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All About Love (Cynster #6)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  6,051 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Alasdair Cynster known to his intimates as Lucifer decides to rusticate in the country before the matchmaking skills of London′s mamas become firmly focused on him, the last unwed Cynster. But an escape to Devonshire leads him straight to his destiny in the irresistible form of Phyllida Tallent, a willful, independent beauty of means who brings all his masterful Cynster in ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 407 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Avon (first published 2001)
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I read this for the "Headless" Woman square for Romance Bingo and my Series Headway selection.

This was pretty slow moving, its mostly a cozy mystery until 60% and out of nowhere we get something like this,

Then the story becomes a mystery with some pretty steamy sex scenes, quite the wake up call those scenes were, lol. Its well written but I found myself a bit bored, story just wasn't to my taste. The epilogue was sweet as we get reminiscing and looking to the future generation scenes from Honor
Susan (susayq ~)
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the epilogue to this! I'm guessing the author had only planned to write the first six books in this series cause of the the way the epilogue read. Thankfully, she wrote more ;) I am anxious to get to Chillingsworth's book :)

All About Love
4 Stars

Lucifer Cynster, the last unmarried member of the Bar Cynster, believes he can escape his fate by leaving London. Little does he know that his destiny awaits in the small village of Colyton in the countryside of Devon where he literally stumbles over a body. Soon Lucifer finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation while wooing the willful and independent, Phyllida Talent, a woman even more averse to marriage than Lucifer.

One of the best in the series thus far.

Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 2001
Length: 407 pages
Setting: Devon, 1820 (Regency).
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent. Appropriate for the storyline.

The last of the Bar Cynster stories, the first sub-series of the ongoing Cynster family saga.

A cozy mystery (like A Rake's Vow) with explicit sex scenes.

Lucifer is an interesting, solid character but Phyllida deserves a Gibbs slap for being so arrogantly stoopid.

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Could've sworn I had this one, I specifically remember my friend in high school buying me a copy for Christmas 'round 2000-01 but a mad search through all of my many boxes of books in the basement turned up absolutely 0 copies of this book. Sad :( Must've sold it back in '03-'04 when I (stupidly) put a bunch of my books on in an attempt to make some money. Never again! I've a sinking feeling some of my other books I'm thinking I own are missing due to the same cause too. Double sad. And ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Stephanie Laurens is a very talented author. This book is # 6 in the Cynster series.
And for me, some of this book seemed like an instant replay of some of the other Cynster books.

This is a darn good book on its own merit. And if a reader has not read any other books in the series, they will be able to easily follow what is happening.

“Lucifer” (Alasdair is his actual name )has just seen his brother marry and to him that wedding has made him realize that he has no interest in marriage. He has de
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
the last unwed bar cynster.....

alasdair cynster or biasa dipanggil lucifer setelah pernikahan gabriel langsung ngacir ke colyton, desa tempat temannya (yg aq lupa namanya) sekarang tinggal sepeninggal sang istri.
pikirnya lucifer sih dengan dia pergi ke desa terpencil dia akan terbebas dari keluarga2 wanitanya yg mak comblang berat serta dari sorotan ton yg sekarang terarah padanya sbg bujangan cynster terakhir yg belum menikah.

pdhl oleh yg lain lucifer udah dibilangi, percuma dia melarikan diri
Oleta Blaylock
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't remember this story at all of course it has been 12 years since I last read it. I do love how fate just slaps these men up side the head with the woman that will be their love. I have loved all these guys and Alaisdair "Lucifer" is no different. They are all kind and considerate when they are around children and old ladies. They are honorable and loyal to a fault. They are also passionate, possessive, and overly protective. I did like that Lucifer was willing to let Phyllida help with th ...more
Another Cynster finds his match and yet again, I can't say I was all that invested in his story, from the mystery to the romance, to everything in between.

Not liking the heroines the author writes is becoming a pattern and one Phyllida fit too, as she seemed to confuse independence with stupidity, going to a mysterious secret meeting by herself when it's a known fact that someone is trying to kill her.

I have read six books in the series so far and, while the stories are okay, they just don't see
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Just another lovely Stephanie Lauren's romance book. Nothing ground breaking but still lovely to read.
Carol Kerry-green
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reread Aug 2011
Maggie Hesseling
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
My least favorite of the 'Bar Sinster' novels. However, it's still a wonderful ending to a great group of rakes. What makes this novel less interesting, is mostly the fact that it is a lot slower than the other novels. Nothing really happens until the very end when Harry and Flick show up (that really drew a smile on my face).

What Laurens does very well in this novel, though is leave clues for the characters to try and figure out. Unfortunately they're few and far between and the mystery is act
2 stelle e mezza
And all of the members of the Bar Cynster surrender to their fate.

In line with the Cynster tradition, Lucifer's book starts off on a very intriguing note: he stumbles upon the dead body of his friend and mentor, Horatio, and is rendered unconscious (albeit, accidentally) by the heroine who thought Lucifer was the murderer. The whole situation was comedic, despite the fact that Lucifer's friend had just been murdered. Needless to say, it was a great start to the last Bar Cynster's story. However,
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Except for Vane, the Bar Cynster has really captured my heart!

Lucifer, the dark haired devil, is absolutely delicious as the last member of the infamous Bar Cynster who runs to Devon to escape the clutches of the matchmaking aunts.

Little does he know that Phyllida is already destined for him. Invigorating, exciting and quick-witted, Phyllida is nothing if not straight forward about the things she wants and likes.

Because of a murder in the area, Phyllida needs Lucifer's help and Lucifer nee
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This Cynster novel is the sixth one in the series. The story was intriguing and I was totally enveloped in the mystery and romance. I really enjoyed the pacing of both, and the unique events in this story.

I love reading about the typical English country setting where village life revolves around the Church, the seasons, the simple pleasures of daily life, and in this case, the night-time smuggling escapades. The added bonus of a complex mystery surrounding the contents of a library gave the sto
Pamela Shropshire
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Lucifer, the last unmarried member of the Bar Cynster. Gabriel has just married and Lucifer decides to leave London in an attempt to avoid the same fate. He had received a letter from an old friend in Devon, a fellow collector, inviting him down to stay and to give his opinion on a new acquisition.

When he arrives, he finds his friend, Horatio, has just been murdered; something hits Lucifer on the head and he knows no more. When he comes to, hours later, he finds himself in t
I lreally enjoyed this installment in the Cynster series as there was a bit more mystery and it was more intriguing than the who-done-it's in the other books. I also enjoyed Lucifer's centeredness and laid back approach to winning the heroine. He was more patience and strategic than the other gentlemen in his family and I found his personality far less overbearing. The heroine, on the other hand, was a bit over-the-top with her rebelliousness in the name of independence. She held on to a secret ...more
Sheila Melo
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Ending to the Bar Cynster

ALL ABOUT LOVE is the sixth novel in the Cynster series. It is the last book about the Bar Cynster, the six unmarried cousins that began the series. The series continues with other family members but this book marks the transition to others. This book is the story of Alasdair "Lucifer" Cynster. After the marriage of his older brother, Lucifer flees London to avoid his fate as the last unmarried Bar Cynster. Of course, he runs into his fate in Devonshire. He arrives
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
There was nothing really new in this book that I had not already read in previous Cynsters. It was quite boring; the investigation could have been solved way earlier.
Both main characters are quite bland: Lucifer does not live to his namesake's reputation at all. Everything has always been very easy for him; he's laid-back and easy-going but never has or does anything that makes him very likable or more than unforgettable.
Phyllida (another Cartlandesque ugly first name) is supposed to be smart an
Macwolf01 [Elise]
This is the final book in the original Cynster Series; this is Lucifer also known as Alasdair Cynster. He was the final bachelor of the six notorious Bar Cynster, cousins of some repute.

Lucifer leaves his brother wedding celebrations early bound and determined to find a place to hide from would be matchmakers. He has no intention of being the next victim of the marriage curse afflicting his cousins. Luck has it his old mentor has asked him to visit to help appraise a treasured find.

Upon arriva
C Joy
A Cynster read through and through. This time, the side story is a murder mystery, Stephanie Laurens couldn't have written it better than this. What's funny is Lucifer running away from the thing he feared the most only to find it where he ran to, just like in Demon's case but there are certain differences. This novel has all faces love especially how it is demonstrated. The title is very fitting and the way Lucifer and Phyllida fell in love caught them unawares, like in most romance novels, lus ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book even though I didn't get into it as intensely as most. It just so happened to be the one I read during a move. So it took forever to finish it just because I did not have much reading time.

Lucifer goes to the country estate of a friend only to discover him murdered and himself assaulted. However, the person who assaulted him thought he was the killer. It was Phyllida who also discovered the body and hid when she heard Lucifer coming. She hit him over the head but then r
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great addition to the Cynster series. Alasdair was the last of the Bar Cynster to meet his fate in the form of Phyllida. Their interactions are funny at points and romantic at others. Alasdair, AKA Lucifer, becomes very fond and protective of Phyllida very quickly. Lucifer arrives to his friends house to find him dead and then he gets knocked out. Once he is awake, he makes it his mission to figure out who attacked him and who killed his friend and what for. Phyllida, had gone to the house to fi ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - They are well written and the characters are generally well-rounded and unusual in some way. I loved Phyllida and the idea of Lucifer acting as a landlord as opposed to the man-about-town impression we are given. What quite annoys me about the Cynster series is that none of them really take place within the tonnish society which means that many of the bounds of society aren't really in existence. It would have been interesting to see how a Cynster fared wooing a bride within society's b ...more
Lita Bouquard
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The last of the Bar Cynster follows tradition and fights against marriage but fails mightily. Lucifer flees when his brother marries and visits a mentor who wishes him to assess a treasure. A mystery begins with Lucifer meeting Phyllida a 24 year old determined not to marry. Phyllida runs her small town, cares for all but refuses to marry as she runs the household and has freedom. She often solves problems for others and is caught up in a dangerous situation where she encounters Lucifer. It take ...more
Lucifer's story was so good!
After Gabriel's wedding, Lucifer flees to the countryside, to visit an old friend who he considers family, who has sent him a letter to visit and appraise something he found which he believes is valuable. When Lucifer arrives, he finds his friend murdered. After meeting Phyllidia under unique circumstances, the connection is immediate. Phyllidia was capable, headstrong, and very sexually curious which made this book flow smoothly in the right direction. Lucifer was u
Titis Wardhana
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Fuuuhhh.... keenam2nya Bar Cynster uda gw baca (tuntutan pekerjaan seh *prettt*)...

Kali ini cerita tentang Lucifer, Bar Cynster trahir, kabur ke desa buat ngumpet dari kutukan pernikahan, gak taunya malah ketemu cewek oke di situ (biasalah). Tapi si Phyllida ini ya ampunnnnn ngeyelnya keterlaluan, gak kapok2 meski nyawanya terancam.

Lucifer pergi ke Colyton mau mengunjungi temannya Horatio, sesama kolektor, tapi Horatio ini kolektor buku, yang koleksinya bikin ngiler, mulai dari perpus, ruang tam
Verity W
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
It's been a while since I've read a Stephanie Laurens, and this has been sitting on the to-read pile for a while. I fancied a bit of light fluffy action, so turned to this.

This is Lucifier's story - the last of the Bar Cynster - and he gets entangled in a murder mystery when he goes to visit and old friend. The Heroine is too stupid to live in many ways, and this annoyed me a lot more than that sort of thing usually does. Maybe I just hit this at a bad point - I've just read the latest Eloisa Ja
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-reads
So we come to the last Bar Cynster cousin...and of course he finds true love after she accientally knocks him out with an old halberd. One somewhat too-pat plot twist and an extremely vaguely motivated villain (aside from being a bit of a sociopath, and obsessed, he was hard to understand), but it was quite pretty and set in Devon, near Lyme Regis, which puts it smack in Sense and Sensibility/Persuasion country.

From here the series moves to an honorary Cynster (Chillingworth) and some of the bro
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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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