Temptation and Surrender (Cynster Series)

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"'What are you doing now?' he asked. 'Do you keep a journal?'

So I make my first entry today."

With these words in response to prodding from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau embarked on a writing enterprise?his Journal?that occupied him continously over the entire period of his literary career, from 1837 to 1862. In ...

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Overview

CAEDMON ESSENTIALS

One Great Author. One Great CD

"'What are you doing now?' he asked. 'Do you keep a journal?'

So I make my first entry today."

With these words in response to prodding from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau embarked on a writing enterprise—his Journal—that occupied him continously over the entire period of his literary career, from 1837 to 1862. In one sense Thoreau's Journal is his greatest achievement as a writer, the remarkable record of a remarkable man's view of the world. Ranging in topic from the entries titled "Young Women at Parties" to "Sunlight after the Storm", the Journal is neither diary nor autobiography in the usual meaning of these terms, because the daily chronicle and the narrative of outward events are minor aspects of this voluminous work. The Journal is clearly not the work of a diarist, but the notebook of a writer dedicated to the continuous practice of composition.

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In Lauren's 17th Cynster novel, romance abounds, but the plot lacks drive. Twenty-five-year-old Emily Beauregard escapes her hateful uncle's house with her four younger siblings and settles in Colyton, getting a job as the manager of Red Bells Inn, a rundown establishment in need of an overhaul. She is drawn to her new boss, Jonas Tallent, a dashing, wealthy aristocrat and Cynster relation, who returns Emily's affections, but Emily can't be distracted from what she came to Colyton for-to find her family's long-lost treasure and regain her status in society. The suspense of where the treasure could be is not enough to hold this story together; when Emily excels as the inn's manager, Tallent professes that he wants to marry her, and the town showers her with affection, it becomes unclear why she so desperately needs the treasure anymore. The extended sex scenes will delight Laurens's fans, but the repetitive arc (Emily swooning over Tallent then denying his advances, Tallent trying to discover what brought Emily to his town while seducing her) is wearying. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061243400
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Series: Cynster Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Laurens

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

Laurens's novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. Laurens has published fifty-one works of historical romance, including thirty New York Times bestsellers. All her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Her continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the genre. Other series include the Bastion Club novels and the Black Cobra Quartet. For information on upcoming releases and updates on novels yet to come, visit Stephanie's website.

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Temptation and Surrender LP

A Cynster Novel


By Stephanie Laurens
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

Stephanie Laurens
All right reserved.



ISBN: 9780061719967


Chapter One

Colyton, Devon
October 1825

I feel like tearing my hair out—not that that would do any good."

The dark hair in question fell in elegantly unruly locks about Jonas Tallent's handsome head. His brown eyes filled with disgusted irritation, he slumped back in the armchair behind the desk in the library of the Grange, the paternal home he would eventually inherit, a fact that accounted in multiple ways for his current, sorely frustrated state.

At ease in the chair facing the desk, Lucifer Cynster, Jonas's brother-in-law, smiled in wry commiseration. "Without intending to add to the burden weighing so heavily upon you, I feel I should mention that expectations are only rising with the passage of time."

Jonas humphed. "Hardly surprising—Juggs's demise, while being no loss whatsoever, has raised the specter of something better at the Red Bells. When Edgar found the old sot dead in a puddle of ale, I swear the entire village heaved a sigh of relief—and then immediately fell to speculating on what might be if the Red Bells had a competent innkeeper."

Juggs had been the innkeeper of the Red Bells for nearly a decade; he'd been found dead by the barman, Edgar Hills, two months ago.

Jonas settled deeper into hischair. "I have to admit I was first among the speculators, but that was before Uncle Martin expired of overwork and the pater went off to sort out Aunt Eliza and her horde, leaving the matter of the new incumbent at the Red Bells in my lap."

If truth be told, he'd welcomed the opportunity to return from London and assume full management of the estate. He'd been trained to the task throughout his youth, and while his father was still hale, he was becoming less robust; his unexpected and likely to be lengthy absence had seemed the perfect opportunity to step in and take up the reins.

That, however, hadn't been the principal reason he'd so readily kicked London's dust from his heels.

Over the last months he'd grown increasingly disaffected with the life he'd more or less fallen into in town. The clubs, the theaters, the dinners and balls, the soirees and select gatherings—the bucks and bloods, and the haughty matrons so many of whom were only too happy to welcome a handsome, independently wealthy, well-bred gentleman into their beds.

When he'd first gone on the town, shortly after Phyllida, his twin sister, had married Lucifer, a life built around such diversions had been his goal. With his innate and inherited attributes—and, courtesy of his connection with Lucifer, the imprimatur of the Cynsters—achieving all he'd desired hadn't been all that hard. However, having attained his goal and moved in tonnish circles for the past several years, he'd discovered that life on that gilded stage left him hollow, strangely empty.

Unsatisfied. Unfulfilled.

In reality, unengaged.

He'd been very ready to come home to Devon and assume control of the Grange and the estate while his father hied to Norfolk to support Eliza in her time of need.

He'd wondered whether life in Devon, too, would now feel empty, devoid of challenge. In the back of his mind had hovered the question of whether the deadening void within was entirely an effect of tonnish life or, far more worrying, was the symptom of some deeper inner malaise.

Within days of returning to the Grange he'd been reassured on that point at least. His life was suddenly overflowing with purpose. He hadn't had a moment when one challenge or another hadn't been front and center before him, clamoring for attention. Demanding action. Since returning home and seeing his father off, he'd barely had time to think.

That unsettling sense of disconnection and emptiness had evaporated, leaving only a novel restlessness beneath.

He no longer felt useless—clearly the life of a country gentleman, the life he'd been born and bred to, was his true calling—yet still there was something missing from his life.

Currently, however, it was the missing link at the Red Bells Inn that most severely exercised him. Replacing the unlamented Juggs had proved to be very far from a simple matter.

He shook his head in disgusted disbelief. "Whoever would have imagined finding a decent innkeeper would prove so damned difficult?"

"How far afield have you searched?"

"I've had notices posted throughout the shire and beyond—as far as Plymouth, Bristol, and Southampton." He pulled a face. "I could send to one of the London agencies, but we did that last time and they landed us with Juggs. If I had my choice, I'd have a local in the job, or at least a Westcountryman." Determination hardening his face, he sat up. "And if I can't have that, then at the very least I want to interview the applicant before I offer them the job. If we'd seen Juggs before the agency hired him, we'd never have contemplated foisting him on the village."

His long legs stretched before him, still very much the startlingly handsome, dark-haired devil who years before had made the ton's matrons swoon, Lucifer frowned. "It seems odd you've had no takers."

Jonas sighed. "It's the village—the smallness of it—that makes all the good applicants shy away. The countering facts—that when you add the surrounding houses and estates we're a decent-sized community, and with no other inn or hostelry in the vicinty we're assured a good trade—aren't sufficient, it seems, to weigh against the drawbacks of no shops and a small population." With one long finger, he flicked a sheaf of papers. "Once they learn the truth of Colyton, all the decent applicants take flight."

He grimaced and met Lucifer's dark blue eyes. "If they're good candidates, they're ambitious, and Colyton, so they believe, has nothing to offer them by way of advancement."

Lucifer grimaced back. "It seems you're looking for a rare bird—someone capable of managing an inn who wants to live in a backwater like Colyton."

Jonas eyed him speculatively. "You live in this backwater—can I tempt you to try your hand at managing an inn?"



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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    Love all Stephanie Laurens books......

    She did not disappoint with this book. Great read, great characters, lots of steamy romance. A nice touch is re-visiting with old favorites like Lucifer and his wife. Highly recommend.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    A Great follow-up in the Cynster series

    Let's skip the summary. The characters are entertaining. The plot is not complicated, but you can sink your teeth into it. I just love having the Cynsters come back, even though not as much as I like and not as many as I would have liked. The only complaint I do have is that I read the story of Lucifer and Phyllida a long time ago and it was hard to assoiciate with them in the beginning. Their story started flooding back to me as I read TAS. This is a definite must-read if you enjoy the Cynster family.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    Temptation and Surrender by Stephanie Laurens

    Well, I must admit to being a closet fan of Stephanie Laurens. Her 'Cynster' series and Lindsey's 'Malory' series were what started me on my series seduction. I find reading pleasure and contentment in running across characters I already know and love and look forward to seeing if my imagination regarding future partners for these characters is anywhere close to what the authors themselves come up with. Laurens latest Cynster novel is "Temptation and Surrender", about Jonas Tallent, sister to Phyllida who is wife to Lucifer. Got it?

    Jonas' good looks, and his familial connection to the infamous Cynsters, have made him the toast of the ton. But lately town pleasures seem to pall and Jonas wasn't altogether displeased when his father's duties called him away and he asked Jonas to head to Colyton to oversee the Grange. The biggest task facing Jonas in Colyton is to find a replacement for the recently deceased innkeeper. So far none of the applicants have been promising. Then a new applicant arrives and Jonas' world is turned upside down...her name is Emily Beauregard.

    Emily's real last name is Colyton and now 25, she is the sole custodian of her younger siblings. Almost out of money and facing an uncertain future, she's excited to find the notice regarding the job of innkeeper in Colyton. That would be perfect! Food, a roof, and a job...all in the same place. And she and her siblings can search for the Colyton treasure with no one the wiser. Of course, that's assuming she can get the job with her youth and family responsibilities working against her. She's expecting to charm an older gentleman, and gets the surprise of her life when instead, she gets Jonas! And he's making her search almost impossible as he's always watching her...and kissing her, and seducing her.

    Yes Laurens books do tend to be a bit wordy...and a tad overblown, but I still enjoy the stories at their core. Her heroes are strong yet have their gentle side, and her heroines are some of the stronger female characters you'll find in historical romances. "Temptation and Surrender" adds the lure of hidden treasure and a chance to read a bit about Lucifer and Phyllida...I just couldn't pass that up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Eh

    It wasn't a bad story, but it could have been shortened. I felt it was too drawn out. I've never skipped past sex scenes before, but when every one is like 10 pages long it gets old. Plus the repetitive Colyton spirit phrase. I got it the first 20 times. The story was great, the writing just could have been better. I did like that it wasn't two days and the characters were in love. They got to know each other unlike most romances.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Ok

    The book started off good but jus ended up so boring. I tried to finish but gave up

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

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    Too long for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Are you kidding?

    Was this supposed to be a mystery or a thriller? Fuggedaboudit! The treasure's hiding place was apparent from almost the beginning. So was the "villian." About the only thing this book is good for is if you go for soft-core porn. There certainly waas enough of it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Temptation & Surender

    Stephanie Laurens is one of my favorite Authors. I have read all the books in the Bastion Club and the Synster Series. I can't wait until the next book comes out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    Great book and series.  Recommend Very Highly!!

    Great book and series.  Recommend Very Highly!!

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

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    Great Read

    As with all Books from this Author you cant go wrong reading this one . love following her characters through their personal travels through finding there one true mate . I already owned this in paper back as with all her others I've read it over 20 times and will happily read it again !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    I need to start boycotting the Cynster books, sooo repetitive an

    I need to start boycotting the Cynster books, sooo repetitive and her main characters are interchangeable. This was once again in a country manor with a trite mystery you figure out it 2 seconds but takes them 200 more pages! The deal breaker for me is I found myself skimming through the 5pg kiss scenes where they intuitive sense each others thoughts, and then skipped thru love scenes that were boring - guess what - they do it in front of a mirror in yet another book. Please SL, just try using your imagination and think outside the same 4 positions instead of cut and pasting book to book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    excellent read 5stars reccomend to anyone who enjoys historica

    excellent read 5stars reccomend to anyone who enjoys historical novels

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    Treasure, intrigue, and a great read!

    I have been slowly making my way through the Cynster series this year and I was growing a little tired of the somewhat formulaic plots. Don't get me wrong, I love all the books, but I should have read something else in between. Anyway, this book was great! A breath of new life into the series, for me, at least. And the descriptions of the sweet and savory pies and tarts! Well, I'm searching for scone recipes Right Now!

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved the book series

    Love her books, enjoyed the series.......

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I love this book! I have read all Stephanie Laurens books. I wish I had more to read!!

    This book is just another example of Ms. Laurens exciting and original style of novels. The fact that many of the characters are intertwined and seen in some of her previous books make them almost seem like they are a family.
    Her men are strong and her women stronger making the relationships something to envy. I would love to meet one of either sex to know, relate to, and perhaps love.

    Well Done!!!

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Another great Cynster Series!

    This is another great Cynster series book. I highly recommend people who are new to Stephanie Laurens to start with her 1st book of each series. It's nice that all the later books intertwine with each other. The story follows Lauren's standard story telling.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    It was ... Eh

    It was an O.K story. I loved reading about the book on the back then actually reading it. It was way to long and drawn out for my taste.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2009

    Temptation and Surrender

    This book was unrealistic when I first read it but I reread it and it is okay but not as interesting as "What Price Love." The chapters were too long. Stephanie Laurens is still my favorite author.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    fans of the saga will enjoy the romance of a Cynster by marriage.

    In 1825 using the funds she finally obtained from her portion of her late father¿s estate, twenty five year old spinster Emily Beauregard accompanied by her three younger sisters and brother flees her odious guardian Uncle Harold Potheridge. Emily carries an ad for the position of innkeeper-manager of the Red Bells Inn in Colyton, Devon that she hopes to obtain to feed and house her siblings while searching for her family¿s lost treasure.<BR/><BR/>The owner of the Red Bells Inn, wealthy Jonas Tallent, brother-in-law of Lucifer Cynster (see ALL ABOUT LOVE), has just returned from London to get away from the lofty polluted airs and get dirty running his estates. He is shocked when an obvious lady like Emily asks for the innkeeper job. He is even more stunned by his attraction for his new employee; she reciprocates but refuses to act on desire as her family comes before her heart. However, she needs his help in applying the only clue, an enigmatic riddle, to find the treasure.<BR/><BR/>This is an interesting Cynster sidebar late Regency romance starring two likable lead characters and a strong support cast including Lucifer and his wife Phyllida. Overall the story line is fun to follow as the heroine struggles between temptation and obligation, but her obsessive motive for finding the treasure after wealthy Jonas commits to her and her orphaned siblings never comes across as valid, which also leads to an overdone push and pull by Emily with her beloved. Still fans of the saga will enjoy the romance of a Cynster by marriage.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

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