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Product Details

  • Series: Cynster Sisters Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062068620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062068620
  • ASIN: 0062068628
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Absolutely rompalicious, THE CAPTURE OF THE EARL OF GLENCRAE, the third and final novel in best-selling author Stephanie Laurens’ CYNSTER SISTERS trilogy, is a passion-filled, witty historical romance that will keep you enthralled from the very first page.” (Romance Review Junkies)

“Laurens has created another incredible series connected to the Cynsters and Bastion Club. The marvelous adventure story is wrapped in an exciting plot built around a dynamic hero and a heroine whose depth of emotion reaches out to touch the reader on every level. Superb!” Romantic Times, Top Pick! (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

From the Back Cover

We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster ... but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!

Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason—when her hero abducts her!

The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him—and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

More About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

Laurens's novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. Laurens has published fifty-three works of historical romance, including 31 New York Times bestsellers. All her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Her continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the genre. Other series include the Bastion Club Novels and the Black Cobra Quartet. For information on upcoming releases and updates on novels yet to come, visit Stephanie's website.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 12, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the conclusion of a new "Cynster Sisters" trilogy within the "Bar Cynster" series, and is the final part of a three volume story set in 1829 which features three sisters, Heather, Eliza and Angelica Cynster. It is essential to read these three books in the correct sequence, which is

1) "Viscount Breckenridge To The Rescue" (Heather)
2) "In Pursuit Of Eliza Cynster" and
3) This book, "The capture of the Earl of Glencrae" (Angelica)

Spoiler alert - it is difficult to describe these books without "spoilers" which give away plot detail. I have avoided any serious spoilers for "The capture of the Earl of Glencrae" in this review - anyone who has read the first two books and the back of this one will be aware of most of the details given. However, it is not possible to explain say anything much about the setting of this final book in the trilogy without giving away, at least by inference, significant spoilers for the previous volumes and particularly the second book. Indeed, the very existence of this third book is something of a spoiler for the second one!

So if you have not yet read the first two novels in this trilogy I would advise you to stop reading here and follow the links above to the first two books.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Allison Gibbons on February 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I had trouble reading the first two books in the series but I comitted to finishing it and I thought the earl was the most interesting character so I pressed on. My reasoning for giving the story two stars is that there was too much introspection from the characters, classic telling instead of showing, and a lot of details were repeated and seemed to be overly emphasized. I don't recall this being an issue in Lauren's earlier books. I felt like the story was bogged down by the characters thoughts and would have preferred more action. I thought the first few chapters were great and the repartee between Angelica and the earl was done very well. But the middle was too drawn out and stagnant. I found myself skimming the rest of the book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Weaver VINE VOICE on August 20, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue: A Cynster Novel (Cynster Sisters Trilogy), I'm not sure why I tortured myself with an attempt at reading this book. Granted, I thought that Breckenridge presented at least half a good book, and the mysterious laird intrigued me, so I figured I'd skip In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster: A Cynster Novel (Cynster Novels) and just get to the story I really wanted.

I have to say, I made a wise decision, at least in skipping the second book of this trilogy. I don't think I would have been able to stay awake if I'd had to read any more of the silly plotting behind the kidnapping of the three immeasurably "independent," "intelligent," and quite ridiculously-susceptible-to-being-kidnapped Cynster girls.

The problem with this third book is that the first three chapters are almost entirely expository. The Earl of Glencrae, in a very long, very tedious, very drawn-out manner, explains his motives to an all too willing Angelica Cynster. And worse, the girl who has just been kidnapped immediately starts to plot ways to excuse Glencrae for the kidnapping because he's her "hero" and he "needs" her.

I was ready to read a tale of a villain redeemed, but after just three chapters, I came to the not-at-all-difficult decision to put this book aside and spend my time pursuing other endeavors. While I always admire Stephanie Laurens' writing ability, I think I've come to the point where I'm not willing to excuse a ridiculous, poorly contrived plot that rehashes the Cynster romances of the past just on the off chance that she might be able to save it in the end. I might give the older tales a try, but her recent books have just become too annoying for me to bear.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By CJ on February 7, 2012
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After the first two horrible books in this series, I was trying to be optimistic that this one would be better. In some parts it was. However, once again the book was dragged out, almost as if the author was writing a term paper and had to have a minimum number of pages. The first three chapters were interesting but once again, once our couple got on the road, boy did it drag. As filler, Ms Laurens added love scenes that just seemed awkward to me. If they weren't traveling they were in bed. At a couple points the heroine asked our fearless hero about the lay out of Edinburgh and if she could look over their route on a map. I literally groaned out loud. After the Eliza story with the endless maps and this blow by blow description of towns in Scotland, I feel like I've been there. In fact, I came up with the idea that maybe Stephanie had recently returned from a trip there and was attempting to use her new knowledge in the book!

Although we finally get filled in on the deal with the goblet, it was trite and I felt that it wasn't all that plausible. But hey at least we knew why this was happening! The villain in the story is never really fleshed out. At first you think its one person who must be a little crazy and then all of a sudden you find out something else. Had we learned more about the real villian and the past, this could have been a great story.

The parts with the Original Cynsters are great but few and far between. I miss them so!!

This had the potential to be a GREAT story but sadly, it was just one more mediocre novel but one of my formerly favorite authors. I used to buy Stephanie's books without ever reading the back cover or looking at reviews. I strongly doubt I will ever read another Stephanie Laurens book without letting some time pass and reading reviews again. Sad face =(.
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