Books by Stephanie Laurens

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A Lady of His Own

If AAR’s 2003 readers’ poll is anything to go by, there are a lot of disgruntled former fans of Stephanie Laurens out there. I am not one of them: I read a Laurens novel about five years ago, didn’t like it at all, and never tried her again. From my point of view as a relatively untried reader ...

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The Ideal Bride

Having read a couple of Stephanie Laurens' novels a while back, I figured I knew what to expect with her most recent release, The Ideal Bride. So I was surprised to find such a slow-moving and uncompelling novel from such a well-known and experienced, if predictable, author. Micha ...

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A Gentleman's Honor

The back cover blurb for Laurens' latest has a list of bold print Headings: The Author, The Series, The Hero, The Heroine, and The Outcome, each followed by a brief, supposedly descriptive sentence. Though I'm sure the author and publisher intended the bullet points to grab their audience quickly, w ...

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The Lady Chosen

For those who have been waiting so patiently, here's the big news: The Lady Chosen is not about the Cynsters. Okay, so there's a cameo appearance by our Devil, but with that small exception, there is nary a Cynster in sight. Ready for more noteworthy news? If you've given up on Laurens (as I had), b ...

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The Perfect Lover

This was a tough book for me to grade because I think there are two types of romance fans who will pick up this novel and your reading experience with The Perfect Lover will likely depend on your previous acquaintance with Laurens's series of Cynster novels. For Cynster followers ...

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On a Wicked Dawn

It takes more than sexual tension and "x" amount of love scenes to make a successful romance novel; it helps to have sympathetic, believable characters and a story that draws the reader in. On a Wicked Dawn has plenty of tension and numerous love scenes, but it suffers from characters whose motivati ...

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On a Wild Night

I read Devil's Bride when it first came out several years ago, and I absolutely loved it. I loved the brainy heroine, the masterful, determined hero, and the expressive love scenes. Eight books later, I'm still reading Laurens, although I've missed a title or two along the way. At this point, she's ...

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The Promise in a Kiss

In her debut hardcover Stephanie Laurens plumbs the family history she created in her Cynster series to tell the story of Sebastian, the Duke of St. Ives and Helena, Comtesse d'Lisle. Writing a prequel to an already existing series can be a challenge. Facts about the characters that may have been si ...

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All About Passion

Fans of Stephanie Laurens's Bar Cynster books will not be disappointed by the latest installment in the series, while newcomers won't have any problem reading this as a stand-alone. Gyles Rawlings, Earl of Chillingworth and an honorary Cynster, gets his comeuppance in spectacular style, learning all ...

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All About Love

Devil's Bride has a place of honor among my DIK books. It's rare when a book not only lives up to its hype, but also when the delicious sensuality of the love scenes is more than matched by strong characterization. While Devil's Bride is still my favorite Stephanie Laurens book, I have on the whole ...