Temptation and Surrender
Stephanie Laurens
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Temptation and Surrender: A Cynster Novel
Stephanie Laurens
William Morrow
400 pages
February 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Temptation and Surrender is another in Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series, although the hero, Jonas Tallent, is related to the Cynster clan through marriage and they play a fairly minimal part in the story. Jonas lives back out in the country near the village of Colyton, trying to get to grips with being a landowner - including finding a decent innkeeper.

When a young lady named Emily Beauregard comes to apply for the job of innkeeper, Jonas accepts her for the position. He is immediately attracted to her and realizes early on that something doesn't quite add up about her story and her references for the job. As he gets to know Emily more, he discovers there is a very special spark between them, one they both feel.

But Emily and her brother and sisters have secrets that they dare not entrust to anyone else. Their arrival in Colyton isn't accidental; they hope to reverse their fortunes by finding the Colyton treasure. Only where should they look? And can Emily keep her younger siblings safe from their nasty uncle?

The romance side of Temptation and Surrender is a gentle falling-in-love story without the usual misunderstandings and fallings-out that are so often found in this sort of story, and both hero and heroine are appealing characters. The 'baddie' isn't at all difficult to spot and the treasure hunt feels a little half-hearted at times. It is an enjoyable read nonetheless and will no doubt appeal to Laurens' fans and new readers alike.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2009

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