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A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Laurens
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Harold Henry Cynster--better known as Demon to family and friends--leaves London society for the all-male environment of his Newmarket stables in an attempt to escape matchmaking mamas and the spate of marriages that have decimated the ranks of his bachelor cousins. But Demon barely sets one foot on his property before he notices a too-shapely boy settling into the saddle of his favourite Irish thoroughbred. Beautiful Felicity Parteger hasn't seen Demon Cynster since she was a young girl, when with clear-sighted practicality she had reasoned that the handsome rake was a threat to every female's heart and had scrupulously disappeared every time he visited her guardian, General Sir Gordon Caxton. When Demon finds her masquerading as a stable lad and demands an explanation, she has no choice but to confess that she's trying to uncover information about a racing syndicate that bribes jockeys. The General's son, Dillon, has fallen in with them and is now in hiding to escape their threats on his life.

With cool efficiency Demon attempts to take over her campaign to save Dillon. Felicity, however, refuses to sit at home and tend to her needlework while Demon has all the fun, and a partnership of sorts is formed. Much to Demon's delight, she also willingly co-operates in his plans for seduction; but pleasure turns to frustration when Felicity refuses his marriage proposal. Although she's head-over-heels in love with him, the independent young woman has no intention of saying "I do" to the infamous rake before he says "I love you" to her. While the two lovers risk their lives in tracking the dangerous syndicate, they engage in a courtship dance that risks both of their hearts as well.

In Rogue's Proposal, the fourth book in the Bar Cynster series, Laurens offers a hero and heroine full of honour, courage, wit and humour; Demon Cynster--a man who has never wanted love and marriage--meets his match in Felicity, an intelligent and passionate woman who refuses to settle for anything less than his heart. The course of true love never did run smoothly, and it's no different for these two, but they are clearly two halves of a passionate whole--and passion and romance, solidly anchored in a well-crafted plot, is something Laurens does so very well. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Harold Henry Cynster--better known as Demon to family and friends--leaves London society for the all-male environment of his Newmarket stables in an attempt to escape matchmaking mamas and the spate of marriages that have decimated the ranks of his bachelor cousins. But Demon barely sets one foot on his property before he notices a too-shapely boy settling into the saddle of his favourite Irish thoroughbred. Beautiful Felicity Parteger hasn't seen Demon Cynster since she was a young girl, when with clear-sighted practicality she had reasoned that the handsome rake was a threat to every female's heart and had scrupulously disappeared every time he visited her guardian, General Sir Gordon Caxton. When Demon finds her masquerading as a stable lad and demands an explanation, she has no choice but to confess that she's trying to uncover information about a racing syndicate that bribes jockeys. The General's son, Dillon, has fallen in with them and is now in hiding to escape their threats on his life.

With cool efficiency Demon attempts to take over her campaign to save Dillon. Felicity, however, refuses to sit at home and tend to her needlework while Demon has all the fun, and a partnership of sorts is formed. Much to Demon's delight, she also willingly co-operates in his plans for seduction; but pleasure turns to frustration when Felicity refuses his marriage proposal. Although she's head-over-heels in love with him, the independent young woman has no intention of saying "I do" to the infamous rake before he says "I love you" to her. While the two lovers risk their lives in tracking the dangerous syndicate, they engage in a courtship dance that risks both of their hearts as well.

In Rogue's Proposal, the fourth book in the Bar Cynster series, Laurens offers a hero and heroine full of honour, courage, wit and humour; Demon Cynster--a man who has never wanted love and marriage--meets his match in Felicity, an intelligent and passionate woman who refuses to settle for anything less than his heart. The course of true love never did run smoothly, and it's no different for these two, but they are clearly two halves of a passionate whole--and passion and romance, solidly anchored in a well-crafted plot, is something Laurens does so very well. --Lois Faye Dyer


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380805693
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC13JK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine member of the Bar Cynster stories 12 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A wonderful treat to read another of the Cynster stories and I must confess to being hooked. I found Flick to be a very lively and engaging heroine and Demon sounded even more attractive than the other Cynsters (if this is possible). A good story and I'm glad to see that the passion developed so early in the novel, it gave it that extra twist, also nice to read a story where the heroine has a nice name. Though I love Devil's Bride, I admit to cringing every time the name Honoria was written. Overall, another recommendation to any true romance lovers.
My only complaint is the over use of the word 'humph', a seemingly persistent fault ominously present in all of the Bar Cynster novels. I'm sure that I can't be speaking for myself only when I say that this is ever so slightly annoying, and really effects the overall enjoyment of such a wonderful romance series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Book 4 in the Cynster series - or Book 5 if, like me, you count The Promise in a Kiss as Book 1 - features Vane's younger brother Harry, known as Demon. After seeing three of his fellow Bar Cynster members happily chained in marriage, Harry knows that he'll be next if the women in his family have anything to do with it. So he decamps to his stud at Newmarket, a place where he's very sure he won't encounter any marriageable women.
A new jockey at his stables catches his attention - the jockey's bottom, in particular. It's not a man's rear. And he's right: the jockey is actually Felicity Parteger, the ward of his nearest neighbour. She's investigating a race-fixing scandal - the obligatory Laurens A-plot and this time, thankfully, one which doesn't take over the story. The last time Harry - Demon (I really think these nicknames are silly!) - saw Felicity, she was in pigtails and still obviously a teenager. Now, she's 20 to his 31, and she's beautiful. Not only is she beautiful, but he's attracted to her.
To my relief, this story proceeds a little differently to the four earlier books. Harry actually *fights* his attraction to Felicity - Flick, as he calls her - and he doesn't propose until almost half-way through the book. Very sensibly, Flick turns him down. She's been in love with Harry all her life, but she knows that he doesn't love her. He proposes for reasons to do with propriety and also, as she knows, because he finds her attractive. But she will only marry for love.
How their courtship develops, against the backdrop of the A-plot and, eventually, the London season and the rest of Harry's family, is generally well-told.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant, just like the others. 2 Jan. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'A Rogue's Proposal' was another fantastic book in the Cynster series. Demon is a very sexy hero, and Flick was a very likeable heroine. I adore all the Cynster men, and I can't wait till July when Gabriel's story is released! Stephanie Laurens is one of the best romance authors I have ever read. If you want to find out about her other Cynster stories, go to the Avon Ladies website, where she has her own homepage. It also tells you the order in which her other books will run. After Lucifer's story, it's the turn of the Earl of Chillingworth, then Amanda Cynster, then Amelia Cynster, and then Simon!! She's thought far ahead!! Well done, Ms Laurens, keep up the great work, and (of course) the hot sex scenes!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful love story 14 Sept. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1820, Harry Demon Cynster vows to not fall as his relatives Devil (see DEVIL'S BRIDE), Vane (see A RAKE'S VOW) and Scandal (see SCANDAL'S BRIDE) have and take women into his heart. He wonders who will be the fourth member of the Bar Cynster group of six male cousins trapped in the arms of a loving woman? However, Demon believes no lady will ever gain his love. Still, he flees London to the "unfettered freedom" of his Newmarket, Suffolk estate where no female plotters exist.
His hope for escape immediately splatters when he recognizes a new male employee can only be a female in disguise. Demon realizes that the newly hired Flick is actually Felicity, ward of his neighbor General Sir Gordon Caxton. She explains that she is incognito because she cares for the General. Her disguise is to help expedite Gordon's irresponsible son from a race-fixing racket. Unable to resist her lure, Demon agrees to help Felicity. Circumstances force them to spend a night together. The honorable Demon offers marriage with passion and no love. Felicity wonders if that is enough.
The formulas of the Cynster books are simply adaptations of one of the prime directives of the Regency romance sub-genre: A rake falls in love with an exceptional woman. Logic figures that by book four of a series that in essence repeats the same theme, the novel would be flat. Instead, quite the opposite is true as A ROGUE'S PROPOSAL is the typical exciting, non-stop action enjoyable work that fans expect from Stephanie Laurens. The story line provides insight into 1820's horse racing with an emphasis on the fixers rigging the events. Demon is a great character, but it is Felicity who steals more than just his heart. She attains the hearts and souls of the audience. Readers will demand early release of Gabriel and Lucifer's story.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites!!!!
I love the whole Bar Cynster series but this may be my top fave. It's delicious romance with an interesting and exciting plot set in a wonderful Regency world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LouB
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to keep in touch with earlier members of the
As the other books in this series, very readable. Nice to keep in touch with earlier members of the family
Published 3 months ago by florence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book was new, I would definitely buy from them again.
Published 3 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 4 months ago by 4623202
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love the Cynsters, they are such a marvellous family. What a shame we do not have more men like them around !
Published 4 months ago by C. Ashpole
5.0 out of 5 stars book
very good read
Published 5 months ago by nolly
4.0 out of 5 stars A little different, but otherwise par for the course
While this book features your average Cynster – arrogant, dominant, unwilling to commit to one woman and terrified of the words ‘I love you’ – I was glad to see that it finally... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant series of books 6 to collect
loved all these cynster bar books and have more to collect on kindle brilliant read really good plots and great characters. defo recommend these books
Published 18 months ago by tony morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoy this series, just one minor gripe
I'm not usually a fan of romance novels, but Stephanie Laurens "Cynster" series is an exception. Well thought-out characters with a good mix of romance/sex and getting on with the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carol Evelin
3.0 out of 5 stars arogues proposal
quite a good read not her best in my estimation. Stephanie Lawrence usually keeps me enthralled this one did not
Published 20 months ago by chicken
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