Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens

Dominic, Earl of Glencrae and Lady Angelica Cynster

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

By Stephanie Laurens

Book Blurb:
Three heros, three rescues, three weddings.

We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster

...but not until she and her hero confront a devious enemy and lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!

Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman across a candlelit ballroom, she knows beyond doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason--when he hero abducts her!

The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him--and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal. 

Without a doubt, The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae is my favourite of the trilogy. I just loved it. 

Angelica is my most favourite type of regency heroine. She is smart,  (really smart in a manipulative way), patient, knows what she wants and then just simply goes after it. 
There is this one scene where she once again uses her manipulative charm and gets her way by having Dominic purchase her a horse of her choice.  Now bear in mind that Dominic is an extremely smart business man and he knows how to effectively read people. He is after-all the laird and leader of a clan in Scotland. He barters and buys the spirited filly and then is pretty much dumbfounded on how that all came to be. I totally loved that  Angelica smiles into his eyes and says, "Don't worry. You'll get used to it." Well I burst out laughing. I adored her from page one. 

Look past the heroine on the cover art. This picture is so maddening to me.  Angelica is a fiery red head and not the least bit demure as the cover art portrays. At least she does wear a gold gown at one time for dinner but barely not worth mentioning. It would have been a perfect picture to have her reading The History of Scotland book (or just a book) on the cover, or wearing a green riding habit while riding a black horse or even in her disguise a male youth but this cover does not do the book justice. How hard would it have been to at least get the hair colour correct? A huge pet peeve of mine. 

The drawing to the end of this trilogy answered all of the outstanding questions that were raised through each of the pervious books. The reason for the kidnappings and the importance of the goblet all come to a perfect close. I loved the chase, the build up and the ending made my heart beat fast. I especially loved that when  Angelica runs past her brothers and cousins in pursuit of a murderer and calls them all "idiots".  Angelica brought more smiles to my face than I expected. 

Angelica and Dominic's love scenes were fabulous and so far, The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae is going on my "2012 Best Of" list for best deflowering scene. Stellar!

Do not read The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae as a stand alone or you will be lost. Each book is meant to be read in order. 

Teasers:  Angelica the master manipulator, riding by mail coach across England, hidden castle stairwell, "Just lay back and think of England"

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