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A well-written second book in the Cynster series
on 24 April 2003
"A Rake's Vow" continues to introduce the reader with the charming Cynster Bar males in Regency England.
This is the story of Vane Cynster, best friend of Devil Cynster whose story is wonderfully delivered in "Devil's Bride" by this author. Vane Cynster is just as handsome as his cousin and he has a special commanding presence about him that makes him stand out among the other aristocrats. He is more than sure that he will never marry and he decides to leave the matchmaking mamas in London and takes refuge in his godmother's country house. Bellamy Hall is full of weird and also interesting inhabitants. Vane arrives in the middle of a storm to meet the most beautiful and most stubborn woman he has ever met. Patience Debbington is a very intelligent and independent young lady. She knows what she wants and she definitely knows whose company is troublesome and undesirable. She doesn't like Vane despite of their mutual
attraction. She considers him one of the ton's most dangerous representatives "an elegant gentleman". She wants him to leave Bellamy Hall as soon as possible and protect her younger brother from his "bad" influence. Vane is intrigued. He is powerfully pulled to Patience and he picks up the challenge of conquering her. Bellamy Hall has its own mysterious happenings and Vane stays to investigate and of course to woo Patience. Their battle of the sexes is very passionate and full of witty dialogues and humorous interference from the other residents. In the meantime the reader gets to meet the Cynster family. They are a very family-orientated lot and they look after each other. The author is very good with her fascinating characterization and she manages to introduce both the leading duo and the supporting cast as humans with all their beauty and follies.
A RAKE'S VOW is a fabulous historical romance combining a passionate love story with an exciting mystery. It also gives us another insight into the life of a proper and caring aristocratic family in Regency England. I look forward to reading more about them in the next book and highly recommend it to all readers.