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Jeanne G. reviewed A Rake's Vow (Cynster, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 5
This, the 2nd book in the series is actually more interesting than the 1st. Vane Cynster is a much more likable hero and as a reader, you get to know him more than Devil. Patience is a perfect match for him because she recognizes her mistakes and seeks to rectify them almost immediately. They work well as a team and by the end of the book, the reader feels as if they really have spent time with these characters and cannot wait to hear from them again. After I read this one, I immediately read The Truth About Love, the story of Patience's brother, Gerrard. I was that hungry to learn more about this branch of the family. Overall, one of my faves!
You have to love the Cynsters on a purely girly level you have to. A group of strong virile males who love family and protect it at all cost? Not to mention just how handsome the whole lot of them are. But ah this all seems to play against one Vane Cynster (as in weather vane thank you very much) because right of the bat Patience labels him an elegant gentleman which of course he is. But in her terms this means a man who doesnt love and feels fit to sleep with anything he wants while keeping a wife and nursery at home. Ah but Miss Patience doesnt know the Cynsters very well now does she.
The second book in the thrilling series by Stephanie Laurens A Rakes Vow kept my attention throughout. While it was not quite as exciting as the first book Devils Bride, but not to worry it is wonderful. You get to follow Vane as he is leaving the dedication ceremony for the church he and his Cousins had to help re-roof thanks to Honoria. And true to his name while Vane has no plan at all to be leg shackled and seeks to get out of the storm at his Godmothers house, but fate has another idea in mind. And from the moment he seems Miss Patience Debbington, he knows fate had another idea in mind.
We follow Vane as he isnt sure what to do about fates plan, and than his inevitable acceptance. And Patience having some issues of her own with the whole idea. All the while we have aback cast of characters, and someone who is stealing things. Now the plot with the thief and the scepter at times drama drags. But in the end it is curious and you do follow some sweeps and turns. Although I knew one person involved in it from the moment they mentioned a certain clue, (no I am not going to give it away.). Truly though bar a few small blips is fantastic. Huzzah to Stephanie Laurens and Huzzah to the Cynster men bring on the next one!
After reading the first book of this series, I was reluctant to try the next book, but I wasn't going to abandon a series based on one book, so I read "A Rake's Vow". I tried.....I really did, but it was a struggle for me to get through this book. There is really no need to give some type of synopsis of this book, for if you read the first one, you have the so-called romance plot already. The mystery within the book was fine and well written, but Patience, whom Rake has set out to conquer, is given little backbone. In the words of my 17 year old daughter, "What is wrong with these women?", and she is a huge romantic.
If you like books with strong, manipulative and, of course, more handsome than the norm men along with women who vow to not be taken advantage of, but quickly succumb, then this series is for you. As for me, I am fairly sure I am done. The rest of the Cynster men will have to stalk their chosen mates without me.
When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire tom by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride.