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Temptation and Surrender (Cynster) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Dec 2012

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (26 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062232601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062232601
  • ASIN: 0062232606
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,964,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Fall under the enchanting spell of a Stephanie Laurens Regency romance with the next instalment in her hugely popular Cynster series.

About the Author

Stephanie Lauren's last twelve titles have been NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY bestsellers. Stephanie lives with her husband and two daughters, along with two cats, Shakespeare and Marlowe.


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This is the latest in the Cynster novels and I was really looking forward to it. The story starts off slowly and never seems to pick up pace. Its all about the pub and Hildas variouss culinary delights! Rather than a decent plot to get your teeth into, you get the usual run up to sex, then the even slower run up to whether they love each other or not! Every book runs on the same lines but usually the caracters are strong and that really helps but not this time. I am disappointed with it.
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'Temptation and Surrender' is another in Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series, although the hero, Jonas Tallent, is related to the Cynster clan through marriage and they play a fairly minimal part in the story. Jonas is living back out in the country near the village of Colyton and trying to get to grips with being a landowner - including finding a decent innkeeper.

When a young lady, Emily Beauregard, comes to apply for the job of innkeeper, Jonas accepts her for the position. He is immediately attracted to her and realises very early on that something doesn't quite add up about her story and her references for the job. As he gets to know Emily more he realises there is a very special spark between them, one they both feel.

But Emily and her brother and sisters have secrets that they dare not entrust to anyone else. Their arrival in Colyton isn't accidental and they hope to reverse their fortunes by finding the Colyton treasure. Only where should they look? And can Emily keep her younger siblings safe from their nasty uncle?

The romance side of this book was a very gentle falling-in-love story without the usual misunderstandings and fallings out that are so often found in this sort of story. Both hero and heroine were appealing characters and it was a gentle read. The 'baddie' wasn't at all difficult to spot and the treasure hunt felt, at times, a little half-hearted, but it was an enjoyable read and will no doubt appeal to Laurens' fans and new readers alike.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
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I've read virtually all Stephanie Lauren's romances.
She rarely disappoints.
Other reviewers have indicated the tenor of the story, so I won't repeat it.
I thought it well up to Ms Laurens usual standard.
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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.
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A bit of a relationship is building up with this author ..... I am simply loving the whole series of Bastion, Cynster and Black Cobra novels ... how they weave and intermingle, yet can be read purely as a story on their own. They you leave you wanting to read more and piece it all together.

This is part of the Cynster series and the story of Jonas and Em. With a bit of a treasure hunt going on .... love finally conquers all .......... a 4 star rating for this.
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This book, 'Temptation and Surrender' is nominally fifteenth in Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series, although it would be number sixteen if you count the prequel, "The Promise in a Kiss (Cynster Novels). IMHO it is one of the more original and entertaining novels in the series.

Having married off the original six "Bar Cynster" cousins, Ms Laurens has worked her way through assorted friends, relatives and in-laws, and now reaches Jonas Tallent, hero of this book, who is the brother of Phyllida, heroine of "All About Love (Bar Cynster)." So Jonas's connection to the Cynsters is that he is now the brother-in-law of Alisdair (a.k.a Lucifer) the hero of "All about love." Alisdair and Phyllida have supporting roles in this book.

(That also makes Jonas brother-in-law to Alisdair Cynster's three younger sisters, Heather, Eliza and Angelica, who provide the heroines for the following Cynster trilogy beginning with book 16 in the series, "Viscount Breckenridge To The Rescue" but that is another story.)

Jonas Tallent lives in the West Country village of Colyton, much of which appears to be owned by the Tallents or Cynsters, and he manages the estate of his elderly father, which includes the local inn.
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