No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Edit, edit, edit! It was a good story but could have told in fewer words.
Amanda as her high spirit is admirable. A great secondary character is the mature Lady (eldest) in charge of 'society' - her name escapes me as I read this a while ago but she is a hoot.
No, it was too drawn out for the story.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were developed and the story lines interesting, it just could have used a better edit.
I wish books like this would carry warnings - so you'd know before purchasing, that the narrator uses a very strong English accent. I was only able to listen to about 10 minutes of it before I knew I'd wasted my money and there was no way I could listen to the annoying voice for another minute. Definitely wish I'd known before I purchased,about the narration
Don't waste the time, $$, or credit on this turkey. No plot, endless acrobatic sex, and a narrator who has is underwear so twisted that all he does is over-dramatize what is the worst book in this series.
Having now listened to all the Cynster novels up until this one, I found this story boring. The beginning and the end were interesting, the rest was very repetitive. 'Marry me, no, marry me, no, marry me, maybe', on and on this story line goes. Could have developed the characters so much more, and thus made the story line more interesting. As another reviewer wrote, I also get tired of the same phrases used over and over in these books, How many times do they 'hmph'? I do love historical romance, and I enjoy most of this author's books. Also enjoy the sex scenes, but those are over done also. So, glad I got this on sale and didn't use a whole credit. Not sure if I want to listen to the next one or not. As usual, the narrator does a fabulous job. He is one of my favorites for this genre.
I have read quite a few of the Cynster series, and really liked the first 3 or 4 of them. But this book has far, far too many long, drawn out sex scenes - and that's coming from someone who likes a good sex scene or two! But it was just so repetitious with each scene trying to outdo the previous one that I found it nauseating. I would estimate the sex took up at least half of the book.
And it did not have enough of a story. The characters were poorly developed and just plain annoying. I really don't think that putting the typical male Cynster traits (dominant, arrogant and oversexed) onto the main female character (as manipulative, arrogant and oversexed) worked very well. I just didn't like her. And he wasn't a whole heck of a lot better.
And for my personal pet-peeve.....it would be a pleasant change if Ms. Laurens could come up with some new words and phrases every now and then. But no such luck. Many of these are the same expressions she has used in all of her books, over and over and over again.....I am sick to death of hearing the words "shattered" and "intrinsic" and "Evocative! Provocative!". Evocative of what? That one doesn't even make sense! She must have put them together simply because they rhyme! In just this one book these words and phrases were repeated countless times....made me grit my teeth! Grammar and vocabulary DO matter!
Simon Prebble is very talented and did his usual excellent job, but because I kept trying to picture him reading this drivel, all I could do was pity the poor man! He deserves better.
To me, this book was more soft porn than romance. If you want lots of sex in your books, buy it. If you want a decent story as well, skip this one.
I really like when the herione knows what she wants for and puts all on the line to get it.
Enjoyed this almost as much as the previous stories, and better than the story about Vane.
I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Amanda is a spoiled, manipulative young lady and I found myself not liking her half way through the book.
I read so I can write
There is never enough I can think to say about these Cynster novels. They make you laugh and cry and guess and, for me at least, keep my interest to the very end. Stephanie Laurens has created an entire family of powerful, fun, interesting characters in her Cynster series, and Simon Prebble makes them live. This novel makes it clear that a Cynster woman won't accept any man who isn't as strong as her male relatives, and that she will demand what their wives demanded.