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4.0 out of 5 stars Simon is one hot Cynster!
The tenth novel in the Cynster series both lives up to the expectations built by its predecessors, and also brings along something a little different. I love the Cynster family and have enjoyed watching them match up with there mates. Here, some years after the events of ‘On a Wicked Dawn’ Simon Cynster is going to a house party attended by, amongst others,...
Published on 31 Mar 2003 by K. Newman

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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing end to a wonderful series of books....
I have so enjoyed all of the other Cynster books and so had really been looking forward to reading Stephanie Laurens's latest offering - which re-visits two characters from previous books (Simon and Portia). Whilst the book isn't actually bad - it's just not in the same league as her others. Just not enough character development and (dare I say it) rather too many dull...
Published on 29 Mar 2003 by Anna Oxford


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4.0 out of 5 stars slightly naughty but love it, 2 July 2009
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Lindymck (Falkirk, Scotland) - See all my reviews
in the tenth(???) book in the cynster series it is the turn of simon, brother to twins amanda and amelia to find his other half. chance would have it that portia that he has known for ten years takes his fancy. portia is longing for a family of her own but to do this she needs a husband so when they cross paths at a house party the sparks fly and in a different way than usual, they find themselves falling in love. t6o add excitement to the book if there wasnt enough a murder occurs at the house party and our couple turn their hand to investigating. great series i love them all. havent read them in sequence and it deosnt take away from the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought-provoking, 23 Dec 2008
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R. Hawes "libre-amore" (england) - See all my reviews
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Having read many of the Bar Cynster books (not particularly in order) and enjoyed them, I looked forward to another enjoyable read. And I was not disappointed.
I felt that this was the best of the series. The characters are well-drawn and demonstrate the difficulties facing men and women who wish to have a successful marriage - as true today as then. But at least today society does not frown on a few kisses and a bit of experience before choosing your lifemate! I must admit Simon must have been very busy to have 'kissed' thousands of women - and where did all these women come from one wonders.
One of my favourite characters is Lady Osbaldstone and in this book my appetite was whetted to learn more of her life too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good Cynster novel, 21 Feb 2013
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M. E. Newell (Georgia, United States) - See all my reviews
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Simon Cynster knows now is the time for him to marry. While at house party he runs in to Portia Ashford, a woman he has know for most of his life. While Simon and Portia start to come together, a murder happens at the house that they are staying at. Now Portia and Simon are hunt for a killer and love.
"The Perfect Lover" is a Cynster that is really not that good. It did take long for the characters to hook-up and that just didn't seem right me for some reason. The sub-plot of the murder just seemed like it was done just to keep the book going. If you want to read a good Cynster novel read "Devil's Bride" because the first book in the series is the best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars As a fan of Stephanie Laurens and the Cynster family, I was happily anticipating this book., 28 Dec 2007
What a dissapointment! Simon and Portia's romance is, essentially, the same story that Laurens told in her last Cynster novel, ON A WICKED DAWN, except in a different setting, with a different cast of characters. I'm not sure why this last Cynster novel was published by William Morrow instead of Avon as the others were, but the switch in publishers didn't help. The editing of this hardback novel is terrible -- there are typos throughout and no one seems to have alerted the author to the fact that she repeats the same verbs over and over again to the point that they were distracting to me. I finally started to count how many times someone 'hauled in a breath' or how many times Simon 'prowled' behind Portia, but finally couldn't stand it any more.
Stephanie Laurens is a very talented author and all I can think is that she must have either rushed the writing of this novel or just run out of steam with this last Cynster male. It's too bad really, since she had the opportunity to write a new kind of Cynster in Simon, a man who came of age during the end of the Regency period, and on the eve of the Victorian period!! Unless you just have to read it, I'd skip it and read Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!
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