On a Wild Night (Cynster Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Where are all the exciting men in London?

After spending years in the glittering ballrooms of the ton, Amanda Cynster is utterly bored by the current crop of colorless suitors. Determined to take matters into her own hands, one night she shockingly goes where no respectable lady ever should, but where many an intriguing gentleman might be found.

But titillating excitement quickly turns to panic when Amanda discovers she′s quite out of her ...

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On a Wild Night (Cynster Series)

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Overview

Where are all the exciting men in London?

After spending years in the glittering ballrooms of the ton, Amanda Cynster is utterly bored by the current crop of colorless suitors. Determined to take matters into her own hands, one night she shockingly goes where no respectable lady ever should, but where many an intriguing gentleman might be found.

But titillating excitement quickly turns to panic when Amanda discovers she′s quite out of her depth. She looks around for help -- and is unexpectedly rescued by the Earl of Dexter. Lean, sensuous, and mysterious, he has delayed re-entering society, preferring instead a more interesting existence on its fringes.

He′s the epitome of the boldly passionate gentleman Amanda has been searching for, but although his very touch makes it clear he′s willing to educate her in the art of love, Amanda has to wonder if such a masterful, lionized rake can be sufficiently tamed into the ways of marriage.

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Stephanie Laurens's books have shown the Cynster men to be wealthy, attractive -- and elusive when it comes to matrimony. Their lovely, headstrong cousins, Amanda and Amelia, are clearly their equals. They're beginning their sixth social season and seem to be no closer than ever to accepting any of their numerous suitors. Indeed, the young beauties are obviously unimpressed with the quality of bachelors available in the venues approved for proper young ladies. That being the case, they've decided it's time to search less respectable locales. Wild Amanda begins among the gaming clubs and salons that are the domain of dangerous men, hoping to find one with spirit and passion and honor to match her own. There she encounters the mysterious Earl of Dexter, who seems content to dwell forever in the shadows of a former scandal. Drawn to the bright flame of Amanda's spirit, the handsome earl agrees to be her guide on four secret adventures that soon bring to light a wild and wonderful love.
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Veteran romance author Laurens adds to her early 19th-century Cynster family saga with this highly sensual tale featuring 23-year-old Amanda Cynster, cousin of the six former rogues who starred in Laurens's earlier entries (The Promise in a Kiss, etc.). After six years on the marriage mart, Amanda and her twin, Amelia, despairing of ever finding the right mate, have decided to broaden their search. While browsing for prospects in a notorious gaming hell, Amanda encounters Martin Fulbridge, fifth earl of Dexter. Banished from England by his father for a murder he didn't commit, Martin eschews London's elite circles and has been living abroad for the past 10 years. Nevertheless, he finds himself playing the part of Amanda's protector as she flits from one disreputable venue to another in a spurious quest for adventure. Inevitably, Amanda is "compromised," but she's unwilling to settle for anything less than a marriage based on love. The solving of the 10-year old murder mystery, though hasty, doesn't detract from the primary players and their witty repartee, but newcomers to the series may be put off by Amanda's anachronistic behavior (she has sex with Martin out of wedlock and frequently goes about without a chaperone). Still, readers will relish Laurens's spunky heroine and sizzling love scenes. (Apr. 2) Forecast: Avon is billing this book and its sequel (On a Wicked Dawn), which will be released only a month later, as Laurens's most sensual titles ever, and if that declaration doesn't move units, print advertising in Redbook and the Romantic Times will. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061751080
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Cynster Series , #9
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 24,730
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Stephanie Laurens

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. Loving Rose is her fifty-fourth book. All of her previous works remain in print and readily available.

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Chapter Four

"Exciting enough?"

The words reached her on a whisper; no cynicism came with them -- he seemed as appreciative as she.

She drew in a breath -- the air was cooler, sweeter than any she'd ever tasted. "It's... strange." She glanced at him. "Come -- let's walk a little way."

His brows rose but he stood, stepped past her and jumped down. He gave her his hands, helped her down the steps, then, enclosing one of her hands in a firm grasp, he surveyed the silvered sward. "Which way?"

"There." She pointed across the expanse before them to a pinetum.

Dexter called a command to the groom, then, her hand still locked in his, they set out.

It had been years since she'd walked hand-in-hand. She found it unexpectedly enjoyable, leaving her freer than if she'd taken his arm. Yet when her boot slipped in a dip, he pulled her up, steadied her easily. She laughed and smiled her thanks, resettled the luxurious wrap,, then let him take her hand and they walked on.

Behind them, the carriage drive dwindled. The sense of being alone, the sole living beings in the quiet landscape, grew with every step. The consciousness of being -isolated, one male, one female, burgeoned; there was no other living creature to distract or deflect their senses.

The magic that hung in the moonlit air was a drug.Amanda felt giddy by the time they were nearing the pines. She was aware Dexter was watching her; his thoughts were impossible to guess.

How did he see her? As an obligation, a young lady he felthonor-bound to protect? Or as a lady with whom he was happy to be walking handfasted through the moonlight?

She didn't know which, but she was determined to find out.

The pines were grouped to create a grove with a path winding through it; she glanced at Dexter. "Can we go in?"

His eyes met hers. "If you wish."

She led the way, gazing about her as they moved into the trees' shadows. The path led to a clearing where the interested could pause and admire the individual trees. She did so. The trees hid the moon; the clearing was lit only by diffused light, even softer, less substantial, than moonlight.

Sliding her fingers from Dexter's, she adjusted the silken wrap. She paused, eyes on the trees, senses alive to the subtle promise, the elusive whisper on the night air. She turned to him. His gaze shifted from the trees to her. She hesitated for only a heartbeat, then stepped closer. Lifted one hand to his shoulder, stretched up and set her lips to his.

He didn't immediately react, then he stirred; his hands locked about her waist and anchored her in the same instant his lips firmed. He returned her caress, then his tongue touched her lips and she parted them. He surged in.

Their lips clung, their tongues twined, caressed, made artful promises. His fingers flexed against her spine, sinking deeper, as if to hold her where she was, her feet firmly on the ground.. Preserving the small but definite distance between their bodies, when all she wanted was to close it.

He drew back from the kiss, lifted his head, but seemed incapable of lifting it far. His eyes searched hers. "What are you seeking?"

She slid her fingers to his nape. "I told you -- excitement. You told me I could find it here." In your arms. With her eyes, she dared him to misunderstand as, ignoring the pressure of his hands at her waist, she stepped closer. Her pelisse brushed his coat. She held his gaze, darkly shadowed, and prayed she struck the right note -- one of blatant challenge. "Show me, then." Her gaze fell to his lips. "I want to know -- I want to feel it."

Stretching up, she kissed him again; this time he met her from the start. Their lips melded, tongues tangled... then, as if she'd succeeded in getting him to open some door, the muscles of his arms unlocked. His fingers eased from her waist; his hands slid over, then under the slipping silk wrap. Slowly, deliberately, he drew her to him.

The contact, body to body, was a shock -- a delicious one. The sheer strength now caging her would have had her resisting had it been any other man. Instead, she sank against him, inwardly smiled as his arms tightened and his hands shifted over her back. Gloried in the contrasts -- her slenderness against his large body, the fineness of her bones against the heaviness of his. Her body reacted; she felt his react to her -- felt her pulses leap. Sensed his need to seize. Was grateful that he didn't.

He felt like iron beneath his clothes -- hot, resilient -- male. Her breasts, flush against his coat, started to ache; her palms itched. Sliding her hand into his hair, she tumbled the thick locks, as heavy and silken as the wrap, over and through her fingers. Her other hand rested on his chest; she would have sent it wandering but he distracted her.

Drew her deep into the kiss, caught her wits, captured her senses with a sudden flare of sensual heat. With the sudden unmasking of desire, his and hers, the temptation of an unfamiliar need.

On a Wild Night. Copyright © by Stephanie Laurens. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    Another great book in the Cynster series! I wish these men exis

    Another great book in the Cynster series! I wish these men existed in modern times or is it just that men nowadays don't have a clue about how to court and seduce a woman!? I really don't understand some of the negative reviews about this book. There is a huge difference between how women thought and were treated in the olden days compared to the modern woman and I think that's part of the probem. As a modern woman, we would never tolerate certain treatment but we must remember, ladies, we cannot judge these stories by our present-day standards! Also, these books are fictional romance. Loosen up! Enjoy them for the sheer pleasure and escape they offer! Knowing what I know now, I'd sure like to spend just one night with one of these heroes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    Good read for entertainment.

    Amanda Cynster is a wild twin who wants to find a husband outside of the usual boring "ton". She goes on a hunt and meets Earl Dexter who has just returned from exile. Amanda goes to a seedy gambling club with a friend and finds herself in a challenging predicament. Martin, or Dexter, comes to her aid.
    The tale is all about her seduction of Martin? Is she the one that is seduced? They go on a wild merry-go-round of trying to find each other and true love.
    There is much sex in the contents and gets a little boring. There isn't as much trilling action as some of the other Cynster series. This is all about girl meets boy.
    I did not enjoy this reading of the Cynster Series as some of the previous reads. It was too predictable!

    Cherry Blossom

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    typical

    Here are my problems with all Stephanie Laurens Cynster books: 1)they are all long, not because of interesting plot twists or details, but because of pointless babble; 2)she gets what she feels is a good description of a character, and then uses it REPEATEDLY until you want to beat yourself in the head with the book (in this book, it is the word 'lion' to describe Martin); 3)what is the deal with all these men being unable to say they love someone? It makes me so frustrated. The Cynster series had been getting better, until this book. The storyline had a lot of potential, but was ruined by an obvious mystery (I was thinking, are these people stupid? Do they REALLY not know who the murderer is? I figured it out - as anyone with an IQ over 50 would have - as soon as they mentioned the murder), and boring characters. I couldn't wait for it to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Good One

    Stephanie Laurens is wonderful. Another good Cynster book.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Don't waste your money

    I fell in love with the Cynster men. They are strong, supportive and noble men. Not to mention sexy. This book however was a disappointment. Amanda spends the first half trying to get the guy to propose and the last half refusing. All the women are all stubborn, unrealistic and completly unworthy of a Cynster.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    Riviting

    I always love her books.This one was original and very interesting. The characters are strong and riviting. The plot is very sexy, exciting and refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    Very romantic...

    I loved this book and couldn't read it fast enough. The hero was actually worthy of falling for.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    very very boring

    To begin with, the characters and their actions are so unbelievable. They were so dull. Too many love scenes. I haven't even finished the book and never will. I probably won't ever read Laurens anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    bored

    This is my first book by Stephanie Laurens and my last. I found myself skipping through a lot of the book just to be done with it. Amanda has Martin wrapped around her little finger throughout the majority of the book. I wish Martin would have called her bluff and stand up for himself. All in all boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Too Many Love Scenes

    This is an OK book, Laurens is an OK writer. There are too many love/sex scenes, even for a romance novel. The whole book could be cut by 25%. When there is action or plot going on, it is better. I got annoyed by how Amanda kept refusing Martin's proposals, no man would put up with that. Her rationale for turning him down so much was unconvincing. But overall, not bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    I really enjoyed this one...

    This is my second favourite behind Devil's bride for sure. I really enjoyed it from start to finished. I liked that Amanda was a strong character who could really think for herself. Overall a really good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    NOT THE BEST BUT OK

    This book was okay I wasn't crazy about it and at times it got on my nerves. I didn't like how Amanda was sweating the hero. I guess she never heard the phrase'hard to get' she was very forward and I didn't like that. The plot was good but I think it had so much more potential. This is one of the better books that I've read by Stephanie but it's by far not her best work.....not sure if I will read the sequel though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Another winner in the Cynster Series

    Amanda¿s story is truly unbelievable. Of course, a gently reared woman (even a Cynster) would never really behave the way that she does in this book. But as a piece of lively fiction, this is one of the best! As usual, the relationships between the characters are well drawn out. Family, honor, real love, and passion are uppermost in importance. Laurens writes the best love scenes out there ¿ steamy but never degrading or gratuitous. One teeny complaint ¿ Laurens has always had a wonderful way with dialog, but it turns a bit turgid here ¿ all seething passions and what have you. For those who insist on ranks and comparisons, I¿d say that this rates about 3rd or 4th as my favorite in the entire Cynster series. And we find out a teeny bit about who Amelia has her sites set on and he looks very, very interesting ¿ I can hardly wait for May!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    engaging Cynster tale

    In 1825 England twins Amanda and Amelia Cynster discuss the hopelessness of finding a worthy male to love for a lifetime as no one in their circle measure up to the high bar set by their relatives, the six Bar Cynster brood. The siblings agree to never lower their standard even if it means a spinster¿s life. They also concur that they must widen their horizons. Amanda will venture into the shadows while Amelia will journey beneath the lights of the chandeliers. <P>Amanda begins her hunt at Mellors a popular but dangerous gaming hole and an unacceptable place for an unchaperoned unmarried woman. She meets Lord Martin Fulbridge back in England after a decade of exile because his father refused to believe he did not commit a murder. Martin protects Amanda, and soon they share sex. He offers to do the honorable thing, but she rejects his marriage proposal, as she will only wed for love. <P> ON A WILD NIGHT is an engaging Cynster tale starring a wonderful couple whose repertoire is amusing and sensual. Though Amanda¿s quest seems inappropriate for her class in that era, fans will enjoy her exploits. The story line is fun to follow due to the dueling duet. A subplot in which the amateur sleuths try to solve the decade old murder ties back to the prime romantic theme though historical mystery readers will not relish the rapid resolution of the case. Stephanie Laurens provides her audience with a strong tale that leaves fans anxiously awaiting Amelia¿s trek to find the light of love. <P>Harriet Klausner

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