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Rogues Proposal [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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Nov. 11 1999 Cynster Novels (Book 4)

Demon Cynster has seen love bring his brethren to their knees, and he's vowed that he will not share their fate -- until he spies Felicity Parteger sneaking around his country estate. Demon remembers Felicity as a mere chit of a girl, but now she stands before him -- begging for his help -- all lush curves, sparkling eyes -- and so temptingly worthy of the love he's vowed never to surrender to any woman.

Felicity knew Demon was one of the ton's most eligible bachelors and a rogue of the worst sort, but he was the only one capable of getting her friend out of trouble. Her fascination with him had nothing to do with the power lurking just beneath his devil-may-care facade -- or with the desire that flares when he takes her in his arms. She knows he'll never yield her the love she desperately seeks, but could a marriage with passion alone -- even with a man like Demon -- be enough?

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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.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2.0 out of 5 stars not the best April 5 2004
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After reading many favourable reviews on this book, I rushed off and bought it almost straight away. Well, I was in for a disappointment. The first half of the story moved at a very slow pace. I was bored to tears despite the mystery, which is transparent and uninteresting by the way, obligingly thrown in by the author. Paragraphs after paragraphs of lengthy exposition just went on and on. And the sex! Well, don't get me wrong. I love plenty of steamy and well written love scenes in a romance, but 10 plus pages of boring, lengthy and repititive love scenes! Give me a break. The second half was slightly better, with a little more drama between the hero and heroine, but that couldn't save the whole story from being a boring and mediocre read.
If you are new to Steph. Laurens, perhaps you'll find this book not bad at all. But having gone through the whole series of the Cynster clones, I find that the overused formula in these books just doen't work for me anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in this series! April 29 2003
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I really enjoyed this one. I was worried about starting this one because I couldn't even finish the third book, "Scandal's Bride". But Demon was just right! Flick was the best heroine so far in this series. I liked the fact that she still had the innocent nature after being with Demon the first time. So often the virgin turns 180 and becomes this unrealistic sex nymph. I thought the whole Dillon and the Syndicate thing was rather pedantic. If it was such a big deal I thought that there should have been more pressure from those around them. But really it was just the General's dissapointment that spurred them. I don't hold that against the book though. There was just the right amount of sexual suspense, just the right amount of sex, just the right amount of resistance from the hero, and just the right amount of innocence from the heroine to make this an excellent story! Great read!
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Jan. 9 2003
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This is the 4th book in the Bar Cynster series. This is Demon(Harry)'s story. Demon is the younger brother of Vane, book #2.
Demon has, like all the other Cynster's vowed that he will never marry. He has fled to his country estate where he soon finds himself spellbound by a fiesty chit of a girl named Flick aka Felicity. Now he has know Flick for years but has always thought of her as a young girl who he could tease. Now he finds a young woman with a beauty that steals his breath. He also finds trouble is brewing. Flick's older brother is in trouble and its ups to Demon and Flick to get him out of it.
Flick is a tomboy. She can ride like no one else and knows horses better that Demon does. She realizes that she needs Demon's help but she doesn't have to like it. But underneath the tomboy ways is a young woman who's heart goes all a flutter when Demon walks in the room. She is madly attracted to him but is knows that he will never see her as anything more than a friend. She wants his love but is afraid she will never have it.
I enjoyed this book but found it to be a bit different than the others in the series. There was passion and love but I just didn't get into these two characters they way I have in previous books. I would still recommend this book but I have to say that out of the series so far its not one of my favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Rougue's Proposal Sept. 17 2002
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Like Lauren's other books this is worth reading. All her male characters are so sexy. The female characters pale in comparison but just thinking of her sexy hunks makes the reading worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She has done it again
She just keeps them coming and they get better and better each time. This novel, the fourth in the Bar Cynster series is another keeper. Read more
Published on May 6 2002 by Joey Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Beginning Picked Up Later On
I bought Ms. Laurens novel, A Rogue's Proposal by mistake. When I flipped it over and read the back cover I thought "Oh no not another romantic mystery". Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars At First I thought Oh No:
I thought oh no not another Cynster running away straight into his fate. I was beginning to think, are all the rest going to be the same. But Laurens pulls it off. Read more
Published on May 24 2001 by Lenington
3.0 out of 5 stars Except for the ninny, a very good book.
I'm a big fan of Stephanie Laurens and her Bar Cynster series of regency romances, but this is a difficult book for me to review. Read more
Published on April 29 2001 by mirope
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Spitefire....
That's what Felicity (Flick)is. She's young but doesn't let anyone push her around. She wasn't stupid or dimwitted. She was very knowledgeable. Read more
Published on March 2 2001 by MamaWolf
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read!
I absolutley loved this book! It had humor, suspence, and of course the passion that these books revolve around. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2001 by "justjessica24"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rogue's Proposal
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. Read more
Published on June 23 2000 by "purelyjoy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful..Well worth it to read!
This is another story in the "Bar Cynster" series. In this story, Harold Henry Cynster, better known as Demon, decides to retreat to his racing farm far away from society... Read more
Published on June 19 2000 by Deborah L. Kepler
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