The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (Cynster Next Generation #2)

The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (Cynster Next Generation #2)

by Stephanie Laurens

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Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in passion? What happens when fate and passion collide?
Do you believe in love? What happens when fate, passion, and love combine?
This. This...

#1 New York Times bestselling 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 had, and still did, 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 impatiently—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 and, despite all, he can refuse her and walk away. But how he ignore a bond such as theirs—one so much stronger than reason? Despite several unnerving attacks mounted against them, despite the uncertainty racking his clan, Lucilla remains as determined as only a Cynster can be to fight for the future she knows can be theirs—and while she cannot command him, she has powerful enticements she's willing to wield in the cause of tempting Thomas Carrick.

A neo-Gothic tale of passionate romance laced with mystery, set in the uplands of southwestern Scotland
A Cynster Next Generation Novel – a classic historical romance of 122,000 words.

Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens
"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." Cathy Kelly
"Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." Historical Romance Reviews.
"Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." Romantic Times Magazine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150183780
Publisher: Savdek-NYLA
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Cynster Series , #22
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 50,166
File size: 870 KB

About the Author

Known for her Regency romances and historical novels, Stephanie Laurens is the bestselling author of the beloved Cynster series which is widely recognized as one of the top series in the genre. She has published over fifty novels, including the Bastion Club series and the Black Cobra Quartet. Laurens has her PhD in Biochemistry but gave up her science career to become a full-time writer. She and her husband live in Australia.

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The Tempting of Thomas Carrick 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
julieford More than 1 year ago
The Cynster family continues to grow and thrive through the wonderful writing talents of Stephanie Laurens. This is the story of Lucilla Cynster, lady-in-waiting to the Lady of the Vale. The Lady has informed her that Thomas is to be her consort, protector and husband. Thomas has a different idea of what his future is and consistently fights the pull towards Lucilla. However, he must have Lucilla's help saving a clan family and solving the mystery of what is occurring in the Carrick clan. Thomas is injured during this time and Lucilla uses his recuperating time to further her cause to make Thomas see what his future is fated to be. This story is filled with love, mystery and intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many of Ms. Laurens' readers seem to like her purple prose and seemingly endless sex scenes. I've always tolerated those aspects of her writing for the sake of her strong characters and intriguing plots. This book was pretty weak on character development and left most of the plot intrigues unresolved. I will probably buy the next book to give her a chance to finish this one (which pretty much ended as a 300+ page prologue) but if she doesn't do better next time she'll be off my read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed as always looking foward to next book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was another example of Stephanie Laurens ability to entertain the reader. The hero and heroine were perfect. The first book of the next generation of the Cynster stories proved to be just as good as their parents stories. If you like 19th century novels, this one has it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this family and am excited to read about the next generation.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I generally love anything Ms. Laurens writes. I did not fall in love with these characters. I was very hopeful because their interaction was the best part of By Winter's Light. Thomas could not feel his connection to "The Lady" These characters were not as dynamic as I expected from this writer. Perhaps she is tired of the Cynster Ffamily. I hope not..
Frosty50 More than 1 year ago
Love this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed getting to know these complex charcters. I love her attention to small details and appreciate seeing the world through her eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as intriguing as her usual books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story with blend of romance and mystery. Enjoyed it and look forward to the followon book which should conclude some open ended storylines.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4 stars-- THE TEMPTING OF THOMAS CARRICK is the twenty second installment in Stephanie Laurens’s The Cynsters historical romance series focusing on the Cynster family. This is Richard and Catriona’s daughter Lucilla Cynster, and Thomas Carrick’s storyline. Thomas and Lucilla’s attraction to one another began years earlier but their future and the storyline began to unfold in in the previous novel-BY WINTER’S LIGHT- the first installment focusing on the next generation. THE TEMPTING OF THOMAS CARRICK advances the series approximately eleven years. The premise of the storyline follows the investigation into a series of poisonings and mysterious deaths surrounding the Carrick clan. Thomas Carrick has not been to the family estate for a number of years and one of the reasons was to avoid his neighbor and the woman who is forever on his mind -Lucilla Cynster –a healer and a woman with connections to the ‘Lady’. Returning home to discover the Laird’s health deteriorating and his cousins all but ignoring the fate of the clan, Thomas and Lucilla will begin an investigation of their own into the happenings and circumstances surrounding the clan’s current demise. The attraction between Thomas and Lucilla has already been established. Their affiliation and interest in one another has spanned several years but Thomas’s need to set about his own independence found him in Glasgow while Lucilla remained in the Scottish countryside at the Cynster family estate. Upon his return, Lucilla will begin a slow seduction of Thomas with the knowledge that fate and the ‘Lady’ knows she and Thomas are meant to be. The secondary and supporting characters are numerous including all of Thomas’s cousins whom we have previously met in BY WINTER’S LIGHT. Their storyline and the ensuing problems at the Carrick Estate were beginning to unfold with the revelation that the Laird’s health was continuing to fail. Richard and Catriona (Scandal’s Bride/Cynsters #3) make a brief but strong appearance as well as Lucilla’s twin brother Marcus whose own future will began to unravel in A MATCH FOR MARCUS CYNSTER (Cynsters 23). THE TEMPTING OF THOMAS CARRICK is the first full length novel focusing on the next generation of Cynsters. Almost thirty years since the marriage of Richard and Catriona, Stephanie Laurens begins to focus on the now adult children of the original Cynster Clan. There are moments of mystery, suspense, romance and building love; the fate of Laird Carrick is almost a foregone conclusion as to the how; and some of the ‘incidents’ are duplications from previous stories. Many questions and concerns are left unanswered; the mystery surrounding the who and why still remains unsolved but saying that, the continuing saga of the Cynster family will hopefully see a resolution. Everything and everyone may not be all that it or they appear to be.
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
Every Stephanie Laurens fan knew at the end of “By Winter’s Light” (the short story of Daniel and Claire’s happily-ever-every) where Lucilla’s fate would lead. However, Laurens is such a great storyteller that we never quite know how the road will get us there. This story is purposefully not quite as satisfying as we might like it to be because the mystery is not wrapped up neatly in the end (not unlike the Bride’s series). The lure that gets Thomas to return to Carrick Manor and the mystery that keeps him there do not seem forced, but understandable, and it is what makes Thomas such a perfect hero. Lucilla is as strong and determined as we’ve come to expect from Cynster woman, so, of course, she’s perfect. The ending was unexpected, and it makes the May release of Marcus’s story seem just too far away. Reading prior Cynster books is not required to read and love this book, but is fun to read about them as bit players in this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book with lots of mystery that will continue with the next installment. Taking place in and around the Vale was an added plus. I can't wait for Marcus' story which is next.
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Avid-ReaderAG More than 1 year ago
This book is a thin plot with a mediocre attempt to "fatten" the plot of explicit sex. Ms Laurens is lucky to have gotten plublished.