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Rogues' Reform: The Reasons for Marriage, a Lady of Expectations, an Unwilling Conquest [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373834586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373834587
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,663 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lester regency Romance trilogy in one volume 31 Oct 2011
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
At the outset of her writing career, Stephanie Laurens wrote a trilogy of Regency romance novels about three siblings from the Lester family, Lenore, Jack, and Harry.

The three books have been published individually as

1) The Reasons for Marriage (Lenore),
2) A Lady of Expectations (Jack), and
3) An Unwilling Conquest (Harry).

This volume contains all three books of that trilogy.

There is a fourth book in the series. One of the supporting characters in these novels, particularly "An Unwilling Conquest," is Lord Philip Ruthven, and Miss Laurens subsequently wrote a romance for him, entitled A Comfortable Wife. In that story, Lord Philip runs into a young lady who is determined to prove that she would make him a comfortable wife in the belief that this is what he wants. Fortunately for them both, in this belief she is entirely mistaken ...

The first two Lester novels have also been published in a double volume called "A Season for Marriage (STP - Mills & Boon lead), though I cannot see much point in buying that one if you can get "Rogues Reform" for a remotely similar price (which you usually can.)

These books were written well before the Cynster, Bastion Club, and Black Cobra books.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book after reading the first four of the Cynster family, enjoyed it immensely but without the slightly racier elements of the Cynster's. Of the three stories included in this collection, the first is my favourite. Our heroine is determined to live life her way even with the interference of "slightly" arrogant males! Great story right to the end. The second story is full of misunderstandings, a little self-sacrifice and suitable heroics. The final story is probably my least favourite as it didn't quite catch my imagination like the others, but still a nice tale. The three members of the Lester family were great to meet and I'm sure I'll read their stories over and over.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!! All 809 Pages Worth!!! 10 July 2000
By Deborah L. Kepler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is actually 3 separately titled novels by Stephanie Laurens. The first "The Reasons For Marriage" (1994): Jason, Duke of Eversleigh has finally determined that it is time that he wed. His future bride should be intelligent, able to hostess large gatherings with ease, run his households with efficiency, willing to stay in the country, bear him an heir and a spare, and allow him to return to his previous lifestyle in London. Easy right? Well he found that and more in Miss Lenore Lester. She has been managing her father's and brother's financial affairs, hostessing all of their parties, and running their estate for eleven years. When Jason meets Lenore, he finds that she's the perfect woman to be his Duchess, but what he finds out is that his 'reasons for marriage' are not all they're cracked up to be, and when he falls in love with her, they matter not at all.
In "A Lady of Expectations" (1995), Jack Lester decided that it's his turn to take a wife, only he wants someone like his sister Lenore, a perfect hostess, attractive, and comfortable to live with. But, he must find one soon, before the matchmaking mammas find out the the Lester fortunes have been restored! He goes to a party given by Lady Asforby, an old family friend, and meets Sophia Winterton and sees his destiny. Sophie feels his gaze from the other side of the room and is captivated, until she finds out that he needs to marry an heiress, which she is not, and fights his attentions all the way. How will he convince her that he doesn't need an heiress, that all he needs is her?
"An Unwilling Conquest" (1996) finds Harry Lester running from the Season and from the matron's who want him for their daughters. What he finds instead is an upturned carriage with the most beautiful pair of blues eyes that need rescuing. When Mrs. Lucinda Babbacombe sees the strong hand reaching into the carriage to pull her out, she is struck by a sensation she has never felt before. Being a widow and fairly experienced, this confuses her, until she realizes that he feels the same reaction and is fighting it. How does she face this 'unwilling conquest' and make him understand that what they feel is magic and they will be together forever? Only love will show the way, together with a few interfering friends and relatives!!
I loved this book...being that I'm a very fast reader, a book of this length was a wonderful way to really 'sink' my teeth into. I love Stephanie Laurens, anything she writes is a keeper!!
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rouge's Reform 1 July 2000
By Eliza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very good - three distinct love stories set in Regency Englandfocused on the pursuit of marriage by commanding heroes facingdetermined resistance. Smart, engaging, passionate - overall, a good read.
If you like romances with strong characters (think Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Julie Garwood), you should enjoy this. However, I would suggest a more recent effort, "Devil's Bride", if you've never read Laurens before.
For long-time fans, this novel is a re-release of three previously published titles about the Lester family (Lenore, Jack, Harry): Reasons for Marriage (1994), A Lady of Expectations (1995), and An Unwilling Conquest (1996).
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hhhhmmmmm�.. 16 Aug 2000
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have mixed feelings about this anthology. First and foremost I must state that Ms. Laurens is an excellent writer and an extremely consistent one. I have yet to read anything of hers that was out and out bad. The three stories contained in this book were well written and enjoyable to read...(Here comes the "but")...but they were short Regency style stories and not usually what I expect from her. After reading and being kept mesmerized by her Cynaster series, (all full length books), I was a bit disappointed in the content of each of the Lester stories. Each account had some sort of MISUNDERSTANDING and I got very frustrated by this. At one point I just felt like screaming and saying, "damn it, just TALK to one another and you'll solve all your problems! ".
The Lesters were reluctant to marry and these are their stories, which are basically about how to convince them otherwise. This led to a bit of a monotonous dialogue, and plotline. We had the three plotlines that could be written about: the female who doesn't want to marry but a male suitor who needs to start a family, a male who doesn't really want to marry but has to for family reasons, and the male who doesn't want to marry at all but falls in love nonetheless. In each story the hero and heroine have a problem communicating. The plots are very thin, revolving around the marriage issue, with a little suspense thrown in for good measure. I am just used to intricate plots and wonderful sensuality in Ms. Laurens books and I found both lacking here.
I had not realized that these were all previously released stories and just rereleased in this anthology. By all means, pick this up for short reading bursts (like at the beach or a trip) because the writing is better than 95% of the books out there, just do not expect the typical (later) Ms. Lauren's fare.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lester Family! 2 July 2000
By Mystery Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stephanie Laurens fans who have looked for the Lester family stories for years are in luck, as ROGUE'S REFORM is a 3-in-1 combo book showcasing the Lester family. Long out of print, many fans have been unable to locate copies of these books and consequently will be very pleased with ROGUE'S REFORM. Although these stories don't sizzle as much as Lauren's other series, the Cynster family stories, they are very nice regencies.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rogues' Reform by Stephanie Laurens 3 July 2000
By Naomi Gluckstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rogues' Reform contains three complete novels by the Bar Cynster author. For accuracy of the period, there are few authors to beat Stephanie Laurens, and although less 'raunchy' than her later books, each book is a delightful read. They individually chronicle the journey into love and marriage (or in the case of the first book, "The Reasons for Marriage" the other way around) of the Lester sibblings, Lenore, Jack and Harry. "A Lady of Expectations" is Jack's story, Sophie is the lady in question, looking for a wealthy husband as she is no heiress. The best of them all is "An Unwilling Conquest", which is Harry's story. Leaving town to avoid the machinations of match-making mamas following the revellation of the fortune recently inherited by the two Lester brothers, Harry determines he won't fall into any woman's clutches. Ah well, not two miles out of Newmarket, on the way to the races, he meets Lucinda Babbacombe. All in all, a lovely read.
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