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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778321754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778321750
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Laurens's writing shines." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. She currently has 42 books in print, with the last 24 of those becoming New York Times bestsellers. Laurens lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two daughters. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

Great characters and stories.
Debra Allgood
I wouldn't spend your money on this book - pick it up at he library.
cb
I found this book kind of boring compared to her later works.
Whitney Beatty

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Ponzo on April 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on June 28, 2005
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The story was simple. Reputed rake Jack Lester was ready to settle down. Not wanting to broadcast his good fortune and financial windfall, mainly in order to keep the ton's matrons at bay, he wanted to discover a woman who would love him for himself, while thinking him poor as a church mouse. Naturally, he finds his ideal mate, Sophie Winterton - perfect in every way. So perfect, in fact, that even though Sophie loves him, when she's told he needs money to refurbish his estate she does her best to dissuade and refuse his suit. Unselfishly thinking that he can find and marry the heiress `she determines' he needs to shore up his estates. The plot goes on the way of traditional regencies with a full complement of supporting and engaging secondary characters and romances in a predictable manner. No big surprise here. Yet, even in this earlier effort, Laurens expertise in character development shines in giving you a totally loveable cast of lead characters.

*** I knew when I picked this up that it was a reprint of an earlier work and that it would be more indicative of the traditional regency read with more emphasis on the conduct and wooing practices of that period. In this I was not disappointed. Naturally, fans of the very successful Cynster and Bastion Club series will probably miss the highly charged sensuality that Laurens newer work provides but while I missed the sensuality, I delighted in the clever dialogs and the way she created the character of Jack Lester. Written without the seductive sensual scenes she is so very capable of, Laurens still imbued our hero Jack with an undeniable air of superiority and strength that I could only think she would ultimately use to be her model for Devil Cynster in her later novels.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By karen greenstein on July 2, 2005
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I have always enjoyed Stephie Laurens. Her historical and romantic descriptions are excellent as are her characters and plot. While this may not be her best, it was still a good read and I enjoyed it. I am interested in the rules and mores of the time, and this book encompasses these. Karen Greenstein
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Romance Lover on September 29, 2006
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It was a relief to read a Stephanie Laurens book that wasn't one-third sex scenes. The female character was not as abrasive as her usual heroines. Worth reading.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Brazy on July 7, 2006
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Jack Lester has found his "golden head" bride in beautiful blonde Sophie Winterton, but keeps his repaired fortune secret so that he'll be loved for himself. She's attracted to him, too, but alas! she believes It Can Never Be based on a rival's gossip that Jack must marry for money. Meanwhile, she lets an overbearing suitor, Marston, lecture her at every turn on his perceived impropriatories instead of telling him to get lost. Jack always shows up at the right moment to save Sophie from Marston's lectures. She never bothers to ask Jack about his intentions. And so it goes, endlessly.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Torra on May 18, 2005
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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elemental Warp on August 18, 2005
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This is a great romance for a light read, or for a younger romance reader, who maybe shouldn't be exposed to the Connie Mason-esque sex scenes that appear in some novels.

The story is good, complete with a few conflicts, some unnerving characters, a few love-to-hate personalities, and a handful of boiseterous children and a slew of horseback riding outings in the park.

Sophie has just enough pique and pizazz to be fun to follow and Jack is steady and determined enough to hold the tension out throughout the course of the book.

Still, there is no grand derring-do - up until the last fifteen pages, anyways. Unlike many other romance novels, no one has a deep, dark secret, no one is a spy, pirate, illegitimate issue, etc. This is simply a boy-wants-girl-but-girl-wants-boy-to-fulfill-his-dreams-rather-than-throw-them-away-for-love-which-she-feels-too story. At the end of it, the reader feels happy for the Sophie and Jack (and Clarissa and Ned,too), but you aren't going to be reading this one into the wee hours of the morning.

As usual, Laurens has the same, accessible style that allows for a broad readership.

It's worth a read, but try to get it used or from a library.
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More About the Author

#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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