Temptation and Surrender (Cynster Series)

Temptation and Surrender (Cynster Series)

by Stephanie Laurens

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ISBN-13: 9780061243417
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Cynster Series , #15
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 657,248
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 4.32(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.

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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?"



Continues...


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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.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Miss Emily Beauregard has come to Colyton with her three sisters and brother to search for a long-lost family treasure. Jonas Tallant needs a manager for his inn. She convinces him to hire her even though she is obviously a lady and is keeping secrets. They are immediately attracted though she tries to fight the attraction because she thinks an innkeeper can only be a mistress. Things heat up as they fall in love and as the uncle who used them as unpaid labor tracks them down and as they search for the hidden treasure.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I've enjoyed most of the Cynster books from Laurens and this was another nice addition to the series. I enjoyed both Emily and Jonas' characters and we also got to see a little of Lucifer Cynster. One of the best parts was watching the transformation Emily makes with the village inn. The book blurb was a little misleading though. When it says that Jonas was emphatically against Emily running the inn it made him sound very chauvinistic but in the book itself it was nice to see that although his initial gut reaction was to say no he did admit his own sister would have been able to run the inn so he did give Emily a chance. I love when the male character's don't automatically assume all women are weak and empty headed. Watching the two fall in love was wonderful. I do have to mention that a lot of the story was predictable though. It was easy to tell who the villains would be and guess what actions they would take. So that did take a little bit of fun out of the story. That said this is a romance story versus a mystery so it was still a fun read.
raenstorm on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I'm hovering somewhere between "it was OK" and "I liked it" with this book. The plot's a little anti-climatic and there was almost too much explanation for characters' motives at the end. Not to too much introspection and wordy, flowery introspection at that. Plus, and I know this is going to be a weird thing to complain about in a romance novel, there was too much sex! Ha. I don't mind sex in a book but I feel like it has to have a purpose or be a payoff for something that's been building between the characters. A few of the scenes here fit that but there were several others. So much so that it began to feel gratuitous even though none of them were particularly hot or steamy moments.I liked the characters we met here (though Emily's a bit of a Mary Sue) and I liked revisiting with old faves from the Cynster series. I just didn't care for the story in which we got them. If I had to sum up, I'd say too much filler and not enough substance.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 4 days 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.
Jaie22 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Not bad, and at least the formula was a *little* different this time. Our heroine was almost a Jekell and Hyde character, who kept talking about how her other "side" was the one doing the dirty with our hero. OTOH, both were pretty likable, as was the little village they lived in.
linsleo on LibraryThing 4 days ago
"Temptation and Surrender" is a romance novel set in 1825. Emily Ann Beauregard Colyton, the heroine, is searching for a family treasure. She hopes this discovery will provide the means to take care of her siblings and future generations of Colytons. A cryptic rhyme holds the clue to the treasure's location and for the last 8 years of Emily's life her goal has been to find the Colyton treasure. Jonas Tallent, the hero of the novel, hires Ms. Beauregard to be his innkeeper. She is keeping her identity a secret until she finds the treasure and re-establishes her family's name to its former status in the town of Colyton. Adventure, romance and discovery, of more than just the Colyton Treasure, changes Emily's and Jonas' life forever. Since we have a search for treasure we must have someone who wants to steal it and I think that person became too obvious to the reader. I would have preferred not to have discovered who that person was going to be so early on in the novel. Of course with a title like "Temptation and Surrender" we know how the relationship will progress, but that being said, Stephanie's protrayal of Jonas and the restraint he shows on more than one occassion is quite refreshing - thus the temptation.
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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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