Tag Archives: Cynster Series

New Release Review- The Taming Of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens

Title:  The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh( A Cynster novel)

The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author:  Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Avon (Harper Collins), June 2013

Source: free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

The Honorable Miss Mary Cynster always gets what she wants. As the last unwed Cynster of her generation, she is determined to remain in charge of her life and of the man she will marry. At the very bottom of her list of potential husbands is Ryder Cavanaugh, the daring and devastating Marquess of Raventhorne, an overwhelming and utterly unmanageable lion of the ton. But destiny has a different plan.

Ryder needs Mary as his wife, not just because she is delightful, fiery, and tempting, but because he values all she could be. When fate and circumstance hand him the chance, he claims Mary as his marchioness . . . only to discover what he truly desires is not just to take her hand in marriage, but to capture her heart.

**

I am no different from the many who have followed Stephanie Laurens’ chronicles of the Cynster family in Regency England.  I have swooned at the swoon-worthy, become worried at the evil that is often encountered, and most of all have loved being swept up in wonderful storytelling.  This latest offering is certainly a favorite in the series.

This is a long book, over 400 pages, but it is a can’t-put-down read.  In the first half of the book we see Ryder’s attempts to woo a totally Not-having-any Mary.  But bit by bit Ryder makes in roads until Mary is swept up in the inevitable understanding that just perhaps she has found the hero she is looking for.  Many books would stop right here but there is evil a foot and Ryder and Mary are the targets.  This becomes a very exciting, action filled novel along with the very hot and very sexy romance.  The Epilogue gives us a look at the many other Cynsters we have come to love.

The writing is top notch, the characterizations are spot on. You’re gonna like this one.

 

 

4 Comments

Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance

Review- A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens

Title:  A Secret Love (Bk 5 Cynster Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Avon, 2000

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

She was desperate for his help…

When a mysterious lady, her face hidden by a black veil, begs Gabriel Cynster for his help, he cannot refuse her plea. For despite her disguise, Gabriel finds the woman alluring and he is powerless to deny her. But he exacts payment as only a Cynster would demand: with each piece of information he uncovers, she must pay him – in the form of a kiss.

He was powerless to resist…

Lady Alathea Morwellan knows Gabriel is intrigued, but despite the sparks that fly between them, they have never passed a civil moment together. Yet as the stakes get higher, so does Gabriel′s desire for payment. And with each overpowering kiss, each passionate embrace, Alathea knows that she will not be able to resist his ultimate seduction…but what will happen when she reveals the truth?

**

I think this was my favorite of the Cynster Series, so far, although DEVIL’S BRIDE comes close.  I felt like this one was truly the most passionate.  All of Ms Lauren’s books are very steamy but this one had passion.

Most all the books I’ve read do have a common theme of confirmed bachelor who turns into a man hell-bent on marriage and a strong minded woman who is hell-bent on not getting married.  In other words just the challenge our hunky, hero Cynster men thrive on.  But I think I really like Gabriel and Alathea the best of all the heroes and heroines.  They grew up together and have been fighting their attraction since their teens, they even think they don’t like each other.  But fate intervenes.

Ms Laurens can write characterization like nobody else.  Her side characters just brim with personality and I long for their stories.

Then why does this one rate only a 4.5?  Well, there are a couple of plot devices that are just a bit too cliché and convenient.  Not enough to detract from the story, or my loving it, but enough for this jaded reviewer to find annoying. Yes, it was hard to believe Gabriel did not recognize her, yes, it was too predictable that Gabriel was not by her side when she was called to a dangerous situation and it was a bit unbelievable that she went alone.

The Cynster Series books I have read and reviewed: (use the author’s name in my “search” widget on the left to find these reviews)

  1. Devil’s Bride (4.5 stars)
  2.  A Rake’s Vow (3.5 stars)
  3. Scandal’s Bride (4 stars)

5 .    A Secret Love (4.5 stars)

14.   A taste of Innocence (3 stars)

The Cynster Sisters Trilogy:

  1. Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue (3.5 stars)

6 Comments

Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance, sexy

Review- Scandal’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens

Title: Scandal’s Bride (Bk 3 in the Cynster Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Avon, 1999

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from author’s website ( http://stephanielaurens.com ):

“He will father your children…”

When Catriona Hennessy, honorable Scottish Lady of the Vale, received this prediction, she was exceedingly aghast. How could she unite with a rake like Richard Cynster–a masterful man with a scandalous reputation? More shocking still was her guardian’s will that decreed she and Richard be wed within a week! Though charmed by his commanding presence, and wooed by his heated kisses, she would not–could not–give up her independence.

So she formed a plan to get the heir she needed without taking wedding vows. Richard was just as stunned by the will’s command. Marriage had not previously been on his agenda, but lately he’d been feeling rather…restless. Perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needed. But can he have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?

**

As regular readers of this blog will note, I am reading my way through Lauren’s Cynster series.  Here is another excerpt from the author’s website about this series which now has 18 books.

ABOUT THE CYNSTERS

The first six Cynster books deal with the stories of the six cousins known to the ton as the Bar Cynster. Subsequent books deal with other members of the Cynster family, extended family, and close friends.

The contrast of gracious and elegant manners forming a wafer-thin facade over strong and dominant male emotions such as possessiveness and protectiveness is a constant throughout all the Cynster books. The affinity of such warrior males for strong willed women and the ability of their chosen ladies to exact complete and unswerving commitment to themselves, to marriage, and to family, forms the central tenet of the series.

All the Cynster novels are ‘Regency-Era Historicals’, or Historicals set in the Regency. This type of novel is both longer than traditional Regencies and involves plot elements beyond the social mores/comedy of manners elements that are the hallmark of any romance set in the Regency. Stephanie’s Regency-era Historicals contain adventure and/or mystery elements, often both, played out against the visually-, dramatically- and emotionally-rich background of the Regency. All her Regency-era Historicals are long, more than 120,000 words.

**

Now about this book, this one was heads and tails better than book #2, A RAKE’S VOW.  There was the strong touch of the mystical in this offering.  Catriona was for all intents, a witch.  Well of course she was a good witch, always looking out for the people of her estate lands known as The Vale.  It was a calling she put above everything else in her life.  Richard “Scandal” Cynster was a Rake of the first order and his own restlessness led him to consider the strange bequest of Catriona’s guardian.

Stephanie Lauren’s can weave a truly wonderful story and I was so happy that this one was indeed different from the first two in the series.  She brings her characters to life with intriguing personalities.  Her side characters are so intriguing that I wish for more of them in the story.  There is still lots of sex that left me exhausted just thinking about how our protagonists managed in between sessions in the sheets.  Of course, this is romance and our hero is tall, handsome, protective, intelligent, sexy (and insatiable) and wealthy.  Our heroine is strong, beautiful, loving, capable, a virgin (who becomes insatiable) and supportive of her man.  There is a suspenseful element in the plot that is fairly easy to deduce.  There is nothing not to like about the Cynster men and their lady loves are paragons of womanhood.

All in all this is a fabulous addition to the Cynster Series.  I look forward to reading more.

The Cynster Series books I have read and reviewed: (use the author’s name in my “search” widget on the left to find these reviews)

  1. Devil’s Bride (4.5 stars)
  2.  A Rake’s Vow (3.5 stars)
  3. Scandal’s Bride (4 stars)

14. A taste of Innocence (3 stars)

The Cynster Sisters Trilogy:

  1. Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue (3.5 stars)

Leave a comment

Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance, Romance, sexy

Review- A Rake’s Vow by Stephanie Laurens

Title:  A Rake’s Vow (Bk 2, Cynster Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Avon, 1998

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

He vowed he′d never marry.

To Vane Cynster, Bellamy Hall seems like the perfect place to temporarily hide from London′s husband hunters. But when he encounters irresistible Patience Debbington, Vane realizes he′s met his match …

She vowed no man would catch her.

Patience isn′t about to succumb to Vane′s sensuous propositions. Yes, his kisses leave her dizzy and his caresses made her melt; but Patience has promised herself she′ll never become vulnerable to a broken heart. Is this one vow that was meant to be broken?

**

I am fairly new to this series that has been around for years.  So when I read the first book in the Cynster Series, DEVIL’S BRIDE, and loved it (reviewed here), I knew I would have to read more.  But I didn’t expect book number two to be so much like book number one.  It isn’t like I disliked it, not at all, it is very well written but it was like the author used a template from the first book and entered different characters and scenes.  The mystery does seem to go on for an interminable amount of time and it was pretty easy to figure out early-on.  I actually was hoping for some eye opening twist.  There is lots of sex which seems to be the hallmark of this series.  Not complaining, mind you, just saying there is lots.  The hero, Vane Cynster, is certainly everything I like in a hero, strong, handsome, caring, protective, sexy, etc.  The heroine, Patience, was a bit one dimensional and I had trouble understanding why Vane fell so hard, so fast.  But I’ll allow that it was just one of those chemistry things.

 

 

2 Comments

Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance, Romance, sexy

Review- A Taste of Innocence by Stephanie Laurens

Title:  A Taste of Innocence

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Avon, 2007

Source: Library

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

He knows all too well how dangerous love can be…

For no gentleman is this more true than Charles Morwellan, the eighth Earl of Meredith. Although he’s seen the many successful unions of his Cynster connections, he has also watched his father’s obsessions nearly destroy their family and fortune, a mistake Charles will not repeat. But as Lord Meredith he must marry, so he offers for Sarah, the daughter of his neighbors Lord and Lady Conningham. She’s intelligent enough to run his social life, beautiful enough to grace his arm, and old enough to know the value of his offer.

For most young ladies of the ton, the right marriage is the culmination of years of training, perfect deportment, and intricate plans that would impress a general. But as a lady of independent means with a life of her own, Sarah is unwilling to wed unless it is for unbounded love.

But Charles always gets what he wants. He convinces Sarah to give him two weeks to win her; if he succeeds, they will marry immediately. And so begins an intense courtship. By day, Charles and Sarah are models of decorum indulging in innocuous walks, polite conversation, sedate waltzes. Each night they steal away to the lush, moonlit gardens, where sensual embraces turn to searing kisses, and much, much more. Both are swept away on a tide of passion and feeling neither can resist.

And yet, after the wedding, despite nights of insatiable passion, Charles remains aloof, as if the near-sinful sweetness of their nights exists only in a dream. Sarah battles to prove that true love is a force that can’t be contained, a gift worth fighting for, but it’s only when she’s engulfed in a web of increasingly dangerous incidents that Charles discovers how much he’s willing to surrender to protect . . . the taste of innocence.

**

I have read and liked many of the novels in Lauren’s CYNSTER SERIES but this one was really rather boring.  Well, except for the non-stop sex scenes….well, even that got boring after awhile.  These characters seemed to have nothing else in common.  The courtship was carried on in pages way too long and then after the marriage the conflict, with a thrown in side plot that admittedly was more interesting than the original, seemed also to never end.  The villain’s turnaround was a bit too pat.  This book was just okay, not terrible but certainly not as well done as Ms Lauren’s other novels.

Leave a comment

Filed under Book review, Books, Historical Romance, Review, Romance