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A Secret Love (Cynster #5)
All of Regency London knows that no Cynster male would ever walk away from a lady in distress...but their protection can come at a tantalizingly high price. And now, Stephanie Laurens has created her boldest Cynster yet—Gabriel—a man who has known the pleasure of many women, but who has given his heart to no one.
She was desperate for his help...When a mysterious lady, her...more
Alathea, the ideal daughter, has given up her dreams and become a spinster to help her family. When she finds them in financial ruin, she decides to pretend to be a widow countess and take help from her childhood friend turned nemesis, Gabriel under a disguise, and what follows is a beautiful love story.
I loved the chemistry, the deception, the strength of the characters, and ofcourse their very hot lovemaking scenes. I especially enjoyed once Gabriel realizes his feel ...more
Well, the thing is that this book was pretty darn good for the first 3/4 or so. Then it was done, but the author didn't seem aware of the fact. I tried to stay with her throughout all the tedious questing for the three magic words, but there were only so many times and so many ways the heroine could say (or think), "He's honorable, passionate, sexy, a great friend, and I love him but he hasn't said he loved me so I can't marry him" before I ...more
I believe this is my first book from Stephanie Laurens, pero now I know why she's one of the favorite historical romance writers.
Alathea Morwellan has a huge problem. Her family's fortune is on danger. She's the only one who can save her family, like always, but she knows she need help from her friend, Gabriel Cynster.
Gabriel Cynster is, like every Cynster, looking for adventure. When a sexy woman asks for his help, he's is glad to help receiving kisses for payment. He doesn't know w ...more
First published: 2000
Length: 374 pages
Setting: London, 1820 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent. Appropriate for the storyline.
Ah, that's better. This is what a good regency romance should be.
A good story with hot sex that's appropriate to the (more mature) characters. A believable romance with an HEA we know will last. Two strong individuals who, together, are more.
Back to the quality of Devil's Bride.
Cynster Family Saga Series, Bar Cynster:
When Lady Alathea Morwellan learns that her loving yet gullible father has inadvertently risked the family fortune on an obvious scam, she seeks the aid of her childhood nemesis, Gabriel Cynster. Convinced that Gabriel would refuse her request, Alathea dons the disguise of a mysterious veiled woman and in doing so incites not only his curiosity but his passion as well. Will Alathea be able to keep her secret and can she withstand Gabriel’s wrath when he learns the truth?
The concept that drove this story was a little weird but I went with it. The story had a solid and entertaining beginning but somewhere around the 70% mark it all started to get boring and unbelievable, especially the ending itself. And the romance itself was just kind of meh. Ok, so it wasn't my favorite but it was ok.
A standard fare in romance. It was fun too. Unfortunately my experience was somewhat marred by the clear tricks to keep the story going. There were three jarring moments for me that took me out of the flow of the story.
1) At the beginning, when the author was setting up the romance, there really was no reason for the heroine to go with Gabriel at the meeting to frame the villain. As a scene it was clearly absurd and there only so he can seduce her. He may not know her, but she knows him per ...more
Alathea's f ...more
Gabriel Cynster grew up next to Alathea but the two haven't been friendly for over a decade. However, Alathea needs help and she knows that Gabriel is her best choice. So she concocts ...more
The stubborn Cynster males vs. the strong females! I've gotten attached to the Cynster ways, to have and to hold, only letting their wives ride with them in the carriage around the park, only waltzing with their wives...just too adorable.
I really enjoyed Alathea and Gabriel's story, the fact that they had a history of friendship was really romantic to me, especially once they work out their past tension. I always love stories with love found in friends. Alathea's under ...more
A overpowering debt that will ruin her family drives Lady Alathea Morwellan to seek help from her childhood friend and combatant Rupert (Gabriel) Cynster. Except that she feels she can only do so disguised as a Widowed Countess to ensure that she gains his full support, and he doesn't just leave the matter to his men of business.
As is always obvious with the Bar Cynster he will of course seek, and claim a reward ... her.
His desires get higher along with ...more
Sadly, this is my least favorite of the series. Gabriel just rubbed me the wrong way. He was very over bearing and always TOLD Alathea how things were going to be. Gabriel's one redeeming quality was that he did say the words "I love you" and when he sent Alathea the bouquet of poseys with the note, I melted :) Alathea's taking over of the family's finances at age 18 was unbelievable. She's a girl. In Regency times. No way that would've happened. I did like the action scene at the end ...more
Thankfully, I liked the heroine of this book a lot more than the previous one and with the excellent narration by Simon Preble that brought the characters and story to life, this was an enjoyable, if not memorable, romance.
Next comes All About Love and the story of Lucifer, the last unmarried of the Bar Cynster, who is determined to remain a bachel ...more
There were a few inconsistencies for me, just enough to pull me out of the story and think: hmm, really?! but overall this wa ...more
A really unbelievable plot but it was done so well ,(view spoiler)[ until the heroine did something totally out of character in chapter 20 , she was a mature and wise person until she proved herself to be TSTL worthy! (hide spoiler)]
I would have given it 3 stars if not for (view spoiler)[ the fact that this Cynster said "I love you "at last and beautifully (hide spoiler)]
Contrary to its predecessors, Gabriel's book started off differently. Rather than the usual Cynster male meeting his mate and holding onto her, the heroine was the one who summoned the hero. Gabriel did not know that the veiled countess who asked for his help was his childhood friend, Alathea. Of course, Gabriel being a Cynster male, we all knew where a midnight encounter with a veiled widow would eventually lead.
Gabriel focuses on a lot more than lust when it comes to Alathea. Both of them have known each other since they were children yet only just tolerate each other. But Alathea knows how to use Gabriel's traits to her advantage and that's what I love. Alathea is on the same track as Honoria when it comes to intelligence. She's smart and is tactful to know when to tweak things to her advantage.
Gabriel and Al ...more
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