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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens has returned to another utterly irresistible branch on her beloved Cynster family tree....
The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man... a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker", Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell.
But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.
A task infernally complicated by the undeniable, unquenchable attraction that flares between James and Henrietta, who continues to believe she will never fall....
©2012 Savdek Management Proprietary Ltd. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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By April on 03-28-13

Classic Laurens

If you've listened to more than one Cynster novel, you probably know the formula, and yet, like me, continue to buy because the characters are cozy and familiar.

This one is better than some - less repetitive description, more interaction between hero and heroine, and reappearance of characters from older books.

If I had one complaint, it would be the paucity of Lady Osbaldestone's acerbic dialogue.

(Has anyone else noticed that change of narrators means change in pronouncing her name?)

I liked it, which means I will listen to it again - my personal benchmark for any book.

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By Vicki on 06-25-13

Great Story, Weak Narrator

This was a really good book in the Cynster Sisters series. I think it is helpful to have read a couple of stories on the Cynster family before you read this book, but it is not critical. I really liked Henriettta and James' story - it developed well and the characters were interesting. Henrietta, at 29, was known in society as the "Matchbreaker." She broke-up James' plans to marry another lady that he did not love, but he needed a wife in a set time frame to meet the terms of his Great Aunt's will. After learning his circumstances, Henrietta agrees to help James find a new bride, but they end up falling in love with each other during that process. I think what helped keep the book really interesting was the murder/attempted murder-mystery that intertwines with the story. I was surprised at the very PG nature of the sex scenes in this book, which were often times cheesy in their attempt to keep out any details, mild or otherwise. I seem to recall her books having much more heat and passion.

The narrator, Matthew Brenher, was not good. His female voices were pathetic and distracting. However, the book was still worth listening to.

Ms. Laurens set-up the next book for Henrietta's sister Mary, and based on the preview, I am hopeful that Mary's book is going to be excellent, so I look forward to listening to that!

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By bookworm on 05-03-13

Enjoyable Story

I enjoyed this story more than some of Stephanie Laurens' more recent books but I prefer the love scenes in her earlier Cynster books. She has become a bit too flowery for me, in her later books. I still read them all though!

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By H on 08-14-17


A bit wooden performance wise and some of the women's voices are breathy and make the characters sound pathetic - which they are not.
I preferred this story when I read the book.
Blaggard blaggard blaggard - the term used to describe the villain! Was overused in my opinion. Next time I listen - I'll play a game to count the tally of times said!!!

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