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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Doesn't add or detract from the Cynster Series

    In this historical romance starring Cynster male #10 and his very own reluctant bride-to-be, a should've been delightful party is the setting for the "love" match between Simon Cynster and Portia Ashford. When we met Simon in Book 1 Devil's Bride, he's visibly struggling to deal with his brother's death, dazedly seeking out his powerful cousin, the Duke (Devil) to help him deal, and Devil delivers, gently and patiently and keeps the poor kid calm and focused on the task of "always the gentleman". ("Make your bow.") Now he's all growed up, doing little more than bouncing from bed to bed, but ready for a family of his own. Simon and Portia have known each other awhile, and his tendency to protect rankles her. Her reaction is understandable, considering they're not blood relatives, thereby making what she does or doesn't do, really none of his business. But apparently, he's managed to make an ass of himself, and I'd cuss him out, too. Portia wants babies and realizes that she must be married. Good girl. Add that to Simon's decision to follow in the footsteps of his formidable, older, dreamboaty cousins and it's a Cynster story, ya'll! The hitch in the get-along (besides all the hatin') is that she wants to know what it is that drives men and women to marriage. She needs to be tutored in sex by someone with experience and discretion. Enter Simon. She'll overlook his rake reputation because he's pedigreed after all. The games start. Without informing her of his real interest in her as his wife, he's playing to convince her to get serious and consider him "husband", and she's just playing. So maybe he would be a good husband. But wait, maybe they can just have the baby. Maybe - Baby. Baby - Maybe. Wife or wifey? Wifey or wife? And it goes on and on like this for days. Buffets, servants, butlers, genteel entertainments, men being perfect gentlemen, tiresome page after tiresome page of unromantic sexual interludes. It seems the only time they realize that their negative feelings have changed to NOT love, but concern (and that's what I get from it), is when Portia's in danger. Which brings me to the murder. This, I figure, must be the plot, and as modestly as it's written it's welcome respite from the non-romantic sex. Even as they approached each sexual interlude they'll still hatin' on each other. Unless you count going from deep dislike to deep lust to, somehow, an apparent deep trust, there is no character development, but in spite of that they do get married (hey that's no spoiler! if you've read about one Cynster you've read about the next. they ALL get tired of being single, they ALL meet some woman who doesn't want to get married but they just got to have her, they ALL have some type of murder mystery to solve and they ALL marry that reluctant woman!) You don't get to know, witness, or understand how Simon and Portia get anywhere near an altar. Perplexing development: Portia falls underwater with the murderer who plans to murder her, and Simon, after deciding that she might not like his rescuing her because he thinks that she'd think he was thinking that she can't handle herself, declines to dive in after the "love of his life". Simon waits - and she appreciates his consideration! NaziFeminism lives! Would have served them both right and been one hell of a book had she drowned!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004


    Do not waste your time with this book. Any of the other cynster novels are a good read, but this one was simply painful. I couldn't even finish it. If you want really good romance read anything by Lisa Kleypas, Mary Baloush, or earlier Stephanie Laurens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2004

    Finished-but was difficult to do

    This is the third book I have read by this author. I read the two Bastion Club books and truly enjoyed them. However, this one had way too much sex in it as well as repeating the same message/thoughts of the principals over and over again. I love romance novels but I think readers need to be intrigued with more than sex. The mystery came way too late in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    My first read by this author

    This is my first book by this author. I decided not to read any further until I read the other reviews. She writes well. Dialoque, humor, etc. but I felt it was just so much sex, not enough character depth. The sex went on and on. I really didn't like it. I did like some of the characters, Lady O. Because of the previous review, I will try one more of her Cynster novels hoping for more depth of plot, love and romance, and feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    The Perfect Lover is lacking

    Having thoroughly enjoyed The Bar Cynster series, The Promise in a Kiss, and All About Passion, I expected The Perfect Lover would be at least as enticing, if not more so. Instead I found this tale following up on Simon and Portia's introduction in On a Wicked Dawn belabored and the plot uninspired. Other than brief, unsatisfying tidbits, Laurens fails to give us much sense of who these two people are. What have Simon and Portia done these past eight years and how will he and Portia live their lives after marriage? The sexual relationship between Simon and Portia develops in typical Laurens fashion, highly sensual and with a healthy sense of intimacy and of mutual respect - the ultimate goal being love within marriage. While this is always a welcome contrast to the depressingly transparent misogyny so often portrayed in many romance books,in this volume underdeveloped characters and a thin plot are overwhelmed with too many sex scenes that do not add to a sense of the lovers' characters and goals. As I was eagerly anticipating other Bar Cynster characters (besides Lady O) being involved in The Perfect Lover, none of the family arrived at the scene. Taking them away as an engaged couple to another venue may have helped add some depth to the plot. Why abandon the strong Cynster family personas just because The Bar Cynster series is complete? I would hope in the follow-up tales of the love relationships and marriages of the brothers and male cousins of Cynster wives that this omission is not repeated.

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