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y separately published work icon The Cynster Novels series - author   novel   romance   historical fiction   adventure  
Alternative title: The Bar Cynster
Issue Details: First known date: 1998... 1998 The Cynster Novels
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'The first six Cynster books deal with the stories of the six cousins known to the ton as the Bar Cynster. Subsequent books deal with other members of the Cynster family, extended family, and close friends.

'The contrast of gracious and elegant manners forming a wafer-thin facade over strong and dominant male emotions such as possessiveness and protectiveness is a constant throughout all the Cynster books. The affinity of such warrior males for strong willed women and the ability of their chosen ladies to exact complete and unswerving commitment to themselves, to marriage, and to family, forms the central tenet of the series.

'All the Cynster novels are 'Regency-Era Historicals', or Historicals set in the Regency.'

Source: Stephanie Laurens's website,
Sighted: 28/08/2012


y separately published work icon Cynster Next Generation Novels Stephanie Laurens , Melbourne : Savdek Management , 2015- 11049356 2015 series - author novel romance historical fiction
y separately published work icon The Promise in a Kiss : A Christmas Novel Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : William Morrow , 2001 Z1164447 2001 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'Sheltered in a French convent school, Helena has little knowledge of men. But that changes one snowy Christmas Eve when she unexpectedly meets a mesmerizing Englishman who leaves her with a powerful kiss.

'Grown into a stunning beauty, Helena cannot forget that forbidden kiss. Now, though, she must put aside her dreams and marry, an obligation that takes her to London.

'There she is determined to meet Society's most eligible bachelor, Sebastian, Duke of St. Ives, a man sworn never to wed. But when they are introduced, Helena is shocked...for Sebastian is none other than her wild Englishman.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon The Casebook of Barnaby Adair Stephanie Laurens , Victoria : Savdek Management , 2014 7149246 2014 series - author novel
y separately published work icon The Cynster Sisters Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2011 Z1933851 2011 series - author novel
y separately published work icon Devil's Bride Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 1998 Z1164419 1998 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'TO HAVE. . .

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 tom 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 he ill 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?' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon And Then She Fell Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2013 Z1933898 2013 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny.

Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker," Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell.

But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.

A task infernally complicated by the undeniable, unquenchable attraction that flares between James and Henrietta, who continues to believe she will never fall...' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon A Rake's Vow Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 1998 Z1164422 1998 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure
y separately published work icon The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh Stephanie Laurens , Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2013 5994413 2013 single work novel historical fiction

'Lady Mary has been waiting years for this opportunity. Now 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 decisions about 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. ' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon Scandal's Bride Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 1999 Z1164427 1999 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'"He will father your children..."

'When Catriona Hennessy, honorable Scottish Lady of the Vale, received this prediction, she was exceedingly aghast. How could she unite with a rake like Richard Cynster--a masterful man with a scandalous reputation? More shocking still was her guardian's will that decreed she and Richard be wed within a week! Though charmed by his commanding presence, and wooed by his heated kisses, she would not--could not--give up her independence.

'So she formed a plan to get the heir she needed without taking wedding vows. Richard was just as stunned by the will's command. Marriage had not previously been on his agenda, but lately he'd been feeling rather...restless. Perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needed. But can he have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon A Rogue's Proposal Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 1999 Z1164433 1999 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'Demon Cynster has seen love bring his brethren to their knees, and he's vowed that he will not share their fate...until he spies Felicity Parteger sneaking about his racing stable. Demon remembers Felicity as a mere chit of a girl, but now she stands before him - begging for his help - all lush curves, sparkling eyes...and so temptingly worthy of the love he's vowed never to surrender to any woman.

'Felicity knew Demon was one of the ton's most eligible bachelors and a rogue of the worst sort, but he was the only one capable of getting her friend out of trouble. Her fascination with Demon had nothing to do with the power lurking just beneath his devil-may-care facade - or with the desire that flares when he takes her in his arms. Felicity knows Demon will never yield her the love she desperately seeks, but could a marriage of passion alone - even with a man like Demon - be enough?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon A Secret Love Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2000 Z1164436 2000 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure
y separately published work icon All About Love Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2001 Z1164439 2001 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'Six notorious cousins, known to the ton as the Bar Cynster, have cut a swath through the ballrooms of London. Yet one by one, each has fallen in love and married the woman of his heart, until only one of them is left unclaimed...the most rakish of Stephanie Laurens' captivating clan...and he's not about to go easily.

'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 Devon 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 instincts rioting to the fore. Lucifer tries to deny the desire Phyllida evokes -- acting on it will land him in a parson's mousetrap, one place he's sworn never to go. But destiny intervenes, leaving him to face the greatest Cynster challenge -- wooing a reluctant bride.

'Phyllida has had a bevy of suitors -- her charm and wit are well known throughout the countryside -- but none of them has tempted her the way Lucifer does. His offer to teach her all about the ways of love is almost too tantalizing to resist. And though she's not yet completely surrendered, she knows only a fool stands against a Cynster...and Phyllida is no one's fool.' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon All About Passion Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2001 Z1164442 2001 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'"If one is not marrying for love, one may as well marry for something else. My future countess has to be sufficiently docile and endowed with at least passable grace of form, deportment and address."

'Fate has made Gyles Rawlings a man determined to control his destiny. He has decided to wed a well-bred lady who will dutifully bear him sons, yet turn a blind eye while he takes his pleasure elsewhere. By all good accounts, Francesca will fit his bill. As for the "elsewhere," he's recently encountered a beautiful, brazen siren who will make a fine mistress, one with a fiery nature to match his own.

'But at the altar, Gyles discovers his bride is the bold enchantress who has inspired his deepest fantasies. Finding passion and love in the same woman has long been a secret fear. But as his world is rocked on its axis, Gyles becomes obsessed with possessing the one thing he'd thought he would never want... his wife's heart.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon On a Wild Night Stephanie Laurens , HarperCollins Australia , 2002 Z967990 2002 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'"Where are all the exciting men in London?"

'After spending years in the glittering ballrooms of the ton, Amanda Cynster is utterly bored by the current crop of colorless suitors. Determined to take matters into her own hands, one night she shockingly goes where respectable unmarried ladies never should, but where many an intriguing gentleman might be found.

'But titillating excitement quickly turns to panic when she discovers she's quite out of her depth. Desperate, she looks around for help - and is unexpectedly rescued... by Martin Fulbridge, the elusive Earl of Dexter. Lazy, sensuous and mysterious, he has delayed his re-entry into society, clearly preferring a more interesting existence on its fringes.

'He's the epitome of the boldly passionate gentleman Amanda has been searching for, but although his very touch makes it clear he's willing to educate her in the arts of love, Amanda has to wonder if such a masterful, lionized rake can be sufficiently tamed into the ways of marriage.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon On a Wicked Dawn Stephanie Laurens , HarperCollins Australia , 2002 Z967995 2002 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'"Marrying you will be entirely my pleasure."

'Amelia Cynster hears these words from handsome, enigmatic Lucien Ashford, 6th Viscount Calverton, and is stunned. It's near dawn and she's risked scandal by lying in wait for him just outside his London house. But he agrees to her outrageous marriage proposal - just prior to falling unconscious at her feet. Amelia is torn between astounded relief and indignant affront, then decides she doesn't care. She has always loved him - no other man will do for her - and she's tired of waiting.

'Sometimes a young lady needs to take matters into her own hands.

'But matters of the heart are never that simple. The first hitch in Amelia's plans comes when Luc refuses to agree to a hasty wedding, but insists on properly wooing public and in private. Soon she longs for those moments away from the watchful gaze of the ton in which she can learn all about seduction from a master. But unknown to Amelia, Luc has a very good reason for wooing her. Every wicked gentleman has his price.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon The Perfect Lover Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : William Morrow , 2003 Z1164459 2003 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'Never let it be said that a Cynster male can't face up to the one unassailable truth: that 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 naïve 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 accepts that he 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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon The Ideal Bride Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : William Morrow , 2004 Z1164479 2004 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament - a man destined for power. Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly charming, he is just arrogant enough to captivate the interest of the ladies of the ton. And with his connections to the wealthy and influential Cynster family - his sister is married to Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives - his future appears assured.

'Except that Michael lacks the single most important element of success, a wife.

'Political pressure sends him searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, malleable young lady, preferably with a political background. Michael discovers such a paragon but finds a formidable obstacle in his path - the young lady's beautiful, strong-minded aunt, Caroline Sutcliffe.

'One of London's foremost diplomatic hostesses, Caro has style and status but, having lived through an unhappy political marriage, wants nothing of the sort for her niece, who has already lost her heart to another.

'So Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot - Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for Michael. She succeeds in convincing him that what he really needs is a lady of experience by his side.

'And the perfect candidate right under his nose - Caro herself. Then it is Michael's turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm as he tempts and tantalizes Caro, seeking to convince her that becoming his bride will bring her all her heart desires... and more.

'But then a series of mysterious, and dangerous, accidents befall Caro - an assailant has stepped in with their own idea for Caro's future - one that could involve murder. Before Caro can become Michael's ideal bride, they must race to uncover the unknown's identity before all hope of what they long for, and wish for, is destroyed.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon The Truth about Love Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : William Morrow , 2005 Z1191903 2005 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure
y separately published work icon What Price Love? Stephanie Laurens , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2006 Z1287136 2006 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'Dillon Caxton, wealthy and handsome protege of the infamous Cynster clan, is disillusioned with love. He has a more pressing matter on his mind - thwarting a daring criminal scheme that threatens to wreak havoc on the thoroughbred racing world.

'And his only lead is the ravishing Lady Priscilla Dalloway. Priscilla, too, has no time for romance. She has arrived in Newmarket with one aim: to rescue her horse-mad twin brother from the swindle in which he's become embroiled. And the man holding the key is Dillon - who allows her to believe he is immune to her charms.

'Aided by the Cynsters, Dillon and Priscilla embark on a journey riddled with danger - and growing passion - as they seek to expose the swindle's deadly perpetrators. And to answer the age-old question: What price love?' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon The Taste of Innocence Stephanie Laurens , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2007 Z1883244 2007 single work novel romance historical fiction adventure

'When New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens created the world of the Cynsters, she introduced readers to the glittering ranks of aristocratic British society, where arranged marriages are the norm for securing dynasties, where passion is an art practiced by sophisticated lovers and high-born mistresses, and love is a potentially dangerous indulgence.

'For no gentleman is this more true than for Charles Morwellan, the 8th Earl of Meredith. Although he's seen the many successful unions of his Cynster connections, he has also watched his father's obsessions nearly destroy his family and fortune, a mistake Charles will not repeat. But as Lord Meredith he must marry, so he offers for Sarah, daughter of his neighbors, Lord and Lady Conningham. She's intelligent enough to run his social life, beautiful enough to grace his arm, and old enough to know the value of his offer.

'For most young ladies of the ton, the right marriage is the culmination of years of training, perfect deportment and intricate plans and statagems that would impress a general. But as a lady of independent means with a life of her own, Sarah is unwilling to surrender her independence unless it be for unbounded love.

'But Charles always gets what he wants. He convinces Sarah to give him two weeks to win her, after which-if he succeeds-they will marry immediately. And so begins an intense courtship. By day, Charles and Sarah are models of decorum indulging in innocuous walks, polite conversation, sedate waltzes. But each night they steal away to the lush, moonlit gardens where sensual embraces turn to searing kisses, which soon become much more. Both are swept away on a tide of passion and feeling neither can resist.

'But after the wedding, despite nights of insatiable passion, by day Charles maintains an aloof distance as if the near-sinful sweetness of their nights exists only in a dream. Sarah battles to prove that true love is a force that can't be contained, a gift worth fighting for, but it's only when she's engulfed in a web of increasingly dangerous incidents that Charles discovers how much he's willing to surrender to protect...the taste of innocence.'

Source: Stephanie Laurens website,
Sighted: 29/08/2012

y separately published work icon Temptation and Surrender Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : William Morrow , 2009 8934738 2009 single work novel romance historical fiction

'Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest - and he has. He's played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones.

'But now he's restless, bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so its with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family's estate in rural Devon. His most pressing need is to hire a new manager for the inn–the center of village life. Such a small task, yet he discovers few decent applicants are willing to live in a quiet country backwater. ' (Publication summary)

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First known date: 1998
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