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A Rake's Vow (Cynster #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,190 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
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
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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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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
So Laurens just took Devil's Bride and changed the names of the characters, right?

Have I mentioned how sick to death I am of bitchy, obnoxious heroines who think they know everything and act like they're better than everyone else? I liked Vane, of course, Laurens is pretty good at crafting compelling heroes, but her heroines need serious work. They're not endearing to the reader at all, just whiny, indecisive bags of shrewage. There is a major difference between being an independent, willful, s
A Rake's Vow
4 Stars

Vane Cynster is determined to avoid the same fate as his cousin, so when a storm starts brewing he decides to stop over at his Godmother’s estate. He should have known that one cannot escape their destiny, which comes in the guise of Patience Debbington, a woman who certainly knows her own mind and has no intention of giving up her independence for the likes of an elegant gentleman such as Vane Cynster.

Although the fated mates trope is somewhat out of place in a historical rom
Jun 17, 2010 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ivana Azap
Jan 09, 2016 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book from the Bar Cynster series, and another great one too. Vane is a typical Cynster.

Vane is another Cynster that will take away your mind, soul, and body again. Ah...what is it about the Bar Cynster?

It's the second book of the Cynster series. Patience is a thoroughly sympathetic heroine, and the intrigue and mystery here is fairly well crafted and fun to follow.

I first read "Devil's Bride" a year ago, so was very happy to move on to Vane's story in the series. I enjoyed rea
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
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
Kat Desi
I had looked forward to reading Vane's story and was not terribly disappointed. I loved Vane. He reminds of Devil most of the time. I also liked Patience but not at first! I started to appreciate her at about 60% into the story. Again, the mystery aspect of the book was very thinly veiled and was prolonged than necessary. It was very easy to guess who the troublemakers were and that ruined some of the enjoyment of the book for me. Take out that part and I would be a happy lady. I don't mind just ...more
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
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

Jul 14, 2014 kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Lassarina Aoibhell
In the second book in the Bar Cynster series, Vane Cynster takes shelter from a storm at his godmother Minnie's home, Bellamy Hall, where it turns out a great many small objects of no particular value have been going missing, and someone is stalking around the nearby ruins late at night. There, he meets Minnie's niece Patience, and falls prey to the Cynster pattern.

This is honestly one of my favorite Bar Cynster books. One of the things it does really, really well is showcase how much the Cynste
Sep 24, 2011 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2009 Hitesha Deshpande rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2010 jen8998 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elizabeth Urian
He puesto dos estrellas porque poner solo una no me parece justo, aunque debería haber una en medio.
No es que la historia de amor no sea bonita, porque lo es(me ha gustado mucho la evolución y las reticencias de Vane), pero toda esa narración (a mi parecer, exagerada), ha enlentecido tanto la historia que me he aburrido muchísimo. No he abandonado por pura terquedad; y solo el último tercio ha merecido la pena.
Otro dato que ha hecho que la nota baje tantísimo es debido a las escenas sexuales. N
Sep 08, 2009 Payge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 09, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second of the Cynster novels, this is in many aspects a much better effort than the first one. Central to all of them (or at least the first six) are the Bar Cynster: six men of around the same age, all brothers or first cousins and all in want of wives, even if they do not know this or want to admit to it.
This is Regency England, shortly after the Napoleonic Wars, and the Cynster clan encompasses your typical alpha males. Outwardly they are perfect gentlemen, always turned out to perfection
Amanda The Book Slayer
Naturally all Cynster Men are breath taking and as the reader you are hooked from book one. A new storm is on the horizon and it catches Vane.

Recommend: Those who enjoyed Devil's Bride. Great historical romance. You don't necessarily have to have read the first book. This book can stand alone.

*Vane is sexy as ever. The man is also honorable through and through.
*Patience has quite the back bone. Not only does she loose her heart to Vane, but is resoved to only marry for love.
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
Anyushka Dhawan
Oct 26, 2012 Anyushka Dhawan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers

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
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
Jun 14, 2016 Chitra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safety-first, v-card
Super super sweet tale of courtship between Vane and Patience.
Though I absolutely adored Vane since the last book, it took me time to warm up to Patience(too judgemental and stubborn throughout most of the book).
Lots of banter, sweet lovemaking and mystery in the background.
It was an overall good and safe read.
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
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
Jj Li
Jan 02, 2015 Jj Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indulgences
I don't know if I'm unique in this, but I really only enjoy Regencies if I can identify with the heroine. The hero never figures. A Rake's vow really worked for me because I could identify with Patience, and yes, Vane was another Cynster with different coloured eyes and hair and elegance and whatever. Whatever, they're Cynsters, they just fill a blank. But yes, Patience is a thoroughly sympathetic heroine, and the intrigue and mystery here is fairly well crafted and fun to follow.
The second in the series, about Vane, Devil's first cousin and close friend, the story continues with theft and bodily harm in a miscellaneous household of people staying with Vane's godmother, Lady Bellamy. He meets his fate in the form of Patience Debbington, Lady Bellamy's niece. The pace was good, but it was easy to get frustrated at the amount of hormonal suspension of wits in the main characters. After a while, I wanted to shake Vane and yell, "Just spit it out, man". His many attempts to ...more
Sheila Melo
Mar 27, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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...
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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, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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“Climb every mountain , Ford Every stream
Follow every rainbow ,'Till you find your dream”
“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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