And Then She Fell

 Henrietta Cynster is known throughout the ton as ‘The Matchbreaker’ for her uncanny ability to advise women on whether or not potential suitors are truly in love with them.

James Glossup finds his potential bride scared off by Henrietta, and having a deadline by which to marry, seeks her out to explain his problem. Henrietta feels honour bound to help James find a bride of convenience and proceeds to escort and advise him throughout the ton

It doesn’t take long for James to realise he no longer wants a marriage of convenience but does Henrietta feel the same, and why do accidents seem to befall Henrietta with remarkable frequency?

I love the Cynsters, love the strong women and love the men who are good enough to eat! This is book nineteen and the series is showing no signs of waning – in my mind anyway. There are lots of references to previous stories, but you do not need to read them in order to know what is going on. While there were a couple of occasions where I was not completely sure about the reference, it didn’t spoil it for me at all.

Henrietta is a typical Cynster woman and at the grand old age of twenty-nine she is permitted many freedoms not allowed to younger women. This also allows her and James to take liberties they might not otherwise have managed – if you get my drift! Also being a bit older she is not one to hang about when she decides she wants something and as a result the ‘will they, won’t they’ was resolved by the middle of the book, leaving the latter half focused on a murder mystery plot.

While James is not a Cynster, he does of course have many of the traits I have come to expect – sexy eyes, sexy body (sexy everything really), as well as the urge to protect Henrietta against a dangerous killer. He also is not afraid to speak his mind and tell Henrietta exactly what he wants.

Someone has been trying to kill Henrietta and there are no clues as to who it could be. Poor James is out of his mind with worry but thankfully Henrietta is sensible enough to realise she needs protection. Enter pretty much the entire Cynster clan (women included) who work together to try and identify the killer, all those fine male specimens in one place – heaven!

The mystery in the latter half of the book kept going at a good pace and I did not guess the killer at all, in fact I thought it was someone completely different! The killer really was an evil sadist, a very well written villain.

As with all Cynster novels, And Then She Fell was a wonderful read, definitely another keeper to be re-read at leisure and I cannot wait for the next one involving Henrietta’s sister Mary.

Book Information
  • Author: Stephanie Laurens
  • Series: Cynsters (19)
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Rating: ★★★★½ 

Tracey’s Week in Books – Week 12, 2013

 Well, what a lovely week I have had courtesy of Stephanie Laurens, surrounded by the Cynster family. Last Sunday I picked up a Cynster novel that had escaped me previously – A Secret Love. This one was all about Gabriel, another fine male specimen and definitely worthy of the Cynster name. As with all Ms Laurens books I loved this one – 4 stars.

This then reignited my passion for the Cynsters – well they are extremely sexy men who become even sexier when they are bought to their knees by  a woman! I dug out my well worn copy of Devil’s Bride which is the first book in the series and I think I enjoyed it even more this time round. This was swiftly followed by books two and three – A Rake’s Vow and Scandal’s Bride. I really cannot recommend these books enough. If you have never read this author but enjoy sexy historical romances with a guaranteed happy ending, you really should give her a go.

To my delight I discovered two Cynster books on kindle for 99p but have not yet had a chance to read them, as what dropped through my door but a copy of “And Then She fell” which is due out in paperback on 8th April! It is really good and a full review will follow in the next week, but I did love the way all the Cynsters had cameos in this book and even some characters from the Bastion Club appeared.

The only question for me now is shall I spend more time lost in the Cynsters this coming week, or should I move onto something else?