Six notorious cousins, known to the ton as the Bar Cynster, have cut a swath through the ballrooms of London. Yet one by one, each has fallen in love and married the woman of his heart, until only one of them is left unclaimed...the most rakish of Stephanie Laurens' captivating clan...and he's not about to go easily.
Alasdair Cynster -- known to his intimates as Lucifer -- decides to rusticate in the country before the matchmaking skills of London's mamas become firmly focused on him, the last unwed Cynster. But an escape to Devon leads him straight to his destiny in the irresistible form of Phyllida Tallent, a willful, independent beauty of means who brings all his masterful Cynster instincts rioting to the fore. Lucifer tries to deny the desire Phyllida evokes -- acting on it will land him in a parson's mousetrap, one place he's sworn never to go. But destiny intervenes, leaving him to face the greatest Cynster challenge -- wooing a reluctant bride.
Phyllida has had a bevy of suitors -- her charm and wit are well known throughout the countryside -- but none of them has tempted her the way Lucifer does. His offer to teach her all about the ways of love is almost too tantalizing to resist. And though she's not yet completely surrendered, she knows only a fool stands against a Cynster...and Phyllida is no one's fool.
Great addition to the Cynster series. Alasdair was the last of the Bar Cynster to meet his fate in the form of Phyllida. Their interactions are funny at points and romantic at others. Alasdair, AKA Lucifer, becomes very fond and protective of Phyllida very quickly. Lucifer arrives to his friends house to find him dead and then he gets knocked out. Once he is awake, he makes it his mission to figure out who attacked him and who killed his friend and what for. Phyllida, had gone to the house to find letters her friend left in a desk that was sold, she didn't expect to find a dead body or to accidently knock out a strange man. Once they meet formally, Lucifer realizes Phyllida is more then she seems and is hiding something. He has to put his suspicions aside when Phyllida gets shot at and attacked because apparently she saw something in the room where the body was found that could identify the killer.
Great mystery and romance, definitely up to par with the rest of the series.