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Temptation and Surrender (Cynster, Bk 15)
Temptation and Surrender - Cynster, Bk 15
Author: Stephanie Laurens
When a gentleman is restless and bored with the careless pleasures of London society, he needs to discover a new diversion, and if that diversion is a beautiful woman, so much the better. — Temptation — Jonas Tallent, who has masterfully taken the reins of his family's estate, never expected a delectable morsel like Miss Emily...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061243417
ISBN-10: 0061243418
Publication Date: 10/1/2009
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 146 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Temptation and Surrender (Cynster, Bk 15) on + 1199 more book reviews
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I absolutely adore this author, but this story left me wanting. The plot was thin and watery - any crisis was resolved almost immediately, instead of building throughout the story. The hero was single-minded and had almost no character development. I guessed the villain as soon as he was introduced into the story. The storyline was so simplistic it was as if Ms. Laurens wrote this in her sleep. Although the love scenes were well-written (as usual), there were moments when I thought they were almost unbelievable - that a 25 year old virgin would become so wanton almost immediately, considering the mores and morals of that time - um, reality check, anyone? Her earlier work, "The Perfect Lover" had a more realistic taste of the times. On the other side of the coin, the teaser for her next book, "The Untamed Bride" really grabbed me; I can hardly wait to read that one.
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Personally I found this book rather slow and I was able to put the book down to do cleaning!
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An enjoyable read. The surreptitious hunt for the family's long-lost treasure was a stretch; however, the villain came as a major surprise. Ms. Laurens did a wonderful job in planting false clues and cloaking the villain's identity.

Would I keep it on my bookshelf with other treasures? No. Would I read it again? Probably.
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reviewed Temptation and Surrender (Cynster, Bk 15) on
I wonder if Ms Laurens is payed by word or if she just buys her adjectives in bulk. If something is shared, it does not need to be "shared, mutual, joint". And there really is no need to use up three pages describing a kiss.
As for the storyline, it took the main characters 300 pages more than it took me to figure out where the treasure was hidden. Ah well, at least they had a lot of steamy encounters to fill the their time with while they searched.
All in all, I liked the story, but it would have benefited from being told in half the number of pages and it wouldn´t have hurt to let the romance between the main characters develop quite a bit slower.
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For long time Laurens fans this is just one more in a long line of the same story, told in the same way, with only a switch of characters and settings.

Laurens can't write a bad book but it's hard to find one lately that has anything new or different. If you're expecting something out of the ordinary from the Cynster family then this book isn't going to be the answer.

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