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Viscount Breckenridge To The Rescue: A Cynster Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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Aug. 15 2011 Cynster Sisters Trilogy (Book 1)
The Cynsters are back in a brilliant new series from USA Today and New York Times bestseller Stephanie Laurens! Fans adore Laurens’s irrepressible fictional family of sexy scoundrels and passionate ladies and their amorous Regency Era exploits. In Laurens’s sensational new Cynster historical romance, it’s Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue when feisty Heather Cynster steps out of her safe, dull social circle in search of a dashing hero to wed…and ends up kidnapped, scandalized and whisked out of London, with her only hope for salvation—and love—resting with a notorious rogue lord.

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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)

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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 Trilogy

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much there Sept. 2 2011
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This might have worked as a short story, but there wasn't enough plot to support what turned out to be a long, and somewhat tedious, formula novel. I like the Laurens books, and am intrigued enough by the story lurking behind this one to look at the next two in the series, but this particular one is not worth the time it takes to read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Viscount Breckenridge To The Rescue Aug. 7 2011
By Lovely D.M. - Published on
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Heather Cynster is determined to find her prince charming, so she decides to attend a party that she apparently shouldn't attend. Then Breckenridge sees her there and he quickly escorts her outside. Once she's huffily making her way to her carriage, Breckenridge sees her getting kidnapped, and is too far to stop it. Nonetheless he can not and will not leave her, so he starts in pursuit, and that's how the story starts.

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.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Stephanie Laurens formula Aug. 3 2011
By jhl - Published on
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Stephanie Laurens has an excellent formula for historical romances: adult H & H with strong personalities; alpha males and independent females who experience intense emotions but live lives in which honor and family are the most important elements; action-packed plots. I really like that Laurens gets inside the heads of both H & H, and there's no doubt she creates a seductive fantasy world.

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!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Road Trip to Fantasyland Aug. 15 2011
By Ann Elliot - Published on
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"Breckenridge" seems like two very different stories tied tenuously together. I enjoyed the first tale, an unusual road trip featuring a hero and heroine who had been acquaintances for several years. He follows when she is kidnapped, offers protection and counsel, and helps her escape by undertaking a long walk to her nearest family members. During their time together, they learn to rely on each other, to reassess their opinions of each other, and they gradually begin to like and then love each other.

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!"
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unelentlessly boring Oct. 2 2011
By Mae Adamson - Published on
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I have given Stepanie Laurens a wide berth in recent years because I'd grown quite bored of her usual formula of sought after rake falling instantly in love for a unique woman who ,though she refuses to marry him for one lame reason or another, is perfectly content to continue to go at it like bunnies despite possible pregnancy and other consequences.

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.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cynster family returns! Aug. 6 2011
By David N. Parker - Published on
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The Cynster family returns! This time, it is Heather Cynster who determines that none of the young bucks on the marriage market suit her - and she is now nearing the reality of spinsterhood. So, she ventures into the more adult environs of Lady Hereford's salon in the hope of finding a more adult male who stirs her interest. She discovers that Viscount Breckenridge, a friend of her cousins, is not only there, but determined that she leave. As he watches her walk toward her carriage, another carriage pulls up beside her - and kidnaps her.
Breckenridge is well-steeped in the concept of protecting defenseless females, especially relatives of his friends. He takes off after the carriage containing Heather and the kidnappers and follows them to Gretna Green in Scotland. Multiple problems get in the way of their developing interest in each other.
Fans of Ms. Laurens and especially of the Cynster series will recognize the concept behind this novel - it is not new. It is, however, sufficiently well done to engage the interest of anyone who enjoys historical romances, with their heroic men and extensive and detailed sexual encounters along the way.
This is the first of a new Cynster Trilogy. Ms. Laurens' fans will want all three of them.
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