Temptation and Surrender (Cynster Series)

Temptation and Surrender (Cynster Series)

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by Stephanie Laurens

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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

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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 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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Temptation and Surrender LP

A Cynster Novel

By Stephanie Laurens
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

Stephanie Laurens
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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 More than 1 year ago
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.
teazabee More than 1 year ago
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.
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started off good but jus ended up so boring. I tried to finish but gave up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too long for me.
GeriF More than 1 year ago
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.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Emily and her siblings arrive in Colyton incognito so that they can hunt for their family treasure. Having run away from a cruel uncle, Emily undertakes the position of innkeeper. While bringing the Inn back to life, Emily's involvement with the Inn owner overshadows her need to find the treasure. What they find and where along with the love story, entertain for sure.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great book and series.  Recommend Very Highly!!
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limhall4u3 More than 1 year ago
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 !!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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