All About Passion (Cynster Series)

All About Passion (Cynster Series)

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by Stephanie Laurens

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New York Times bestselling Australian author Stephanie Laurens delivers the latest tale in the immensely popular Cynster series. When Chillington is elected an ′honorary Cynster′ at the end of All About Love, he knows he needs a wife , and an heir. His goal; a simple marriage without romance. He agrees to marry a woman he believes to be pliant


New York Times bestselling Australian author Stephanie Laurens delivers the latest tale in the immensely popular Cynster series. When Chillington is elected an ′honorary Cynster′ at the end of All About Love, he knows he needs a wife , and an heir. His goal; a simple marriage without romance. He agrees to marry a woman he believes to be pliant and quiet. Unfortunately for him, the woman he thinks is Francesca Rawling is really her cousin, Franni.Francesca herself is proud, passionate and opinionated in short, the perfect bride for a Cynster...

Editorial Reviews
When Gyles Rawlings, Earl of Chillingworth, was named an honorary Cynster (in All About Love), he was pleased at the recognition of his longtime friendship with the Cynsters but certain that the gesture would not affect his future in the slightest. Unlike the Cynsters, who are destined to wed for love, Gyles is determined that love will play no part in his marriage plans. That's why he's contracted to wed an heiress, sight unseen, to acquire an estate that had once been part of his family's land. He considers it a bonus that, while conducting the negotiations for his perfectly suitable bride, he's met an unforgettable beauty whose passionate nature is the perfect match for his own -- until he discovers that the brazen beauty he plans to make his mistress is, in fact, his promised bride, and she is determined her marriage will be a perfect fusion of passion and love.
Publishers Weekly
Appealing characters and red-hot chemistry breathe new life into a familiar story line in the latest entry in Laurens's Regency-era Cynster series (following All About Love). This time, Cupid's arrow fells Gyles Rawlings, the Earl of Chillingworth and an "honorary Cynster." Gyles realizes that it's time to take a wife and carry on the line, but he's determined to go about it in a businesslike fashion with an arranged marriage. Fortunately, country heiress Francesca Rawlings, a distant relation, seems to be the perfect candidate. She's well favored, pleasant and endowed with an estate that will nicely complement his own. On his wedding day, however, he discovers that the serene, docile woman that he spied in the garden a few days earlier was not Francesca, but her cousin Frannie. The heiress he's contracted for is the passionate hoyden he's met galloping across the downs. Nevertheless, he goes through with the marriage, seizing the opportunity to complete his estate and indulge his passion for the spirited Francesca. She, in turn, is determined to make the earl admit his love for her. The stubbornness of the hero and heroine, though the center of the story's conflict, may irritate some readers, but Laurens's twist on the bride-switch, arranged marriage formula is fun, spicy and sure to please. (Sept. 4) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Chapter One

August 1820

"Good evening, my lord. Your uncle has called. He's awaiting you in the library."

Gyles Frederick Rawlings, fifth Earl of Chillingworth, paused in the act of divesting himself of his greatcoat, then shrugged and let the heavy coat fall into his butler's waiting hands. "Indeed?"

"I understand Lord Walpole will shortly return to Lambourn Castle. He wondered if you had any messages for the Dowager Countess."

"In other words," Gyles murmured, resettling his cuffs, "he wants the latest gossip and knows better than to return to Mama and my aunt without it."

"As you say, my lord. In addition, Mr. Waring called earlier. On ascertaining that you were returning this evening, he left word that he would hold himself ready to wait on your lordship at your earliest convenience."

"Thank you, Irving." Gyles strolled into his front hall. Behind him, the front door quietly shut, propelled by a silent footman. Pausing in the middle of the green-and-white tiles, Gyles glanced back at Irving, waiting, a picture of patience in his butler's black. "Summon Waring." GyIes turned down the hall. "Send a footman with the carriage, given it's so late."

"Immediately, my lord."

Another well-trained footman opened the library door; Gyles walked in; the door closed behind him.

His uncle, Horace Walpole, was sitting on the chaise, legs stretched out, a half-empty brandy balloon in one hand. He cracked open one eye, then openedboth and sat up. "There you are, m'boy. I was wondering if I'd have to go back newsless, and considering what would be safe to concoct."

Gyles crossed to the tantalus. "I believe I can spare your imagination. I'm expecting Waring shortly."

"That new man-of-business of yours?"

Gyles nodded. Glass in hand, he crossed to his favorite armchair and sank into its leather-cushioned comfort. "He's been looking into a small matter for me."

"Oh? Which matter?"

"Who I should marry."

Horace stared, then straightened. "Hell's bells! You're serious."

"Marriage is not a subject on which I would jest."

"Glad to hear it." Horace took a large sip of his brandy.

"Henni said you'd be making a move in that direction, but Ireally didn't think you would -- well, not yet."

Gyles hid a wry smile. Horace had been his guardian since his father's death; he'd been seven at the time of his sire's demise, so it was Horace who'd guided him through adolesence and youth. Despite that, he could still surprise Horace. His aunt Henrietta, Henni to all, was another matter -- she seemed to know instinctively what he was thinking on all major issues, even though he was here in London while she resided at his principal estate in Berkshire. As for his mother, also at Lambourn Castle, he'd long been grateful that she kept her perceptions to herself. "It's not as if marriage is something I can avoid."

"There is that." Horace conceded. "Osbert as the next earl is not something any of us could stomach. Least of all Osbert."

"So Great-aunt Millicent regularly informs me." Gyles nodded at the large desk farther down the room. "That letter there -- the thick one? That'll be another missive demanding I do my duty by the family, pick a suitable chit, and marry with all speed. One arrives every week without fail."

Horace pulled a face.

"And, of course, every time I cross Osbert's path, he looks at me as if I'm his only possible salvation."

"Well, you are. If you don't marry and beget an heir, he'll be for it. And Osbert in charge of the earldom is entirely too depressing a thought to contemplate." Horace drained his glass. "Still, I wouldn't have thought you'd let old Millicent and Osbert jockey you into marrying to please them."

"Perish the thought. But if you must know, and I'm sure Henni will want to, I intend to marry entirely to suit myself. I'm thirty-five, after all. Further denying the inevitable will only make the adjustment more painful -- I'm set in my ways as it is." He rose and held out his hand.

Horace grimaced and gave him his glass. "Devilish business, marriage -- take my word for it. Sure it isn't all these Cynsters marrying that's niggled you into taking the plunge?"

"That's where I was today -- Somersham. There was a family gathering to show off all the new wives and infants. If I'd needed any demonstration of the validity of your thesis, today would have provided it."

Refilling their glasses, GyIes pushed aside the prickling presentiment evoked by his old friend Devil Cynster's latest infernal machination. "Devil and the others elected me an honorary Cynster." Turning from the tantalus, he handed Horace his glass, then resumed his seat. "I pointed out that while we might share countless characteristics, I'm not, and never will be, a Cynster."

He would not marry for love. That fate, as he'd assured Devil for years, would never be his.

Every Cynster male seemed unavoidably to succumb, jettisoning rakish careers of legendary proportions for love and the arms of one special lady. There'd been six in the group popularly known as the Bar Cynster, and now all were wed, all exclusively and unswervingly focused on their wives and growing families. If there was, within him, a spark of envy, he made sure it was buried deep. The price they'd paid was not one he could afford.

Horace snorted. "Love matches are the Cynsters' forte. Seem to be all the rage these days, but take my word for it -- an arranged marriage has a lot to recommend it."

"My thoughts exactly. Earlier this summer I set Waring the task of investigating all the likely candidates to see which , if any, had dower properties that would materially add to the..."

All About Passion. Copyright © by Stephanie Laurens. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.

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All About Passion (Cynster Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The 6 Cynster cousins are all very powerful men; but, this is the best in the series of the Bar Cynster so far! Although, you must read about all of the before. I think Chillingsworth's is the most dramatic, and the most romantic. Fighting all the way to the inevitable. L-O-V-E for Franchesca.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1820 London, thirty-five years old Gyles Rawlings, the Earl of Chillingworth, decides it is time to marry. Unlike the Bar Cynster brood he considers close friends, but who have married for love, he plans to wed a bride who will add property to his estate. With that in mind, he has his businessman investigate prospective brides. Based on the report, Gyles chooses Lady Francesca Rawlings as his future spouse for a piece of property she owns that he wants to gain the deed.

The marriage is arranged as a business deal, but at the altar, Gyles fails to look at his bride until the vows are exchanged. When he lifts her veil, he finds not the docile Francesca he expected, but her wild cousin of the same name. Angry and feeling duped, Gyles wants to reject his wife, but cannot resist her siren¿s call and soon he learns what the Bar Cynster males now know that it is ALL ABOUT PASSION for one special person.

Though this tale¿s theme of a doubting rake falling in love is the same as several of her previous novels, Stephanie Laurens imbues freshness to her story line. The romance between the lead couple is ardent and having the ¿courtship¿ occur after their vows adds vigor to the mix, especially since Gyles has quite a self made mountain to surmount. Regency romance readers will enjoy this story and relish the upcoming books starring the distaff twin cousins seeking a man on a par with any Cynster male.

Harriet Klausner

DustymomCA More than 1 year ago
I'm up to book 8. Great stories & interaction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 350 page 1820's English romance book of an Earl, who as an honorary Cynster, decides to dodge fate's love match and contract an arranged marriage - do you hear Fate laughing??? Enjoy this story of drama, jealousy, romance, murder plots, family imvolvements, and lover's explicit sex scenes.
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