The 11th Cynster Novel
First published in Hardcover 2004
Paperback from Avon
Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament
- a man destined for power. Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly
charming, he is just arrogant enough to captivate the interest
of the ladies of the ton. And with his connections to the wealthy
and influential Cynster family - his sister is married to Devil
Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives - his future appears assured.
that Michael lacks the single most important element of success,
pressure sends him searching for his ideal bride, a gently
bred, malleable young lady, preferably with a political background.
Michael discovers such a paragon but finds a formidable obstacle
in his path - the young lady's beautiful, strong-minded aunt,
of London's foremost diplomatic hostesses, Caro has style
and status but, having lived through an unhappy political
marriage, wants nothing of the sort for her niece, who has
already lost her heart to another.
Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot - Caro will demonstrate
why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for Michael.
She succeeds in convincing him that what he really needs is
a lady of experience by his side.
the perfect candidate right under his nose - Caro herself.
Then it is Michael's turn to be persuasive, a task that requires
every ounce of his seductive charm as he tempts and tantalizes
Caro, seeking to convince her that becoming his bride will
bring her all her heart desires... and more.
then a series of mysterious, and dangerous, accidents befall
Caro - an assailant has stepped in with their own idea for
Caro's future - one that could involve murder. Before Caro
can become Michael's ideal bride, they must race to uncover
the unknown's identity before all hope of what they long for,
and wish for, is destroyed.
REVIEWS & ACHIEVEMENTS
A New York Times, Publisher's Weekly & USA Today Bestseller!
Amazon Editors' Top Pick Romance 2004
one of Best Books in Romance 2004
by Romantic Times as Best K.I.S.S. Hero 2004
"THE IDEAL BRIDE is a continuous joy. With humor, intrigue
and suspense, great characterization, superb plotting, and
gradually escalating passion, it's an up-all-nighter. Don't
miss this one."
Terrie Figueroa, Romance Reveiws Today.
and delightful characters....highly sensual, THE IDEAL BRIDE
is delightful reading."
Susan Wilson, The Old Book Barn Gazette.
word: it's AWESOME!"
Hazel, Last Chapter Book Shoppe.
story grabs you and won't let go. If you've read the other
Cynster books, you'll definitely enjoy this one."
Lezlie Patterson, The State, Knight Ridder/Tribune News