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And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens

March 17th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens

Source: Requested for Review

Publication date: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Avon Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads.com: The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man…is a Cynster lady who belives love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as “The Matchbreaker,” Henrietta Cynster’s uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials – not in falling victim to Cupid’s spell.

But then she distrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.

A task infernally complicated by the undeniable, unquenchable attraction that flares between James and Henrietta, who continues to believe she will never fall…

It has literally been years since I’ve sent an email to a publisher requesting a book for review but I could not resist when I saw that Stephanie Laurens had a new one coming out.  I’m so glad that I did because Laurens did not disappoint.  You really can’t go wrong reading any of her Cynster family books.

I have to start off saying the main reason I didn’t give this a full 5 stars was the beginning was a little rough to me.  James was furious with Henrietta for messing up his wooing of a friend of hers and then poof that was instantly gone.  I get that she agreed to help him find a bride but it seemed way too fast of a turnaround in emotions that it felt disjointed to me.  Then to top it off it seems like the two fall in love almost instantly.  I know in romances it is a given they will end up together but I like to see the romance build and mature rather than bam “I’m in love with her/him” even though they really don’t know each other very well.

That said once I got past that I really came to enjoy the book.  The story turns into a romance, murder mystery as someone is targeting Henrietta and they must figure out who before it’s too late.  Henrietta and James worked well together with neither being too headstrong or overbearing and their romance was sweet to see.  Some of my favorite characters from previous books makes appearances to help the couple flush out the villain.  The only one I was really bummed not to see more of was Lady Osbaldestone.  She never fails to crack me up with her dry humor and the fear she instills in the younger generations.

And Then She Fell is a nice addition to the Cynster family stable of books and I can’t wait for Mary’s story in The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh.

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