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Book Title: Rogues' Reform|
The author of the book: Stephanie Laurens
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Reader ratings: 4.7
Edition: Harlequin Books
Date of issue: July 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780373834587
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This was a good collection of stories by Stephanie Laurens that are not steamy like her full-length novels. I really didn't miss the steamy love scenes. Ms. Laurens writes very good romance with lots of chemistry between her heroes and heroines. Her heroes are strong, dominant alpha types, that are usually a bit (or a lot) on the rakish side. My favorite was the story with Jason and Lenore, The Reasons for Marriage. Lenore is the on-the-shelf sister of the other two heroes. She feels as though she has missed her chance at marriage, but Jason takes an interest in her, thinking she will make him a good wife. He expects to have a convenient marriage, get her with child, and go back to the city and continue with his rakish pursuits. He actually has to do some serious convincing to get Lenore to marry her, even engineering her to be compromised in a mild way. There is a houseparty and he arranges for them to be caught kissing in the study and promptly announces their engagement. Although Lenore's brothers are quite the acknowledged rakes, they won't allow their sister to be used and abandoned, and demand the marriage to take place. Lenore has feelings for Jason, but is realistic enough not to expect a loving husband, and has reconciled herself to being the perfect, non-demanding wife he requires. The love scenes are all off-camera, but you get the impression that they both enjoyed their babymaking endeavors, although Lenore and Jason are both trying to stay detached. When Lenore tells Jason she is expecting, he finds that he is leaving somewhat reluctantly. Now that Lenore has the heir in the making, she is free to do as she wishes, including have discreet affairs of her own. She goes off to London, not to have affairs, but to prove that she isn't pining for her husband, but Jason finds himself very jealous at the attention she gets, even though he really shouldn't care if Lenore goes her own way. He finds he does very much, and sets out to claim his wife's love and attentions for his own. I really liked this story, to a degree that surprised me. I enjoyed the other two stories as well. Stephanie Laurens isn't an author I can read all that often, but when I do read her, I enjoy her writing. Rogue's Reform is definitely on my keeper shelf.
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Read information about the authorStephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.
Once in London, Stephanie and her husband both began work as research scientists in Kent. They lived in an area surrounded by history. Their own cottage was built in the 16th century, while next door were the protected ruins of an early Roman villa, and nearby was a 14th century castle.
After four years in England, Stephanie and her husband returned to Australia, where she continued to work in cancer research, eventually heading her own research laboratory. One evening Stephanie realized that she did not have any more of her favorite romance novels to read. After years of thinking about writing her own novel, during nights and weekends for the next several months, she began crafting her own story. That manuscript, Tangled Reins, was the first of her books to be published. After achieving a level of success with her novels, Stephanie "retired" from scientific research and became a full-time novelist. Her novels are primarily historical romances set in the Regency time period.
Stephanie and her husband live on peaceful acreage on the outskirts of Melbourne. If she isn't writing, she's reading, and if she's not reading, she's tending her garden.
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