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What Price Love?: A Cynster Novel (Cynster Novels) Hardcover – March 14, 2006

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Set in 1831, bestseller Laurens's crowd-pleasing hot-blooded romance reintroduces Dillon Caxton, a young rake now reformed, who first appeared in A Rogue's Proposal. Recruited by the Jockey Club to investigate rumors of race fixing in Newmarket, Suffolk, Dillon is startled to discover that a gorgeous young Irishwoman calling herself Priscilla "Pris" Dalling (in reality an earl's daughter) is trying to get a look at the two official tomes on breeding and racing in England, the Breeding Register and the Stud Book. The green-eyed femme fatale is determined to help her twin brother, Lord Russell Dalling, whose dream to train an Irish Derby winner for Lord Cromarty's stables has landed them both in heart-stopping danger. Wanton sparks fly, bodices rip and trousers drop, though the novel's main juice comes from the well-researched horse-racing backdrop, not from the sometimes accidentally funny lust scenes ("Far beyond sanity, her world shook; reality tilted and quaked"). (On sale Mar. 14)
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When her twin brother, Russell, disappears soon after taking a job as a horse trainer for Lord Cromarty, Lady Priscilla Dalloway fears he may have become entangled in a dangerous racing swindle. To find out, Priscilla needs information from the official register of horses kept at the Jockey Club in Newmarket. But the official Keeper of the Breeding Register, Dillon Caxton, has no intention of letting Priscilla anywhere near the book. Priscilla is prepared to use all of her feminine wiles and stunning beauty to seduce Dillon into granting her access to the register only to discover that Dillon is equally determined to seduce all of Priscilla's secrets out of her. The high-stakes world of horse racing in Regency times provides the fascinating setting for New York Times best-selling Laurens' latest Cynster novel, another of the author's lusciously sensual historical romances. Deftly laced with passion and danger, What Price Love? is sexy, suspenseful, and splendidly satisfying. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Series: Cynster Novels
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060840846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060840846
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,055,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I used to LOVE Stephanie Laurens' novels -- especially her Cynster books. Sadly, she's lost that special something that made one fall in love with her heroes and sigh with satisfaction when the novel ended.

I reserved her latest book at the library, and am grateful I didn't spend more than the 75 cent reserve fee for it.

In "What Price Love?" Laurens presents stiff cardboard characters without intriguing personalities. The details about horse racing and "the book" Dillon was protecting seemed like filler to meet her contract page quota. The mystery was flat, and the ending rushed. Even the traditionally exciting love scenes weren't as hot as usual, because who could care about these people?

I am really, really sad to see a favorite author churn out such a lifeless tale. "What Price Love?" gets two stars instead of one only because Laurens at least gave us an update on some of the other Cynster families.
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I was really looking forward to this newest edition from Ms Laurens, and I am still shaking my head over just how awful it is! All the way through I felt as though I were in a parallel universe where all the familiar characters were poor imagages of other novels. There was nothing to make you like the hero or the heroine... nothing to connect them to the reader or to each other. Who was Dillon? Who was Pris? What were their big secrets? Who cares? The mystery didn't last through the middle of the book, the romance that we expect never even started (not, we all know, the same as sex). Just poorly written and inexcuseable from an author like Stephanie Laurens.
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Romance authors who develop a family or series of characters often create a sense of community for their audience. Readers feel that they are a part of the clan vicariously through reading about the adventures. Stephanie Laurens has created that kind of feeling for readers with her Cynster family series and their friends. In WHAT PRICE LOVE? she brings back Dillon Caxton, whom readers met in A ROGUE'S PROPOSAL.

Now meet 24-year-old Priscilla Dalling, a young Irish woman whose good looks and green eyes disguise an intelligent and daring personality. Her twin brother, Lord Russell Dalling, is "horse-mad." All of his life, he has wanted to work with horses and to train an Irish Derby winner. Their father, the Earl of Kentwood, disapproves heartily. Despite the Earl's objections, Russ leaves home and goes to work for Lord Cromarty as a horse trainer.

Soon after, Pris receives a letter from Russ telling her that he believes the head stableman could be involved in a horse breeding racket. He says he will go to Newmarket to learn more about the bloodline registry at the Jockey Club. Concerned for her brother, Pris follows with her paternal aunt and her aunt's goddaughter to find him.

Enter the irresistibly handsome and charismatic Dillon Caxton. As a wild and reckless youth with a quest for excitement and thrills, Dillon was blackmailed into a nefarious scheme dealing with horse race fixing. His dear cousin Flick, married to a member of the Cynster family, comes to his aid and promptly finds herself in serious trouble. When Dillon steps in to save her, he ends up getting shot. Considering the wound reasonable payment for putting someone so close to him in harm's way, Dillon sets out to restore his reputation.
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Dillon Caxton has certainly matured (and grown taller... in a Rogue's Proposal, Demon was so much taller than he was...) Now he is a respectable and respected member of Society and the Authority for Newmarket Racing. Dillon is now devastingly handsome and one of the most eligible bachelors is all of England. The breathtakingly beautiful Priscilla Dalling (or so I thought her name was) needs to rescue her twin and needs the co-operation of Dillion in her investigation. She needs to see the Registry (of horses)for which Dillon is responsible. Don't know whether I buy that it was all that important that she view the registry but that was the plot. They met and fell in love. Two out-of-this-world beautiful people meeting and having that instant connection that inevitably leads to love. This book seemed to have been jam-packed with all of these out-of-the-world beautiful people. You also had Rus (Pris' twin), Barnaby and of course botticello Flick - Demon's wife.
I must say that I enjoyed this book so much more than Ms. Lauren's last offering, A Fine Passion. While I didn't fall in love with the main characters as I did with Gabriel and Alathea in A Secret Love, or Devil and Honoria in Devil's Bride, they were likeable. I thought Ms. Laurens showed that she understood the intricacies of the racing industry and more importantly, she was able to transport me there and put me in the midst of all the happenings. It was also nice to have Vane, Gabriel, Demon and Flick again. What is it with Ms. Laurens heroines that in that era, they all (with the exception of one the Cynster twins - forget which), resist marriage. They all are already in love with their heroes but they do not want to get married?
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