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Stephanie Laurens , Ashford Macnab
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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28 Feb 2011
From the sparkling ballrooms of Regency London to the wealthy glamour of the country house – let Stephanie Laurens be your guide! Max Rotherbridge had unexpectedly inherited the wardship of four beautiful and spirited young sisters. But he certainly hadn’t bargained on beholding the embodiment of his dreams in his eldest and most lovely ward. Society was stunned when the Duke of Twyford introduced four beautiful debutantes to the ton. The wicked duke was more likely to seduce the innocents than protect them! As the Season continued, Max guarded his protégées, fending off his fellow rakehells. But one by one, the most confirmed bachelors fell at the feet of the Twinning sisters. And Max knew that he couldn’t long escape his destiny – marriage to Miss Caroline Twinning! ‘Laurens’ writing shines’ Publishers Weekly
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (28 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441883851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441883858
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,812,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romance - four great romances! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Four-in-Hand. One of her funniest and best books 2 July 2002
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so - the morals are a touch dubious 15 Jun 2011
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Stephanie Laurens is a talented writer and also reasonably knowledgeableabout her period, but in recent years she's been wasting that talentwriting 'historical romances' which are little more than Black Lace booksin disguise. This book, however, is one of her earlier romances, writtenat a time when she was still trying to stay true to the Regencyperiod.
This is somewhat reminiscent of Georgette Heyer's Regency Buck, in that wehave an arrogant, rakish lord who discovers that, along with the title hehas recently inherited (in this case, Duke of Twyford), he has alsoinherited some wards. Here, his wards are four beautiful sisters, allunmarried, all wealthy and all, he knows, who will be the targets of everyrake in town. He himself is hugely attracted to the eldest Miss Twinning,Caroline, and finds himself plotting to make her his mistress. Were shereally his ward, it would be contrary to any sense of honour - even hishonour - to seduce her, but under the terms of her parents' will, she isof age and so not his ward. Yet he pretends to her that she is, so thathe'll be free to be with her without any suspicion.
There are four romances in this book but, as some other reviewers havenoted, none of them is really satisfying. In an attempt to fit them allin, Laurens rushes through crucial developments - such as her heroesactually realising that they are in love with the women they're pursuing.Even Max - Twyford - whose story is the main one appears to fall in lovewithout the readers ever realising how this momentous event happens. Oneminute he is pursuing Caroline in order to make her his mistress; the next(and this is quite early in the book) we see him musing that seducing heris no longer his primary aim. Why not? What made him fall in love? Wedon't know, because Laurens doesn't show us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by nolly
4.0 out of 5 stars another good story
this book isnt as good as some of her others but a nice read. i prefered the audio which is nicely read and good to listen too
Published 9 months ago by mrs june stafford
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 in Hand
Well-written and typically Stephanie Laurens - interesting story about four sisters all looking for husbands and finding them all together
Published 21 months ago by D. Harding
3.0 out of 5 stars Prefer the book to the audio
I loved this book in written form but was very disapointed with the reading of the same which I found boring and, in places, anoying which totally spoiled the story for me. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Mrs
4.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly amusing Regency Farce
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... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by Marshall Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars couldnt put it down
one of laurens earlier books and it doesnt show. the main relationship is between max rotherbridge and caroline twinning who is his ward through a twist in fate. Read more
Published on 22 July 2010 by Lindymck
2.0 out of 5 stars had to skim read!
I bought this book because I really enjoyed Julia Quinn's books and this book kept coming up on my recommendation page. It is not as good as one of Quinn's books. Read more
Published on 1 April 2010 by PD
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent regency |romance book
This author is very much along the lines of the immortal georgette heyer and has based some of her hero's and heroine's on her characters. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by joy
5.0 out of 5 stars romantic regency ..
Great fun and follows in Stephanie Laurens traditional style- lots of plot, lots of suppressed sexual tension , and a most satisfactory ending. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by C. Bryer
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Whilst the story sounded interesting, there was no character development and the amusing scenarios were thin on the ground. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2003 by A reader
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