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Monday, October 10, 2011

In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster by Stephanie Laurens

In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster by Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (448 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster . . . but not until she’s rescued from a daring abduction by the most unexpected of heroes!

Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather’s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along— gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling.

Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy’s expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race to escape the mysterious laird, until a final confrontation on a windswept cliff reveals what their future life could hold— if both are bold enough to capture and own the unexpected love they now share.

“She might be the quiet one: that didn’t mean she was meek.”

The mysterious laird who had Heather Cynster kidnapped, in Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue, has managed the unthinkable; he hired professionals who have successfully kidnapped another Cynster sister.

Eliza Cynster is the middle daughter of Lord Martin and Lady Cecilia Cynster. She is typically considered “the quiet one”. So much so, she even believes it herself most of the time. When situation and necessity intervene, Eliza will learn she has as plenty of strength and determination to do what must be done with the help of her unlikely hero.

Scholarly gentleman, Jeremy Carling, may not be society’s idea of a dashing hero but he has the heart of one. When it becomes clear to him that Eliza will need his help to escape he doesn’t hesitate.

The kidnapping and harrowing rescue are the catalyst that bring Jeremy and Eliza together but it’s their chemistry and the search for someone to fill the void in their lives that makes this an instant classic among romances. Eliza is looking for her “hero” and Jeremy has come to realize he wants more than a life filled with old books and dusty manuscripts. He wants a partner and a family.

The honestly fun part of this book, for me, was hearing both Eliza and Jeremy describe their ideal candidates. They are both thoughtful and detailed in their descriptions and you know that they truly believe they know exactly the kind of person that would be just perfect. Their very literal journey to their HEA is exciting, sensual and totally romantic. Ms. Lauren’s writing is incredibly vivid. Readers will join Eliza and Jeremy every step of their adventure and celebrate in their homecoming.

The elusive Scottish laird is always just on the outskirts watching the action and though his own happiness depends on the success of stealing one of the Cynster sister’s he soon realizes that another sister has slipped through his fingers. I think it’s pretty safe to say he won’t give up and I’m betting Angelica’s story is going to be the wildest ride yet.

If you missed the exciting adventure that started this amazing trilogy it’s not too late to go back and read Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue. You won’t have to have read it to enjoy Eliza and Jeremy’s story but it does lend some history to the novel. Either way, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster. The breathtaking scenery, clever dialogue and entertaining, imaginative characters will draw you in instantly and hold you captive until the last page.