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The Ideal Bride (Cynster Series)
     

The Ideal Bride (Cynster Series)

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by Stephanie Laurens
 

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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has created some of romance's most unforgettable novels. Now she has created her most provocative love story—and amazing hero—to date. This is the book that dares to ask the question: Who is this man's ideal bride?

Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member

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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has created some of romance's most unforgettable novels. Now she has created her most provocative love story—and amazing hero—to date. This is the book that dares to ask the question: Who is this man's ideal bride?

Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament—a man destined for power. Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly charming, he is just arrogant enough to capture the interest of the ladies of the ton. And with his connections to the wealthy and influential Cynster family—his sister is married to Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives—his future appears assured.

Except that Michael lacks the single most important element of success: a wife.

Political pressure sends him searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, malleable young lady, preferably one with a political background. Michael discovers such a paragon but finds a formidable obstacle in his path—the young lady's beautiful, strong-minded aunt—Caroline Sutcliffe.

One of London's foremost diplomatic hostesses, Caro has style and status but, having lived through an unhappy political marriage, wants nothing of the sort for her niece, who has already lost her heart to another.

So Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot—Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for Michael. She succeeds in convincing him that what he really needs is a lady of experience by his side.

And the perfect candidate is right under his nose—Caro herself. Then it is Michael's turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm as he tempts and tantalizes Caro, seeking to convince her that becoming his bride will bring her all her heart desires . . . and more.

But then a series of mysterious, and dangerous, accidents befall Caro—an assailant has stepped in with their own idea for Caro's future—one that could involve murder. Before Caro can become Michael's ideal bride, they must race to uncover the unknown's identity before all hope of what they long for, and wish for, is destroyed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061745843
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Series:
Cynster Series , #11
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
49,661
File size:
2 MB

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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Ideal Bride (Cynster Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am a huge Laurens fan, I found 'The Ideal Bride' a bore. The mix of an alpha male seducing his woman of choice to the alter with a very trite mystery to solve on the way is getting old. Where is the character development? All the Cynster males are becoming interchangeable, the females are all one themed characters and the sex scenes are repititious. I know Stephanie Laurens can do better than this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tony and Olivier Award winner Clare Higgins brings verve and eloquence to her performance of the latest from Australian romance novelist, Stephanie Laurens. Those familiar with the author's Cynster novels will find 'The Ideal Bride' an entertaining listen as Laurens mixes mystery with love. Our hero is Michael Anstruther-Wetherby, a headed-for-great-things politico, who is used to getting what he wants when he wants it. In this case, realizing that a perfect wife will be an invaluable asset to his career, that is what he wants. Elizabeth, a lovely 19-year-old is the bride he wants. However, there are two obstacles in his pursuit - Elizabeth is in love with someone else, and her very attractive widowed aunt, Caro Sutcliffe, is definitely opposed to such a union. Caro's late husband was a politician so she well knows the rigors of being a politician's better half and she wants none of that for her beloved niece. The two women devise a plan to convince Michael that Elizabeth is not a suitable mate - the young woman will behave inappropriately at public functions. Sounds like a good idea. However, their stratagem backfires - quite romantically. Mix in some murder, an unknown enemy, and you have a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.
Debforshort More than 1 year ago
This is a classic Cynster novel, with the latest adventure involving the search for the ideal bride, and of course, finding her, and with her comes trouble. Our protagonist, Michael Anstruther-Wetherby, needs to find a wife in hopes of furthering his political career. While searching for the "ideal" woman to marry him and be his perfect diplomatic mate, he finds his initial concept of what traits create a perfect diplomatic hostess and bride may be off base. As usual, Ms. Lauren takes us though the twists and turns of her plot with a mixture of laughter, romantic encounters, and intrigue. I have read all of the Cynster series in order, and this one was just as engrossing as the previous novels. I recommend it for a nice read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 360 page 1830's Regency romance book of a Cynster connected politician and his search and need of a correct politician's wife by his side. He manuveurs for his 'ideal' bride but then initiates a seduction. Drama, angst, seduction, mystery, jealousy, humor, and multiple explicit sex scenes. Provides a look at the machinations of the political scene and the facades people assume when dealing inside governments. The basic story premise and mystery and even the seductions are interesting but the continual fall back to multiple 9/10 page sex encounters in each book gets repetitive. Excerpts from 9 previous Cynster books included. It is interesting that the excerpts from previous books in this series are not furnished til the last two books in the series.
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RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great book and wonderful series!!  Recommend Very Highly!!
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How many sex scenes do you need in one book? Disappointing story
limhall4u3 More than 1 year ago
Gotta love Them Undeniable Rogues!!!! Its awesome watching an alpha male fall to his knees for the love of his true heart !!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The passion was good . the endless talk of politics tended to make the book at times boring. Decent read though .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book it has awesome romance, very hot and steamy so not great for younger readers. Keeps you guessing with the mystery plot as well.
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Michol More than 1 year ago
Overall a good book. Liked the characters but sometimes the descriptions of their thoughts were a little long winded. But still good overall.
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Pompous windbags.......I couldnt finish this book
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