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Temptation and Surrender: A Cynster Novel | [Stephanie Laurens]

Temptation and Surrender: A Cynster Novel

Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest...and he has. He's played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones. But now he's restless and bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so it's with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family's estate in rural Devon.
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Audible Editor Reviews

At first sounding prim and proper, like the British gentry she depicts in this Regency romance, Rosalyn Landor quickly shows why she's an award-winning narrator. She convincingly portrays terrified 10-year-old girls, ardent lovers, nefarious kidnappers, and disgruntled relatives. As the passion between innkeeper Emily Beauregard and gentleman Jonas Tallent threatens to boil over, Landor's even pacing serves to increase the anticipation. Landor usually brings just the right tone to each character's voice and delivers an overall impressive performance.

Publisher's Summary

Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest...and he has. He's played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones.

But now he's restless and bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so it's with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family's estate in rural Devon. His most pressing need is to hire a new manager for the inn; the center of village life. Such a small task, yet he discovers few decent applicants are willing to live in a quiet country backwater.

Then genteel but impoverished Miss Emily Beauregard applies for the position. Jonas's initial response is an emphatic "no!" Ladies, especially one as attractive as Emily, belong in the ballroom or the bedroom, not running an inn. But with no alternatives, he grudgingly allows Emily to try, and she rapidly proves herself worthy, resurrecting the inn with tact and skill.

But Emily has a secret. It's not only the need to provide for herself and her orphaned siblings that has brought her to Devon. She's surreptitiously searching for a family treasure hidden in the village, the only clues to its location a cryptic rhyme handed down through the generations. Emily is determined to solve the puzzle, find the treasure, and reinstate her family to its rightful place in society.

But Em hasn't bargained on Jonas. His experience is temptation, his attentions irresistible, and he's determined to aid her in her quest. He eventually persuades her to trust him, and together they unravel the clues. But someone else is watching, waiting, and once the family legacy is unearthed, the villain strikes, threatening Em, her family, and the love she and Jonas have discovered in each other's arms.

©2009 Savdek Management Proprietory Ltd.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 05-29-09
    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 05-29-09
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    "Way too long"

    Typical writing by Laurens except that in this novel the plot is relatively thin, it's clear where we're headed almost from the first page, and it just plain takes too long to get there. I'm all for romance and sex, but when a single kiss lasts for 30 min of audio, that's overkill. The lead male is a little thin, and his path to falling for the heroine isn't fleshed out well. In contrast, the heroine is better developed, although she seems a little too adamant about the usual plot device of "aristocracy" and "commoner" falling in love. This book would be quite good as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book, but at it's present length it really drags.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 07-22-09
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 07-22-09
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    "Very relaxing read"

    In hindsight I really did enjoy the book and although all good love stories have their share of love scene's I got the impression the author was trying to give lessons! The scene in the middle of the book was soooo long and drawn out, I actually caught myself concentrating on something else completely- I actually forgot to listen!!

    Other than that it was most entertaining and if I were to listen to it again I would fast forward the excessive scenes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "So, So."

    Story was good, but not all that exciting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mara black belchertown, ma United States 04-30-09
    mara black belchertown, ma United States 04-30-09
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    ""Temptation and Surrender""

    I have read and enjoyed many books by Stephanie Laurens, but this book was awful. The plot was lukewarm with a surfeit of heavy breathing and the narrator's delivery was pedantic at best. If you want to listen to something worth your money, look for one of Ms. Laurens's earlier Cynster books Narrated by Simon Prebble or something from her Bastion Club series narrated by Jill Tanner.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stella Ann Arbor , MI, USA 03-27-09
    Stella Ann Arbor , MI, USA 03-27-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Temptation and Surrender"

    I have enjoyed most of Stephanie Laurens books, this one was to me a waste of money, her Cynster series started out great but now there are no stories only physical description on kisses and feelings that cover over half of the book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Killeen, TX, United States 02-22-11
    Andrea Killeen, TX, United States 02-22-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Horrible!"

    I can barely explain what went on in the book. It was so long, to the point where it became boring. Halfway into the book I didn't even care to find out what would happen next. I just kept praying for it to be over. The intimate scenes just went on and on and on....at some points I completely forgot what I was listening to. This book was a mess!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-25-12
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "Lacks the spark !"

    This was my first novel for Stephanie and I was disappointed !
    The story was flat. The characters were not engaginging . It was way to long . It just lacked the passion ! The narrator was excellent though as usual but she had little to work with . I do not recommend this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kay KB 06-02-13
    Kay KB 06-02-13
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    "Very boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was shorter it might not have been so bad.


    Has Temptation and Surrender turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. It was just a bad pick.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roz Landor?

    Rosalind Landor, Anne Flosnik


    What character would you cut from Temptation and Surrender?

    The whole story was really boring to me. The characters seemed slow.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring. Very boring. I don't know how anyone could cope with 16 hours of boredom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 02-10-13
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "stephanie laurens always rates a 5 but ..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Temptation and Surrender to be better than the print version?

    I do not read what I listen to... just doesn't interest me to.


    What other book might you compare Temptation and Surrender to and why?

    I guess it fits right in with all the extentions of the cynster novels. I didn't read the first one of the talent siblings.... BUT, for some reason this one seemed to drag and it is the only one of over 20 Stephanie Laurens books I have felt that way about. Still a good book though.


    What does Roz Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I prefer Simon Prebble... but its like your eyes adjusting to a change in lighting I eventually got used to it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was utterly neutral on this one! Something about it was.... just not as engaging as most.


    Any additional comments?

    I would still recommend this book! I think it may have just been me since I just can't accept that any of her books don't measure up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "annoying reader!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have to say, listening to this narrator makes you basically want to kill your self. He definitely drones and uses near enough the same voice for his male characters.
    Change the narrator and you might be able to get past the first hour of listening


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dita
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    4/13/13
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    "A classic Stephanie Laurens"

    This is another book in the Cynster series and follows a familiar pattern where the hero and heroine are forced to spend time together to solve a mystery, while helped (or hindered) appropriately by their families and friends. This is standard fare by this author and as usual includes explicit sex as part of the story. If you like Laurens's style you'll like this book as well.

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