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On a Wicked Dawn by Stephanie Laurens

On a Wicked Dawn

by Stephanie Laurens

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Series: Cynster Family (9)

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On a Wicked Dawn
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Determined to marry the only man she has ever loved, Amelia Cynster finally works up the courage to propose to Luc Ashford under the pretense of a marriage of convenience. Astonished when he agrees, Amelia's preference is for an immediate wedding, but Luc has other ideas and insists on wooing his betrothed in public and in private.

Similar to the previous book about Amelia's twin, On a Wicked Dawn begins well, but ultimately falls apart mainly due to the fact that there is no actual plot.

The majority of the storyline focuses on Luc's repetitious, ridiculous and tedious internal angst. What is it with Laurens' heroes and their reluctance to admit loving their wives because they fear being manipulated? They really need to get over themselves!

In addition, the keeping secret trope is one of the more absurd in the genre. Luc refuses to tell Amelia the truth about his financial circumstances and leaves her to believe he is a pauper. He fears telling her he's as rich as Croesus and didn't marry her for her money. Seriously?!

The minor mystery is woefully underdeveloped and the culprit is obvious from the first moment. Moreover, the sex scenes are repetitive and mechanical and lose their charm very quickly. In fact, this is one big purple prose sex fest :(

All in all, a very disappointing installment and I can only hope that the next one is better. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
I adore this series!! Stephanie Laurens is a master at the Alpha Rake!! I love the men pursuing their ladies!! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
First things first, Ms. Laurens, please never use the word "ruthless" ever again. This request also includes the words "ruthlessly" and "ruthlessness." Really, never again. You probably want to lay off "rampant" as well. You're welcome.

There were elements of this book that were fun. Amelia Cynster is a great character and Luc has his moments. Sadly,the structure and pacing is just off. The "mystery" is completely tacked on. It comes out of nowhere and then is not mentioned for close to 100 pages. Also, the relationship hurdles are repeated without progress or regress over and over. The book would have been better if it had been 100 pages shorter. Not an unpleasant book, and the sex scenes are fun, but if you skip it you won't miss it. ( )
  Narshkite | Dec 24, 2013 |
This is Amelia and Lucien's story. I had to laugh at how Amelia decided to handle the whole marriage thing. While her idea was unique it did get the job done. The scene where she proposes to Lucien is also very funny. There is a mystery in this story but not like the earlier ones. While Amelia does get in a fix Luc is there soon enough to keep anything bad from happening. This story is mostly about Luc and Amelia reconciling themselves to their new life. Both these characters are stubborn and more than a little uncertain about the other but they do come around in the end.

It was nice to see that Devil finally told Honoria that he loved her. It has been six years after all. I was glad to see the wedding take place at the Place and to get a look at all the Bar Cynster and their wives. Mostly we get to see Dowager Duchess and Lucifer and Phyllida. As always this book will steam up your day, week and probably month. Ms. Laurens writes some of the hottest love scenes on the market even after all these years. This story is a good addition to the overall series. ( )
  LadyIsis | Feb 14, 2013 |
4.5 stars. My very first Laurens. ( )
  Kaetrin | Aug 13, 2012 |
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Prebble, SimonReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Acunzoli, Giulianotraduttoresecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartels, ElkeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jašová, JanaPřekladatelsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060002050, Mass Market Paperback)

Amelia Cynster is stunned to hear these words from Lucien Ashford—the enigmatic sixth Viscount Calverton and the man she has always loved—just before the handsome rogue passes out at her feet. Dawn is breaking and she's already risked scandal by lying in wait for him just outside his London home. And though torn between indignant affront and astonished relief, she's nevertheless thrilled that Luc has agreed to her outrageous marriage proposal.

However, rather than submitting to a hasty wedding as Amelia had planned, the exasperating lord insists on wooing her properly…in public and in private. She longs for their time alone, when she can learn all about seduction from a master, yet frustratingly, they all too often find themselves beneath the stifling gaze of the ton.

But there is method behind the viscount's madness—he has a secret reason for wooing Amelia. And like all desirable things, his passion has a price.

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Believing him dangerously close to bankruptcy, Amelia Cynster proposes marriage to a very drunk Lucien Ashford, and is confused and annoyed when instead of the quick wedding she had wanted, he insists on a full courtship.

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