I have long been a fan of Stephanie Laurens, but A Match for Marcus Cynster didn’t do it for me. First off, when I had to wade through seven pages (large type, but still) of names and ranks of characters who would appear in this book, I should have foreseen trouble ahead.
The entire novel was just too wordy. I found myself skimming l-o-o-o-ng paragraphs or skipping them altogether.
Still, I did keep reading. A plot device was inventive (I won’t give it away), and the heroine and especially the hero were appealing. The climax of the story was attention-grabbing.
Perhaps Laurens should have written this as a novella. Or perhaps the Cynsters have run their course. This one is the 22nd Cynster novel and the third Cynster Next Generation novel. Star Trek it ain’t.
There is a bit of a twist in the premise of The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens. Many regencies feature a gentleman who is reluctant to wed and produce the requisite heir. Here, the dashing Ryder is the chaser, not the chasee. He has already made up his mind that the heroine Mary is the woman for him.
She is seeking her one true love, aided by the pendant that has helped all of her female relatives. She thinks that to be Ryder’s brother. Circumstances soon prove her wrong and propel her into marriage to Ryder.
In other books that would be the end of that. But these two don’t get to walk off into the sunset just yet. They learn to trust each other and their love as they foil a sinister adversary.
The book concludes with a lengthy epilogue which should be optional for new readers. I’ve read many, if not all, of the previous Cynster novels, but even I was confused at all the names of all of the brothers-sisters-spouses-children-cousins summed up at the end.
I dream of taking a Viking river cruise through Europe some day. Until then, Stepahnie Laurens’s The Reckless Bride was the next best thing.
The dashing military man, Rafe, and Loretta, the about-to-come-into-her-own heroine, sail the Danube and the Rhine. Since Loretta is writing surreptitious travel columns to send home, there are lots of descriptions of the towns along their route.
For much of the journey, the twosome is accompanied by Loretta’s Great Aunt Esme, Lady Congreve. This indomitable lady is reminiscent of the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey. She, of course, knows a romance is afoot well before the lovers do.
This novel is the last of the Black Cobra Quartet series. By the end of the book, various and sundry characters from several of Laurens’s earlier series have gathered to tie up all the loose plot ends.
This review is being presented today as a part of the Avon Addicts event The Avon Affair. The Avon Affair is running from March 17th to 30th and will include reviews on the following blogs:
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
Toot’s Book Reviews
TBQ’s Book Palace
Romancing the Readers
The Book Cellar
The Romance Reviews
Let there be no doubt. I love, love, love the books of Stephanie Laurens. I got a copy of The Lady Risks All a while back since I am one of the original Avon Addicts. It took the enforced leisure of a head cold to get me to start it at last. It didn’t disappoint.
Who could resist a gambling king who has a higher moral code than those who look down upon him? Or a heroine who is smart enough and brave enough to take the final step into womanhood no matter what society may think?