Tree-hugger, Turtle-rescuer, wild-eyed Bead-Babe
Wow. Simon Prebble and Stephanie Laurens -- what a match! Her story lines are brought to life by the voice and ability of Simon Prebble. You hear a voice and know who is speaking, what they are feeling and thinking. Stephanie Laurens' fully formed characters, with their strengths and weaknesses, their pride and humility find true expression in the rich embodiment given them by Simon Prebble. Laurens creates characters you would enjoy speaking with, dancing with, being with. Her rich sensuality and sense of humor are delightful. Thank you to both of you!
Yeah, I like romance novels. So what??
After only barely mentioning the Cynster clan during the first 75% of the book, it's ALL family back-story the last 25%.
Boring!! Didn't even finish it.
This was my first cynster book and although I didn't read the earlier books I was not at all lost. I will be looking for more books by this author. The narration was also excellent.
Can't believe this was part of the Cynster series. There was absolutely No storyline/plot here; no character interest, no mystery, no quest, no fun secondary characters, no info about the heroine's religion....Nothing....Just rambling dialogue and many overly-typical (and mediocre) intimate scenes, along with tons of miscommunications, between two flatly written characters. Add to that the thousand-and-one times the author used the word "humph" and I could not wait for it to end.
There really isn't much of a plot to this book -- it is a vehicle for the author's sexual imaginings, which seem to go on interminably. If you like plundering, plunging, panting, probing ad nauseum, this is the book for you. However, if you are looking for a well plotted book that happens to be a romance, this is not it. I found this a big bore and a terrible disappointment. The breathy male reader doesn't help either.
The story was a good one and it held my interest, although I think there was too much reflection of the thoughts of each character rather than dialog between the characters. Simon Prebble is certainly not one of my favorite narrators. I feel he sounds too old to be the voices of the characters that are supposed to be in their 20's or 30's. The way he narrates the love scenes turns into a yelling frenzy by the time the scene is finished. As I have said once before, he sounds like he is announcing the Kentucky Derby!! Please Please Please authors, give great thought to who you chose to narrate the story that I'm sure took you a great amount of time to write. Thank you.
I read so I can write
Laurens is a very creative writer and I am growing to like her more and more. In this story she goes far afield from the previous two but the end result is the same - a story that is entertaining from beginning to end with great romance and love scenes. I enjoy too how she keeps bringing characters from the earlier books back into the stories. That is what a series should be like. And Prebble, what can one say. He is superb.
Yes - Richard is a great character - well written, good depth. Story line is complex.
3rd in the series and the best so far.
Lots of feeling in his voice ... although it would be great if the voices of the women were better
When Richard is poisoned - it changes the whole path of the book.
As some other reviewers have said, this story line was a little disappointing. Still like this series and the narrator. But I had trouble liking this female. I also found the main premise a little 'out there'. And, I got really tired of the use of 'humph' ad nauseum. That said, I still recommend this listen, and the series is great. You need to listen/read this one to get the whole feel of the series. I really liked Richard's character. I enjoy hearing updates of the previous men and their families throughout this series. As usual, Simon Prebble does a great job with the different characters.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
This is only my third "Cynster" novel, and I have to say that it wasn't my favorite. The beginning of the novel was whimsical and got my attention, however, as the book went on, I found myself losing interest. Richard, Scandal Cynster, is no scandal. Yes, I know that his nickname stemmed from the circumstances surrounding his birth, rather than his temperament, but, Richard is a prince of a guy. So likable, and generous. It's his wife that is scandalous, trying to trick him into providing her with an heir. I realize that she is young, but she is clueless. Her idea of "giving" to Richard is demonstrated in a very selfish way of withholding from him. I didn't love her character. Also, while the first two Cynster Novels were centered on the whole Cynster family, they were basically absent from the first 75% of the book. It seemed like this book didn't quite fit into the Cynster's way of living. It almost seemed that this would have been a better stand-alone novel, editing out the Cynster family altogether, and guiding it into a different direction. I think Richard's story could have been better. He, somehow, deserved better.
I still see Stephanie Laurens' as amazingly gifted. She is a real talent. This 3rd installment of the Cynster Novels is still worth the credit; I think, though, that it lost its' direction along the way.
I have already purchased book 4 with high hopes...