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The Ideal Bride (Cynster Novels) [Hardcover]

Stephanie Laurens
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Book Description

Mar 2004 Cynster Novels
Bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has created some of romance's most unforgettable novels. Now she has created her most provocative love story -- and amazing hero -- to date. This is the book that dares to ask the question: Who is this man's ideal bride?

Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament -- a man destined for power. Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly charming, he is just arrogant enough to capture the interest of the ladies of the ton. And with his connections to the wealthy and influential Cynster family -- his sister is married to Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives -- his future appears assured.

Except that Michael lacks the single most important element of success: a wife.
Political pressure sends him searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, malleable young lady, preferably one with a political background. Michael discovers such a paragon but finds a formidable obstacle in his path -- the young lady's beautiful, strong-minded aunt, Caroline Sutcliffe. One of London's foremost diplomatic hostesses, Caro has style and status but, having lived through an unhappy political marriage, wants nothing of the sort for her niece, who has already lost her heart to another.

So Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot: Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for Michael. She succeeds in convincing him that what he really needs is a lady of experience by his side. And the perfect candidate is right under his nose -- Caro herself.

Then it is Michael's turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm as he tempts and tantalizes Caro, seeking to convince her that becoming his bride will bring her all her heart desires . . . and more.

But then a series of mysterious, and dangerous, accidents befall Caro -- an assailant has stepped in with their own idea for Caro's future, one that could involve murder. Before Caro can become Michael's ideal bride, they must race to uncover the unknown's identity before all hope of what they long for, and wish for, is destroyed.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1 edition (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060505737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060505738
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,713,558 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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"'marvellous...' Cathy Kelly" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephanie Laurens is the New York Times bestselling author of many Regency-set Romances, The Perfect Lover is part of the Bar Cynster series. The first six Cynster books deal with the stories of the six cousins known to the town as the Bar Cynster. Subsequent books deal with other members of the Cynster family, extended family, and close friends, Stephanie Laurens' romances have gained many fans, Piatkus will be publishing the entire Cynster series, Other titles will include: On A Wicked Dawn, On a Wild Night, The Promise in a Kiss, The Taste of Innocence. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Passionate 3 April 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a wonderfully passionate and intrigueing novel with a little bite and a wonderful hero that makes you stay focus on the book to read page after page of wonder.
Also read: Fire In The Ice By Katlyn Stewart and Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ideal Bride 4 July 2009
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I am a great fan of Stephanie Laurens, I have all her books, buying them from Amazon is great no having to try and find a shop which sells what I Like to read. Keep up the good work, delivery is also very quick
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just to long 2 Mar 2013
Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament. But to get ahead he is going to need to get a wife He soon set his sites on the niece of Caroline Sutcliffe,the merry widow. After a while Michael realizes that he want Caro, but there is one of many problems, Caro does not want to remarry.
"The Ideal Bride" by Stephanie Laurens was just way to long and seem to be a repeat of the same storyline. I have to say that it was a very hard struggle to finish this book and the only reason that I did is because I invested so much time into it. It seems after reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an Ideal Bride 8 Dec 2012
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I was very disappointed on buying this book as it is advertised as large print and it is not! I bought it for my mother who has very poor eyesight but she was unable to read it and gave it back to me!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old story 17 May 2005
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Just another rehash of every other book she's written. One wants to get married, the other doesn't but is quite happy to make lurve at the drop of a hat in the most unusual places. Few unlikely murder attempts thrown in just to vary things a bit. Happy ending.
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