Reading Recommendation: The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of reading Stephanie Lauren’s The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh – the latest in her Cynster series.

The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh (The Cynster Sisters Duo #2)

The 2nd in the Cynster Sisters duo, #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens thrills with this fantastic tale of a Cynster who’ll stop at nothing for love.

Lady Mary has been waiting years for this opportunity. Not that her sister has thrown off her spinster ways and become betrothed, it’s finally Mary’s chance for true love. She knows exactly who she wants –and it’s not someone as wild, unmanageable, and sinfully seductive as Ryder Cavanaugh.

Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne, had never met a woman who wouldn’t happily fall at his feet–or into his bed…until Lady Mary Cynster. But Ryder has made some decisions about his life and he’ll only succeed at being the man he wants to be with Mary by his side. And convincing her of that fact is just the kind of challenge he thrills at…

The novel was a bittersweet read for me – not because the story was in any way sad or morose, but because I knew that this would be the last Cynster novel in a while, before we get to the story about the next generation. Laurens is taking a break from the Cynsters to write the next Casebook of Barnaby Adair novel – a spinoff of the Cynster series that started with Where the Heart Leads. As much as I enjoyed reading Where the Heart Leads, I’m impatient to get to Lucilla’s novel, which will hopefully be the next Cynster duo to be released in 2015. (But luckily we get a Cynster Christmas novella in 2014 to somewhat tide us over.)

The good news is that Laurens is signed on for 5 more Cynster novels – and hopefully more after that, especially now that she’s whet my appetite for the Cynster children’s novels – of which there are 79 children. 😉

On the other hand, I also want to know what’s happening in Penelope and Barnaby’s world – and in a perfect world, all these novels would be written and released simultaneously! 🙂

But since this is not the case, I’ll have to satisfy myself by raving about The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh!

The novel starts off with Mary Cynster, the last of her Cynster generation, who’s looking for her “hero” while at the same time expecting to make a great match. Fortunately, she believes they will be one and the same. Luckily, Mary’s stubborn and determined enough to make this the case. Unfortunately, Mary has set her sights on Randolph – that’s right, Randolph not Ryder – Cavanaugh. Randolph is Ryder’s younger brother, close to Mary in age and a “hero” Mary believes has the potential to be taught how to be a great husband.

You see, Mary has one primary defining trait – she’s bossy. Her family know it, the ton know it, Mary knows it and Ryder knows it.

This is exactly why Ryder is determined to wed Mary himself. No, not because he likes getting ordered around – or so he thinks – but because he believes he can stand up to Mary.

It takes some convincing and some luck, but Ryder is able to persuade Mary into choosing and marrying him over Randolph, his half brother.

So how does Randolph feel about this?

If your expecting a love triangle, then prepare to be disappointed. Randolph is very relieved to learn that Mary has married Ryder. One, because he’s too young to get married – he’s only twenty-four. And two, because Randolph, being an informed member of the ton knows how bossy Mary can be.

Fortunately for Ryder, he adaptable to taking orders from his wife – a unique trait in an alpha male. But for Mary’s part, she’s also willing to compromise – a skill she has learned is necessary when dealing with alpha males of her Cynster cousins’ caliber.

One of the best parts about reading this novel, was reading about a couple that learns to compromise and a female who is just a little more alpha than the hero when it comes to knowing her own mind and heart. Mary’s logical, open-minded and decisive. Once she’s made a decision or promise, she sticks to it. Plus, she’s perfectly capable to brining Ryder to his knees!

It was refreshing to read about a couple who didn’t keep secrets from one another and were willing to listen to each other and work together to overcome their foes.

[Mary’s] eyes had narrowed slightly; her lips parted, but before she could speak, [Ryder] held up a staying hand. “And yes, knowing that Cynster’s only marry for love, I freely admit that I was perfectly prepared to cold-bloodedly pretend to fall in love with you if that was what it took to win you as my marchioness, to be the mother of my children and the matriarch of the Cavanaughs…” Eyes locking with hers, he drew in a massive breath, let it out with, “But then I discovered I didn’t need to pretend.”

I don’t know about you, but there is something decidedly HOT about a man who is willing to do anything – including lie and cheat – in order to win the woman he wants! 😉

So what to you think about the Cynsters? Who do you think the next novel should be about?

-Rika Ashton

(aka Book Recommender)

P.S: There are more Stephanie Laurens’ novel release details in her latest newsletter.


2 responses

  1. oh fair book recommender! This sounds intriguing – I’ve not read anything by Stephanie Laurens. Which of her books would you recommend to start with? Alternatively, which one is the best and I’ll work from there!


    July 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    • Devil’s Bride! It’s the first novel of the Cynster series, which is her best series in my opinion – but it was also the first novel I ever read by her, and it got me hooked!


      July 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

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