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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie Laurens Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cynster Novels Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781440779749
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Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romance novels such as Devil’s Bride. Exciting and deeply sensuous, A Rake’s Vow continues the Bar Cynster series. Unlike his brothers, Vane Cynster vows to never marry. The eligible women of London have different plans for him, however. Seeking safety at Bellamy Hall, the residence of his eccentric godmother, Vane doesn’t expect to meet any new unmarried women. But upon his arrival, he encounters the voluptuous Patience Debbington in the garden. When their gazes meet for the first time, she is filled with a sensation that leaves her quivering. Thoroughly overwhelmed, Vane realizes that he has never met a woman quite like Patience Debbington. As Vane’s seductions prove more and more irresistible, Patience’s oath to never open herself to heartache may soon be broken. Simon Prebble narrates this tale with the intuitive boldness and sensitivity of a true master.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Thao | 2/19/2014

    " As expected, a wonderful good book with great characters! Again, Stephanie Laurens had not seem to fail me at all in her books. I'm expectation of great characters, lovable relationship and developments, and nonetheless the word plays of the Cynster are definitely a joy-candy of delight for me! A must read for any SL fans!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/19/2014

    " Slowly moving through the Cynster line. Very light entertainment reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianna Victoria | 2/15/2014

    " 3 stars. The characters need more work.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/31/2014

    " While I liked Vane, and I did not dislike Patience, something was just missing from this story. The mystery was no big mystery at all and I don't understand (view spoiler)[ why the culprits, when caught, were not going to be thrown out or punished ??? (hide spoiler)] It was also about 100 pages too long. It was however nice to see Devil and Honoria with their baby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleta Blaylock | 1/26/2014

    " This is Spencer "Vane" Cynster and Patience Debbington's story. This story is a little different from the previous book and as such takes some turns that aren't excepted. I do like that a storm drives Vane to find Patience. I liked Vane in Devil's Bride. He is a definite alpha male that isn't really looking for a wife but knows that fate may have other plans. Patience was a nice change of pace. She is independent, intelligent and willing to go after those things that she is curious about. While she is ahead of her time she is a little paranoid but Vane. I enjoyed Vane's godmother and her varied and eccentric household. Ms. Laurens does a very good job of giving each individual a distinct personality. She also does a very good job of keeping the bad guys a mystery. It was amusing that Vane had to work at convincing Patience to marry him. I really think that he was beyond put out when she first turned him down. This was an enjoyable story and a very good addition to the series. I look forward to the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amadeja | 1/10/2014

    " One of the best books I've read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sassafrass | 1/1/2014

    " I didn't like this one as much as Devil's Bride. I still liked it, but it didn't grab me the way Devil/Honoria did. I am still going to continue with the series though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Mcdonald | 11/27/2013

    " I never thought I would complain about a book being to long, but this one seemed to go on forever. Not much of a mystery and I was so ready tone finished with this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gamatst | 11/21/2013

    " Another Stephanie Laurens that I read years ago. I plan on listening to it and enjoying it all over again in audio format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sugar Snap | 10/12/2013

    " This was a good book, but basic. It's definitely formula historical romance. The sex scenes get a little monotonous, too...I skipped over some of them. I do plan to continue reading the series, though, so all in all it had to be somewhat entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 7/27/2013

    " 4.5 stars. Really enjoyed the characters, the romance and the overall story, but the sex scenes often have the purplest prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie wagner | 6/16/2013

    " Liked this book the play between Patience and Vane was really good. I mean of course all the eligible men at the house would be chasing her she's the ONLY eligible woman around that is attractive of course... I mean it's no brainer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee Coia | 1/17/2013

    " Another historical time period fiction, but this one had a better mystery on top of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley | 9/15/2012

    " I got tired by the end of this book and skimmed the last 50 pages. Neither Vane nor Patience stood out for me as anyone special or likeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva-chan | 8/4/2012

    " I found this book lacking compared to the first book. The starting bore me to tears, and I ended up skipping to chapter 13, which then became more entertaining. But I still didn't find the book good. So 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan Battah | 7/13/2012

    " Excellent read. All of Stephanie's work is fantastic and intertwined with other elements of mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hitesha Deshpande | 3/26/2012

    " I am a biggie for Judith McNaught style romances based in the eras of the Earls and Duke's. But a Rake's vow was disappointing. It didnt manage to carry of the charm and magic which make historical romances so endearing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 5/9/2011

    " Good book. Liked the hero, Vane, better than the hero in the first book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/15/2011

    " I couldn't finish this. I couldn't get a quarter of the way through it. Tedious prose, unlikable heroine, and a large cast of minor characters I have no reason to care about. The hero, Vane, seemed decent, but he couldn't pull this one out of the quagmire by himself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley | 12/14/2010

    " I got tired by the end of this book and skimmed the last 50 pages. Neither Vane nor Patience stood out for me as anyone special or likeable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jen8998 | 5/30/2010

    " I was kind of bored by this one. The hero and heroine are vacationing in an English country home. They're brought together as they attempt to discover who stole Aunt Minnie's pearls. Sigh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sassafrass | 3/4/2010

    " I didn't like this one as much as Devil's Bride. I still liked it, but it didn't grab me the way Devil/Honoria did. I am still going to continue with the series though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 2/7/2010

    " Good book. Liked the hero, Vane, better than the hero in the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn F. | 1/18/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the interplay between Vane and Patience. There's a mystery thrown in, with very easily guessed villains. Even with that, I still recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gamatst | 1/15/2010

    " Another Stephanie Laurens that I read years ago. I plan on listening to it and enjoying it all over again in audio format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sugar Snap | 12/12/2009

    " This was a good book, but basic. It's definitely formula historical romance. The sex scenes get a little monotonous, too...I skipped over some of them. I do plan to continue reading the series, though, so all in all it had to be somewhat entertaining! "

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About the Author
Author Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. She subsequently introduced the equally unforgettable members of the Bastion Club, as well as several other series. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels in her signature “Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style for more than twenty years.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.