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Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue: A Cynster Novel (Cynster Sisters Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Cynster Sisters Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062068601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062068606
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“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 on The Reckless Bride)

“a fabulously entertaining new quartet” (Booklist on The Reckless Bride)

“After a brief hiatus, Laurens returns to her beloved Cynsters for the first in a trilogy. Charming and entertaining as always, this 16th tale of the series has strong family values; passionate characters; daring, madcap adventures and heated love scenes.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars)

“Nonstop adventure, an intriguing plot, clever, resourceful characters, and plenty of Laurens’s trademark passion will make this first of the “Cynster Sisters” trilogy another favorite of Cynster fans.” (Library Journal)

“Perfect for rainy days or indulgent afternoons, VISCOUNT BRECKENRIDGE TO THE RESCUE is another strong addition to Laurens’ canon.” (Fresh Fiction)

“Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue sweeps the reader along at the speed of the kidnappers’ galloping team of horses, offering suspense, passion, and intrigue in the most pleasurable of combinations.” (NY Journal of Books)

Reviewer Top Pick. “Another wonderfully romantic and deeply satisfying Laurens tale...” (Night Owl Review)

From the Back Cover

You are cordially invited to the wedding ofMiss Heather Cynster . . . but not before she encounterskidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the handsof Viscount Breckenridge

Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who willsweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairingof finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynstersteps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.

But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremelyinterfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her outof scandal—and straight into danger, when a mysteriousenemy seizes her, bundles her intoa coach, and conveys her out of London.

Now it’s up to the notoriousBreckenridge to prove himself the heroshe’s been searching for all along . . .

And coming next month,more unforgettable romance inthe Cynster Sisters Trilogy

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.

Customer Reviews

After half way through this book I just started skimming.
Holly Lewis
It's the only thing that kept me reading, and the reason I've given this 3 stars and not 1.
These strange characters add depth to the story and the suspense builds.
Linda D. Hays-Gibbs

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Lovely D.M. VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
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Heather Cynster is determined to find her prince charming, so she decides to attend a party that she apparently shouldn't attend. Then Breckenridge sees her there and he quickly escorts her outside. Once she's huffily making her way to her carriage, Breckenridge sees her getting kidnapped, and is too far to stop it. Nonetheless he can not and will not leave her, so he starts in pursuit, and that's how the story starts.

This book had potential, but for me it just wasn't an engaging read. Simply put, the storyline did not make sense. Why did Breckenridge let Heather continue in the facade with her captors (her idea, so that she could find out more about this mysterious laird, who wishes harm on the Cynster sisters), once he had found her? When he climbed to her window that night, he could have easily entered and gotten all the information they needed from the snoring maid, who was with Heather in the room.

Getting information from the maid was the logical thing to do, and it would have summarized 130 pages of Heather trying to coyly get information out of her kidnappers. That also would have prevented a lot of the problems that Breckenridge/Heather faced once they were in Scotland, and escaping became much harder. But I'm guessing this plot was used to get the H/h more time to bond.

In short I found the storyline to be very weak, and at times trite, as the book dragged. This book also has-what I call- the "I love you" annoying conflict, where the hero for no convincing reason, will not admit his love to the heroine unless a life/death event occurs towards the end of the book; and that's exactly what happens here.

Overall, there was potential here (and I am intrigued by the mysterious laird), but it just wasn't realized.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mae Adamson VINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
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I have given Stepanie Laurens a wide berth in recent years because I'd grown quite bored of her usual formula of sought after rake falling instantly in love for a unique woman who ,though she refuses to marry him for one lame reason or another, is perfectly content to continue to go at it like bunnies despite possible pregnancy and other consequences.

When I read the set up on this book about a kidnapping and rescue, I was intrigued and wondered if Laurens had finally found a way to inject some originality and excitement into her narrative.

Nope, she did not. She may have changed the setting from ballroom to inns along the road to Scotland, but her characters continue to act irrationally and out of step with the time period of the story.

Firstly, the hapless heroine was kidnapped as she left an inappropriate party. Given her social and marital statuses, it is highly unlikely that anyone would have risked inviting her to such a gathering. But let's just say they did. The hero, a friend of the family, sees her there and, rightly, convinces her to leave, but, improperly, does not escort her either home nor to her coach. Once she is kidnapped, he gives chase and sends word to her family which inexplicably and impossibly, never come in pursuit of her.

I don't care how well they knew and trusted Brekenridge. The family would have gone after her as her kidnapping would have been perceived as an attack and insult on the entire ducal family. Such an affront would not have been ignored.

The book seemed to go on forever. The kidnapping and the dialogue with the captors were repetitive,endless and pointless.

Character development was sorely lacking.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ann Elliot VINE VOICE on August 15, 2011
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"Breckenridge" seems like two very different stories tied tenuously together. I enjoyed the first tale, an unusual road trip featuring a hero and heroine who had been acquaintances for several years. He follows when she is kidnapped, offers protection and counsel, and helps her escape by undertaking a long walk to her nearest family members. During their time together, they learn to rely on each other, to reassess their opinions of each other, and they gradually begin to like and then love each other.

Once they arrive in "the Vale," a completely different story begins, relying heavily on the paranormal and premised on the hero and heroine falling into the "I can't say I love you until you tell me you love me first" trap, which goes on far too long. Maybe I'd have been more tolerant if I were a paranormal fan. As it was, the twins in the story just gave me the creeps.

The hero, considered the greatest rake in the ton, is one of the few "rake" characters written so that he really seemed like a rake. Most authors have trouble creating such characters. Many of those men are really sheep in wolves' clothing.

In addition, I liked the details in the first part of the story. For instance, when the H/h look for a cottage where they can pay for a room for the night, the first cottage they try can't take them in. That's what would happen to me, if I were in that situation, but in romance novels, I can't remember it ever happening before. And, the kidnappers are more grumpy than menacing. They were hired to do a job, and they want to collect their pay and get on with their lives. That not only seems realistic, but made me smile.

The 3-stars for this book reflect the average of a very good first section and a second section that had me rolling my eyes and muttering "Oh, please!"
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