You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge.
Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.
But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal - and straight into danger, when a mysterious enemy seizes her, bundles her into a coach, and conveys her out of London.
Now it’s up to the notorious Breckenridge to prove himself the hero she’s been searching for all along....p>And coming next month, more unforgettable romance in the Cynster Sisters Trilogy.
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I enjoyed the book very much however was disconcerted to hear Mr Brenher give a scots accent to the vale protector - surely he listened to the other recordings ? He was English !!!
"Simon Prebble - come back!!"
I'm probably spoiled by the inflections that Mr Prebble has provided in the past. Mr Brenher has a voice that was very easy to listen to, and his characters were easily identifiable. It just wasn't what I was used to for a Cynster novel. I found myself tuning out, not keeping up with the changes in the story. I missed the enthusiasm that Mr. Prebble provided in the past. I will buy the next in the series as I enjoy the stories and listen during my housework and yard work. Change Happens, but I'll miss Simon Prebble if he doesn't return. Mr Brehner is a good narrator and made a good attempt at filling Mr Prebble's shoes; I hope to hear him narrate other novels in the future (just not Cynster novels).
"Happy to be among the Cynsters again!!"
I've read all of the Stephanie Laurens’ world stories, and I can see how the whole group, Cynster’s, Black Cobra, Bastion Club and Adair's characters are growing, in this first book of the trilogy the strong willed and full of pride is the talent and the obstacle for love, the psychological process of coming to terms is very well described. I wish it didn't have to take a near death experience to see what really matters. I can’t wait for the next two books of the trilogy. I miss Simon Prebble simply because I became attached to those voices and he was very consistent through the different books, but Mathew Brenher did a great job, I don't think Richard (Scandal) should have such a Scottish accent since he is English, but the pacing and intensity was very well performed.
"Happy to be among the Cynsters again!!"
I've read all of the Stephanie Laurens??? world stories, and I can see how the whole group, Cynster???s, Black Cobra, Bastion Club and Adair's characters are growing, in this first book of the trilogy the strong willed and full of pride is the talent and the obstacle for love, the psychological process of coming to terms is very well described. I wish it didn't have to take a near death experience to see what really matters. I can???t wait for the next two books of the trilogy. I miss Simon Prebble simply because I became attached to those voices and he was very consistent through the different books, but Mathew Brenher did a great job, I don't think Richard (Scandal) should have such a Scottish accent since he is English, but the pacing and intensity was very well performed.
"Started out well..."
This book started off well. Heather was strong and witty. Breckenridge was hero material. Then once they arrived at the "Vale" it all fell apart. The plot went kaput and all there was was the eternal (and I mean NEVERENDING) "does s/he love me?" question. Add to that the performer did not realize that Richard Cynster was English and therefore should not have a Scottish accent and you have a story that I could not even finish despite having only 4 chapters left. I gave it three because it started off really promising. Laurens needs to fire a copyeditor. Somebody just gave up at the end of the book.
"Same old basic Stepahnie Laurens story"
Yes, I'd like to see if Stephanie Laurens could develop a different "path to love.". Every single book my Ms. Laurens is about an independent woman and a man who thinks the way to her heart is through passion. Come on, can't she come up with something a little different? Every book, even the Novellas, discusses at length the man's "primal tendencies" and "need to protect" which inevititably the woman doesn't want. She wants to be a partner and loved. I say blah, blah, blah to this story line.
I guess I'll end up listening to the other two books in this series because I've purchased them and might as well listen to them, but these will be my last.
Matthew Brenher is okay. I didn't like that he gave Richard Cynstar a slight Scottish brogue and that he did not pronounce some names correctly or at least as I'm used to hearing them, but overall it wasn't a bad performance.
I am pretty sure that these will be the last books I ever read or listen to by Ms. Laurens unless I see reviews that the male dominating and resistant female roles aren't the basis for the whole story. I have read and listened to a lot of books by other authors and mostly books in series and the authors can always come up with a different way/reason for people to fall in love, but not this author. The story changes, but the path to love NEVER does.
It was a great story, I enjoyed Listen to it, could not listen to it fast enough! The narration was very well done, made the story come to live, a good narration is very important to do the book justice. At first I was reluctant because it was a masculine voice but it did not take to long to win me over! Well done Mr. Brenher.
"Waste of Money"
I am a huge fan of Stephanie Laurens, but this book is not worth the money. The heroine is TO STUPID TO LIVE. She's been kidnapped when her rescue come she talks him into letting her stay with her captures to solve a mystery. I turned it off after the first two hours because it was making me angry that such a good writer would put something like this out.
"Refreshing twist to a dominant male protagonist"
This eighteenth century story offers a nice change to the strong male characters we love in mainstream romance. Instead of demanding or expecting this lady to obey, this dominant male trusts and helps this self proclaimed spinster. Together they head out on an adventure and soon discover something in which both are a little reluctant to admit to... love. Stephanie Laurens' has created a sweet, refreshing twist, bringing to life two main characters that not only keep you enthralled throughout this novel, but also initiates an interest in the entire series.
This story is often a little in-depth and descriptive, filled with many paragraphs of protagonist's deciphering through inner emotions. Albeit, this caused the story to slow at times, the pace sat well with Breckenridge and Heather on their revelational exploits to true love. I found the depth this gave the characters enjoyable and all the more rewarding when the liaison and romance fuse together in the end. This may not be a fast paced story line but it still has many amusing, as well as captivating, moments throughout.
Matthew Brenher's deep raspy voice was deliciously lovely to listen to. Although there was something lacking from the narrator during sex scenes that I cannot put my finger on. Maybe a little more emotion would have made for far more exciting listening.
This story leaves you wanting for nothing bar the next novel in the series where you can happily follow the adventures of Heather's sisters. As well as discover the riveting truth behind the abduction.
Finding herself abducted for no apparent reason and being taken to who knows who, Heather's life acquires a little more excitement than she had hoped for. Then when a strapping, handsome man - Breckenridge - comes to her rescue, Heather is determined to get to the bottom of her abduction.The unsuspecting pair are soon traversing down a path of adventure cloaked in danger, self discovery and lust.
Breckenridge - a well known rake - finds the tables turned when he comes to Heather's rescue. His feelings for this bold, strong-minded lady swiftly grows, and this 'rake' is soon considering offering far more then he has ever bestowed any lady.
However, Heather has given up on ever finding her hero, her true love, and has resigned herself to a future overshadowed by spinsterhood. This decision is fueled by her reputation being ruined by the confusing kidnapping. No longer seeking or wanting a favorable marriage, Heather craves a little excitement in her life before she settles into a celibate future.
Breckenridge is happy to fulfill Heather's curious, sexual fantasies, using all his worldly experience to prove himself a worthy lover. While the possessively protective Viscount attempts to keep Heather from the kidnappers grasp, he yearns to build a deeper relationship with this fascinating female he is willing to give everything up for, and marry.
With a pleasant future together taking shape in his mind, Breckenridge has a far harrowing task ahead of him then keeping her safe from her abductors... he has to face his own fears and admit his feelings in order to convince Heather that she should marry him.
More emotional development of characters.
The interactions between the main characters should have been more frequent, occurred earlier in the novel, and been more believable.
The Laird, but he was a minor character :(
I could not believe there was love there. The injury/vigil notwithstanding, the interactions between the characters lacked true intimacy and complexity.
"Not the best narrator"
I love the Cynster Series and this book is good.
Simon Prebble is a much better narrator. He is consistent from book to book. Mattew Brenher has Richard Cynster speaking with an extreme Scottish accent when he is English. Just because he lives in Scotland doesn't mean he should have such an accent.
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