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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380805693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380805693
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Demon, another rake in Laurens's line of Cynster family heroes, is determined to avoid the snare of marriage that has trapped other males in his Regency period familyAuntil he discovers that Felicity Parteger, a longtime friend, has blossomed into an attractive young woman. Felicity's charms are somewhat diminished, however, by her disguise as a young male jockey in her effort to identify the "syndicate" members plotting to throw races. When Demon agrees to help her, their sleuthing, propelled by Felicity, conveniently presents them with several chances to rendezvous. Unfortunately, the plot (which assumes such a secondary role to the lengthy love scenes that it often seems an afterthought) and historical details are too thin to yield a believable period romance. Moreover, while the 1820 setting classifies the book as a Regency, it fails to fit the formula (for example, no Regency hero would bed a young woman of good family before he marries her). It may serve fans of the genre well to save their time or reread Laurens's earlier titles (Devil's Bride, etc.). (Oct.)
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on December 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I suppose it's a bit like Christmas morning.... you run downstairs, and, after months of waiting, instantly attack the biggest box with your name on it. You open it up, anticipation drumming inside you, and then.... you find that instead of the Pokemon item you wanted, you received last year's garble-talking Furby.
That parallels my reaction to A Rogue's Proposal. After falling in love with the Bar Cynster and sighing over the three preceding books, I breathlessly, eagerly awaited for the fourth one. I guess I could tell I had a problem with A Rogue's Proposal when I didn't feel compelled to finish it in one setting; I read it over two days, always faithfully returning to it but never really felt driven (as I had with the others) to find out what happened to Demon and Flick. The storyline was so slow I skipped pages, because all that was happening was Flick attending London balls and fretting over Demon's love for her. There weren't any major faults with the characters, except for Flick's almost-bordering-on-stupidity escapades, but even that wasn't a major crime since it was an "almost." However, I still couldn't bring myself to care for the hero and the heroine. The love scenes, while still pretty R/NC-17 rated, were even kind of dull and trite. I would recommend this book to a devoted Cynster fan, but if you're new, start with Devil's Bride or even A Rake's Vow.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "purelyjoy" on June 18, 2000
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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!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "dfischet" on January 15, 2000
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I have fallen in love with Laurens. Her first Cynster about Devil remained my favorite until 'ARP'. Demon and Flick interact so well together they almost seem 'real'. Flick is so far removed from the other Cynster women that I found her refreshing. I had just about had enough of needlepoint. I just can't say enough good things about Laurens. The sensual content in her books is almost erotic - not too much, mind you. (Scandal's Bride, not my favorite Cynster book, was probably the most sensual. And for Laurens that is saying something.). Laurens has fast become my favorite writer. She writes awfully well, she knows the regency period and she knows how to write a mind boggling love scene. If Laurens gets any better, I might have to learn how to 'swoon'. Check out her 'pre' Cynster work 'Captain Jack's Woman.' It's delightful. Keep up the good work, Stephanie!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on March 3, 2003
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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.
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