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Veteran romance author Laurens adds to her early 19th-century Cynster family saga with this highly sensual tale featuring 23-year-old Amanda Cynster, cousin of the six former rogues who starred in Laurens's earlier entries (The Promise in a Kiss, etc.). After six years on the marriage mart, Amanda and her twin, Amelia, despairing of ever finding the right mate, have decided to broaden their search. While browsing for prospects in a notorious gaming hell, Amanda encounters Martin Fulbridge, fifth earl of Dexter. Banished from England by his father for a murder he didn't commit, Martin eschews London's elite circles and has been living abroad for the past 10 years. Nevertheless, he finds himself playing the part of Amanda's protector as she flits from one disreputable venue to another in a spurious quest for adventure. Inevitably, Amanda is "compromised," but she's unwilling to settle for anything less than a marriage based on love. The solving of the 10-year old murder mystery, though hasty, doesn't detract from the primary players and their witty repartee, but newcomers to the series may be put off by Amanda's anachronistic behavior (she has sex with Martin out of wedlock and frequently goes about without a chaperone). Still, readers will relish Laurens's spunky heroine and sizzling love scenes.
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What can I say about Amanda Cynster. She was a head strong character with passion, sensuous, at times shocking and what she would do, as a woman in the year 1825. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Nina Russo
Amanda is likable, but I don't see much that would have inspired an obsession like the one Martin developed for her. She was pretty conniving, but I don't fault her for that. Read morePublished on May 9 2004
Dull, boring, awful book that I could not even finish...stupid plot and duller characters. The charm of the Cynsters completely escapes me.Published on April 12 2004
After reading and seeing the amazon listmania of people's fav. books and noting that steph. laurens kept comin up...i decied to borrow one of her books to read... Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by silver
Not the kind you want to read again. If you get past the sex, the story was good. Most of Ms. Laurens books are usually filled with wonderful romance and story... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Just a Dreamer
Normally I would not feel compelled to add to the 62 reviews already written but some are deceptively glowing and that's why I decided to try Laurens again (the previous book I'd... Read morePublished on May 14 2003
Amanda Cynster, who with her twin sister has been on the Marriage Mart for five years without finding any man she could envisage marrying, has finally had enough: the type of men... Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Dr W. Richards
This is the first book of hers I have read. I LOVED it. Her characters are strong and well developed. I was laughing one moment and breathless the next. Read morePublished on April 5 2003 by "angiebritt1"