The Promise in a Kiss

The Promise in a Kiss What would you do if you were kissed by the most handsome stranger you d ever seen And what if that man was a Cynster Every girl even convent educated ones dreams of forbidden kisses So when a man lit

  • Title: The Promise in a Kiss
  • Author: Stephanie Laurens
  • ISBN: 9780061031755
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • What would you do if you were kissed by the most handsome stranger you d ever seen And what if that man was a Cynster Every girl even convent educated ones dreams of forbidden kisses So when a man literally falls at Helena s feet as she s walking through the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the pretty, young comtesse d Lisle knows he s up to no good He s clearly aWhat would you do if you were kissed by the most handsome stranger you d ever seen And what if that man was a Cynster Every girl even convent educated ones dreams of forbidden kisses So when a man literally falls at Helena s feet as she s walking through the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the pretty, young comtesse d Lisle knows he s up to no good He s clearly a bit dangerous and obviously caught in the middle of a clandestine rendezvous Why else would he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow It s wrong, it s outlandish and it s the most utterly romantic gesture she s ever seen So when the good sisters rush up, demanding to know if she has seen a man on the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she reveal his presence.To lie would be a sin, but no one can be good all the time.As a reward for her silence, the stranger takes her in his arms and enticingly, unforgettably kisses her and then departs, leaving a lingering if unspoken promise of all that might be, should fate decree that they meet again Although Helena doesn t know it, her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St Ives, a nobleman who will prove to be her destiny.Seven years later, Helena has been transformed from a pretty schoolgirl to an aristocratic beauty Her sparkling wit has made her sought after by London s hostesses her considerable dowry has made winning her hand the aim of many a gentleman but she is deadeningly aware of how boring so many of these gentlemen are.Her manipulative guardian has unexpectedly allowed her to find a husband of her own choosing, and she has no intention of marrying any man who tries to tame her There must be someone perfect for her someone who can live up to the promise of that long ago kiss.Then, at a ball, fate strikes Once again, it is the Christmas season, and across the crowded room Helena stands transfixed for there is the man whose kiss she has never forgotten, the man of her memory whom no other has ever been able to supplant Her wild, mysterious Englishman, Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St Ives.One look, and he s determined to reclaim her

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    1. Ok, I made the super huge mistake of reading this as my first Cynster novel because, you know, it was about the parents and I have a total ocd when it comes of cronological order in a series. Then, while I was reading, I found out that some years later the HEA the hero cheats on the heroine. Well ok, i didn't like it but I have an open mind, shit can happen, apparently it was a one night stand sort of thing done out of pity (yeah. Uhmmm) and then they were happy and in love till death. And THiS [...]

    2. Why write a romance book if you've already messed with the HEA?(view spoiler)[After the book closes, the H ends up cheating on the h with an OW because he feels pity or some BS. And then a bastard child (a result of the cheating) is dropped off at his door (the future H of Scandal's Bride) and the h thinks his cheating is nbd because because she's all too happy that she can now raise another child?????? And by the time the series starts (Cynster #1), the H of this book is already dead. (hide spo [...]

    3. OKAY. So we pick up a Stephanie Laurens and we know - without a shadow of a doubt - that there will be a formula to the novel. Hero meets Heroine, they can't be together because [insert obstacle here], slowly they overcome said obstacle, there is usually some horizontal jogging, but, alas, they are torn apart by [Insert obstacle here] but then there is an action packed chapter/ending, and then they all live happily ever after.I enjoy this, I take comfort in this. All is right in the world when T [...]

    4. Isn't it nice when the premise of an entire series, is the result of the H's CHEATING? *cue sarcastic eye roll*Self note:/review/show

    5. I'd read this years ago, but somehow, fictfact has this listed as both .5 and 7.5 in the series. I wasn't paying attention, and I just requested the next book from my library. As I'm already up to book 17 in the series, I'm well aware of what happens after they marry. I find it interesting that no mention of Richard is made in the Epilogue, that's supposed to chronicle the first few years of the marriage. Kind of an important thing to leave out, don't you think?I have no issues with the actual s [...]

    6. I started to read this one because it was the prequel to the popular Cynster series and I have the first book on my bookcase but I wanted to read about what started this family off. I read about the first 75 or so pages. The writing was fine, it wasn't hugely fantastic to me but it was fine and I was enjoying but still not completely invested in the romance between Sebastian and Helena. However I had found out, through a friend who absolutely loves this series, that (view spoiler)[a couple/few y [...]

    7. I was going to give this a 4-star, because it has great character development for books that were already written (books 1-6, particularly Devil's Bride since Devil is Sebastian and Helena's son) but there's one glaring point at issue that is bothering me.(view spoiler)[So, Helena and Sebastian are entirely devoted to one another at the end of the book. And Helena is exactly like Sebastian in temprament - i.e. possessive. So WTF did she really think when Richard's dad/retainer dropped him off at [...]

    8. This was pretty much a 3 or 4 star book (for the genre) However, we find out in later books (later chronologically, not by year of publishing) that the H cheated on the h. Oh boy! They were supposedly so in love. But when H goes to some associate's place and sees how his poor wife is mistreated, he pities her, and wants to comfort her, so he sleeps with her, and puts her (and the baby) in a worse situation than before It just defies logic. The h accepting the baby I get, but accepting what the h [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What I liked best about it was that the hero and heroine were equals and viewed each other as such. They matched in pedigree and wealth, but more importantly in attitude. This wasn't some girl being feisty to the indulgence of a suitor. It wasn't some blue stocking drawn into the limelight and made fashionable by a man's interest. It wasn't some eccentric who is adorable being discovered. This was acknowledgement and recognition of equals between equals. I've read [...]

    10. EDIT (view spoiler)[ I just realized after reading Devils bride that Sebastian CHEATS on Helena and has another kid. This has just pissed me off- and spoiled the book completely for me. Removing one star for it(hide spoiler)]Prequel to the Cynster series of a sort, this was a sweet read.Helena comes to England, to escape her ruthless guardian Fabien and choose a meek groom for herself. Fortunately, she encounters Sebastian instead, whom she had shared her heated first kiss, and their (stubborn) [...]

    11. I listened to this audio while burned out on traditional historical romances and dozed my way through most of it with a vague feeling of having read all it before. I had heard nothing but raves about this author but I didn't find anything special here to wake me out of my book induced semi-coma. The hero is an arrogant alpha man and the heroine is an arrogant, privileged virgin. Whoopie, how many times have I read this love story before? Still, I finished it hoping the whole time that I wasn't g [...]

    12. Reviewed for THC Reviews"3.5 stars" I had previously read only one novella by Stephanie Laurens quite a while ago, but I absolutely loved it. Consequently, I've been looking forward to trying one of her full-length novels for a long time. Unfortunately, The Promise in a Kiss left me feeling somewhat disappointed. Even though it's been a while since I read it, I seem to recall that novella being vibrant, sensual, and engaging, but this book was slow, sometimes confusing, and didn't really hold my [...]

    13. OH MY WORD. OH MY WORD. OH.WOOOOOOORD!!!!! I actually thought I was going to die when I read this book. Although not my favourite HR/BR ever, it has probably now just become my second or third!! oh my goodness, I don't even know, it was too amazing -.- I can't speakor breathe XD okay, I genuinely think that the easiest way for me to do this without either screaming everything - or dying - will be just to simply rate each aspect of this unbeatable book. (btw: Stephanie Laurens is my h.e.r.o) The [...]

    14. Good overall romance and the action was trilling to read. The romance scenes were average but not boring to read. I was excited to read how Sylvester's parents met and married. I loved seeing them fall in love and Helena's internal and sometimes very visible external struggles with her feelings for the Duke. The one question I have about this book is, if the Duke so truly loved his wife and was such an proud man why would he cheat on her while in Scotland with Lady Eleanor McEnery and create Ric [...]

    15. self note: H cheats and gets ow pregnant. plus if that isn't enough someone dies. no thank you. I'm staying away from this serious.

    16. An excellent (late) start to the Cynster story. Not as good as Devil's Bride, but it's nice to see Helena before she was one of the grand dames. At least as good as some of my other favorites.

    17. I have just read (and sometimes skimmed through) the Book #0.5 in the Cynster Series called The Promise In A Kiss which is the story of Devil's parents, the 5th Duke of St Ives, Sebastian Cynster, and Helena de Stansion, the young Comtesse d'Lisle. Unfortunately, it didn't captivate, charm or engage me.This isn't a stand-alone book. It's the beginning of a series but the author didn't treat it as one. I found the plot disappointing because the author has already written a compelling conflict int [...]

    18. A year or two ago I came across a book at the local library bookstore that contained both Devil's Bride and A Rake's Vow by Stephanie Laurens, an author I had not read before though I had seen her name several times and knew she was popular. I thought this would be a great way to try out a new-to-me author without a big investment and I was happy to see that I had both books in this Cynster series of hers since I am very good at getting myself involved in series without realizing it, usually wit [...]

    19. I love prequels. They always add something to my reading of the rest of the series. I wish I had read this before I read some of the other books. If only because it gives me an insight into some of the characters who are mentioned in other books but are deceased. In particular Sebastian. I have never liked Sebastian when he is mentioned in future books (if only because he slept with another woman resulting in Richard) but reading this book it was impossible to deny that he genuinely loved Helena [...]

    20. De la saga de los Cynster tenía leídos los 4 primeros volúmenes (siendo Diablo uno de mis protagonistas masculinos favoritos). Y esta precuela (la historia de amor de los padres de Diablo) siempre estuvo entre mis lecturas deseadas. La historia en sí me ha colmado, los personajes y la trama me han entretenido y mucho. PeroEl `pero´ como una casa es la edición llevada a cabo por B de Books: el título original, y que vemos según abrimos el ebook, es "La promesa de un beso", pero la novela [...]

    21. I really liked this story. A young girl, convent-educated, forbidden kisses from a handsome stranger. Who would not like this romance. The handsome young English man in question is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives. Our young girl is, Helena, comtesse d'Lisle. And like all good romances the question in the readers mind is will fate decree that they meet again? Seven years later, Helena has been transformed from a pretty schoolgirl to an aristocratic beauty. Her sparkling wit has made her sough [...]

    22. Review - What I really loved about The Promise in a Kiss is that it told the story of Helena and Sebatian, 5th Duke of St Ives. Helena has been a character who has constantly intrigued me throughout the rest of the Cynster series, so I was really glad that her story was told, and that we found out more about Devil's father, who we don't really know much about. Another almost perfect Regency romance from Stephanie Laurens. What I felt could have been improved was that the acute danger that Helena [...]

    23. Review taken from my Blog in 2010:I think Stephanie Laurens might well become one of my favourite authors ~obviously not No. 1 that distinction goes to another Stephanie . Meyer~ I really love her easy style of penning a romantic novel.I think I might have got one with an old cover, as this image of the cover I have been reading was quite hard to find ~the newer ones by Harper and Collines give the novel a much trashier feel, which is a huge shame .but then, is it right to judge a book by its co [...]

    24. While this is book 7.5 in the Cynster series, it's actually the first, chronologically, telling the story of Helena and Sebastian, the Duke and Duchess of the generation before the Cynsters of the rest of the series. This feels like a Regency romance, although it's set 30 years earlier, and really shouldn't. Both English and French society were significantly different in the years leading up to the end of the Napoleonic wars when most 'Regency' romances are set (around 1815). This is set in 1783 [...]

    25. I read this a few years ago, long before I found GR, maybe back in 2007? Not sure, but it was awhile ago. Way before I read any of the rest of the Cynster books. Now that we have read the last currently available in the series, I'm wanting to give this a re-read, now that I'm involved with the family. The epilogue of The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh, where Helena briefly thought about Sebastian, well, it kinda made me want to remind myself about their story. I remember liking it, but not adoring it [...]

    26. In my opinion, this wasn't the most well written book I've ever read. I've read fanfiction that was written better. HOWEVER, the story that was contained within the words spoke to me. Helena was determined to find freedom from an overbearing guardian and didn't want a husband that would be the same. Yet she fell for a man cut from the same cloth. When her guardian set out to blackmail her, she realized she loved Sebastian and knew she'd have to hurt him, and herself, to protect her sister. In th [...]

    27. I really don't think I will ever grow tired of reading about the Cynsters. Unlike the other books in Stephanie Laurens' series, A Promise in a Kiss is actually a backstory--> the story of Sebastian and Helena, Devil's parents. This was another book that was so much fun to read, especially since both Sebastian's and Helena's are stubborn and determined to manipulate other's in order to gain their wish, until they realize it is better if they don't. The strength and determination in Helena's ch [...]

    28. 2.5 starsThere is a lot of internalization in the characters' thoughts which tends to bore me out of my brain, plus some rather extended luv scenes. I liked the theory of this book with the h not trusting the H's intentions, and there is some good MC friction, but parts just drag.

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