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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (496 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster ... but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!

Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason—when her hero abducts her!

The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him—and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

Angelica Cynster is known for being the most headstrong of the Cynster sisters. She never imagined her bold personality would be the key to finding her hero.

There’s a well known saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself”. The mysterious Laird struck out with his attempts to capture and keep the two eldest Cynster sisters, now he’ll take the matter into his own hands. Imagine his surprise when his prey practically falls into his lap.

The long awaited third novel in the Cynster Sister’s trilogy couldn’t come quick enough for this reader. I devoured both Heather and Eliza’s stories knowing it would be the last book that would finally reveal the identity of “the mysterious Laird”. Dominic Debenham, eighth Earl of Glencrae was exactly as I had pictured him from the clever details woven into the first two books but he’s hardly a match for the formidable Angelica Cynster. She doesn’t behave as a kidnapped young miss would react in that situation. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say she’s quite content to be the pawn in his scheme.

Speaking of the scheme that was the underlying thread throughout the series, readers are given more in depth details as to why Dominic is forced to carry out his dastardly plan. In short, he has a crazy mother at home who demands a tribute in the form of a Cynster daughter to appease her need for revenge. What could she possibly have against the Cynster clan? I’ll leave that interesting bit of trivia for Ms. Laurens to detail in the book.

The setting for this book is different than the first two. Both Heather and Eliza’s stories took place as they were being transported with their captors to meet up with Dominic. Half of book three takes place in London and the other half at Dominic’s home in Scotland. Ms. Lauren’s writing is beautifully detailed. I could picture Dominic’s home through Angelica’s eyes along with the lush and craggy landscape on the Scottish coast. The sounds and smells described in the scenes add to the ambiance to draw the reader right into the pages. My only regret was how, in a few places, the details overwhelmed the story and were a little repetitive. Still, this didn’t stop my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

The title of this novel is a bit of hint to the twist in this story. Dominic’s plan all along has been to capture a Cynster sister to appease his mother. He never anticipated how he would be caught by the vivacious Angelica.

This has been a really fun and clever trilogy to read. If you enjoy a series that draws you in and has you anticipating each consecutive story, you need to give Stephanie Laurens a try. There are many, many more books involving the rest of the Cynster clan mentioned in this trilogy. Be prepared to take a journey into Regency England with the turn of a page.