Audiobook review: 5/10
Publisher: HarperAudio (February 7, 2006)
Setting: England, 1835
A wealthy and powerful rake of the English ton, Simon Cynster has known Portia Ashford, equally wealthy and well-educated, since they were children. By sheer chance, he decides it's time to find a wife at the same time that she decides she wants children and must find a husband. Knowing each other so well is both a blessing and a curse, for when it dawns on Simon that he's in love with Portia, he's well aware that she'll feel challenged by his protectiveness and wary of having her independence curtailed. For her part, Portia feels safe exploring her newly awakened sensuality with Simon, but she’s not at all sure that he'll make a suitable husband. While they're feeling their way through a minefield of turbulent emotions, they're distracted by several unexplained "accidents," and when a member of the weekend house party they’re attending dies, Simon is confronted with the urgent need to keep Portia safe from harm.
This being my first Stephenie Laurens book I was a bit appreensive...I didn't knew what to expect and I didn't knew the members of the Cynster family.
But as soon as I began listening to the audiobook I was completly caught in the story. I've seen a few bad reviews about the book because people have read after they read all the other books...well, I'ver started with this one and it was enjoyable.
Portia Ashford wants to have children but she knows that to have them she needs to get marry...so she wants to learn all she can about men before she chooses someone to marry. So she accepts Simon's offer to help her on the subject of men...But what he really wants is to have her for hinself and to pass her on to someone else...
After the murder of their malicious hostess, Kitty, Portia finds herself at the mercy of the murderer who is set to kill her as well. With the help of Simon they uncover the truth...and as they try to solve the mystery of the murder their friendship evolves to something more powerfull that neither of them can controle...
I thought that it was a pleasant reading.