Series: The Cynster Sisters Trilogy #3,
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on January 31, 2012
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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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 Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him--and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal.
Our story opens on June 01, 1829. Angelica Rosalind Cynster catches sight of a gentleman staring at her from across the room. After one glance, she knows that he’s the one. Not knowing his name is not important to her. She finds out that he is the Viscount Debenham.
Angelica gets a friend to introduce him to her and then she’s able to talk him by into going on a stroll around the terrace. All of a sudden he does something totally unexpected. His name is Dominic Lachlan Guisachan the eighth Earl of Glencrae and he needs Angelica’s help.
In return for her help, Angelica will become his countess. Dominic is finding out how smart she is and it’s not what he’s expecting. He’s also finding that she’s a dangerous distraction. Somehow his mother is involved in their meeting – what a mystery.
While in Dominic’s library, Angelica finds a book about Scotland. What better way to learn about someone than reading a book about their homeland and by talking to his servants. Then somehow Angelica has talked him into taking her where few women ever go. Then he gives her a promise of a next time that will be more private.
On their way to Scotland, we see them kiss for the first time – one word, hot! This seems the best place for that to occur. If Stephanie put it in earlier, it may have felt forced or awkward. She needed to build the heat first. Her descriptions of the kisses are very sensual. When they finally take that next step, Stephanie keeps weaving a sensual haze around the couple.
Their first time is very passionate. It’s a scene that takes its time – nothing is rushed. In some books the sex scenes are short and seem like they’re over before they even begin. Stephanie shows the reader what the main characters are feeling. And they can’t seem to stop acting on those feelings.
Stephanie does a great job of not letting the Cynster clan take over Dominic and Angelica’s story. It’s good to see that the Cynster family care about their sibling but it’s not the main part of the story. Dominic’s mother, Mirabelle has plans for Angelica that also involves her son. Our interest is piqued by how they manipulate his mother in order to get what they want.
Besides us reading a historical romance, Stephanie also adds some mystery and suspense into the story. Without a doubt Stephanie knows how to hold her reader’s attention. It makes for a real page turner. Our author gives us some sex scenes but some are only hinted at. Too many sex scenes would have ruined the story. This is a sensual read, not an erotic read.
You want to make sure to read this book to the end. The reader gets to read an excerpt from an upcoming anthology. If you like Stephanie’s “Cynster” series, you will without fail want to add this book to your collection. I have not read any of the “Cynster” books in quite a while and I was very glad to have read this one. It makes me want to go back and read all the books that I have missed. If you’re not sure if you’ve read all her series books, check out her web site at http://www.stephanielaurens.com/index.html . (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast)