Series: Cynster Series

Review: The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens

Posted June 26, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens
The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens
Series: Cynster Series #20, Cynster Sisters Duo #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency
Published by Avon Books on June 25, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 448
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher

Also in this series: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae, And Then She Fell
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Book Description:

The 2nd in the Cynster Sisters duo, #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens thrills with this fantastic tale of a Cynster who'll stop at nothing for love.

Lady Mary has been waiting years for this opportunity. Not that her sister has thrown off her spinster ways and become betrothed, it's finally Mary's chance for true love. She knows exactly who she wants --and it's not someone as wild, unmanageable, and sinfully seductive as Ryder Cavanaugh.

Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne, had never met a woman who wouldn't happily fall at his feet--or into his bed...until Lady Mary Cynster. But Ryder has made some decisiosn abotu his life and he'll only succeed at being the man he wants to be with Mary by his side. And convincing her of that fact is just the kind of challenge he thrills at...


Make sure to read the Acknowledgements because Stephanie explains how the title came to be.

Our story opens in London in the year 1837.

Mary Alice Cynster has set her sights on a man.  Ryder Cavanaugh has his own opinion on that.  A war has been waged and it will be interesting to see who wins.  I wonder what the young women of today would feel about how husbands were found during that time period – sometimes it was a love match and a lot of times it wasn’t.

I love how Mary says one sentence that completely shocks Ryder.  If she said that to a man today, I don’t think they would be shocked.  She also doesn’t wait for the man to make the first move – shocking.  And Stephanie puts sex in just the right places – not just sex for sex sake.

Sometimes you find the one character that you really dislike.  For me, it was Ryder’s stepmother, Lavinia.  If they ever decided to remake Monster-In-Law, they could change it to a historical piece and cast her as the mother from hell.

Besides the romance between Mary and Ryder, there’s a mystery that surrounds them.  Stephanie does a great job of building the mystery over time, which goes to building the anticipation almost to the very end.    This is one of those books that should a screenplay ever be made, I would watch the movie when it came out.  She also makes you wish for a marriage that at the time seems strong and wanting to be part of a couple that is so devoted to each other.

This is a book that I highly recommend reading. If you have been following the Cynster clan there is no way that you can pass this up.  In going over to the site that lists all the Cynster books, http://www.stephanielaurens.com/Cynsters/Cynsters.html, you will notice a list of all the books in this great series.  At the end of this book, there is an excerpt for Where the Heart Leads.  But in my research, this book was released back in 2009.  So this means that we will have to be patient to see if Stephanie comes up with a new series or see if our favorite family makes another appearance. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast).0A04999BD4F129B4A1504B1EA89C9996

Review: And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens

Posted April 10, 2013 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens
And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens
Series: The Cynster Sisters Duo #1, Cynster Series, #18, #18
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on March 26, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher

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The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man...is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker," Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell.

But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.

A task infernally complicated by the undeniable, unquenchable attraction that flares between James and Henrietta, who continues to believe she will never fall..


Lynn’s Review
Our story opens in London in the year 1837.

Henrietta Cynster catches her sister Mary in her room. If you have read the Cynster Sister Trilogy, you will understand about the sister’s superstition. If you haven’t read any of the Cynster books, you may want to go back and at least read the Trilogy. This will catch you up on the superstition. It may also get you hooked on the Cynster’s.

James Glossup is looking to get married. And he seemed set on a friend of Henrietta’s. But then he ends up needing Henrietta’s assistance. It’s going to be interesting to see how that works out. This is not just a simple romance but there is a mystery as well. This is one thing that I love about Stephanie’s work. She always puts in a little something extra that you have no choice but to turn the page to see what’s going to happen.

Stephanie’s female characters always appear to be strong when they need to be and know when to let the men “beat their chests”. The men seem to believe in protecting their women “for their own good”. That’s something that just wouldn’t fly today.

This is a book that you will definitely want to read from beginning to end. First, you don’t want to miss all the excitement. And second, you don’t want to miss who is going to be in book two of the Cynster Sister Duo. If you are already a Stephanie Laurens fan, you will not be disappointed in adding another great book to your collection. If you think you have missed any of the Cynster series, just head over to Stephanie’s web site, http://www.stephanielaurens.com/index.html, and take a look at her book list. Book two is titled The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh coming out in June. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her next set of characters.  (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast).

Review: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens

Posted February 10, 2012 by Sherri in Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens Series: The Cynster Sisters Trilogy #3, Genres: Historical Romance Published by Avon Books on January 31, 2012 Format: Ebook Pages: 496 Source: Edelweiss, Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Summary: Three heros, three rescues, three weddings. We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster …but not until she and her hero confront a devious enemy and lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands! Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she’ll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman across a candlelit ballroom, she knows beyond doubt that he’s the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason–when he hero abducts her! The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap […]

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