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The Perfect Lover par [Laurens, Stephanie]
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Setting: England, 1835
Sensuality: 8

A wealthy and powerful rake of the English ton, Simon Cynster has known Portia Ashford, equally wealthy and well-educated, since they were children. By sheer chance, he decides it's time to find a wife at the same time that she decides she wants children and must find a husband. Knowing each other so well is both a blessing and a curse, for when it dawns on Simon that he's in love with Portia, he's well aware that she'll feel challenged by his protectiveness and wary of having her independence curtailed. For her part, Portia feels safe exploring her newly awakened sensuality with Simon, but she’s not at all sure that he'll make a suitable husband. While they're feeling their way through a minefield of turbulent emotions, they're distracted by several unexplained "accidents," and when a member of the weekend house party they’re attending dies, Simon is confronted with the urgent need to keep Portia safe from harm.

Readers who have followed Laurens's tales of the Cynster family will be delighted with this latest novel from the author, for it brings together the "last unmarried male Cynster of his generation" and the lady who was his childhood nemesis. New readers, as well as dedicated fans, will be intrigued by the well-crafted plot, impeccable English setting, and the charming cast of characters. --Lois Faye Dyer

From Publishers Weekly

A genteel party in England in 1835 becomes the setting for romance and a dash of violence as prolific romance author Laurens (On a Wicked Dawn) makes her hardcover debut, the 10th entry in a series about the arrogant Cynster males. Portia Ashford has one goal in mind as she accompanies her eccentric mentor, Lady Osbaldestone, to Glossup Hall in Dorset. Portia wants children, and has reluctantly accepted that she must marry in order to have them. She is determined to learn as much as possible about men, with an eye to choosing one. Also seeking a spouse at the gathering is a man whom she's detested since childhood, the self-satisfied Simon Cynster. He playfully tutors her on the subject of men while hiding his true intent, and he soon progresses far beyond the bounds of propriety. Portia plays along, unconcerned about pregnancy or social ostracism. When they're not thus frolicking, the couple glower disapprovingly at their married hostess, Kitty Glossup, who flings herself at male guests and a gardener or two. Half way through the book, Portia stumbles over Kitty's corpse and finds that she, too, is a target. Simon and Portia help a police inspector plan a scheme that causes further jeopardy for Portia, then a rousing conclusion and matrimonial bliss-no surprise, given there was never any serious obstacle between the young lovers. As with Laurens's earlier titles, the generous doses of erotica will appeal to devotees of romantic suspense.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0060533323
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reissue (13 octobre 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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HASH(0x90eeb450) étoiles sur 5 I'm so glad this is the last Cynster book! 10 février 2003
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Plot description on this book's page. This is better than ON A WILD NIGHT & ON A WICKED DAWN. I really disliked those two books. DEVIL'S BRIDE was the best in this series. About this book: it was OK till about a third of the way through; then it seemed to lose its direction. There are just so many pages of sex that can take the place of character and plot development. All the two main characters did was talk about their control issues. They are not willing to risk their heart/soul to another--and the secondary characters were cardboard figures, this book could have been so much more. Simon is part of a group of males who mate for love, and are happy. Yet he seems not to want to risk anything to attain this. It's as if he is afraid of being happy and fulfilled. To be honest, I've never understood the theme that runs through these books about these strong, true men being afraid to love and equating that with the loss of control. Ms. Laurens has beat this idea to death for this series, and it's boring. Simon and Portia have pages of discussion with themselves about what they are feeling and should they/will they connect with each other and if they do can they keep something of themselves back--who cares! You can see the minor mystery coming from a mile away, and the villain is easy to spot. The promise is there but the book is disappointing. Read WORTH ANY PRICE by Lisa Kleypas instead or re-read DEVIL'S BRIDE. At the end of this book is an intro for a new series Ms. Laurens is doing that takes place in the year following Waterloo (1815) with what looks to be 7 men. Let's hope it will be different and more plot driven. Ms. Laurens--sex in romance books is always great, but it should go hand in hand with a good plot, not instead of it.
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HASH(0x90eeb8b8) étoiles sur 5 Same story, different names... 13 février 2003
Par haes - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a fan of Stephanie Laurens and the Cynster family, I was happily anticipating this book. 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. I can live with mediocre editing (maybe) if I pay a paperback price, but I expect more when I'm shelling out the money for a hardcover.
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.
I will read her new (coming in 2003) Bastion Club novel in hopes that, by leaving the Cynsters behind, she recaptures her old spark.
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HASH(0x90eeb864) étoiles sur 5 A personal favorite 8 avril 2004
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I am really surprised at the low rating this book has received. I have read most of SL's books and this is one of the few I have kept. Not that her others are bad, they are all really good stories, but this one hooked me right from the start and I only put it down when I had to (I even read it in the tub, and I've never done that before!). I liked the fact that Simon and Portia didn't dance around their attraction to one another. Rather, they chose to give into it in a controlled manner to see if a relationship between two strong-willed people would be possible. None of this "you compromised me so we have to get married" nonsense that shows up in so many historical novels. Rather, Portia chooses how much intimacy they will have, and honestly admits that marriage is not a guaranteed outcome. I envied her for having a handsome, intelligent man willing to satisfy her curiosity at her pace. That they fall in love despite their assumptions that they wouldn't may be predictable (romance novels do have happy endings), but the way this confusing turn of events affects the couple and makes them learn more about themselves is fascinating. And those other reviews that make the book sound like a nonstop sexathon are ridiculous. They don't make love until halfway through the story, which is pretty late for many romance novels, and while there are several very steamy love scenes that follow, they all serve to clarify or deepen some aspect of the relationship. SL writes these moments as erotic and tender, not just the "position of the day". I'm very glad I trusted my history with this author more than the lopsided reviews here, or I might have missed out on of the best stories I have ever read.
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HASH(0x90eebab0) étoiles sur 5 Hot sex keeps this book from falling completely flat 17 avril 2003
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Simon Cynster has inherited a house and now he needs a wife. He's never considered his childhood acquaintance Portia Ashford as a potential mate before, but when she proposes that he seduce her and teach her about the sexual side of a relationship, his thoughts come to a quick focus. Portia is an independent woman. Simon is much too demanding to be right for her, but she can't deny the attraction.
Author Stephanie Laurens is comfortable with sex, delighting in descriptions of escalating foreplay and frequent intercourse as Portia and Simon act through their charade. In THE PERFECT LOVER, she is a little less comfortable with story. Portia and Simon settle into frequent sex for the first two hundred pages, then decide to solve a murder between sexual interludes in the second half of the book.
Set in 1830s England, the games of nobility and manners play out in a country summer party. THE PERFECT LOVER is well enough written, with some amusing word choices (if her breath really comes in ragged pants, shouldn't she repair those pants soon?). The book's real strong point, though, is the sex. Readers who find detailed accounts of sexual activity offensive will want to avoid THE PERFECT LOVER as will readers hoping for a plot. Readers who like titillation in a safely historical setting may find THE PERFECT LOVER a delight.
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HASH(0x90eeb888) étoiles sur 5 lots of sexual scenes + murder in the library... 15 février 2003
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"The Perfect Lover" turned out to be a rather interesting read -- once I had skimmed through all those pages that dealt with the ... antics of Simon and Portia, that is. Nothing against [explicit] scenes, but there is a limit to how many such scenes I want to plod through, and when these scenes didn't really advance the plot in any way (in my opinion) and actually begin to detract from my reading pleasure -- well then what's the point of having them? And a further word of warning: if you're a mystery buff, don't expect too much from the mystery subplot. While the murder of the flighty, malicious and naive young Kitty Glossup takes place in the middle of the book, discovering who the murderer is, esp since the murderer seems to have set his/her sights on Portia, still takes back-seat to the sexual situations between Portia and Simon.
On the whole, there weren't too many things that niggled about this novel. But one thing that really puzzled was how Simon and Portia were able to disappear for hours on end and no one remark on it. (And how it is that no one notices their crumpled clothing or mussed hair also beggared belief. Ms Laurens doesn't really go into this either. Perhaps that why Simon is the 'perfect lover' in that he's able to do all those things to Portia and for her to still remain in relatively neat and pristine condition?). Portia is even able to spend several nights in Simon's bed without any servant remarking on this, and any gossip making the rounds. If anyone's looking for the perfect country house to have a tryst, Glossup Hall is definitely the place to consider! (And am I the only one to think that Portia's and Simon's sneaking around to [make love] while a murderer is stalking her odd?
The other thing that niggled was Portia's incredibly modern attitude about having an illegitimate child. About halfway through the book, while she's pondering whether or not to surrender her virginity to Simon, she suddenly decides that the whole concept about an unmarried woman being a virgin was an outdated thing and that having a child out of wedlock would not be a problem because she came from a loving and supportive family that would not turn their backs on her. And anyway who cares what Society thinks? Not she! The fact that the unfortunate child would face taunts and some ostracism at school and later on in life never even crosses the silly twit's mind. To clarify: there's nothing wrong about Portia's attitude if this were a modern day romance novel, but in 1830? No matter how forward thinking, no sensitive woman would have wanted to burden any child with the stigma of illegitimacy.
On the whole, though, except for these two issues, I rather enjoyed "The Perfect Lover." Stephanie Laurens did a rather good job of melding together the murder at a country house subplot with that of a sensual ... romp. I also liked the little character sketches she provided in the first chapter of all the guests at the house party, as well as how she managed to imbue the novel with an atmosphere of impending doom and disaster. Also nicely done was how Ms Laurens explored the whole issue of marriage, what it entails and means, by juxtaposing the unhappily married Kitty Glossup's antics with Portia's serious ruminations. I even enjoyed the pairing of Simon and Portia and rather wished that Ms Laurens had spent more time exploring their friendship and blossoming love instead of concentrating on bedroom gymnastics. I also rather wished that she had spent a little more time dwelling on how and why Kitty had ended the way she had, and in fleshing out a couple more characters, like Winifred Archer (Kitty's elder sister), (more esp) Drusilla Calvin, a mousy and frumpy spinster who seems to have little or no interest in any of the eligible men at the house party, and the Bow Street investigator, Stokes.
Given that I don't generally expect much from a Cynster novel, "The Perfect Lover" was a pleasant surprise. However, I do think that this is a novel that fans of the Cynsters will enjoy more fully, as I was definitely left with the feeling that while this was a pleasant enough read, the novel could have been so much more if certain aspects, characters and the murder subplot had been more developed.
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