• The Secrets of Lord Grayson Child

  • The Cynster Next Generation Novels, Book 10
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens returns to the world of the Cynsters’ next generation with the tale of an unconventional nobleman and an equally unconventional noblewoman learning to love and trust again.

A jilted noblewoman forced into a dual existence half in and half out of the ton is unexpectedly confronted by the nobleman who left her behind 10 years ago, but before either can catch their breaths, they trip over a murder and into a race to capture a killer. 

Lord Grayson Child is horrified to discover that the London Crier, a popular gossip rag, is proposing to expose his extraordinary wealth to the ton’s matchmakers, not to mention London’s shysters and Captain Sharps. He hies to London and corners the Crier’s proprietor - only to discover the paper’s owner is the last person he would have expected to see.

Izzy - Lady Isadora Descartes - is flabbergasted when Gray appears in her printing works’ office. He is the very last person she wants to meet while in her role as owner of the London Crier, but there he is, as large as life, and she has to deal with him without giving herself away! She manages - just - and seizes on the late hour to put him off so she can work out what to do.

But before leaving the printing works, she and he stumble across a murder, and all hell breaks loose.

Izzy can only be grateful for Gray’s support as, to free them both of suspicion, they embark on a joint campaign to find the killer.

Yet working side by side opens their eyes to who they each are now - both quite different from the youthful would-be lovers of 10 years before. Mutual respect, affection, and appreciation grow, and amid the chaos of hunting a ruthless killer, they find themselves facing the question of whether what they had deemed to be wrecked 10 years before can be resurrected.

Then the killer’s motive proves to be a treasonous plot, and with others, Gray and Izzy race to prevent a catastrophe, a task that ultimately falls to them alone in a situation in which the only way out is through selfless togetherness. Only by relying on each other will they survive.

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Not really a romance but very good

I would not really consider this a romance novel but more a historical fiction, with some mystery and a little romance. It is a veeeerrrryyyyy slow burn, second chance romance with some mystery and intrigue before an eventual HEA. You will see characters from previous Stephanie Laurens novels show up in this book which is a nice blast from the past. If you are looking for a quintessential British regency era story then this is for you. If you need more steam and heat with your plot then this might not be your favorite. Mathew Brenher is outstanding and brings this novel to life in just the way I needed.

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The Other Stephanie

This was the Lauren’s that is historical with no …. It is for good church folk.

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enjoyable story

I always enjoy books by Stephanie Laurens!.No exception here, this story was interesting, mostly a mystery surrounding a murder with a little romance thrown in! Well written characters, good plot, and narrator Mr. Matthew Brenher, all you need for a couple afternoons of listening enjoyment!

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Excellent story.

I loved the writing and narration of this book. Excellent storyline and I couldn’t stop listening. I tried to stretch it out over a couple of days but had to finish it without stopping.

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  • The Reading Room
  • 12-27-21

I thought it would never end!

No shortage of detail in the descriptions, no loose threads, a reasonably promising plot, and likeable characters.
Waiting for the plot to thicken was like making custard from scratch - waiting, waiting, waiting… for something - anything! - to happen. Just as when stirring the custard, there is a point at which I decide I’d be just as happy if it curdled, so I could abandon the endeavour. The climax of the story was exciting, but it would have been much more so if I hadn’t sunk into a torpor with all the waiting.
The narration didn’t help. Lots of bloopers - clearly poorly edited, punctuating the rather lugubrious narration.
And, Hey Matthew, (picky, picky, picky …), ‘buoyed’ is pronounced ‘boid’- not ‘boo-ied’.

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  • Redwit28
  • 09-17-21

Continues the series exactly as you’d expect

A bit of a murder mystery that’s easy to solve, a bit of a social standing difficulty that gets a teensy bit ignored in the end, and the usual purple prose of bedding. You always know what you’ll get with a Cynster linked tale. An ongoing issue with the narration is using American pronunciations for a decidedly British gentry book, and this time we have the (illegal in real life) parliamentary Commons accepting a Lord into it. Minor points but jarring.