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He vowed never to marry. She vowed no man would trap her. But some vows are meant to be broken... Vane Cynster greatly enjoys his dalliances, but he's always remained aloof when other Cynster men stepped up to the altar. Resolved to never submit to being leg-shackled to any woman, he believes hes found the ideal temporary refuge from London's infuriating husband hunters at Be He vowed never to marry. She vowed no man would trap her. But some vows are meant to be broken... Vane Cynster greatly enjoys his dalliances, but he's always remained aloof when other Cynster men stepped up to the altar. Resolved to never submit to being leg-shackled to any woman, he believes hes found the ideal temporary refuge from London's infuriating husband hunters at Bellamy Hall. But an encounter with irresistible Patience Debbington has his head—and his heart—spinning...and soon he has more than mere seduction on his mind. But Patience is not about to succumb to arrogant, presumptuous Vane's sensuous propositions. Certainly his kisses leave her weak, and his caresses leave her flushed and burning with desire. But he is bound to be unfaithful—just like every other man—and despite his assurances, she will not trust the handsome, elegant rogue with her heart. But can a promise to resist temptation stand firm when passion demands otherwise?


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He vowed never to marry. She vowed no man would trap her. But some vows are meant to be broken... Vane Cynster greatly enjoys his dalliances, but he's always remained aloof when other Cynster men stepped up to the altar. Resolved to never submit to being leg-shackled to any woman, he believes hes found the ideal temporary refuge from London's infuriating husband hunters at Be He vowed never to marry. She vowed no man would trap her. But some vows are meant to be broken... Vane Cynster greatly enjoys his dalliances, but he's always remained aloof when other Cynster men stepped up to the altar. Resolved to never submit to being leg-shackled to any woman, he believes hes found the ideal temporary refuge from London's infuriating husband hunters at Bellamy Hall. But an encounter with irresistible Patience Debbington has his head—and his heart—spinning...and soon he has more than mere seduction on his mind. But Patience is not about to succumb to arrogant, presumptuous Vane's sensuous propositions. Certainly his kisses leave her weak, and his caresses leave her flushed and burning with desire. But he is bound to be unfaithful—just like every other man—and despite his assurances, she will not trust the handsome, elegant rogue with her heart. But can a promise to resist temptation stand firm when passion demands otherwise?

30 review for A Rake's Vow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Blacky *Romance Addict*

    "Ah," he murmured, his voice very low. He shifted fractionally closer. "But, you see, I'm not a gentleman. I'm a Cynster." As if letting her into some secret, he gently informed her: "We're conquerors — not gentlemen." This is the second book from the Bar Cynster series, and another great one too The story Vane Cynster is running away from fate. After seeing how the mighty have fallen (Devil in love with Honoria), he decides to go as far as possible, away from any temptation (as in women he might "Ah," he murmured, his voice very low. He shifted fractionally closer. "But, you see, I'm not a gentleman. I'm a Cynster." As if letting her into some secret, he gently informed her: "We're conquerors — not gentlemen." This is the second book from the Bar Cynster series, and another great one too The story Vane Cynster is running away from fate. After seeing how the mighty have fallen (Devil in love with Honoria), he decides to go as far as possible, away from any temptation (as in women he might marry ). BUT, fate has her own plans. To avoid a thunderstorm, he seeks shelter at his godmother's house, and there he meets Patience. She's the niece of Lady Bellamy, Vane's godmother, and is staying at her house with her brother Gerrard (so nice to see him, he'll get his own book too). So, back to the story... They are very much attracted to each other, and Vane has seduction on his mind (don't they always ). The strange happenings at the Bellamy manor only help his cause, he was asked to stay and investigate. "Why did you stay?" He tipped her face up so that her eyes locked on his. He studied her, her eyes, her face, for one instant longer. "I stayed to help Minnie, to help Gerrard… and to get something I want." Well we all know what he wants khm khm BTW Minnie is the godmother :D Anyway, what are they investigating? Well, there are thefts at the house, random things gone missing, and frequent appearances of the "Spectre", someone lurking in the ruins near the main house. And I have to say, this was a re-read, but I actually forgot who done it! Maybe because it was very Agatha Christie-like, you know, loads of characters in one house, something shifty going on, everyone's a suspect and all... Patience Patience is trying to raise her brother to adulthood (with no family she is the only one to do it), so she comes to her aunt's house in hope that he would be influenced by some of the men residing there. She has a very strong aversion to polished, elegant gentlemen rakes, and in Vane Cynster she sees only bad things and doesn't want him anywhere near her brother, and she tells him exactly that . Oh boy, when she insulted him, I thought he'd really do something he would regret hahah, hell, I'd have hit her if she said something like that to me! BUT, lucky her, she sees she was in the wrong and decides to explore their sensual relationship. What she doesn't know is that Vane has his sights on her, she's what he wants, and he'll have her, even if it takes marriage to get her. "I asked you to be my wife, you offered to be my lover. I still want you as my wife." Her eyes flew open. He met her gaze, his face set, etched with passion, hard with determination. "But if I can't have you as my wife, then I'll have you as my lover." Forever, if need be. Vane Vane is a typical Cynster. A gentleman, a rake, a conqueror. He fears tying himself to one woman and giving up control to her. After witnessing that exact thing happening to Devil, he decides to run away from women, from marriage, but ends up right at destiny's path. Patience is a woman that suits him perfectly. He can't resist her, and doesn't want to, really. He plans a seduction untill he realises he must have her forever, not just as a temporary lover. So he offers for her hand, and she flatly refuses . Did I mention Vane's a typical Cynster? So that, of course, means they always get what they want, and they get it through careful seduction (and loads of sex , but hey, I ain't complaining). He then finds out what will it take for her to accept him, and it's a price he's not sure he could make. He sighed, and rested his forehead on hers. "It's not that." After a moment, he went on, "I don't like losing control—it's like losing myself—in you." She felt him gather himself, felt the tension swell and coalesce about them. "It's giving myself to you—so that I'm in your keeping." The words, low and gravelly, rolled through her; closing her eyes, she drew in a shallow breath. "And you don't like doing that." "I don't like it—but I crave it. I don't approve of it, yet I yearn for it." His words feathered her cheek, then his lips touched hers. "Do you understand? I haven't any choice." Why 4 stars? Two things. Patience and her ramblings about the "elegant gentleman" as the personification of all evil in the universe , that being the reason she constantly refuses Vane. Vane being unable/unwilling to admit to himself/her that he loves her (although that doesn't take that long, but still) Other than that, I really enjoyed their story, how they fell in love and slowly began to trust each other. Beautiful. The love scenes. Hmm.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    I have a new favorite historical romance series!! This would have been a 4.5 star if not for the heroine. I love it when a rake falls in love because they tend to fall the hardest!! I enjoyed Vane Cynster but was not a fan of the heroine, Patience. She was naive and her actions were unbelievable. Her mother was head over heels in love with her father, to his embarrassment and always bragged about him being an "elegant gentleman". Well her father was a cheating, gambling, drinking, womanizer that ne I have a new favorite historical romance series!! This would have been a 4.5 star if not for the heroine. I love it when a rake falls in love because they tend to fall the hardest!! I enjoyed Vane Cynster but was not a fan of the heroine, Patience. She was naive and her actions were unbelievable. Her mother was head over heels in love with her father, to his embarrassment and always bragged about him being an "elegant gentleman". Well her father was a cheating, gambling, drinking, womanizer that never came home. So of course Patience naively believes that all "elegant gentleman" are cheating, gambling, drinking, womanizers. Vane is handsome, wealthy, and the perfect "elegant gentleman", so Patience was prejudiced against him from the start. She refused his marriage proposal multiple times and offered to be his lover after he popped her cherry. Which made no sense considering she was from a respectable family. And Vane was pissed!!! "You're a gentlewomen. Born and bred. The position requirements are in your blood. This morning you spread your self for me. You wanted me and I wanted you. You gave your self to me. You took me in and I took you. I took your maidenhead. I took your virginity. What innocence you had I took that too. But that was only the opening act in our script carved in stone. The final act is a wedding. Ours!" She goes on to tell him that the sex was very enjoyable and she was looking forward to the next time... to the next gentleman that takes her fancy. "I ask you to be my wife and you offer to be my whore." The words were low, laced with contempt Nothing she could have said, nothing she could have done would have hurt him or shocked him so much. Or be more certain to drive him from her. For a man like him, with his background, his honor, to refuse to be his wife but consent to be his mistress was the ultimate low blow. To his pride, to his ego, to his self worth as a man. Aaaannd that is why Patience drove me crazy. She loved Vane but refused to marry him because all "elegant gentlemen" were to be avoided. The author may have used "elegant gentleman" over fifty times because I got sick of hearing it! Don't get me wrong. I did like this book. But did not love it half as much as Devil's. The insta love before getting to know Patience was a bit much. There was a mystery and it was solved with zero justice to the villains. Gggrrrr....anoying! I also felt that this was the same plot as the previous book. Hero meets heroine and instantly knows he wants to marry her but she refuses. Heroine has sex with hero multiple times with total disregard to pregnancy as the hero continues to chase her all while solving a mystery on the side. Everyone knows they are having sex but turn blind eyes for some reason. Heroine gets her shit together and they marry in the final chapter.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Passick Lumsden

    So Laurens just took Devil's Bride and changed the names of the characters, right? Have I mentioned how sick to death I am of bitchy, obnoxious heroines who think they know everything and act like they're better than everyone else? I liked Vane, of course, Laurens is pretty good at crafting compelling heroes, but her heroines need serious work. They're not endearing to the reader at all, just whiny, indecisive bags of shrewage. There is a major difference between being an independent, willful, s So Laurens just took Devil's Bride and changed the names of the characters, right? Have I mentioned how sick to death I am of bitchy, obnoxious heroines who think they know everything and act like they're better than everyone else? I liked Vane, of course, Laurens is pretty good at crafting compelling heroes, but her heroines need serious work. They're not endearing to the reader at all, just whiny, indecisive bags of shrewage. There is a major difference between being an independent, willful, strong woman, and just downright being a jumpy, judgmental asshole.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gi's Spot Reviews

    3.75 'Rake' Stars Again, a very enjoyable read, apart from their constant reference to his 'rakish ways', and how many women he bedded. Yes, I know, in this time, it's normal, and the title said it all, but there was no need to be mentioned basically in every page... Another point was him considering making her his mistress, that didn't sit quite well with me. But major points for Vane for, unlike his cousin, the Devil, revealing the depth of his feeling and truly professing his love and devotion 3.75 'Rake' Stars Again, a very enjoyable read, apart from their constant reference to his 'rakish ways', and how many women he bedded. Yes, I know, in this time, it's normal, and the title said it all, but there was no need to be mentioned basically in every page... Another point was him considering making her his mistress, that didn't sit quite well with me. But major points for Vane for, unlike his cousin, the Devil, revealing the depth of his feeling and truly professing his love and devotion to Patience. I loved that!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I think this will most likely be the last Laurens book I try. I have not enjoyed the two I've read. I actually liked the hero. I think he was the only aspect of this entire book I liked. I did not understand why he was so immediately besotted with the heroine. She was something of a cipher. I never got a good feel of her character or any strong ...well...anything about her. She was pretty, that was about it. The mystery aspect was quite tedious. Not enough to hang a plot on at all. And like the f I think this will most likely be the last Laurens book I try. I have not enjoyed the two I've read. I actually liked the hero. I think he was the only aspect of this entire book I liked. I did not understand why he was so immediately besotted with the heroine. She was something of a cipher. I never got a good feel of her character or any strong ...well...anything about her. She was pretty, that was about it. The mystery aspect was quite tedious. Not enough to hang a plot on at all. And like the first book Devil's Bride in this series, the author pretty much gives everybody hints big enough to paint billboards on about who the perpetrator is. So simply reading to see when the protagonists figure it out is a chore. The main thing, though, that aggravated me to no end in this book is the heroine's steadfast refusal to marry the hero because he, as we are told, ad nauseum, is an 'elegant gentleman' just like her father. The heroine's father ignored his family because he was busily off in London being elegant, thus causing the heroine to choose to never marry. This is added to the fact that she had no problems boinking him whenever and wherever. I had major problems with a woman of her time, class and upbringing being so cavalier about sex and having no qualms about the possible consequences. And yet she would not even consider marrying him. It struck me as odd and wrong. I was also bored.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A Rake's Vow 4 Stars Vane Cynster is determined to avoid the same fate as his cousin, so when a storm starts brewing he decides to stop over at his Godmother’s estate. He should have known that one cannot escape their destiny, which comes in the guise of Patience Debbington, a woman who certainly knows her own mind and has no intention of giving up her independence for the likes of an elegant gentleman such as Vane Cynster. Although the fated mates trope is somewhat out of place in a historical rom A Rake's Vow 4 Stars Vane Cynster is determined to avoid the same fate as his cousin, so when a storm starts brewing he decides to stop over at his Godmother’s estate. He should have known that one cannot escape their destiny, which comes in the guise of Patience Debbington, a woman who certainly knows her own mind and has no intention of giving up her independence for the likes of an elegant gentleman such as Vane Cynster. Although the fated mates trope is somewhat out of place in a historical romance novel, it seems to work here with Vane and Patience struggling against the inevitable. Both are very appealing characters and their romance is certainly passionate. One problem, however, is their distinct lack of communication skills. Neither seems capable of opening up to the other to reveal their feelings, which could have saved a lot of unnecessary angst and allowed room for the suspense plot to develop. The secondary characters are fleshed out well and contribute to the intriguing Agatha Christie-like country estate mystery atmosphere of the story. It is disappointing that the Cynster family does not play as significant a role in this book as in the previous one but the glimpses we get are wonderful. As said, the minor suspense story takes too long to get going and the culprits are fairly obvious from the start - (view spoiler)[Kleptomania is usually committed by women, and Alice is a prime suspect. This goes hand in hand with Colby’s obsession with the ruins (hide spoiler)] . Moreover, the ultimate motive for the “crime” has no foundation in the storyline and feels tacked on. All in all, an enjoyable sequel and I look forward to continuing with the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Quirky Omega

    And so another one of the Cynster males wholeheartedly falls into the love-shackles of matrimony. Plot At the beginning of the book Vane can already be seen running like a headless cock. His behaviour gives the feeling as if fate is a real, live physical entity that is going to pounce on him, anytime. He fears that he's the next in line to be accosted by the love-bug. And as any romance reader knows, rakish heroes must pretend to be running away from love. But a storm forces him to take refuge at h And so another one of the Cynster males wholeheartedly falls into the love-shackles of matrimony. Plot At the beginning of the book Vane can already be seen running like a headless cock. His behaviour gives the feeling as if fate is a real, live physical entity that is going to pounce on him, anytime. He fears that he's the next in line to be accosted by the love-bug. And as any romance reader knows, rakish heroes must pretend to be running away from love. But a storm forces him to take refuge at his Godmother's residence and there he meets the alluring Patience Debbington. Right in the first look and the first touch, it becomes evident, fate has decreed its will on him. Love is in the air. My Opinion The book strongly reminded me of Kristen Ashley's characters. So much so that if Rock chick was ever to be based in early 19th century England's nobility, one would find something like the Cynster series. Same arrogant, bad-ass heroes and similarly stubborn women. And lots of baby and family loving works. The women are classy, gorgeous mamas (not actual mamas-geez!) and the males keep drooling over them. Unfortunately this also means that there are times when you'll feel it is not historically accurate enough. An issue that I did not have with the first book. Despite that, the dialogues save it from being a contemporary. The book had its own share of light mystery and lots of hot embraces. So it is definitely 100% entertainment material.

  8. 5 out of 5

    tatiana ❀

    damn, i REALLY enjoyed this. i thought i wouldn't, since i felt lukewarm about the first book in the series, and, to be fair, this one is very similar. but it felt a lot more cohesive, more polished. and i'm an absolute SUCKER for heroes who worship and pursue the heroine tirelessly. there were plenty of sex scenes, but honestly i liked all of them, because while the characters weren't very complex, they were likable and had tons of chemistry. the writing was a bit heavy but i didn't mind it. in f damn, i REALLY enjoyed this. i thought i wouldn't, since i felt lukewarm about the first book in the series, and, to be fair, this one is very similar. but it felt a lot more cohesive, more polished. and i'm an absolute SUCKER for heroes who worship and pursue the heroine tirelessly. there were plenty of sex scenes, but honestly i liked all of them, because while the characters weren't very complex, they were likable and had tons of chemistry. the writing was a bit heavy but i didn't mind it. in fact, i quite enjoyed the cheesiness of it, it made me feel like i was a 90's housewife reading naughty books lol. simpler times. as always, i wasn't interested in the mystery but it wasn't too prevalent in the story. overall, a great read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Great book, but not one of my favorites in the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Too much ugh - 2 stars The plot of book was fine but there was too little story. What there was was -too many words without meaning -too much sex wrapped in too many words to be interesting -too many times the couple came to conclusions not based on fact - too much time spent by the H on trying to get into the h’s panties when he was supposed to be investigating a pair of crimes -too much wishing the book would be over

  11. 4 out of 5

    〰️Beth〰️

    Romping Romantic Regency The Bar Cynster series is a favorite of mine. What’s not to love, six alpha males finding their strong partners, throw in some steamy sex, some crazy family and ton characters and enjoy. This book follows Vane as he tries to help his Godmother find a thief while also finding love. Throw in a crazy cast of house guests and watch mayhem and love bloom

  12. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    Ms Laurens writes the best lovemaking scenes, period. Every motion from h and H coming together to undressing to foreplay to action is so beautifully and sensually captured. You feel the tension the MCs are going through and you are left gasping for breath as MCs get their freak on. She also doesn't restricts herself to confines of the bedroom or just one position, which is the point of reading about rakes. The virgin heroine is introduced to the world of sensual delights by a noble rake and yet Ms Laurens writes the best lovemaking scenes, period. Every motion from h and H coming together to undressing to foreplay to action is so beautifully and sensually captured. You feel the tension the MCs are going through and you are left gasping for breath as MCs get their freak on. She also doesn't restricts herself to confines of the bedroom or just one position, which is the point of reading about rakes. The virgin heroine is introduced to the world of sensual delights by a noble rake and yet some authors don't explore the possibilities. The plot is a disappointing and meandering mess filled with loads of characters who she treats as automatons doing only few things. A poet always writing, painter always painting, brat always pouting, etc. Until our MCs sexual escapades, I would've rated this only 1-star but the passion in those pages really packed a punch. Even though our h and H were a shadow of the first book, I think their hunger for each other saved the book. A spinster falling for a rake who has somehow become enchanted with thoughts of possessing her. Same old story told with very little effort into making it believable. The mystery elements of the story were poorly done and H showing zero aptitude in solving it was a huge letdown. I hate when Hs are stupid in non-romantic portions. h didn't really had much to do here except struggle with her feelings alone in her room.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat Desi

    I had looked forward to reading Vane's story and was not terribly disappointed. I loved Vane. He reminds of Devil most of the time. I also liked Patience but not at first! I started to appreciate her at about 60% into the story. Again, the mystery aspect of the book was very thinly veiled and was prolonged than necessary. It was very easy to guess who the troublemakers were and that ruined some of the enjoyment of the book for me. Take out that part and I would be a happy lady. I don't mind just I had looked forward to reading Vane's story and was not terribly disappointed. I loved Vane. He reminds of Devil most of the time. I also liked Patience but not at first! I started to appreciate her at about 60% into the story. Again, the mystery aspect of the book was very thinly veiled and was prolonged than necessary. It was very easy to guess who the troublemakers were and that ruined some of the enjoyment of the book for me. Take out that part and I would be a happy lady. I don't mind just reading about Vane and Patience and the rest of the Cynsters, as well as Minnie's little party!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ivana Azap Feješ

    This is the second book from the Bar Cynster series, and another great one too. Vane is a typical Cynster. Vane is another Cynster that will take away your mind, soul, and body again. Ah...what is it about the Bar Cynster? It's the second book of the Cynster series. Patience is a thoroughly sympathetic heroine, and the intrigue and mystery here is fairly well crafted and fun to follow. I first read "Devil's Bride" a year ago, so was very happy to move on to Vane's story in the series. I enjoyed rea This is the second book from the Bar Cynster series, and another great one too. Vane is a typical Cynster. Vane is another Cynster that will take away your mind, soul, and body again. Ah...what is it about the Bar Cynster? It's the second book of the Cynster series. Patience is a thoroughly sympathetic heroine, and the intrigue and mystery here is fairly well crafted and fun to follow. I first read "Devil's Bride" a year ago, so was very happy to move on to Vane's story in the series. I enjoyed reading this book. "Ah," he murmured, his voice very low. He shifted fractionally closer. "But, you see, I'm not a gentleman. I'm a Cynster." As if letting her into some secret, he gently informed her: "We're conquerors — not gentlemen." "Why did you stay?" He tipped her face up so that her eyes locked on his. He studied her, her eyes, her face, for one instant longer. "I stayed to help Minnie, to help Gerrard… and to get something I want." Well we all know what he wants khm khm "I asked you to be my wife, you offered to be my lover. I still want you as my wife." Her eyes flew open. He met her gaze, his face set, etched with passion, hard with determination. "But if I can't have you as my wife, then I'll have you as my lover." Forever, if need be. He sighed, and rested his forehead on hers. "It's not that." After a moment, he went on, "I don't like losing control—it's like losing myself—in you." She felt him gather himself, felt the tension swell and coalesce about them. "It's giving myself to you—so that I'm in your keeping." The words, low and gravelly, rolled through her; closing her eyes, she drew in a shallow breath. "And you don't like doing that." "I don't like it—but I crave it. I don't approve of it, yet I yearn for it." His words feathered her cheek, then his lips touched hers. "Do you understand? I haven't any choice." Beautiful. Oh Cynsters!! Recommendations ;)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Celina

    Vane is another Cynster that will take away your mind, soul, and body again. I've come to think that all the Cynsters are going to do that. When I read Devil's Bride I wanted to know how he got the name "Vane". It was Devil who gave him that name, liking him to a wind vane. You'll understand when you read the book. Patience--I don't think I ever got over the fact that her name is a virtue--Debbington was a charming enough heroine. I don't think I loved the fact that she would readily throw hersel Vane is another Cynster that will take away your mind, soul, and body again. I've come to think that all the Cynsters are going to do that. When I read Devil's Bride I wanted to know how he got the name "Vane". It was Devil who gave him that name, liking him to a wind vane. You'll understand when you read the book. Patience--I don't think I ever got over the fact that her name is a virtue--Debbington was a charming enough heroine. I don't think I loved the fact that she would readily throw herself all over Vane the moment he walks in. The whole book revolved on the catching of a thief and the Spectre that disturbs the whole Bellamy household. The climax was not as mind blowing as the one from Devil's Bride where they found out that (view spoiler)[ family (No, not a Cynster) had killed Tolly, their cousin (who's a Cynster). (hide spoiler)] I loved the scenes where Vane seemed scared of Honoria, Devil's wife. I guess I'm not really going to forget those two characters. When Vane mentioned the orangery that his mother owned, I remembered Honoria and Devil dancing there because it wasn't permitted to dance while in mourning. Anyway, as you might see in this review, I clearly loved the first Cynster novel and this one less but still loved it anyway. I'm continuing the series. NOTE: A Rake's Vow is the second installment in the Cynster series. Tip to readers, read the series chronologically. You won't get lost if you happen to read somewhere in the middle but it's really more fun to know the previous characters. That's why I scoured the internet and book shops for this book. And when I had found it, I didn't regret all those months of searching.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    ETA:Reread with RLftCI group on July 23, 2012. I liked this more this time than the first time I read it. Ahhh, Vane and Patience. The problem I had with this story was their inability to say 3 small words...I am hungry. HAHAHA No, that wasn't the 3 words. The words were "I love you". She loved him, but wouldn't put herself out there and say it. He loved her, but was too manly to put those feelings into words. She wouldn't agree to marry him without hearing the words, and wouldn't tell him what s ETA:Reread with RLftCI group on July 23, 2012. I liked this more this time than the first time I read it. Ahhh, Vane and Patience. The problem I had with this story was their inability to say 3 small words...I am hungry. HAHAHA No, that wasn't the 3 words. The words were "I love you". She loved him, but wouldn't put herself out there and say it. He loved her, but was too manly to put those feelings into words. She wouldn't agree to marry him without hearing the words, and wouldn't tell him what she wanted from him to agree. He wanted to show her his feelings. It finally took Patience's aunt, Vane's godmother, Minnie, to make them both see what they needed to so they could get to the alter. In the background was this little mystery going on. Things kept disappearing from Minnie's guests belongings. Oh, there was also this "spector" flashing lights outside Minnie's home at night. They traveled all the way to London to flush out the culprit. It worked ;) I like how there's a mystery in the background of the love story. It was the same in the first book of the series, and I wonder if this will be through the whole series. It's fun and glaringly obvious that I'm no Sherlock Holmes cause I was clueless as to who it was that was swiping the trinkets. Looking forward to the next in the series :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    kris

    Patience is a girl. Vane is a dude. He sees her in the garden of his godmother's house and decides he must ~do her and good. Because of the Curse of the Cynsters (or something), he realizes that she's going to have to also be his wife. She says no. They argue and have Really Awkwardly Intense Sex that seems to imply that Vane can shake the very foundations of the earth by wielding his Manly Wang. Here's the thing: I'm not sure Laurens meant for this series to be as ridiculously humorous as it is, Patience is a girl. Vane is a dude. He sees her in the garden of his godmother's house and decides he must ~do her and good. Because of the Curse of the Cynsters (or something), he realizes that she's going to have to also be his wife. She says no. They argue and have Really Awkwardly Intense Sex that seems to imply that Vane can shake the very foundations of the earth by wielding his Manly Wang. Here's the thing: I'm not sure Laurens meant for this series to be as ridiculously humorous as it is, but there it is. I'm going to read through the Cynsters in whatever order I choose until the awkward / bad writing / bad plotting overwhelms the sheer levity of them. Is that wrong? Patience was a standard-issue romance heroine and Vane was all moody and tempestuous and they boned! A lot! And it was ridiculous because it was always, always the Best Sex of Their Lives, Take X. Anyone else have Cynster thoughts?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julz

    3.5 stars I feel guilty saying I "read" this one since it was an audiobook, but that counts, right? This was about a rake (obviously) falling in love with a girl who never ever wants to get married to an "elegant gentleman", such as the H, because her elegant-gentleman father was a cheat who neglected his wife and children. The majority of the book was the H chasing the h hot and heavy, trying to convince her to change her mind while they solve a little mystery on the side. The story is cute and 3.5 stars I feel guilty saying I "read" this one since it was an audiobook, but that counts, right? This was about a rake (obviously) falling in love with a girl who never ever wants to get married to an "elegant gentleman", such as the H, because her elegant-gentleman father was a cheat who neglected his wife and children. The majority of the book was the H chasing the h hot and heavy, trying to convince her to change her mind while they solve a little mystery on the side. The story is cute and sexy (she had no problem with fornication ;D) with hardly any heavy angst. If you love stories with a dashing hero who is madly in love with the heroine with very little conflict of the dark and despairing variety (at least in my opinion, so take that from the source), then you'll like this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    jen8998

    I was kind of bored by this one. The hero and heroine are vacationing in an English country home. They're brought together as they attempt to discover who stole Aunt Minnie's pearls. Sigh. I was kind of bored by this one. The hero and heroine are vacationing in an English country home. They're brought together as they attempt to discover who stole Aunt Minnie's pearls. Sigh.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Morgan & Many Books

    Objectively, I can’t find anything about A Rake’s Vow or Stephanie Laurens as a regency HR writer that is necessarily wrong. With that said, I gave up on this just like I have with everything else I’ve tried from this author. I wasn’t as aggressively unimpressed with this as I was with Devil's Bride because Vane was a character with all sorts of qualities I found intriguing and well thought out. As for Patience, well, I had no patience for her. She reminded me of Honoria (Devil’s Bride) in that Objectively, I can’t find anything about A Rake’s Vow or Stephanie Laurens as a regency HR writer that is necessarily wrong. With that said, I gave up on this just like I have with everything else I’ve tried from this author. I wasn’t as aggressively unimpressed with this as I was with Devil's Bride because Vane was a character with all sorts of qualities I found intriguing and well thought out. As for Patience, well, I had no patience for her. She reminded me of Honoria (Devil’s Bride) in that there was a constant tumult going on in her head over what she wanted. While indecision is a natural human condition, voicing those uncertainties constantly not only becomes irksome but difficult to attach oneself to. Stella Riley’s heroines come to mind as frequently indecisive and stubborn, but those characteristics are developed to be that way. It felt more like a plot devise in A Rake’s Vow because Laurens wasn’t sure about how she wanted the couple’s story to unfold rather than it being an trait of the character’s. But then, some people might not feel this way when they read that push and pull. For me, I like writers who don’t summon up characters to fit an ending they want achieve but rather they invent characters and proceed to write a story according to what makes sense for those fictional people. With this installment in the Cynster series, and Laurens as a whole, I don’t get the sense this is her approach. I was rooting for Vane. With Patience I didn’t know what I wanted for her or who she was... and that is never a good sign in my opinion. Ambivalence toward a heroine is not for me. I thought the setting was interesting, liked the mystery and the secondary characters, but the only person that I became attached to was Gerard, Patience’s little brother. I tried reading this, then switched to audio after 38% and started from the beginning to give it a real shot. I gave up at 71%. Since it is well researched, well written, and a seemingly unique take on the rake trope... again, I can’t find anything wrong within. This cocktail just doesn’t seem to tickle my fancy. Sorry Laurens and Cynster fans, I won’t be joining the coterie it seems.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Stephanie Laurens First published: 1998 Length: 374 pages Setting: Northamptonshire, 1819 (Regency). Sex: Frequent. Very explicit (erotic). Heroine: 26yo. Father was a rake who's apparent disregard hurt her mother deeply. With Vane more Beta Male than Devil's Alpha, A Rake's Vow takes on the hallmarks of a Cozy Mystery (with sex). Amateur detective Vane uses his native intelligence and "instinctive intuition" to solve a light mystery in the insular, eccentric community. Laurens comfortably emp Author: Stephanie Laurens First published: 1998 Length: 374 pages Setting: Northamptonshire, 1819 (Regency). Sex: Frequent. Very explicit (erotic). Heroine: 26yo. Father was a rake who's apparent disregard hurt her mother deeply. With Vane more Beta Male than Devil's Alpha, A Rake's Vow takes on the hallmarks of a Cozy Mystery (with sex). Amateur detective Vane uses his native intelligence and "instinctive intuition" to solve a light mystery in the insular, eccentric community. Laurens comfortably emphasises the small cast of broadly drawn characters, any of whom could have dunnit, as well as the easy plot and enjoyable romance. It's a nice, easy book with plenty of very explicit sex. Cynster Family Saga Series, Bar Cynster: (view spoiler)[Book 0.5 Cynster Special:The Promise in a Kiss (2001) - Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives and Helena, the Comtesse d'Lisle, Nov 1783 (hide spoiler)] Book 1 Devil's Bride (1998) - Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby and Sylvester "Devil" Cynster, Duke of St. Ives, Aug 1818. Book 2 A Rake's Vow (1998) - Spencer "Vane" Cynster and Patience Debbington, Oct 1819 Book 3 Scandal's Bride (1999) - Catriona Hennessy and Richard "Scandal" Cynster, Dec 1819 Book 4 A Rogue's Proposal (1999) - Harold "Demon" Cynster and Felicity "Flick" Parteger, Mar 1820 Book 5 A Secret Love (2000) - Rupert "Gabriel" Cynster and Alathea Morwellan, Apr 1820 Book 6 All About Love (2001) - Alasdair "Lucifer" Cynster and Phyllida Tallent, Jun 1820 (view spoiler)[ Book 7 All About Passion (2001) - Gyles Rawlings, Earl of Chillingworth and Francesca Rawlings, Aug 1820 Book 8 On a Wild Night (2002) - Amanda Cynster and Martin Fulbridge, Earl of Dexter, Apr 1825 Book 9 On a Wicked Dawn (2002) - Amelia Cynster and Lucien Ashford, Viscount Calverton, May 1825 Book 10 The Perfect Lover (2003) - Simon Frederick Cynster and Portia Ashford, Jul 1835 Book 11 The Ideal Bride (2004) - Michael Anstruther-Wetherby and Caroline Sutcliffe, Jun 1825 Book 12 The Truth About Love (2005) - Gerrard Debbington and Jacqueline Tregonning, Jun 1831 Book 13 What Price Love? (2006) - Dillon Caxton and Priscilla Dalloway, Aug 1831 Book 14 The Taste of Innocence (2007) - Charles Morwellan, Earl of Meredith and Sarah Conningham, Feb 1833 Book 14.5 The Casebook of Barnaby Adair:Where the Heart Leads (2008) - Penelope Ashford and Barnaby Adair, Nov 1835 Book 15 Temptation and Surrender (2009) - Jonas Tallent and Emily Beauregard, Oct 1825 Book 16 Cynsters Sisters Trilogy:Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue (2010) - Heather Cynster and Timothy Danvers, Viscount Breckenridge, Feb 1829 Book 17 Cynsters Sisters Trilogy:In Pursuit of Miss Eliza Cynster (2011) - Eliza Cynster and Jeremy Carling, Apr 1829 Book 18 Cynsters Sisters Trilogy:The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae (2012) - Dominic, Earl of Glencrae and Angelica Cynster, Jun 1829 Book 19 Cynster Sisters Duo:And Then She Fell (2013) - Henrietta Cynster and James Glossup, Apr-May 1837 Book 20 Cynster Sisters Duo:The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh (2013) - Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne and Lady Mary Cynster, May-Aug 1837 Book 21 Cynster Special:By Winter's Light (2014) - Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter, Dec 1837 Book 22 The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (2015) - Thomas Carrick and Lucilla Cynster Book 23 A Match for Marcus Cynster (2015) - Marcus Cynster (hide spoiler)] References: Author's website: http://www.stephanielaurens.com/ What makes a cozy mystery?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cozy_mys... -CR-

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Okay I'm vowing not to pick up another book until I get this essay done - historical romance is just too readable and I keep having to do them in one sitting which is making them way more of a distraction than I need right now :( So onto the book, I really enjoyed this one and I preferred it to the first instalment which I really liked as well! I thought Vane made for a great hero and his nickname was a lot easier to stomach than Devil, although how I'm gonna last with Richard 'Scandal' Cynster I Okay I'm vowing not to pick up another book until I get this essay done - historical romance is just too readable and I keep having to do them in one sitting which is making them way more of a distraction than I need right now :( So onto the book, I really enjoyed this one and I preferred it to the first instalment which I really liked as well! I thought Vane made for a great hero and his nickname was a lot easier to stomach than Devil, although how I'm gonna last with Richard 'Scandal' Cynster I've got no clue. The heroine, Patience, I felt a bit dubious about and it was totally because of her name I am ashamed to say. There's just something about names like 'Patience' and 'Chastity' in historical romance where the character is anything but and the names themselves just become wishful thinking. She won me over though, she knew what she wanted, she has unending love for the family she has remaining, namely her aunt Minnie and her brother Gerrard, but she also has these vulnerabilities as well. Did these vulnerabilities make for some frustrating developments in plot? Yes. Yes they did. But it didn't annoy me as much as they usually would because I believed in the romance enough, and her reasons behind her hesitations in her relationship with Vane, to see where she was coming from. I also found the thief/Spectre plotline less predictable and it did take me longer to work out the solution. However, I didn't quite understand it at first, I thought they were meant to be one and the same until halfway through the book which just got confusing. Aside from that, a pretty enjoyable plotline to follow. All in all, I liked this book and I enjoy the writing. I refuse to pick up the next one until my assignment is done, and once I've finally gotten round to reading Caroline Linden's 'My Once and Future Duke' because I have put that off for waaay too long and my reservation is going to expire in a couple of days! I rate 'A Rake's Vow' 4.25

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Campbell

    Read 108 pages. Boring, didn't hold my interest. DNF Read 108 pages. Boring, didn't hold my interest. DNF

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ridh

    This is my fourth attempt at writing a review because this page keeps being stupid. -_____- Okay, I'm thoroughly confused. This book's rating went up and down so many times, I have to compromise and give it 3.5 stars. Quick Overview We have Patience Debbington, a 26 year old orphan who has taken responsibility of her easily influenced 17 year old brother. She's living with her aunt, Lady Bellamy, to prepare for her departure to London, so she can an "acceptable" mentor for her brother. While at th This is my fourth attempt at writing a review because this page keeps being stupid. -_____- Okay, I'm thoroughly confused. This book's rating went up and down so many times, I have to compromise and give it 3.5 stars. Quick Overview We have Patience Debbington, a 26 year old orphan who has taken responsibility of her easily influenced 17 year old brother. She's living with her aunt, Lady Bellamy, to prepare for her departure to London, so she can an "acceptable" mentor for her brother. While at the house, Patience and the other guests residing at the house have been dealing a mysterious "Spectre" and a thief. This is where our hero, Vane Cynster comes in. In an attempt to avoid fate(marriage), he rides away from London only be caught in a storm. He is now forced to reside under his godmother's,Lady Bellamy's(What a coincidence), roof. When his godmother informs him of the odd occurrences and requests help, the gracious Vane agrees to stay and "solve the mystery." I really wanted to like this book, but it kept bouncing up and down like a rubber ball.Devil's Bride started out as a two star book, but it ended up being one of my favorites. The mystery felt like a nuisance and it kept popping in and out of the story. I wasn't expecting a brain challenging mystery considering that this a HR, but at some point I really wanted to sit and have a talk with Ms. Laurens. The story just kept circling. I'm making A Rake's Vow sound a lot worse than it is, but this is pretty much all the negative I could really put into words. As for the main characters, I really liked Vane. He was definitely an alpha male, and he was definitely sexy. Although I liked Devil more, he wasn't bad. Patience bothered me in the beginning. She made me want to roll my eyes, at some point I did. However, she made up for herself. Together they were a sweet couple. I could feel their love, but I wish I connected better with them. Overall this actually was a good book. It didn't leave a rotten feeling in my stomach, but I think I'm going to get my hands on a cheery book to get me back in the zone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Patience's father was a "Gentleman". The kind of Gentleman that marries, gets his wife pregnant and stashes her in the country while he goes about and enjoys the good life in London. Patience's mother loved her father and made excuses for his absences. No wonder that Patience doesn't have a very good opinion of marriage or Gentlemen either. But, she does have a younger brother, Gerrard, and at 17, she is determined that he not grow up to be the "Gentleman" his father was. Vane Cynster finds himse Patience's father was a "Gentleman". The kind of Gentleman that marries, gets his wife pregnant and stashes her in the country while he goes about and enjoys the good life in London. Patience's mother loved her father and made excuses for his absences. No wonder that Patience doesn't have a very good opinion of marriage or Gentlemen either. But, she does have a younger brother, Gerrard, and at 17, she is determined that he not grow up to be the "Gentleman" his father was. Vane Cynster finds himself with a storm on his heels and in need of shelter. Since a similar situation led to the marriage of his cousin, Devil, he is determined that fate not take him as another victim. Vane ends up at his Godmother's estate and with her niece, Patience. Well, so much for trying to outwit Fate. Being a Gentleman, Vane offers marriage. Patience refuses. Now what's a Gentleman to do? Why, change her mind, of course. There are some strange goings on at Minnie's estate. Small items have gone missing and there is a Specter in the ruins. There is a whole houseful of people and Minnie has asked Vane to sort it all out.

  26. 5 out of 5

    C Joy

    The only part I liked about this book is when Devil and Honoria showed up. There's is excellent character development for Vane and I really disliked Patience's character. Of course the touch of mystery is what kept me reading 'til the end. I always loved the Cynsters and but I didn't quite like how Vane got a hold of Patience, it's like he was the humblest of the humble, they didn't meet halfway unlike Devil and Honoria. I'm really biased towards the first book and even though I didn't like this The only part I liked about this book is when Devil and Honoria showed up. There's is excellent character development for Vane and I really disliked Patience's character. Of course the touch of mystery is what kept me reading 'til the end. I always loved the Cynsters and but I didn't quite like how Vane got a hold of Patience, it's like he was the humblest of the humble, they didn't meet halfway unlike Devil and Honoria. I'm really biased towards the first book and even though I didn't like this one, I'm still looking forward to reading the rest of the Cynster novels because of the recurring characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    While I liked Vane, and I did not dislike Patience, something was just missing from this story. The mystery was no big mystery at all and I don't understand (view spoiler)[ why the culprits, when caught, were not going to be thrown out or punished ??? (hide spoiler)] It was also about 100 pages too long. It was however nice to see Devil and Honoria with their baby. While I liked Vane, and I did not dislike Patience, something was just missing from this story. The mystery was no big mystery at all and I don't understand (view spoiler)[ why the culprits, when caught, were not going to be thrown out or punished ??? (hide spoiler)] It was also about 100 pages too long. It was however nice to see Devil and Honoria with their baby.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hitesha Deshpande

    I am a biggie for Judith McNaught style romances based in the eras of the Earls and Duke's. But a Rake's vow was disappointing. It didnt manage to carry of the charm and magic which make historical romances so endearing I am a biggie for Judith McNaught style romances based in the eras of the Earls and Duke's. But a Rake's vow was disappointing. It didnt manage to carry of the charm and magic which make historical romances so endearing

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In the beginning, I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. The heroine, Patience, is a self-righteous, judgmental, jerk. I truly didn't like her. Vane, cousin to Devil from book 1, is great. He's the competent, caring, family man presented from book 1. Thus, the first 1/4 of the book or so as they meet and Patience makes and ass of herself didn't set this one up for success. Then, Patience, realizing she's been a superficial judge, apologizes. That apology was necessary for the plot, but it a In the beginning, I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. The heroine, Patience, is a self-righteous, judgmental, jerk. I truly didn't like her. Vane, cousin to Devil from book 1, is great. He's the competent, caring, family man presented from book 1. Thus, the first 1/4 of the book or so as they meet and Patience makes and ass of herself didn't set this one up for success. Then, Patience, realizing she's been a superficial judge, apologizes. That apology was necessary for the plot, but it also helped me, the reader, see her differently. And Vane too. It completely shifted the book for me, turning it into a great read. Again, the villain (like book 1) is ridiculous and obvious, but as I read this for the romance and not the mystery I didn't care. Solid book to this series. I look forward to book 3.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Audiobook: Narrator - Simon Prebble My second listen to this narrator, in the same series, and another enjoyable listen. Voices are still distinctive, emotions are clearly heard and felt. A great narration! Wow! Talk about steamy! This one had me wide eyed as Vane and Patience share some particularly racy moments. And then the unthinkable happened, I fast forwarded through some of the racy. Gasp! I know, unheard of, but it seemed this story had more of the physical than Devil’s Bride. Then again, Audiobook: Narrator - Simon Prebble My second listen to this narrator, in the same series, and another enjoyable listen. Voices are still distinctive, emotions are clearly heard and felt. A great narration! Wow! Talk about steamy! This one had me wide eyed as Vane and Patience share some particularly racy moments. And then the unthinkable happened, I fast forwarded through some of the racy. Gasp! I know, unheard of, but it seemed this story had more of the physical than Devil’s Bride. Then again, I was listening to this while preparing for the holiday and it’s possible I was clueing in to the finer details during that time. Vane, much like Devil, is all about claiming Patience once he determines she is his. However, he wasn’t completely on board with a relationship initially. I loved how once he decided to make her his wife he was relentless. The mystery was not near as dangerous as Devil and Honoria’s and I have to admit, there were so many secondary characters involved that I had a hard time following them due to listening instead of reading. It’s a me problem. Overall, I enjoyed this one just perhaps not as much as the first book. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h virgin; H a bit of a manwhore (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

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