Book: The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh
Author: Stephanie Laurens
ISBN: 0062068652 (ISBN13: 9780062068651)
No of pages: 448 pages
The 2nd in the Cynster Sisters duo, #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens thrills with this fantastic tale of a Cynster who’ll stop at nothing for love.
Lady Mary has been waiting years for this opportunity. Not that her sister has thrown off her spinster ways and become betrothed, it’s finally Mary’s chance for true love. She knows exactly who she wants –and it’s not someone as wild, unmanageable, and sinfully seductive as Ryder Cavanaugh.
Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne, had never met a woman who wouldn’t happily fall at his feet–or into his bed…until Lady Mary Cynster. But Ryder has made some decision about his life and he’ll only succeed at being the man he wants to be with Mary by his side. And convincing her of that fact is just the kind of challenge he thrills at…
Am giving this book 3.55 stars out of 5.
After the last few books that I read that were disappointing, this was a welcome read. That’s not to say this didn’t disappoint in parts… I wonder if I’m being too critical, or just more discerning?
The book starts off with Mary, whom we first saw in Devil’s Bride. While all the books about the Cynster males, and assorted friends have been pretty good, the women have been a bit of a let down. I guess that comes from trying to make them too stronger, and then trying to show them up with a stronger male character. Doesnt really work though. While the older female characters were strong (not just wilful) and they weren’t sure they wanted the hero in their lives, the newer females went looking for the males. They just wanted their heroes so that they can get married and move on with the next phase of their lives. This very premise makes the Cynster sisters’ books fail.
However, Stephanie has certain formulae by which her books are run, and this delivers on the promise of being a decent read. Does it match up to the older books? No. But that doesn’t make this a poor read either.
Mary is described as being stubborn and intent on finding her own spouse, especially one whom she thinks she can manage. However, This comes across as grandstanding, as the moment Ryder presents her with a fait accompli, she goes along without a complaint.
Ryder on the other side is described as being difficult to manage, but yet comes across as a guy besotted witless by the girl he likes.
The book becomes more engaging once the couple are betrothed. While there isn’t much of a mystery regarding the stepmother as the villain, the interactions between Mary and Ryder make a good read.
One major complaint was: if both are headstrong and wilful, how do they reach the attitude of “old married couple” within the first week? There is no friction, hardly any sparks, except in the love scenes, no tempers or quarrels. Odd.
The epilogue becomes a recount of all the past books/characters and where they are at that point. And while it is a nicely written piece, it also sets up for a new set of stories, while bringing the current set to a close. Maybe I wouldn’t want the further sequels though.
Overall its a lukewarm read. Decently written enough to keep one occupied on a slow boring day, but it is not worth a 2nd read.