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Oh dear *yawn*,
This review is from: Temptation And Surrender: Number 17 in series (Bar Cynster) (Paperback)
I normally enjoy Stephanie Laurens but this one I just found boring and frustrating. There are possible spoilers below so please don't read on if you do actually want to try reading the book.
I know that writers tend to think their readers are stupid, but this one took the cake. Firstly, the "rhyme" that the heroine's family passes down through the centuries is NOT a rhyme. It's more of a riddle, and a pretty poor one at that. Who else figured it out straight away (on p28)? So it made me wonder, if the heroine and her 4 siblings are supposed to be that clever, plus you then have the hero, his sister and his Cynster brother-in-law (and we've had how many books already telling us what a superior race THEY are?), why does it take them another 300 pages to figure out the 3-line, badly-written, slap-in-the-face-it's-so-obvious riddle??
Once I realised the heroine was actually thick as a plank, and would therefore probably spend the remainder of the book traipsing round the village trying to break into other people's property because she's too dim to figure it out, I also realised I couldn't read a book which would no doubt keep trying to force down my throat that she's witty and bright etc etc, as Laurens' heroines usually are and the reader is almost automatically expected to believe despite evidence to the contrary.
On top of this, I felt no connection between the hero and heroine beyond the immediate "I fancy you" lust, so I didn't even want to carry on reading simply for the 'romance'. I skim-read the rest of the book, and wasn't all that happy to be proved right.
From this latest attempt, I think the Cynster series has gone on long enough. The connections are so far removed now that the characters barely class as Cynster (beyond cameos, of course), and it's clear that Laurens is struggling to recapture the spark of imagination she had when she first created them. I recently read the Bastion Club series, which was much better and more like the first Cynsters in terms of character development, plot and style of writing. I was much more impressed by the 8th Bastion Club novel, which rounded everything off and had a believable hero and heroine too. I'm looking forward to the Black Cobra quartet, as well. But I think the Cynsters have had their day, and Laurens should move on before she starts losing fans.