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All About Passion: Number 7 in series (Bar Cynster) Paperback – 6 Sep 2007


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074993722X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937225
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,972 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.

Learn more about Stephanie's books from her website at www.stephanielaurens.com

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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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 By marie@iomara.freeserve.co.uk on 17 Sept. 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toodles Book Club on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on 1 Sept. 2003
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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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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. The hero, Gyles Rawlings (Earl of Chillingworth) is a friend of the Cynster family and appears as a minor character in earlier books of the series such as "Devil's Bride (Bar Cynster)" and "A Secret Love (Bar Cynster)", and has even been elected by Devil Cynster (the duke of St Ives and head of the Cynster family) and his cousins as an "Honorary Cynster."

In the bible, Jacob had lost his heart to his patron's beautiful younger daughter Rachel and asked for her hand in marriage, but found when his bride lifted her veil that instead of the woman who stirred his blood he had been given instead her sister Leah. This is a story of a man who finds himself in exactly the opposite position ...

In this book Gyles Rawlings has seen all his Cynster friends and fellow rakes smitten by, and marry for love: and finding that he needs a bride, is determined not to go the same way. He wants a calm, placid marriage which will not interfere with his other pursuits.

So the Earl goes to a distant cousin who is the guardian of a young niece and has a daughter the same age, and negotiates for the hand of one of the two ladies concerned. One of the cousins appears to be calm and placid, well behaved and reasonably good looking without being a great beauty. The other is a fiery, tempestuous and voluptuous beauty who sets his pulse racing.
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