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The Perfect Lover

By Stephanie Laurens

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 February 2004
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 naive 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 rather someone--missing in his life.

To achieve true contentment, Simon must find a lady accomplished enough to be his wife, someone who will spend her days as a member of one of England's most influential families ... and her nights pursuing duties of a more private--and personal--nature.

But Simon knows what to expect if he reveals his intention to choose a bride; nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall . . . and is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford.

Simon has never considered Portia as a potential wife. He's known the raven-haired beauty since childhood; she's willfully independent and has always claimed to be uninterested in marriage. But an unexpectedly heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. Soon they begin to long for the moments they can spend in each other's arms.

But all is not as it seems at Glossup Hall. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed ... and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself. And even more shocking than the fact that a murderer secretly walks among them is the realization that all of Simon's considerable strength and influence may not be enough to protect Portia--his once and always perfect lover . . .

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A genteel party in England in 1835 becomes the setting for romance and a dash of violence as prolific romance author Laurens (On a Wicked Dawn) makes her hardcover debut, the 10th entry in a series about the arrogant Cynster males. Portia Ashford has one goal in mind as she accompanies her eccentric mentor, Lady Osbaldestone, to Glossup Hall in Dorset. Portia wants children, and has reluctantly accepted that she must marry in order to have them. She is determined to learn as much as possible about men, with an eye to choosing one. Also seeking a spouse at the gathering is a man whom she's detested since childhood, the self-satisfied Simon Cynster. He playfully tutors her on the subject of men while hiding his true intent, and he soon progresses far beyond the bounds of propriety. Portia plays along, unconcerned about pregnancy or social ostracism. When they're not thus frolicking, the couple glower disapprovingly at their married hostess, Kitty Glossup, who flings herself at male guests and a gardener or two. Half way through the book, Portia stumbles over Kitty's corpse and finds that she, too, is a target. Simon and Portia help a police inspector plan a scheme that causes further jeopardy for Portia, then a rousing conclusion and matrimonial bliss-no surprise, given there was never any serious obstacle between the young lovers. As with Laurens's earlier titles, the generous doses of erotica will appeal to devotees of romantic suspense. 7-city author tour. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

In the latest Cynster tale, carefree Simon Cynster and his nemesis, Portia Ashford, suddenly realize that they are made for each other, but this happy discovery is wrecked by a murderous stalker. With a one-day laydown on February 4, 2003. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780060505721
ISBN: 0060505729
Publisher: Avon Books
Dimensions: 17.12 x 10.62 x 2.87 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Ian on
 
I found this book enjoyable with a good story line.
Laura on
 
This was one of my favorite Cynster series books. Portia is a smart, sassy, courageous heroine. Simon is cool, intriguing, and smart. Very sexy, hot, progressive love scenes. Good story line. A who-done-it that adds to the plot. A fun, adventurous read.
Fiona on
 
Portia's decided she wants kids. It's an unwelcome thought, because she knows that in her class you can't just choose the perfect father and get on with it - and live your own life after. No, she has to marry...but that doesn't mean she has to lose control with it. She can just find a nice, biddable man, not at all like her childhood enemy Simon...who just coincidentally happens to be thinking of marriage too...
Tanzin on
 
Simon Frederick Cynster knows that a perfect bride--and a perfect lover--are one and the same. So he sets about finding a mate to suit his needs--someone who will be a perfect lady by day... and a wanton lover by night.

But Simon is not about to broadcast his search to the entire town and run the risk of every dowager foisting her flighty charges upon him. Instead, he carefully begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall--and is astonished when wilfully independent Portia Ashford immediately captures his interest.

He's known her since childhood and certainly never considered her a potential wife--until an unexpectedly heated kiss changes his mind forever. But as he and Portia begin to explore the depths of their passion, a shocking event occurs--one that puts Portia in deadly peril, and that will require Simon to use his considerable strength and influence to protect his once and always perfect lover.
Ant on
 
I love a sexy romance....this is perfect for my fantasises....Sexy, erotic, romantic, PERFECT..LOVE IT! Good holiday or summer read. Perfect if you hate anything to deep and meaningful...Great to read as you soak up the sun, on the plane or even as you wait anxiously in the dentist waiting room...lol....Fun, sassy book perfect for the twenty and thirty somethings waiting to sink their teeth into something footloose and fancy free... I love the passion!

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