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All About Passion

A Cynster Novel
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Series: Cynster, Book 7
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (549 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens is adored for her titillating Regency romances that have garnered her countless fans.

Gyles Rawlings, the Earl of Chillingsworth, is a man determined to stay in control of his destiny. Even as he vows to wed a dutiful, blue-blooded lady for the purpose of fostering progeny, he deviously plans to fulfill his most sinful pleasures with a brazen strumpet. But standing at the altar on that fateful day, he unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his beautiful bride-to-be.

Savor another Cynster novel.
©2001 Savdek Management Proprietory Ltd. (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Laurens's twist on the bride-switch, arranged marriage formula is fun, spicy and sure to please." ( Publishers Weekly)

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All About Passion: A Cynster Novel

I'm half way through and still waiting for this to get good. I've listened to Cynster novels before and they are light listening with good romance and an interesting plot..until now. Stephanie Laurens thinks there is something romantic about a man who will screw anything in a skirt without a backwards glance..until he gets married and this is no exception except there is no plot. If you are looking for a book with detailed sex and lots of nonsense in between this book is for you. I will leave work for my 30 minute commute and they are having sex and still having sex when I get home. I already know how this book will end (they are all the same and that's OK) but there is nothing happening in between. Unfortunately, the only meat in this book is his. Incidentally, how could Giles think Francesca is a gypsy when she is living in the house, wearing expensive clothes and riding the horses in the stable. Please!!! Don't waste your time.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Oh, pluuuuze

Yes, I agree with previous reviews, Simon Prebble is great. However, that is all I agree with them about. The story? "ech." I wanted something light while I did some house/yard work, but that doesn't mean I don't want a worthy plot! But I guess, judging by the amount of books available on AB, that readers like Laurens.

This book has too much sex, and in scenes that last too long. And I can't believe *I* just said that! Ever heard the phrase, "Leave 'em wanting more." Well, this left me wanting it done; subtlety is sexier.

If you cut out all the sex scenes, the book would last about 2 hours. I guess if your spouse is out of town, get the book.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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I would have rated this a zero if I could

Terrible book! The characters are flat and not at all believable, the plot is predictable and constantly falls flat, and the "passion" is far too geared towards a male predilection for dominance and violent submission. Save your money for something better!

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Enjoyed it very much

This is the first historical romance I have listened to as it is not usually my favorite genre. However, this book was such a tender, sweet and erotic story I am very glad I took a chance. The story was cute and fun. The narrator was so good, his voice characters were really well done and added so much to the story. I am looking forward to more tittles by this author especially if they are narrated by Simon Prebble.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Narration

Simon Prebble's narration raises the passion and mystery of all Ms Lauren's book to the highest level of entertainment. His subtle changes of tone and volume make each character recognizable and understandable. I search out his narrations.

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whats not to love?

What did you love best about All About Passion?

All About Passion is a wonderful fun loving story. Its fun to kknow the twist to the story and watch the characters come to understanding in their humorous, often erotic, way. I adore Stephanie Laurens with Simon Prebble and this one doesn't disappoint.

What other book might you compare All About Passion to and why?

Its a twist on the Cynster series that is remarkably fun. I never can find the perfect book to compare one to since each book has a personality and life of its own... isn't that the whole idea? This is a Stephanie Laurens book that delivers in the way they all do. I reallllly enjoyed this one and its twist was a little more unique to me.

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Simon Prebble IS the voice and characters of the Cynster books. He makes the story ring of authenticity to each person, situation. ... all. This is one series that needs to be listened to... words on a page without Simon Prebble would not be the same!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I definitely could have.... definitely!

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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And I really loved the Cynster books - until now

This totally missed reality and deteriorated into nothing but erotica. I don't enjoy erotica. Come on, why would any sane man try so hard not to love his wife. That's just stupid and losing his father in an accident at the kid's age seven is a lame reason for not wanting to love your wife. This is one to skip.

Simon Prebble is great to listen to, but even he couldn't save this.

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Unrealistic

I found this mistaken identity scenario very unrealistic. The expectations and assumptions made by the protagonist (Giles) seemed so unbelievable I just couldn't get into the story. Ditched it after about 5 chapters.

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I guess they can’t all be great novels

No spoiler warning because it’s such a bad ending that I wanted the “good people” to die horribly. I’ve enjoyed most of the books in the series but a few have followed this same plot. Man cant say I love you and it’s a huge deal of course the woman doesn’t either but alas that’s how things work apparently. So said woman is repeatedly been nearly killed by ridicules schemes and saves by the horrible man. So at the end, after said man tells her to park her ass and don’t dismiss the guards because hey, someone has tried to kill you fifty times but alas she gets a note to go see her severely psycho friend, alone, in a church, on the worst possible side of town with two new guards (because they must be new guys) she decides that is a perfect plan to get the villain. Of course she ignores all the security who have worked for THAT man and listens to the new guys, at this point I was praying she would die in a real spectacular way. As is life’s way you seldom get what you want. The part I’m grateful for is the book was written by a woman if a man would have written it he would have been harassed by every feminist in the country. I like most of the authors books so don’t let this discourage you from buying all but this one. And yes if she dares me to “do a better job” I will. The wager to be decided later. Lol

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A Masterful Compliment to Historic Fiction

Laurens weaves the filaments of Bronte, Austen and Eliot into good writing about the complexity of love. The erotic satisfaction of her Cynster series is icing on a solidly baked cake.

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  • Thor
  • 03-21-17

All about sex

If you are Voyeuristic, then this is they book for you, except you are listening, with no imagination left. I personally don't enjoy, this type of book especially as I feel that if there was ten pages of plot I would be surprised. As I started to fast forward, with words not again, I realised how bored I had become. The diluted story line is he meets two cousins one he decides to wed In a cold blooded marriage, because he saw his father died and never wants to love again!!!! The other he lusts for and plan to make his mistresses. As the cousin have similar names, it isn't until the last minute he realises his mistake and knows she also knows the truth. It started off badly and never drags it self out of the sexual pit. Sad as I enjoyed his character in other books, not worth buying let alone the time listening to it.

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  • Lottie
  • 06-10-19

The Duty!<br />

Giles knew it was about time her found a Wife, to keep his family line going. So he sent his man to find a suitable person, hopefully one that would bring an estate. Then he found one plus a Gypsy, who stirred his blood. This story is so delightful and I had a couple of good laughs. The story teller Simon is excellent.