A Rake's Vow (Cynster #2)
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
This is the second book from the Bar Cynster series, and another great one too
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
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
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
Unfortunately, the plot was molecule-thin. This felt like a short story that had been padded, and repadded, and padded again to make it novel-length. The mystery could be solved quickly, as could the tension between the main characters. Everything felt forcibly prolonged.
Part of the paddi...more
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
I had to keep checking that this was the same Stephanie Laurens that I'd read before because it was so majorly different plotwise, characterwise and in the writing style.
The writing style itself was more complex, sometimes too complex to follow smoothly. It was, just comma, with some added info, after comma.. and at times I had to go back to the start of the sentence to follow it all. Though by the end of the novel I was more used to the style and was able to read it more fluently.
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
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
About 100 pages-Started to get me! It started to draw me in and I thought maybe this was just a slow starter and I could really like this.
Halfway- End- mixed, one moment I would like it and then I would zone out, it just wouldn't hold my attention.
Story- Vane spends the book convincing Patience to marry him. They are both staying in a house filled with eclectic guests (this was another small problem, I was able to keep better track of th...more
Thoughts on the c...more
Hmmm.... Stephanie Laurens has a definite pattern/formula that she follows. And while her books always have something unique about them, as a reader, I'm starting to get bored by the predictability of the overall story.
* Avowed Rake meets Beautiful Spinster - upon meeting, he decides that she's The One.
* Beautiful Spinster, considered to be "on the shelf" because she's over the age of 21, has no intentions of marrying. But she's "curious" enough to allow Rake liberties, which...more
I liked this one better then the first, simply because it had a better mystery. However P...more
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.
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...more
Vane is very perceptive and at first meeting Patience he can tell that he's in trouble. Patience is very biased against gentlemen like Vane, or who she thinks he is and determined to avoid him. Their intense physical attraction and Vane's tenacity don't let either of them walk away and after Patience gets over her prejudices, their relationship begins.
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.
I think I was expecting something diferent... it feels too much like the 1st book. I think if I want to enjoy this series I have to take at least 2 week brakes between the books.
Besides the issues above it was well written, though it had the annoying "elegant gentleman" phrase repeated too many times by the heroine. Both H/h had comunication problems, but since it's a normal, human thing I'll not complain about it(much ;;) ). It has a masive cast of secondary characters and, unfortunately fo...more
What can I say .... it was pleasant, but not much of a story compared to some of her other efforts.
Vane Cynster (Spencer) takes shelter from an on-coming storm (and fate) at his Godmother's home and meets her Niece, Patience Debbington.
A mysterious thief and the equally mysterious Spectre of the Abbey Ruins need to be run to ground, which he does with ease and wins his girl.
A 3 Star effort is all I can give it.
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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.”
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.”