Temptation and Surrender

Temptation and SurrenderJonas Tallent has lived for the life of London but now bored he has put his mind back on his country family home in Devon. He needs someone to run the inn and will find none up to the task until Emily Beauregard. He knows that she is hiding something and will be persistent to uncover it.

Emily Beauregard, but that is not her full name, is hiding the rest of her name so she can go unobserved in hopes to find what she is looking for. Emily along with her brother and sisters are in search of the family treasure that would restore their family to the status they once had. Emily has to be sneaky about it but finds it is hard to move around with Jonas Tallent watching her every move.

Temptation and Surrender is the seventeenth book and last book to Stephanie Laurens series Cynster. I really liked this book. I thought there was more life to this one and not so dark with the mystery. Mysteries with dark intrigue are good but I liked that this was a little more lighthearted thanks to the siblings of Emily.

The characters were well developed and engaging to read about. I liked Emily who did not see failure as an option. She was the caretaker of her family and was bent on doing everything she could to help them. Jonas was not the bored gentleman that left London. He was curious and put Emily as a project. He intended to find what she was hiding and would not fail. There is of course the lust that follows as they find themselves in one too many situations where they are alone.

The kids were a cute addition and had their own role to play. They were not just ones to be mentioned in the book. Laurens also adds a story for Issy and Joshua to find love which you could easily see coming but it was sweet.

Emily’s treasure hunt was the plot of the story and kept you moving along with the characters. I kept flipping the pages wondering when and if the treasure would be found. Now along with the treasure there was a villain. At first you think you know but the villain was not someone I saw coming but an explanation was given.

Stephanie ended the series well with this book. There are more books to read from her along with a new Cynster series called Cynster Sisters. I know that I will be coming back to more from Stephanie Laurens.

The Lady is a Vamp

After catching up to the whole series it wasn’t long until another book had been added to this ever growing Argeneau Family. The Lady is a Vamp is the seventeenth book.

Jeanne Louise Argeneau works for her family in research and development and likes her work but lately things have been off. Her taste of food is leaving her which depresses her and now she is being kidnapped. It doesn’t take Jeanne long to figure out why this man would do it. Jeanne will though finding herself helping especially as she find that this man is her lifemate. She will construct a plan to keep them a family but nothing ever goes as planned.

Paul Jones is in need of help from a vampire. As he works for them its easy to find one but has to choose the right one. He struggles with his kidnapping of Jeanne but ultimately its his daughter who needs this. Paul will grab Jeanne for his daughter but he will soon find that he wants her for more.

The Lady is a Vamp for me had me thinking about the first book of the series as a person is kidnapped and needs that particular person for help. Of course this time roles are reversed. As usual I start Lynsay Sands book and end up loving it as her characters are witty and quirky like most of her plots. It reads very quickly and there is a heartwarming side to the book especially with the little girl and her situation.

Now Lynsay Sands will have a happy ending like all the others but she throws in a twist at the end having you yelling at the book. You will want to throw the book down but the upside is you are greeted to a little family reunion and the situation will definitely make you laugh at what they do.

I was certainly happy that Jeanne Louise finally got her own book as she was talked about but there was something I didn’t understand. Justin who has been in the series has never found a lifemate for himself. In this book he can’t read the little girl, thought it was due to her tumor but afterwards could he? It would be interesting if she were to be his lifemate but that part was just unclear. I suppose I will just have to wait and find out.