Surrender the Stars : Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family

  • by Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by Emily Beresford
  • Series: Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family
  • 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Renegade sea captain Ryan Coleraine is persuaded to accompany the adventurous Raveneau family to Regency London to spy for America during the War of 1812. The sardonic Coleraine must take the place of their son, who is in the West Indies, and pretend to be a fop. Lindsay Raveneau, a beautiful and independent bluestocking, finds herself with a "brother" who challenges and arouses her in the most unsettling ways...
Danger, intrigue, and forbidden passion mount as Ryan and Lindsay carry their daring masquerade to the elegant drawing rooms of Regency society. Adding to the tensions are Lindsay's parents - Andre and Devon Raveneau from Silver Storm - who must attempt to chaperone their daughter and her " brother" under their own roof!

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Behave, or You'll Have Children Just Like You!



This book begins with Andre and Devon from the first book, however they are much older. They have a daughter Lindsay, who is the same age that Devon was when she met her husband to be Andre.

This is set in 1812 and Andre is asked by the US government to move with Devon to England to spy for the colonies. This news does not sit well with Lindsay, who has been a schoolteacher for a few years – an occupation she loves. However, for the sake of country and her family she agrees to go.

Ryan has always looked up to Andre as an apprentice to a master. He eventually wants to work his way up and learn how to own a successful fleet of ships someday. He is chosen to playing the role of Devon and Andre's absent son in this charade.

Lindsey and Ryan do not have to do much acting as they squabble like a brother and sister would. As time goes on, they begin to look at each other in a not so familial way. This is soon noticed by Devon and she tries to 'nip it in the bud' before rumors can start about an "incestuous relationship."

Devon also believes that her daughter is much more pragmatic than she was at that age and sees the behavior is only a minor flirtation – still not appropriate between brother and sister.

As each family member learns more about a possible plot against the US things become more and more difficult. The focus is on the relationship between Brian & Lindsay… will his appreciation for other women drive her away? Does she even want to consider an affair at this time in her life?

The author has built a great set of characters and series of books in an interesting time in history. That is exciting as well as dangerous. I am really enjoying this series.

The narration is very, very good. Emily Beresford has talent, as she must perform an American accent in one minute, a British in the next and several others as the book nears its end.

Note: I cannot remember anything sticking out that would warrant a "warning"

*I received this entire series to listen to in exchange for my thoughts, opinions & all wrapped up in this review.* While I did receive this as a part of a bargain, I confidently recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the historical romance genre. It is well-thought-out and the execution by both the author and narrator deserve high marks, in my opinion.

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- DK "No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!"

I LOVE The Raveneau Novels! Fabulous!

What made the experience of listening to Surrender the Stars the most enjoyable?

What made Surrender the Stars most enjoyable for me was the way the story was continued. It was perfect. It went in the right direction and I really want to continue with this series. This is a genuinely delightful story.


What other book might you compare Surrender the Stars to and why?

Considering that I'm new to the historical romance genre, I don't know what I would compare it to. I'm very pleased to be introduced by Cynthia Wright into this genre with such a great start.


Which scene was your favorite?

All of the scenes were my favorite. I take in the story as a whole. I love the setting, the characters, and the adventure. I especially love the dialogue. The characters are all so individualized and so well rounded.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The romance between Lindsay and Ryan is so dynamic. It takes me back to that place and time in history and into the lives of these people that I have come to love. Ohhh, I just love this story.


Any additional comments?

Emily Beresford is such a wonderful voice actor. After listening to Silver Storm and Surrender the Stars, she has become one of my favorite narrators. She is amazing.I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Teresa "It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2014
  • Publisher: Cynthia Wright