Reader Review: Where the Heart Leads is a wonderfully fresh take on the Cynster romances. I always knew Penelope and Adair belonged together, and it was entrancing watching their relationship unfold. Instead of barging into her life like the Cynster men would do, Barnaby and Penelope dance closer to one another on equal footing. I loved how Laurens brought out the male emotions in her sex scenes, and allowed Barnaby to fall in love without being afraid, caustic, or demanding. The crime plot was well played, with just enough closed doors to make the characters seem believable, rather than invincable! I'm looking forward to more crime-solving capers to come.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens knows the world of Regency London . . . especially the exclusive enclave of luxury in which the aristocracy lived in wealth and comfort. But outside that glittering circle lay another world . . . and Laurens pulls back the curtain that has hidden it from us—until now.
Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's younger sister, has grown up with every advantage—wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a pretty face in a satin gown—forceful, willful, and blunt to a fault, she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans of London's sooty and seamier streets.
But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing. Desperate, Penelope turns to the one man she knows who might help her—Barnaby Adair.
Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several serious and unsavory crimes within the ton. His pedigree, relentless intelligence, and discretion make him a deadly avenger in an elegant guise. Despite his skills—or perhaps because of them—he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too grave. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents.
Barnaby is intrigued—both by her problem and her. Her bold beauty and undeniable brains make a striking contrast to the usual insipid ton misses. And as he's in dire need of an excuse to avoid said insipid misses, he accepts her challenge, never dreaming she and it will consume his every waking hour.
Enlisting the aid of Inspector Basil Stokes of the fledgling Scotland Yard, they infiltrate the streets of London's notorious East End. But as they unravel the mystery of the missing orphans, they uncover a trail leading to the upper echelons of society and a ruthless and clever criminal adept at pulling strings who, becoming aware of them and their efforts, is only too ready to destroy all they hold dear, including their newfound understanding of the intrigues of the human heart.
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Where the Heart Leads
"Thank you, Mostyn." Slumped at ease in an armchair before the fire in the parlor of his fashionable lodgings in Jermyn Street, Barnaby Adair, third son of the Earl of Cothelstone, lifted the crystal tumbler from the salver his man offered. "I won't need anything further."
"Very good, sir. I'll wish you a good night." The epitome of his calling, Mostyn bowed and silently withdrew.
Straining his ears, Barnaby heard the door shut. He smiled, sipped. Mostyn had been foisted on him by his mother when he'd first come up to town in the fond hope that the man would instill some degree of tractability into a son who, as she frequently declared, was ungovernable. Yet despite Mostyn's rigid adherence to the mores of class distinction and his belief in the deference due to the son of an earl, master and man had quickly reached an accommodation. Barnaby could no longer imagine being in London without the succor Mostyn provided, largely, as with the glass of fine brandy in his hand, without prompting.
Over the years, Mostyn had mellowed. Or perhaps both of them had. Regardless, theirs was now a very comfortable household.
Stretching his long legs toward the hearth, crossing his ankles, sinking his chin on his cravat, Barnaby studied the polished toes of his boots, bathed in the light of the crackling flames. All should have been well in his world, but . . .
He was comfortable yet . . . restless.
At peace—no, wrapped in blessed peace—yet dissatisfied....
Title: Where the Heart Leads
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Where the heart leads
January 29, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from BARRANCO - LIMA, NA PE
I am a huge fan of Laurens, and she did it again, great book. I can recommend this one, to those who love historical romance. Laurens never disappoints, she definitely brings her characters to live. Woderful.
A wonderful new branch of Cynster stories
August 29, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from CA US
Where the Heart Leads is a wonderfully fresh take on the Cynster romances. I always knew Penelope and Adair belonged together, and it was entrancing watching their relationship unfold. Instead of barging into her life like the Cynster men would do, Barnaby and Penelope dance closer to one another on equal footing. I loved how Laurens brought out the male emotions in her sex scenes, and allowed Barnaby to fall in love without being afraid, caustic, or demanding. The crime plot was well played, with just enough closed doors to make the characters seem believable, rather than invincable! I'm looking forward to more crime-solving capers to come.
Where The Heart Leads
February 10, 2011
Reviewer: A reader from RHINEBECK, NY USA
“Where The Heart Leads” is a spinoff of the Cynster series. We meet (again) Penelope, is the younger sister to Portia from “The Perfect Lover”. She first appeared in “On A Wicked Dawn”, and again briefly appeared in “The Taste Of Innocence”, which is when/where she met Barnaby and learned of his hobby.
Barnaby Adair, 3rd son of the Earl of Cothelstone, made his debut in “ The Truth About Love” and was also in “What Price Love?” and “The Taste Of Innocence”.
Inspector Stokes was in “The Perfect Lover”, “What Price Love?” and “The Taste Of Innocence”
This is a good mystery, with romance thrown in. Loved it.
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