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A Rake's Vow (Cynster Novels) (edition 1998)

by Stephanie Laurens

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Title:A Rake's Vow (Cynster Novels)
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 | May 24, 2018 |
Originally published in 1998 as part of the Cynster series, but since it is set some time after the cousins served at Waterloo, and only one of them is titled, but all are filthy rich, it makes no difference.
The Cynster men are all accomplished skirt chasers, elegant, well mannered, and well dressed, and are known by their nicknames rather than their given names.
This one runs away after Devil's wedding, but winds up at the home of a favorite relative. There he meets the antagonistic woman who will become his undoing. She has an artistic younger brother, and they and the other houseguests become embroiled in a suspenseful hunt for a reckless thief. And the plot thickens.
Don't think too hard about it all, just enjoy. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jul 24, 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 |
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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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He vowed he??d never marry. To Vane Cynster, Bellamy Hall seems like the perfect place to temporarily hide from London??s husband hunters. But when he encounters irresistible Patience Debbington, Vane realises he??s met his match ...She vowed no man would catch her. Patience isn??t about to succumb to Vane??s sensuous propositions. Yes, his kisses leave her dizzy and his caresses made her melt; but Patience has promised herself she??ll never become vulnerable to a broken heart. Is this one vow that was meant to be broken?… (more)

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