- The Taste of Innocence (Cynster Series)
- Book review: Stephanie Laurens' *The Taste of Innocence: A Cynster Novel*
Lust maybe, but not love. I think if he loved her, her would have convinced her to wait until they were married to have sex. I would want to find out what his morals and values were. How did he feel abo This was a very boring book. How did he feel about extra-marital affairs? What were his ambitions, dreams, and hobbies? What role did he see for his wife? Did he want children and if so, how many? She wanted to find out - Does he have a penis? Will he share it with me? Will I like it? Pretty easy to guess the answer to those questions.
This book is shallow and it drags on and therefore I had no desire to finish it. View 1 comment. I really really really enjoyed this book. Seeing his friends fall into the marriage trap, Charles decides to get married. Whom he sets his eyes upon, is the 23 year old Sarah- who has decided to remain a spinster by choice- in search of true love. As he declared his intentions of courting her, Sparks ignite, and while Sarah seems intent on confessing her newly found love, Charles seems hell bent on hiding it. What follows is a marriage with misunderstandings, mild angst, and a passionate heroine who I really really really enjoyed this book.
What follows is a marriage with misunderstandings, mild angst, and a passionate heroine who doesn't give up. I really enjoyed the middle of the story when Sarah fought for her marriage. There is a mystery involving the orphanage and a culprit, but for the first time, it has a sort of satisfying ending. Really liked it. Safe read 4. Oct 09, June rated it liked it.
It was OK. I skipped a lot of pages in first half of the book since it just full of kissing and necking. The main characters were okay, just typical Cynster heroes and heroines. Anyway, I like the subplot involving land profiteering and the orphanage. And I was intrigued with the villain who weren't really vilain, Malcolm Sinclair, who seems to be the hero in Ms Laurens next project.
Much better than the last one in the series! Sarah had the patience of a saint to deal with Charlie's idiocy about not showing his love for her her anywhere but in the bedroom. I'd have given him the cold shoulder in bed like he was doing to her everywhere else. I'm interested to see how SL redeems Malcolm Sinclair later in this series, since I've heard she will write his book soon.
Mar 19, Nefise rated it really liked it. May 17, becky rated it liked it Recommends it for: fans of historical romance novels. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I have a serious problem - I love cheesy romance novels but I always hate the characters. Usually it's the women who bug me to death, but in the case of this author, it's the men He's also, as the title would suggest, addicted to "the taste of innocence. Thankfully, Laurens writes about heroines who are smart, headstrong and don't suffer from the vapors or cases of dis I have a serious problem - I love cheesy romance novels but I always hate the characters. Thankfully, Laurens writes about heroines who are smart, headstrong and don't suffer from the vapors or cases of disturbing naivete.
In this case Sarah is a woman who knows what she wants and she's not afraid to manipulate the situation to get it. Thankfully for her, that manipulation involves a lot of less-than-innocent foreplay and ultimately, lots of sex with Charlie. This was the first Laurens book I read and since then I've learned that while she has written about books in this series you definitely don't need to read them in order - which is good, because my local library only has random ones available.
Also, characters keep popping up in all the books so you get a couple of side stories to add to the plot. Overall, I wouldn't recommend you spend money on this book but if you can check it out for free, then go for it. SL needs to improve that. It was annoying after a while. They were always having sex in the first half of the story and never doing anything else. I kept wondering when they would get on with the plot already.
I was also feeling annoyed with how Charlie was treating their marriage but that also kept me reading to see how they would resolve that conflict. I'm actually getting tired of Stephanie Laurens books. After a while, it feels like I'm reading the same one over and over again.
Same problems and same conflicts that t It was annoying after a while. Same problems and same conflicts that they seem to deal with. Mar 08, Nash Norden rated it did not like it Shelves: historical-romance. I have never thought that there were a day that I would rate a book with one out of five. But, it happened with this book.
Yes, it was that bad.
The Taste of Innocence (Cynster Series)
I found this book too painful to read. I tossed and turned during my read, and I just can't get into the book, or the characters. It was that boring. There was too much description of kissing, and love making too much that I decided to skip lots of that part. While some might enjoy the detailed scene of love making, I found that it's too much and repet I have never thought that there were a day that I would rate a book with one out of five.
While some might enjoy the detailed scene of love making, I found that it's too much and repetitive. At some point, I feel like I'm reading a porn novel! Talk dammit. While this was really readable I wanted to make both characters just talk to each other, Charles Morwellan doesn't want love, doesn't want to be in love, his father soured him on love and almost bankrupted the estate, he wants to marry with logic on his side.
Sarah Conningham wants love and she believes that with Charles she can find it. Several of the problems are caused by not talking, which leads to almost disaster. Still engaging and interesting. Aug 25, Maria rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-romance. Of the first pages of this book, there were maybe five pages that progressed the story line.
Once Charlie and Sarah get married, it improves a bit, although there is still too much relationship wallowing and not enough of anything else. I found myself much more interested in Malcolm Sinclair than in either Charlie or Sarah, so that says it all as far as I'm concerned. If it hadn't been for Malcolm, I would have judged this book a complete waste of time.
My time, at any rate. Jan 06, Seren Seren rated it liked it. A Taste of Innocence. Stephanie Laurens It's my first book for that writer. This always feels like seeing someone for the first time. They're not your friends first, you're a bit skeptical of how the meeting might turn out. For me, after introductions have been made and I got to know her a little, I felt she's okay.
It was a different style of writing from the ones I'm used to. The writer tends to delve into the minds of her lead characters without any limitations, rather than having them speakin A Taste of Innocence. The writer tends to delve into the minds of her lead characters without any limitations, rather than having them speaking those minds. At the end of the day, thoughts took over in the book and not conversation. A bit boring maybe. It got me restless in the end actually wanting the characters to speak to each other and not think too much.
That being said, I loved the little mystery and romance, the mystery part got better near the ending, it was refreshing. I liked both hero and heroine, and my main interest was that era itself.
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I might try another book for Stephanie Laurens, but I'm not enticed enough to search for her as a writer when I'm looking for a book. Eight chapters of sex scenes in a summer house, followed by another repeat at the beginning of chapter nine. Enough already!!
This has to be the most unimaginative, boring book I have ever tried to read. This is advertised as a Cynster story, but neither of the main characters is a Cynster. Charlie, the male protagonist, is the brother-in-law of Gabriel Cynster, and that is the tenuous connection.
I like some of the series, but not this one. Perhaps the author has run out of ideas. The first half of this story is a great read of a lovely romance blossoming, but I found the denial of Charlie's love for Sarah and the hurt that he heaps upon her for almost a full quarter of the book to be very difficult and less than enjoyable reading.
The overall story brings my rating back up to a 3 for what otherwise would have been a 2 star read for me. Apr 13, Dhivyah rated it it was amazing. I kinda likes this book from all the other Cynster series saga.. But i loved it when it all started to backfire , as Sarah also started to block him out from her affairs.. And when she turned to Barnaby for help insteed of her own hubby, it made me go 'whoop!! Take that! Malcolm Sinclair's story is the bomb..
Typical Laurens romance, boy pretending to be immune to love, girl who accepts almost everything because deep down she knows that he loves her, certain doses of intrigue and happy ending after the boy learns to say the dreaded words I love you. Feb 07, carrietracy rated it did not like it. This was an absolute slog to get through. There was no substance to the main characters, an incredibly drawn out "mystery", a completely ridiculous barrier to their happiness.
Apr 19, Mary Smith rated it liked it. But Charles always gets what he wants. He convinces Sarah to give him two weeks to win her; if he succeeds, they will marry immediately. And so begins an intense courtship. By day, Charles and Sarah are models of decorum indulging in innocuous walks, polite conversation, sedate waltzes.
Each night they steal away to the lush, moonlit gardens, where sensual embraces turn to searing kisses, and much, much more. Both are swept away on a tide of passion and feeling neither can resist. And yet, after the wedding, despite nights of insatiable passion, Charles remains aloof, as if the near-sinful sweetness of their nights exists only in a dream. Sarah battles to prove that true love is a force that can't be contained, a gift worth fighting for, but it's only when she's engulfed in a web of increasingly dangerous incidents that Charles discovers how much he's willing to surrender to protect.
Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. This steamy nineteenth-century romance pairs rich Charlie Morwellan, the eighth earl of Meredith, with Sarah Conningham, whose family lands are just to the north.
Sarah gives Charlie two weeks to prove hes perfect for her--what ensues is seduction by night and feigned distant interaction by day. The abridgment seems awkward. Cutting out much of the daytime interplay, it emphasizes Sarahs development into a sexually aware woman. Elizabeth Sastre reads the sex scenes with practiced ease but without tension or emotion.
Book review: Stephanie Laurens' *The Taste of Innocence: A Cynster Novel*
But as soon as Sarah consents to marriage, the sex scenes abruptly stop. Charlie decides to use the time to persuade her into the marriage and goes about this with traditional wooing mixed up with sensual experience. A lot of the first section of the book details their kissing and more, but it's well-written and gives an idea of the characters, their thoughts, and how they are getting to know each other. The second part of the book follows their early days of marriage when Charlie realizes he has fallen in love with his wife but is afraid it will cause him to make bad decisions as his father did, so he tries to withdraw.
Although while reading the story this makes some kind of sense, subsequently it all seems a bit unlikely. However, Charlie and Sarah's relationship has its troubles, and some unfortunate events take place at an orphanage of which Sarah is the patroness. Is there a deeper plot against the owner of the orphanage? Will Charlie come to his senses?