Simon Frederick Cynster is determined to find a wife. However, nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Halland is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford. Simon has never considered ...
Simon Frederick Cynster is determined to find a wife. However, nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Halland is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford. Simon has never considered Portia as a potential bride. He's known the raven-haired beauty since childhood; she's willfully independent and has always claimed to be uninterested in marriage. But an unexpectedly heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. Soon they begin to long for the moments they can spend in each other's arms.But all is not as it seems at Glossup Hall. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed.
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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 she can trust him - 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.
Laurens sets this time period wonderfully ? she?s excellent at this. Buffets, servants, butlers, genteel entertainments, men being perfect gentlemen, those 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 that he was thinking that she can?t handle herself, declines to dive in after the "love of his life". Simon waits on shore - and she appreciates his consideration! NaziFeminism lives! Would have served them both right and been one hell of a book had she drowned!
Mar 29, 2008
About The Perfect Lover
"The Perfect Lover" by Stephanie Laurens is as exciting as all her other books! It has everything from romance to suspense and mystery. This book raises questions about what constitutes love and what compels them to get married. With Kitty's failing marriage raising doubts in Portia's mind on both of these counts, Simon has his hands full trying to persuade her to become his wife. But Simon does not realize just how much she means to him until assaults are done on her life, and he realizes that he can and will do anything to protect his 'perfect lover' and make her his own. The heroine in this book is quite different in this sense that she is very independent and had no thoughts on love and marriage before, she only concentrated on academic stuff. However, Simon forces her to review her opinions and views on both cases. The most intriguing thing, though, is how Mrs. Therese Osbaldestone brings them together in the first place! She is a real genius on such matters!!
Publishers Weekly, 2003-01-27 A genteel party in England in 1835 becomes the setting for romance and a dash of violence as prolific romance author Laurens (On a Wicked Dawn) makes her hardcover debut, the 10th entry in a series about the arrogant Cynster males. Portia Ashford has one goal in mind as she accompanies her eccentric mentor, Lady Osbaldestone, to Glossup Hall in Dorset. Portia wants children, and has reluctantly accepted that she must marry in order to have them. She is determined to learn as much as possible about men, with an eye to choosing one. Also seeking a spouse at the gathering is a man whom she's detested since childhood, the self-satisfied Simon Cynster. He playfully tutors her on the subject of men while hiding his true intent, and he soon progresses far beyond the bounds of propriety. Portia plays along, unconcerned about pregnancy or social ostracism. When they're not thus frolicking, the couple glower disapprovingly at their married hostess, Kitty Glossup, who flings herself at male guests and a gardener or two. Half way through the book, Portia stumbles over Kitty's corpse and finds that she, too, is a target. Simon and Portia help a police inspector plan a scheme that causes further jeopardy for Portia, then a rousing conclusion and matrimonial bliss-no surprise, given there was never any serious obstacle between the young lovers. As with Laurens's earlier titles, the generous doses of erotica will appeal to devotees of romantic suspense. 7-city author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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