The Tempting of Thomas Carrick : Cynster

  • by Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by Matthew Brenher
  • Series: Cynster
  • 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What happens when fate, love, and passion collide?
The number one New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland with a tale of two lovers irrevocably linked by destiny and passion.
Thomas Carrick is a gentleman driven to control all aspects of his life. As the wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city's most eligible bachelors and fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him. He wants to take that necessary next step along his self-determined path, yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention - not in the way Lucilla Cynster does, even though she lives miles away.
For over two years, Thomas has avoided his clan's estate because it borders Lucilla's home, but disturbing reports from his clansmen force him to return to the countryside - only to discover that his uncle, the laird, is ailing, a clan family is desperately ill, and the clan healer is unconscious and dying. Duty to the clan leaves Thomas no choice but to seek help from the last woman he wants to face.
Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla has been waiting - increasingly impatient - for Thomas to return and claim his rightful place by her side. She knows he is hers - her fated lover, husband, protector, and mate. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. And, at last, he's back. Even though his returning wasn't on her account, Lucilla is willing to seize whatever chance fate hands her.
Thomas can never forget Lucilla, much less the connection that seethes between them, but to marry her would mean embracing a life he's adamant he does not want.
Lucilla sees that Thomas has yet to accept the inevitability of their union. But how can he ignore a bond such as theirs - one so much stronger than reason?

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Customer Reviews

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Enjoyable Overall

I love the Cynster stories. A bit disappointed in the story line. Too many strings unfinished. Not the usual suspense and character revelations.
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- R G

Crazy Manipulative Female and Weak Male

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

In the end, not much. To begin with, I chose this story because it had so many 4.5+ ratings. Must be a lot of folks who haven't listened to the really good audible books. I agree with the others who found this listen less than acceptable. The heroine is supposed to be "strong" but she just chases the hero who is too weak or dumb to say buzz off. The mystery was the only reason I listened to the whole story and the mystery didn't wrap up with this book. I'm not interested enough, however, to get the next in this series. That tactic didn't work on me with this story, though I have fallen for it before.


Has The Tempting of Thomas Carrick turned you off from other books in this genre?

Still love historical romances. One clinker isn't going to stop me!


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was ok but his female voices all sound like little old ladies which makes the steamy scenes uncomfortable or pretty funny. Except for the major problem of the young ladies voices, he was really pretty good.


Any additional comments?

Ms.Laurens has done much better. I will hope to see that again in future.

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- Kathleen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.