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Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie Laurens

September 2nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review for San Francisco Book Review

Publication date: August 1,2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.

But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal-and straight into danger when a mysterious enemy seizes her, bundles her into a coach, and conveys her out of London.

Now it’s up to the notorious Breckenridge to prove himself the hero she’s been searching for all along..

Stephanie Laurens has been a long time favorite author of mine but I have to admit after the disaster of a series, The Black Cobra Quartet, I was a little leery of picking up another book from her.  The fact that I have loved her Cynster books was the sole reason I chose to and believe me it was a good decision.  This book renewed my love of Laurens writing and my love of the Cynster family.  This family is not only made up of strong willed, over bearing men who also possess hearts of gold but the heroines are always strong, independent and above all smart women.  Yes, they can be impetuous at times and a bit too stubborn but it meshes nicely with the type of woman who can stand up to a Cynster male when needed and not be overwhelmed by their strong presence.

Heather is a perfect example of this.  While she initially is panicked after being kidnapped as any normal person would be she figures out that while it could be dangerous she must try and gather as much information about her kidnapper as possible to avoid one of her sisters or cousins from facing the same situation.  Her conclusion is well thought out and isn’t made simply to be stubborn and difficult to spite Breckenridge.  Breckenridge was also as close as you can get to the perfect male.  He was strong, handsome, caring and while overbearing he did not let that over come common sense.  He realized when Heather made valid points and acknowledged her point even when it went against all of his protective instincts.

The kidnappers also added to the fun as they are not your run of the mill thugs.  They are smart, remarkably kind considering the circumstances and one of them is even a hired maid to help provide comfort and respectability for Heather.  It was fun watching Heather spar with the kidnappers as she tries to wrangle any clues from them.  The man who hires them is a mystery.  We catch glimpses of him through out the book and get bits and pieces behind his plan to kidnap Heather but Laurens keeps you guessing as to his true reasons.  We are shown that for someone who arranges the kidnapping of an innocent woman he isn’t as despicable as one would expect.  Unfortunately it looks like we will have to wait for another book to learn more about him.

This was another great book from Stephanie Laurens and made me glad I came back to the Cynster fold.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Romance

7 Responses

  1. April (Good Books & Wine)

    This is super exciting, I mean that you gave Viscount Breckenridge a 5 out of 5 (I just got a free copy from Klout) and this is helpful guidance for a romance beginner.

    So yay! The heroine sounds exactly like my favorite type of character.

    Great review!!

  2. Allison

    I love this cover!

    I haven’t read any of her other Cynster novels, but your review has made me want to pick this one up. If I love it, I may have to go back and read all the old books – there are a ton of them though!

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    April-if you are new to romances definitely check out Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series too. They are my favorite along with Julie Garwood.

  4. Debbie's World of Books

    Allison-yes, the Cynster novels are a lot of fun. I took a break reading them for awhile so was glad this one was a good one to jump back in for.

  5. Melanie

    Hmm.. I saw this book in Walmart the other day and read the summary. It sounds pretty interesting! I’m not always fond of overbearing heros, but if she’s got the guts to stand up to him, then I might be able to handle it. Your 5 star rating definitely caught my attention.

  6. Amber

    This was definitely way better than her last series. A little over the top at times, but fun anyway. I’m so glad she’s going back to the Cynster world. I thought Breckenridge a little different than her normal hero. In a good way.

  7. Debbie's World of Books

    Melanie-I think the great thing about Breckenridge is he’s overbearing but realizes it & can reign it in.

    Amber-same here. I love the Cynsters!

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