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All About Passion: Number 7 in series (Bar Cynster) [Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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6 Sep 2007 Bar Cynster (Book 7)
"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. "Gyles Rawlings, fifth Earl of Chillingworth and honorary member of the Cynster clan, is determined not to succumb to the dangers of falling in love. To that end, he makes an offer of marriage - sight unseen - to the niece of an old friend. He believes he's chosen a biddable lady who will bear him an heir and leave his emotions unattached. He arrives for his own wedding without ever actually meeting his fianc and at the altar is astonished to discover that he's offered for the wrong woman. His new wife is a passionate hoyden who makes his head spin. Francesca isn't docile, certainly not biddable, and she has no intention of settling for anything less than her husband's heart.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074993722X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937225
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

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Gyles Rawlings, fifth Earl of Chillingworth and an honorary member of the Cynster clan, is determined not to marry for love in Stephanie Laurens' All About Passion. To that end, he makes an offer of marriage, sight unseen, to the niece of an old friend. He believes he's chosen a docile, biddable lady who will bear him an heir and leave his emotions uninvolved. He arrives for his own wedding without having ever actually met his fiancé--and at the chapel's altar is astonished to discover that he's offered for the wrong woman. His wife is the cousin of the woman he thought he was marrying. The two ladies share the same name but the woman he has married is a passionate female that makes his head spin. Francesca isn't docile, certainly not biddable and she has no intention of settling for anything less than her husband's heart.

The battle lines are drawn in this war of love, with both parties well aware of the stakes. Will Giles continue to barricade his heart or will Francesca's love and loyalty tear down the walls that keep him from her? And if Giles can't thwart the strange threats to Francesca's life, neither may live to see the end of their contest of the heart.

This instalment in author Stephanie Laurens' beloved Cynster series has been eagerly anticipated by fans and All About Passion doesn't disappoint. Taut with sexual tension between the hero and heroine, rich with details of the world of Regency England, and well-supported with a solid plot, this latest Cynster tale is an excellent read. --Lois Faye Dyer, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'Appealing characters and red-hot, spicy and sure to please.' Publishers Weekly"

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this! well worth the wait! 27 Sep 2001
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Having read all of the Cynster series so far I was desperate for the next one! The tale deals with the honorary cynster the Earl of Chillingworth. Like the Bar Cynster before him, he decides to marry and concocts this ridiculous notion of marrying a quiet obedient girl who will not interfere with his life. As fans of Stephanie Laurens will know - he doesn't exactly get what he orders! Definately worth buying and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance - but start at the beginning if you haven't read the others in the series. "Devil's Bride" is the first book - but I warn you - once you start you'll get hooked!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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After reading the Bar Cynster series I fell in love with the Earl of Chillingworth for all his sarcasm in regards to the marriages of the Cynsters which ended up as a love matches. In this book The Earl has sweet revenge visited upon him by a character full of life and a sense of her sensuality. The book has a nice twist to it that is not too much of a surprise but it leaves you wondering throughout the book of when will it happen and how it will it be orchestrated and what will the end product be.
Overall if you loved the Cynsters you will love All About Passion, now I am waiting for the next three books that will extend the series. Buy it and enjoy it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Gyles Rawlins, the Earl of Chillingworth, was a minor character in several of the earlier Cynster books. Now that the Bar Cynster members are all married off, Laurens turns her attention to other characters in their environs, and her first - and very welcome - choice is Chillingworth. Of course, this development was trailed very clearly when, at the end of All About Love, the Duke of St Ives declares Chillingworth to be an honorary Cynster. He’s determined not to go the same way as his friends, however, when it comes to matters of the heart.
So, yes, it’s another hero who is determined not to fall in love. But Chillingworth seems to mean it; he has decided to contract an arranged marriage with a suitable female, and preferably the sort who will be indistinguishable from the wallpaper in his various homes. If she happens to come with strategically-important land, such as the segment which was cut out of his own lands some years ago, so much the better. Such as his distant cousin, Francesca Rawlins.
Francesca, he believes, is quiet and dull; the kind of woman he can marry, bed and then leave safely buried in the country while he carries on with his normal lifestyle. What Chillingworth doesn’t know is that the young woman he saw wasn’t Francesca but her cousin Frannie (why Laurens felt the need to give the two women such similar names is beyond me. It certainly wasn’t necessary for the plot).
Anyway, Chillingworth and Francesca marry, and are very attracted to each other - this is not the kind of marriage Chillingworth was looking for, however! He’s determined not to fall in love, and so his behaviour towards Francesca is very odd; he keeps sending her mixed signals. He’s warm and passionate in bed, and yet very distant elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Offering by Ms Laurens 18 Mar 2013
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This is another one that I borrowed from the local Library, but I found it so good that I managed to finish it almost overnight.

Gyles Rawlings (5th Earl of Chillingworth and honorary member of the Cynster Clan) and Francesca his sight unseen bride. He'd hoped by organising an arranged marriage he would get what he wanted a meek and biddable wife that would impinge on his lifestyle not a bit. Little did he know he would fall in love with her, body, heart and soul.

Highly recommended, especially if you are a Cynster Hero fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but obviously predictable 9 April 2007
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This is actually one of the few Cynster novels I've read; for some reason I've been avoiding them. There's already a good synopsis and a detailed review by another reader.

So here you have an honorary Cynster, Gyles Rawlings, who because of his father's early death does not trust love, as it breaks hearts. Gyles therefore decides to make a marriage of convenience with a distant Rawlings cousin who owns a peice of land that once belonged to his estate. He wants a quiet, biddable, nonentity of a wife, who will be content to allow him to get on with his own life and have affairs. He spots who he thinks is his future wife sitting in the gardens of her uncle's home and is content. However, he is immediately and passionately attracted to a young lady who he thinks is his future wife's companion and thanks heaven's that it is not she whom he is marrying, although he is not adverse to making her his mistress. However, due to his decision not to meet his fiance until the actual wedding, it is only then that he discovers that the 'companion' is in fact his about to be wife. He also finds out that Frannie, his wife's cousin, who was the girl he thought he was getting, is somewhat strange and thanks his lucky stars that she was not his bride. Frannie is described as "simple" and "difficult".

Francesca, his wife, knows that Gyles is holding back his heart from her,so sets out to win it. I've put "...obviously predictable" in my title, because we all know with this type of novel that boy gets girl/girl gets boy in the end, so it has to end happily.

However, as one reader mentions, there is a murder plot and yes the villan is predictably stereotyped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
As usual with all ms.laurens books especially the cynster series it was a wonderful read. Thoroughly enjoyed it, cant wait to read it again, and again......................
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5.0 out of 5 stars All about passion
What a fantastic book. I'm loving reading this series of books. I can't stop reading them. I buy at least 4 a month.
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish book
Having read other books by this writer, and enjoyed them, I am surprised by how awful this book is. Limited plot, limited characters, lots of sex. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Molly Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical romance reversing the story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel
This historical romance, set in 1820 just after the Prince Regent had finally ascended to the throne, fits into the author's "Bar Cynster" series. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2010 by Marshall Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome departure from the usual
I really enjoyed this novel in a series that is becoming very formulaic. We finally get to see Chillingworth get his comeuppance! Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Voracious for Books
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
i think this novel fits in after all the cynster men have found their ladies but before amanda and amelia find love. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2008 by Lindymck
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read.
Having never read any of Stephanie Laurens books before, I found this to be a pleasant read. Lots of period details and characterisation. I would be inclined to read others by her.
Published on 28 May 2007 by Amazon Customer
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