It's a different thing entirely. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she'll do Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted - but only to family. To the rest of the world, he's aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur.
But Rand yearns for more in life, and when he travels to Buckinghamshire to review a recent investment, he discovers a passionate woman who will challenge his rigid self-control New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series. They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable - and all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.
Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are.. Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: The painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there. Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here.
Penelope Adair, wife and partner of sleuth Barnaby Adair, is so hugely pregnant she can barely waddle, much less assist, when Barnaby is summoned by Inspector Stokes of Scotland Yard to help investigate the violent murder of a gentleman at a house party. Penelope insists that she and Griselda, Stokes's wife, receive reports to stay duly informed of their husbands' discoveries. But what Barnaby and Stokes uncover leads only to more questions. The victim had been thrown out of the house party days before, so why had he returned?
And how did he come to have the famous Finsbury diamonds in his pocket? Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a man destined for power. Except that Michael, for all his political skill and intelligence, lacks the most important element of success: Gorgeous, stubborn Esme Brentmor, daughter of a disgraced lord, is used to a wild, dangerous life among the tribes of Albania, to whom her father is the legendary, controversial Red Lion whose death she's courageously vowed to avenge - even if it leads to her own.
Instead, her quest finds her rescued by the most unlikely and very reluctant hero! Lazy and spoiled, Lord Varian St. George has gambled away his heritage and lives on his considerable looks, charm and wits. War hero Alistair Carsington really really loves women, and his romantic impulses have landed him in nearly as much danger as the Battle of Waterloo.
To avoid his usual temptations and perhaps even repay the friend who saved his life, he's exiled himself to a place far from civilization - Derbyshire - in winter! Fate laughs at his good intentions and drives him straight into conflict with Miss Mirabel Oldridge, his match in tenacity, intelligence, and deviousness - who also happens to be wildly irresistible. I liked everything about this book. I have read all of previous books in this series and was a little worried that it just couldn't be as good or better than the others I laughed throughout and almost teared up in a couple of spots.
The narrator is excellent, one of my favourites alongside Roslyn Landor. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is into this style of publication and to anyone wanting to try this kind of story for the first time.
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I think this one is the best one yet. Of course, everyone has a favorite. Liked the action at the end and how it came together. All of these books are great, but, this one just stood out. Would you consider the audio edition of A Secret Love to be better than the print version? No, they were both great. What was one of the most memorable moments of A Secret Love? Loved when Gabriel Cynster finds out the new woman he is obsessed with is actually a child hood friend who he can't seem to stop arguing with I love it, when he realizes it.
Its gets even better when Altheana knows, he knows She is so classy. Which character — as performed by Simon Prebble — was your favorite? Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? At times I actually wanted to smack some people upside their heads Other times it was Altheana for enabling her whole family to lay back while she risks herself to save them. I really loved the exchanges between Gabriel and his valet Chance named because he saved Gabriel from being killed in the 'slums ' of London, and so Gabriel gave him a chance to better himself This is my 2nd favourite Cynster story.
First will always be Devil's Bride. I love this series of books and have now added SL to my growing list of favorite authors. Simon does an excellent job of narration. I already read the first 5 books and downloading 6 as I write. I love every single one of them. The story lines make me laugh, cry and feel their love. Another reread of the Bar Cynsters. Gabriel is the financial genius of the family and Alathea was his tag along neighbor when they were small, and he was always reminded that she was as a sister to him.
Alathea has a number of siblings and a father who is the direct opposite of Gabriel. She once gave up her hopes to take charge and dig her family out of debt, and must do so again. Both of them are strong, resilient characters, and the story is well crafted to hold interest. A really good read. I also like that we got to see so much of Alathea's family and the life of getting girls ready for their debut to society.
There is also more of the things a family might have done for entertainment in I don't remember this story and I know that I read it when I read the rest of the series. There is also more of the things a family might have done for entertainment in the capital. It is great watching the family go the lending libraries and the museums.
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It is hard to imagine what those people did to enjoy themselves. Most of the woman couldn't read so they were limited needlework and shopping and going to teas and gossiping. The men were a little better they could go to sporting matches, riding, hunting and all the things that would go into managing an estate.
One of the things that was good about this story is that Alathea is educated and she handles the family's finances. She is Gabriel's equal in many ways. The other thing that I like about this series is when the men find their love the stay in the country. The capital no longer holds any interest for them. This series is wonderful and well worth the time needed to read them. They also are very fast reads. Nov 08, Head in the clouds rated it did not like it. Dammnit I really wanted to like this It feels like I am reading a poorly scripted soap opera - and people are going through the motions but there is little to anchor them emotionally.
I can see where I am supposed to feel the passion - but I don't - I just want to get it over with. Jul 04, Vivian rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my favorite romance novels of all time! I keep trying, but I guess I'll just have to keep rereading this one. I would elaborate on the plot, but I don't want to spoil anything. Oct 16, Whitney rated it liked it Shelves: And the romance itself was just kind of meh.
Ok, so it wasn't my favorite but it was ok. Feb 02, Michelle Connolly rated it it was ok Shelves: It took me a while to get into the story. The truth is it was boring as hell for the first few chapters and the plot wasn't really making that much sense to me. Then, it started to get a bit better. I started to enjoy the interaction between the characters and the weird relationship they had.
It somewhat began to make a little sense and everything went well for a part of the book UNTIL it all went downhill once more Lets just say that whatever made them an interesting couple isn't there anymore. The story just moves on to the typical discussion of marriage. He insists they get married, but of course won't admit that he loves her, and she won't have him until he says he loves her And we all know how that's going to end, don't we? I wouldn't waste my time with this book a second time. Btw, this is my first book by Stephanie Laurens and I own quite a lot from her, so I really hope this isn't one of her best works.
Jan 16, Lubnaa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved it so much!!! I knew I was going to love this one and I was right. Contrary to its predecessors, Gabriel's book started off differently. Rather than the usual Cynster male meeting his mate and holding onto her, the heroine was the one who summoned the hero. Gabriel did not know that the veiled countess who asked for his help was his childhood friend, Alathea. Of course, Gabriel being a Cynster male, we all knew where a midnight encounter with a veiled widow would eventually lead. Like her servants, I could not understand why Alathea did not go to Gabriel personally for help.
Her family pride prevented her from divulging her family's financial problems to Gabriel, but he was still a trusted childhood friend.
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However, unlike her easy sisterly companionship with Lucifer, she always crossed swords with Gabriel because the latter is always tensed around her it was especially cute to see him flustered, blushing and awkward around her after the horses incident. Despite her unwillingness to ask Gabriel for help as herself, I allowed myself to believe in Alathea's motives and let the story unfold as Gabriel and the countess's consequent meetings got more and more heated. Laurens used this trope uniquely in this novel by introducing the veiled countess into the equation.
I was hoping for Gabriel to find out about Alathea sooner, but the moment of reveal and the romance that bloomed afterwards was so well-written that it made up for my moment of disappointment. It's been there, between us, growing stronger for over twenty years. If our parents hadn't set us up as brother and sister, that feeling would long since have resolved itself in marriage.
As it is, your masquerade has opened our eyes and given us a chance to rescript our relationship into what it ought to be. He was always so tensed around her and it reminded me so much of his cousins' reactions to their wives. I initially thought that the reason Gabriel had not acted on his instincts was because he is aloof and distanced, like his mother said.
But as I kept reading, I found myself surprised at the fact that Gabriel's mom never considered matching Alathea with either of her sons. Lucifer's surprise over Gabriel and Alathea only confirmed the fact that they were brought up as "siblings". I also really enjoyed the tidbits from their childhood, which showed that both Alathea and Gabriel were aware of each other when puberty hit them.
This only strengthened Gabriel's point and emphasized the importance of the veiled countess, which prompted them to break that barrier separating them. Gabriel's book did not suffer from the middle slump that the previous books suffered from. I was engaged from beginning to end, my attention always on the story and the characters.
This was the most romantic book in the series so far. I loved the way Gabriel realized his feelings and the way he expressed them. He was as stubborn as his cousins, but Alathea was even more stubborn than him. Their love blossomed beautifully after the unveiling of the countess and while the search for the three magic words is part of the Laurens formula, I find that it did not bother me in this book because ultimately, Gabriel's declaration was done so beautifully that it moved me. I think Gabriel seized Devil's position as my favourite Cynster hero. I also loved Alathea: More importantly, her response to Gabriel's declaration was so beautiful.
Personally, I think Ms. Laurens added her own twist to these tropes, and that twist is eponymous to the title of the book. A secret love, indeed, in more than one way, all thanks to the veiled countess. As usual, Chillingworth's appearance was noteworthy. I am simply dying to read his story.
But I must get through Lucifer's first. Lucifer's book sounds dreadfully similar to Demon's. I hope I end up liking Lucifer's book more than Demon's. A Secret Love 3 Stars When Lady Alathea Morwellan learns that her loving yet gullible father has inadvertently risked the family fortune on an obvious scam, she seeks the aid of her childhood nemesis, Gabriel Cynster. Convinced that Gabriel would refuse her request, Alathea dons the disguise of a mysterious veiled woman and in doing so incites not only his curiosity but his passion as well.
Unfor A Secret Love 3 Stars When Lady Alathea Morwellan learns that her loving yet gullible father has inadvertently risked the family fortune on an obvious scam, she seeks the aid of her childhood nemesis, Gabriel Cynster. This combination of tropes is problematic for several reasons. Moreover, Gabriel and Alathea's relationship loses some of its charm once her true identity is revealed as their snarky banter all but disappears. Second, these tropes require a great deal of suspension of disbelief as Gabriel and Alathea are hardly strangers and it is difficult to accept that he cannot see her true identity.
On the one hand, she tries to keep Gabriel at arms length when she is using her assumed persona. However, once their relationship turns intimate, she is as aggressive in this area as he. The mystery involving the scam artist is interesting and the climax and resolution are one of the more exciting in the series. Nevertheless, this cannot compensate for the weaker romance.
It was fun too. Unfortunately my experience was somewhat marred by the clear tricks to keep the story going. There were three jarring moments for me that took me out of the flow of the story. As a scene it was clearly absurd and there only so he can seduce her. He may not know her, but she knows him perfectly. But there's a difference from vying for control of a situation and being outlandish stupid. At 18 she took her family business in her hand and slowly she saved the day.
But all of a sudden at 29 she receives a summon in the middle of the night from a guy she met once and follows a band of sailors to the dock. The only reason was that he can save her and realizes he loves her, too. Oldest trick in the book. You leave it in a skipper and do not call the police, even knowing and talking about that other sailors have seen her entering the ship.
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The police will never believe a woman could kill him. Am I the only one who has a problem with this logic? And for once it's not the "woman can't kill". I do not see what's the rationale of such a decision. In any way she can't avoid the scandal. Meh I need plot and characters to be consistent. Otherwise we get chaos. A must for fans. It''s a pure Cynter's story. Dec 22, Bronwyn Rykiert rated it liked it Shelves: Gabriel,aka Rupert, is the next in line to get married. At least that's what everyone is saying.
His cousin Demon has just gotten married to Flick and now its only Gabriel and his brother Lucifer left of the unmarried Cynsters and they plan to stay that way. That is until Gabriel meets a mysterious woman in a black veil. She needs his help desperately but has taken great pains to keep her identity a secret from him. Alathea's f Gabriel,aka Rupert, is the next in line to get married. Alathea's family is in trouble. He father has made some bad business deal and if Gabriel won't help then all is ruin.
Alathea has know Gabriel for years. Sparks fly when they see each other and not sparks of passion. Alathea is "on the shelf" and never thinks someone could want her until Gabriel kisses her. The kiss is magical and both are deeply effected. The only problem Gabriel doesn't know who he has kissed. He believes the mysterious lady in black is a widow. When all is revealed passions do soar and Gabriel realizes that his bride has been under his nose all his life. He won't give her up and decides to fight for her.
Alathea can't believe he wants her and tries to persuade him that she's too old for him. Its a wonderful tug of war to see who will win or if both will. I enjoyed the banter in this book. I liked the fact that a heroine, who was over 25, was the love interest. I highly recommend this book and all others in the series. Jun 05, LaFleurBleue rated it liked it Shelves: I was afraid the rhythm of the series might decrease and the stories might start being too similar, but this one definitely is not too similar with the previous ones.
The heroine, Alathea, despite her Cartlandesque first name, cannot be mistaken for one of the former writer's heroine. She's old 29 years , very responsible, in charge of her family finance for the last 11 years. I liked the barbs she and Gabriel spent their whole time together sharing. Her transformation into the A good surprise.
Her transformation into the countess for the purpose of unmasking a fraud and preventing her family from ruin is quite distracting. I liked the overall plot dealing with the fraud, although once again everything got solved a little bit too quickly by the end of the book. A few lengths in the second part of the story, redeemed by a very nice and very romantic declaration of love probably the best in the whole series so far May 17, Jessi rated it it was amazing Shelves: My favorite Stephanie Laurens book.
I read it often, not sure why it's my favorite but I do love it. Lady Alathea Morwellen has been protecting her family's financial fortunes for years, ever since her father first brought them to the brink of collapse during her first season. Since then, her life has been on pause. Gabriel Cynster grew up next to Alathea but the two haven't been friendly for over a decade. However, Alathea needs help and she knows that Gabriel is her best choice. So she concocts My favorite Stephanie Laurens book.
So she concocts a plan whereby she can get his help without sacrificing her pride. She disguises herself as a widow and requests his help. He, of course, cannot resist a woman in need and is even more intrigued when she asks him not to try and figure out who she is. With his preconceived notions about Alathea masked, Gabriel realizes that the mysterious widow is the one he's been waiting his whole life for, he just doesn't realize that she's Alathea I just adore this series.
The stubborn Cynster males vs. I've gotten attached to the Cynster ways, to have and to hold, only letting their wives ride with them in the carriage around the park, only waltzing with their wives I really enjoyed Alathea and Gabriel's story, the fact that they had a history of friendship was really romantic to me, especially once they work out their past tension.
I always love stories with love found in friends. Alathea's under I just adore this series. Alathea's undercover mission was pretty intriguing, and how their romance had to go through certain stretches as she gets closer to Gabriel and tries to save her family from ruin. It really was a rewarding romantic novel, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The story of Alathea's dilemma was nicely tied in with the story, and I found Alathea to be a strong, admirable character as all the women are in this Cynster series. May 13, Kay Bolton rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Review taken from my Blog in October A overpowering debt that will ruin her family drives Lady Alathea Morwellan to seek help from her childhood friend and combatant Rupert Gabriel Cynster. Except that she feels she can only do so disguised as a Widowed Countess to ensure that she gains his full support, and he doesn't just leave the matter to his men of business.
As is always obvious with the Bar Cynster he will of course seek, and claim a reward His desires get higher along with Review taken from my Blog in October His desires get higher along with the stakes and eventually thanks to the mistake of a Tweenie she reveals herself to him in a ballroom, simply by the perfume she has used in error. Eventually sufficient proof to get the debt overturned is obtained, and both declare their love Gabriel just rubbed me the wrong way. Gabriel's one redeeming quality was that he did say the words "I love you" and when he sent Alathea the bouquet of poseys with the note, I melted: Alathea's taking over of the family's finances at age 18 was unbelievable.
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No way that would've happened. I did like the action scene at the end 3. I did like the action scene at the end when view spoiler [ Alathea was rescued by Gabriel and Chillingsworth and she stabbed Crowley hide spoiler ] Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this. I may trying a reread later on and see if I like Gabriel and Alathea better. Aug 27, Thenia rated it really liked it Shelves: Another one of the Bar Cynster leaves the bachelors ranks and despite being initially reluctant, he accepts his fate when the right woman comes along.
Thankfully, I liked the heroine of this book a lot more than the previous one and with the excellent narration by Simon Preble that brought the characters and story to life, this was an enjoyable, if not memorable, romance. Next comes All About Love and the story of Lucifer, the last unmarried of the Bar Cynster, who is determined to remain a bachel Another one of the Bar Cynster leaves the bachelors ranks and despite being initially reluctant, he accepts his fate when the right woman comes along.
Next comes All About Love and the story of Lucifer, the last unmarried of the Bar Cynster, who is determined to remain a bachelor. Oct 21, CaroB rated it really liked it Shelves: I'll admit to having a soft spot for the Cynster men, and Gabriel was no exception. There is something about a man who prefers a strong-minded woman, who likes a challenge. Althea's level of autonomy and responsibility at the beginning of the story seemed unrealistic to me, but were a good reflection of her commitment to the same ideal Cynsters hold above all else: There were a few inconsistencies for me, just enough to pull me out of the story and think: Especially so when you consider this is the 5th in a series that is still managing to keep my firm attention.
View all 4 comments. Gabriel anyone remember why his nickname is Gabriel? A very sweet plot about how one realizes that one's best friend may actually be one's best life partner as well as a good mystery. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.