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Product Details

  • Series: Cynster Sisters Duo (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062068652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062068651
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second of the Cynster Sisters duo is a delightful, delicious romance Laurens style: Filled with beloved characters from the Cynster series, it's humorous, sensual, exciting and tinged with the gothic. What more can fans desire? RT Book Reviews --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

A great story that leads you to read the others with the introduction of interesting characters.
busymomof3
When you first start reading this book,you already know that the man Mary has chosen to be her hero won't be the one,that would make things much too easy.
Gigi
Stephanie Laurens novels are fun and witty with just enough romance and intrigue to keep the story rolling.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lfmiller VINE VOICE on June 13, 2013
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Stephanie Laurens is arguably one of the most respected writers of regency romances in the world. She has so many complex regency series under her belt. She also has a fine appreciation of the English language, and uses it exceptionally well. So why did I give her 3 stars?

This work is 432 pages long. It could be excellently edited to eliminate at least 75 pages of that. Laurens is more imaginative that many other writers in her use of language, and especially in her love scenes, which go on for pages and pages. But sometimes in this tome the ardor of the language, the generalizations drawn, are almost laughable. Overblown, even.

This book could have easily been made into two stories, which in fact it is. The first half details the hero and heroine's coming to an understanding. When you see the wedding at about page 216 or so, you figure, "OK. What on earth can the rest of the book be about?" The second half of the book is a thinly disguised murder (or attempted murder) mystery. It's quite clear who the villain is, and the hero is supposed to divert us from this knowledge by insisting the villain is too stupid to pull off this plan. And in fact this is true, because everything works against the plan.

As always, the hero is a superhero. The heroine is every bit as wily as he. They experience all kinds of perils that should eliminate them, but they're too clever to die. That is entertaining. Then they wrap up the investigation and the story should end. But no. There's another 40 pages, some of which, admittedly are a preview of another book from this series. But the 'epilogue' to The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh is totally superfluous.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ms Winston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2013
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It has been a while since I read one of Stephanie Laurens's Cynster novels, but I don't remember them being quite this lengthy (over 400 pages) with such a slender story. This book could have been reduced by half easily. Far too much time was taken up with Mary Cynster resisting the interest of Ryder Cavanaugh, the Marquess of Raventhorne. Ryder is smitten with Mary, but Mary wants to be the master, or rather the mistress, of her own destiny...yeah, yeah...we all know where this is heading, as we have read it many times before. Mary will resist the irresistable Ryder even though there is no good reason to do so until she finally agrees to wed him. By reducing this section to much fewer chapters, the second half of the book (a mystery involving who is trying to bump off the couple and why) might have been of more interest. As it was, I found myself skimming the first half, with the idea that when I got to the second half I would have reached the heart of the story and could concentrate more on the matters at hand. This did not prove to be the case as I never became truly interested in either half of the couple. I think that dedicated fans of the Cynster series will probably enjoy this book, but the predictability of the plot did not hold my interest.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads VINE VOICE on May 1, 2013
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I am no different from the many who have followed Stephanie Laurens' chronicles of the Cynster family in Regency England. I have swooned at the swoon-worthy, become worried at the evil that is often encountered, and most of all have loved being swept up in wonderful storytelling. This latest offering is certainly a favorite in the series.

This is a long book, over 400 pages, but it is a can't-put-down read. In the first half of the book we see Ryder's attempts to woo a totally Not-having-any Mary. But bit by bit Ryder makes in roads until Mary is swept up in the inevitable understanding that just perhaps she has found the hero she is looking for. Many books would stop right here but there is evil a foot and Ryder and Mary are the targets. This becomes a very exciting, action filled novel along with the very hot and very sexy romance. The Epilogue gives us a look at the many other Cynsters we have come to love.

The writing is top notch, the characterizations are spot on. You're gonna like this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wmsbg Resident on June 28, 2013
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I have read all the Cynster novels and find them getting more and more mired in how the hero is going to make the heroine "his partner for life" and short on action. This book took approximately one-third of the way through before there was any action other than Ryder dogging Mary at social events and him thinking that she was the perfect partner for him. His biggest challenge was getting her to understand that he was her fate. The action was too little and too late...the book lost all interest. Had to force myself to get through it and ended up skipping many pages. Definitely a disappointment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DevReader on July 13, 2013
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This book is not up to S.L. usual standards of fascinating story along with the romance. It is filled with too much explicit sexual description, over and over, to the point of boredom. I finally began skipping through these sexual descriptions to get to the real story, which was thin and obvious. Maybe since the last traitor, and the Black Cobra were dispensed with there are no more good stories to write?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Reid VINE VOICE on June 6, 2013
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Romance is highly subjective - what touches you may be pretty personal. This entry in the Cynster Sisters series simply was not a good match for me. Although I have enjoyed earlier books in the series and although I consider myself a fairly easy-going reader - if I've committed to reading a book, I'm usually predisposed to like it because I want to - I found this book patchy and uneven. There were parts of it I enjoyed quite a bit, but far larger portions that I slogged through without much pleasure.

I think for me the main problem was that I found little spark in the relationship between Ryder and Mary after the early establishment. This seemed to me to become less their love story and more about the intrigue, which was itself pretty transparent. No spoilers from me, but the mystery didn't seem very mysterious, and it was marred for me by people who were portrayed as intelligent doing some very stupid things. (Even worse, their stupidity was apparently built into the plan...which would have made sense if they were portrayed as dim, but they weren't. I'm frustrated by my commitment to avoiding spoilers from explaining explicitly what I'm thinking about, but there is one particularly glaring moment of "You're kidding, right? They THOUGHT he'd do it this way? And he DID?") Romantic tension simply resolved too quickly for me, leaving me with two perfectly nice but not really enchanting characters dealing foolishly with an obvious threat. If we could have condensed the book by - I don't know - a third, perhaps I would have enjoyed it more. I don't think the plot was substantial enough to sustain the length, and while there are some books where I can't bear to leave the company of the characters and would probably happily read about anything they do, this was not one of them.
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