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The Taste Of Innocence: Number 15 in series (Bar Cynster) Paperback – 6 Dec 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (6 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749938633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749938635
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Stephanie's last fourteen titles have been New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestsellers. She lives in a leafy suburb in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two daughters, along with two cats, Shakespeare and Marlowe.


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Miss Laurens never fails to impress. A 5 star read of wonderful Cynsters. Loved it. More please of all your books.
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Not my favourite of this author 's work....very repetitive.
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When a rich handsome and highly eligible peer decides to marry he does not expect to be refused - especially by someone who could be considered 'on the shelf'. Sarah is no fool. She has known Charlie for years but although it is obvious she has nurtured a tendre for him she is determined to know why he has offered and is not impressed by his assessment that they are from similar backgrounds, have a long acquaintance and would 'deal exceptionally well together'. She insists he woos her before giving her answer. It is a challenge Charlie is determined to win. By degrees he seduces her - always going a little bit further but never too far in order to keep her wanting more. There are times when they cann't be alone and their desperation is tangible. The sex scenes are steamy and an integral part of the story as Charlie does his utmost to have Sarah agree to marry him without understanding what truly drives him to succeed. He succeeds in winning her hand yet he is determined not to love. Wanting only a conventional marriage for personal reasons he is devastated when he realises he does love her and tries to keep his distance. His behavior drives a wedge between them and allows for the subplot to develop. I think his rejection of her after their marriage was placed to allow the sub-plot to develop.
The sub plot threatens Sarah and her heritage (an orphanage)and Charlie's business interests, and this is threaded throughout the story - although the culprit etc is not difficult to guess.
I enjoyed the story but give it 4 stars as I thought it a little too formulaic - seduction (excellent), rejection (questionable), threat (very 'regency'), reconciliation (good).
I would read this book again as the relationship was developed very well, and the characters were well matched and believable but I'd cheat next time and skip the plot paragraphs.
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This is the fourteenth novel in the Cynster series but it works very well as a standalone book with just occasional glimpses of characters from the other books. It gives an interesting insight into the wooing and the early days of a marriage between an Earl and a woman whom he has known his entire life. Sarah Conningham is a 23 year old woman who is part of a happy family and whose nature is warm and loving. However the reason that she has turned down several offers of marriage in the last few years is because she believes that marriage without love isn't worth it - she's only going to marry for love. The inconvenient attraction she feels for Charlie Morwellan, eighth Earl of Meredith, is something she has to ignore as he has no interest whatsoever in her.

When Charlie offers for Sarah it is because he knows she will make the perfect countess. They have grown up together and although they don't know each other well he knows that she is just what he needs. However he's surprised to find that she doesn't instantly accept his proposal but instead asks for two weeks to get to know him. Charlie decides to use the time to persuade her into the marriage and goes about this with traditional wooing mixed up with sensual experience. A lot of the first section of the book is details of their kissing and more but it's well written and it gives an idea of the characters, their thoughts and how they are getting to know each other.

The second part of the book follows their early days of marriage when Charlie realises he has fallen in love with his wife but is afraid it will cause him to make bad decisions, as his father did, and so he tries to withdraw. Although whilst reading the story this makes some kind of sense, subsequently it all seems a bit unlikely.
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All in all, another sparkling read from Stephanie Laurens, with the Cynster connection and various other characters running through it. I find the most appealing part of her works is that they can be read as an entire body, or independently with various characters and relationships popping hither and yon throughout. There is also just about the right content of smut throughout.

It was thoroughly enjoyed.
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My favourite stephanie Laurens books so far! I love that this book has more than just the love storyline, but the who dunnit storyline too. Although it is obvious who and what is happening, i had to read this at every chance I got!

The love story was brilliant, passionate and heart warming. My husband wondered why I was in such a good mood lately and it's because of this book!!

Can't wait to get stuck into another Cynster novel!
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Format: Paperback
I have become a big fan of Stephanie Lauren- her books are well written and the plots usually meaty. This however was a massive disappointment. I usually devour her books in a day or so... this one i kept giving up on.

In my opinion Stephanie ran out of steam on this one. The characters are pretty boring, you don't come across any sort of a plot until half way through the book, and by that stage i didn't really care what happened.

It is just one 'love making' scene after the next with nothing in between so i ended up skipping whole chunks, because, quite franky, it was boring.

Definitely NOT one i would recommend- which is rare!

Read a Karen Hawkins for the first time in between reading that one... definately worth a read.
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