An Irresistible Alliance: Devil's Brood Trilogy, Volume 2 (Cynster Next Generation #5)

An Irresistible Alliance: Devil's Brood Trilogy, Volume 2 (Cynster Next Generation #5)

by Stephanie Laurens

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A duke's second son with no responsibilities and a lady starved of the excitement her soul craves join forces to unravel a deadly, potentially catastrophic threat to the realm - that only continues to grow.

With his older brother's betrothal announced, Lord Michael Cynster is freed from the pressure of familial expectations. However, the allure of his previous hedonistic pursuits has paled. Then he learns of the mission his brother, Sebastian, and Lady Antonia Rawlings have been assisting with and volunteers to assist by hunting down the hoard of gunpowder now secreted somewhere in London.
Michael sets out to trace the carters who transported the gunpowder from Kent to London. His quest leads him to the Hendon Shipping Company, where he discovers his sole source of information is the only daughter of Jack and Kit Hendon, Miss Cleome Hendon, who although a fetchingly attractive lady, firmly holds the reins of the office in her small hands.

Cleo has fought to achieve her position in the company. Initially, managing the office was a challenge, but she now conquers all in just a few hours a week. With her three brothers all adventuring in America, she's been driven to the realization that she craves adventure, too.

When Michael Cynster walks in and asks about carters, Cleo's instincts leap. She wrings from him the full tale of his mission--and offers him a bargain. She will lead him to the carters he seeks if he agrees to include her as an equal partner in the mission.

Horrified, Michael attempts to resist, but ultimately finds himself agreeing--a sequence of events he quickly learns is common around Cleo. Then she delivers on her part of the bargain, and he finds there are benefits to allowing her to continue to investigate beside him--not least being that if she's there, then he knows she's safe.

But the further they go in tracing the gunpowder, the more deaths they uncover. And when they finally locate the barrels, they find themselves tangled in a fight to the death--one that forces them to face what has grown between them, to seize and defend what they both see as their path to the greatest adventure of all. A shared life. A shared future. A shared love.

Second volume in a trilogy. A historical romance with gothic overtones layered over a continuing intrigue. A full length novel of 101,000 words.

Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens

"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." Cathy Kelly

"Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." Historical Romance Reviews.

"Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." Romantic Times Magazine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157210007
Publisher: Savdek Management Pty Ltd
Publication date: 05/11/2017
Series: Cynster Series , #25
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 35,358
File size: 818 KB

About the Author

Known for her Regency romances and historical novels, Stephanie Laurens is the bestselling author of the beloved Cynster series which is widely recognized as one of the top series in the genre. She has published over fifty novels, including the Bastion Club series and the Black Cobra Quartet. Laurens has her PhD in Biochemistry but gave up her science career to become a full-time writer. She and her husband live in Australia.

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An Irresistible Alliance: Devil's Brood Trilogy, Volume 2 (Cynster Next Generation #5) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The action was good and kept this reader engaged. Looking forward to Drake and Louisa ' s story and hoping it will be as engaging as their parents' stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with strong characters. Laurens does not disappoint with this second installment in the trilogy.
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julieford More than 1 year ago
An Irresistible Alliance is the second in the trilogy of Devil and Honoria's children. This is Michael and Lady Cleome Hendon's story. The drama, intrigue, suspense and love continue as Michael and Cleo work together to locate 10 barrels of gunpowder that has been transported to London for unknown nefarious reasons. During their investigation, Michael learns that Cleo is like no other lady that he has met and now finds that he has found his other half. Cleo isn't sure she wants to give up the independence that she has worked so hard to obtain, but the chemistry between her and Michael is so intense that neither cannot deny it. I loved this story and am anxiously awaiting the conclusion.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Michael's story. Excitement from page one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This latest edition of the Cynster clan continues to please. It stimulates the imagination and captured my attention. I love the fact that it continues to give glimpses/updates of the characters of past novels, in other words, letting you know what happened after their initial story was published. Great job Stephanie!!