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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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“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)
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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--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
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Where was I ??? Yes, the "retread." The formula for most of her recent novels is the same. Insert a different name, slightly different circumstances, toss in the bad guys, have the smart and independent woman end up in ludicrous situations where she needs to be rescued and then: the sudden dawning that "I can't live without this man by my side, being my equal partner" not by "his" side being his partner. She just keeps cranking them out yearly and we keep spending money buying and reading them. Guilty as charged. Why? Because, when she's not writing fractured sentences and using the same love story time and again, she is a talented story teller and she has successfully kept us interested in this family and we WANT to see how the leaves on the branches of the extended family tree end up. I still think she was in her heyday with the original Cynster cousins series. Now the new books are poorly fleshed out with "honorable mention" of the past characters and/or minor supporting roles to keep you interested.
As far as this trilogy goes, it should have been one volume with the three sisters' stories included as Parts 1, 2 & 3. Much of the useless scenes could be cut down and moved along more efficiently. I knew from the get-go that the Laird is going to end up with Angelica (will be HIGHLY surprised if I'm incorrect) but Ms Laurens is clever enough to keep you intrigued with the "evil mother" and why she's blackmailing her son (if he is truly her son) into these hare-brained schemes to "ruin" one of the Cynster sisters; hence the dragged out versions we are forced to read. This could have been one plump book with the three stories included and a great big happy ending (as you know it will be.
I haven't read the second book yet but will be doing so soon. From others' reviews, it appears it may be an improvement over this one.... but I'm already dreading the 'map reading' scenes and the predictable love scenes..... honestly... who really doesn't want to read the juicy parts??? In this author's case: ME! Initially, I really enjoyed Ms Laurens knack for telling a good story with characters that I could very easily envision in my mind... including the secondary characters who often added a good bit to the stories.... her love scenes (in earlier books) were hot & spicy without being vulgar and the romance evolved over the course of the book. The heroines grew to love the hero and the story took some time to unfold...... unlike the two week romance where the H/H meet, hate, fornicate, become enlightened then fall into death-do-us-part love -- yeah, right.....
I would LOVE to see a fresh story line and a throwback to her earlier writing style. I guess I'll continue to buy the books because I do love to read as it provides an escape from the rat race of everyday life. I'd hate to cross her off my 'go to' list of authors but something has to change.
I gave this story 3 stars due to some of the intrigue (I think the Laird is gonna be a hottie), the fact that there are some good stretches of writing and the inclusion of "supporting characters" from past books. That made the book bearable. I didn't really think I got to "know" Breckenridge or Heather as they simply were not developed enough. Actually, 2.5 stars would be a more accurate rating but not an option.
p.s. I have to say that Richard/Scandal was one of my faves from the original series (which was my first Laurens book and is still a scorching romance) but even in that book, the "Lady" & the "Vale" angle threw me. But it totally made sense for Breckenridge/Heather to seek haven with them since they live in Scotland. Lastly, I didn't seem to read much supporting evidence that Breckenridge was a legendary rake. Seemed pretty tame to me.
It looks like the plot saviour for this Cynster Sisters batch is going to be a mysterious Highland Laird whose Mother's bent on revenge against the Cynster family for some as yet undisclosed reason. It's the only thing that kept me reading, and the reason I've given this 3 stars and not 1. Finding out what his story is will be what makes me to buy the next 2. I kind of like him. I hope he ends up a good guy, and his bitchy-poo mother falls in a peat bog.
In the last 8 or so books, her tendency to pick apart every thought and every movement in the love scenes in minute detail has become tedious. This one was a hard slog, my mind kept glazing over. I'm almost dreading the next one. Having said that, i'll still buy it. I won't be able to resist the bad guy!
a romance that once it gets going, cuts right to the chase -- no first kiss, no sensual build-up, just right to the finish line. Not a lot of witty dialog, and the story strains credibility (so many other smarter options for the h/h to have taken, as others point out....making the h/h -- and the relatives who seem to think they did the right thing -- appear one card short of a full deck). Finally, the over-use of incomplete sentences completely detracted and drove me absolutely nuts -- as if it somehow makes a statement more compelling and believable if the subject is omitted. Sorry, Ms. Laurens, you are so much better than this, and though the book does pick up a bit about 56% (per my Kindle!) of the way through (hence 3 stars and not lower), it just was forgettable and not a book I looked forward to picking up to continue. :(
Read it if you are a die-hard Cynster fan, but don't have high expectations. Yes, I am sorry, too.
Top international reviews
Being kidnapped by someone she has never heard of Heather Cynster recalls thiings her brothers have said as well as conversationd overheard and so does not go into hysterics and sums up her situation, which is aided by Viscount Breckenridge.
This book and the other two Cynster books are best read in order.
I did feel that Stephanie was pushing it a bit with the improbable necklace.