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Publisher's Summary

Laurens, a New York Times best-selling author, thrills millions of fans with each book in her sensuous Bar Cynster series.

Both beautiful and headstrong, Amelia Cynster has decided to marry the man of her dreams. Lucien Ashford is handsome and sexy - but Amelia is tired of waiting for him to make the first move. So slowly, carefully, she begins to lay her trap.

©2002 Savdek Management Proprietory Ltd.; (P)2003 Recorded Books

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It was wicked!!

I really enjoy Lauren's book and I especially like the narrator. It drives me crazy when they change narrators with their novels. He is definitely someone you should listen to....but the book is great. I love it when the hero is being setup and tortured by the heroine. She knew before he does that they were meant to be....great continuation of the Cynster novels. The love scenes were great...smile.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A plot.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure but I'm reluctant to read the next book in this series.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

Absolutely!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like most of the Cynster characters so they bring something to the story. But not enough.

Any additional comments?

The earlier Cynster stories were very good. The series started to fade with the previous book and it has really dropped with this one. Maybe Stephanie Laurens just had a bad book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of the weakest stories in the series

Simon Prebble does his usual excellent rendition of the characters, and but for that, I wouldn't have finished it. The interminable sex scenes that are usual in Laurens' books are even more frequent in this one. The plot looked promising when she finally got round to it midway through, but stalled and fizzled before it had a chance to develop.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jo
  • nashville, TN, USA
  • 12-06-09

not much of a plot

On the positive side, the author has a wonderful vocabulary and the reader is capable. The book is way too long for the limited and predictable plot. I am glad I got it on sale and didnt waste a credit on it. I fell asleep several times and had trouble rewinding and finding my place since the same scenes seemed to keep repeating and the plot moves with all the speed of a soap opera.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 11-04-17

Pretty good. Prebble never disappoints.

This was pretty good - not as good as some of the other Cynster titles. I felt the conflict, with the money, was a bit thin...and the verbiage during the sex scenes was a little convoluted (glimpsed her soul? What? Easy does it!) Overall, worth purchasing

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  • Mary
  • Magnolia, TX, United States
  • 07-23-17

Couldn't finish it......

What would have made On a Wicked Dawn better?

A plot, less sex....

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am off Stephanie Laurens for a while. This book turned me from S.L.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Prebble?

He is ok, poor material.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from On a Wicked Dawn?

All sex scenes.

Any additional comments?

I think you get the picture.

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  • JM
  • Camas, WA, United States
  • 06-26-16

Sex scene central!

Ad nauseum sex scenes! Last quarter of the book was full of intrigue and the Cynster family strong character action.

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Graphic endless sex with no plot

Worst of Cyster books so far. No evolution of romance. Endless withholding from each other, except for sex. Narrator excellent as usual.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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pretty bad

What disappointed you about On a Wicked Dawn?

I've listened to many Stephanie Laurens books and never been so bored. No real story and the romance is boring and insufficient on its own to merit so many chapters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Meet the family

As the story goes, I don't think this novel is as good as the rest. The premise is just weak and the sex overwhelms it. That said, as a Cynster fan, I liked the book because there was an opportunity to get to know some of the older members of the family - Arthur, Louise, and especially Helena. For me that rescued the book from a lower score.
Narration as usual was wonderful.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful