Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Blast From The Past: All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens


All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens (2001)

I had a very weird reading week. First of all, I read Pamela Clare's Surrender, one of the most beloved books of romance, and I found myself laughing (that would be laughing at it, not with it)..."Oh Annie! Oh Iain!" Oh, Jesus H. Canola! Then I tried Wild Card by Lora Leigh (as in "lay"?) which is another top recommendation. "I'm going to eat you like candy, baby." Hee hee hee...you have got to be kidding me! I realized while reading this book that one of my top pet peeves with romance novels is the over-use of "baby" as a term of endearment. Seriously, whenever I hear the term "baby" it makes me think of a greasy dude in polyester with lots of gold chains, a cheesy mustache and a bowl haircut..."Oh yeah, I'm gonna eat you like candy, baby." Sigh. I would laugh my ass off (thereby killing the amorous mood) if my man ever said that to me.

Which brings me to All About Passion, a favorite re-read. There were a minimum of exclamation points. And Gyles never refers to Francesca as "baby." Excellent! I think this book beautifully showcases Stephanie Laurens' talent as a writer. Gyles is a fascinating alpha-male, Cynster-like hero, determined to marry for convenience, not for love. Francesca is one of Lauren's best heroines ever...fire-y and intense, smart and clever, stunningly beautiful, incredibly passionate...she is Gyle's match in every way. One of the greatest scenes EVER in a romance novel is the beginning of their wedding ceremony, when Gyles looks down the aisle to see his supposed wimpy little bride, sees the woman he thinks he is about to marry sitting in a pew, and then realizes he has made an unbelievable mistake and is actually marrying the sexy "gypsy" he intended to take as a mistress. Crimeny, this scene rocks it, baby. (Oops, I just used the term baby, please forgive!). Laurens does a great job weaving the emotional journey between these two characters, a nice little mystery, her usual breath-taking glimpse into the world of Regency England, and very lusty love scenes between the h/h. Watching Gyles fall under Francesca's spell is wonderful. All About Passion is a classic Laurens' novel, and one of my favorite re-reads from the Cynster series. Grade: A

It's Penelope, Baby! 

12 comments:

Leontine said...

Now here is an incentive to read my next Cynster novel for my challenge :D After reading the first 5 books every Cynster became so cardboard copy for me in their romantic development I had to take a break from said challenge. My next one is Secret Love if I am correct, Gabriel's story.

Glad to hear you finally read a book that could rock your boat!!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Ya know. I've never thought about that. But you've got a point.

Penelope said...

Oh Leontine!!!!!! Gabriel's story is my absolute FAVORITE Cynster novel...love it!!!!! (note the effusive exclamation points)--don't skip that one.

Leontine said...

ROFL, The moment I've read Gabriel's story I'll come over and hopefully share a Cynster crushing moment with you :D

despr8housewife said...

I sooo agree with you on All About Passion! I love Giles Chillingworth and Francesca. After Devil and Vane, Giles is my favorite (Honorary) Cynster!

Penelope said...

Hi despr*housewife! My favorites are Devil, Scandal, Gabriel and Gyles. I am hoping Stephanie's new series recaptures some of that old Cynster magic.

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

Funny, we're such opposites in some ways! I read the first Cynster book and couldn't read another, I thought it was so over the top and the love scenes went on and on with such flowery language - uggh! Whereas I loved all the action and passion in Surrender and the characters, it really grabbed me! LOL!

Penelope said...

I have a sick problem with Stephanie Laurens' books and Christine Feehan...even though they are over the top and repetitive as all hell, I can't git over them.

Patti said...

This book sounds good and I've added it to my "books to buy" list. I must confess though, I don't know who Cynster is....

Penelope said...

Patti, you clearly do not suffer from the troubling Stephanie Laurens addiction that I do. Starting with Devil's Bride, Stephanie Laurens has penned 15 Regency historicals about the Cynster family. "Cynster" refers to the alpha male-sexual dynamo Cynster men, who all share a penchant for deflowering enthusiastic virgins and transforming from jaded rakes into devoted spouses by the end of the novel. For some inexplicable reason, I can't get enough of these books.

Patti said...

These Cynster men sound exactly like what I love to read! Will head over to her website and check this out (my poor, poor TBR list!).

despr8housewife said...

Patti,
You are in for a treat! I love to read about this type of alpha male! And I, like Penelope, can't get enough of them. Some of Laurens' love scenes can go on for 12 to 15 pages, and I read them over and over again because I find them to be hot, hot, hot! I can't wait for her new Black Cobra series and hope it doesn't disappoint! But that's not likely 'cause I'm such a big fan. Even though I could see the shortcomings Penelope pointed out in her review of Mastered by Love, I still enjoyed the book immensely!