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As the Matchbreaker, Henrietta Cynster is known for her gift for preventing a lady from marrying the wrong gentleman. So when Melinda Wentworth asks Henrietta to discern the real reason for James Glossup’s proposal, Henrietta investigates and learns that he must marry within a month or risk losing an inheritance from his great-aunt. She reluctantly informs Melinda of her ­fiancé’s true matrimonial motive, and then feels more than a few twinges of guilt when Melinda breaks off the engagement. So, vowing to find the right woman for James to wed, she marshals all of her social connections, but the more time she spends with James, the more convinced Henrietta becomes that she herself is that woman. With 50 historical romances to her credit, RITA Award–winning and best-selling Laurens is an expert crafter of irresistible love stories. The first in two Cynster Sister novels, this romance is richly imbued with breathtaking sensuality, pleasing wit, and just the right dash of intriguing danger. --John Charles --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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This romance is richly imbued with breathtaking sensuality, pleasing wit, and just the right dash of intriguing danger. (John Charles, Chicago Tribune)

With witty, authentic dialogue, great writing and characters, and a charming story of two people forced to look more closely at something that’s been there all along, the romance in this book is potent and winning. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cynster Sisters Duo
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470840138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470840136
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,733,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

Laurens's novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. Laurens has published fifty-three works of historical romance, including 31 New York Times bestsellers. All her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Her continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the genre. Other series include the Bastion Club Novels and the Black Cobra Quartet. For information on upcoming releases and updates on novels yet to come, visit Stephanie's website.

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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen McClain on March 28, 2013
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Two and one-half stars.

I used to be a huge Laurens fan and I have read all of her books at least once and many multiple times. Her novels were always so strong: she's a great wordsmith, can pull you into Regency life like no other, can elicit wonderful emotion and she used to draw great characters. However, her last several books have lost their dramatic tension and her characters have devolved into the same old characters in every other romance novel.

One reason there is no dramatic tension in her latest novel is that there is no real conflict between the protagonists. In Then She Fell, the characters both want to marry; they find each other attractive and respect each other. Nothing to keep them apart except for their fear of admitting their feelings to each other. Junior high stuff. In fact, Laurens can't stretch the "boy-chases-girl, boy-gets-girl" part longer than the first half of the novel.

The reason for the lack of tension in Laurens' more recent novels is that she, like many popular authors, has followed the romance trend toward making the h so "everything," strong, smart, brave, skilled, etc.; there is no room for her to grow over the course of the book. She doesn't have to overcome weakness. She doesn't have to come to terms with her own sexual longings: heck, even in bed, the virgin h in this novel tears off the hero's clothes and goes down on him. The woman's only "weakness" is being mildly and temporarily distressed when attempts are made on her life. Geesh!

Concomitantly, Laurens has followed the trend of making the H rather wishy-washy, not particularly strong or skilled or even very cocky, let alone Alpha. This H hasn't a macho bone in his body.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* on April 2, 2013
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It's fair to say that half of the book is a romance story between Henrietta and James, while the second half is involved entirely with the mysterious murderer who's attempting to get rid of Henrietta. The writing is more in tune with Stephanie Laurens's more traditional regencies (naturally, with a degree of "spice" that's prevalent in this genre) than her earlier Cynster novels, Devil's Bride, for example. What didn't hook me to the story wasn't the fact that James is a man exuding a quiet confidence unlike the other alpha heroes of the Cynster family, but that the romance was almost completely overshadowed by the murder, which isn't what one wants to see in a romance novel.

It is also unfortunate that the given blurb highly exaggerated the extent of Henrietta's fall. Yes, Henrietta was known amongst the ton as "The Matchbreaker," but that is merely a moniker given by the spurned males of those she helped. She was more like a relationship investigator, fishing out details to help ladies determined if their intended is marrying them for love, or for some other purpose. That said, Henrietta was far from denying the institution of marriage, mainly waiting for the right man to sweep her off her feet, which, given her logical and relatively sangfroid nature, had frightened many off until James.

James is the best friend to Henrietta's brother Simon, and due his grandmother's will decreeing he must marry by a certain date or forfeit his inheritance, in which case he would have to no way to support his lands and people, he has increasingly found Henrietta the object of his affections.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stacey on March 28, 2013
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And Then She Fell takes place some 8 years after Capture of the Earl of Glencrae. Henrietta has kept the Lady's necklace that she was given at the end of that book in a box ever since. But her sister has need of it and believes she can't use it until Henrietta has had her success so she bullies Henrietta into wearing it. That night Henrietta, known as the Matchbreaker, for her work in providing young ladies with information about the men pursuing them, gives some bad news to a young woman who has gained the interest of James Glossup. James is the best friend of Henrietta's brother Simon and we met him in the novel of Simon & Portia's romance. James needs to marry quickly because of a plot device any good lawyer would have been able to overthrow, at least nowadays. Appraised of this fact Henrietta agrees to help James find a bride.

You can guess where this goes. It follows predictable lines of does she/does he, with a standard 'who is trying to kill her' plot added in for the tension. I'm fine with it. I know people complain Laurens' heroes are no longer uber alpha males but I rather like that about them. There is only so much chest beating I can take in man, even fictionally. I like James. He's strong but not overbearing & is protective without being domineering. I did especially love the "Well now you'll have to marry me" bit. It was a refreshing change to the usual. I much prefer James Glossup & Jeremy Carling to Devil and Vane, though I would take Richard over all of them.

Only 4 stars because there are far too many prior characters in this book, like nearly every Cynster & all their connections, plus a few Bastion Club members and really, with all them there I can't imagine how the rest of the ton fits into a ballroom.
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