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Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. She subsequently introduced the equally unforgettable members of the Bastion Club. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two daughters and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 16 years and is a New York Times bestseller.
There has been a recent surge in Regency romances, strangely mostly by American authors. This woman has written fourteen of them featuring six cousins from the Cynster family and their friends. They are light, frivolous and the most enormous fun. Good escapist stuff.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Amanda Quick.
El enigmatico Neville Roscoe, de una mas que dudosa reputacion, vivia completamente al margen de la sociedad, unicamente fiel a su propio codigo de honor... hasta que se vio desafiado por la unica mujer que no podia hacer suya. Miranda Clifford era una dama encarcelada en una rigida coraza de respetabilidad, hasta que se vio tentada por una pasion imposible de negar. Juntos, se lanzaron al vacio, vivieron peligros e intrigas, y descubrieron un amor imposible de ignorar... o de consevar. "e;Las novelas de Laurens siempre son sinonimo de sensualidad, de heroes y heroinas de fuerte caracter"e; Fresh Fiction
A young lady accused of theft and the gentleman who elects himself her champion enlist the aid of Stokes, Barnaby, Penelope, and friends in pursuing justice, only for the investigators to find themselves tangled in a web of inter-family tensions and secrets.When Miss Cara Di Abaccio is accused of stealing the Carisbrook emeralds by the infamously arrogant Lady Carisbrook and marched out of her guardian's house by Scotland Yard's finest, Barnaby Adair's cousin Hugo Adair takes umbrage and descends on Scotland Yard, breathing fire in Cara's defense.Hugo discovers Inspector Stokes has been assigned to the case, and after surveying the evidence thus far, Stokes calls in his big guns when it comes to dealing with investigations in the ton-namely, the Honorable Barnaby Adair and his wife, Penelope.Soon convinced of Cara's innocence and, given Hugo's apparent tendre for Cara needing to clear her name, Penelope and Barnaby join Stokes and his team in pursuing the emeralds and, most importantly, who stole them.But the deeper our intrepid investigators delve into the Carisbrook household, the more certain they become that all is not as it should be. Lady Carisbrook is a harpy, Franklin Carisbrook is secretive, Julia Carisbrook is overly timid, and Lord Carisbrook, otherwise a genial and honorable gentleman, holds himself distant from his family. More, his lordship attempts to shut down the investigation. And Stokes, Barnaby, and Penelope are convinced the Carisbrooks' staff are not sharing all they know.Meanwhile, appointed Cara's watchdog until the mystery is resolved, Hugo, fascinated by Cara as he's been with no other, seeks to entertain and amuse her...and, increasingly intently, to discover the way to her heart. Consequently, Penelope finds herself juggling the attractions of the investigation and the Adair family's demands for her to actively encourage the budding romance.What would her mentors advise? On that, Penelope is crystal clear.Aided by Griselda, Violet, and Montague and calling on contacts in business, the underworld, and ton society, Penelope, Barnaby, and Stokes battle to peel back each layer of subterfuge and, step by step, eliminate the innocent and follow the emeralds' trail ...Yet instead of becoming clearer, the veils and shadows shrouding the Carisbrooks only grow murkier ... until, abruptly, our investigators find themselves facing an inexplicable death, with a potential murderer whose conviction would shake society to its back teeth.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with a new series that captures the simmering desires and intrigues of early Victorians as only she can. `Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.' Cathy Kelly Ryder Cavanaugh's step-siblings are determined to make their own marks in London society. Seeking fortune and passion, THE CAVANAUGHS will delight readers with their bold exploits. An independent nobleman Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted-but only to family. To the rest of the world he's aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur. But Rand yearns for more in life, and when he travels to Buckinghamshire to review a recent investment, he discovers a passionate woman who will challenge his ruthless self-control... A determined lady Felicia Throgmorton intends to keep her family afloat. For decades, her father was consumed by his inventions and now, months after his death, with their finances in ruins, her brother insists on continuing their father's tinkering. Felicia is desperate to hold together what's left of the estate. Then she discovers she must help persuade their latest investor that her father's follies are a risk worth taking... Together-the perfect team Rand arrives at Throgmorton Hall to discover the invention on which he's staked his reputation has exploded, the inventor is not who he expected, and a fiercely intelligent woman now holds the key to his future success. But unflinching courage in the face of dismaying hurdles is a trait they share, and Rand and Felicia are forced to act together against dangerous foes to protect everything they hold dear.
An independent nobleman Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted-but only to family. To the rest of the world he's aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur. But Rand yearns for more in life, and when he travels to Buckinghamshire to review a recent investment, he discovers a passionate woman who will challenge his ruthless self-control. A determined lady Felicia Throgmorton intends to keep her family afloat. For decades, her father was consumed by his inventions and now, months after his death, with their finances in ruins, her brother insists on continuing their father's tinkering. Felicia is desperate to hold together what's left of the estate. Then she discovers she must help persuade their latest investor that her father's follies are a risk worth taking Together-the perfect teamRand arrives at Throgmorton Hall to discover the invention on which he's staked his reputation has exploded, the inventor is not who he expected, and a fiercely intelligent woman now holds the key to his future success. But unflinching courage in the face of dismaying hurdles is a trait they share, and Rand and Felicia are forced to act together against dangerous foes to protect everything they hold dear.
Alasdair Cynster, known to his intimates as Lucifer, decides to rusticate in the country before the matchmaking skills of London's mamas become firmly focused on him. But an escape to Devon leads him straight to his destiny in the irresistible form of Phyllida Tallent, a wilful, independent beauty who brings all his masterful Cynster instincts rioting to the fore. Lucifer tries to deny the desire Phyllida evokes, but destiny intervenes
When Lord Michael Cynster learns of the mission his brother has been assisting with, he volunteers to help by hunting down a hoard of gunpowder now stashed somewhere in London. Michael's quest leads him to the Hendon Shipping Company, where his sole source of information is the fetchingly attractive Miss Cleome Hendon. Cleo offers him a bargain: she will lead him to the carters he seeks, but only if he agrees to include her as an equal partner in the mission.
La honorable senorita Mary Cynster siempre consigue lo que se propone. Es la unica Cynster de su generacion que aun no ha contraido matrimonio y esta decidida a mantener el control no solo sobre su vida, sino tambien sobre el hombre que se convierta en su esposo. Ryder Cavanaugh, el intrepido y devastadoramente apuesto marques de Raventhorne, es un irresistible e indomable miembro de la alta sociedad y se encuentra en el ultimo puesto de su lista de potenciales maridos, pero el destino tiene otros planes.Ryder no solo quiere a Mary por esposa por su encanto, su fuerte temperamento y lo tentadora que es, sino porque ve en ella la valiosa promesa del futuro que podrian crear juntos. Cuando el destino y las circunstancias le dan la oportunidad de convertirla en su marquesa, lo hace sin dudarlo, pero entonces se da cuenta de que lo que realmente desea no es tomarla por esposa sin mas, sino aduenarse de su corazon.El estilo de Laurens es brillante.Publishers Weekly
It's December 1810, and Lady Therese Osbaldestone is looking forward to her usual Christmas with her family at Winslow Abbey, her youngest daughter Celia's home. But then a carriage rolls up and disgorges Celia's three oldest children. Their father has contracted mumps, and their mother has sent the three-Jamie, George, and Lottie-to spend this Christmas with their grandmama in Little Moseley.Therese has never had to manage small children, not even her own. She assumes the children will keep themselves amused, but quickly learns that what amuses three inquisitive, curious, and confident youngsters isn't compatible with village peace. Just when it seems she will have to set her mind to inventing something, she and the children learn that with only twelve days to go before Christmas, the village flock of geese has vanished. The children are as mystified and as curious as Therese-and she seizes on the mystery as the perfect distraction for the three children as well as herself.
Se ha algo mais dificil e obstinado do que um varao da familia Cynster, e uma dama de dita familia convencida de que nao esta destinada a apaixonar-se. Henrietta Cynster e conhecida entre a alta sociedade londrina como a "e;destruidora de casamentos"e; e a ua estranha habilidade consiste em evitar casamentos condenados ao fracasso, nao em ser vitima das flechas do Cupido.Quando frustra o possivel enlace do elegante James Glossup, sente-se obrigada a encontrar-lhe uma candidata adequada para um casamento de conveniencia, mas essa tarefa torna-se terrivelmente complicada devido a inegavel atracao que ganha vida entre eles. Ao fim ao cabo, Henrietta continua empenhada em achar que nunca caira nas redes do amor...
Lord Drake Varisey, Marquess of Winchelsea, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Wolverstone, must foil a plot that threatens to shake the foundations of the realm, but the very last lady-nay, noblewoman-he needs assisting him is Lady Louisa Cynster, known throughout the ton as Lady Wild.For the past nine years, Louisa has suspected that Drake might well be the ideal husband for her, even though he's assiduous in avoiding her. But she's now twenty-seven and enough is enough. She believes propinquity will reveal exactly what it is that lies between them, and what better opportunity to work closely with Drake than this latest mission with which he patently needs her help?Unable to deny Louisa's abilities or the value of her assistance and powerless to curb her willfulness, Drake is forced to grit his teeth and acquiesce to her sticking by his side if only to ensure her safety. But all too soon, his true feelings for her surface sufficiently for her, perspicacious as she is, to see through his denials, which she then interprets as a challenge.Even while they gather information, tease out clues, increasingly desperately search for the missing gunpowder, and doggedly pursue the killer responsible for an ever-escalating tally of dead men, thrown together through the hours, he and she learn to trust and appreciate each other. And fed by constant exposure-and blatantly encouraged by her-their desires and hungers swell and grow...As the barriers between them crumble, the attraction he has for so long restrained burgeons and balloons, until goaded by her near-death, it erupts, and he seizes her-only to be seized in return.Linked irrevocably and with their wills melded and merged by passion's fire, with time running out and the evil mastermind's deadline looming, together, they focus their considerable talents and make one last push to learn the critical truths-to find the gunpowder and unmask the villain behind this far-reaching plot.Only to discover that they have significantly less time than they'd thought, that the villain's target is even more crucially fundamental to the realm than they'd imagined, and it's going to take all that Drake is-as well as all that Louisa as Lady Wild can bring to bear-to defuse the threat, capture the villain, and make all safe and right again.As they race to the ultimate confrontation, the future of all England rests on their shoulders.
With his older brother's betrothal announced, Lord Michael Cynster is freed of all familial expectations. But the allure of his previous hedonistic pursuits has paled. Then he learns of the mission his brother and his fiancee have been assisting with and volunteers to help by hunting down a hoard of gunpowder now stashed somewhere in London.Michael's quest leads him to the Hendon Shipping Company, where his sole source of information is the fetchingly attractive Miss Cleome Hendon. When Michael asks about the carters who transported the gunpowder, Cleo offers him a bargain: she will lead him to the carters he seeks, but only if he agrees to include her as an equal partner in the mission.But their investigation proves dangerous, and the further they go in tracing the gunpowder, the more deaths they uncover. Soon Michael and Cleo find themselves tangled in a fight for their lives-one that forces them to face what has grown between them, to seize and defend what they both see as their path to the greatest adventure of all: a shared life, a shared future, a shared love.
Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn't choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not appeal. Where is he to find the right lady to be his marchioness? Then Drake Varisey, eldest son of the Duke of Wolverstone, asks for Sebastian's aid.Having assumed his father's mantle in protecting queen and country, Drake must go to Ireland in pursuit of a dangerous plot. But he's received an urgent missive from Lord Ennis, an Irish peer-Ennis has heard something Drake needs to know and insists Drake attend an upcoming house party at his Kent estate so he can reveal his information face-to-face.Sebastian has assisted Drake before and, long ago, had a liaison with Lady Ennis. Drake insists Sebastian is just the man to be his surrogate at the house party-the guests will imagine all manner of possibilities and be blind to Sebastian's true purpose.His first task is to inveigle Antonia Rawlings, a lady he has known all her life, to include him as her escort to the house party. Although he's seen little of Antonia in recent years, Sebastian is confident of gaining her support.Eldest daughter of the Earl of Chillingworth, Antonia has abandoned the search for a husband and plans to use the week of the house party to decide what to do with her life. Consequently, on hearing Sebastian's request and an explanation of what lies behind it, she seizes on the call to action. But while joining the house party proves easy, the gathering is thrown into chaos when Lord Ennis is murdered-just before he was to speak with Sebastian. Worse, Ennis's last words, gasped to Sebastian, are "e;Gunpowder. Here."e; Gunpowder? And here? Where?With a killer continuing to stalk the halls, side by side, Sebastian and Antonia search for answers, and all the while, the childhood connection that has always existed between them strengthens and blooms into something so much more.
Si hay algo mas dificil y obstinado que un varon de la familia Cynster, es una dama de dicha familia convencida de que no esta destinada a enamorarse.Henrietta Cynster es conocida entre la alta sociedad como la Rompebodas, y su pasmosa habilidad consiste en evitar matrimonios condenados al fracaso, no en ser victima de las flechas de Cupido.Cuando frustra el posible enlace del apuesto James Glossup, se siente obligada a encontrarle una candidata adecuada para un matrimonio de conveniencia, pero esa resulta ser una tarea endemoniadamente complicada debido a la innegable atraccion que cobra vida entre ellos. Al fin y al cabo, Henrietta sigue empenada en creer que jamas caera en las redes del amor..."e;En los libros de Stephanie Laurens podras siempre encontrar protagonistas de convicciones firmes y mucha sensualidad"e;.Fresh Fiction
Cuando Max Rotherbridge, duque de Twyford, supo que, junto con el titulo y las propiedades de su tio, acababa de heredar la custodia de cuatro jovenes ricas y casaderas, se quedo estupefacto.Max era el calavera mas famoso de todo Londres, por lo que la empresa no resultaba muy apropiada para el. Pero, cuando estaba a punto de impugnar el testamento, conocio a la mayor de las cuatro hermanas: Caroline. Y fue entonces cuando decidio que, en realidad, no podria ser tan dificil cuidar de cuatro damitas tan encantadoras hasta que todas ellas encontrasen marido..."e;El estilo de Laurens es brillante"e;.Publishers Weekly
Tres herois, tres resgates, tres casamentos.Temos o prazer de o convidar para o casamento da menina Angelica Cynster, mas antes o seu heroi e ela devem enfrentar um inimigo astuto e terminar uma rixa antiga nas Terras Altas da Escocia!Angelica Cynster e uma dama teimosa que esta convencida de que reconhecera a primeira vista o homem destinado a tornar-se seu marido. Quando os seus olhos se encontram com os de um misterioso cavalheiro num salao de baile iluminado por velas, sabe, sem duvida alguma, que ele e o escolhido, mas, pouco tempo depois, o seu coracao bate acelerado por uma razao muito diferente: o seu heroi raptou-a!O oitavo conde de Glencrae e forcado a sequestrar Angelica, a unica irma Cynster com a qual ele nao queria ter que lidar. Para salvar o seu castelo e o seu cla, deve convence-la a ajuda-lo, e esta disposto a casar-se com ela para selar o acordo. "e;O estilo de Laurens brilhante."e;Publishers Weekly
Can true love die? Or, neglected, does it lie dormant until the object of true desire is again within reach? Denied, does passion smolder, like embers waiting for the right conditions to flare into an all-consuming conflagration? #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens delivers the thrilling conclusion to her acclaimed series, THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a passionate Regency-era drama played out on the high seas and in the sweltering heat of tropical jungles, ultimately reaching a scintillating climax in the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair. The eldest of the Frobisher brothers and widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final leg of the rescue mission his brothers have been pursuing. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking his emotional nemesis, childhood sweetheart, ex-handfasted bride, and current business partner, Isobel Carmichael, with him. But is it Isobel doing the pressuring, or his own restless unfulfilled psyche? Resolute, determined, and an all but unstoppable force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own-find her cousin Katherine and bring her safely home. And if, along the way, she can rid herself of the lingering dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her, well and good. Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail aboard Royd's ship, much less the new horizons that open before them as they call into London, then, armed with the necessary orders and all arrangements in place, embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the mining compound buried in the jungle. Yet even with the support of his brothers and their ladies and, once rescued, all the ex-captives, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. In order to identify and convict the backers behind the illicit enterprise-and protect the government from catastrophic destabilization-they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton, and with the help of a small army of supporters, hunt the villains on their home ground. But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could be theirs again, how much are they willing to risk in the name of duty? Learn the answer and revel in the action, drama, intrigue, and passion as the Frobishers- with help from Wolverstone, the Cynsters, and many familiar others-steer the adventure to a glorious end.
Can true love die? Or, neglected, does it lie dormant until the object of true desire is again within reach? Denied, does passion smolder, like embers waiting for the right conditions to flare into an all-consuming conflagration?New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens delivers the thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Adventurers Quartet series played out on the high seas and sweltering tropical jungles.The eldest of the Frobisher brothers, known as the lord of the privateers, Royd expects to execute the final leg of the rescue mission his brothers have been pursuing. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking with him his emotional nemesis, childhood sweetheart, ex-handfasted bride, and business partner, Isobel Carmichael. But is it Isobel doing the pressuring or his own restless, unfulfilled psyche?Isobel, unstoppably resolute and determined, has a mission of her own: find her cousin Katherine and bring her safely home. If she can also rid herself of the dreams of a life with Royd that haunt her, then well and good.Neither expects the shock that awaits as they set sail aboard Royd's ship, much less the new horizons that open before them in London and in their mission at the mining compound in the jungle.Yet even with the support of his brothers, their ladies, and rescued ex-captives, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. They must identify and convict the backers behind the illicit enterprise and thus protect the government from catastrophic destabilization. So they return to the ballrooms of Mayfair to hunt the villains on their home ground.But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could be theirs again, how much are they willing to risk in the name of duty?
Tres heroes, tres rescates, tres bodas.Nos complace invitarle a la boda de la senorita Angelica Cynster, !aunque antes su heroe y ella deberan enfrentarse a un taimado enemigo y poner fin a una antigua rencilla en las Tierras Altas de Escocia!Angelica Cynster es una dama obstinada que esta convencida de que reconocera a primera vista al hombre destinado a convertirse en su esposo. En cuanto sus ojos se encuentran con los de un misterioso caballero en un salon de baile iluminado por la luz de las velas, sabe sin lugar a dudas que el es el elegido, pero su corazon palpita acelerado poco despues por una razon muy distinta: !su heroe la ha secuestrado!El octavo conde de Glencrae se ve obligado a secuestrar a Angelica, la unica hermana Cynster con la que no habia querido tener que lidiar. Para salvar su castillo y su clan, debe convencerla de que le ayude, y esta dispuesto a ofrecerle matrimonio para sellar el trato."e;El estilo de Laurens es brillante"e;.Publishers Weekly
After the death of her dear father, Georgiana Hartley returns home to England...only to be confronted by the boorish advances of her wretched cousin.Knowing no one, she flees to Dominic Ridgely's estate, hoping the nobleman will bestow a neighbourly kindness upon her. The haughty viscount hears Georgiana's plea to find her a position as a lady's companion with thinly veiled disgust. A lovely innocent such as Miss Hartley subjected to that base existence? The very idea was preposterous. Instead, he takes matters into his own hands and introduces her to his sister's influence. Suddenly, Georgiana is transformed into a lady who charms the ton with ease and draws a bevy of suitors at every turn. Everything is unfolding according to Dominic's plan...until he realises that he desires Georgiana for his own.
She was unquestionably a lady. Still, that had never stopped him before. He could see that she was not, he thought, that young. Even better.Another twinge of pain from behind his eyes lent a harshness to his voice. Who the devil are you? In no way discomposed, she answered, My name is Caroline Twinning. And if you really are the Duke of Twyford, then I'm very much afraid I'm your ward Max Rotherbridge couldn't believe it. Along with the dukedom of Twyford, he...London's most notorious rogue...had inherited wardship of four devilishly attractive sisters! Including the irresistible Caroline Twinning. The eldest Twinning was everything he had ever wanted in a woman, but even Max couldn't seduce his own ward...or could he? After all, he did have a substantial reputation to protect. And what better challenge than the one woman capable of stealing his heart?
Tres herois, tres resgates, tres casamentos...Solicita-se o prazer da vossa companhia no casamento da menina Eliza Cynster, mas nao enquanto ela nao for resgatada de um sequestro ousado pelo heroi mais inesperado!Quando Eliza Cynster e sequestrada no baile de noivado da sua irma Heather e os seus raptores a levam rumo a Edimburgo, o seu desespero e o seu empenho em escapar levam-na a recorrer ao primeiro salvador que se cruza no seu caminho e que e Jeremy Carling, um cavalheiro erudito que vive concentrado nos seus estudos.Lutar com viloes e levar a cabo resgates sao tarefas as quais Jeremy nao esta minimamente habituado, mas nao pode abandonar uma jovem dama em apuros. Eliza e ele embarcam juntos numa frenetica fuga onde os perigos espreitam e os obstaculos abundam para escapar do misterioso nobre escoces que ordenou o sequestro. Uma ultima confrontacao no frio cume de uma montanha revelara como poderia ser a sua vida futura em comum se tiverem a coragem necessaria para se agarrarem ao inesperado amor que surgiu entre eles e admitir diante do mundo inteiro o que sentem um pelo outro.
Bold, passionate, and possessive, the Cynster men let nothing stand in their way when it comes to claiming the women of their hearts. Gerrard Debbington, Vane Cynster's brother-in-law, is one of London's most eligible gentlemen. Uninterested in marriage, his driving passion is to paint the fabled gardens of Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall, an opportunity that is now at hand-if Gerrard agrees to create an honest portrait of Tregonning's daughter as well.Gerrard chafes at wasting his talents on some simpering miss, only to discover that Jacqueline Tregonning stirs him as no other. Certainly, she is beautiful, but it is her passionate nature that strikes sparks with Gerrard's own, igniting desire, sweeping them into each other's arms, and convincing Gerrard that he has found his ideal soul mate-the lady he must have as his wife.But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil and lies are reaching out to ensnare Jacqueline, and Gerrard will have to move heaven and earth to protect the remarkable woman who, for him, personifies the truth about love.
Responsibility knocks, and a reckless, hedonistic man responds and opens the door to love-thus is a daredevil snared. #1 New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens brings you the third instalment in THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, continuing the drama of Regency-era high seas adventure, laced with a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and spiced with the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. Captain Caleb Frobisher, hedonistic youngest son of a seafaring dynasty, wants to be taken seriously by his family, and understands he has to prove himself sufficiently reformed. When opportunity strikes, he seizes the next leg of the covert mission his brothers have been pursuing and sails to Freetown. His actions are decisive, and he completes the mission's next stage-but responsibility, once exercised, has taken root, and he remains in the jungle to guard the captives whose rescue is the mission's ultimate goal. Katherine Fortescue has fled the life of poverty her wastrel father had bequeathed her and come to Freetown as a governess, only to be kidnapped and put to work overseeing a child workforce at a mine. She and the other captured adults understand that their lives are limited by the life of the mine. Guarded by well-armed and well-trained mercenaries, the captives have been searching for some means of escape, but in vain. Then Katherine meets a handsome man-a captain-in the jungle, and he and his crew bring the sweet promise of rescue. The sadistic mercenary captain who runs the mine has other ideas, but Caleb's true strength lies in extracting advantage from adversity, and through the clashes that follow, he matures into the leader of men he was always destined to be. The sort of man Katherine can trust-with her body, with her life. With her love. The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the dramatic end. Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong. Cathy Kelly Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters. Historical Romance Reviews Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again. Romantic Times Magazine
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Cynster novels, Stephanie Laurens takes you on a fresh journey with the Adventurers Quartet, a daring Regency-era adventure laced with mystery, tropical heat and passionate romance.He has something to proveCaptain Caleb Frobisher, hedonistic youngest son of a seafaring dynasty, wants to be taken seriously. Seizing the next leg of the covert mission his brothers are pursuing, he acts decisively and effectively in securing the mission's objectives. But responsibility has taken root, and he remains in the jungle to ensure the mission's ultimate goal. She will risk everything Katherine Fortescue fled a life of poverty and came to Freetown as a governess, only to be kidnapped and forced to oversee the child workforce at a mine. Guarded by well-armed, well-trained mercenaries, the captives have lost all hope of escape. Then Katherine meets a handsome man-a captain-and he brings the sweet promise of rescue. Together they will face the future The sadistic mercenary who runs the mine has other plans, but Caleb's true strength lies in extracting advantage from adversity, and through the clashes that follow, he becomes the leader he was always destined to be. The sort of man Katherine can trust-with her body, with her life, and with her love. Race with the Adventurers Quartet as these passionate daredevils lead the way to the stunning and dramatic conclusion.
Unexpected love-plus passion, intrigue, and danger-challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home-with hearth and wife-should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith. To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife. Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one. Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him-completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife. But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans-leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue.
Unexpected love-plus passion, intrigue, and danger-challenge our hero to embrace his true nature.#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues the Adventurers Quartet, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love.After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home-with hearth and wife-should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith. To Robert, his way forward is clear: get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife.Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one.Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him-completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife.But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans-leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue. Compelled to protect those weaker than themselves and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only their talents and inner strengths to aid them-and with the courage of their hearts as their guide.The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end.
Tres heroes, tres rescates, tres bodas.Se solicita el placer de su compania en la boda de la senorita Eliza Cynster, !pero no sera hasta que el mas inesperado heroe la rescate de un osado secuestro!Cuando Eliza Cynster es secuestrada en el mismisimo baile de compromiso de su hermana Heather y sus captores la llevan rumbo a Edimburgo, su desesperacion y su empeno en escapar la impulsan a recurrir al primer posible salvador que se cruza en su camino y que resulta ser Jeremy Carling, un erudito caballero que vive centrado en sus estudios.Lidiar con villanos y llevar a cabo rescates son tareas a las que Jeremy no esta acostumbrado ni mucho menos, pero no puede abandonar a una damisela en apuros. Eliza y el se embarcan juntos en una frenetica huida donde los peligros acechan y los obstaculos abundan para escapar del misterioso noble escoces que ordeno el secuestro. Una ultima confrontacion final en una fria cumbre revelara como podria ser su futura vida en comun si tienen la valentia necesaria para aferrarse al inesperado amor que ha surgido entre ellos y admitir ante el mundo entero lo que sienten el uno por el otro. "e;Un libro que he devorado, el ritmo de la trama resulta muy facil y rapido de leer, desde el comienzo me senti atrapada por la historia y necesitaba saber como terminaria todo.Este libro es el segundo tomo de una trilogia sobre las hermanas Cynster, se pueden leer de forma independiente, pero yo he quedado con inmensas ganas de leer sobre las demas protagonistas."e;Atrapada en unas hojas de papel
How does marriage work? If convention is set aside and is no longer there to guide...what then? Stephanie Laurens, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Cynster novels, brings you THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. The instant Captain Declan Frobisher laid eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knew she was the lady he wanted as his wife. The scion of a seafaring dynasty accustomed to success, he discovered that wooing Edwina was surprisingly straightforward-not least because she made it plain that she wanted him as much as he wanted her. Declan's vision of marriage was of a gently-reared wife to grace his arm, to manage his household, and to bear his children. He assumed that household, children, and wife would remain safely in England while he continued his life as an explorer sailing the high seas. Declan got his wish-up to a point. He and Edwina were wed. As for the rest-his vision of marriage... Aunt of the young Duke of Ridgware and sister of the mysterious man known as Neville Roscoe, London's gambling king, even before the knot was tied Edwina shattered the illusion that her character is as delicate, ethereal, and fragile as her appearance suggests. Far from adhering to orthodox mores, she and her ducal family are even more unconventional than the Frobishers. Beneath her fairy-princess exterior, Edwina possesses a spine of steel-one that might bend, but will never break. Born to the purple-born to rule-she's determined to rule her life. With Declan's ring on her finger, that means forging a marriage that meets her needs as well as his. But bare weeks into their honeymoon, Declan is required to sail to West Africa. Edwina decides she must accompany him. A secret mission with unknown villains flings unexpected dangers into their path as Declan and Edwina discover that meeting the challenge of making an unconventional marriage work requires something they both possess-bold and adventurous hearts. The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Start the journey here and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end. Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong. Cathy Kelly Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters. Historical Romance Reviews. Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again. Romantic Times Magazine
Esta oficialmente convidado para o casamento da menina Heather Cynster, embora antes ela tenha de enfrentar sequestradores, perigos e viver um audaz resgate pelas maos do visconde de Breckenridge.Heather Cynster estava decidida a encontrar o seu heroi, um cavalheiro nobre que deveria conquista-la e leva-la ao altar, mas, cansada de o procurar sem exito nos formais saloes de baile londrinos, decidiu sair do seu placido mundo e assistir a uma velada muito mais... informal.Lamentavelmente, a sua prometedora busca foi interrompida pelo intrometido visconde de Breckenridge, que a salvou de um possivel escandalo... e sem querer po-la em perigo, porque um inimigo misterioso aproveitou para a apanhar, mete-la numa carruagem e leva-la de Londres.Tinha chegado o momento em que Breckenridge, conhecido pela sua vida dissipada, teria de demonstrar que era o homem de que tinha andado a procura...
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens presents the first book in the Adventurers Quartet, a riveting blend of Regency-era high-seas adventure.How does marriage work? If convention is set aside and is no longer there to guide ... what then?The instant Captain Declan Frobisher lays eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knows she's the woman he wants as his wife. The scion of a seafaring dynasty accustomed to success, he discovers that wooing Edwina is surprisingly straightforward-not least because she makes it plain that she wants him as much as he wants her.Declan's vision of marriage is of a gently-reared wife to grace his arm, manage his household, and bear his children. He assumes that the household, children, and wife will remain safely in England while he continues his life as an explorer sailing the high seas, and he gets his wish-up to a point. He and Edwina are wed, but the rest of his vision doesn't turn out the way he expected.Even before the knot is tied, Edwina shatters the illusion that her character is as delicate, ethereal, and fragile as her appearance suggests. Far from adhering to orthodox mores, she and her ducal family are even more unconventional than the Frobishers. Beneath her fairy-princess exterior, Edwina possesses a spine of steel-one that might bend but will never break. So mere weeks into their honeymoon, when Declan is required to sail to West Africa, Edwina knows she must accompany him.A secret mission with unknown villains flings unexpected dangers into their path as Declan and Edwina discover that making an unconventional marriage work requires something they both possess: bold and adventurous hearts.
Esta cordialmente invitado a la boda de la senorita Heather Cynster, aunque antes ella debera enfrentarse a secuestradores y peligros y vivira un audaz rescate a manos del vizconde de Breckenridge Heather Cynster estaba decidida a encontrar a su heroe, al noble caballero que habria de conquistarla y llevarla al altar, pero, cansada de buscarle sin exito en los formales salones de baile londinenses, decidio salir de su placido mundo y asistir a una velada mucho mas... informal. Lamentablemente, su prometedora busqueda fue interrumpida por el entrometido vizconde de Breckenridge, que la salvo de un posible escandalo... y sin querer la puso en peligro, ya que un misterioso enemigo aprovecho para atraparla, meterla en un carruaje y llevarsela de Londres. Habia llegado el momento de que Breckenridge, conocido por su vida disipada, demostrara que era el hombre que ella habia estado buscando... La fresca y dinamica prosa de la novela y la interesante trama que plantea ha logrado atraparme una vez mas demostrandome nuevamente que Stephanie Laurens sabe como conquistar al lector convirtiendo sus libros en lecturas imprescindibles.Promesas de amor
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens unveils a dramatic new tale of desire and devotion in her beloved Cynster series. Marcus Cynster is waiting for Fate to come calling. He knows his destiny lies near his home in Scotland, but what will it be? Who is his fated bride? One fact seems certain: His future won't lie with Niniver Carrick, a young lady who attracts him mightily and whom he feels compelled to protect-even from himself. Fate, he's sure, will never be so kind as to decree that Niniver should be his. Delicate and ethereal, Niniver has vowed to return her clan to prosperity. Having accepted that she can never marry and risk a controlling husband, she needs help fending off unwelcome suitors. Powerful and dangerous, Marcus is perfect for the task. Suppressing her wariness over tangling with a gentleman who so excites her passions, she appeals to him for aid. Marcus quickly discovers his fated role is to stand by Niniver's side and, ultimately, claim her hand. Yet in order to convince her to be his bride, they must plunge headlong into a journey full of challenges, unforeseen dangers, passion, and yearning, until Niniver grasps the essential truth-that she is indeed a match for Marcus Cynster. Laurens' sprawling series spans multiple generations and families with no end in sight, but with distinctive, engaging storylines and the ever fascinating and uniquely authentic Cynsters, why stop? - Kirkus Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to rugged Scotland with a dramatic tale of passionate desire, unwavering devotion, and a match too powerful to deny.Restless and impatient, Marcus Cynster waits for fate to come calling. He knows his destiny lies in the lands surrounding his family home, but what will his future be and with whom will he share it? Of one fact he feels certain: his fated bride will not be Niniver Carrick. His elusive neighbor attracts him mightily, yet he feels compelled to protect her-even from himself. Fate, he's sure, would never be so kind as to decree that Niniver should be his. The best he can do for them both is to avoid her.Niniver has vowed to return her clan to prosperity. The epitome of fragile femininity, her delicate and ethereal exterior cloaks a stubborn will and an unflinching devotion to the people in her care. She accepts that she cannot risk marrying and losing her grip on the clan's reins to an inevitably controlling husband. Unfortunately, many local men see her as their opportunity. Soon, she's forced to seek help to get rid of her unwelcome suitors. Powerful and dangerous, Marcus Cynster is perfect for the task. Suppressing her wariness over tangling with a gentleman who excites her passions, she appeals to him for assistance with her peculiar problem.Although at first he resists, Marcus discovers that, contrary to his expectations, his fated role is to stand by Niniver's side and, ultimately, to claim her hand. Yet in order to convince her to be his bride, they must plunge headlong into a journey full of challenges, unforeseen dangers, passion, and yearning, until Niniver grasps the essential truth-that she is indeed a match for Marcus Cynster.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland, where destiny and passion intertwine... Thomas Carrick is determined to make his own life in the bustling port city of Glasgow, far from the demands of the Carrick clan, eventually with an appropriate wife on his arm. But disturbing events on his family's estate force Thomas to return to the Scottish countryside - where he is forced to ask for help from the last woman he wants to face. Thomas has never forgotten Lucilla Cynster and the connection that seethes between them, but to marry Lucilla would mean embracing a life he's adamant is not for him. Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla knows Thomas is hers -her fated lover, husband, protector, mate. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. How can he ignore a bond stronger than reason and choose a different path? She's determined to fight for their future and, while she cannot command him, she has enticements of her own to wield when it comes to tempting Thomas Carrick. Laurens' sprawling series spans multiple generations and families with no end in sight, but with distinctive, engaging storylines and the ever fascinating and uniquely authentic Cynsters, why stop? - Kirkus Reviews
What happens when fate, love, and passion collide?The #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland with a tale of two lovers irrevocably linked by destiny and passion.Thomas Carrick is a gentleman driven to control all aspects of his life. As the wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city's most eligible bachelors and fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him. He wants to take that necessary next step along his self-determined path, yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention-not in the way Lucilla Cynster does, even though she lives miles away. For over two years, Thomas has avoided his clan's estate because it borders Lucilla's home, but disturbing reports from his clansmen force him to return to the countryside-only to discover that his uncle, the laird, is ailing, a clan family is desperately ill, and the clan healer is unconscious and dying. Duty to the clan leaves Thomas no choice but to seek help from the last woman he wants to face. Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla has been waiting-increasingly impatient-for Thomas to return and claim his rightful place by her side. She knows he is hers-her fated lover, husband, protector, and mate. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. And, at last, he's back. Even though his returning wasn't on her account, Lucilla is willing to seize whatever chance fate hands her. Thomas can never forget Lucilla, much less the connection that seethes between them, but to marry her would mean embracing a life he's adamant he does not want.Lucilla sees that Thomas has yet to accept the inevitability of their union. But how can he ignore a bond such as theirs-one so much stronger than reason? Despite several unnerving attacks mounted against them, despite the uncertainty racking his clan, Lucilla remains as determined as only a Cynster can be to fight for the future she knows can be theirs. And while she cannot command him, she has powerful enticements she's willing to wield in the cause of tempting Thomas Carrick.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic and love. It's frosty December and six Cynster families come together at snowbound Casphairn Manor with members of their households to celebrate the season in true Cynster fashion-and where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind. The festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster's sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster's daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them. However, Claire, once bitten, twice shy, believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Yet Daniel is determined. He's seen the kind of love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters-innate matchmakers every one-Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness. Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel and despite her misgivings, their relationship deepens. But then catastrophe strikes, and by winter's light, she learns that love-true love-is worth any risk, any price. Laurens' sprawling series spans multiple generations and families with no end in sight, but with distinctive, engaging storylines and the ever fascinating and uniquely authentic Cynsters, why stop? - Kirkus Reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.It's December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snowbound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster's home. Led by Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has its own plans for the holiday season.Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind. The festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster's sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster's daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before, and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them, but Claire-once bitten, twice shy-believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit. He has seen the love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters, innate matchmakers every one, Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults of the Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling in ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficult birth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With a violent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation of Cynsters face their first collective test-can they save this mother and child-and themselves, too?Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel, and, despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivities their relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn-until catastrophe strikes, and by winter's light she learns that love-true love-is worth any risk, any price.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with another thrilling story from the Casebook of Barnaby Adair . . . Miraculously spared from death, Malcolm Sinclair erases the notorious man he once was. Reinventing himself as Thomas Glendower, he strives to make amends for his past, yet he never imagines penance might come via a secretive lady he discovers living in his secluded manor. Rose has a plausible explanation for why she and her children are residing in Thomas's house, but she quickly realizes he's far too intelligent to fool. Revealing the truth is impossibly dangerous, yet day by day, he wins her trust, and then her heart. But then her enemy closes in, and Rose turns to Thomas as the only man who can protect her and the children. And when she asks for his help, Thomas finally understands his true purpose, and with unwavering commitment, he seeks his redemption in the only way he can - through living the reality of loving Rose.
No 1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens pulls back the curtain on a world that has been hidden from us . . . until now. Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London's elite, but at a huge cost: a family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he finds an intriguing new challenge professionally . . . and personally. Violet, devoted lady-companion to the aging Lady Halstead, turns to Montague to reassure her ladyship that her affairs are in order. But the famous Montague is not at all what she'd expected - this man is compelling, decisive, supportive, and strong -everything Violet needs in a champion, a position to which Montague rapidly lays claim. But then Lady Halstead is murdered and Violet and Montague, aided by Barnaby Adair, Inspector Stokes, Penelope, and Griselda, race to expose a cunning and cold-blooded killer . . . who stalks closer and closer. Will Montague and Violet learn the shocking truth too late to seize their chance at enduring love? 'If Amanda Quick-style historical mysteries are your guilty pleasure, than this latest Barnaby Adair adventure - filled with murder, secrets, red herrings and danger - will be your cup of tea . . . those who adore Adair and crew, and recall Montague from previous novels will take pleasure in this thriller' RT Book Reviews
Get the first three Bastion Club Novels in one boxed set from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens! Fans of wildly adventurous historical romances will enjoy these stories about loyal, strong-willed gentlemen determined to find the perfect bride!The Lady ChosenThere is more than a touch of the wild adventurer in each of them, and they are loyal to the bone. Seven of Londons most eligible bachelors band together to form The Bastion Club, an elite society of gentlemen dedicated to determining their own futures when it comes to that most important step of allmarriage.Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected hed need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the tonthe lady he chooses is his enchanting nextdoor neighbor. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . .Tristans kisses might be oh-so-tempting, but once bitten, forever shy, Leonora has turned her back on marriage. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat. And when a mysterious man attempts to scare Leonora and her family from their home, Tristan realizes hes been given the perfect excuse to offer his servicesas protector, seducer and, ultimately, husband.A Gentlemans HonorThe Season has yet to begin, and the second member of the Bastion Club, tall, handsome Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington, is already a target for every matchmaking mama in London. But there is only one lady who sparks his interestDesperate, penniless, but determined, Alicia intends making a spectacular match for her ravishing younger sister. Masquerading as the widowed Mrs. Carrington, Alicia boldly launches her sibling into the ton. But a moonlit stroll proves Alicias undoing when it leads to an accusation of murder.Every instinct Tony Blake possesses tells him that Aliciathe exquisite, distraught beauty he discovers standing over a dead body in his godmothers gardenis innocent. His connections allow him to take control of the investigation, while his social prominence provides public support. But it is more than honor that compels him to protect this imperiled beautyand he will do everything in his seductive power to make Alicia his.A Lady of His OwnDeep in the country, the third of the seven members of the Bastion Club meets his long-fated match.Appalled by the damsels of the ton, Charles St. Austell seeks refuge in his castleand discovers Lady Penelope Selborne walking the deserted corridors at midnight. Years ago, theyd consummated their youthful passion on one unforgettable afternoon, but while the ardent interlude haunts Charles still, Penny wants nothing more to do with him.Yet although Penny has vowed she wont settle for anything less than true love, resisting a stronger, battle-hardened Charles proves difficult. And when a traitorous intrigue threatens them both, she discovers that her first lovea man who will not rest until he has made her his ownis her fated champion and protector.
They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain's rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling "e;Kit"e; Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. His all-knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the male leader of a rival gang with frightening ease, and his "e;punishment"e; with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters. Suddenly Kit finds she's only too delighted to explore with Jack the pleasures conventionally reserved for married ladies-little knowing what dangerous forces she's unleashing, for even as Kit revels in midnight gallops and cottage rendezvous, Captain Jack is laying a gentle trap that will curtail her freedom and bind her to him with a ring, a promise-and ties of devotion and desire.
Get the first three Cynster Novels in one boxed set from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens! Fans of Regency-era historical romances with adventure and mystery will enjoy these stories of passionate alpha heroes and the ladies who bring them to their knees.Devils BrideWas he the husband of her dreams . . . or a devil in disguise? When Devil, Duke of St. Ives, and the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire ton by proposing marriage.Honoria, however, isnt about to bend societys demands and marry a man simply because theyd been discovered together unchaperoned. She craves adventure and longs to see the worldand though shes more than happy to assist Devil in solving the murder of a Cynster cousin, once the crime is put to rest she intends to bid Devil farewell forever.But she underestimates the seductive power of this daring, dangerous man and the scalding heat of her own unsated desire. Does she dare let passion carry her into Devils embrace . . . and into the most perilous adventure of all?A Rakes VowHe vowed hed never marry Vane Cynster knew the wind was blowing in a marrying direction. Other Cynster men might not mind stepping up to the altar, but Vane never wanted to be leg-shackled to any woman. Bellamy Hall seemed like the perfect place to temporarily hide from Londons husband-hunters. But when he encounters Patience Debbington, Vane realizes hes met his match and soon he has more than seduction on his mind.She vowed no man would catch her Patience wasnt about to succumb to Vanes attentions. Yes, his kisses left her dizzy and his caresses made her melt, but he was arrogant, presumptuous . . . and, despite his protests, bound to be unfaithful, just like every other man. Patience has promised herself that she will never become vulnerable to a broken heart. But is this one vow that was meant to be broken?Scandals BrideHe will father your children . . . When Catriona Hennessy, Scottish Lady of the Vale, receives this prediction, she is aghast. How could she unite with a rake like Richard Cynstera masterful man with a scandalous reputation? More shocking still was her guardians will that decreed she and Richard be wed within a week! Though charmed by his commanding presence and wooed by his heated kisses, she would notcould notgive up her independence. So she forms a plan to get the heir she needs without taking wedding vows.Richard is just as stunned by the wills command. Marriage hadnt been on his agenda, but lately hed been feeling rather restless. Perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needed. But can he have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?
A COMFORTABLE WIFEMiss Antonia Mannering has made plans that include her long-ago friend Lord Philip Ruthven. She knows Philip is popular with the ladies, but he has never married. Might he now be ready for a wife? If she could only prove that she could run his home, not disgrace him in Society and be a comfortable wife, surely he would propose to her. But when love enters the equation, Antonia might be getting more than she bargained for...A LADY BY DAYRecovering from scandal, Josephine, Countess of Mareck, has secured a second chance at respectability. And she certainly will not risk it for Sir Noah Rutledge, who's returned to London from the Mediterranean to secure a new business venture. But when Noah confronts Josephine and puts her secrets at risk, he stirs a most unexpected desire.With the elite watching closely, she must to be careful not to fall for an unsuitable man. Unless love proves stronger than Society...
Previously appeared in the anthology Royal Bridesmaids.A delightful novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens.Everyones eyes are on a royal couple, but there is more behind the scenes than theyll ever know.Lady Nell Daughtry is certain her sister will be a perfect princess, if only she gets the reluctant bride safely to the church to marry Prince Frederick of Lautenberg.But what she doesnt know is that, in the wedding party, shes been paired with her former fianc, Robert Knightly and now shell be face-to-face with the man who walked away.
No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has returned to another utterly irresistible branch on her beloved Cynster family tree Now that her sister Henrietta has discarded her spinster ways and become betrothed, it's finally Mary's chance for true love. She knows exactly who she wants - and it's not someone as wild, unmanageable and sinfully seductive as Ryder Cavanaugh. Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne, had never met a woman who wouldn't happily fall at his feet - or into his bed . . . until Lady Mary Cynster. He soon realises he'll only succeed at being the man he wants to be with Mary by his side. And convincing her of that fact is just the kind of challenge that thrills him.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with the next in her Cynster Sisters series . . .The Honorable Miss Mary Cynster always gets what she wants. As the last unwed Cynster of her generation, she is determined to remain in charge of her life and of the man she will marry. At the very bottom of her list of potential husbands is Ryder Cavanaugh, the daring and devastating Marquess of Raventhorne, an overwhelming and utterly unmanageable lion of the ton. But destiny has a different plan.Ryder needs Mary as his wife, not just because she is delightful, fiery, and tempting, but because he values all she could be. When fate and circumstance hand him the chance, he claims Mary as his marchioness . . . only to discover what he truly desires is not just to take her hand in marriage, but to capture her heart.
No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has returned to another utterly irresistible branch on her beloved Cynster family tree The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man is a Cynster lady who believes that love is not her destiny. Famously known in London Society as 'The Matchbreaker', Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's alluring spell.However, when she disrupts one match too many, she feels honour-bound to assist the dashing James Glossup and find him a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience. Yet this is no easy task. Complicated by the growing and undeniable attraction that flares between them, Henrietta must convince not only James, but herself, that when it comes to love, she will never, ever fall.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to another utterly irresistible branch on her beloved Cynster family tree in And Then She Fell.Set in Regency England, Londons Henrietta Cynster, known as The Matchbreaker has a special talent for making sure that bad marriages never happen. After breaking up one ill-suited couple, Henrietta is obligated to find the perfect bride for the debonair James Glossup.The assignment proves to be a challenging one for the single-minded Henrietta, who believes that finding love isnt in her own stars. But Henrietta discoversin spite of her personal denials of lovethat both she and James are indisputably drawn to each other.Fans of Stephanie Laurenss Cynster books and readers of smart and compelling historical romances will be transported and entertained by And Then She Fell.
Demon Cynster has seen love bring his brethren to their knees, and hes vowed that he will not share their fate . . . until he spies Felicity Parteger sneaking about his racing stable. Demon remembers Felicity as a mere chit of a girl, but now she stands before him, all lush curves and sparkling eyes...Felicity knows Demon was one of the towns most eligible bachelors and a rogue of the worst sort, but he was the only one capable of getting her friend out of trouble. She knows Demon will never yield her the love she desperately seeks, but could a marriage of passion alone be enough?
What would you do if you were kissed by the most handsome stranger you'd ever seen? And what if that man was a Cynster?Every girleven convent-educated onesdreams of forbidden kisses. So when a man literally falls at Helena's feet as she's walking through the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the pretty, young comtesse d'Lisle knows he's up to no good. He's clearly a bit dangerous... and obviously caught in the middle of a clandestine rendezvous. Why else would he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow?It's wrong, it's outlandish . . . and it's the most utterly romantic gesture she's ever seen. So when the good sisters rush up, demanding to know if she has seen a man on the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she reveal his presence.To lie would be a sin, but 'no one can be good all the time.As a reward for her silence, the stranger takes her in his arms and enticingly, unforgettably kisses herand then departs, leaving a lingering if unspoken promise of all that might be, should fate decree that they meet again. Although Helena doesn't know it, her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives, a nobleman who will prove to be her destiny.Seven years later, Helena has been transformed from a pretty schoolgirl to an aristocratic beauty. Her sparkling wit has made her sought after by London's hostesses; her considerable dowry has made winning her hand the aim of many a gentleman . . . but she is deafeningly aware of how boring so many of these gentlemen are.Her manipulative guardian has unexpectedly allowed her to find a husband of her own choosing, and she has no intention of marrying any man who tries to tame her. There must be someone perfect for her . . . someone who can live up to the promise of that long-ago kiss.Then, at a ball, fate strikes. Once again, it is the Christmas season, and across the crowded room Helena stands transfixed . . . for there is the man whose kiss she has never forgotten, the man of her memory whom no other has ever been able to supplant. Her wild, mysterious Englishman, Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives.One look, and he's determined to reclaim her . . . .
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurenss Bastion Club series with A Fine Passion, plus special excerpts from other novels in the series.In A Fine Passion, the men of the Bastion Club are powerful, loyal, and not averse to overcoming danger if they must. Now, after years of loyal service to the Crown, they eachone by onemust face that greatest danger of all . . . love.The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, has fled London after nearly being compromised into marrying a dreadful female. Turning his back on the entire notion of marriage, he rides home to the estate he has not seen for years, determined to set in motion an alternative course of action.But then in the lane before his gate, Jack rescues a startlingly beautiful lady from a menacing, unmanageable horse. However, while he begins by taking command, the lady continues by taking it back. Lady Clarice Altwood is no meek and mild miss. She is the very antithesis of the woolly-headed young ladies Jack has rejected as not for him. Clarice is delectably attractive, beyond eligible, undeniably capable, and completely unforgettable. Why on earth is she rusticating in the country?That enigma is compounded by mystery, and its quickly clear that Clarice is in danger. Jack must use every ounce of his cunning and wit to protect this highly independent and richly passionate woman . . . who has so quickly stolen his heart.
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's Cynster novels with Scandal's Bride, plus special excerpts from more books in the series. In Scandal's Bride, how can an honourable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richards agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs - if he can have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's Bastion Club series with A Lady of His Own, plus special excerpts from other novels in the series. In A Lady of His Own, the seven members of the Bastion Club have served loyally in the perilous service of the Crown. Now they've banded together to support one another through their most dangerous mission of all: getting married. When Charles St. Austell returns home to claim his title as earl, and to settle quickly on a suitable wife as well, he discovers that experience has made him impatient of the young ladies who vie for his attentionwith the exception of Lady Penelope Selborne. Years ago, Charles and Penelope's youthful ardor was consummated in an unforgettable afternoon. Charles is still haunted by their interlude, but Penny refuses to have anything more to do with him. If controlling her heart was difficult before, resisting a stronger, battle-hardened Charles is well nigh impossible, yet Penelope has vowed she won't make the same mistake twice, nor will she marry without love. But when a traitorous intrigue draws them together, then ultimately threatens them bothwill Penny discover she has a true protector in Charles, her first and only love, who now vows to make her his own?
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's Bastion Club series with Captain Jack's Woman, plus special excerpts from other novels in the series. In Captain Jack's Woman, they meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britains rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling "e;Kit"e; Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. his all-knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the "e;lad"e; leader of a rival gang with frightening ease and his "e;punishment"e; with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters. Suddenly Kit finds shes only too delighted to explore with Jack the pleasures conventionally reserved for married ladies. . .little knowing what dangerous forces shes unleashing. For even as Kit revels in midnight gallops and cottage rendezvous, captain Jack is laying a gentle trap that will curtail her freedom. . .and bind her to him with a ring, a promise. . . and ties of devotion and desire.
In A Rake's Vow, Vane Cynster vowed hed never marry. To Vane, Bellamy Hall seems like the perfect place to temporarily hide from Londons husband hunters. But when he encounters irresistible Patience Debbington,Vane realizes hes met his match ... She vowed no man would catch her. Patience isnt about to succumb to Vanes sensuous propositions. Yes, his kisses leave her dizzy and his caresses made her melt; but Patience has promised herself shell never become vulnerable to a broken heart. Is this one vow that was meant to be broken?
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurenss Bastion Club series with A Gentlemans Honor, plus special excerpts from other novels in the series.In A Gentlemans Honor, the Season has yet to begin, and the second member of the Bastion Club, tall, handsome Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington, is already a target for every matchmaking mama in London. None of their flighty daughters can fix his interest, but a certain lady does...Alicia is living a deception. Desperation has caused the determined but penniless lady to boldly launch her ravishing younger sister into the ton and have her make a spectacular match. By masquerading as the widowed Mrs. Carrington Alicia can act as the perfect chaperonebut fashionable ladies are not accused of murder...When Tony Blake discovers Alicia standing over a dead body in his godmothers garden, every instinct tells him she is innocent. His connections allow him to take control of the investigation, his social prominence provides her public support, but it is more than honor that compels him to protect her and to do everything in his seductive power to make her his.
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's The Black Cobra Quartet with the The Elusive Bride, plus special excerpts from the other three novels in the series. In The Elusive Bride, a second battle-hardened, completely unstoppable, all-male hero, an ex-officer of the Crown, confronts the deadly enemy known only as the Black Cobra. He's focused on his mission, then sees a lady he never dreamed he'd see againwith an assassin on her heels. She secretly followed him, unaware her path is deadlyor that she'll join him to battle a treacherous foe. Through ever-present peril, through passion, desire, and ecstasy, they race to reach Englandand their destiny.
From acclaimed authors Stephanie Laurens, Nicola Cornick and Kasey Michaels come three enchanting tales to exceed expectations.A Lady of Expectations Jack Lester seeks the perfect bride-one who is attractive and kind, but who also loves him in spite of his wealth. Which is why he keeps this trifling detail hidden. But when Sophie Winterton enters his life, believing he must marry into wealth to run his family's estate, how will he convince her that she is the woman he desires-and that he can be the husband she deserves?Secrets of a Courtesan Eve Nightingale thought she had put her past as mistress to the Duke of Welburn behind her. But when the handsome duke strolls into her small village, she finds it hard to keep her secrets concealed...and to keep her heart from stirring for him once again.Missives & MistletoeGoverness Maggie Stover is outraged when she is coerced into harboring a pirate in her home, lest her family face eviction. Though she may have a change of heart when she realizes the pirate is in fact the long-lost, and devilishly alluring, Duke of Trevere.
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's Bastion Club series with The Lady Chosen, plus special excerpts from the next four novels in the series. In The Lady Chosen, Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbor living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . . To Leonora, Tristan's kisses are oh-so-tempting, but once bitten, forever shy, she has determinedly turned her back on marriage. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat. And when a mysterious man attempts to scare Leonora and her family from their home, Tristan realizes he's been given the perfect excuse to offer his servicesas protector, seducer and, ultimately, husband.
For a limited time and at a special price, discover #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens's The Black Cobra Quartet with The Untamed Bride, plus special excerpts from the next three novels in the series. In The Untamed Bride, They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppableand all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra. He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country. She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride. Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart . . .
Conseguiria provar-lhe que estava a altura dele... Antonia era uma jovem com muitos planos e, nesses planos, lorde Philip Ruthven tinha um papel muito importante. Ainda que j no visse o seu velho amigo de infncia h muitos anos, sabia que a Philip no teriam faltado muitas acompanhantes femininas. Contudo, no se casara e estava na hora de o fazer. Se conseguisse mostrar-lhe que era capaz de administrar a sua casa e de no o deixar ficar mal em pblico, Antonia tinha a certeza de que lhe proporia um acordo favorvel e prtico para ambos. O que no previra fora que os seus coraes tambm fizessem parte do acordo
Lenore Lester estaba completamente satisfecha de su apacible vida rural en el campo: cuidaba de su padre y no sentia el menor deseo de casarse. Hizo un verdadero esfuerzo por pasar desapercibida y mostrarse indiferente... !pero no sirvio de nada! El irresistible duque de Eversleigh la habia descubierto y estaba resultando muy insistente demostrandole su afecto... El audaz Jason, duque de Eversleigh, saba perfectamente lo que se esconda tras el magnfico disfraz de Lenore...
Lo que Jack Lester deseaba en una esposa era lo que encontraba en su hermana Lenore, una mujer atractiva, inteligente y con la que se podia conversar... Algo completamente imposible a juzgar por las jovenes que habian aparecido en sociedad en los ultimos tiempos. Sin embargo, debia elegir a alguien antes de que las cazafortunas se enteraran de que su familia ya no era pobre... y el se convirtiera en una presa codiciada.
Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his code of honour - until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have. Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability - until tempted by a passion beyond her power to deny. Flung together in peril, through danger and intrigue, they discover a love impossible to ignore . . . or keep. Filled to the brim with passion, glamour and intrigue, discover the latest novel by Stephanie Laurens: the queen of historical romance.
Laurenss books are always synonymous with sensuality and strong-willed heroes and heroines.Fresh FictionThe #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae, romance fiction superstar Stephanie Laurens has done it again with this passionate tale of an oh-so-proper lady and the dangerous man for whom she throws caution to the wind. The Lady Risks All in this delightfully sexy and sensuous historical romance novel from the creator of the recklessly romantic Cynster familyRegency Englands most irrepressible clan of sexy rogues and ladiesas well as the acclaimed Bastion Club books. The notorious Neville Roscoe, who lives boldly outside the bounds of proper society, is one of Laurenss most unforgettable heroesand the story of his seduction of prim, straight-laced Miranda Clifford is filled with intrigue, danger, and passion that will thrill not only Stephanie Laurens fans, but devoted readers of Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsey, and Mary Balogh as well.
Aquele homem propusera-se a fazer com que ela abrisse o seu coracaoLenore Lester estava completamente satisfeita com a sua agradvel vida no campo: cuidava do seu pai e no sentia vontade nenhuma de se casar. Por isso, fez um enorme esforo para passar despercebida e para se mostrar indiferente, mas no lhe serviu de nada! O irresistvel duque de Eversleigh reparara nela e, agora, queria demonstrar-lhe o seu afecto. O destemido Jason, duque de Eversleigh, sabia exactamente o que se escondia por detrs daquela magnfica mscara de Lenore.
Como conseguiria encontrar a mulher dos seus sonhos em to pouco tempo?O que Jack Lester desejava numa esposa era o que via na sua irma Leonore: uma mulher atraente, inteligente e com a qual pudesse conversar. Algo completamente impossvel a julgar pelas jovens que tinham aparecido na sociedade nos ltimos tempos. No entanto, tinha de escolher algm antes de as caadoras de fortunas saberem que a sua famlia j no era pobre, e antes de ele se transformar numa presa cobiada.
Protege-la passara a ser um dos seus desejos mais prementes... Harry Lester era um prspero criador de cavalos e um sedutor nato, contudo, depois de ver o seu corao destrudo pela mulher que amava, no pretendia voltar a apaixonar-se e, muito menos, deixar-se apanhar nas redes do casamento. Pouco tempo depois de receber uma enorme herana, decidiu abandonar Londres, fugindo das casamenteiras, e rumar a Newmarket, onde se realizavam algumas das mais famosas corridas de cavalos. Pelo caminho encontrou Lucinda Babbacombe, uma bela e rica viva. Quase sem se aperceber, Harry decidiu tornar-se protector de Lucinda numa cidade repleta de solteiros mal-intencionados, embora ela, por vrias vezes, tivesse recusado a sua ajuda. Lucinda era maravilhosa, inteligente, terna, uma mulher digna de ser a sua esposa, todavia Harry deixar-se-ia prender nas malhas da mais apaixonada das armadilhas?
Dorothea Darent nao tinha a menor intencao de se casar ate ter sido beijada por um elegante desconhecido com olhos co de avel~. O marques de Hazelmere, um elegante libertino, tinha ficado tao profundamente cativado por aquele beijo que tinha decidido conquistar o coracao de Dorothea, embora ela se encontrase em Londres a apresentar-se a sociedade e tivesse de ter muito cuidado para nao manchar a sua reputacao...
Seria aquela enigmatica mulher o amor da sua vida?Quando o Conde de Merton se encontrou de repente a fazer de cavalheiro de uma dama em apuros, soube que os seus dias como famoso libertino estavam contados. Mas, embora parecesse agradecida pela sua ajuda, a dama desapareceu sem revelar o seu nome. O conde estava decidido a encontrla, por muito que o seu escandaloso passado e os perigos do presente amenazassem a procura daquela misteriosa mulher a quem ele pressentia estar destinado.
Stephanie Laurens es una gran autora de novela romantica historica. En Atrapado por sus besos sabe captar de una forma magnifica el ambiente londinense de principios del siglo XIX retratando las sutilezas de las relaciones sociales en el reducido ambito de la alta sociedad y las complejidades, ambiguedades y malentendidos de las relaciones amorosas. Dorothea Darent no tena la menor intencin de casarse hasta que la bes un elegante desconocido. El marqus de Hazelmere, un reconocido libertino, se haba quedado tan profundamente cautivado por aquel beso que haba decidido conquistar el corazn de Dorothea, aunque ella se encontrara en Londres presentndose en sociedad y hubiera que tener especial cuidado en no manchar su reputacin... El estilo de Laurens es brillante. Publishers Weekly
Erica Spindler nos retrata con gran habilidad la historia de tres generaciones de mujeres, sus complejas vidas, sus misterios, sus pecados, y al hombre que lo sabe todo sobre ellas y puede desvelar los mas ocultos secretos. Lily Pierron es una legendaria madame que sabe que en la clida Nueva Orleans se puede cometer cualquier pecado a cambio de un alto precio. Para ella, el precio es su hija Hope. Hope Pierron St. Germaine es la elegante y piadosa mujer de una acaudalado hotelero y la dedicada madre de Glory durante el da, pero por la noche sucumbe a las pasiones carnales que amenazan con destruirla. Glory St, Geramine ignora los vergonzosos secretos de su familia, pero sufre las consecuencias de una oscuridad cuya existencia desconoce. Obstinada y atolondrada, Glory encuentra el amor prohibido en el hombre que lo sabe todo sobre las PierronLos lectores se sentirn irremediablemente atrados por las tramas policacas. Publishers Weekly
Originally appeared in the e-book anthology Royal Weddings and in The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae.She planned every wedding of importancebut never her own.Was that now about to change?Beautiful Lady Margaret Dawlish, the daughter of a duke, is proud to plan the ton's most important weddingsincluding that of a prince! But now it's Lady Margaret who falls in love, with dashing Gaston Devilliers, the Duke of Perigord. This breathtaking man always ends up where he wants to beand, in this case, that means in Margaret's arms! And, suddenly, her best-laid plans to guard her heart come completely undone.
Harry Lester era un prospero criador de caballos y libertino confeso, pero, tras ver su corazon pisoteado por la mujer a la que amaba, no tenia intencion de volver a enamorarse y, mucho menos, de dejarse atrapar en las redes del matrimonio. Poco despues de recibir una sustanciosa herencia, decidio abandonar Londres huyendo de las casamenteras y poner rumbo a Newmarket, donde se celebraban unas famosas carreras hipicas. All se encontr con Lucinda Babbacombe, una bella viuda bien situada. Casi sin darse cuenta, Harry resolvi convertirse en el defensor de Lucinda en una ciudad repleta de buscavidas solitarios, pese a que ella se negaba una y otra vez a aceptar su ayuda. Lucinda era maravillosa -inteligente, tierna, una mujer digna de convertirse en su esposa-, pero se dejara atrapar Harry en la ms apasionada de las celadas?"e;Stephanie Laurens es todo un hallazgo. Combina una extraordinaria caracterizacin de los personajes con grandes dosis de accin y sensualidad, creando caracteres picos con tal destreza y talento, que parecen reales. Slo tengo que ver su nombre en la portada para decidirme por sus libros"e;. Linda Howard
Estava tudo a correr como Dominic planeara ou quase tudo... Depois da morte do pai, Georgina Hartley regressou a Inglaterra onde teve de enfrentar as propostas grosseiras do seu primo. Como no tinha outro lugar para onde ir, tentou refugiar-se na propriedade de Dominic Ridley, na esperana de que o seu vizinho fosse amvel com ela. O visconde Ridley no podia permitir que aquela encantadora rapariga se convertesse em dama de companhia, portanto decidiu pla nas sbias mos da sua irm. De repente, Georgiana convertera-se numa verdadeira dama de quem ele tinha de afastar os diversos pretendentes. E Dominic no demorou muito a descobrir que tambm a desejava...
A novella, previously published in the print anthology Hero, Come Back.Reggie Carmathen needs to marry. His mother insists, and even his friends are hinting, so before he has some young chit thrust upon him, Reggie decides to choose his own bride.But then he stumbles over Anne Ashford, a quiet, gentle English rose and a long time family acquaintance, who, shockingly, seems determined to go where ladies should not tread . . . unable to refuse a damsel in need, through their adventures Reggie uncovers hidden depthsin both Anne and himself. Could fate at last have sent Cupid after Reggie?
A novella, previously published in the print anthology It Happened One Season.Sebastian Trantor is in need of a wife. But although he's scouted the ballrooms, drawing rooms, and salons of London, he's yet to find a single worthwhile candidate in the young ladies paraded before him. They simper; they giggle; they are completely unsuitable.Then, he discovers Tabitha Makepeacebreaking into a desk! He quickly realizes that this clever and resourceful young lady is the bride for himbut how is he to convince her of that?
ANGELICA CYNSTER is certain she'll recognise the love of her life at first sight. When her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman across a candlelit ballroom, and her pulse begins to quicken, she knows beyond doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason, when this same man abducts her, whisking her out of London; into the wild and untamed Scottish highlands. Angelica had always considered herself an expert in the art of assessing gentlemen - could she have really been so wrong? The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica. To save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him - and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal . . .
We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster ... but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reasonwhen her hero abducts her! The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist himand he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!
The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces the most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride. As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club, known as "e;Dalziel,"e; Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august noble titles, he must now take on the gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grande dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle's willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene facade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure. Determined to claim her, he embarks on a seduction to prove his mastery over every inch of her body-and every piece of her heart.
They proved their bravery fighting for His Majesty's Secret Service and were rewarded with brides of great beauty and breeding. But one member of the Bastion Club has remained a bachelor-until now. "e;Christian, I need your help. There is no one else I can turn to...L."e; When Christian Allardyce, sixth Marquess of Dearne, reads those words, his world turns upside down. Lady Letitia Randall is a woman like no other, and the day he left her behind to fight for king and country was the most difficult of his life. He never forgot the feel of her lips against his, but he never expected to see her again. Yet now she seeks his help, and Christian knows he will not resist her plea. Letitia believes that Christian abandoned her when she needed him most, and she hates to call on his aid. But to clear her brother's name, she has sworn to use every weapon at her command, even if it means seducing her ex-lover. Yet all the while, Christian is waging a war of his own-a campaign of pure pleasure and sweet revenge that will take them both beyond the edge of desire.
From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens comes her RITA-Award winning tale that shows how one night can change everything . . . forever.Robert "e;Rogue"e; Gerrard's reputation paints him as one of the ton's most notorious rakes. But once, long ago, he fell in love . . . and he's never forgotten the scintillating emotion he, then too young, turned his back on.But one stormy night, he discovers himself stranded at an innwith his childhood sweetheart, Lydia Makepeace, who has no business being there alone.Lydia, meanwhile, is horrified to find the one man in England guaranteed to protect herstanding between her and the scandalous letter she must, simply must, retrieve.
Dos de las mas emocionantes historias de Stephanie Laurens juntas en un solo libroInocencia impetuosaTras la muerte de su padre, Georgiana Hartley regres a Inglaterra... donde tuvo que enfrentarse a las groseras proposiciones de su primo. Como no tena otro lugar al que acudir, intent refugiarse en la propiedad de Dominic Ridley con la esperanza de que su vecino fuera amable con ella. El vizconde Ridley no poda permitir que aquella encantadora muchacha se convirtiera en seorita de compaa de nadie, as que decidi ponerla en las sabias manos de su hermana. De pronto, Georgiana se haba convertido en toda una dama que tena que quitarse a los pretendientes de encima. Y Dominic no tard en descubrir que l tambin la deseaba... Una esposa a su medidaAntonia era una joven con muchos planes y en ellos lord Philip Ruthven jugaba un papel muy importante. Aunque llevaba muchos aos sin ver a su viejo amigo de la infancia, saba que a Philip no le haban faltado acompaantes femeninas. Pero no se haba casado y ya era hora de que lo hiciera. Si se las arreglaba para demostrarle que era capaz de dirigir su casa y de no dejarle en mal lugar en pblico, Antonia estaba segura de que l le propondra un trato adecuado y prctico para ambos. Lo que no haba previsto era que sus corazones fueran parte del trato... "e;El estilo de Laurens es sencillamente brillante"e;Publishers weekly"e;Stephanie Laurens es todo un hallazgo. Combina una extraordinaria caracterizacin de los personajes con grandes dosis de accin y sensualidad, creando caracteres picos con tal destreza y talento, que parecen reales. Slo tengo que ver su nombre en la portada para decidirme por sus libros"e;. Linda Howard
A little bit wild and undeniably brave, the gentlemen of the Bastion Club have pursued adventures far and wide. But their exploits at home could prove to be the riskiest of all as they hunt an elusive target: the perfect bride. In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, sixth Earl of Crowhurst, swears he'll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with nary a suitable woman for miles, he never expects he'll have to fulfill his pledge, at least not until the London season begins. But then he meets his neighbor, the very appealing Madeline Gascoigne. Years of secret service to the Crown have taught Gervase the value of always having a loophole-there will be no wedding if he and Madeline are not compatible in every way. So he sets out to prove that they would make a most dreadful match by luring her into his arms and, ultimately, his bed. From their very first kiss, Gervase discovers that the headstrong and independent Madeline is no meek country miss-and that the fire between them will burn long beyond that first seduction.
A novella, originally appearing in Secrets of a Perfect NightOnce upon a time, a young woman attended a New Year's Eve ball...The moon shone brightly, music filled the air. Kisses were stolen and promises made. But what happens when morning comes? A new year brings new scandal when a rake awakens in the bed of the flame-haired temptress who had seduced him years before. All of society has them bedded, but can he convince her to become wedded?
Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather's engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north from London to Edinburgh. Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along - gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling. Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy's area of expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race to elude the mysterious laird, until a final confrontation on a rugged, windswept cliff reveals what their future life could hold - if both are bold enough to seize and submit to their passionate desires . . .
Arguably Regency Englands most scandalous family of misbehaving rogues and ladies, the Cynsters are back! New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues her delectable new historical romance series with In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster, focusing on the first of three Cynster sisters, each on a determined quest to find a hero whos her match in every way possible. When Eliza is kidnapped from her sisters engagement ball, the plucky miss refuses to be dauntedand her escape leads her straight into the arms of a most unlikely champion. Devoted Laurens and Cynster fans, as well as readers of the acclaimed romance fiction of Lisa Kleypas, will find pursuing Eliza Cynster to be an exceptional delight!
Heather Cynster has been waiting her whole life to find what her older brothers Gabriel and Lucifer have found: love. Not the pleasant marriage that most of society enters into, but the passion-filled, adventure-packed kind of love that she'd seen fulfill the lives of her brothers and cousins. But what's a girl to do when her hero just isn't showing up? If she's a Cynster, she takes finding him into her own hands. Determined to actively search in places she hasn't yet ventured, Heather's journey to Scotland is rudely interrupted by a kidnapper. As she and her would-be rescuer, Timothy Danvers, Viscount Breckenridge, team up to bring her kidnapper to justice and foil his grand scheme, Heather begins to realize that there's more to be gained than just her freedom . . .
You are cordially invited to the wedding ofMiss Heather Cynster . . . but not before she encounterskidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the handsof Viscount BreckenridgeDetermined to hunt down her very own hero, one who willsweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairingof finding him in Londons staid ballrooms, Heather Cynstersteps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremelyinterfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her outof scandaland straight into danger, when a mysteriousenemy seizes her, bundles her intoa coach, and conveys her out of London.Now its up to the notoriousBreckenridge to prove himself the heroshes been searching for all along . . .And coming next month,more unforgettable romance inthe Cynster Sisters Trilogy
A novella, originally appearing in Scottish BridesEvery Rose has its thorn . . . especially Rose MacKenzie-Craddock! When they were children, the willful girl was the thorn in the Earl of Strathyre's side. Now, as a beautiful woman, Rose drives the Earl wild with desire. But even grown-ups can play some most interesting games . . .
You are cordially invitedTo help celebrate the Royal Wedding ofPrince William to Catherine MiddletonAs we present a 77 page original anthologyWritten by three utterly wonderful authors!Stephanie Laurens' The Wedding Planner: Lady Margaret is proud plan the ton's most important nuptualsincluding that of a prince. But it's Lady Margaret who falls in love . . . with dashing Gaston Devilliers!Gaelen Foley's Ever After: How scandalous! Eleanor Monford, Countess of Archer, is in love with her own husband. And as Princess Charlotte of England weds Prince Leopold, Eleanor's "e;secret"e; is about to come out. Loretta Chase's The Jilting of Lord Rothwick: On the eve of Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert, the Marquess of Rothwick learns his fiance, Barbara Findley, has broken their engagement! So he desperately rides out of London to seek her out . . . and to win her back.
New York Times bestselling historical romance superstars Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with beloved fan favorites Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern-the four authors who brought you It Happened One Night-are back with It Happened One Season. Even more inventive than their bestselling first anthology, It Happened One Season presents four love stories set during an unforgettable Regency social season-each passion-rich novella based on the same themes chosen by readers during a month-long online contest...yet each one surprisingly, delightfully unique!
New York Times bestselling historical romance superstars Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with beloved fan favorites Jacquie DAlessandro and Candice Hernthe four authors who brought you It Happened One Nightare back with It Happened One Season. Even more inventive than their bestselling first anthology, It Happened One Season presents four love stories set during an unforgettable Regency social seasoneach passion-rich novella based on the same themes chosen by readers during a month-long online contestyet each one surprisingly, delightfully unique!
Entrusted with the true piece of evidence, Rafe takes the long way home to England - a journey made even longer when he acquires some unwanted companions. After rescuing an old woman from footpads, he finds himself stuck with the woman's niece Loretta. Frustrated by the woman's presence, but unwilling to leave her to the Black Cobra's minions, he finds himself with an unexpected companion - and a surprisingly fierce defender. Loretta is not quite certain what Rafe is up to, but it's clearly dangerous. Drawn to him despite the obstacles he tries to place in their way, Loretta quickly realises that this particular rake is the one for her. His need to protect her at all costs is flattering, if annoying, and she has no intention of letting this newfound love go. Once they admit to their feelings, Rafe and Loretta form a forbidding team as they race to bring down the Black Cobra - and begin their happily ever after.
In a moment of recklessness Gervase Tregarth, sixth Earl of Crowhurst, swears he'll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. However, after years engaged in secret service to the Crown, he knows the importance of an escape route - the lady must be compatible in every way, or there will be no wedding. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with no suitable woman for miles, Gervase never expects he'll have to fulfil his pledge. That is, until he meets his neighbour, the deliciously appealing Madeline Gascoigne. Despite his reservations, Gervase finds himself irrepressibly drawn to Madeline, luring her into his arms and, ultimately his bed. From their very first kiss, he discovers that the headstrong and independent Madeline is no meek country miss, they are definitely compatible - and that the fire between them will burn well beyond that first seduction...
Christian, I need your help. There is no one else I can turn to . . . L.' When Christian Allardyce, sixth Marquess of Dearne, reads these words, his world is turned upside down. Lady Letitia Randall is a woman like no other, and the day he left her behind to fight for King and Country was the most difficult of his life. He never forgot the feel of her lips against his, but never expected to see her again. Yet now she seeks his help, and Christian knows he cannot resist her plea. Letitia believes Christian abandoned her when she needed him most, and she hates to call on his aid. But to clear his brother's name, she has sworn to use every weapon at her command, even it means seducing her former lover. Yet all the while, Christian is waging a war of his won - a campaign of pure pleasure and sweet revenge that will take them both beyond the edge of desire.
Lewis Monteith's mission got off to a shaky start. Wounded in battle, he jumped from his ship rather than risk losing evidence that would bring down a traitor. But as he recuperates in a tiny village, his luck takes a roundabout turn as his fascination with his rescuer, the beautiful Linnet Trevission, grows.Linnet's strength and wisdom have made her a respected leader at home. That's why she knows she'll be invaluable to Lewis - if only he'll let her in. Linnet has no doubt that Lewis is the man for her. Her only battle now is in convincing him that the connection they feel is real and everlasting and that her offer of help can save him - before it's too late.
Fabulously entertaining.Laurens adds a dash of exotic spice to her always reliable mix of sexy romance and risky intrigue.BooklistThe third book in New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurenss sensational Black Cobra Quartet, The Brazen Bride ingeniously blends intrigue and danger with sizzling, passionate love. With ties to Laurenss wildly popular Cynster novels, The Brazen Brideand the other breathtaking installments in her magnificent four-book adventurewill enthrall her devoted fans and every reader who craves historical romance rich in excitement and peril.
Deverell, Viscount Paignton, is in desperate need of a wife. Unmoved by the matchmaking 'herd', he seeks help from his aunt, who directs him to a lady she vows is perfect for him. Dispatched to a country house party, he discovers the lady not swanning about among the guests but with her nose buried in a book in the library. Phoebe Malleson is tempted to distraction by Deverell, but marrying him isn't part of her plan. Unfortunately, telling Deverell to go away doesn't work, and he quickly learns of an incident in her past and a secret cause to which she's committed. But someone powerful has her cause targeted for destruction. Phoebe must accept Deverell's help...though the cost to them both might be dear - and deadly.
The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, flees London after nearly being compromised into marrying a dreadful female. Turning his back on marriage, he rides home to the estate he has not seen for years Outside his gate, however, Jack rescues a lady from an unmanageable horse. But Lady Clarice Altwood is no meek and mild miss. She is delectably attractive, undeniably capable and completely unforgettable. It quickly becomes clear that Clarice is in danger and Jack must use every ounce of his cunning to protect this richly passionate woman...who has so quickly stolen his heart.
Gareth Hamilton is stunned when he recognizes Emily Ensworth on his ship. The veil she wears is not enough to disguise her from him - or from the man hired to kill her. Whisking Emily to safety, Gareth realizes that the Black Cobra is on to them. In order to protect her, Gareth must let Emily in on the dangerous plot she is now intimately involved in. Emily Ensworth is no wilting flower. She knew the packet the dying soldier thrust upon her held vital information, and she has every intention of seeing it into safe hands. But she is also determined to bring the men trying to kill her to justice. Together, she and Gareth do their best to lure the Black Cobra and his men into the open. Putting their lives at risk draws Emily and Gareth ever closer together, the constant danger sparking a passion neither one can resist. But with threats lurking around every corner, Gareth and Emily must work harder than ever to make sure that their newfound love isn't snuffed out before it ever has a chance.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens takes a bold turn in her exciting new series. A second battle-hardened, completely unstoppable, all-male hero, an ex-officer of the Crown, confronts the deadly enemy known only as the Black Cobra.He's focused on his mission, then sees a lady he never dreamed he'd see againwith an assassin on her heels.She secretly followed him, unaware her path is deadlyor that she'll join him to battle a treacherous foe.Through ever-present peril, through passion, desire, and ecstasy, they race to reach Englandand their destiny.
The season has yet to begin, and Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington, is already a target for every matchmaking mama in London. But there is only one lady who sparks his interest... Desperate and penniless, but determined, Alicia plans to make an excellent match for her ravishing younger sister. But one moonlit stroll may prove Alicia's undoing when it leads to an accusation of murder. Every instinct Tony Blake possesses tells him that Alicia- the exquisite beauty he discovers standing over a dead body - is innocent of serious wrongdoing. His social prominence will certainly work in her favour. But it is more than honour that compels Tony to protect her - and he will do everything in his seductive power to make Alicia his.
Impatient to find his bride-to-be yet appalled by the damsels of the ton, Charles St Austell seeks refuge in his castle - and discovers Lady Penelope Selborne walking the deserted corridors at midnight. Years ago they'd consummated their youthful passion one unforgettable afternoon. While the ardent interlude still haunts Charles, Penny vowed never again to be seduced by the dashing earl. But resisting a stronger, battle-hardened Charles proves difficult, and when a traitorous intrigue threatens them both, Penny discovers that her first love is her fated champion and protector - and will not rest until he has made her his own...
Bored by society's rules and strictures, Kathryn 'Kit' Cranmer yearns for adventure - and she finds it on Britain's rugged eastern coast, dressed as a boy at the head of a rag-tag band of smugglers. But there is another who rules the night: the notorious Captain Jack, the ruthless leader of a rival gang who will allow no tresspassers...and who stops Kit's breath with his handsome, etched features and powerful physique. In no time, Captain Jack sees though Kit's brazen disguise - and tempts her with kisses that compel the beautiful adventuress to surrender her cherished independence for nights of incomparable bliss. But her lover is much more than he seems - a man of secrets and dangerous mystery - and becoming Captain Jack's woman will carry Kit into a world of sensuous pleasures and unparalleled perils...and to new heights of excitement beyond anything she's ever dreamed.
Four officers of the Crown, aided by Bastion Club members and Cynster alike, fight to bring down a dangerous enemy- and to win the loves of their lives. In this first book we meet Colonel Derek Delborough who is not far from danger when his ship docks in Southampton. When Deliah Duncannon appears she is an unwelcome intrusion, but before he can get rid of her she narrowly saves his life. Now a target of the enemies to this stubborn but exceedingly enticing Colonel, the two race against time to reach the safety of the Cynster country house.
Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbour living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . . Once bitten, forever shy - never again will Leonora allow any man to capture her heart and break it. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat, especially when a mysterious blackguard with dark designs on Leonora's family home gives him the perfect excuse to come to the lady's aid - as her protector, confidant, seducer...and husband.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series. They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppableand all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country.She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride.Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart . . .
Trouble and secrets When Emily Beauregard applies for the position of innkeeper on Jonas Tallent's Devonshire estate, nothing can prepare him for the trouble that follows. Little does he realise that Em has an agenda of her own: to discover her family's treasure, guided by a cryptic rhyme. Orphaned, near penniless, the treasure is her and her siblings' future, but solving the rhyme is no easy task. Passion and dangerOnly once she accepts Jonas as her lover and enlists his aid do they start to unravel the clues. But someone else has the Colyton treasure in their sights, and the closer Em and Jonas draw to her family's legacy, the greater the danger - and the passion between them - grows...
The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride. As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as 'Dalziel', Royce Varisey, 10th Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august noble titles, he must now take on that gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grand dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle's willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene facade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure.
Stephanie Laurens continues her bestselling Cynster series with Temptation and Surrender, the story of Jonas Tallent, brother-in-law of Lucifer Cynster, who leaves the ballrooms of London to manage his familys estate, and his romance with lady innkeeper Emily Beauregard.
Penelope Ashford may be rich, but she also has a social conscience. As Portia Cynster's younger sister, she is forceful, wilful and blunt to a fault - and she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans in London's East End. But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing and, in desperation, Penelope turns to the one man she knows might be able to help her - Barnaby Adair. Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several unsavoury crimes. Despite his skills - or perhaps because of them - he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too high. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents. However, soon the pair are in more danger than they could have ever imagined.
Immerse yourself in the glitter of Regency times and follow the lives and romantic escapades of Stephanie Laurens' Lester family. Having seen his sister Lenore and brother Jack caught in Parsons' mousetrap, albeit willingly, Harry Lester had no intention of following their example. Now the news was out that the Lester family fortunes had been repaired, Harry knew the society matrons would soon be in pursuit, so he promptly left London for ewmarket. Fate, however, proved more far-sighted, having arranged for a distraction in the person of Mrs Lucinda Babbacombe. Lucinda is a beautiful, provocative but unwilling conquest - who to Harry's irritation cannot be ignored. `Laurens' writing shines.' Publishers Weekly
Miss Lenore Lester was perfectly content with her quiet country life, and had no desire for marriage. She took steps to remain inconspicuous when managing her brothers' house parties, and tried her best to show indifference-but to no avail! The notoriously charming Duke of Eversleigh had found her out and was quite persistent in his affections...
One of the most eligible gentlemen in the ton, Gerrard Debbington is besieged by offers from London's most sought-after beauties, but as the ton's foremost artistic lion, there's only one offer he wants to accept - the chance to paint the fantastical but seldom-seen gardens of reclusive Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall.That chance is dangled before Gerrard, but to grasp it he must fulfill Lord Tregonning's demand that he also create an open and honest portrait of the man's daughter. Gerrard loathes the idea of wasting his time and talents on some simpering miss, but with no alternative, he agrees. Only Gerrard is stunned by the deep emotions Jacqueline stirs, and captivated by her passionate nature and innate goodness. He is soon convinced that Jacqueline is the soulmate he needs as his wife.But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil lurks in the beautiful gardens and along the rambling pathways. And that evil reaches out to ensnare Jacqueline, trapping her in a web of insidious whispers - whispers that paint her as a double murderess.
Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament - a man destined for power. And with his connections to the wealthy and influential Cynster family his future appears assured. Except that Michael lacks the single most important element of success: a wife.Political pressure sends him searching for a perfect wife - a gently bred, malleable young lady, preferably with a political background. Michael discovers such a paragon but finds a formidable obstacle in his path - the young lady's beautiful, strong-minded widowed aunt, Caroline Sutcliffe.Having lived through an unhappy political marriage, Caroline wants nothing of the sort for her niece, who has already lost her heart to another. So Caroline and the younger woman hatch a plot - Caroline will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the ideal bride for Michael.
Wealthy Cynster connection Penelope Ashford has devoted herself not to making a perfect society match, but to rescuing young orphans from London's streets. But when her charges start disappearing, she turns to attractive Barnaby Adair for help. A deadly avenger in an elegant guise, Barnaby has solved crimes before, and can go where few others in society can. Barnaby finds Penelope's combination of beauty and brains irresistible. Together, they work to unravel the mystery of the missing children, uncovering a trail that leads them to the upper echelons of society. Soon, they face an enemy all too ready to destroy all they hold dear, including their newfound understanding of love . . . and the intrigues of the human heart.
Marrying you will be entirely my pleasure.Amelia Cynster hears these words from handsome, enigmatic Lucien Ashford, 6th Viscount Calverton, and is stunned. It's near dawn and she's risked scandal by lying in wait for him just outside his London house. But he agrees to her outrageous marriage proposal - just prior to falling unconscious at her feet. Amelia is torn between astounded relief and indignant affront, then decides she doesn't care. She has always loved him - no other man will do for her - and she's tired of waiting. Sometimes a young lady needs to take matters into her own hands. But matters of the heart are never that simple. The first hitch in Amelia's plans comes when Luc refuses to agree to a hasty wedding, but insists on properly wooing her...in public and in private. Soon she longs for those moments away from the watchful gaze of the ton in which she can learn all about seduction from a master. But unknown to Amelia, Luc has a very good reason for wooing her. Every wicked gentleman has his price.
Welcome to the Regency world of Stephanie Laurens - and to the Cynsters and their ever-expanding clan! Now, Charles Morwellan, who we first meet in A SECRET LOVE (0749937203), one of her most beloved Cynster novels, meets his match in this exciting, and utterly sensuous, story.Charles Morwellan has no intention of following in the footsteps of his family - marrying for love - and therefore wants to find a bride before fate finds him. He is convinced that it was total devotion to love that caused his father to shirk the responsibilities of the earldom and is determined not to make the same mistakes. What Charlie doesn't realise is the woman he chose, Sarah Conningham, wants nothing less than a love match and she has no intention of letting Charlie get away with pushing her out of his life. Now, it's up to Sarah to convince Charlie that you really can have it all.
Simon Frederick Cynster is determined to find a wife. However, nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Halland is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford. Simon has never considered Portia as a potential bride. He's known the raven-haired beauty since childhood; she's willfully independent and has always claimed to be uninterested in marriage. But an unexpectedly heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. Soon they begin to long for the moments they can spend in each other's arms.But all is not as it seems at Glossup Hall. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed.
When a handsome man literally falls at her feet while she's walking through a moonlit convent courtyard, Helena knows he must be there for a scandalous liaison. Yet she keeps his presence a secret from the questioning nuns - and for her silence the stranger rewards her with an enticing, unforgettable kiss. What Helena doesn't know was that her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives. Seven years later, Sebastian spies Helena from across a crowded ballroom. This heiress is dazzling London society with her wit and beauty, tantalising all the eligible men with the prospect of taking her hand in marriage. But Helena is not looking for just any husband. She wants an equal, a challenge - someone who can live up to the promise of that delicious, never-forgotten kiss.
Six notorious cousins, known to the ton as the Bar Cynster, have cut a swath through the ballrooms of London. Yet one by one, each has fallen in love and married the woman of his heart, until only one of them is left unclaimed...Alasdair Cynster. Known to his intimates as Lucifer, Alasdair had decided to rusticate in the country before the matchmaking skills of London's mamas become firmly focused on him, the last unwed Cynster. But an escape to Devon leads him straight to his destiny in the irresistible form of Phyllida Tallent, a willful, independent beauty of means who brings all his masterful Cynster instincts rioting to the fore. Lucifer tries to deny the desire Phyllida evokes - acting on it will land him in a parson's mousetrap, one place he's sworn never to go. But destiny intervenes, leaving him to face the greatest Cynster challenge - wooing a reluctant bride.
Where are all the exciting men in London? After spending years in the glittering ballrooms of the town, Amanda Cynster is utterly bored by the current crop of bland suitors. Determined to take matters into her own hands, one night she shockingly goes where no respectable lady ever should, but where many an intriguing gentleman might be found. But titillating excitement quickly turns to panic when Amanda discovers she's quite out of her depth. She looks around for help - and is unexpectedly rescued by the Earl of Dexter. Lean, sensuous, and mysterious, he has delayed re-entering society, preferring instead a more interesting existence on its fringes. He's the epitome of the boldly passionate gentleman Amanda has been searching for, but although his very touch makes it clear he's willing to educate her in the art of love, Amanda has to wonder if such a masterful rake can be sufficiently tamed into the ways of marriage.
If one is not marrying for love, one may as well marry for something else. My future countess has to be sufficiently docile and endowed with at least passable grace of form, deportment and address. Gyles Rawlings, fifth Earl of Chillingworth and honorary member of the Cynster clan, is determined not to succumb to the dangers of falling in love. To that end, he makes an offer of marriage - sight unseen - to the niece of an old friend. He believes he's chosen a biddable lady who will bear him an heir and leave his emotions unattached. He arrives for his own wedding without ever actually meeting his fianc and at the altar is astonished to discover that he's offered for the wrong woman. His new wife is a passionate hoyden who makes his head spin. Francesca isn't docile, certainly not biddable, and she has no intention of settling for anything less than her husband's heart.
When a mysterious lady, her face hidden by a black veil, begs Gabriel Cynster for his help, he cannot refuse her plea. For despite her disguise, Gabriel finds the woman alluring and he is powerless to deny her. But he exacts payment as only a Cynster would demand: with each piece of information he uncovers, she must pay him in the form of a kiss. Lady Alathea Morwellan knows Gabriel is intrigued, but despite the sparks that fly between them, they have never passed a civil moment together. Yet as the stakes get higher, so does Gabriel's desire for payment. And with each overpowering kiss, each passionate embrace, Alathea knows that she will not be able to resist his ultimate seduction...but what will happen when she reveals the truth?
He will father your children...'When Catriona Hennessy, honourable Scottish Lady of the Vale, receives this prediction, she is exceedingly vexed. How can she unite with a rake like Richard Cynster - a masterful man with a scandalous reputation? More shocking still is her guardian's will that decrees that she and Richard be wed within a week! Though charmed by his commanding presence, and wooed by his heated kisses, she will not - can not - give up her independence. So she forms a plan to get the heir she needs without taking wedding vows. Richard is just as stunned by the will's command. Marriage had not previously been on his agenda, but lately he's been feeling rather... restless. Perhaps taming the lady is just the challenge he needs. But can he have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?
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 to her the love she desperately seeks, but could a marriage with passion alone even with a man like Demon be enough?
When New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens created the world of the Cynsters, she introduced readers to aristocratic British society, where arranged marriages are the norm and love is a dangerous indulgence. For no gentleman is this more true than Charles Morwellan, but, as Lord Meredith, he must marry, so he offers for his neighbor Sarah Conningham. She's intelligent enough to run his social life, beautiful enough to grace his arm, and old enough to know the value of his offer. But as a lady of independent means Sarah is unwilling to surrender unless it is for unbounded love.But he convinces Sarah to give him two weeks to win her, after which, if he succeeds, they will marry immediately. And so begins an intense courtship. By day, Charles and Sarah are models of decorum. Each night they steal away and sensual embraces turn to searing kisses, which soon become much more.After the wedding, despite nights of insatiable passion, Charles maintains an aloof distance. Sarah battles to prove that true love is a force that can't be contained, but it's only when she's engulfed in a web of increasingly dangerous incidents that Charles discovers how much he's willing to surrender to protect...the taste of innocence.Performed by Elizabeth Sastre
There has been a recent surge in Regency romances, strangely mostly by American authors. This woman has written fourteen of them featuring six cousins from the Cynster family and their friends. They are light, frivolous and the most enormous fun. Good escapist stuff.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Amanda Quick.
He vowed he'd never marry: Vane Cynster always knew which way the wind was blowing, and it was headed in a marrying direction. The other Cynster men might not mind stepping up to the altar, but Vane never wanted to be shackled to any woman, no matter how comely. Bellamy Hall seemed like the perfect place to temporarily hide from London's husband hunters. But when he encountered irresistible Patience Debbington, Vane realized he'd met his match and soon he had more than seduction on his mind. She vowed no man would catch her: Patience wasn't about to succumb to Vane's sensuous propositions. Yes, his kisses left her dizzy but he was arrogant, presumptuous...and, despite his protests, bound to be unfaithful, just like every other man. Patience had promised herself that she'd never become vulnerable to a broken heart. But was this one vow that was meant to be broken?
When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire ton by offering his hand in marriage. No one had dreamed this scandalous rake would so tamely take a bride. As society's mamas swooned at the loss of England's most eligible bachelor, Devil's infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date. But Honoria wasn't about to bend to society's demands and marry a man just because they'd been found together unchaperoned. No. She craved adventure. Solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, but once the crime was solved, Honoria was set on seeing the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?
Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life -- one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status. His lean handsomeness turns the heads of nave debutantes, while his sensual allure ensures he never lacks for more sophisticated partners for a night of pleasure.However, Simon accepts that he must find a wife to achieve true contentment. Someone who will spend her days as a member of one of England's most influential families ... and her nights pursuing duties of a more private nature.So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall ... and is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest in Portia Ashford. Simon has never considered Portia as a potential wife, but a heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion a shocking murder is committed, and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself ...Read by Katie Carr.
Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a man destined for power. Except that Michael, for all his political skill and intelligence, lacks the most important element of success: a wife. So he goes searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, well-managed young lady. Michael discovers such a paragon, but finds a formidable obstacle in his path, the young lady's beautiful, strong-minded aunt, Caroline Sutcliffe. Caro has lived through an unhappy political marriage, and wants nothing of the sort for her niece, especially as the young woman has already lost her heart to another.Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot -- Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for him. In deflecting Michael's matrimonial attentions away from her niece, Caro unwittingly focuses them on herself. And then it is Michael's turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm.A series of mysterious and dangerous accidents befall Caro -- it becomes clear that an assailant has stepped in with his or her own idea for Caro's future -- one that could even involve murder. Before Caro can become Michael's ideal bride, they must race to uncover the unknown's identity before all hope of what they long for, and wish for, is destroyed.