Stephanie Laurens

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Stephanie Laurens
Born August 14, 1953
Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Australian
Period 1992–present
Genre historical romance

Stephanie Laurens is the pen name for Theonne Anne de Kretser (b. Ceylon, now Sri Lanka), a best-selling Australian author of romance novels.


Theonne de Kretser was born August 14, 1953 in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a PhD in Biochemistry in Australia, De Kretser and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Kathmandu to London.

Once in London, De Kretser 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, De Kretser and her husband returned to Australia, where she continued to work in cancer research, eventually heading her own research laboratory. One evening she realised that she did not have any more of her favourite 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, De Kretser "retired" from scientific research and became a full-time novelist. Her novels are primarily historical romances set in the Regency time period.

Theonne de Kretser and her husband live in Melbourne with their two cats. Her pen name is a combination of the names of her daughters, Stephanie and Lauren.


Regency Tangled Series[edit]

  1. Tangled Reins (1992)
  2. Four in Hand (1993)
  3. Impetuous Innocent (1994)
  4. Fair Juno (1994)

Single Novels[edit]

  • Regency Romps (1994)
  • A Convenient Marriage (1996)
  • A Season for Scandal (2001)
  • Hollywood Ending (2002)
  • A Season for Marriage (2003)
  • A Suitable Marriage (2004)
  • The Lady Risks All (2012)

Lester Family Saga Series[edit]

  1. The Reasons for Marriage (1994)
  2. A Lady of Expectations (1995)
  3. An Unwilling Conquest (1996)
  4. A Comfortable Wife (1997)
  • Rogues' Reform: The Reasons for Marriage, a Lady of Expectations, an Unwilling Conquest (Omnibus) (2000)

Bastion Club Series[edit]

  1. (prequel) Captain Jack's Woman (Jack, Kit) (1997)
  2. The Lady Chosen (Tristan, Leonora) (2003)
  3. A Gentleman's Honor (Tony, Alicia) (2003)
  4. A Lady of His Own (Charles, Penny) (2004)
  5. A Fine Passion (Jack, Clarice) (2005)
  6. To Distraction (Deverell, Phoebe) (2006)
  7. Beyond Seduction (Gervase, Madeline) (2007)
  8. The Edge of Desire (Christian, Leticia) (2008)
  9. Mastered by Love (Royce, Minerva) (July 2009)

note – The Last Traitor is revealed in Mastered by Love

  • The Lady Chosen / A Gentleman's Honor (Omnibus) (2003)
  • Captain Jack's Woman / A Gentleman's Honor (Omnibus) (2006)

Cynster Family Saga Series[edit]

  1. Devil's Bride (Devil, Honoria) (1998)
  2. A Rake's Vow (Vane, Patience) (1998)
  3. Gezähmt von sanfter Hand (Scandal's Bride)(Scandal, Catriona) (1999)
  4. In den Fesseln der Liebe (A Rogue's Proposal) (Demon, Flick)
  5. Ein unmoralischer Handel (an Secret love)(Gabriel/Alathea) (1999)
  6. ( Secret Love) (Gabriel, Alathea) (2000)
  7. Nur in deinen Armen (All About Love)(Lucifer, Phyllida) (2001)
  8. All About Passion (Gyles, Francesca) (2001)
  9. The Promise in a Kiss (Sebastian, Helena) (2001)
  10. On a Wild Night (Amanda, Martin) (2002)
  11. On a Wicked Dawn (Amelia, Luc) (2002)
  12. The Perfect Lover (Simon, Portia) (2003)
  13. The Ideal Bride (Michael, Caro) (2004)
  14. The Truth about Love (Gerrard, Jacqueline) (2005)
  15. What Price Love? (Dillon, Pris) (2006)
  16. The Taste of Innocence (Charlie, Sarah) (2007)
  17. Where the Heart Leads (Barnaby, Penelope) (2008)
  18. Temptation and Surrender (Jonas, Emily) (2009)
  19. Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue THE CYNSTERS SISTERS TRILOGY 1(Heather, Breckenridge) (2010)
  20. In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster THE CYNSTERS SISTERS TRILOGY 2(Eliza, Jeremy) (2011)
  21. The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae THE CYNSTERS SISTERS TRILOGY 3 (Angelica, Glencrae) (2012)
  22. And Then She Fell (First of the Cynster Sisters Duo 1 – Henrietta, James) (2013)
  23. The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh (Cynster Sisters Duo 2 – Mary, Ryder) (June 2013)
  24. By Winter's light (New generation of Cynster starts) (Claire, Daniel) (2014)
  25. The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (Lucilla, Thomas) (Feb 2015)
  26. A Match for Marcus Cynster (Marcus, Niniver) (May 2015)
  • Cynster, Set (omnibus) (2002)
  • On a Wild Night / On a Wicked Dawn (Omnibus)(2002)
  • Devil's Bride / A Rake's Vow (Omnibus) (2005)

The Casebook of Barnaby Adair[edit]

Prequel: The Truth about Love (Gerrard and Jacqueline) (2005) (also listed as Cynster 13)

  1. Where The Heart Leads (Penelope Ashford and Barnaby Adair) (2008) (also listed as Cynster 16)
  2. The Masterful Mr. Montague (Violet Matcham and Heathcote Montague) (2014)
  3. Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair (Rose and Malcolm) (2014)
  • The Peculiar Case of Lord Finsbury's Diamonds & The Curious Case of Lady Latimer's Shoes (2014)

Black Cobra Quartet Series[edit]

  1. The Untamed Bride (Derek, Deliah) (2009)
  2. The Elusive Bride (Gareth, Emily) (2010)
  3. The Brazen Bride (Logan, Linnet) (2010)
  4. The Reckless Bride (Rafe, Loretta) (26 October 2010)

Adventurers Quartet[edit]

  1. The Lady's Command (2015)
  2. A Buccaneer at Heart (2016)
  3. The Daredevil Snared (2016)
  4. Lord of the Privateers (2016)


  • Regency Revels (2004)

Anthologies in collaboration[edit]

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