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A Rake's Vow (Cynster #2)

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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 realises 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...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published October 1st 1998)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
"Ah," he murmured, his voice very low. He shifted fractionally closer. "But, you see, I'm not a gentleman. I'm a Cynster." As if letting her into some secret, he gently informed her: "We're conquerors — not gentlemen."

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This is the second book from the Bar Cynster series, and another great one too Photobucket



The story

Vane Cynster is running away from fate. After seeing how the mighty have fallen (Devil in love with Honoria), he decides to go as far as possible, away from any temptation (as in women he might...more
Tina
I think this will most likely be the last Laurens book I try. I have not enjoyed the two I've read.

I actually liked the hero. I think he was the only aspect of this entire book I liked. I did not understand why he was so immediately besotted with the heroine. She was something of a cipher. I never got a good feel of her character or any strong ...well...anything about her. She was pretty, that was about it.

The mystery aspect was quite tedious. Not enough to hang a plot on at all. And like the f...more
Susan (susayq ~)
ETA:Reread with RLftCI group on July 23, 2012. I liked this more this time than the first time I read it.


Ahhh, Vane and Patience. The problem I had with this story was their inability to say 3 small words...I am hungry. HAHAHA No, that wasn't the 3 words. The words were "I love you". She loved him, but wouldn't put herself out there and say it. He loved her, but was too manly to put those feelings into words. She wouldn't agree to marry him without hearing the words, and wouldn't tell him what s...more
Julz
3.5 stars

I feel guilty saying I "read" this one since it was an audiobook, but that counts, right?

This was about a rake (obviously) falling in love with a girl who never ever wants to get married to an "elegant gentleman", such as the H, because her elegant-gentleman father was a cheat who neglected his wife and children.

The majority of the book was the H chasing the h hot and heavy, trying to convince her to change her mind while they solve a little mystery on the side. The story is cute and...more
Celina
Vane is another Cynster that will take away your mind, soul, and body again. I've come to think that all the Cynsters are going to do that. When I read Devil's Bride I wanted to know how he got the name "Vane". It was Devil who gave him that name, liking him to a wind vane. You'll understand when you read the book.

Patience--I don't think I ever got over the fact that her name is a virtue--Debbington was a charming enough heroine. I don't think I loved the fact that she would readily throw hersel...more
Riddhi
This is my fourth attempt at writing a review because this page keeps being stupid. -_____-
Okay, I'm thoroughly confused. This book's rating went up and down so many times, I have to compromise and give it 3.5 stars.
Quick Overview

We have Patience Debbington, a 26 year old orphan who has taken responsibility of her easily influenced 17 year old brother. She's living with her aunt, Lady Bellamy, to prepare for her departure to London, so she can an "acceptable" mentor for her brother. While at th

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kris
Patience is a girl. Vane is a dude. He sees her in the garden of his godmother's house and decides he must ~do her and good. Because of the Curse of the Cynsters (or something), he realizes that she's going to have to also be his wife. She says no. They argue and have Really Awkwardly Intense Sex that seems to imply that Vane can shake the very foundations of the earth by wielding his Manly Wang.

Here's the thing: I'm not sure Laurens meant for this series to be as ridiculously humorous as it is,...more
Denise
While I liked Vane, and I did not dislike Patience, something was just missing from this story. The mystery was no big mystery at all and I don't understand (view spoiler) It was also about 100 pages too long. It was however nice to see Devil and Honoria with their baby.
Hitesha Deshpande
I am a biggie for Judith McNaught style romances based in the eras of the Earls and Duke's. But a Rake's vow was disappointing. It didnt manage to carry of the charm and magic which make historical romances so endearing
Vasilena
Omigod, another super promising story line with great characters only to be ruined by the over-metaphorical and flowery delivery. A shame, indeed. Here is the story of another cousin from the Cynster family, who thankfully is behaving more normally than the crazy over-domineering alpha-duke (Devil). You will fail to get a clear perception on his exact appearance, as the comparisons range from 'feral cat' to 'wolflike', which are nothing alike in veritas. And don't even get started on the love sc...more
Red
Aw...
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Vane Cyster terjebak badai yang akan datang dan terpaksa harus berteduh di rumah Ibu Baptisnya, dimana ia merasa takdir sedang menunggunya di tempat itu. Disana ia bertemu dengan Patience Debbington, keponakan dari ibu baptisnya itu dan merasa--bila ia harus menikah dan tidak menghindari takdir--maka perempuan itulah yang akan dinikahinya. Namun pesona dan kendali diri Vane selalu tidak mempan pada Patience. Ia menyadari bahwa Patience tidak menerima dirinya bukan karena dirinya...more
Anyushka Dhawan


I read this book right after Whitney, my love. Which was slightly unfair. It would have been unfair to just abt any book, let alone this light hearted fluffy romance.

It's the second book of the Cynster series. It has a mildly intriguing plot and a very scintillating romance. I do remember getting a tad bit annoyed with the endless mysteries of the invisible thieves and spectres. However the intense love making scenes make up for it.

Vane and Patience have a LOT of chemistry. They're very well s...more
Lauren
Vane Cynster is trying to escape his inevitable fate: marriage. While trying to run away from his fate Vane inadvertently falls right into it in the form of Patience. As Vane tries to seduce his new temptation Patience tries with all her might to resist him. In this who-dun-it round about escapade passion ultimately ignites.

Patience motives are solely for the wellbeing of her brother. She wants him to have someone to look up to and Vane Cynster just does not fit that picture. As a typical Cynste...more
Joy
The only part I liked about this book is when Devil and Honoria showed up. There's is excellent character development for Vane and I really disliked Patience's character. Of course the touch of mystery is what kept me reading 'til the end. I always loved the Cynsters and but I didn't quite like how Vane got a hold of Patience, it's like he was the humblest of the humble, they didn't meet halfway unlike Devil and Honoria. I'm really biased towards the first book and even though I didn't like this...more
Cruth
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 1998
Length: 374 pages
Setting: Northamptonshire, 1819 (Regency).
Sex: Frequent. Very explicit (erotic).
Heroine: 26yo. Father was a rake who's apparent disregard hurt her mother deeply.

With Vane more Beta Male than Devil's Alpha, A Rake's Vow takes on the hallmarks of a Cozy Mystery (with sex). Amateur detective Vane uses his native intelligence and "instinctive intuition" to solve a light mystery in the insular, eccentric community. Laurens comfortably emp...more
Sheila Melo
Better on Second Read

A RAKE'S VOW is the second book in the Cynster series. It is the story of Vane Cynster who is determined to avoid matrimony unlike his cousin Devil (this book starts immediately after DEVIL'S BRIDE). Fate has something else in store for Vane who ends up taking refuge at his godmother's home where he ends up meeting Patience Debbington. There is also a mysterious thief and a ghostly spector.

I liked this book better the second time I read it. It is not nearly as good as DEVIL...more
Jane (PS)
More 3.5 stars. The story dragged on a bit (I think because of the sex scenes). Without those (whilst enjoyable in part, there were too many of them - especially for the time period!! - very unrealistic) the story would have moved faster and held my interest a bit better. I put the book down for a few weeks. But finished it pretty quickly once I picked up again. Can't decide it I'll read the next or not. Will probably just wait and see...
Bree
Another re-read of the Cynter series. The mystery wasn't as compelling in this book, although the supporting characters are interesting. I enjoyed Vane, and appreciated the motherly aspect to Patience's character, but I just didn't buy the conflict against them being together - it seemed forced. Other Cynster books handle the conflict better, but it's still worth a re-read.
Shell
Romance in Regency England is a refreshing change from the modern/paranormal romance I have been reading recently. I first read "Devil's Bride" years ago, so was very happy to re-read it recently and then move on to Vane's story in the series. I like him more than Devil as he doesn't come off as tyrannical, which makes him more desirable to me. :)
Sugar Snap
This was a good book, but basic. It's definitely formula historical romance. The sex scenes get a little monotonous, too...I skipped over some of them. I do plan to continue reading the series, though, so all in all it had to be somewhat entertaining!
jen8998
I was kind of bored by this one. The hero and heroine are vacationing in an English country home. They're brought together as they attempt to discover who stole Aunt Minnie's pearls. Sigh.
Carolyn F.
I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the interplay between Vane and Patience. There's a mystery thrown in, with very easily guessed villains. Even with that, I still recommend this book.
Olivia
Oh Cynsters!! I love you <3

Another great read by Stephanie Laurens. I really liked this book though it was really different from Devil's Bride (which i loved). This book had a lot less focus on the Cynsters and a lot more focus on "the round of Cluedo" going on at Bellamy Hall. Cause that's kind of what the mystery in this book felt like, a game of Cluedo.

Also I wasn't always a fan of Patience, I found that she tried my patience quite a bit. But Vane, oh Vane <3. Grr! If I was a cat I'd t...more
Oleta Blaylock
This is Spencer "Vane" Cynster and Patience Debbington's story. This story is a little different from the previous book and as such takes some turns that aren't excepted. I do like that a storm drives Vane to find Patience. I liked Vane in Devil's Bride. He is a definite alpha male that isn't really looking for a wife but knows that fate may have other plans. Patience was a nice change of pace. She is independent, intelligent and willing to go after those things that she is curious about. While...more
Jessi
This was the first Stephanie Laurens book that I read and I just fell in love. Vane Cynster is running away because his cousin Devil has just gotten married. This wouldn't be so bad except that Devil is the leader of their band of cousins so that means that Vane will probably be the next to fall. An unfortunate storm causes him to make an unexpected stop at his Aunt Minnie's house. There, he meets Patience and promptly falls in lust. Finding out that she is a proper young woman who he is forbidd...more
Payge
Ah...what is it about the Bar Cynster? I thoroughly enjoyed "A Rake's Vow". I have to say so far that Vane Cynster is my favorite hero and Patience is a wonderful heroine. Stephanie Laurens' prose is very articulate, flows well, is classy, and she has a knack for stretching out the sensual tension. It doesn't feel like a cheap read. There is depth to the characters. So, it's not as if you have just a "bigger-than-life" character (yes-it's still important), but you empathize with him. In this cas...more
Christine
hortly after his best friend and cousin's wedding, Vane Cynster finds himself at his godmother's country estate seeking shelter from a storm. He immediately meets Patience Debbington, his godmother's niece, and realizes she is the woman he is destined to marry. Patience, however, is distrustful of Vane's 'elegant gentleman' appearance after watching her mother love her father unconditionally (the feelings weren't reciprocated). Vane works to convince Patience that they belong together while they...more
Lori McD
Second read: July 2013
3 stars

OK, so Ms. Laurens has a definite pattern as I discuss in my first review of this book. And while I still agree with what I wrote (especially the part about too many pages!), in light of this series I think the book is at least a 3-star, decent read. It's formulaic, yes. But it's a decent example of Regency Romance with some steam. While I found myself skimming some of the pages, I did enjoy it.

And let's face it: I read it again, didn't I?

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First read: J...more
Lady of the Lake
Well there is definitely a pattern to the Cynster series of books but that is not a bad thing in this case. This second book was about Vane Cynster and how he met Patience, all by accident as he came upon her while taking refuge from a storm at his Godmothers home. He knew in an instant that he would marry her. The same was true for Devil Cynster in the first novel. The reputation of these Cynster men precedes them and in both books 1 and 2 the men needed to show their intendeds that they are n...more
Melodramaticfool
A good follow up, although I was slightly disappointed. I felt that Vane's attraction to Patience was kind of insta-romance. The moment, that SINGLE moment when she was in his arms, he just knew. BAH.
Another mystery, though not as engaging as the murder mystery in Devil's Bride, since this is more theft, and then it turns out the theft wasn't all that important to begin with since it wasn't technically the main problem...idk how to explain it. Just not what I was expecting, a let down in my opi...more
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Laurens and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Laurens and...more
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“You also," he said, lowering his voice, "haven't yet
thanked me for saving you from sitting in the flower bed."
She didn't even look up. "It was entirely your fault that I nearly did. If you hadn't sneaked up on me, I wouldn't have been in any danger of landing in the
weeds." She glanced briefly at him, a touch of color in her cheeks. "A gentleman would have coughed or something."
Vane trapped her gaze, and smiled—a slow, Cynster smile. "Ah," he murmured, his voice very low. He shifted fractionally closer. "But, you see, I'm not
a gentleman. I'm a Cynster." As if letting her into some secret, he gently informed her: "We're conquerors—not gentlemen.”
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“And remembered—all he'd nearly forgotten, all her wild responses had driven from his mind. This was one seduction he had to, needed to, manage
perfectly—this time, there was meaning beyond the act. Seducing Patience Debbington was too important to rush—conquering her senses, her body,
was only the first step. He didn't want her just once—he wanted her for a lifetime.”
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