Where the Heart Leads: From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair by Stephanie Laurens

A Cynster Novel

William Morrow


ISBN: 978-0-06-124339-4;

Reviewed by Sabella



Barnaby Adair is bored, but he is determined to stay out of his mother’s reach and out of her matchmaking attempts. The lack of an active case is hardly in his favor.  However, when Penelope Ashford walks in his door, late at night no less, Barnaby sees an opportunity in the making – he can explore the interesting specimen of a woman and stay out of his mother’s clutches.  But Penelope’s case turns out to be much more complex than anyone ever imagined, but through it all Barnaby will need to keep Penelope safe and convince her that marriage to him is, not only in her best interest, but an advantage not to be dismissed.

Penelope Ashford is set and determined to find the boys that have been stolen. The missing boys  had been meant for the Foundling House, which Penelope runs.  After careful consideration, Penelope has decided that the best person to assist her in her quest is really Barnaby – who has proven to be a reliable man. , A man she feels she can manage to suit her needs.

But as these two set out together to rescue the missing boys will they find that they are made for each other as well?

In this latest installment of the Cynster series, Where the Heart Leads: From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair is a good addition to the sensual and irreverent romance series. As has come to be traditional in this series we find that heroines are assertive and full of commonsense, most of the time, while the heroes are truly Alpha males that have learned to maneuver around “headstrong” female relations and potential spouses.  In this case, Penelope breaks the mold by being unusually determined, yet clearheaded in her judgment, which makes her a great investigative and intellectual partner for Barnaby.  Barnaby, on the other hand, follows the traditional Alpha male mold, yet he tempers all his actions with plenty of strategic thinking aimed at getting him to the end that he desires.  As a whole Where the Heart Leads is a fun, entertaining and an absolutely sensual read that will leave you well satisfied with the end and admiring both Barnaby and Penelope for the wonderful characters that they are – Stephanie Lauren’s has once again written a sensual story not to be missed in Where the Heart Leads: From the Casebook of Barnaby Adair!


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