Avon, Apr 2002, 7.50, 416 pp.
In 1825 England twins Amanda and Amelia Cynster discuss the hopelessness of finding a worthy male to love for a lifetime as no one in their circle measure up to the high bar set by their relatives, the six Bar Cynster brood. The siblings agree to never lower their standard even if it means a spinster's life. They also concur that they must widen their horizons. Amanda will venture into the shadows while Amelia will journey beneath the lights of the chandeliers.
Amanda begins her hunt at Mellors a popular but dangerous gaming hole and an unacceptable place for an unchaperoned unmarried woman. She meets Lord Martin Fulbridge back in England after a decade of exile because his father refused to believe he did not commit a murder. Martin protects Amanda, and soon they share sex. He offers to do the honorable thing, but she rejects his marriage proposal, as she will only wed for love.
ON A WILD NIGHT is an engaging Cynster tale starring a wonderful couple whose repertoire is amusing and sensual. Though Amanda's quest seems inappropriate for her class in that era, fans will enjoy her exploits. The story line is fun to follow due to the dueling duet. A subplot in which the amateur sleuths try to solve the decade old murder ties back to the prime romantic theme though historical mystery readers will not relish the rapid resolution of the case. Stephanie Laurens provides her audience with a strong tale that leaves fans anxiously awaiting Amelia's trek to find the light of love.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner