Monday, August 22, 2011

"Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue" by Stephanie Laurens - Tour with Review

Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue
First Volume in the Cynster Sisters Trilogy
The 16th Cynster Novel
Publisher: Avon
ISBN 9780062068606
448 pages
ON SALE 30th AUGUST, 2011

About the Book:

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 . . .

My Thoughts:

Stephanie Laurens is a new-to-me author, so I walked into the Cynster series with no expectations, but with some concern that I would be missing out since this is the 16th book. That was not the case at all! The storyline in "Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue" was downright captivating! I didn't have any problems getting to know the characters and found Breckenridge appealing and crush-worthy. Sigh...

With the mystery of Heather's kidnapping and Breckenridge stepping in to try to be the hero, I was intrigued that everyone was clueless why this all happened. It made for a fascinating read that I didn't want to put down. Heather's need to know added a nice mix of thrill and danger to an already exciting plot.

My only "complaint" with the story is the amount of descriptive sex that was included. Yes, I know that historical romances contain this, so it's not a shock to me, but I'm just not into pages and pages of description from the lingering kiss to the final fireworks. With that said, that's the only drawback for me - but the story more than makes up for it - enough so, that I want to read more of Lauren's books. Her ability to spin a story is amazing, and will keep me coming back for more! I cannot wait to read the next book, and am planning to look for the previous books in the series. This book has made me want to get to know all the Cynsters and their stories!

About the Author (from

Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Laurens and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Laurens and her husband both began work as research scientists in Kent. They lived in an area surrounded by history. Their own cottage was built in the 16th century, while next door were the protected ruins of an early Roman villa, and nearby was a 14th century castle.

After four years in England, Laurens and her husband returned to Australia, where she continued to work in cancer research, eventually heading her own research laboratory. One evening Laurens realized that she did not have any more of her favorite romance novels to read. After years of thinking about writing her own novel, during nights and weekends for the next several months she began crafting her own story. That manuscript, Tangled Reins, was the first of her books to be published. After achieving a level of success with her novels, Laurens "retired" from scientific research and became a full-time novelist. Her novels are primarily historical romances set in the Regency time period.

Laurens and her husband live in Melbourne with their two daughters. 

To learn more about Stephanie or find out more about her books, you can visit her website at:

Book was supplied by Goddess Fish Promotions for both tour participation and an honest review.


  1. Thank you for your honest review. I'm still laughing at the pages & pages of descriptive sex.


  2. I've read SL for years and have loved about 99% of what she writes. That 1% is not enough to warn me off her work. I'm looking forward to this next chapter in the Cynster family.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. thanks for the review -- I think you'll enjoy the rest of the Cynster books as well as her other series. When I discovered her a couple years ago, I couldn't help but devour her back list -- was happy there was so many as it kept me busy for a little while ;)

    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. These author is new to me, but from this blog tour I have started to read some of her books and find them delightful reads.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. I'm glad you have met some of the Cynsters. They can be a sassy and loveable bunch. I'm looking forward to meeting more Cynsters. I have read some of her books from the Black Cobra series and the characters are likeable as well.


  6. So glad to hear that you are hooked. The Cynsters remains one of my all time favorite historical romance series.

    cathy m
    caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  7. I so love historical romance and your new books sounds so good. Beauitful cover as well. So glad you ran out of romance books and started writing.


  8. I enjoyed your review but I look at books in a different perspective and find that often descriptive sex being included usually helps me understand the characters better.

    I've read many of Stephanie's books and often after I have finished a book that I may have questioned anything I think may have been "over-written" in retrospect I come to respect from a different perspective.

    I can't wait to read Viscouunt Breckenridge to the Rescue.

  9. Hi Stephanie,
    I haven't read a historical in ages. Yours is very intriguing. Continued blessings on all of your endeavors.

  10. This book sounds amazing! I would love to read it!


  11. Sounds like a great read.

    lauri at izoom . net

  12. The books I've read by Stephanie Laurens, I have very much enjoyed! Looking forward to reading this one, too!

  13. Thanks for the review. I love the Cynsters, so I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

  14. This author is new to me but the book sounds like great fun to read (and I can turn those pages and pages of sex fairly quickly;-)). I'm glad the books are stand alone so I don't have to worry which order I read them in.

    Linda (dot) lindaandrews (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. I love SL's books.Absolutely love the Cynster family. I can't wait to read the latest Cynster tale.Thanks for your review.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  16. I love historical romances, and this one sounds like a really fun story! Stephanie Laurens has another winner.
    castings at mindspring dot com

  17. I've been looking for some really good historicals. Theses sound like they will fill the bill nicely.


  18. I love her books. Can't wait to read it.

  19. i too find the graphic sex scenes unnecessary and distract from the quality of the story. seems to be the consensus of readers when austenesque reviews were asked our preference regarding sensual vs sexual. too bad publishers don't get the message and pass it on to authors... thx for your review and honesty !

  20. Thanks for sharing your views on this book!


  21. This sounds like a good read.

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

  22. Oh dear, historical romance lover here!! *fans self* The book sounds wonderful! First time hearing about it but better late than never! Congrats and good luck with the book!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com



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