#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.
New York Times best-selling author Laurens (www.stephanielaurens.com) pens her 15th novel in the Cynster series-following The Taste of Innocence (2007)-this time focusing on the character of Jonas Tallent, Lucifer Cynster's brother-in-law. The satisfaction of reacquainting yourself with the series' characters is offset by occasional historical and character-based inconsistencies (e.g., the exceedingly independent Regency-era heroine). The smooth reading by actress/narrator Roz Landor (Seduction of a Proper Gentleman) helps create some suspense, but she cannot overcome the unfortunately mediocre character development and numerous rote seduction scenes. This more modern-seeming-than-Regency tale, though dis-appointing, will attract Laurens's many fans. [Audio clip available through www.harperaudio.com.-Ed.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.