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On a Wicked Dawn (Cynster Novels) Mass Market Paperback – April 30, 2002
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Fans of the Cynster ducal dynasty will recall the irrepressible blond, blue-eyed twins, Amanda and Amelia. After years of searching the ton for mates, the two take matters into their own hands.
A week after seeing her sister off on her honeymoon, Amelia sets out to ensnare her chosen mate, Lucien Ashford. Although their families have been friends since their childhoods, Amelia is the only Cynster that knows that since the death of Luc's father eight years before, the Ashfords have been been desperately preventing the ton from seeing behind the illusion of their wealth. After years of hard work, Lucien's investments pay off. When he returns home, inebriated by his success, and liquor, Amelia is waiting for him. She has found out the family is poor, and offers herself, and her dowry, in return for his hand in marriage. Just before he passes out at her feet, he agrees. The problem that the couple must overcome is that Lucien refuses to tell Amelia he is rich because he is afraid that she will find out the true reason he wants to marry her: he loves her.
The weaknesses of this particular episode of the Cynster saga are numerous, especially as it's the follow up to Amanda's story, which was magnificent.
First of all, the "problem" that was suposed to drive the whole plot forward is unbelievable; Lucien doesn't have any emotional scars or weaknesses or past experiences that really convince the reader that his motivation for lying is justified. The sub plot involving Edward, who readers will remember from Amanda's story, is grossly underdeveloped.
The main characters aren't endearing, inspiring or other wise emotionally compelling-they're just there. The heroine, Amelia, is a non-entity: if she wasn't in the novel you probably wouldn't even notice. Lucien's younger sisters, Portia and Penelope, are better developed. Even Galahad, the dog Luc gives Amelia, is a more developed character than the heroine and hero.
Without the plot or characterizations to drive them, the three thousand, long repetitive sex scenes Laurens has included are a waste of readers' time. I think they take up about one third to a half of the book- you'll get done faster if you skip them. Here's some advice: for those who might read this book as a stand alone, and aren't interested in the whole series- don't bother. For those, who, like me, are loyal fans of the series, there are a few saving graces to the book. There's a cute scene where Devil interacts with his young daughter, and several scenes where we hear more from Helena, the Dowager Duchess, and she doesn't even speak in that dumb French accent she's had in other books. There is sort of tear jerking scene where, Honoria, Devil's wife, recalls first meeting Amelia and Amanda at Tolly's funeral. But best of all, the best moment in this book, is where, after seven years of marriage, and three kids, Devil, Fifth Duke of St. Ives, finally tells his wife he loves her.
Anyhow, Portia seems promising, and as always, I eagerly await the next installment in the series- I haven't given up on the Cynsters yet!