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All About Love (Cynster #6)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,261 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Lucifer Cynster has sworn never to pledge his heart -- but fate has other plans...

The last unwed Cynster, Alasdair -- known as Lucifer -- has escaped to Devon one step ahead of London's matchmaking mamas. Yet, despite his dedication to avoiding the parson's mousetrap, the irresistible Phyllida Tallent -- a willful, independent beauty -- brings all his masterful Cynster ins
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published December 31st 1999)
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Susan (susayq ~)
I absolutely loved the epilogue to this! I'm guessing the author had only planned to write the first six books in this series cause of the the way the epilogue read. Thankfully, she wrote more ;) I am anxious to get to Chillingsworth's book :)

Could've sworn I had this one, I specifically remember my friend in high school buying me a copy for Christmas 'round 2000-01 but a mad search through all of my many boxes of books in the basement turned up absolutely 0 copies of this book. Sad :( Must've sold it back in '03-'04 when I (stupidly) put a bunch of my books on in an attempt to make some money. Never again! I've a sinking feeling some of my other books I'm thinking I own are missing due to the same cause too. Double sad. And ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Cruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, regency
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 2001
Length: 407 pages
Setting: Devon, 1820 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent. Appropriate for the storyline.

The last of the Bar Cynster stories, the first sub-series of the ongoing Cynster family saga.

A cozy mystery (like A Rake's Vow) with explicit sex scenes.

Lucifer is an interesting, solid character but Phyllida deserves a Gibbs slap for being so arrogantly stoopid.

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Stephanie Laurens is a very talented author. This book is # 6 in the Cynster series.
And for me, some of this book seemed like an instant replay of some of the other Cynster books.

This is a darn good book on its own merit. And if a reader has not read any other books in the series, they will be able to easily follow what is happening.

“Lucifer” (Alasdair is his actual name )has just seen his brother marry and to him that wedding has made him realize that he has no interest in marriage. He has de
Another Cynster finds his match and yet again, I can't say I was all that invested in his story, from the mystery to the romance, to everything in between.

Not liking the heroines the author writes is becoming a pattern and one Phyllida fit too, as she seemed to confuse independence with stupidity, going to a mysterious secret meeting by herself when it's a known fact that someone is trying to kill her.

I have read six books in the series so far and, while the stories are okay, they just don't see
Oleta Blaylock
Feb 07, 2013 Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember this story at all of course it has been 12 years since I last read it. I do love how fate just slaps these men up side the head with the woman that will be their love. I have loved all these guys and Alaisdair "Lucifer" is no different. They are all kind and considerate when they are around children and old ladies. They are honorable and loyal to a fault. They are also passionate, possessive, and overly protective. I did like that Lucifer was willing to let Phyllida help with th ...more
May 22, 2011 Netha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the last unwed bar cynster.....

alasdair cynster or biasa dipanggil lucifer setelah pernikahan gabriel langsung ngacir ke colyton, desa tempat temannya (yg aq lupa namanya) sekarang tinggal sepeninggal sang istri.
pikirnya lucifer sih dengan dia pergi ke desa terpencil dia akan terbebas dari keluarga2 wanitanya yg mak comblang berat serta dari sorotan ton yg sekarang terarah padanya sbg bujangan cynster terakhir yg belum menikah.

pdhl oleh yg lain lucifer udah dibilangi, percuma dia melarikan diri
Pamela Shropshire
Oct 28, 2015 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Lucifer, the last unmarried member of the Bar Cynster. Gabriel has just married and Lucifer decides to leave London in an attempt to avoid the same fate. He had received a letter from an old friend in Devon, a fellow collector, inviting him down to stay and to give his opinion on a new acquisition.

When he arrives, he finds his friend, Horatio, has just been murdered; something hits Lucifer on the head and he knows no more. When he comes to, hours later, he finds himself in t
Lita Bouquard
The last of the Bar Cynster follows tradition and fights against marriage but fails mightily. Lucifer flees when his brother marries and visits a mentor who wishes him to assess a treasure. A mystery begins with Lucifer meeting Phyllida a 24 year old determined not to marry. Phyllida runs her small town, cares for all but refuses to marry as she runs the household and has freedom. She often solves problems for others and is caught up in a dangerous situation where she encounters Lucifer. It take ...more
Sheila Melo
Mar 30, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Ending to the Bar Cynster

ALL ABOUT LOVE is the sixth novel in the Cynster series. It is the last book about the Bar Cynster, the six unmarried cousins that began the series. The series continues with other family members but this book marks the transition to others. This book is the story of Alasdair "Lucifer" Cynster. After the marriage of his older brother, Lucifer flees London to avoid his fate as the last unmarried Bar Cynster. Of course, he runs into his fate in Devonshire. He arrives
Jj Li
Jan 02, 2015 Jj Li rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indulgences
Mystery okay, Phyllida tolerable, and Lucifer the collector. Didn't enjoy Phyllida as much as maybe I should've, because she reminded me a little too much of Flick, who I consider a twit, and because Mary-anne really was a twit. Honestly! I also felt Laurens underutilized Lucifer's background as a collector, because honestly, if you're going to beat us over the head with Lucifer's one distinguishing detail, you might as well give us more scope with it than one measly thing not mentioned until th ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Dayna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 07, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasant surprise. Fast-paced, believable and only a little predictable, the book flows well with no feeling of contrivance to further the author's storyline. In fact, the book was both exciting and felt right even with the flights into sex scenes which are only there to titillate as far as I can tell. For the first time, I felt Ms. Laurens had created a hero of honor as well as character and a heroine that felt natural to the times. Well done, and I am certainly glad that the vi ...more
Carol Kerry-green
Reread Aug 2011
Macwolf01 [Elise]
This is the final book in the original Cynster Series; this is Lucifer also known as Alasdair Cynster. He was the final bachelor of the six notorious Bar Cynster, cousins of some repute.

Lucifer leaves his brother wedding celebrations early bound and determined to find a place to hide from would be matchmakers. He has no intention of being the next victim of the marriage curse afflicting his cousins. Luck has it his old mentor has asked him to visit to help appraise a treasured find.

Upon arriva
A Cynster read through and through. This time, the side story is a murder mystery, Stephanie Laurens couldn't have written it better than this. What's funny is Lucifer running away from the thing he feared the most only to find it where he ran to, just like in Demon's case but there are certain differences. This novel has all faces love especially how it is demonstrated. The title is very fitting and the way Lucifer and Phyllida fell in love caught them unawares, like in most romance novels, lus ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to the Cynster series. Alasdair was the last of the Bar Cynster to meet his fate in the form of Phyllida. Their interactions are funny at points and romantic at others. Alasdair, AKA Lucifer, becomes very fond and protective of Phyllida very quickly. Lucifer arrives to his friends house to find him dead and then he gets knocked out. Once he is awake, he makes it his mission to figure out who attacked him and who killed his friend and what for. Phyllida, had gone to the house to fi ...more
There was nothing really new in this book that I had not already read in previous Cynsters. It was quite boring; the investigation could have been solved way earlier.
Both main characters are quite bland: Lucifer does not live to his namesake's reputation at all. Everything has always been very easy for him; he's laid-back and easy-going but never has or does anything that makes him very likable or more than unforgettable.
Phyllida (another Cartlandesque ugly first name) is supposed to be smart an
Lucifer's story was so good!
After Gabriel's wedding, Lucifer flees to the countryside, to visit an old friend who he considers family, who has sent him a letter to visit and appraise something he found which he believes is valuable. When Lucifer arrives, he finds his friend murdered. After meeting Phyllidia under unique circumstances, the connection is immediate. Phyllidia was capable, headstrong, and very sexually curious which made this book flow smoothly in the right direction. Lucifer was u
Helene Harrison
Review - They are well written and the characters are generally well-rounded and unusual in some way. I loved Phyllida and the idea of Lucifer acting as a landlord as opposed to the man-about-town impression we are given. What quite annoys me about the Cynster series is that none of them really take place within the tonnish society which means that many of the bounds of society aren't really in existence. It would have been interesting to see how a Cynster fared wooing a bride within society's b ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book even though I didn't get into it as intensely as most. It just so happened to be the one I read during a move. So it took forever to finish it just because I did not have much reading time.

Lucifer goes to the country estate of a friend only to discover him murdered and himself assaulted. However, the person who assaulted him thought he was the killer. It was Phyllida who also discovered the body and hid when she heard Lucifer coming. She hit him over the head but then r
Titis Wardhana
May 01, 2013 Titis Wardhana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Fuuuhhh.... keenam2nya Bar Cynster uda gw baca (tuntutan pekerjaan seh *prettt*)...

Kali ini cerita tentang Lucifer, Bar Cynster trahir, kabur ke desa buat ngumpet dari kutukan pernikahan, gak taunya malah ketemu cewek oke di situ (biasalah). Tapi si Phyllida ini ya ampunnnnn ngeyelnya keterlaluan, gak kapok2 meski nyawanya terancam.

Lucifer pergi ke Colyton mau mengunjungi temannya Horatio, sesama kolektor, tapi Horatio ini kolektor buku, yang koleksinya bikin ngiler, mulai dari perpus, ruang tam
Mar 01, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-reads
So we come to the last Bar Cynster cousin...and of course he finds true love after she accientally knocks him out with an old halberd. One somewhat too-pat plot twist and an extremely vaguely motivated villain (aside from being a bit of a sociopath, and obsessed, he was hard to understand), but it was quite pretty and set in Devon, near Lyme Regis, which puts it smack in Sense and Sensibility/Persuasion country.

From here the series moves to an honorary Cynster (Chillingworth) and some of the bro
S.L. Plankers
Nov 02, 2015 S.L. Plankers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lucifer leaves London to visit his mentor in his business dealing with collecting and handling antique jewelry and silver, he finds Horatio murdered. Trapped in the manor house Phyllida tries to escape accidentally knocks over a halberd knocking Lucifer out.
So, Lucifer tries to find who murdered Horatio, an antique book dealer and why Phyllida was in the house.
Verity W
It's been a while since I've read a Stephanie Laurens, and this has been sitting on the to-read pile for a while. I fancied a bit of light fluffy action, so turned to this.

This is Lucifier's story - the last of the Bar Cynster - and he gets entangled in a murder mystery when he goes to visit and old friend. The Heroine is too stupid to live in many ways, and this annoyed me a lot more than that sort of thing usually does. Maybe I just hit this at a bad point - I've just read the latest Eloisa Ja
May 27, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - Awesome ending... summarising all six books and looking back at them all. But didn't find Lucifer's story line as enthralling as others. I like them when they are set in London for at least a bit. But still really good!
This book... It was okay, I guess. But half way through it, I had to put it down and walk away. It was just... to confusing. Some may say that it isn't but I think it is. Still a good book though.
Mary Irureta-Balletta
I should start out by saying this is my 7th cynster novel I've read in a row...and it's been a most painful one to read. I'm at chapter 13 and I still don't know how I've made it this far. I have never stopped reading a book but this will be my first, it's not romantic, it's slow, it goes in circles, it's boring and you really don't get a sense of how phyllida or lucifer feel about each other they seem to be just going through the motions, I don't feel connected to either one of them. And how ma ...more
Jan Western
Feb 20, 2015 Jan Western rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I have enjoyed the Bar Cynster series so far this is possibly my favourite. I love the depth to the characters but 'All About Love' seems to have an even more intriguing murder/mystery sub plot. As always Stephanie Laurens takes us on an interwoven journey of poetically sensual love, with feisty heroines and chivalrous heroes, she never skimps on detail and filling either. I just love her books!
Apr 10, 2013 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Cynster male who tried to avoid his destiny, only runs dead smack back into her arms..

Murderers and wrong doers be ware of trying to take advantage of the less fortunate or weaker members of society when a Cynster family member is around The Delicious Alasdair Better known as Lucifer finds everything he ever wanted in a small country town.

I love hoe she has the Family tree in the front of most of her books, helps you follow the story of who is connected to Who.

And with the Earl of Chi
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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.

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