Saturday, September 10, 2011

In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster-Stephanie Laurens

In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster

Stephanie Laurens

Avon, Sep 27 2011, $7.99

ISBN: 9780062068613

McKinsey hires kidnap and disposal specialist aristocratic Scrope to abduct Elizabeth Cynster in London and deliver her to him in Edinburgh unharmed. Scrope succeeds in extracting the target from her sister’s engagement ball (see Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue).

Eliza escapes her captors, but knows she needs a hero who’s “gotta be strong and he's gotta be brave” (Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero), but settles on academic Jeremy Carling as the only stud at a posting inn. He knows he is out of his league, but cannot desert the desperate damsel in distress. Thus Jeremy dresses her in male garb to pass her off as a boy while they flee her persistent pursuers. As they fall in love, the enemy traps them.

The second Cynster sister is a refreshing Regency thriller due to the hero who is the anti-Cynster male on the surface, but his heart beats like a lion when it comes to protecting Eliza. Action-packed, fans of the series will appreciate this historical romantic suspense while anticipating the next sister Holding Out for a Hero of her own.

Harriet Klausner

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