New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Laurens lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two daughters.
New York Times best-selling author Laurens (www.stephanielaurens.com) pens her 15th novel in the Cynster series-following The Taste of Innocence (2007)-this time focusing on the character of Jonas Tallent, Lucifer Cynster's brother-in-law. The satisfaction of reacquainting yourself with the series' characters is offset by occasional historical and character-based inconsistencies (e.g., the exceedingly independent Regency-era heroine). The smooth reading by actress/narrator Roz Landor (Seduction of a Proper Gentleman) helps create some suspense, but she cannot overcome the unfortunately mediocre character development and numerous rote seduction scenes. This more modern-seeming-than-Regency tale, though dis-appointing, will attract Laurens's many fans. [Audio clip available through www.harperaudio.com.-Ed.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.