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A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster #4)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,429 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
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 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 town′s most eligible bachelors and a
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Maria Clara
Jun 16, 2016 Maria Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ya dicen que por la boca muere el pez, y a mí este libro me ha dejado boqueando como un pez fuera del agua; jajaja.... Es el segundo libro que leo de esta autora, y por más que el primero se me hizo insoportablemente pesado y aburrido, éste me ha conquistado. No puedo decir que la historia sea original, ni que la protagonista se comporte como lo haría una dama de su época, (últimamente las heroínas románticas de la histórica parecen haber contraído algún tipo de fiebre que les hace olvidar la ép ...more
Huma Rashid
Mar 15, 2012 Huma Rashid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear God, this drags on interminably and was almost a chore to get through. Could have been 200 pages shorter, easy. (It was about 600 on my iPad, not sure about physical, print edition.) Gah.
Susan (susayq ~)
Oh gosh! This was absolutely the best! I don't know if it was just the mood I was in or if it was the magic I could feel between Demon and Flick or what, but I loved this one. In fact, i think it's the best in the series (at least so far).

Demon has usurped Devil as my favorite Cynster man. Want to know how? He said the words! What words, you ask? These - "I love you." none of the other Cynster men have said them. Sure, they all felt it, but they never said it. Demon did! He was scared to admit
Evie Byrne
I was in trouble at the library for being late to pick up a book on hold. The librarian on duty is a bit of a dragon, but past conversations with her have revealed that she has one soft spot: Stephanie Laurens. Knowing my library record might depend on it, I plucked A Rogue's Proposal off the paperback rack. I'd not read any of SL's Cynster books, and this is #4 in the series. But no matter, it was s shield with which to face her fiery wrath. It worked. A small smile came to her hardened mouth a ...more
Ivana Azap
Jan 15, 2016 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book features your average Cynster – arrogant, dominant, unwilling to commit to one woman and terrified of the words ‘I love you’ – I was glad to see that it finally seemed to deviate a little from the previous three efforts. This is different from the other Stephanie Laurens books that I've read, and so far, it's quite delightful.

I did really enjoy this book from the Cynster family. This time it was Demon (Harry) and the 11 years younger Flick (Felicia).

Torrid Regency Romance. Part o
Jun 19, 2013 KarenF rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit sad to say that I'm out here on lonely island with this one, it just wasn't for me. I'll admit that the whole "attracted to her innocence" trope is not one I particularly like. It always reads as a bit skeevy to me. But I've let that go when I like the hero/heroine pairing and still enjoyed the book. I couldn't get there with this one. When Demon & Flick weren't annoying me, they were boring me to tears. There may been a good 300 page romance in here, unfortunately the book is well ...more
This had one of the longest love scenes I think I have ever read. Not a BAD thing. :-)
A Rogue's Proposal
5 Stars

Determined to escape the matrimonial fate of his brother and cousins, Harry “Demon” Cynster travels to Newmarket to look in on his horses. Imagine his surprise when he encounters Felicity Parteger who has grown from a young girl in pigtails into a woman with luscious curves and the face of an angel. Seeking Demon’s aid in uncovering a race-fixing syndicate, Felicity soon realizes that the man she idolized as a child is now a real threat to her heart.

A captivating romance
3.5 Stars! Number four in the series and I was kinda looking forward to it, especially since I had to order a copy for my set as we were continuing on with the series and once again discussing it as a buddy read in the Romance Lovers for the Challenge-Impaired group (discussion thread over this-a-way). I was wishing and hoping that Demon that horse master would impress me in ways the other Cynster men so far (while nice) have not quite done. I was hoping maybe he'd be different than the others. ...more
I think I just dont enjoy this author's writing. The basis of a good story line is there but the whole series is just chuck a buck with cliches and this idea of an all alpha male clan of powerful muscular tall tanned (yeah in sunny England) rich aristocrats is just too much. I think I its the writing that gets to me because there are too many words just seeming to go on and on and on about feelings when one sentence had already expressed the intention. I found myself skipping pages just because ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Chitra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safety-first, v-card
I was looking for the next book I might like after Devil's, and this was it(though it was a tad too long)
Demon and Flick know each other from childhood. When he tries to escape the clutches of matrimony, he ends up meeting Flick, or Felicity dressed as a stable hand and the romance begins.
Loads of back and forth, some mild misunderstandings and angst, but their passion was amazing. I think this is my second favorite book in this series.
Safe read(post the couple meeting)
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 1999
Length: 404 pages
Setting: Newmarket and London, 1820 (Regency).
Sex: Frequent. Very explicit (erotic). Could be caught (almost-exhibition).
Hero: 31yo and mentions the age difference every other page. Runs the family horse stud.
Heroine: 20yo orphan of missionaries, brought up by a benevolent uncle, The General.

There's a good story in here.

Race-fixing makes a nice change.

And a nice Older-Man, Younger-Woman relationship / HEA.

But the solid foundations we
Jul 28, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely my favorite Cynsters book so far. I loved both Felicity and Demon from the start. Demon, like his brother and his cousins before him, has no need of a wife and no intention of losing his heart to a woman. Felicity, like her own predecessors, is a strong and independent woman who won't meekly bow down to any man and can hold her own with the best of them. Demon owns a stable of racehorses, and is quite impressed with Felicity's riding skills and knowledge of horses. I think tha ...more
May 04, 2014 Erica rated it really liked it
While this book features your average Cynster – arrogant, dominant, unwilling to commit to one woman and terrified of the words ‘I love you’ – I was glad to see that it finally seemed to deviate a little from the previous three efforts.
Harry Cynster, mostly known as Demon, flees London and its flock of women of marriageable age, terrified that he too might fall prey to the shackles of marriage, like three others of the Bar Cynster have done so far. Things don’t quite work out that way, of course
Sheila Melo
Mar 29, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Cynster Meets His Match

A ROGUE'S PROPOSAL is the fourth book in the Cynster series. It is the story of Harry "Demon" Cynster, the younger brother of Vane Cynster from A RAKE'S VOW. Demon begins to fear for his bachelorhood as he watches the Cynster men succumb to love and marriage. He decides to leave London and return to his horse farm. There he encounters Felicity "Flick" Parteger who he has known since she was a child but he's not seen her in recent years. All of a sudden, she has gro
Leila Anani
4th in the Bar Cynster series, this one charts the romance of Demon and Flick.

The romance is pretty good. Demon falls for flick out in the country. seduces her then takes her to London to stay with his family where he hopes she'll agree to marry him. She hopes going to London will make him fall in love with her, but once in town Demon backs off completely leaving her confused.

The romance is augmented by a plot detailing a syndicate fixing horse races in which Flick's brother gets involved.

The pa
Pamela Shropshire
Oct 17, 2015 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on page 85. Thoughts so far:
This is different from the other Stephanie Laurens books that I've read, and so far, it's quite delightful.

The horsey scenes are reminiscent of Dick Francis' novels, which I read and enjoyed years ago.

The heroine is intriguing. In her Flick iteration, she is frank, open and very knowledgable about horses and racing, and more than holds her own with Demon.

As Felicity (ok, I dislike that name), she is just a young girl, very innocent.

Demon, well, Demon is a Cynster
Another Cynster meets his match, no matter how reluctant he initially is.

While Felicity starts out okay and definitely better than Catriona of the previous book, she unfortunately doesn't lack her share of moments of intense stupidity. The silly nickname, Flick, her naivete and sometimes recklessness where she jumps head first into dangerous situations without even thinking of potential consequences and her stubbornness when it came to Demon were a few of my issues with her.

Demon, on the other h
Oct 08, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was another audio book narrated by Simon Prebble. Another stellar job by Mr. Prebble.

I did really enjoy this book from the Cynster family. This time it was Demon (Harry) and the 11 years younger Flick (Felicia). There was great chemistry between these two and it was fun that they could both talk so much about horses. The age difference is something I don't read about often in the books I choose, so it was interesting (but tedious because the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING went on way too long) t
Apr 11, 2013 Anne marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me understands that I hate to DNF a book. I will try an slog through almost anything just to get it finished.
But A Rogue's Proposal? No. Sorry. I just couldn't do it. Both characters were boring, and the mystery was going nowhere fast. Lots of the girl wondering why there were butterflies in her stomach and the guy reveling in her innocent wide-eyed blushes.
Jun 18, 2013 Rolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read a good love story and this seemed promising with the its rating, should have known better. The story is too long and she used so many adverbs for my liking. Argh!!!
The only thing I liked about this book was when Harry told Flick how he truly feels.
Dec 30, 2014 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were just too many things that happened in this book that wouldn't have happened in 1820 to give it more than two stars. On the other hand, this book is the first of Ms. Laurens in quite a while to show knowledge of the era of which she supposedly writes. This anomaly comes from the fact that Demon knows the rules, tries to follow the rules in Flick's case, but Flick does not know the rules due to the way she was brought up. Unfortunately, it doesn't fly for me. Not knowing the rules does ...more
The fourth book in Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series. I've read several of Ms Laurens books and, sadly, I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again. Just the names and minor details are changed. But I can't say that I hated it because I didn't. It was just too predictable for a higher rating from me.
Oct 15, 2012 LibraryDanielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
good gravy this one took me forever to read. it went on forever. it really could have been 200 pages less. the plot just dragged on and on. I was disappointed, because usually Stephanie Laurens is a really quick read for me. I normally love her books, which is why I kept slogging through this one.
An okay but dissatisfying 2.5 star book. The endless internal monologues and slow moving sex scenes (I think 10-15 pages was spent on a kiss and how that made our heroine feel) were boring and frustrating. I found myself skipping and skimming a lot. Also, the first part of the book set in Newmarket was unique and interesting and the plot moved along decently well if you skipped the repetitive internal monologue junk. But once the book moved to London, the entire thing became dull and the charact ...more
I think I am breaking from this series. Which is too bad because I really wanted more of some of the other Cynsters - but this one just was not anywhere near as good as the others (and that ain't saying much.)
Lita Bouquard
Demon Cynster meets a 20 year old that he hasn't seen since her childhood. He is attracted. Same premise as every other Bar Cynster book. Flick (Felicity) has loved Demon since she was an awkward tween. She doesn't attempt to attract him believing that with his age and experience he couldn't be interested in her. Lots of horse talk, a plot about fixing races and no real mystery - which is good since the previous books were too easily solved. If you liked the other books you will like this one. Y ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Star rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torrid Regency Romance. Part of the original Cynster series.
❆ Crystal ❆
My favorite of the Cynster series. I would read for sure.
Wendy Tavenner
Oct 22, 2014 Wendy Tavenner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved this book, this must be 10 books in a row that I have read from the author!!! Demon leaves his cousins wedding, saying that will not be him. He leaves for his home to get ready for the racing season, what he finds is a girl masquerading as a stable hand. He knows he's a she from the beginning but he never guessed it was Flick (Felicity) who has grown up in all the right places. He has come home to deceit, treachery, race fixing but also passion and eventually love!! Another great bo ...more
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie
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