On a Wild Night Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Amanda goes to a gaming hell to find the kind of man she wants for a husband and comes up with Martin. The rest of the book is just about that exciting. Not.
I must have bought the audio on sale without reading the paperback first. It is not on my list to reread.
Can't fault Simon Prebble's performance, though.
Amanda Cynster first made her appearance in Devil's Bride, if I remember correctly, together with her sister Amelia, and the rest of the Cynster clan, which makes it hard for you not to buy the other series cause you get a glimpse of all their characters in one book, and wonder how each of their stories would come to play. Anyway, the moment I began to read On a Wild Night, i thought that this was one book i would not be skipping.
I loved how Martin rescues her from her predicament at the gaming table and how he couldn't resist not being with her even though he knew that something was up. I especially felt so much for him when Amanda refused to marry him even after they'd made love just because the way he said did not live up to her expectation. It was so funny how he found himself wooing her into marriage despite his reluctance. Martin was really easy to like, although I find it quite hard to take him seriously with his name. No offense to guys named Martin, there's nothing wrong with it. But Martin as the name of the lead guy doesn't really suit. As for Amanda, she was not somebody I'd like so much, neither was she somebody to hate. I guess I took her just as she was and just let her story play out.
As I said I thought I would not be skipping pages, but I guess I thought so too soon. The moment everything was laid out and Martin was already trying to get Amanda to marry him, the book became quite longer than it should have been. Stephanie Laurens began to insert the past's suspense into it, which, frankly speaking, was a little late.Read more ›
Amanda has concluded there are suitable husbands who circulate along the fringes of the ton, and do not attend polite society's functions. So she sets out to explore places where young ladies are never to go, but interesting men would frequent. One night she sneaks out to a notorious gaming hell looking for just such a man, and quickly discovers she's in over her head. Unexpectedly, a man comes to her rescue. Martin Fulbridge, earl of Dexter, is tall, dark, and mysterious, and just the type of man she is searching for. Wrongly accused of murder and banished from England by his father, Martin has just recently returned from living abroad for the past ten years. Since his return, he has avoided the social activities of the respectable.
Martin has no intention of courting the appealing but forbidden Amanda, nevertheless, he finds himself acting as her protector. Amanda is determined to experience adventure by frequenting scandalous venues no young lady should be attending. Eventually Martin succumbs to his growing desire for Amanda, then insists they marry. She will settle for no less than love, thus his honor-bound pursuit of her begins. Ultimately, their future together can only be secured by solving the ten-year old murder mystery.
This was my second read by this author, as well as my second Cynster novel. I felt this particular book was okay, but not great. As for the main characters, I did like Martin who seemed quite sexy and mysterious, if not a little emotionally deficient. Amanda was okay, but just a little too flawless to be real.Read more ›
The two main characters weren't at all interesting and by the second half of the book I couldn't care less what happened to them. There really weren't any secondary characters to speak of. Basically the book went like this: Woman trawling for an exciting husband meets man she wants, spends all of her time trying to manipulate him into admitting he loves her (not sure why as she didn't love him for quite awhile), they have sex (ad nauseam), he tries to manipulate her into marrying him without admitting he loves her, they are both always plotting against each other to get what they want.
The "danger" in the book is him trying to overcome a "scandal" in his past & her acquiring a lukewarm warm stalker. All of that action is packed into about one tenth of the book. I knew who the killer was as soon as he was introduced into the book.
While I love Stephanie Laurens sex scenes, these were so repetitious and constant that they were boring!
It's time to put this series to rest. After this one I'm not wasting my time on Amelia's story.
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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 months 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 Linda
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