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Temptation and Surrender (Cynster #15)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,497 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest - and he has. He's played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones.

But now he's restless, bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so its with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by William Morrow & Company (first published 2009)
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Another Cynster novel...Does Laurens write anything else?

I'm so glad I borrowed this from our library and didn't pay purchase price. I like Stephanie Laurens and wanted to read this novel.

What I found was a main character believable for a heroine in this century, not 18th century, nor was there good character development. And by the end of the book, I think I would have screamed if I read about her "Colyton spirit" once more.

Gratuitous sex scenes, pages and pages, over and over, which I just wou
Julie (jjmachshev)
Well, I must admit to being a closet fan of Stephanie Laurens. Her 'Cynster' series and Lindsey's 'Malory' series were what started me on my series seduction. I find reading pleasure and contentment in running across characters I already know and love and look forward to seeing if my imagination regarding future partners for these characters is anywhere close to what the authors themselves come up with. Laurens latest Cynster novel is "Temptation and Surrender", about Jonas Tallent, sister to Ph ...more
Sheila Melo
Good Addition to the Series

TEMPTATION AND SURRENDER is the fifteenth book in the Cynster series. It is the story of Jonas Tallent, the twin brother of Phyllida from ALL ABOUT LOVE. He has taken the reigns of his family's estate and is searching for a new innkeeper for the town inn. He doesn't have any prospects until he is approached by Emily Beauregard who is seeking a position. Jonas ends up hiring her. Emily and her brother and sisters are in town forj another purpose however. They are search
3.5 Stars! Time again for the Cynsters! Going into this one, all I was hoping was that it would be tolerable. I couldn't even remember who Jonas was, and how he was connected to the Cynsters, so I had no real expectations for him either. I soon figured who he was though, and it was kinda nice seeing Phyllida and Lucifer again, even though their story hadn't been one of my favorites. I enjoyed their roles in this one. I liked Em pretty well, my only gripe about her really was her tendency to go a ...more
MB (What she read)
Since Stephanie Laurens' books are pretty formulaic, (i.e. just change names, hair color, and insert new suspense/mystery elements here), I skimmed through this one. There was really nothing new.

* * * Spoiler Alert! * * *

There were several major annoyances for me:
1) The ancient treasure clue that a village of 18th century supposedly regular church-goers couldn't guess but which was immediately obvious to me in 2009. Duh???
2) The supposedly intelligent and strong heroine who turns TSTL under pres
phrases I do not like to see in sex scenes:

lapping (kinda gross. makes me think of a dog)
scalding sheath (really? wouldn't that be extremely painful)
tactile feast (a chest that was truly a tactile feast would have a lot of hair and moles on it-maybe some warts, too...)
burry his face between her thighs (this just makes me think he is trying to crawl back into the womb-is there a better way to phrase this? what if he got stuck?)

Each kiss is described as going deeper than the last. At what point ar
Susan (susayq ~)
This was a nice change from the other books in this series that I've read. Jonas wasn't too alpha male, and he didn't deny his feelings for too terribly long. Emily was another strong and smart heroine. Stephanie Laurens is good at writing those. I loved the treasure hunt in the story and how that turned out :)
I'd been doing really well and reading all the Cynster novels in the correct order, but my library was missing a couple in between and seeing as I've read all the Bastian Club series which catches up with certain family members, I figured I was safe to read this instalment. It's been a while since I last read a Stephanie Laurens novel, but this one did not disappoint. I loved all the Colyton's and I couldn't help but feel sorry for the misfortune of the twins (that's not a spoiler, once you star ...more
I tend to enjoy Laurens, but I also tend to skip her love scenes. So my enjoyment of the book is a ratio of how many love scenes I have to skip and how frequently they come. If I don’t skip the love scenes, or I only skip one or two, then I like it a lot. If I skip most of them, and there are a lot of them, then... This one fell in the middle. I skipped most of them, but there weren’t that many, and overall, I enjoyed the book. The heroine and her younger siblings have all run off from a modera ...more
Scarlett Clarke
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I think I have now reached the end of this series. I'm glad I read it because I wanted to read a whole series and I liked the Cynster family. I should have stopped once the Bar Cynster were all married off, the books took a big nose dive for me when they started the stories of in-laws and friends of the family. For the most part there was something I liked in each book but none of the books were ever as good as the first- Devil's Bride. I will probably re-read that one soon.

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I really thought I would like these books, but after reading two of them, I realized they are pretty much stock-fiction. The characters are all the same, the mystery element changes very little and the love scenes even use the same language. If I have to read about "primitive male urges" or "elemental feelings" again, I might be forced to throw the book across the room, which makes these books safer on the library shelves than in my hands.
I usually like Stephanie Laurens and I usually like the Cynster books. This one however was one of the worst ones I've read. I'm not sure where to start on what I didn't like! There were a lot of more *modern* phrases in the book that were really jarring (such as "build it and they will come"). There was also mountains and mountains of sex, that went on and on and on. For many pages. Way too much for the storyline. After a while I just started skipping those parts. I also didn't much like how th ...more
The story line and plot was very good, but too many intimate scenes. If you want a quick read this one if for you (a lot of chapters to scim). I especially enjoyed the parts where Emily and family transform the Inn into a viable part of the little village. The bringing together of people from earlier stories was very well done.
this is one of those I've had for awhile and been intending to read but never got around to it.

I started a tbr jar and this was my first pull.

it was a good read and you could pick it up without reading previous books without losing anything (I'd only read the first 4 or 5).

I thought it was a nice escape and a fast read.
Like many other reviewers of this book I found myself skimming through most of it. Actually, I skipped almost the last 100 pages because the storyline had just become predictable and bland. I think it is time for Stephanie Laurens to put the Cynsters and their storylines to bed ... permanently.
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Since it started with an untenable premise in that no one in the 19th century would have hired a female inn-keeper, much less one with four siblings in tow, and then went on to other anachronisms for the time, I cannot in good conscience give this book more than one star, not even for the writing which is good. I will say that the pace is even, there are no discrepancies in the logical sequence of events, and no jarring holes in the narrative. The characters are well-drawn and likeable. But the ...more
I am stuck at about 60% of the book and have been stuck for quite a few months. I don't know why I want to continue reading this book. The spinster Emily, aka older sister who would do anything for her younger sister and brother, lied to get a position at Jonas' establishment. I didn't bother with how Jonas came into the property, something to do with his father, not very interesting and not related to the story. So Jonas saw Emily and wow this is it. I am seeing a new trend in my reading prefer ...more
I've enjoyed most of the Cynster books from Laurens and this was another nice addition to the series. I enjoyed both Emily and Jonas' characters and we also got to see a little of Lucifer Cynster. One of the best parts was watching the transformation Emily makes with the village inn. The book blurb was a little misleading though. When it says that Jonas was emphatically against Emily running the inn it made him sound very chauvinistic but in the book itself it was nice to see that although his i ...more
My first encounter with Colyton and the Tallents had not been unforgettable and I did not get a strong impression of Phyllida, who I thought was one of the most stupid Cynster brides. Thus I did not have strong expectations regarding her twin.
That was lucky : he is bored by his life at the beginning of the story. And oh so boring, that's almost unbelievable. He has absolutely nothing else to do except stalk a woman who furthermore is his employee. I really hated that.
The employee, Emily, is a La
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780749941390

Genre? - Historical / Mystery / Romance / Erotica

Characters? - Jonas Tallent / Phyllida Cynster / Lucifer Cynster / Emily Beauregard

Setting? - Devon (England)

Series? - Cynster #15

Title? - Temptation and surrender appear to be key themes in Laurens's novels so it's good to see them in use in a title.

Character Analysis? - The characterisation was brilliant, and I loved a heroine who has so much baggage; it's something Laurens hasn't done before, and has done with aplomb. I als
May 22, 2009 Rae rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
I'm hovering somewhere between "it was OK" and "I liked it" with this book. The plot's a little anti-climatic and there was almost too much explanation for characters' motives at the end. Not to too much introspection and wordy, flowery introspection at that. Plus, and I know this is going to be a weird thing to complain about in a romance novel, there was too much sex! Ha. I don't mind sex in a book but I feel like it has to have a purpose or be a payoff for something that's been building betwe ...more
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Jonas Tallant, brother in law of Lucifer, twin brother of Phyllida. The inn Keeper in the village, Colyton, suddenly passed away and it's a blessing for the tow, he has run the tap dry and let the inn slip away. Jonas is in charge of filling the keeper-manager position while his father is away. Emily Beauregard Colyton walks up to his door, after suddenly leaving her unfair Uncle's house on her 25th birthday, with her 4 younger siblings in tow. She applies for the
This book centered on Jonas Tallent, brother-in-law to Lucifer Cynster. While looking for an innkeeper for the inn at Colyton, he is surprised when Emily Beuregard applies for the position. Although he knows she is lying about her experience from the start he gives her the job since she is still by far the best of the applicants. What he doesn't know is that her real name is Emily COlyton and she has come to search for a rumored treasure left by her ancestors for family members who have fallen o ...more
Jonas Tallent, Mr. Good Guy, doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Emily has a ton of secrets and she's not going to tell Jonas any of them. He has to ferret them out, one by one.

The background story of how to run an inn is lots of fun, full of description. Emily's siblings are a rollicking bunch. The villains aren't terribly competent, and the happy ending is always in sight.

An easy pleasurable read.
"Humph" used repeatedly in all of her books.

In this book, "Colyton spirit" and "Colyton soul" were also used over and over again.

I tried to guess how many times these phrases would be used and kept track to see how close I came. If I read another one of her books, I think I'll make a real game out of it. For every time someone says "humph", take a drink!
Heather Fischer
I really liked this book but I haven't read any of the other Cynster novels so for me it was a whole new world. I have read another series of hers which had Brazen Bride in it. I think when you read too many of her books they all start to sound the same and sometimes she gives too much description. As for this book I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Secrets and treasure lead Emily Beauregard and her siblings to rural Devon and to Jonas Tallent’s inn. Jonas is in need of a manager for the inn, but he is not looking for a woman to apply for the job. Willing to hire her on a probationary period, Emily and her siblings work at the
inn while secretly deciphering the cryptic rhyme and the clues to find the treasure. Jonas and Emily eventually join forces to hunt the treasure. But someone else is also searching for the treasure, and this villain ha
Oh dear. Well, I have only myself to blame for this one. I was looking for audiobooks narrated by Simon Prebble, because he's a fantastic reader, and checked this one out even though I've never ever had any success with regency romances that were not written by Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. And the streak continues, though I'll admit I didn't finish the book. I simply don't understand why 'heroes' whose predatory behavior goes far beyond sexual harassment are considered in any way appealing. I ...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, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie
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  • Devil's Bride (Cynster, #1)
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  • Scandal's Bride (Cynster, #3)
  • A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster,  #4)
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