Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: Avon, 1998
Source: Kindle Purchase $.99
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England′s most eligible bachelor, Devil′s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.
But Honoria wasn′t about to bend society′s demands and marry a man “just” because they′d been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she′d go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?
Honoria was sophisticated, stubborn, intelligent, feisty, kind…in other words, everything a heroine should be. Devil was arrogant, worldly, handsome, dangerous, sexy as all get-out…everything I want in a hero. He is the Duke of St. Ives, is used to getting his way in most everything, but he runs into a brick wall with Honoria. She doesn’t want to marry, she wants to have adventures and see the world. He wants her for his wife. It is a stand-off only until she starts to fall under his seductive spell.
Lauren’s can write romance. She builds up a most delicious sexual tension and is not afraid of bringing it all home, again and again and again. In fact I think my only objection to this book was that there was too much sex. (never thought I’d ever say that!) The mystery wasn’t difficult to figure out since from the beginning we pretty much can guess whodunit. How it all culminates is worth knowing the bad guy in advance.
This is my first BAR CYNSTER SERIES novel and I really can’t wait to read about the rest of the cousins in the series. Laurens has introduced us to them and they are all intriquing.