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A Rake's Vow (Cynster Book 2) (edition 1998)

by Stephanie Laurens

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Title:A Rake's Vow (Cynster Book 2)
Authors:Stephanie Laurens
Info:Avon (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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A Rake's Vow
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Vane Cynster is determined to avoid the same fate as his cousin, so when a storm starts brewing he decides to stop over at his Godmother’s estate. He should have known that one cannot escape their destiny, which comes in the guise of Patience Debbington, a woman who certainly knows her own mind and has no intention of giving up her independence for the likes of an elegant gentleman such as Vane Cynster.

Although the fated mates trope is somewhat out of place in a historical romance novel, it seems to work here with Vane and Patience struggling against the inevitable. Both are very appealing characters and their romance is certainly passionate. One problem, however, is their distinct lack of communication skills. Neither seems capable of opening up to the other to reveal their feelings, which could have saved a lot of unnecessary angst and allowed room for the suspense plot to develop.

The secondary characters are fleshed out well and contribute to the intriguing Agatha Christie-like country estate mystery atmosphere of the story. It is disappointing that the Cynster family does not play as significant a role in this book as in the previous one but the glimpses we get are wonderful.

As said, the minor suspense story takes too long to get going and the culprits are fairly obvious from the start - Kleptomania is usually committed by women, and Alice is a prime suspect. This goes hand in hand with Colby’s obsession with the ruins. Moreover, the ultimate motive for the “crime” has no foundation in the storyline and feels tacked on.

All in all, an enjoyable sequel and I look forward to continuing with the series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Vane is a close second to his cousin Devil when it comes to Alphaness. Loved it! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
Other than the massively Scooby-Doo plot (which I must say I enjoyed anyway), this book is pretty good. Although it is rather cheesy, the plot is captivating and rather fun - this isn't a particularly serious story, but it's good enough to keep a reader entertained. Vane and Patience sizzle with the heat between them, and the sex scenes are quite hot as well. While this book isn't quite as good as Devil's Bride, I nonetheless enjoyed it a great deal. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
It was a okay book. I thought the first book was better though. I still want to continue reading the series though. ( )
  walthoff | Oct 19, 2013 |
A Rake’s Vow
by Stephanie Laurens
Published October 1, 1998 by Avon

WHO: Vane Cynster and Patience Debbington…
WHAT: fall in love while investigating 1) the appearance of a spectre on the estate grounds and 2) the disappearance of a number of bright shiny personal things from the house’s guests at…
WHERE: Bellamy Hall in the English countryside.
WHEN: 1819 (Regency period)
WHY: Fate!
HOW: Through a series of sexual encounters, Vane and Patience become emotionally involved as well.

+ Stephanie Laurens makes a concerted effort to paint the scenes with words to include “atmospherics”, i.e. While she details a hayloft, she also describes the light and the effect it has on the subjects.
+ Because this is a Romance novel and not a mystery, the pretext of the investigation into the spectre and the disappearances was under-developed; but the sub-plot actually has good bones: original and interesting. I kinda wish this had been a mystery with a little sex thrown in rather than a Romance with a little mystery!
- Regency Romances tend to assume the conventions and sensibilities of a modern day Romance, just in costume. This book is no exception.
- While the descriptions of post-coital langor were very good, the applications of the words “silver” and “gold” used to describe an orgasm were…. bizarre.

OTHER: I acquired a paperback copy of A Rake’s Vow (by Stephanie Laurens) from The Rogue Book Exchange (Medford, OR.) I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post. ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Aug 13, 2013 |
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Vane Cynster always knew which way the wind was blowing, and it was headed in a marrying direction. The other Cynster men might not mind stepping up to the altar, but Vane never wanted to be leg-shackled to any woman-no matter how comely. Bellamy Hall seemed like the perfect place to temporarily hide from London's husband-hunters. But when he encountered irresistible Patience Debbington, Vane, realized he'd met his match and soon he had more than seduction on his mind.


Patience wasn't about to succumb to Vane's sensuous propositions. Yes, his kisses left her dizzy; his caresses made her melt; but he was arrogant, presumptuous ... and, despite his protests, bound to be unfaithful--just like every other man. Patience had promised herself that she'd never become vulnerable to a broken heart. But was this one vow that was meant to be broken?
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To this second book of her Bar Cynster series, Stephanie Laurens brings a thorough command of Regency style, as well as graphic, uninhibited love scenes. Elegant, commanding Vane Cynster graciously bows to fate when he seeks shelter from a storm and meets the woman he realizes he's destined to marry--Patience Debbington, the spinster niece of Vane's kindhearted godmother. Although her attraction to Vane is immediate and electrifying, Patience distrusts "elegant gentlemen" like her father, who broke her mother's heart by failing to return her love. To pursue Patience, Vane settles into his godmother's household, which consists of various poor relatives and assorted hangers-on, and is caught up in the search for a petty thief and occasional "Spectre" who is harassing them. It requires all of Vane's investigative abilities to catch the criminal, and all of his considerable powers of persuasion--as well as many ardent couplings with Patience--to convince her that family, loyalty, and love come first for him. Laurens is especially skillful at capturing Regency males, aristocrats whose refined restraint barely masks their powerful underlying urges. Appearances by others of the extended, devoted Cynster family ensures that readers will become increasing attached to this ongoing series. --Ellen Edwards

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Vane Cynster always knew which way the wind was blowing, and it was headed in a marrying direction. The other Cynster men might not mind stepping up to the alter, but Vane never wanted to be shackled to any woman, no matter how comely. He encounters Patience Debbington and meets his match, soon he had more than seduction on his mind.… (more)

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