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The Lady Risks All [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Laurens
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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“Laurens’s books are always synonymous with sensuality and strong-willed heroes and heroines.”
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae, romance fiction superstar Stephanie Laurens has done it again with this passionate tale of an oh-so-proper lady and the dangerous man for whom she throws caution to the wind. The Lady Risks All in this delightfully sexy and sensuous historical romance novel from the creator of the recklessly romantic Cynster family—Regency England’s most irrepressible clan of sexy rogues and ladies—as well as the acclaimed Bastion Club books. The notorious Neville Roscoe, who lives boldly outside the bounds of proper society, is one of Laurens’s most unforgettable heroes—and the story of his seduction of prim, straight-laced Miranda Clifford is filled with intrigue, danger, and passion that will thrill not only Stephanie Laurens fans, but devoted readers of Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsey, and Mary Balogh as well.

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Much to her dismay, Miranda Clifford has no choice but to apologize to Neville Roscoe. Miranda had marched over to Neville’s home intent on pulling her younger brother Roderick out of a den of iniquity only to discover that instead of gambling with London’s most infamous gambling king, Roderick is the newest member of Neville’s Philanthropy Guild: a select group of nobleman who use their business skills and wealth to support various charitable endeavors. Although Miranda is delighted to discover that the notorious sinner Neville has a saintly side, it doesn’t mean she can afford to associate with him. Miranda’s aunts have drummed it into her that one step off the path of respectability will ruin her life forever. But after one kiss from Neville, Miranda is no longer certain that a respectable life is all it’s cracked up to be. When it comes to dishing up lusciously sensual, relentlessly readable historical romances, Laurens is unrivaled, and her latest Regency-set romance is guaranteed to hook readers with its irresistible mix of exquisite passion and dangerous intrigues. --John Charles


“Perfect for rainy days or indulgent afternoons, VISCOUNT BRECKENRIDGE TO THE RESCUE is another strong addition to Laurens’ canon.” (Fresh Fiction )

“Nonstop adventure, an intriguing plot, clever, resourceful characters, and plenty of Laurens’s trademark passion will make this first of the “Cynster Sisters” trilogy another favorite of Cynster fans.” (Library Journal )

Reviewer Top Pick. “Another wonderfully romantic and deeply satisfying Laurens tale...” (Night Owl Review )

“Absolutely rompalicious, THE CAPTURE OF THE EARL OF GLENCRAE, the third and final novel in best-selling author Stephanie Laurens’ CYNSTER SISTERS trilogy, is a passion-filled, witty historical romance that will keep you enthralled from the very first page.” (Romance Review Junkies )

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  • File Size: 1759 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HC3T1G
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the sheer volume you have to wade through. September 25, 2012
By Letitia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rating: C ... Heat: Warm

+ Review might contain minor spoilers.

Miranda Clifford has spent most of her life ruled by societies expectations. Raised with the belief that scandal must be avoided at all costs, Miranda's guardians--two elder aunts--have managed to quell her fiery, independent nature. Having spent most of her adult life in the role of caregiver and, essentially, mother to her brother Roderick, she has always focused all her time and energy on him. But now that he's reached his majority, she realizes she needs to let him go. Let him be his own person. As Miranda struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life, her brother abruptly disappears. Fearing the worst, Miranda seeks help from her disreputable neighbor, and Gambling King, Neville Roscoe.

Neville Roscoe, born Lord Julian Delbraith, gave up his life as he knew it to become the man his family needed him to be. In doing so, he lost bits of himself over time and evolved into someone markedly different. In cultivating his reputation, Roscoe has built up a hard outer shell. He doesn't let people get close to him, and he doesn't get close to others. When Miranda shows up asking for help, his honorable nature comes to the fore and he simply can't refuse her. And when she keeps showing up every day, needing to be involved in the effort to find her brother, it becomes clear she may be the one woman who can open him up.

The Lady Risks All has so much going for it. A hero who, though an aristocrat, lives outside their rules and pretty much thumbs his nose at the ton. A heroine who, though she has always held firm to her respectability, isn't afraid to let go and make her own way.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Laurens Masterpiece! September 25, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Neville Roscoe was not always Neville Roscoe, he was born Lord Julian Delbraith, Males in his family are susceptible to a gambling addiction, only Lord Julian was the exception, he was actually a good gambler. His older brother commits suicide and leaves the family in imminent financial ruin, Lord Julian gives up his life to save his siblings and nephew from ruin and secretly becomes Neville Roscoe the successful gambling kingpin

Lady Miranda Clifford also has a family "curse", members of her family who have given into impropriety have lost their lives. Upon the death of her mother she and her younger brother Roderick lived with her two spinster Aunts, who constantly remind her of her need to remain untarnished and proper.

Miranda has spent most of her life taking care of Roderick and just when she thinks he is of an age to not need her constant mothering, he disappears. With no other choice she turns to her neighbor the illustrious Roscoe to help her find her brother. Roscoe agrees to help Miranda find her brother and along the way he finds it harder and harder to hide his true identity. Will he open up to her? Will she give up her fear of impropriety for a chance at real love?

This book was another Laurens masterpiece for me. Her characterizations are wonderful and descriptions are so detailed, she paints a beautiful picture in your mind. There are several characters in the book that I hope to see again, in particular- Jordan (please write his story for us Mrs. Laurens). This book is one of the longer books I have read of hers (496 pages), if you enjoy a great period romance that you can really sink your teeth into this is the book for you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars giving Laurens an other chance October 5, 2012
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AfterThe Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Quartet) and the rest of the quartet (which I borrowed at the library) I was done with this author. But I got hooked with this one with a teaser chapter after the short story in Royal Bridesmaids: An Original Anthology. I wasn't disappointed. On the contrary, I enjoyed the novel a lot. I liked the lengthy story, most of the filler others have complained about being love scenes. I can name few other romantic novels were so many were described. There is also a lot of introspection by the main characters, but they are likeable and attractive enough that you want to know their mental rambling. It is not the kind of book you can't put down, but more a guilty pleasure you can look forward at the end of the day. For someone with time to read it all at once I can imagine it must turn too repetitive. If you liked the author may I recommend Devil's Bride (Cynster Novels) one of my all time favorite and a good introduction to her "world".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this a book, or an outline? March 1, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had to force myself to finish this. I kept thinking this was computer-generated from some new writing software -- follow this checklist, and you'll have a novel!

No, what you have is a checklist. And it's boring to read. My problems with the book are as follows:

1) The author doesn't show you the characters' thoughts or their changing -- she tells you they're changing, or have changed. It sounds like she's writing a list to remind herself what to write. So even though they are different at the end of the book than at the beginning, you don't believe it.

2) The main characters have very little personality or definition, and the secondary characters -- none at all. We are told she's very concerned about her brother, but he has perhaps two lines in the whole book. He's a prop, as are all the other characters. What does he look like? Do they resemble each other? Does he feel empowered by her stepping back and letting him be a man? And the description of the hero! The first paragraph basically says: You know all those other Corinthian, Regency dashing hero types? Well, just like that.

3) Though one of the orgasms is described thus: "...they were re-formed, transformed...", nobody was actually transformed at all. The hero was supposedly rakish, yet is compounded of nothing but virtue from the first. The heroine, though supposedly a stickler for propriety, seems to suffer not the slightest qualm about shedding it, shredding it! (yes, that was sarcasm) -- indeed, the first action we see her take is to slip into the home of a stranger in the middle of the night, a stranger with a rakish reputation. (A wealthy stranger whose door is perplexingly unlocked.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
This is the first book by this author I have read in many years and I have always liked her writing. This particular book, I got from my local library. Read more
Published 1 minute ago by neesie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Stephanie Laurens has written another wonderful story filled with romance and a intrigue! A likeable hero and strong heroine make this a fun read.
Published 2 months ago by P. Cosden
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous Stephanie Laurens book!
Am a big fan of Stephanie Laurens and have read most of her books.
This one is very enjoyable and has the SL characteristics: a strong woman, a gorgeous intelligent man, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kitkat
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
I liked the story of Miranda Clifford and Neville Roscoe. I enjoyed how the story flowed and little details came out. All the secrets weren't written at once. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alisa Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Stephanie Laurens!!
Miranda & Roscoe - wonderful combination - 5 stars +! This is not a quick read that you will finish in an evening. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donna F
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stephanie Laurens Winner.
Yes, this is another winner from author Stephanie Laurens. Love her heroes and love her heroines too. A great read!
Published 5 months ago by Margaret Whitham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
This is one of her books that is not part of a series and it is good. Sit down and enjoy the story the twists. the main characters realize they are living by old standards. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Josie R.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved how these two very unlikely characters came together
Title: The Lady Risks All

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Genre: Historical

Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Book Reading Gals
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of the story components are similar to her Cynster trilogy
6/3 - Kind of reminds me of her spin-off Cynster trilogy that started with Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue, as the first 1/2 of the book features a carriage chase, although it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different - with same happy ending.
Really enjoyed it because it was so different but ended in the usual happy way. Will look for next one in the series.
Published 7 months ago by J. Nykamp
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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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