Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie Laurens

Title: Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue

Series: The Cynsters bk16

Series: The Cynster Sisters Trilogy bk 1

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Genre: Regency Historical

Three heros, three rescues, three weddings.

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster

…but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge.

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

I am a very picky historical romance reader. In fact it takes a lot to make me want to read them, even though when I first started reading romance books it was historical that I read. Course those were all set in the Wild West, however from the first moment I read a Cynster Family book I was hooked on Stephanie, and will buy her books as soon as they come out.

Heather Cynster is a character that we have seen glimpses of but knew nothing about other than the fact that she was Gabriel and Lucifer’s little sister and was friends with Gabriel’s wife Althea’s sisters.

Heather is a Cynster to her toes, as the saying goes. She is stubborn, certain that what she is doing is the only course of action especially as others of her family are in danger. When she decides to follow in her cousins Amanda (On a Wild Night) and Amelia (On a Wicked Dawn) footsteps and find her hero she had no clue what it would lead to.

When Breckenridge looks up and sees Heather Cynster the lady that drives him nuts and not in a good way standing in the door way at a party that she has no business being at, he does what comes naturally to him and forces her into leaving by not very nice means. Not trusting her to do what he wants her to do, he follows her outside to make sure that she gets in her coach and witnesses her kidnapping.

What happens after that was a journey that neither one of them expected. Heather stays with the kidnappers in a bid to find out who wants her or her sisters kidnapped. Breckenridge only agrees if she meets with him nightly. It is in these nightly visits that they begin to really get to know each other as people and not as peers in society.

When they finally make their escape and travel across Scotland to get to The Vale those feelings that started in their nightly meetings grow stronger, especially when they are forced to pose as husband and wife.

When they finally reach The Vale a whole new set of problems arise between these two. As Breckenridge knows what must be done and is even looking forward to it, Heather wants no part of it. What transpires next almost had my heart breaking.

Okay what I loved about this book. Heather is great character, she is bold and daring and has a sense of right and wrong that won’t let her save herself just to put one of her sisters in jeopardy. Everything that she does is to protect them. She also knows what she wants in a husband and will settle for nothing less, especially as none of her cousins, cousins-in-laws, sister-in-laws have.

Breckenridge is a character that I didn’t even realize I wanted more of till I figured out who he was and remembered how much I liked him. When he sets out to rescue Heather he does it because it is the right thing to do, and he doesn’t want to face her brothers and cousins and explain why he did nothing. As he follows her and comes up with a plan that will rescue her, he realizes why she has always rubbed him wrong. From that point on it is all about his future.

I really liked this book and was getting excited as they got towards The Vale because Scandal is one of my favorite characters in this series. However once they got there I started to get irritated with Heather, in fact she was driving me absolutely crazy with her thinking and reasoning. In the end though it made sense to me as I realized that she was being true to herself, even if I didn’t think that she was being fair to Breckenridge.

What I didn’t like about this book was that it seemed really wordy to me. There could have been a lot more dialogue between the two of them especially as they were walking across Scotland and less internal dialogue. I also didn’t like how she kept calling her brothers Rupert and Alasdair, I had no clue who they were and had to look them up. In all the other books she has always referred to them by their nicknames and in one book she commented that the only person that called them by their real names was their mother. I also would have liked to see more of the Cynster family, especially her brothers.

Over all I have to say though that I really liked the book and thought that it fit in with the other books in the series.

Grade A-/B+

On a side note you will notice on the cover of this book there is a Kiss and Teal label this is a new campaign where a portion of the sale of this book will go to Ovarian Cancer Research. Before she became a successful writer Stephanie Laurens was a cancer researcher.  Please visit the website and see a complete list of books that will are participating in this campaign.

Other books in the series..

The Cynster’s

Devil’s Bride A Rake’s Vow Scandal’s Bride A Rogues Proposal A Secret Love All About Love All About Passion The Promise in a Kiss On a Wild Night On a Wicked Dawn The Perfect Lover The Ideal Bride The Truth about Love What Price Love The Taste of Innocence Temptation and Surrender

The Cynster Sister’s Trilogy

In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster (coming  Sept 2011)

The Capture of the Earl of Glencare (coming Jan 2012)





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  2. Debbie's World of Books

    I adored this book! You can see my review here. It’s been years since I read the other Cynster books so it was nice to return to the family. I have to admit I don’t recall Breckenridge from the earlier books. This one definitely made up for the Cobra Quartet books that I couldn’t stand.


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