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Christopher Cynster has finally accepted that to have the life he wants, he needs a wife, but before he can even think of searching for the right lady, he’s drawn into an investigation into the distribution of counterfeit banknotes. 

London born and bred, Ellen Martingale is battling to preserve the fiction that her much-loved uncle, Christopher’s neighbor, still has his wits about him, but Christopher’s questions regarding nearby Goffard Hall trigger her suspicions. As her younger brother attends card parties at the Hall, she feels compelled to investigate. 

While Ellen appears to be the sort of frippery female Christopher abhors, he quickly learns that, in her case, appearances are deceiving. And through the twists and turns in an investigation that grows ever more serious and urgent, he discovers how easy it is to fall in love, while Ellen learns that love hasn’t, after all, passed her by.

But then the villain steps from the shadows, and love’s strengths and vulnerabilities are put to the test - just as Christopher has always feared. Will he pass muster? Can they triumph? Or will they lose all they’ve so recently found?

©2020 Stephanie Laurens (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Dreadful narration

The story was enjoyable but the narrator was terrible. His reading was expressionless, sounding as if he was bored to tears! A bit like a small child plodding listlessly through a reading exercise - and I’ve listened to plenty of those.

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Great listen !!

Terrific story ! This is the fourth Stephanie Lauren's story I ordered and all have been great to listen to, this one no less. I will be listening to my favourite bits again.

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enjoyed it

another good book of Stephanie Laurens' . I liked the plot, and the characters both.

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series has become laboured

Combine the super slow reading (I speeded it up to 1.2 and it still seemed laboured) with a super boring gurgitation of the millions of Cynsters and their progeny, I found this hard to listen to. the theme of protecting womenfolk is strained. I love remeeting Lady Osbaldestone and the earlier Cynster generations, but is it necessary to track all the family rabbit warrens? Given that romance is all about H meeting h and SEX, the results of ongoing couplings and perfect offspring is not pertinent to this story; indeed the odd miscarriage, drowning, or autistic or deaf child would lift the series.

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  • B. Rogers
  • 13-12-20

Great Characters - Lovely Story

Vane and Patience Cynster (A Rake's Vow) are traveling in the America’s and have left their oldest son, Christopher, in charge of their estate, Walkhurst Manor in Kent. Christopher knows that his plotting parents have their own motives for that – his father wants to assure that Christopher is ready to take over and his mother wants to prove to him that he needs a helpmate – namely a wife. Once that happens, Christopher is sure that his parents will move to London and live with their best friends, Sylvester (Devil's Bride) and Honoria, who are the Duke and Duchess of St. Ives and head of the Cynster family. Believe it or not, Christopher has come to that same realization about a wife, he just doesn’t know when/where/how he’ll find that wife. Well, batten down the hatches Christopher – here she comes!

Ellen Martingale is London born and bred and had no idea she’d love living in the country until she, her brother, Robert, and her aunt Emma sell their townhouse in London and move to her beloved uncle’s country home, Bigfield House. Her uncle, Sir Humphrey, is in declining mental health and as the heir, her brother needs to take over the estate – but since he is underage, they have to try to keep their uncle’s decline a secret. To say that Ellen and Robert are ill-prepared to manage a country estate is putting it lightly, but both are trying very hard to learn. Ellen’s first encounter with her neighbor is an eventful one – Ellen’s uncle’s herd of pet goats got out of their pen and got into the Cynster’s crop. So, imagine hungry goats munching happily away on a robust cash crop.

Ellen quickly learns that Christopher isn’t the enemy and can help – but – then they learn that some strange things are happening at Goffard Hall. Christopher has been enlisted by his cousin Louisa’s husband, spymaster Drake Varisey (The Greatest Challenge of Them All), to investigate.

There is smuggling, counterfeiting, murder, and lots of mayhem involved in the investigation and resolution. Not to mention all the visits by various Cynster cousins – and, of course, a lovely, lovely epilogue. I loved that Christopher quickly learned that appearances could be deceiving and that behind all of those fripperies was a lovely, intelligent, confident person.

I thoroughly enjoyed both the romance and the mystery portion of this book. It is written in typical Stephanie Laurens style – which I enjoy. There is a nice set-up for the next book, and the pairing might surprise you. I loved Sir Humphrey, Robbie and aunt Emma – they were nice additions to the story without being featured characters.

I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

The Inevitable Fall of Christopher Cynster

I enjoyed this book. Very detailed. The Narrator's voice was very captivating and sexy. The characters were smart and interesting.

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