story and the sweet partnership that develop between the lead characters. After Richard and Catriona marry because of the stipulations of a will, they struggle to create a relationship that will satisfy both her responsibilities and his need to be needed. Using the theme of a "hero without a cause", this book is more thoughtful than some of Stephanie Laurens' other novels. It's a satisfying very satifying, gentle book to read on a rainy day.

    1-0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!
    After reading the part after the will and all that jargon about her being a witch!? Why Richard why?? This was the worst book that I have every read! Witches and gentlemen do not mix!!!!!!!! I was so disappointed. I could not believe what I was reading. I hoping and hoping that he would leave her and find someone BETTER at the ton. A story needs to be rewritten about Richard with someone else as his wife. :(

    4-0 out of 5 stars Falling in love with Richard
    Is amazingly easy to do. In spite of the stretching Miss Laurens had to do to make this plot work and in spite of the 'mysticism' inherent in the 'Lady of the Vale' aspect, this is one of my favorite Cynster novels. Richard is everything good that Devil is without the unwillingness to bend. I found him so much warmer and more human with his doubts, so much less arrogant in his posture. He is strong and protective and possessive without ever crossing the line into overbearing. Yes, there are places where I argue with the plot development, with the characterization, even with the pacing. And I found the handling of Algaria idiotic. To echo another reviewer, no way would this man, as protective as he is, allow this woman, whose violent nature has already manifested once, to be nursemaid to his children. Still, of the nine Cynster novels I've read, this hero and Lucifer turned out to be my favorites of all the Cynster males thus far. For total enjoyment it's necessary to be able to feel for AND WITH the character. I ask myself whether I'd marry him and answer 'yes'. I couldn't say the same thing for Devil. And then I reverse and ask myself if I'd marry HER if I were in his position. No. Sigh. My own recalcitrance at being manipulated would prevent me. To me manipulation is unacceptable, a complete turn-off either in books or in real life. It's a good way for a book to find its way into my trashcan. Although it was a close thing with Devil, none of Miss Lauren's books have landed there. Hooray for Stephanie.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish this one.
    I loved "Devil's Bride" and "A Rake's Vow" and bought the entire Bar Cynster series after reading the first two. I wish I would have looked at "Scandal's Bride" a little more closely before spending the money.

    I thought Scandal was sexy in "Devil's Bride" and "A Rake's Vow." I mean, he wasn't mentioned all that often, but as Devil's half-brother, he was sure to be sexy and strong, right? Well, his character in "Scandal's Bride" is okay, but the heroine and plot make this book disappointing.

    I never connected with the heroine. And I am NOT a huge fan of supernatural storylines. I think Richard would have thought her a mentally ill young woman and ran the other way. I know that Scotland is full of mysticism and lore, but I agree with the other poster who said a woman known for "witchcraft" in that day and age would have been condemned, killed, or at least branded an outcast.

    I just didn't care enough about these characters and this story to read past the first few chapters.

    I can't recommend this one. Hopefully the next Cynster book is better. ... Read more


    18. The Present (Malory Novels (Paperback))
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 0380804387
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
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    Sales Rank: 142662
    Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A great one-night read
    On Christmas Eve my daughter and I exchanged gifts only to find that we had both purchased this book for each other. We both love Ms. Lindsey's Mallory Family series and have read all of them. This book as the others had the usual bantering and bickering that makes you smile each time you read one. Although abbreviated in length I still loved it. We find that the rumor that their grandmother was a gypsy is indeed true. Lastly, as most of the other reviewers have said...please Johanna, bring on Jeremy's story, your loyal fans can't wait to read much more about this lovable rascal.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another Malory Treasure
    Once again, Johanna Lindsey has managed to capture the magic of the Malory family. A group of reckless daredevils, any reader will love it when brothers James and Anthony clash. Their verbal battles are always a hit. But their battles seem to cease temporarily as the family comes together to hear the story of the Gypsy Malory grandmother. It's a heartwarming tale that proves within the Malory sector, class and rank is of no importance. Anna Malory's gift was a truly special one, especially to Jason and Molly. I highly recommend this read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
    This book has an excellent plot! I loved it. Great characters, and over all just a great read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars love the Malory's
    The Malory series is the best work I have read ever. I own all of Johanna Lindseys books and have to say you never want the malory books to end. You feel apart of their lives and a part of their family!! Loved them all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Present is a gift for the heart
    The Present is an uplifting story based on Lindsey's Malory clan. All the Malory's are back in this book. But there are problems arising. Georgina, ex-pirate James Malory's wife is mad at him and refuses to tell him why. Jason Malory, head of the clan, cannot get his mistress and mother of his son Derek, to marry him. And in the midst of all this, a mysterious present shows up at Haverston. Is it about the mysterious so called Gypsy grandmother, Anastasia Stephanoff Malory? Is she a Gypsy or Russian princess? All is told and the best gift of all is showered on the Malory's as they realize what happiness and love is all about. This is my favorite in the Malory series. Reggie and her husband Nicholas are here, along with Amy and Warren, James and Georgina, Anthony and Roslynn, Jeremy, Derek and Kelsey, and all the other Malory's. Read this and the first 5. You will not be dissapointed. ... Read more


    19. A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster Novels)
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 0380805693
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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    Setting: Regency England
    Sensuality: 8

    Harold Henry Cynster--better known as Demon to family and friends--leaves London society for the all-male environment of his Newmarket stables in an attempt to escape matchmaking mamas and the spate of marriages that have decimated the ranks of his bachelor cousins. But Demon barely sets one foot on his property before he notices a too-shapely boy settling into the saddle of his favorite Irish Thoroughbred. Beautiful Felicity Parteger hasn't seen Demon Cynster since she was a young girl, when with clear-sighted practicality she'd reasoned that the handsome rake was a threat to every female's heart and had scrupulously disappeared every time he visited her guardian, General Sir Gordon Caxton. When Demon finds her masquerading as a stable lad and demands an explanation, she has no choice but to confess that she's trying to uncover information about a racing syndicate that bribes jockeys. The General's son, Dillon, has fallen in with them and is now in hiding to escape their threats on his life.

    With cool efficiency Demon attempts to take over her campaign to save Dillon. Felicity, however, refuses to sit home and tend to her needlework while Demon has all the fun, and a partnership of sorts is formed. Much to Demon's delight, she also willingly cooperates in his plans for seduction; but pleasure turns to frustration when Felicity refuses his marriage proposal. Although she's head-over-heels in love with him, the independent young woman has no intention of saying "I do" to the infamous rake before he says "I love you" to her. While the two lovers risk their lives in tracking the dangerous syndicate, they engage in a courtship dance that risks both of their hearts as well.

    In this, the fourth book in the Bar Cynster series, Laurens offers a hero and heroine full of honor, courage, wit, and humor; Demon Cynster--a man who has never wanted love and marriage--meets his match in Felicity, an intelligent and passionate woman who refuses to settle for anything less than his heart. The course of true love never did run smoothly, and it's no different for these two, but they're clearly two halves of a passionate whole--and passion and romance, solidly anchored in a well-crafted plot, is something Laurens does so very well. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Rogue's Proposal
    This is the fourth book in Stephanie Laurens' wildly popular Bar Cynster series. The Bar Cynster is the informal name given in the family to the six, extremely handsome cousins. The Bar Cynster members are known for their way with the ladies and their strong aversion to being tied down. But three members have already succumbed to matrimony (See, Devil's Bride, A Rake's Vow and Scandal's Bride), and Harry Demon Cynster is determined not to be the next victim. So he leaves the whirl of parties of London society, and heads off to his stables at Newmarket. But there he finds Felicity Pargeter, a beautiful, independent and innocent young lady, ward of his next door neighbor, masquerading as one of his stable boys. Intrigued, he corners her and demands an explanation. Felicity (or Flick as she is called) is investigating a race-fixing syndicate. Demon offers to help, and then their hearts dance together. Love is never smooth, they risk their lives while tracking the syndicate.

    With the passion and sensuality as her trademark, Laurens builds a story which is highly romantic, charming, witty and passionate. I can't wait to read more of her stories. She really know what she writes!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Rogue's Proposal
    This is the fourth book in Stephanie Laurens' wildly popular Bar Cynster series. The Bar Cynster is the informal name given in the family to the six, extremely handsome cousins. The Bar Cynster members are known for their way with the ladies and their strong aversion to being tied down. But three members have already succumbed to matrimony (See, Devil's Bride, A Rake's Vow and Scandal's Bride), and Harry Demon Cynster is determined not to be the next victim. So he leaves the whirl of parties of London society, and heads off to his stables at Newmarket. But there he finds Felicity Pargeter, a beautiful, independent and innocent young lady, ward of his next door neighbor, masquerading as one of his stable boys. Intrigued, he corners her and demands an explanation. Felicity (or Flick as she is called) is investigating a race-fixing syndicate. Demon offers to help, and then their hearts dance together. Love is never smooth, they risk their lives while tracking the syndicate.

    With the passion and sensuality as her trademark, Laurens builds a story which is highly romantic, charming, witty and passionate. I can't wait to read more of her stories. She really know what she writes!

    2-0 out of 5 stars not the best
    After reading many favourable reviews on this book, I rushed off and bought it almost straight away. Well, I was in for a disappointment. The first half of the story moved at a very slow pace. I was bored to tears despite the mystery, which is transparent and uninteresting by the way, obligingly thrown in by the author. Paragraphs after paragraphs of lengthy exposition just went on and on. And the sex! Well, don't get me wrong. I love plenty of steamy and well written love scenes in a romance, but 10 plus pages of boring, lengthy and repititive love scenes! Give me a break. The second half was slightly better, with a little more drama between the hero and heroine, but that couldn't save the whole story from being a boring and mediocre read.
    If you are new to Steph. Laurens, perhaps you'll find this book not bad at all. But having gone through the whole series of the Cynster clones, I find that the overused formula in these books just doen't work for me anymore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best in this series!
    I really enjoyed this one. I was worried about starting this one because I couldn't even finish the third book, "Scandal's Bride". But Demon was just right! Flick was the best heroine so far in this series. I liked the fact that she still had the innocent nature after being with Demon the first time. So often the virgin turns 180 and becomes this unrealistic sex nymph. I thought the whole Dillon and the Syndicate thing was rather pedantic. If it was such a big deal I thought that there should have been more pressure from those around them. But really it was just the General's dissapointment that spurred them. I don't hold that against the book though. There was just the right amount of sexual suspense, just the right amount of sex, just the right amount of resistance from the hero, and just the right amount of innocence from the heroine to make this an excellent story! Great read!

    3-0 out of 5 stars An improvement on the last one - and a heroine I like!
    Book 4 in the Cynster series - or Book 5 if, like me, you count The Promise in a Kiss as Book 1 - features Vane's younger brother Harry, known as Demon. After seeing three of his fellow Bar Cynster members happily chained in marriage, Harry knows that he'll be next if the women in his family have anything to do with it. So he decamps to his stud at Newmarket, a place where he's very sure he won't encounter any marriageable women.

    A new jockey at his stables catches his attention - the jockey's bottom, in particular. It's not a man's rear. And he's right: the jockey is actually Felicity Parteger, the ward of his nearest neighbour. She's investigating a race-fixing scandal - the obligatory Laurens A-plot and this time, thankfully, one which doesn't take over the story. The last time Harry - Demon (I really think these nicknames are silly!) - saw Felicity, she was in pigtails and still obviously a teenager. Now, she's 20 to his 31, and she's beautiful. Not only is she beautiful, but he's attracted to her.

    To my relief, this story proceeds a little differently to the four earlier books. Harry actually *fights* his attraction to Felicity - Flick, as he calls her - and he doesn't propose until almost half-way through the book. Very sensibly, Flick turns him down. She's been in love with Harry all her life, but she knows that he doesn't love her. He proposes for reasons to do with propriety and also, as she knows, because he finds her attractive. But she will only marry for love.

    How their courtship develops, against the backdrop of the A-plot and, eventually, the London season and the rest of Harry's family, is generally well-told. This time, Laurens develops the romance steadily and well, instead of marrying her characters off in the first half of the book and thus taking away any romantic suspense. This is *definitely* an improvement on the earlier books, and I really felt as if I was reading a love story.

    I also liked Flick a lot. She's an independent young woman with a mind of her own, and she's determined not to be pushed around by Demon. She has a sense of humour and intelligence coupled with innocence, but she won't let Demon use his greater experience and age to get the better of her. One of Laurens' better heroines so far.

    But there's still the unanswered question of how Laurens' heroines manage to escape pregnancy while they're blithely and happily having sex with their men before marriage.

    Laurens' choice of nickname for her hero here led to a lot of distracting repetitions, too: "Demon leashed his demons..." and similar phrases occur throughout. And she *really* needs to look up 'disinterest' in a dictionary. It does *not* mean 'lack of interest'; it refers to a state of non-involvement or objectivity. ... Read more


    20. All About Love (Cynster Novels)
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 0380812010
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 23761
    Average Customer Review: 3.66 out of 5 stars
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    Setting: Regency England

    Sensuality: 8

    Regency rake Alasdair Reginald Cynster, better known as Lucifer, is determinedto avoid the epidemic of marriage that has claimed the rest of his malerelatives. He leaves London for the Devon countryside and a quiet visit with anelderly friend, but gets the shock of his life when he stumbles on his friend'sbody, is coshed on the head by an unknown assailant, and wakes to find himselfbeing tended by the lovely Phyllida Tallent. Entranced by the beautiful lady andher quick mind, Lucifer soon finds himself conspiring with Phyllida to solve themurder even as he grows daily more involved in the lives of the residents ofColyton. For her part, Phyllida had resigned herself to choosing a suitor fromthe unprepossessing noblemen living in and about Colyton. The sophisticated,handsome Lucifer takes her by surprise and shakes the foundations of her world.Neither Lucifer nor the willful Phyllida had planned to fall in love, butdestiny clearly intends otherwise. If the unknown murderer has his way, however,neither of the two will live to enjoy a happy ending to their tale.

    Stephanie Laurens deftly combines a strong mystery plot with a breathtaking lovestory in this, the latest Bar Cynster story. Lucifer has the charm, character,and powerful personality that readers adore in the Cynster men, while Phyllidaperfectly balances him with quick wit, courage, and a strong will of her own.All About Love is sure to be a hit with devoted fans and new readersalike.--Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

    Reviews (41)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lucifer is hot
    This was a wonderful novel. Gabriel and Lucifer were my two favorite characters of the Bar Cynster. This novel starts right after Gabriels wedding. As usual, the male cynster is trying to outrun fate. Lucifer goes to visit an old friend and finds him dead. Not only that, but he ends up with a big bump on the head. I really enjoyed how he was stuck trying to figure out who hit him and who killed his friend. This book had some pretty funny little side stories in it. Phyllida didn't seem to be the most graceful of ladies. She was kinda like Flick in the Rogue's Proposal. She ran around in breeches and was head strong when it came to getting male protection. The love scenes in this book are hot. Lucifer has no shame and is quite obviously very comfortable with his body. He puts it to good use to please Phyllida. Stephanie Laurens knows how to capture a reader with her descriptiveness. She seems to have cornered the market on writing the perfect male. I haven't read one of her novels yet, where I had't wanted to be the female in it. None of her characters are weaklings and none of her stories leave with the incredible urge to slap some sense into one of the characters. As far as historical romance novels go, this one is a must have in your collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I hope there's more Cynsters coming soon!!
    I just love reading books about families, especially when you know that there's another book awaiting you that has the same family in it! The Bar Cynster series is no exception, and Stephanie Laurens has created yet another great pair of lovers. Of COURSE, he has no intention of marrying, and of COURSE, she is headstrong and intelligent, and of COURSE they wind up in bed together before the wedding. It's a Cynster book, isn't it?? Nice attention to detail, fun plot, and of course, good little "naughty parts" to keep your attention ;-)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Here we go again: Cynster plot-line repeated once more
    In All About Love, it's Rupert Cynster's turn to meet his fate, and he does so in the form of Phyllida Tallent, the daughter of the magistrate in the village whence Cynster has fled to escape his matchmaking family. They first meet when she almost kills him, which I suppose is one way of leaving a lasting impression.

    There is a murder plot: the old friend whom Rupert - Lucifer, as we're supposed to call him - has come to visit has just been killed. And Lucifer knows that Phyllida knows something about the murder, just as he later discovers that her life is in danger - which gives him a very good reason to insist on protecting her. And, being a Cynster, he does a lot more than just protect her. Which begins to sound somewhat familiar...

    Here's the formula for any Cynster book: Alpha-male hero, dead set against marriage, does his best to escape the plotters among the rest of his family. And then, when he least expects it, he runs into an unusual woman, very different from the run-of-the-mill female in that she's independent and confident, and immediately he falls in love and wants to marry her. Said female, on the other hand, does not want to marry him - for various, usually not very convincing reasons. Cynster male then exerts multiple powers of persuasion, some not exactly fair, but the one thing he refuses to do is to *tell* her exactly why he wants to marry her. So if she's holding out for a declaration of love, she's unlikely to get one, and this is what carries the story, which could really have been over within 150 pages, on to close to 400 pages.

    Oh, and there's always some sort of mystery/murder/crime plot, which generally gets far too much time and attention devoted to it, and which is usually pretty much paper-thin.

    But clearly the formula works, since Laurens seems to be selling millions of the books in this series. This one's okay, although the murder plot dominates rather too much and at least some of the links were far too obvious from the beginning. If I'd read it as a stand-alone novel, since I did quite like Phyllida and Lucifer I'd probably have given it a three or four; however, it really feels as if I'm just reading the same book over and over again.

    Chillingworth's up next in the series; with any luck, as he's not actually a Cynster, Laurens might not follow the formula for once.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 6th in the series
    Well out of all of the Cynster books this one was just a good book. It didn't thrill me like the 1st, the 3rd, and the 5th did. I found those books to be filled with more passion and I really liked the interaction between the main characters more. This one has a lot of mystery in it which did make for some excitement.

    Well it's Alasdair's turn. He's known to most as Lucifer and he's the last of the original Bar Cynster. He decides to leave London and the matchmakers to visit an old friend. When he arrives in Devon he finds his old friend dead and wakes with a aching head. How he gets that aching head is just as much a mystery as who killed his friend. He also finds his match, Phyllida. She is a strong, smart,savy business woman who like Lucifer wants to find the killer.

    Phyllida, has many suitors who have tried to get her to the alter but none have the stunning effect that Lucifer does. He makes resisting him the hardest thing she's ever done. She's not going to make it easy for him but when she does surrender to his love and passion, she finds all she will ever need.

    Oh and our old friend Chillingworth makes an apperance and gets more involved with the Cynsters than he ever wanted to.

    I have enjoyed this series so much and I eagerly look forward to reading about the next generation of Cynsters.

    3-0 out of 5 stars buy it
    This is my favorite of Bar Cynster series and the first one I read. The characters are engaging, the mystery is enough to keep the plot moving and the whole thing is beautifully written. Wonderfully balanced and intelligent. ... Read more


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