A Secret Love (Cynsters #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
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
Alathea was a decidedly different heroine from the normal ones. Apart from her determination to marry for love, and her unwillingness to do as she was told. Unlike the other Cynster wives, she was well acquainted with the Cynsters- particularly Gabriel. And it was that level of knowledge that initially prevented them getting to know each other in a romantic sense. However, on ...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
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:
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
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 SECRET LOVE is the fifth novel in the Cynster series. It is the story of Gabriel Cynster the financial genius in the family. He is approaches by a mysterious widow with a plea to help uncover a financial fraud scheme. Gabriel is intrigued. What he doesn't know is that the "widow" is actually a spinster that he has known all her life. Alathea Morwellan have up her future to save her family before and now she needs Gabriel's help to save them again. She and Gabriel have rubbed ...more
Creo que este es el primer libro de Stephanie Laurens que leo, pero ya se porque es una de las escritoras favoritas de romance histórico.
Alathea Morwellan tiene un grave problema. La fortuna de su familia, o la poca que queda, pende de un hilo gracias a un mal negocio por parte de su padre. Ella es la que debe sacar a su familia adelante, como siempre, pero sabe que esta vez necesita ayuda, la cual la encontrada en su amigo de la infancia Gabriel Cynster.
I love, love, love Gabriel's (I refuse to call him Rupert) and Alathea's love story. They knew each other way back when they were still in cradles. At some point in their teenage years, an affliction developed between them. It was just the new awareness between them. Gabriel was finding it harder to treat her as a sister. It was obvious they were meant to be from their childhood.
It wasn't explained in the book why Gabriel got his ...more
The heroine, Alathea, despite her Cartlandesque first name, cannot be mistaken for one of the former writer's heroine. She's old (29 years), very responsible, in charge of her family finance for the last 11 years. I liked the barbs she and Gabriel spent their whole time together sharing.
Her transformation into the ...more
Genre? - Historical Fiction / Romance / Mystery / Erotica / Drama
Characters? - Alathea Morwellan / Charles Morwellan / Rupert 'Gabriel' Cynster / Devil Cynster / Lucifer Cynster / Demon Cynster / Honoria Cynster / Helena Cynster
Setting? - London (England)
Series? - Cynster #5
Title? - Alathea secretly loved Gabriel Cynster, and she was also a secret to him as the mysterious countess.
Character Analysis? - I loved Alathea because she was so strong for her family and gave up on t ...more
Alathea discovers her family is about to lose everything. She disguises herself and turns to Gabriel for help. The ...more
Laurens writes really great characters, Alathea and Gabriel being amoung the best so far, and yet she doesn't seem to know how to write and sustain an intersting plot. Her books are all substantial in size but they lack pacing and excitement.
This novel had grea ...more
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