The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Why I understand the way the book had to be written, I was disappointed at the pace of it. I know there had to be room for the connection between the two characters to develop, but the first 60% of the book just dragged on and on (or maybe it was my cold). But the last 40% was well worth it and what I expected out of this novel.
It could just be that I was more interested in the resolution of the goblet and how that was going to unfold and expected most of the book to focus on that part of the story versus the wait and then trip to Scotland. I would have much preferred to cut out about 2 days in London, moved the goblet plot up, moved the weddings to the final chapter and then given us an epilogue on each girl.
While I enjoyed reading the series, the final book fell a bit flat which was sad because I really liked Angelica and Duncan, more so then Eliza and Jeremy. They reminded me more of Devil and Honoria and I thought this story just lacked the moving action that is classic in a Laurens’ novel and keeps the story moving.
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Entering the world of Stephanie Laurens is simply a pleasure. As I previously posted, I adore serial novels and Stephanie Laurens is certainly the Queen of them. Her Bastion, Cysnters, and Black Cobra series are utterly interrelated and each series (except the Cysnters) has the same mysterious villain which each h/h must face. During the course of their romance, they discover more information such that the mystery is resolved at the end of the series. For the Bastian Club series, it was a mysterious spy, for the Black Cobra, a notorious gang wrecking havoc in India. The Cynsters series revolves around the offspring of one family (all brothers and cousins) who have a tendency of always finding trouble. The novels expand to include sisters, a few friends, and family members of those that married into the family. From a murderous cousin, to horse race fixing it is an intricate world of domineering men and the self-confident women who know how to put them in their place.
The latest book in her world is Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue. It is a new series dealing with the younger sisters of Gabriel (book 5) and Lucifer (book 6). The premise of the story is like that of the Bastian and Black Cobra series, a villain pulling the strings and each book drops hints to whom the villain is and why they are, in this case, kidnapping the sisters. Anyone who read Ms. Laurens Black Cobra series, will instantly see the plot similarities. The story revolves around the h/h going from point a to point b for a good part of the book. Once at point B, the book deviates from the Black Cobra series and it is the inner workings of the h/h (and a mad bull) that push the final admissions of love.
While the novel does carry some air of danger, it is not along the lines of many of her earlier novels. One never gets the feeling that either the h/h are in any true danger from the villain. In fact, the villain is not a true villain in the typical sense, especially if you try to compare him to those in the black cobra series. I was left with the impression that the bad guy could very easily step into a hero role in somewhere in her world, even by the end of this series. I am very interested to see where the next book in the series In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster takes this series and which of the old characters I will get another peek into their lives. Thankfully, I only have to wait about 10 more days.
That is really the bad thing about loving these type of novels. One generally has to wait sometimes a month, sometimes a year or more for the next installment and patience is not one of my virtues.