Summary

Bold, passionate, and possessive, the Cynster men let nothing stand in their way when it comes to claiming the women of their hearts. Gerrard Debbington, Vane Cynster's brother-in-law, is one of London's most eligible gentlemen. Uninterested in marriage, his driving passion is to paint the fabled gardens of Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall, an opportunity that is now at hand - if Gerrard agrees to create an honest portrait of Tregonning's daughter as well.
Gerrard chafes at wasting his talents on some simpering miss, only to discover that Jacqueline Tregonning stirs him as no other. Certainly, she is beautiful, but it is her passionate nature that strikes sparks with Gerrard's own, igniting desire, sweeping them into each other's arms, and convincing Gerrard that he has found his ideal soul mate - the lady he must have as his wife.
But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil and lies are reaching out to ensnare Jacqueline, and Gerrard will have to move heaven and earth to protect the remarkable woman who, for him, personifies the truth about love.
©2016 Stephanie Laurens (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Loniandaj on 19-04-17

I totally miss Simon Prebble

This will probably be my last Cynster(audio book) novel. I have listened to the last 11 books in this series and thought that since I liked the series I could tolerate the new narrator. I was wrong. I found myself replying it often to keep up. After a person listens to the voices of characters, it's difficult to keep up with the changes. Don't get me wrong. I think the narrator is an okay listen, but he's no Simon Prebble. As far as the story goes, it was just okay. The author is a fantastic storyteller. The book is well written and I found that the mystery was unforseen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kat in Hawaii on 30-05-18

Very good book.

I really have enjoyed the Cynster series. This book had romance, suspense and a good conclusion.

The narrator did a good job on the voices.
In the the first Cynster novels, read by Simon P., the matriarch of the Cynster clan
had a French accent. This accent was forgotten by the current narrator, which was a disappointment. I'm not sure if the current narrator has ever listened to the beginning of the series?
I don't appreciate it, when the narrator is changed during the series and the accents and voices change from what you are used to hearing. It leads to inconsistencies when the characters reappear in a future book in the series and sound totally different.

I realize it's not always possible to keep the same narrator for a 15 book series.
I just wish the new narrators would go back to the beginning books and listen to how the reappearing character's voices were portrayed by the previous narrators to keep it consistent.
This narrator still did a good job.

The one thing I have noticed with this series is the repetition of the lead female characters who keep saying "I'm not going to marry you". The repetition seems to be a theme in the cynsters novels and gets annoying when the pages go on and on about it. A lot of time spent on this repetition drags the story down throughout each novel in the series.

Still a fan of Stephanie Laurens.

The author did an amazing job on the extensive family tree which was done for the Cynster series and the others books that are connected to the Cynster Clan.

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