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What Price Love? (Cynsters #13)

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Enter the unforgettable world of New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens, creator of the phenomenal Cynster family. This amazing clan -- and their friends -- is a bold, powerful group of men who let nothing stand in their way when it comes to matters of the heart. And in this, Stephanie Laurens's newest novel, a passionate man and a daring woman confront the ul ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Avon (first published March 1st 2006)
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Susan (susayq ~)
Finally. I don't know that I've ever been so happy to finally reach the end of a book.

While I've absolutely loved some of the books in this series, this one just didn't work for me. I don't like the heroine and how it kept being repeated that she was just so stinkin' beautiful people went dumb when they saw her. While there was an interesting mystery, I thought thy spent too much time hashing and rehashing their plans rather than just doing it. The last 25-30 pages were outstanding and held all
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Dany
Ha sido gratificante e inesperado en parte, poder haber leído esta nueva versión de Dillon Caxton. Una en la que el paso de los años “ficticios” ha sido relevante para que un personaje que leí en su momento, madurara de tal manera que su nueva perspectiva haya ocultado a la perfección mis opiniones sobre su primera aparición en la Serie Cynster.

Recuerdo que en su participación en “La Propuesta de Un Canalla” deseé patearlo más de tres ocasiones ¬¬ era un inmaduro, imbécil… y realmente me pregun
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Halcat
I've read and enjoyed other books by Laurens, but I'm struggling to finish this one. The main characters bond over how difficult it is to be really really ridiculously good looking, and their contempt of people who are dazzled by their beauty (except each other, of course), which is incredibly off-putting. They start having sex quite early in the book, without any thought to contraception or discussion of their relationship.

Laurens' most irritating writing quirks, repeating herself and using un
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liz
This book was so engrossing! In addition to the usual "I'm feisty, you're feisty, together we're spicy" romance plotline, there's a very intricate plot about horse racing and switching out horses and a gambling racket. It was fascinating! I actually enjoyed it a lot, even though I'm kind of burned out on romance novels.

In that respect, saddling herself with an innocent, sweet young thing like Miss Blake wasn't what one would expect of a clever and intelligent femme fatale. Yet Miss Dalling qual
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Sheila Melo
Story About Cynster Extended Family

WHAT PRICE LOVE? is the thirteenth Cynster novel. This is the story of Dillon Caxton, Flick's cousin from A ROGUE'S PROPOSAL. Dillon got involved in a horse race fixing scheme that his cousin helped extract him from. For ten years, Dillon has worked to rebuild his honor. He has succeeded and is now trusted with the register of all the racing horses in England. Priscilla Dalloway is determined to get access to the register. She is concerned about her twin brothe
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Christa
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Kit★
Cynster time again! I liked this one decently enough. Not a favorite in the series, but I didn't dislike it. Was the odd man out in the group this month I guess. Sure, Pris got a bit annoying with her self-assurance in her looks, and the way the author kept rubbing it in our faces that she was so amazingly, inconceivably gorgeous got old after the first chapter or two, but in a Cynster world full of stunningly beautiful people, I have to say I'm kinda used to too many overly attractive people. S ...more
ShoSho
One of my least favorite in the series , the best words to describe it are boring and repetitive . There was a mystery and they had a plan to find the villain so they were repeating their plans and findings over and over. The romance part wasn't bad but it was lost in the whole mystery thing and it didn't have anything new compare to the other books in the series. Or I simply wasn't in the mood for this book!
If it wasn't for a challenge and the buddy read , I would have DNFed it!
LailaBC
It has been quite a while since I have read a HR book. I happen to enjoy Stephanie Laurens' books especially her Cynsters series, so i am glad i got a copy of this installment on sale. The title has a similarity with one of Lisa Kleypas' novels as well. Anyways, i enjoyed this one well enough. I became reacquainted with some of the previous characters from the previous books. The main characters Lady Priscilla and Dillon Caxton, however were described as ridiculously attractive people and majori ...more
Vivian
So this is what the two main characters have in common: they're both so unbelievably gorgeous that beauty means nothing to them and they're able to look beneath the superficial. Seriously? And the steamy scenes got so flowery and abstract, I just started skipping over them. THAT is unheard of for me. It's a good thing Laurens is such a good writer because this formula that she uses with all the Cynster novels is wearing thin.
Morgan Pugh
Dillon Caxton is disillusioned with love. Blessed with wealth, status, and stunning good looks, he has no time for marriage-hungry misses. As a guardian of the "sport of kings" he has a daring criminal scheme to thwart-one that threatens to wreak havoc on the thoroughbred racing world.

Lady Priscilla Dalloway has to rescue her horse-mad twin brother from the dangerous swindle in which he's become embroiled.
An Odd1
Lusty liasons are prime, strikingly gorgeous bodies collide, of course love for the spirit within, not sensible plots. A whole family interacts with the Cynster clan, Barnaby Adair rolls with the punches, to swell the series of luscious luxuriant ladies and their virile knight-errants.

September 1831 Newmarket Suffolk, Irish Lady Priscilla Dalloway 24 of "curvaceous figure .. sumptuous breasts" p 512 dons her twin (tosh on nonsense shared feelings) Russell's breeches to save him from racing scam
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Philip
Regency romance set not in London, for a change, but amongst the horse racing at Newmarket.
Marina
Another good story in a fabulous series. I love this family and all their friends. I had fun reading this. Strong ladies that are equals to their men, fabulous!
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Note to Self;1831 Ireland and England
Dillon Caxton(cousin,Keeper of Breeding Register & Stud Book,pal)+Priscilla Dalloway(Pris,twin sis, 24yo,earl's daughter),Russell Dalloway(Rus,twin brother,24yo,earl's heir,assistant stableman
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Carrie Olguin
I love the Cynster clan and have now read 13 novels in the series. Some are excellent (the one with Devil, yum). Some are acceptable. For the most part this story is good and worth reading. I do have two "buts" to add to that comment.

First of all, the sex scenes seem to be written by a different author. The language is way too flowery, repetitive, and over-the-top.

Second of all, this story has that heroine "I love him but I won't marry him" stubborn streak after she bedded him multiple times (t
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LaFleurBleue
Well that wasn't great and not up to par with the others.
Actually I liked the investigation involving racing scam.
I kind of liked the hero Dillon, though he was not among my preffered hero in the hero; he was just playing too much being perfect after having been involved in a scam himself while much younger (cf A rogue's proposal).
The main problem was however the heroine who from beginning till end of the book kept encroaching upon my nerves. She's so convinced to be the most exceptional beauty
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Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780749937126

Genre? - Historical / Romance / Erotica / Mystery

Characters? - Priscilla Dalloway / Russ Dalloway / Dillon Caxton / Flick Cynster / Demon/Harry Cynster / Simon Cynster / Portia Ashford

Setting? - Newmarket (England)

Series? - Cynster #13

Title? - It's all about the price one has to pay to marry for love, in the case of Dillon Caxton.

Character Analysis? - I always really liked Dillon Caxton, and Flick and Demon Cynster. Hence it was intriguing to read Dillon's story, and to see
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Gisele
Gostei muito do livro!!

O Preço do Amor nos conta a história de Dillon e Priscilla, dois deuses da beleza que estão acostumados a serem assediados constantemente por sua aparência, em detrimento de seu verdadeiro eu. OS dois são pessoas impetuosas, intimamente livres e quando se encontram percebem logo essa conexão intima.

E a história do romance deles é muito boa, a autora, que é super descritiva, nos envolve completamente com os dois. O romance deles é sensual, perigoso e indiscreto, afinal ela
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Christine
After her twin brother accepts an assist horse training position and goes missing, Lady Priscilla Dalloway heads to the races to find him. She immediately meets Dillon Caxton, Keeper of the Register, and needs his help. Afraid that her brother is caught up in something illicit and dangerous, she gives Dillon a false name and tries to woo information from him with her feminine wiles. Unfortunately for her, Dillon is as physically beautiful and intelligent as she, and knows she is up to something. ...more
Andreasoldier
Egad, except for the horse racing bits, found this an overblown, overwritten piece of "romance."
The love scenes were so longwinded that I think the writer injected her pen with Viagra.
When Lady Pris' trainer brother goes missing, she travels to England to find him. This leads her to Dillon Caxton, keeper of the Jockey Club's breed register. She needs to find out what's in the register, so she figure how to bail her bro out.
He's investigating rumors of a race-fixing scheme, which details in the
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Kay Bolton
Jun 30, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fan
Shelves: 3-star

Review taken from my Blog in 2010 (#32):

The story of handsome Dillon (Cousin of Flick Cynster) and equally handsome Lady Priscilla Dalloway.

Having years ago got himself involved in a nefarious swindle involving betting at Newmarket, Dillon had fought long and hard to gain an impeccably hones reputation, and now guarded zealously the Register of all Horses eligible to Race.

Lady Priscilla had to uncover what was in the Register to try and help her twin (Rus) who had got involved with a horse switc
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Diana
Under an assumed name Lady Priscilla Dalloway is attempting to inveigle her way into seeing the Breeding Registry, in order to help out her missing twin brother Rus who has stumbled upon a racing scam and may be in danger. Dillon Caxton (Flick's cousin) is the keeper of the Registry, and doesn't believe in Priscilla's pretty lies, but feels compelled to help her.

This is the second horse scandal book, this time with Flick's cousin Dillon, who had to be rescued in the previous story. Again, I didn
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Christianne
Ever since I started reading this book, I felt that there was something wrong. And I feel compelled to point out that I really didn't really like the beginning and the ending. The beginning because I think it took too long for Priscilla to trust Dillon. When I got frustrated with that, I skipped a few pages forward and found out that Priscilla almost got raped by 4 men which didn't really sit well with me. It felt like it wasn't really necessary because the mystery behind the horse racing subst ...more
Jennifer
You'd think it would be perfect for me. A Regency era mystery/romance story involving horses. Lots of horses. In fact, I liked it right away. But the story lost a lot of momentum too early on. In fact, for a while it became too wrapped up in the romance to be a good mystery. Not that I really minded the intimate scenes, just that they ended up being longer than many of the sleuthing scenes.

Then the mystery is solved quickly and neatly - too pat, all around. Perhaps tacking on the villain's reven
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Elle
Some logic problems. For example, they keep talking about how they have no evidence of Cromarty's involvement in the swapping scheme, but Rus heard him talk about it. A witness is evidence. Also, at least one witness saw the swap, and at least five people saw Belle at the secluded stable, and several saw the lookalike in Belle's stall. That's evidence. As for the double-switch scheme, if the jockey is in on the crime, and stands to lose his life if his horse wins, it doesn't matter how many stew ...more
Kim
I enjoyed this book! I especially like the heroine and her family. It was definitely in the same vein as "The Lady Risks All", but seemed a little more rushed plot-wise.
Elaine
Would have been four stars, but all the details about horse racing made this book a bit boring for me.
I_love_a_happily_ever_after
I liked and disliked this book.
What I liked: vivid language, witty dialog, fresh interesting plot, engaging characters. A++++
What I did not like: Very long, drawn out internal monologs during intimate scenes and the internal dialog of the hero. It was very hard to believe that a man would think the way the Hero was thinking. It was nauseating even to me....a hopeless, head-in-the-clouds romantic. Blatant curiosity was the only reason I could stomach reading the rest of the book.
Lisa Lindsey
I've read the Cynster Series in order and just completed The Price of Love. I have to say, I enjoyed Prys' personality. She is feistier that the usual Cynster Heroine (although they are all supposed to be "strong" women). The whole"most beautiful and even more beautiful" thing got a bit old at times, but it was what it was... It was emphasized for a reason. The story started out slow, but the ending makes up for it. Only Devil's story had a better ending in the series.
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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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