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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778303063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778303060
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,348 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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'Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvellous tributes to Georgette Heyer.' --Cathy Kelly

'All I need is her name on the cover to make me pick up the book.' --New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard

About the Author

Stephanie Laurens has been writing historical romance novels for over 16 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today bestselling author. She lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two daughters.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By K. Newman on 5 Aug. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stephanie Laurens has done it again. Or, as she in fact wrote it earlier in her career (this was the second book Laurens ever wrote), she has set the precedent for her future work. A well written, fast paced Regency Romance - in fact four for the price of one.
Max Rotherbridge inherited more than a dukedom on the death of his father eighteen months previous to the opening of the book - unknown to him he also inherited 4 wards. An established rake, he is initially dismayed to learn of his responsibilities, but dismay quickly turns into something else when he is presented with the eldest of the four sisters, Caroline Twinning.
It appears that Twinnings have something of a thing for rakes, as the four gorgeous sisters cut a swath through the ton and have the men at their feet. They may seem young, with the exception of 26 year old Caroline, but their eighteen months in America have given them a great deal of polish, and the freedom to discover what it is they really want in life.
This is a truly delightful tale and for me the principle enjoyment is the relationship between the females in the story. Set in a time when women rarely triumphed, here Caroline and her sisters Sarah, Arabella & Lizzy, their chaperone (Max's aunt) and the friends they make in London are able to set their goals, pursue and obtain them - even if it takes a little scheming and risk to get what they want. Each is a true character in their own right, and yet takes comfort in the relationship with their sisters (in the modern sense). Their story is told with a great deal of humour and style.
There has to be some sacrifice in squeezing four stories into one volume.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was originally printed as a Mills and Boons book. It was very funny and kept up the fun all through the book. It was a laugh from start to finish. Four original sisters trap four Regency Rakes. All are used to women falling for them but do not like hearing the word marriage. It is a book you can enjoy a second or third time as you pick up the dialogue you may have missed the first time as you were laughong so much you hurried on to find the endings of each affair. After buying this book I made sure I had all her other ones. maureen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DebB VINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2011
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This is an easy and light read, albeit a tad daft (don't get me wrong, I know these books aren't meant to portray reality!) However, what had me getting cross was the morals - our heroes, all rakes and bounders, try to seduce gently bred virgins from their own social class, who, what is more, are under the protection of one of their own. I found myself wanting the girls to tell them to shove off, and not turn into limp lettuce leaves the moment one of them raises an eyebrow at them! I didn't like that one of the girls gives into the seduction, thinking she's destined to become a mistress, when he, noble soul that he is really, is intending to marry her. She didn't know when she succumbed, so in my book that was pretty rotten on his part. I also found the end ludicrous, even within the genre. Another reviewer has the right of it when they say this would have been better as a four-part series, and not crammed into one short, large font book. I didn't miss the endlessly described sex scenes from her later books, but I see she was setting one of her standards very early in her writing career - that of sex before marriage. There's a lot of it in here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2010
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This is one of the funniest regency romances that I have read.

Max Rotherbridge, Viscount Delmere and, quote, "the most notorious rake in London", has recently and unexpectedly also inherited the title of Duke of Twyford. The poor condition of the Twyford estates prove something of an inconvenience.

But this is as nothing to the shock which comes next - the new Duke finds that he has also inherited four beautiful sisters as his wards. The late Sir Thomas Twinning had been a friend of the previous Duke of Twyford, Max's uncle. So in his will, he appointed the Duke as the guardian of his four daughters - all heiresses and all exquisitely beautiful. Sir Thomas had apparently not considered the possibility that the Duke's early death might leave his four ravishing daughters under the protection of the sort of man that their Guardian would be expected to protect them from.

Max sets out to find the girls good husbands as quickly as possible, guarding them from his fellow rakehells (most of them his own friends) and launching them into a vastly amused, and then fascinated, London society. Caroline, Sarah, Arabella, and Lizzie are all an immediate hit with the Ton, as London society was known. But while men who fly after them like moths after a flame, as the Duke soon tells his brother, "It's my belief that the Twinning girls eat rakes for breakfast."

Many of the author's romances are part of the "Bar Cynster" or "Bastion Club" series, but this one is a stand-alone novel, and a very amusing one.
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