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A Rake's Vow: A Cynster Novel | [Stephanie Laurens]

A Rake's Vow: A Cynster Novel

Unlike his brothers, Vane Cynster vows to never marry. The eligible women of London have different plans for him, however. Seeking safety at Bellamy Hall, the residence of his eccentric godmother, Vane doesn't expect to meet any new unmarried women. But upon his arrival, he encounters the voluptuous Patience Debbington in the garden. When their gazes meet for the first time, she is filled with a sensation that leaves her quivering.
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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romance novels, such as Devil's Bride. Exciting and deeply sensuous, A Rake's Vow continues the Bar Cynster series.

Unlike his brothers, Vane Cynster vows to never marry. The eligible women of London have different plans for him, however. Seeking safety at Bellamy Hall, the residence of his eccentric godmother, Vane doesn't expect to meet any new unmarried women. But upon his arrival, he encounters the voluptuous Patience Debbington in the garden.

When their gazes meet for the first time, she is filled with a sensation that leaves her quivering. Thoroughly overwhelmed, Vane realizes that he has never met a woman quite like Patience Debbington. As Vane's seductions prove more and more irresistible, Patience's oath to never open herself to heartache may soon be broken.

Simon Prebble narrates this tale with the intuitive boldness and sensitivity of a true master.

Savor another Cynster novel.

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What the Critics Say

"Stephanie Laurens brings a thorough command of Regency style, as well as graphic, uninhibited love scenes....Laurens is especially skillful at capturing Regency males, aristocrats whose refined restraint barely masks their powerful underlying urges." (Amazon.com review)

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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 06-30-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 06-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good romance"

    Great continuation of the Cynster series. Sexy & gracious men, a bit of mystery, and fun characters. Of course the narrorator did a great job, as with all Cynster novels. Worth a credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Severna Park, MD, United States 12-15-09
    Katherine Severna Park, MD, United States 12-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "typical Laurens fair"

    A hot story of the Bar Cynster. Should be listened to after the 1)Promise in a Kiss 2)Devil's Bride, and the Secret Love. Simon Prebble gives a strong performance.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    N. Brooks SC 02-14-10
    N. Brooks SC 02-14-10 Member Since 2007

    intoseries

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    "I will take a rake anytime"

    Vane was perhaps my favorite character so far in this series. It is hilarious that he leaves London trying to get away from temptation only to become trapped immediately. If he had stayed in London he would not have met with fate. I like the message of fate. I like the humor in the story and the Aunt is a great character. I also like the development of the characters, especially the male characters. Often the story is told from the female characters point of view, but I love knowing how the man feels. I also like knowing that there is no doubt about where this relationship will end.....in marriage. Wish real life were that way!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Debby United States 03-19-13
    Debby United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You can skip this one in the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rake's Vow to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed book


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long to hold interest


    Any additional comments?

    Did not enjoy this one as much as the others in the series. Characters were good, but the the story line was very lacking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Hope Mills, NC, United States 03-21-12
    Kindle Customer Hope Mills, NC, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself! What can I say I love Books, All kinds of Books, especially Romance.

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    "Not as good as the first book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was a bit disapointed because I loved the first book Devil


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Now the narator was good


    Do you think A Rake's Vow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO !!! but I will continue to read about the Cynster


    Any additional comments?

    I wished I had saved my money on this book ( again I loved Devils Bride )

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Marysville, WA, United States 01-31-11
    Julie Marysville, WA, United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2009

    I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.

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    "If you are looking for slow, this is it."

    I am four hours into this novel and I must say it has been excruciating. I can't go on listening.....no really! I can't.
    (I think the dedicated passages to her needle work were my undoing.)

    I will try this again someday when I am bound and gagged or something. NEXT!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ReadingRider California 10-13-11
    ReadingRider California 10-13-11 Member Since 2009

    Read & ride, read & ride, read & ride . . . repeat often.

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    "Fool me twice . . ."
    Would you try another book from Stephanie Laurens and/or Simon Prebble?

    . . . shame on me. Why I thought a second go 'round with a Stephanie Laurens book would be any better than the first, I will never know. No story, overacting on the part of Mr. Prebble (who is my favorite audible performer) and the height of predictability make for a terrible listening experience. Clearly, this isn't my genre. Lesson learned.


    Has A Rake's Vow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    Absolutely.


    What character would you cut from A Rake's Vow?

    Patience - take her, please!


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aj BEAR, DE, United States 12-03-10
    Aj BEAR, DE, United States 12-03-10
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    "Not her best work!"

    Before listening to this book, I deeply enjoyed all Stephanie Laurens’ books I’ve read. This one was a disappointment due to shallow leading man, shallow leading woman, and shallow plot and over the top theatrics on the part of the narrator. Try her “The Lady Chosen” instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas 10-16-13
    Amazon Customer Texas 10-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Can't go wrong with a Rake..."
    What made the experience of listening to A Rake's Vow the most enjoyable?

    Simon Prebble brings Stephanie Laurens stories to life. Love the Cynsters, Laurens and Prebble is now at the top of my Gotta Have Narrators.


    What did you like best about this story?

    English read by an Englishman


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    same as above. He's awesome


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Tampa, FL, United States 03-22-13
    Angela Tampa, FL, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Continuation"

    Of course none of the males of the Bar Cynster are alike and why should they be? In this story, the listener is treated to a clear characterization of Vane Cynster, Devil Cynster's second in command. This story takes you on a wonderful journey wrapped in a hint of mystery, passion, and love. Vane is a typical Cynster male, while his female counterpart, Miss Patience Debbington shows you don't have be born a Cynster to make others bend to your will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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