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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thoughts on...The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Lauren

If you are familiar with the series then you know basically how the book ends. With a wedding. It is no secret that there are "Three heroes, three rescues, three weddings", it is right on the cover of all three books, so you can assume there is some kind of danger, a rescue and a wedding.

Now that that's out of the way.... O. M. G.! I haven't finished the book yet {page 324 of 437} and unless Ms. Laurens does something totally unexpected this is an A+. I love this one more than the other two!

First, Angelica is an extremely strong woman, even coming from a family of strong women. She's levelheaded (and stubborn), beautiful, loyal, kind and knows how to work the system-mainly the Ton.

Dominic is Tall, Dark, and Handsome and then some. Honor and loyalty are bywords and he is devastated that he must behave the way he has. ...okay, his momma is a, ahem, queen bitch with a crucial piece of property that Dominic needs to save his clan. Oh. Did I forget to mention that? Dominic is from the Highlands, Scotland. And, leader of his clan. Without what mommy dearest holds, the whole clan will be kicked off their lands. Sure, he has an estate near London but can you imagine how that would go over? The tenants there would need somewhere to go and there's no way the Highlanders would be happy near London.

There is a bit of a twist introduced early on that we're only given glimpses of that I'm almost on the edge of my seat to read how that turns out.

One thing Dominic and Angelica have not taken into consideration, the Cynster family is just as loyal and honorable as Dominic. Will do a great deal for family. The family is EXTREMELY wealthy and politically connected. {okay, while some of that comes through in this book, I've read most of the others in the Cynster series, the first of which is Devil's Bride, so I already knew that about the family.} Dominic's honor shows from the very beginning.

So I stopped reading with Dominic, Angelica, and retainers riding up to the castle. All will be preforming a role unsuited to them, and poor Angelica. Able horseman, having ridden a frisky mare for the last five days, is now wearing the ball gown she wore when kidnapped. Tied to the saddle of, not her wonderful mare, but one of the pack horses. Rumbled, mussed, dusty and stained. And very determined.

Handsome hero? check. Strong woman? check. Time limit to save "the world"? check. Wicked mother? check.

Sleep? Who needs sleep? I've got to know how this ends!

Finished. I can't say I read every word. The sex was fabulous but the story had my adrenaline pumping enough that I skipped some of the more tender scenes in order to get to the other action quicker.

Dominic's mother was a delicious villain, the twist was unexpectedly solved, the performance by Dominic and Angelica was fabulous. I was worried my A+ rating would be knocked down when I saw where I was in the book. I took more that halfway to get from London the Scotland and I was afraid the ending would be rushed. Not so.

Disclaimer: This title is from my personal library. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of author, publisher and amazon.


The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae
by Stephanie Laurens
series: Cynster Sisters Trilogy (and 18th Cynster novel)
publisher: Avon Books an imprint of HarperCollins
Published: Jan 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-206862-0
format: Mass Market Paperback
(also available as an ebook)
Historical Romance
18+
pages 437 (not including The Wedding Planner short)

Grade: A+


Product Description:
We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster

...but not until she and her hero confront a devious enemy and lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!

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.

as a side note: The book was released at the end of January and I had a challenge to not read any new, read 2012, purchases until February 1. I didn't make the challenge but had other commitments that prevented me from starting this book. Started Monday afternoon, finished Tuesday morning. I am hoping to review 13 personal books this year and have set the goal of every 2nd Wednesday.....this book was finished February 26 but scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of March.
copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2012

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