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Stephanie Laurens

Author of Devil's Bride

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About the Author

Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. Her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she eventually received a Ph.D in biochemistry. She and her husband moved to London for four years where they worked as research scientists. They returned to show more Melbourne where she worked in the field of cancer research and eventually ran her own research laboratory. She began writing romance novels as a hobby, but due to her success she became a full-time novelist. Her first book, Tangled Reins, was published in 1992. Her other works include the Cynster Family series, the Cynster Sisters series, and the Bastion Club series. Stephanie's book's, By Winter's Light and The Lady By His Side made the New York Times bestseller list. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Stephanie Laurens

Devil's Bride (1998) 1,307 copies
A Rake's Vow (1998) 940 copies
A Rogue's Proposal (1999) 900 copies
Scandal's Bride (1999) 899 copies
A Secret Love (2000) 898 copies
On a Wild Night (2002) 847 copies
All About Love (2001) 843 copies
The Perfect Lover (2003) 843 copies
On a Wicked Dawn (2002) 831 copies
All About Passion (2001) 817 copies
The Lady Chosen (2003) 809 copies
The Promise in a Kiss (2001) 800 copies
To Distraction (2006) 779 copies
A Fine Passion (2005) 776 copies
The Ideal Bride (2004) 773 copies
A Lady of His Own (2004) 743 copies
A Gentleman's Honor (2003) 743 copies
The Taste of Innocence: A Cynster Novel (2007) — Author — 721 copies
The Untamed Bride (2009) 649 copies
Beyond Seduction (2007) 630 copies
Captain Jack's Woman (1997) 625 copies
Mastered By Love (2009) 583 copies
The Edge of Desire (2008) 565 copies
Temptation and Surrender (2009) 561 copies
Four in Hand (1993) 520 copies
The Elusive Bride (2010) 502 copies
Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue (2011) — Author — 485 copies
In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster (2011) 434 copies
The Brazen Bride (2010) 423 copies
The Reasons for Marriage (1994) — Author — 422 copies
The Reckless Bride (2010) 420 copies
Impetuous Innocent (1994) 407 copies
An Unwilling Conquest (1996) 373 copies
It Happened One Night [Anthology 4-in-1] (2008) — Contributor — 355 copies
A Comfortable Wife (1997) 352 copies
And Then She Fell (2013) 351 copies
Hero, Come Back (2005) — Contributor — 349 copies
Secrets of a Perfect Night [Anthology] (2000) — Contributor — 342 copies
A Lady of Expectations (1995) 336 copies
The Lady Risks All (2012) 316 copies
By Winter's Light (2014) 269 copies
My Scandalous Bride [Anthology 4-in-1] (2004) — Contributor — 250 copies
It Happened One Season (2011) — Contributor — 246 copies
Rogues' Reform (3-in-1) (1994) 218 copies
A Match for Marcus Cynster (2015) 210 copies
The Lady's Command (2016) 203 copies
The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (2015) — Author — 203 copies
A Buccaneer at Heart (2016) 161 copies
Tangled Reins (1992) 154 copies
The Daredevil Snared (2016) 153 copies
Lord of the Privateers (2016) 144 copies
Fair Juno (1994) 99 copies
Royal Bridesmaids (2012) — Contributor — 98 copies
Rules of Engagement (3-in-1) (1994) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Lady By His Side (2017) 84 copies
Royal Weddings: An Avon Impulse Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 63 copies
Captain Jack's Woman [and] A Gentleman's Honor (2006) — Author — 53 copies
An Irresistible Alliance (2017) 52 copies
Rose in Bloom (1999) 41 copies
Scandalous Lord Dere (2000) 39 copies
Melting Ice (2004) 28 copies
The Trouble with Virtue (2-in-1) (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Fall of Rogue Gerrard (2008) 24 copies
The Meaning of Love (2021) 22 copies
Desire's Prize (2013) — Author — 22 copies
The Games Lovers Play (2021) 20 copies
Lost and Found: a novella (2005) 18 copies
Foes, Friends and Lovers (2022) 18 copies
The Wedding Planner (2012) 17 copies
The Time for Love (2022) 12 copies
A Return Engagement (2012) 7 copies
Razones Del Amor, Las (2004) 3 copies
Salva Por Um Cavalheiro (1900) 2 copies
Todo sobre la pasión (2007) 2 copies
Sombras al amanecer (2008) 2 copies
Under the Mistletoe Box Set (2012) — Contributor — 2 copies
Long, Live, Love: Omnibus — Contributor — 1 copy
Raptada por Um Conde (2017) 1 copy
Un amor sorprendente (2014) 1 copy
Preco do Amor, O (2007) 1 copy
Una esposa a su medida (2005) 1 copy
Primer y único amor (2013) 1 copy
The Adventurers Quartet Complete Collection (2017) — Author — 1 copy
Second 5 books of the Cynsters series (2003) — Author — 1 copy
Third 5 Books of the Cynsters series (2003) — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

Northanger Abbey (1817) — Afterword, some editions — 21,057 copies
These Old Shades (1926) — Foreword, some editions — 2,331 copies
Scottish Brides [Anthology 4-in-1] (1999) — Contributor — 496 copies


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Common Knowledge



Historical romance maybe regency, England in Name that Book (September 2015)


This anthology showcases three Regency-era novellas about characters from each author’s respective series, but you don’t need to be familiar with the full-length novels to understand and enjoy this book.

In “Lost and Found” by Stephanie Laurens, Reggie’s uncle is on his deathbed and that means big changes are coming to Reggie and the Carmarthen family. Soon enough, he’ll become a viscount and then an earl. When news of this hits the ton, all the matchmaking mamas and their daughters will chase after him for marriage. Reggie, a resolute bachelor, decides to find his own wife before they do. When he stumbles upon Anne Ashford in a heated discussion with another man, he comes to her rescue. After all, she’s his best friend’s sister and they’ve known each other for years. For the first time, he sees her in a different light. When they have to work side by side to help unite a sweet orphan with his long-lost family, loves blooms between them.
This is a sweet story and I liked it, but it was a little slow and the POV shifts were confusing.
3 Stars

In “The Matchmaker’s Bargain” by Elizabeth Boyle, Amanda finds herself stranded in a storm and takes shelter in the home of a mysterious old woman. She unknowingly drinks a potent tea and pays for the woman’s services. In the morning, she learns she has to find her heart’s desire and be married in a few days. Desperate to finally live her life on her terms, she enlists the help of Jemmy Reyburn, the old woman’s neighbor and Amanda’s unrequited love from years past, to help her escape the town unwed.
Jemmy doesn’t remember Amanda, but he’s entranced by her now. After serving in the war against Napoleon, he’s no longer the arrogant rake she remembers. He’s bitter, scarred, and has a bum leg. He’s given up on living until Amanda brings the light back into his world. As the town gathers to see her married, he soon realizes he wants her for himself, but can he convince her to give him a second chance and stay in Bromley Hollow?
Jemmy is definitely troubled, but he’s so kind and comes out of his shell around Amanda. She’s torn between what her heart wants and what she knows is polite decorum. They both find themselves and grow as characters throughout the story. I think Amanda’s parents are by far some of the worst parents I’ve ever read in a book. I really sympathized with the poor woman and the life she’s led. The story is well-written with no stray POV shifts. This is a wonderful story and my favorite in the anthology.
5 Stars

In “The Third Suitor” by Christina Dodd, Harry is on holiday in a sleepy English coastal town to relax after risking his life abroad serving his country. He’s bored and thinking about his next mission, whatever that might be, when he finds a young woman sneaking through the garden outside his rented cottage. Jessie is in hiding from a persistent suitor and beseeches Harry for his help. Friendship quickly blossoms between them, and Harry scares the man away. When he finds out she has three unwanted suitors (Jessie and her unwatchful chaperone are on holiday to meet to meet and pick from the men), he’s determined to help her out of the dreadful matches. Things heat up between them, but he’s a man with a past and his secrets could get her killed.
This is a great story and I love the characters. Harry is dashing and mysterious, Jessie is smart and brave, and the chemistry between them sizzled the pages. Though well-written, there were a few POV shifts. I felt a little lost during the climax. In my opinion, the beach scene could’ve used more description. I had a hard time picturing the cliff and the boulders, but maybe that’s just me.
4 Stars

Book Overall
4 Stars
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AmberDaulton | 2 other reviews | Nov 20, 2023 |
Barbara’s rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

A funny thing happened on the way to the proposal. Drago Helmsford, Duke of Wylde, must marry before his thirty-fifty birthday. (Yes, it is another of those stories where an otherwise loving father messes up his kid’s life by including really asinine things in his will – and this time, for really asinine reasons). His parents were a love match, but he never thought he’d have one as well, so upon advice from his Aunt Edith, he decides to propose to Alison Melwin. He met her once and she was quiet, shy, unassuming, and shouldn’t cause any trouble. The night before he is to propose, he and his friends really tie one on – rip-roaring-drunk. So, he passes out the next day on his way to propose – out cold – on a lonely stretch of road. Only to be rescued by a lovely young lady. And to repay her good deed – well – the two of them are discovered as she’s helping him into his cottage (actually upstairs to his bed). Not only discovered, but he just happened to be kissing her when his aunt, her companion, Alison, and Alison’s mother walked in. OOPS. He doesn’t know who the young woman who rescued him is, but the only way to save her is to announce their betrothal. Then, he finds out she is a Cynster. OMGoodness!

Meg Cynster is approaching her tenth season and is in the country assessing what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Obviously, she won’t be a wife and mother because she’s never found even one gentleman who remotely interested her. While she’s out gathering herbs, she comes across a man who appears dead, draped across the seat of a very expensive curricle. She doesn’t know him, but the two farmhands who are also there, but can’t handle his horses, tell her which cottage he is staying in. Even totally passed out drunk he’s handsome and appeals to her. The real trouble starts when she gets him to the cottage and no one is there. How can she get a man who is twice her size into the cottage alone? She cannot leave him outside with a storm on the way. Then, he kisses her – and she lets him.

With an agreement for a pretend betrothal, they go about fooling friends and family alike – until they aren’t fooling. But then, there are the attacks. Is someone trying to harm Meg? Or is it Drago they are after? Neither of them has any enemies – none. So, who could want to harm either of them? Why?

For me, it was an okay read, but I probably wouldn’t read it a second time. While it was written in the typical Laurens style, it was slow-moving with very little excitement. Even the attacks were over before they’d started. Mostly, it was descriptions of the many entertainments they attended and the political affiliations they were making. I really liked Meg and Drago and some of the supporting characters such as his mother and Alison. I loved that there were so many Cynsters who made appearances – from Devil and Hooria to the more recently married cousins. Meg’s brother Toby also gets a bit of page-time in this story and that is nice because his book is next. At the end of this book, there is a synopsis of several other Laurens books and one of those was Devil Cynster’s book – the first of the series. I read the sample chapter of that book and it made me realize that the author has changed her writing style over the years. The first chapter or so of that book was fast-paced, and exciting, and made me want to read it again. Perhaps I’m wrong, but the style just seems different now.
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BarbaraRogers | Aug 31, 2023 |
re-read July 2014: Where can I find my own Devil Cynster?
aeryn0 | 40 other reviews | Jul 23, 2023 |



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