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A Rogue's Proposal Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1999
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Setting: Regency England
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
From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
All in all, Demon's and Felicity's story was good. I gave the book three stars because I am of the opinion that the race fixing sydicate took up too much of the book and the loves scenes were a bit long (that might be a plus for some). As this is my first Stephanie Laurens book, I plan on reading more, including the rest of the Bar Cynster series.
Most recent customer reviews
Flick and Demon where priceless there adventure had me laughing at times. A very young spirited lass, and a passionate wonton at times. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nina Russo
After reading many favourable reviews on this book, I rushed off and bought it almost straight away. Well, I was in for a disappointment. Read morePublished on April 5 2004
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! Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by Jennifer White
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2002 by Judy Edwards
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 morePublished on May 24 2001 by Lenington
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 morePublished on April 29 2001 by mirope
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 morePublished on March 2 2001 by MamaWolf
I absolutley loved this book! It had humor, suspence, and of course the passion that these books revolve around. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2001