by Stephanie Laurens

February 2003
ISBN: 0-06-050571-0
Reviewer Graphic Button William Morrow

“If every woman had a Cynster male in her closet, she'd never lack for romance!" Stephanie Laurens takes us again in the world of the Cynster clan.

Simon Cynster is attending a house party in Dorset. On his way there, not far from Glossup Hall when he runs into, none other than, Miss Portia Ashford, his sister Amelia’s sister-in-law. (Don’t get confused yet, there’s more to come! LOL) Now, Simon is a typical Cynster, very protective of females and loves to get under their skin. Portia, on the other hand, doesn’t think she needs protecting, which is why she’s constantly getting herself into some mischief or another and why he’s usually the one to bail her out.

When Portia realizes the Simon is going to be at the same house party, it kind of puts a kink in her plans. She’s come to the party in search of a husband. She has put off marrying for far too long and she wants to have a family and home of her own. With Simon here, he will feel it’s his duty to interfere and protect her from herself. UGH!!! THAT MAN!!!

What neither of them expects is to find themselves brought into a web of deceit and murder. Nor do they expect to find such passion in each other’s arms. But can Portia turn Simon into the man of her dreams? If Simon proposes marriage, will Portia accept?

This is a fantastic book! I loved it. The plot is fast paced and never boring. It is a bit confusing at times, kind of like a giant Clue game, with many characters, all related to someone in the story or knows someone in the story. Ms. Laurens takes pity on her readers, by listing the whole character list, in the beginning of the book, so that you can go back to it for reference, if you forget whom someone is. Ms. Lauren writes a very steamy novel, this time. The sexual tension between Portia and Simon will set your pages on fire. Every scene in this story is very detailed, from the house party guest, to the flowers and dresses worn by the women, to the romantic interludes that happen throughout the book.

This is a must have for your Cynster library. Don’t miss it!

Reviewed in January 2003 by Debbie.

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