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Product Details

  • Series: Cynster Novels (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060002050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060002053
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love it - Cathy Kelly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that 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. Loving Rose is her fifty-fourth book. All of her previous works remain in print and readily available.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Her books are great stories with plenty of sweet romance and sex.
Nanette Welch
The author spent too much time describing the love scenes that they just became boring and I ended up flicking past those pages.
The plot was too farfetched, the characters uninspiring and the storyline failed to engage or maintain my interest.
Charles M. Csizmar

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "casey_" on March 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After many years looking for husbands without any success, twins Amelia and Amanda decide that instead of waiting for the men to come to them, they were going to get their men.
This is Amelia's story.
I had been looking forward to this book ever since I heard it was being written and I was not disappointed.
It was great seeing Stephanie Laurens writing about some of the Cynster women now, and discovering that in many ways they are like there powerful male Cynster cousins, they are determined to get what they want, and look-out the men who get in their way.
The story begins when Lucien Ashford has hit the jackpot and restored his family fortunes, and after a night out celebrating, stumbles home drunk. And there he encounters Amelia on his doorstep, and she proposes!
Having always loved Luc, she uses the excuse that she knows that his family is struggling and that her dowry would help re-establish them to convince him to marry her, not knowing about Luc's change of fortune. Luc accepts and passess out at her feet only seconds later.
Luc has always loved Amelia but with the state of his families fortunes, he always believed that she was out of his league and is amazed that she would want to marry him, not that he is about to try and change her mind.
There is one condition he puts on their marriage: he will court her properly, amongst the ton.
But he does not tell her right away that his fortunes have been restored, fearing that she will change her mind about marrying him. Instead he proceeds to act as though his family are still struggling as he courts her so that she will fall in love with him.
This was a very well written book and a great addition to the Cynster series.
A must-read.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "klpepsi" on May 15, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Amelia Cynster, along with her twin sister Amanda, have been searching London ballrooms for six years looking for their perfect match. Each is bored with the uninteresting prospects, and both have decided to take matters into their own hands.
After seeing her sister triumphantly wed to the man of her choosing, Amelia sets out to do the same. Her choice is Lucien "Luc" Ashford, Viscount Calverton, whom she has always loved. Now she's going to do something about it. So one night she anxiously lies in wait for him to return home so she can set her plan in motion. Amelia boldly proposes to him, under the guise of how much her dowry will assist his family with their financial problems. Luc agrees, then passes out at her feet.
He actually already loves Amelia, but won't tell her because he feels it would give her too much power over him. Amelia also won't divulge her love for him. Will these two ever trust each other enough to confess their true feelings?
That is basically the whole book in a nutshell. It started out pretty good with her proposing to him, which I thought showed some originality. Well, that's the extent of the originality found here. He won't just quickly marry her, but wants to court her first. The whole plot becomes, who will seduce whom first. At first this is okay, but after so many of these scenes, plus when they start getting horizontal (which doesn't take long), the story then becomes a stream of love scenes without much of anything else to offer. I ceased to care about the characters after awhile. There was no depth of emotion, and no indication of anything between them besides lust. Of course, Luc is the rake who is the master of seduction, and she's blonde, curvaceous, outgoing, and perfect in every way, including a voracious sexual appetite. YAWN!
There is nothing unique or special here. This was my third book to read by this author, and probably my last. I cannot recommend this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elena Monteros on February 21, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There was absolutely no story in this book. All there was to it was a man and a woman making love. Many times. Too many times. So many times that it becomes totally boring.
The 'story' goes like this: he doesn't want to marry AT ALL, and thinks that only fools fall in love, but when she asks him, he suddenly decides that he wants to - because he loves her, but he can't tell her this because then she will be able to control him. She wants to marry her at once, he wants to go slow - so that the ton will think they are in love. But she seduces him (of course he can't resist her) and so they get married at once, no matter what anyone thinks. They find out that they suit perfectly - so boring, there are absolutely no issues between them to resolve, except to say 'I love you'. Oh, and there is a little thief, who dares to steal from the ton! Who the thief is is obvious from the very beginning. And it doesn't help the story.
This book was booooring... I don't think I'll waste any more of my time on Stephanie Laurens' books. There is just no romance, only endless sex scenes. There is nothing wrong with them, but there are just sooo many that I ended up skimming through them. And I hate it when the heroes are in love from the very beginning! I want to see them falling in love! I don't want to just be told that they are in love, and then read about their lack of communication. And always in Lawrens' books when someone wants to show someone he loves her/him, it is by making love to that person... Come on, is there really no other way? And then we get another boring sex scene in stead of a heart-wrenching scene where they talk or confess to each other or something... It is truth that words aren't always necessary, you can show a lot just by your actions, but then you should also be able to read other people's actions...
Boring book, don't waste your time or money on it!
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