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The Taste of Innocence (Cynsters #14)

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A beloved New York Times bestselling author pens a scintillating new tale that returns to the territory of one of her most enduring Cynster novels.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by William Morrow & Company (first published January 28th 2007)
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Kit★
3.5 Stars! One more Cynster book down! I wasn't thrilled with this one in the beginning, to be honest. It wasn't so much the characters themselves as it was their drawn-out 'getting to know each other' deal. All the sneaking away, and the baby-steps toward seduction... It took too long and was a bit repetetive. Then they get hitched early on in the story, which was a nice change of pace from the norm in this series. However, then Charlie really started aggravating me, with his wall he put up, hi ...more
Cindy Winder delong
This was a very boring book. There was practically no plot, just a man and woman meeting each night to get to know each other. He wanted to marry her. She wanted to find out if he could or did love her. They never talked about much of anything, just made-out. I don't see how that would show love. Lust maybe, but not love. I think if he loved her, her would have convinced her to wait until they were married to have sex. I would want to find out what his morals and values were. How did he feel abo ...more
June
It was OK. I skipped a lot of pages in first half of the book since it just full of kissing and necking. The main characters were okay, just typical Cynster heroes and heroines.
Anyway, I like the subplot involving land profiteering and the orphanage. And I was intrigued with the villain who weren't really vilain, Malcolm Sinclair, who seems to be the hero in Ms Laurens next project.
Susan (susayq ~)
Much better than the last one in the series! Sarah had the patience of a saint to deal with Charlie's idiocy about not showing his love for her her anywhere but in the bedroom. I'd have given him the cold shoulder in bed like he was doing to her everywhere else. I'm interested to see how SL redeems Malcolm Sinclair later in this series, since I've heard she will write his book soon.
becky
May 17, 2009 becky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance novels
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♥ Melody
For a historical romance book this was quite painful to read and even harder to finish. I could have finished this within 3 days but it took a week and half to finish simply cause it was so so so very boring. I tried really hard to get into it but I couldn't. There was no conflict and pretty much no story. The plot was dragged out painfully slow, conversations and summaries would go on for pages endlessly and even the love scenes were tedious as ever. The love scenes in particular read more like ...more
Netha
charles morwellan, earl of meredith 8, merasa sudah waktunya dirinya untuk menikah & mempunyai anak yg dpt meneruskan tradisi keluarga.
charles sudah tau wanita spt apa yg pantas menjadi countess-nya, wanita yg dari keturunan & latar belakang baik & bisa menjalankan tugas2nya spt countess of meredith & tentu saja menjadi ibu baik anak2 charles.
& siapa lagi yg bisa lebih pantas menjadi countess of meredith selain lady sarah conningham.
charles/charlie sudah mengenal sarah sejak
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Nash Nordin
I have never thought that there were a day that I would rate a book with one out of five. But, it happened with this book. Yes, it was that bad.

I found this book too painful to read. I tossed and turned during my read, and I just can't get into the book, or the characters. It was that boring. There was too much description of kissing, and love making (too much that I decided to skip lots of that part). While some might enjoy the detailed scene of love making, I found that it's too much and repet
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Sheila Melo
Story of Love Between Long Time Acquaintances

THE TASTE OF INNOCENCE is the fourteenth book in the Cynster series. It is the story of Charles Morwellan, the Earl of Meredith who was first introduced in A SECRET LOVE. Charles is afraid of falling in love because his father became obsessed with love and almost bankrupted the family. He is determined to marry, but not risk his heart. He rationally decides on a neighbor Sarah Conningham as his perfect bride. Sarah, however, has to be convinced. The t
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Melissa
Backtracking from Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair to pick up Malcolm's start only to find that he was in one of the Bastion Club novels To Distraction. The dangers of interlinked series.

This one was quite nice at times, but Charlie was probably the worst of all the Cynster heroes in that he more or less lied to Sarah.
Christine
Charlie, Earl of Meredith, decides it is time to marry and offers his hand to his neighbor, Sarah Conningham. She requires a 2-week period to 'get to know each other' before accepting, and Charlie quickly commences a seduction strategy. The couple is soon wed but the gentle, loving man Sarah thought she was marrying turns into a cold, impersonal husband during daylight hours. As Sarah struggles with her marriage, Charlie has to comes to grips with the fact that he loves his wife while they both ...more
Hellokittyrosaline
WOW!!
Never a dull moment for this book. I do admit that at least once i had to put down the book for a while because it made me so mad, but it made the experience even better since, it had the ability to bring out such strong emotions (many, lots and lots of emotions) both good and bad and everything in between.

I give a very generous applause to the author, the writing in this story was impeccable, and the no-nonsense twist with the characters was so refreshing. There were definitely many stron
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Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780749937607

Genre? - Romance / Historical / Erotica / Mystery

Characters? - Charles Morwellan / Sarah Conningham / Simon Cynster / Malcolm Sinclair

Setting? - England

Series? - Cynster #14

Title? - Sarah is an innocent until she marries Charles and even after that, she is innocent in some things, like love.

Character Analysis? - In this book, Simon Cynster isn't married, but he was actually married five books before this one. I loved Sarah and how she insisted on keeping the orphanage and go
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Nicola O.
I'm a little more than halfway through this right now... is it just me, or is this just... not up to par for SL? At the moment I'm really just thinking that Charlie is too dumb to live, and I'm having trouble following the Malcom Sinclair thread from book to book.... time passes...

OK, so I finished. Charlie pretty much remains too dumb to live through the entire thing. There was a twist with the Malcom Sinclair storyline near that was really cool though, which redeems it a bit. The romance aspe
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Sumaira
I dislike giving books less than 3 stars, but with this one I had to. I love Stephanie Laurens books, but I'm still currently trying to finish reading this one. The pace of the story is rather too slow. While the characters seem fine, for some reason it's really hard to connect with them. The lovemaking scenes just seemed to drag on. This is a ok book, defiantly not one that I will be picking up again however. If I even finish reading it the first time
Connybush
a more boring book I'm yet to see. took me about 3weeks to finish nd yet I didn't make it to the end even after skipping numerous pages. It was a tale more about lust than love. there was no talking or getting to know eachother. the most interesting part of this book was the sub plot nd character malcom. I kept on wishing the heroine will take a u-turn nd fall in love with him.
Peggy N
I enjoyed this book by Stephanie Laurens. It is set in the time of Lords and Earls in England when arranged marriages were not that uncommon. In fact, marrying for Love was indeed not the norm. Charlie, Lord Merideth needed a wife befitting to his station as Eighth Earl of Merideth. He was hoping to find that wife in his neighbor, Sarah. Charlie was chosing to marry a wife to fill the needs of social obligations that were necessary in his position as a member of Parliment and that of an Earl. Sa ...more
LaFleurBleue
What I liked in this book is that the characters' feelings were acknowledged rather early. Both characters were likable : not conceited, neither too superior, smart and honest. Of course, Charlie only knows it in his head and does not want to believe it, as he's convinced he might otherwise act like his father did and we saw the nefarious consequences of this in A secret love. So he behaves like an ass everyday during the day and not really understands when he gets the cold shoulder in the eveni ...more
Larryjc
i loved this book. unlike others where the hero doesn't accept he is in love until the end, this hero knew he was in love, and accepted the fact. he just didn't want it to control him. and when he realized he was wrong, he didn't let his pride take total control of him as he apologized. the SL books in have read always have a side story of some mystery and as before, i figured the villain almost as soon as i saw him. SL needs to improve that. i was happy to realize Sinclair didn't die. his repen ...more
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Kitabın adına kanmamak lazım kitabın içinde masumiyet diye bişey yok.. Masumiyetin Tadı diyerek sanırım tam tersi bişeyi kastetmişler..

Kitabın karakterleri sorunlu en başta.. Masumiyeti temsil eden kızımızın hiç masum tarafı yok. Erkek karakter Charlie bile kızın yanında masum kalır. Evlilikten önce kızın çocuğa yaptıklarını düşünürsek Charlie'nin o kadar bile dayanmasını beklemiyordum açıkçası. Charlie desen anlamsız bir fikri benimsemiş sizi fazlasıyla yoran biri. Charlie'nin iç ses düşünceler
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Keziah Wallis
This book confirmed for me that I have by-and-large grown away from the historical romance genre. Stephanie Laurens' Cynster novels were among my all-time favourite books back in the day. I adored the characters, laughed my ass off and generally carted at least one of them around with me wherever I went. I was sadly disappointed reading The Taste of Innocence and I can't fault Laurens' writing or the plot for the most part. It was just that this sort of story really didn't do it for me anymore. ...more
Kerin
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Charlie Morwellan, Alathea's brother, intends to marry Sarah Conningham as a social convenience, he's known her all his life. She says she must get to know him better and so they do. She accepts and on their wedding day, he realizes he's in love with her, much against his plan. Sir ___ is looking to move to their part of the country at the same time a course of crime is uncovered, buying properties for much too much, sometimes after 'accidents' and then the selling of those properties ye
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Honeypie
2.5 stars. But I'm a "round-up" type of person. So there.

Instead, he'd been the embodiment of a chivalrous knight intent on slaying whatever dragons had dared to darken her path.

I know now why I've "graduated" from 'romantic' novels. Too much sex scenes. Haha! It was dragging at first, because of the said scenes. But eventually, it improved a little because the main characters decided to talk to each other, and not just to, you know. There's a little mystery-like on the story, so it's not total
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Diana
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Bree
This is probably the first Stephanie Laurens book I was sorry I read, even if it was a library borrow. Charles, not all that interesting in Alathea/Gabriel's book, is even less interesting here. Sarah is the only redeeming feature of the book, but she is a too-perfect heroine, which makes Charles seem unworthy of her. The crossover feature with The Bastion Club series seems forced - like SL's editors asked for it to boost BC sales. And for readers fo the BC series, making Sincalir a sympathetic ...more
steph
Okay so I would give this book 5 stars because it had a interesting end and beginning but for about 100 pages in the middle it felt flat and I found myself wanting to chuck a hot piece of coal at Charlie's head (COME ON. JUST ADMIT YOU LOVE YOUR WIFE ALREADY) so it get 4 stars. Once again this is a SL book so appearances by the Cynsters and connections are numerous but not overwhelming. Sarah is a delightful character and I live the added suspense plot that is going on in the background. It real ...more
Alicia
It was ok. It seemed very similar to another book I read, at first I thought I had already read it but there was some things I didn't remember so I don't think it was the same book. It was very obvious who the villian was, I guessed it as soon as he first appeared in the book, but I couldn't figure out who his accomplice was. I hated the way the book ended, especially the last paragraph, or more so the last few lines, they didn't seem to fit and when I read them I was like "Huh?" I didn't get wh ...more
Kay Bolton
May 13, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fan
Shelves: 4-star
Review taken from my Blog in October 2010:

The story of Charlie Morwellan, Eighth Earl of Meredith and Miss Sarah Conningham, Daughter of Lord and Lady Conningham.

I will see more about it that that at present, as I submitted a review to Love~Romance~Passion and just heard from Kiera that it will be published as a guest reviewer on 21st October.

A 4 out of 5 rating.

EDITED TO ADD: You can read the review http://www.loveromancepassion.com/rev...
Adele
Another fantastic Cynster novel which I could not put down! Although this is further in the series than I have read, you don't need to read these in order as not all the previous marriages have occurred. Admittedly I did guess who the 'blackguard' was, but the plot was gripping. Both protagonists were highly loveable, as you would expect from Laurens, especially within the Cynster series. A definite must read for anyone who enjoys fiesty characters, romance and a bit of mystery!
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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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