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The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens

March 7th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 31, 2012

Publisher: Avon

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she’ll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman across a candlelit ballroom, she knows beyond doubt that he’s the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason–when he hero abducts her!

The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn’t wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him–and he’s prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal.

I adored the first two books in this series which I was happy for after reading the disaster of the Cobra Quartet series.  The conclusion to the series did not disappoint.  Angelica is the most adventurous and headstrong of the three Cynster sisters and when this was alluded to in the previous books I was prepared to find her irritating as often times the headstrong heroines let their stubbornness override their sense of reason.  Surprisingly she was so well portrayed as both adventurous, strong willed and very intelligent but not one to shoot herself in the foot for the sake of stubbornness.  I really came to admire her character, strength and heart.  Glencrae also was amazingly likeable despite having orchestrated the kidnapping of three women.  We learn the reason behind his mother’s crazy ultimatum to “ruin” one of the Cynster girls and I was impressed with the extent Glencrae went to try and retain his honor while trying to carry out her despicable order for the sake of his entire clan.

The adventure of making it back to Glencrae’s home, fooling his mother into thinking she has gotten her revenge and seeing Angelica and Glencrae fall in love was fun filled and I especially enjoyed seeing all of the previous Cynsters involved in the action.  The Cynster books are truly where Stephanie Laurens shines and both the heroes and the heroines are unforgettable.

I have to mention one negative review I saw about this book from someone who said they stopped reading about halfway through because “there was no romance in this book” plus it turns out they also have not read the previous two books in the series and felt this book leaned too heavily on the previous two books in the trilogy.  They gave the book 1 star which I find pretty ridiculous.  It is a pet peeve of mine when a couple instantly falls in love with each other with no real basis for the feelings.  So I liked that although Angelica felt Glencrae was supposed to be her hero she wasn’t going to rush in and agree to be his wife and utter a statement of being madly in love with him right away.

As for the book relying too heavily on the previous two books, ummm…it is a trilogy.  Yes, I am a bit perturbed on the occasions where I accidentally pick up a book that belongs in the middle of a series but I don’t start reading it expecting it to stand on it’s own.  I would think one would realize there will be some confusion over who is who and how everyone is related and it’s not the author’s fault that you chose to skip the previous two books.

Sorry for the rant but I just had to share my shock over those comments.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Romance

2 Responses

  1. L. Diane Wolfe

    Besides, how can someone accurately review a book they only half read?

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    I know right?! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was torturous for me during the first 200 pages but I ended up loving the book.

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