Stephanie Laurens was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) but, at the age of 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia. She grew up there and attended university and achieved her Ph.D. in Biochemistry. She and her husband then moved to London. They made the trek to England, the old-fashioned way: overland. That unforgettable trip from Katmandu made a lasting impression on Stephanie. In England, she and her husband lived in a 16th century cottage in rural Kent. Later, they moved back to Australia and Laurens worked in cancer research. One day, she ran out of books to read and decided, in desperation, to write a Regency romance of her own. She did, and that manuscript became her first published work, Tangled Reins.
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Duty compels her to turn her back on marriage. Fate drives him to protect her come what may. Then love takes a hand in this battle of yearning hearts, stubborn wills, and a match too powerful to deny. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to rugged Scotland with a dramatic ...
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland with a tale of two lovers irrevocably linked by destiny. Thomas Carrick is driven to control all aspects of his life. The wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city's most el...
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic and love It's frosty December and six Cynster families come together at snowbound Casphairn Manor with members of their househo...
Miraculously spared from death, Malcolm Sinclair erases the notorious man he once was. Reinventing himself as Thomas Glendower, he strives to make amends for his past, yet he never imagines penance might come via a secretive lady he discovers living in his secluded manor. Rose has a plausible ex...
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a tale of mysterious death, feuding families, star-crossed lovers -- and shoes to die for. With her husband, amateur-sleuth the Honorable Barnaby Adair, decidedly eccentric fashionable matron Penelope Adair is attending the premie...
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens pulls back the curtain on a world that has been hidden from us . . . until now. Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London’s elite, but at a huge cost: a family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks hi...
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a tale of murder, mystery, passion, and intrigue - and diamonds Penelope Adair, wife and partner of amateur sleuth Barnaby Adair, is so hugely pregnant she cannot even waddle. When Barnaby is summoned to assist Inspector Stokes of...
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with the next in her Cynster Sisters series... The Honorable Miss Mary Cynster always gets what she wants. As the last unwed Cynster of her generation, she is determined to remain in charge of her life and of the man she will marry. ...
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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has returned to another utterly irresistible branch on her beloved Cynster family tree ... The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man ... ... is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as...
See what happens when The Lady Risks All Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor -- until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have. Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability -- until ...
Originally appeared in the e-book anthology Royal Weddings and in The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae. She planned every wedding of importance...but never her own.Was that now about to change? Beautiful Lady Margaret Dawlish, the daughter of a duke, is proud to plan the ton's most important w...
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We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster ... but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands! Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a myst...
A novella, previously published in the print anthology It Happened One Season. Sebastian Trantor is in need of a wife. But although he's scouted the ballrooms, drawing rooms, and salons of London, he's yet to find a single worthwhile candidate in the young ladies paraded before him. They simper;...
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The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster . . . but not until she’s rescued from a daring abduction by the most unexpected of heroes! Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather’s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and d...
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You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster . . . but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of...
If you love Stephanie Laurens, the Cynsters, the Bastion Club, or the Black Cobra Quartet, then you won't want to miss The World of Stephanie Laurens, available only from Avon Romance. Here you'll find the Cynster Family Tree, a sneak peek excerpt from every Stephanie Laurens Avon Romance, a Q&A wi...
We asked our readers what story they would most like to see from four bestselling authors. They responded . . . A handsome hero returns from war, battle-scarred and world-weary. But family duty calls and he must find a bride. A young lady facing yet another season without a suitor never expec...
Four bold, brave, and determined ex-officers of the Crown band together to destroy the traitorous fiend known as the Black Cobra. He races to complete their mission against escalating odds--his task made more perilous when he loses his heart. She's determined to defy convention and live a solitar...
They're bold, courageous, resolute . . . ex-officers of the Crown united against a deadly traitor known only as the Black Cobra. Shipwrecked, wounded, he risks all to pursue his mission--only to discover a partner as daring and brazen as he. Fiery, tempestuous, a queen in her own realm, she...
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens takes a bold turn in her exciting new series. A second battle-hardened, completely unstoppable, all-male hero, an ex-officer of the Crown, confronts the deadly enemy known only as the Black Cobra. He's focused on his mission, then sees a lad...
"New York Times" bestselling 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. He is a man who has faced peril ...
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The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride. As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for deca...
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When a gentleman is restless and bored with the careless pleasures of London society, he needs to discover a new diversion, and if that diversion is a beautiful woman, so much the better. Temptation Jonas Talent, who has masterfully taken the reins of his family's estate, never expected a delectab...
It Happened One Night . . . and nothing was ever the same again! Once upon a time, four superstar storytellers--New York Times bestselling authors Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern--came up with a delicious idea. What if they each wrote a story a...
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They proved their bravery fighting for His Majesty's Secret Service and were rewarded with brides of great beauty and breeding. But one member of the Bastion Club has remained a bachelor . . . until now. "Christian, I need your help. There is no one else I can turn to . . . L." When Christi...
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Stephanie Laurens knows Regency London, and outside the exclusive enclave in which the aristocracy lived in wealth and comfort, lay another world. . . An intriguing man Handsome, enigmatic, and deliciously dangerous, Barnaby Adair has made his name by solving crimes within the ton. When Penelo...
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A little bit wild and undeniably brave, the gentlemen of the Bastion Club have pursued adventures far and wide. But their exploits at home could prove to be the riskiest of all as they hunt an elusive target: the perfect bride. In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, 6th Earl of Crowhurst...
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He knows all too well how dangerous love can be.. . Charles Morwellan, eighth Earl of Meredith, has seen many happy Cynster unions, but he also watched his father's obsessive love nearly destroy their family. Yet he knows his duty, and so has chosen a bride. Sarah Conningham is beautiful, intell...
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The gentlemen of the Bastion Club have proven their courage while fighting England's enemies, but nothing has prepared them for dealing with that most formidable of challenges: the opposite sex. Deverell, Viscount Paignton, is in desperate need of a wife. Unmoved by the matchmaking "herd," he s...
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Dillon Caxton, protege of Demon Cynster, is disillusioned with love. Blessed with wealth, status, and stunning good looks, he has no time for marriage-hungry misses. As a guardian of the "Sport of Kings" he has a daring criminal scheme to thwart--one that threatens to wreak havoc on the thoroughbre...
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The men of the Bastion Club are powerful, loyal, and not averse to overcoming danger if they must. Now, after years of loyal service to the Crown, they each -- one by one -- must face that greatest danger of all ...love. The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, has fled London after nearly ...
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Dear Avon, Thank you, thank you, for bringing back the men I love in your wonderful anthology Where's My Hero? But it's simply not enough! The pages of my favorite romance novels are still packed with breathtaking gentlemen who, though they played only secondary roles, still managed to capture m...
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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...
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Dear Reader, Welcome back to the Bastion Club, as our next ex-secret hero meets his match in a wild ride of lost love refound, family secrets, spies, murder and mayhem. Impatient to find his bride-to-be yet appalled by the damsels of the ton, Charles St. Austell leaps at the chance to help hi...
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Where in all of England will an exceptional man find THE IDEAL BRIDE? Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly charming, Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a man destined for power. With his close connections to the influential Cynster family, Michael's future in Parliament appears assured, except th...
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The Season has yet to begin, and the second member of the Bastion Club, tall, handsome Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington, is already a target for every matchmaking mama in London. None of their flighty daughters can fix his interest, but a certain lady does... Alicia is living a deception. Des...
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Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbor living with her family next door...
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Simon Frederick Cynster knows that a perfect bride and a perfect lover--are one and the same. So he sets about finding a mate to suit his needs--someone who will be a perfect lady by day...and a wanton lover by night. But Simon is not about to broadcast his search to the entire ton and run the r...
"Marrying you will be entirely my pleasure." Amelia Cynster hears these words from the handsome, enigmatic, sixth Viscount Calverton and is stunned. It's near dawn and she's risked scandal by lying in wait for him just outside his London house. But he agrees to her outrageous marriage proposal -...
Where are all the exciting men in London? After spending years in the glittering ballrooms of the ton, Amanda Cynster is utterly bored by the current crop of colorless suitors. Determined to take matters into her own hands, one night she shockingly goes where no respectable lady ever should, but...
What would you do if you were kissed by the handsome stranger you'd ever seen? And what if that man was one of the notorious Cynsters? When a handsome man literally fell at her feet while she was walking through a moonlit convent courtyard, Helena knew he must have been there for a scandalous l...
"If one is not marrying for love, one may as well marry for something else. My future countess has to be sufficiently docile and endowed with at least passable grace of form, deportment and address." Fate has made Gyles Rawlings a man determined to control his destiny. He has decided to wed a we...
Six notorious cousins, known to the ton as the Bar Cynster, have cut a swath through the ballrooms of London. Yet one by one, each has fallen in love and married the woman of his heart, until only one of them is left unclaimed...the most rakish of Stephanie Laurens' captivating clan...and he's not ...
All of Regency London knows that no Cynster male would ever walk away from a lady in distress...but their protection can come at a tantalizingly high price. And now, Stephanie Laurens has created her boldest Cynster yet--Gabriel--a man who has known the pleasure of many women, but who has given his...
Demon Cynster has seen love bring his brethren to their knees, and he's vowed that he will not share their fate until he spies Felicity Parteger sneaking around his country estate. Demon remembers Felicity as a mere chit of a girl, but now she stands before him--begging for his help--all lush curve...
BOUND FOR THE ALTAR IN A LAND OF STRONG PASSIONS AND WILD BEAUTY Experience the fiercely emotional power of STEPHANIE LAURENS who is at her passionate best with this story of a wealthy gentleman who finds his childhood nemesis has blossomed into a most desirable lass--and he's determined to do e...
"HE WILL FATHER YOUR CHILDREN..." When Catriona Hennessy, honorable Scottish Lady of the Vale, received this prediction, she was exceedingly aghast. How could she unite with a rake like Richard Cynster--a masterful man with a scandalous reputation? More shocking still was her guardian's will tha...
HE VOWED HE'D NEVER MARRY Vane Cynster always knew which way the wind was blowing, and it was headed in a marrying direction. The other Cynster men might not mind stepping up to the altar, but Vane never wanted to be leg-shackled to any woman-no matter how comely. Bellamy Hall seemed like the pe...
Four extraordinary romance authors pen scintillating stories of the most dangerous rogues -- and the fiery women who can soften their hardened hearts... Playing with Fire by Susan Johnson Once Burned by Dee Holmes Melting Ice by Stephanie Laurens Simple Sins by Eileen Wilks ...
TO HAVE. . . When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire tom by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas s...
April 1811. They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain's rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow; his powerful physique compelling "Kit" Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the...
ANTONIA WAS NOT GOING TO DWINDLE INTO AN OLD MAID.... Miss Antonia Mannering had made plans, and Lord Philip Ruthven played a large part in them. They had been childhood friends, but had not seen each other for years. She knew Philip was popular with the ladies, but he had never married any of t...
A successful horse breeder and self-proclaimed rake, Harry Lester samples women like wines. But after having his heart trampled by someone he actually loved, he has no intention of falling for a woman again, let alone being ensnared by the trap of marriage. Now, with a large inheritance to his name...
JACK LESTER HAD TO FIND A BRIDE... But where could he find the perfect woman? She had to be attractive, kind, a good conversationalist...and most important, she had to accept him as he was: devilishly handsome, responsible and poor as a church mouse! If he publicized his hidden wealth, disaster ...
Max Rotherbridge knew his life would never be the same.... Unexpectedly inheriting the dukedom of Twyford, Max Rotherbridge was stunned to discover he had also inherited wardship of the four Twinning sisters. The eldest, Miss Caroline Twinning, was everything he had ever wanted in a woman -...
THE EARL OF MERTON WAS A MAN WITH A REPUTATION... When the Earl of Merton suddenly found himself playing the knight to a damsel in distress, he knew that his days as a notorious rake were numbered. But though the lady had seemed grateful for his assistance, she had fled the scene without reveali...
WHAT WAS SHE TO DO? With her father's death, Georgiana Hartley found herself at the mercy of her lecherous cousin. Yet seeking refuge at the neighboring estate, she came across a danger of another sort altogether as she stared into the amused blue eyes of Dominic Ridgeley, Viscount Alton of Cand...
The Dashing Duke... -- Lenore Lester was perfectly content with her quiet country life, caring for her father, and having no desire for marriage. She took steps to remain inconspicuous and tried her best to show indifference -- but no avail! The irresistible Duke of Eversleigh had found her out a...
DOROTHEA WAS RESIGNED TO LIVE A SPINSTER'S LIFE. Miss Dorothea Darent had no intention of ever getting married, until a dashing stranger with hazel eyes kissed her under a blackberry tree. Haunted by their kiss, the Marquis of Hazelmere, a notorious scoundrel, was determined to win Dorothea's...