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Never let it be said that a Cynster male can't face up to the one unassailable truth: A successful marriage gives life its fullest meaning. To all of English society, Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life—one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status. His lean handsomeness turns the heads of naïve debutantes, while his sensual allure ensures he never lacks for m ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Avon (first published January 1st 2003)
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
The first half of the book was so...."Meh".But im glad i tolerated the story and got through the pages....since the second half turned out to be pretty darn good.



No really this book had zero mystery until i reached page 202 of 375...even though the summery states it to be a MYSTERY-ROMANCE book.

*Sign* So sadly i cant rate this a full 4 stars...so 3 and a 1/2 it is.. :/
Elaine
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it it was ok
This book was a let down. It was so boring. The story dragged on for two thirds of the book, towards the end the story picked up but too little too late. I couldn't wait to get to the end and I had to push myself (and I skiped quite a few pages) to finish it. The heroine and her constant logical analyzing how she feels was very boring to read. And I can't believe I'm saying this but there was way too much (sometimes boring) sex scenes and too little plot in between all those sex scenes.
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

I never thought I'd say this, but there was just too much sex in this book. If we could have cut out some of the 12 page love scenes, we wouldn't have lost anything in the story and I might have enjoyed it a bit more. At one point, I was hoping the couple would get married soon so they'd quit having sex all the time like most married couples.

I absolutely LOVED that Simon told Portia he loved her without her having to ask or guess or cajole him into saying. He just spit it right out and
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Kit★
Really more like a 3.5 Stars, though it was kind of tough to decide. On one hand, the mystery in this one was pretty good, kept me guessing, and while a lot of characters were introduced at the house party, once I got them straightened out in my mind, I liked most of them, and have a feeling we may see them again (I'm thinking maybe James and Charlie). Once Inspector Stokes came on the scene, I really liked him too, and look forward to seeing him some more in the Barnaby books. I mostly liked Si ...more
Brenda (b)
I thought this was a lovely historical romance (not counting the murders and overlooking that I skimmed a couple of the longer sex scenes). I liked both Simon and Portia, even though they weren't the same characters as when I saw them last. They were now full-grown adults who had been living independent lives. I liked that they knew each other well but still had the opportunity to learn more about each other.

On a personal note, the ebook I read was one for the Nook that had been part of a specia
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Kay Bolton
Sep 25, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Review taken from my blog in September 2010:

I've just finished this one this morning, in between packing Toodles off to school (not my turn for the school run today) and packing orders......and it might be heading to the top of the list of Stephanie Laurens titles read thus far - an easy read of Simon Cynster and Portia Ashford, friends/adversaries since childhood and their slow discovery of love that develops. More saucy scenes and a murder ~with Simon and Portia trapping the murderer at the en
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Jadzia
Nov 22, 2015 Jadzia rated it it was ok
Another complete disappointment by Laurens. I don't have much more to say, just that the direction in which Laurens went with her writing does not appeal to me at all. It was boring and uninteresting. I was glad when I finished it.
Alexandra
Jun 12, 2009 Alexandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I would have enjoyed this book more had the author not decided to throw in a suspense-y subplot at the last possible moment. The story read almost as if she'd gotten halfway through the book and remembered "oh right, I need a suspense bit." It felt too contrived against the backdrop of what really is a lovely romance with a fiesty heroine who is not too stupid to live and an alpha male hero that doesn't antagonize the reader. Laurens does a great job of character- and conflict- building for the ...more
Sababa
Apr 08, 2012 Sababa rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-already
Well the two star up there doesn't mean it was badly written or anything. Its just that, when I read a romance novel, I don't want a subplot taking up so much of the book that I hardly get to see the hero and heroine together. And whenever I did see them together, they were making love! I mean sure that steamy part is all good when I know my characters well. I want to know why the guy falls in love, why the girls accepts the guy. I just don't want to read how they satisfy each other's physical n ...more
Lisa Lindsey
Sep 11, 2011 Lisa Lindsey rated it really liked it
This story wasn't the usual "Cynster romance". It has a sweetness to it that made me smile throughout. I've read all the Cynster stories in order and absolutely love them. I've looked forward to reading about Simon and Portia ever since Amelia and Luc's love match. I knew when they fought as kids, I'd see them again and really enjoyed reading their love story. Lady O is by far the best of the Cynster series characters. She really showed up in this story. Ofcourse my favorite Cynster man is Devil ...more
Sheila Melo
I would rate this one as a 3

THE PERFECT LOVER is the tenth book in the Cynster series. It is the story of Simon Cynster, the last unmarried male Cynster of his generation. Upon receiving an inheritance, Simon begins thinking if marriage and a family. He arrives at a house party and encounters Portia Ashford. The two have known each other since childhood and have argued constantly. An unexpected kiss changes their relationship.

This book was difficult for me to get into. There is a murder mystery
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Iasmy
Nov 02, 2014 Iasmy rated it really liked it
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Simon Frederick Cynster, are o viata perfecta, o avere fabuloasa, un statut social impecabil, iar senzualitatea lui il face sa nu duca lipsa de partenere de o noapte. Dar cu toate ca viata sa amoroasa este plina, lui parca ii lipseste ceva-ii lipseste cineva care sa faca parte din viata lui.

Realizeaza ca are nevoie de o femeie care sa fie o lady respectabila, sa apartina unei familii nobiliare bune, dar in acelasi timp sa fie si o amanta perfecta pentru
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Amanda
Jun 20, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
3.5 - better than the last one, but not as good as some of the original stories with the Bar Cynster. This plot at least involved intense adventure. It really did seem like a giant murder mystery party; like a fictional game of Clue with a romance. So, that was good. Definitely one of the better plots in the series.

However, my problem was with the characters. At this point in the series there is absolutely nothing that distinguishes the males from each other. I could tell the difference, genera
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Lita Bouquard
Jan 07, 2015 Lita Bouquard rated it it was ok
I keep saying I am taking a break from Cynsters and then library books I have requested come in. And I cave and read them. Simon's story is just so-so. He doesn't have the appeal of the other Cynster males and Portia is annoying. She all of a sudden wants children and decides she should find a husband. She spends so much time in the book analyzing logically how you feel which is boring to read about. She and Simon have always steered clear of each other to avoid antagonism. Now that Portia wants ...more
Rachel
May 29, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it
I dislike these books. The first one was mediocre, and each subsequent book has been nearly identical. Basically, I'm just reading them because of my strange compulsion that leaves me incapable of dropping a series once I start. I am looking forward to being done.
Maria
Mar 16, 2015 Maria rated it liked it
Once you skip all the sex scenes, the same-old, same-old virtually disappears from these books, I am happy to say. Still, you have to skip a LOT of pages to get to the gist of the story-line, so I knocked off a few stars for that alone. The storyline itself is pretty good, although the mystery was a bit obvious. I guessed what was going to happen in several places well before it did happen. Kitty, as a character, was very interesting, however. I'm not sure I've ever read a book with someone like ...more
Debfiddle
Mar 29, 2016 Debfiddle is currently reading it
Shelves: historical, mystery
Never let it be said that a Cynster male can't face up to the one unassailable truth: A successful marriage gives life its fullest meaning. To all of English society, Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life—one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status. His lean handsomeness turns the heads of naïve debutantes, while his sensual allure ensures he never lacks for more sophisticated partners for a night, or more, of pleasure. Yet despite all of this, Simon knows that there is something—or ...more
Dawn
Overall, rather disappointing. This is one of those books I'm glad to be finished with. I rushed through it because I felt it deserved more than a DNF.

Much like the previous book in this series, I felt it had way too much analysis of the sex between the h/h. There wasn't even a storyline until the last half of the book when a murder occurs. It takes place at a country house party. Simon Cynster decides he needs to marry and sets his sites on Portia whom he has known well for 10 years. They alwa
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Tonileg
May 17, 2013 Tonileg rated it liked it
I am a sucker for a mansion murder mystery! My friends would get together and play those 8 player murder-mystery games when we were in intermediate/early high school which was our version of D&D role playing. So this book particularly sucked me into the story.
Historical English romance tenth book in the Cynster series of novels with strong noble men looking for equally strong well-born ladies. Which isn't an easy thing to find when all ladies were raised to be pretty thoughtless ornaments.
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Jessi
This is one of my favorites in the Cynster series. Portia is an unmarried woman who, by the standards of the time, should be considered "on the shelf." Her brother is an earl and their family is closely entwined with the Cynsters, her brother and cousin being married to two of them.
Her life has been plagued by Simon Cynster who seems to always be hovering over her, telling her that he just wants her to be safe, but she's not so sure.
Portia has recently decided that she wants children. In order
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Joy
I didn't expect to like this book because it started out slow, and it was a little difficult to picture Simon all grown-up when I first read about him as a young lad in Devil's Bride. I'm also not that familiar with Portia's character, I only know her as Luc's younger sister (Luc being Amelia's husband in "On A Wicked Dawn"), so that makes them related one way or another.

There's the usual Cynster trait of being the protective and tyrannical male, but given the setting, which was a house party, t
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Lady Wesley
The last time that I read a Stephanie Laurens' book I swore, "Never again." But, silly me, the lure of a 99¢ Kindle book and fairly good reviews caused me to fall off the wagon.

This is a perfectly ordinary old-friends-fall-in-love tale, told at a large house party (which I usually like), with a murder mystery thrown in for fun. Simon agrees to school Portia in the ways of love -- in the name of protecting her from rogues -- so there's lots of (what Dear Abby used to call) heavy petting, progres
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LaFleurBleue
Jul 13, 2012 LaFleurBleue rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
The "romance" plot was very typical of Stephanie Laurens : a heroine willing to discover what can be the possible attractions of marriage, the discoveries taking place with someone she's known her whole life, the hero former-rake just decided to create a family realizing she's his perfect bride-to-be.
Honestly this resembled very much the previous books but was nicely and quite convincingly written that I bought it, yet rolled my eyes at one or 2 scenes.
However what was different and what I reall
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Aldy
May 01, 2012 Aldy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historica, ceh, regencia
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Romancing the Book
Oct 31, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Review by Bri: a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Having read all the previous Cynster novels by Mrs. Laurens, this one didn’t let me down in the least. While the overall formula of rake must fight his own fears of love and convince the girl to marry him was there, the characters made it decisively different.

Portia Ashford and Simon Cynster, the last available Cynster, have been friends since birth. Both intelligent, prideful and stubborn they have played the games of dueling tongues for a decade. Wh
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Melissa
Jul 17, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-reads
There is some minor timeline confusion in this book - it starts in 1835 and Aunt Clara has just died and left Simon (Amanda's and Amelia's younger brother) her estate. This led me to look at the dates in Heather, Eliza, and Angelica's books because Aunt Clara has a good portion of a scene in The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae...it's set in 1825 or some such. So this is a huge leap forward and later explains why no other Cynster characters appear in this book beyond Lady Osbaldestone (who is get ...more
Lissy Peace
Jan 05, 2015 Lissy Peace rated it it was amazing
I am not usually a fan of historical fiction, but I will say that this book reminded me of "50 Shades of Grey" in historical times. Very sexy and well written book. The female lead, Portia, is a much stronger character than that of 50 Shades but in historical times it was most unusual that a woman would ask a man to teach her how to be the Perfect Lover. The story ends with a short murder mystery which I'm not sure adds to the story line. I love the male lead character, strong and sure of himsel ...more
Ashley S.
May 14, 2011 Ashley S. rated it liked it
This was one book I couldn't put down. Although I found myself at some points mad at the characters, I still loved it. As I started off, I wondered where it was heading and then it was sort of an obivious answer. I found the heroine very independent and strong willed, with a sharp and quick mind...I like when the author gives the woman that kind of personality, espeacially in a historical romance book. In those time's women were thought to be soft and breakable...so I was happy this heroine was ...more
Christine
Jan 07, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
With a history of antagonizing each other over the years, old friends Simon Cynster and Portia Ashford find themselves at the same house party deep in the English country. Unbeknown to the other, they each have a plan to find a suitable spouse. As Simon and Portia's relationship develops into something they never thought possible, the house party is rocked by a gruesome murder. Simon and Portia try to solve the murder while exploring the feelings being awakened.

Like all the Cynster book, this w
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Heidi
Mar 27, 2016 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I was actually surprised by how difficult it was to finish this book. There were too many sex scenes, especially since between them there was no real story. I also wasn't really feeling the main two characters (especially Portia and her constant logical thinking and analyzing), so in the end I didn't even care about their happy ending.
It would probably be better if the book was shorter, since the first half is really dragging and the story doesn't move anywhere.
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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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