Viscount Breckenridge To The Rescue: A Cynster Novel Mass Market Paperback – Aug 8 2011
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“Laurens has created another incredible series connected to the Cynsters and Bastion Club. The marvelous adventure story is wrapped in an exciting plot built around a dynamic hero and a heroine whose depth of emotion reaches out to touch the reader on every level. Superb!” Romantic Times, Top Pick! (Romantic Times BOOKclub on The Reckless Bride)
“a fabulously entertaining new quartet” (Booklist on The Reckless Bride)
“After a brief hiatus, Laurens returns to her beloved Cynsters for the first in a trilogy. Charming and entertaining as always, this 16th tale of the series has strong family values; passionate characters; daring, madcap adventures and heated love scenes.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars)
“Nonstop adventure, an intriguing plot, clever, resourceful characters, and plenty of Laurens’s trademark passion will make this first of the “Cynster Sisters” trilogy another favorite of Cynster fans.” (Library Journal)
“Perfect for rainy days or indulgent afternoons, VISCOUNT BRECKENRIDGE TO THE RESCUE is another strong addition to Laurens’ canon.” (Fresh Fiction)
“Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue sweeps the reader along at the speed of the kidnappers’ galloping team of horses, offering suspense, passion, and intrigue in the most pleasurable of combinations.” (NY Journal of Books)
Reviewer Top Pick. “Another wonderfully romantic and deeply satisfying Laurens tale...” (Night Owl Review)
From the Back Cover
You are cordially invited to the wedding ofMiss Heather Cynster . . . but not before she encounterskidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the handsof Viscount Breckenridge
Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who willsweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairingof finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynstersteps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.
But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremelyinterfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her outof scandal—and straight into danger, when a mysteriousenemy seizes her, bundles her intoa coach, and conveys her out of London.
Now it’s up to the notoriousBreckenridge to prove himself the heroshe’s been searching for all along . . .
And coming next month,more unforgettable romance inthe Cynster Sisters TrilogySee all Product Description
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This book had potential, but for me it just wasn't an engaging read. Simply put, the storyline did not make sense. Why did Breckenridge let Heather continue in the facade with her captors (her idea, so that she could find out more about this mysterious laird, who wishes harm on the Cynster sisters), once he had found her? When he climbed to her window that night, he could have easily entered and gotten all the information they needed from the snoring maid, who was with Heather in the room.
Getting information from the maid was the logical thing to do, and it would have summarized 130 pages of Heather trying to coyly get information out of her kidnappers. That also would have prevented a lot of the problems that Breckenridge/Heather faced once they were in Scotland, and escaping became much harder. But I'm guessing this plot was used to get the H/h more time to bond.
In short I found the storyline to be very weak, and at times trite, as the book dragged. This book also has-what I call- the "I love you" annoying conflict, where the hero for no convincing reason, will not admit his love to the heroine unless a life/death event occurs towards the end of the book; and that's exactly what happens here.
Overall, there was potential here (and I am intrigued by the mysterious laird), but it just wasn't realized.
When I read the set up on this book about a kidnapping and rescue, I was intrigued and wondered if Laurens had finally found a way to inject some originality and excitement into her narrative.
Nope, she did not. She may have changed the setting from ballroom to inns along the road to Scotland, but her characters continue to act irrationally and out of step with the time period of the story.
Firstly, the hapless heroine was kidnapped as she left an inappropriate party. Given her social and marital statuses, it is highly unlikely that anyone would have risked inviting her to such a gathering. But let's just say they did. The hero, a friend of the family, sees her there and, rightly, convinces her to leave, but, improperly, does not escort her either home nor to her coach. Once she is kidnapped, he gives chase and sends word to her family which inexplicably and impossibly, never come in pursuit of her.
I don't care how well they knew and trusted Brekenridge. The family would have gone after her as her kidnapping would have been perceived as an attack and insult on the entire ducal family. Such an affront would not have been ignored.
The book seemed to go on forever. The kidnapping and the dialogue with the captors were repetitive,endless and pointless.
Character development was sorely lacking. It was as if Laurens thought repeated telling the ready how unique the heroine was and that she was...wait for it.. a CYNSTER was explantion enough. Which is not very unique at all considering how many Cynters there are.
There was no romance to speak of. Breckenride and Heather were known to each other. He apparently liked her for a while before the kidnapping but, for reasons unexplained, he made no effort to pursue a relationship with her. Also, their first sexual encounter came out of no where. Heather, who before then had displayed not a drop of interest in Brekenridge, suddenly announced that she wanted him to make love to her. No heat. No mystery. No tension. No nothing.
Despite the locale change, Laurens' characters continued to act irrationally and out of step in the time period in which they are set. And I continue to regret having wasted my time reading another one of her books.
Once they arrive in "the Vale," a completely different story begins, relying heavily on the paranormal and premised on the hero and heroine falling into the "I can't say I love you until you tell me you love me first" trap, which goes on far too long. Maybe I'd have been more tolerant if I were a paranormal fan. As it was, the twins in the story just gave me the creeps.
The hero, considered the greatest rake in the ton, is one of the few "rake" characters written so that he really seemed like a rake. Most authors have trouble creating such characters. Many of those men are really sheep in wolves' clothing.
In addition, I liked the details in the first part of the story. For instance, when the H/h look for a cottage where they can pay for a room for the night, the first cottage they try can't take them in. That's what would happen to me, if I were in that situation, but in romance novels, I can't remember it ever happening before. And, the kidnappers are more grumpy than menacing. They were hired to do a job, and they want to collect their pay and get on with their lives. That not only seems realistic, but made me smile.
The 3-stars for this book reflect the average of a very good first section and a second section that had me rolling my eyes and muttering "Oh, please!"
The problem is that it is a formula. If you've read 10 or 20 Laurens books, then you've read Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue 10 or 20 times already. The dangerous rake and wealthy society woman come together early in the novel to address some danger. They have sex early and often, and he becomes inordinately possessive, but resists admitting he's in love until she forces him to. We're even back to the Cynsters in this novel. Enough already!
At 25, Heather Cynster isn't quite on the shelf, but she is probably facing her last season. So she decides to take her love life into her own hands and to go in search of her own hero. She ventures out to a scandalous party and comes face to face with Viscount Breckenridge, the bane of her existence. Breckenridge ushers her away from the party and to her carriage. But she's kidnapped before she makes it to her destination. Fortunately, Breckenridge witnesses the whole things and takes off in pursuit.
Heather's kidnappers are working for a mystery man who have tasked them with snatching any one of the Cynster sisters. So once Breckenridge catches up to them, Heather opts to stay close to her captors to learn about their boss. She figures that if she simply escapes, the man will hire someone to go after one of her sisters. That plan is a dud, but takes us about 1/3 of the way through the book. From there, she does escape with Breckenridge... and they make they way towards some nearby relatives. Along the way, the couple falls into bed together. And the rest of the book is spent going back and forth as to whether the two of them will admit their feelings to the other as the rules of society dictate they should wed.
These two frankly didn't deserve to find happiness. At first, I kind of sympathized with Heather -- I mean, who would want to marry a man who doesn't love you? But then, I realized, she won't step up and admit her feelings any more than he will. They do this dance, where they sleep together, feel warm and fuzzy, refuse to admit it and have one miscommunication after another. And it goes on and on.
The book was too long, especially in the second half. And the language was cumbersome and too flowery at times. I actually found myself skimming over parts of the love scenes... which frankly, is blasphemy in most cases. Let me give you an example of why:
"He led her into a landscape of sensual lushness created by touch, by tactile sensation, by long drawn-out intimate exploration, capped by sexual revelation. He guided her on through valleys of pleasure colored by rainbows of glitteringly sharp delight, onto plateaus where untempered passion ran so luxuriously and deliciously deep that it swamped her senses and left her reeling."
Moving on. There were moments I did want them to work things out. I wasn't beyond caring. And I was pleased when the two of them finally admitted their feelings. But on the whole, it didn't ring my bells. A little more than 3 stars.