Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Blog Tour/Giveaway Book Review #91: Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie Laurens

This review is part of a blog tour, so I would like to thank Goddess Fish Promotions for inviting me and providing an e-book of this story for me to review. I hope that after you read this review you will go check out all of the other fun posts in this tour, which runs Aug. 1st through Aug. 30th. You can find the full list of stops here. Every comment you leave will enter you in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card and one of four autographed sets of Stephanie Laurens' Avon backlist. Happy reading!

Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue
by Stephanie Laurens

Genre: Regency Romance
Ages: 17 and up
I received an e-book from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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 review:
This is the first Cynster novel I have read, so I was not sure what to think. The description sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did because it was a lot of fun.

Heather and the Viscount Breckenridge are as close to opposites as you can find, at least at first. Heather is a proper young lady on the verge of being put on the shelf and Breckenridge is a notorious rake. They have known each other for years and he has always been protective of her in that annoying older brother way, which is what leads him to remove her from the scandalous soiree she ventures into. Only to witness her kidnapping but be too far away to interfere.

I enjoyed the first half of the novel without reservation. The story and characters were fun and interesting. The element of mystery kept me wondering all the way through. I am still wondering about that not-particularly-villainous villain...Is it weird that I want to read a book about him?

My only problem was with the second half of the book. There was a lot more sex than I felt comfortable with once you reached a certain point. Before that point, the romance was really cute with their tensest moment happening when Breckenridge helps Heather with her new boots. (A really sweet scene, by the way.) I would have preferred that Breckenridge act gentlemanly rather than Heather turn rakish, but it did not ruin the story for me.

The conversations between Breckenridge and Heather were a lot of fun. Heather is a hopeless romantic and Breckenridge is...not. At least, not verbally. I enjoyed watching Heather try to coax some sort of declaration of affection out of him while he remained completely stubborn. They make a lovely couple.

I would recommend this book to lovers of light, fun romance.

Content Ratings: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).

I rate it a 4.10 for mild to mid-level swearing.

I give it an 8.10 for multiple descriptive scenes of sexuality.

I rate it a 4.10 for some threat of violence and an animal attack, as well as a kidnapping.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gifts card and an autographed set of Stephanie Laurens' books! Every comment you leave during this tour will earn you an entry.

                       Lieder Madchen


  1. Thanks for your thoughts on the book. I love Stephanie's work. I'm a new GFC follower under Lucky47. I really like your blog, especially the header. Thanks for sharing your opinion.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. Thankyou for your very insightful thoughts on this book, definitely has me interested in reading it. Great blog by the way!
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  3. Great post! It's definitely got me interested in this story. Thanks for sharing!


  4. I am a fan, and already have Stephanie's latest on my wish list.

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  5. I always enjoy Stephanie's books and am enjoying this blog tour. This stop is gorgeous - love that painting in the header! I'll be visiting again.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  6. I read a few of the Cynster novels and from the Black Cobra series and enjoyed them. I'm looking forward to meeting these Cynster ladies.


  7. Thanks for the review, it's always nice to read what works and doesn't work in a story and this definitely sounds like something I would want to read. I'm glad you said you had not read any other books in the series because that lets me know that I will be able to enjoy it since I haven't read the others either.


  8. How do you get involved in all of these things?! I love it! Did you get my message about the blog hop I am doing?

    mf060784 at gmail dot com

  9. Thank you for the review. I enjoy your posts and I've noticed you are almost at 100! I think I started following you when you only had about a dozen. :)

  10. Great review! I love the Cynster series and I'm looking forward to this book.

  11. WOW! This book sounds FABULOUS! I like some good sex scenes in my romances ;-)


  12. I love Stephanie Laurens' books. I've been reading them for ages and this one sounds like another winner.

    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  13. what an awesome giveaway!! thank you!!! sounds very interesting!!!


  14. Great post and happy Saturday! I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

    Also, I’m a new follower—wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

  15. Thanks for this review. I love how you rate books. I really want to rea this book, I'm into historical romance.


  16. I'm excited!! I love the Cynsters!!

    What a terrific give-away! Thanks for the chance to win!

    CharliDenae (at) AOL (dot) com

  17. I have been so looking forward to the release of the Cynster girls books. Long time coming. They really sound good.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  18. I love historical romances, and this one sounds like a really fun story!
    castings at mindspring dot com

  19. thanks for the giveaway. sounds wonderful can't wait to read. joannie jscddmj at aol dot com

  20. liking the mystery of the story, but do feel the same regarding blatant vs sensual descriptions!

  21. Thanks for sharing your views on this book! Sounds like a good read.


  22. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

  23. 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

  24. Sounds great. Should be a fun and interesting read.

  25. This book has such a beautiful cover! And since it is written by Stephanie Laurens, I know I'm going to love it :D

    jwitt33 at live dot com