Series: Cynster Series #20, Cynster Sisters Duo #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency
Published by Avon Books on June 25, 2013
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Also in this series: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae, And Then She Fell
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The 2nd in the Cynster Sisters duo, #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens thrills with this fantastic tale of a Cynster who'll stop at nothing for love.
Lady Mary has been waiting years for this opportunity. Not that her sister has thrown off her spinster ways and become betrothed, it's finally Mary's chance for true love. She knows exactly who she wants --and it's not someone as wild, unmanageable, and sinfully seductive as Ryder Cavanaugh.
Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne, had never met a woman who wouldn't happily fall at his feet--or into his bed...until Lady Mary Cynster. But Ryder has made some decisiosn abotu his life and he'll only succeed at being the man he wants to be with Mary by his side. And convincing her of that fact is just the kind of challenge he thrills at...
Make sure to read the Acknowledgements because Stephanie explains how the title came to be.
Our story opens in London in the year 1837.
Mary Alice Cynster has set her sights on a man. Ryder Cavanaugh has his own opinion on that. A war has been waged and it will be interesting to see who wins. I wonder what the young women of today would feel about how husbands were found during that time period – sometimes it was a love match and a lot of times it wasn’t.
I love how Mary says one sentence that completely shocks Ryder. If she said that to a man today, I don’t think they would be shocked. She also doesn’t wait for the man to make the first move – shocking. And Stephanie puts sex in just the right places – not just sex for sex sake.
Sometimes you find the one character that you really dislike. For me, it was Ryder’s stepmother, Lavinia. If they ever decided to remake Monster-In-Law, they could change it to a historical piece and cast her as the mother from hell.
Besides the romance between Mary and Ryder, there’s a mystery that surrounds them. Stephanie does a great job of building the mystery over time, which goes to building the anticipation almost to the very end. This is one of those books that should a screenplay ever be made, I would watch the movie when it came out. She also makes you wish for a marriage that at the time seems strong and wanting to be part of a couple that is so devoted to each other.
This is a book that I highly recommend reading. If you have been following the Cynster clan there is no way that you can pass this up. In going over to the site that lists all the Cynster books, http://www.stephanielaurens.com/Cynsters/Cynsters.html, you will notice a list of all the books in this great series. At the end of this book, there is an excerpt for Where the Heart Leads. But in my research, this book was released back in 2009. So this means that we will have to be patient to see if Stephanie comes up with a new series or see if our favorite family makes another appearance. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast).