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Scandal's Bride (Cynster #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,874 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
How can an honourable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard′s agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs - if he can have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published October 1st 1998)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
"That's ridiculous! You can't simply declare we'll wed—I have to agree. And I won't!"

"If I decide to have you…"—he kept his words deliberate, pausing to let the qualification sink in—"I'll have to change your mind."

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Another great installment from the Bar Cynster series!

The story

Richard Cynster comes to Scotland summond by a lawyer, he's to be present at the reading of the last will and testament of his biological mother's husband Photobucket Yes I know, quite complex, but that is why his nickname is Scan
Katrina Passick Lumsden
******SPOILER ALERT******

DNF'd at 28%. I simply cannot finish this one. After reading the first two books in this series, you would think my patience would have been sufficiently stretched to accommodate Laurens' distinctively bitchy, grating heroines. It's true, I was expecting a heroine who was equal parts stupid, judgmental, arrogant, and bitchy.

What I was not expecting, however, was for said irritating heroine to also be a fucking rapist.

She roofies the hero and has sex with him because sh
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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This used to be one of my favorite books. But, rereading it...

Catriona drugs Richard, sneaks into his room and has sex with him.

This is called rape. It's completely inappropriate and immoral. Why was I so ok with that when I was younger.

Does Stephanie Lauren's not believe men can be raped? If Richard drugged her and then slept with the world would be in uproar and call him a rapist.

Just disturbing.
Scandal's Bride
3.5 Stars

Richard ‘Scandal’ Cynster is summoned to the home of his mother’s husband for the reading of his will. Not expecting much of a bequest, Richard is shocked at the deceased’s demand that he marry Miss Catriona Hennessy or the family will forfeit their inheritance. While marriage is not off the cards for Catriona, she always expected to wed a meek and biddable man who would allow her, her freedom. Unfortunately, Richard is anything but subservient. Can these two fiercely ind
Ivana Azap
Jan 10, 2016 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment from the Bar Cynster series! Scandal's Bride is the third book in Stephanie Laurens' Cynster Series.

The way the marriage comes about between Scandal and Catriona means that they are thrown together and have to make it work - they don't have the chance before the marriage to get to know each other and fall in love. The Cynster men have a lot in common. They are all fairly dictatorial, insanely possessive, have a tendency to "resist" fate yet give in so very easily.

I love
Jul 19, 2010 Ilze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read, but there are too many problems with it to give it a higher rating. The main problem is the characters: they just aren't human beings. The good guys (Catriona, all the Cynsters) are all flawless super-humans, the bad guys are all caricatures. For me, a romance just doesn't work unless the characters, including the secondary characters, but especially the main ones, are actual humans, with flaws, self-doubt, and are capable of making mistakes, even huge ones. The del ...more
this book bored me to tears! Got a headache trying to force myself to read it.... Hated the heroine, she was so arrogant and full of herself. Also I am just not into all the witchy stuff.. I find it silly.
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 1999
Length: 404 pages
Setting: Galloway Hills (lowlands), Scotland, 1819-1820 (Regency).
Sex: Frequent. Very explicit (erotic).
Hero: The Scandal That Never Was. Illegitimate son who was completely and totally accepted by his father's family. Rake and rogue looking for direction.

Heroine: A disciple of The Lady - she's a white or nature witch, as one with the land she cultivates with some light pagan devotions.
Trigger: Hero raped. It's not that he was unwill
Jan 17, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Scandal's Bride is the third book in Stephanie Laurens' Cynster Series. I started this book several months ago and just couldn't get into it. A couple of things bothered me...first, after reading books one and two in the series, you learn that Richard Cynster is the illegitimate son of the Duke of Ives. This isn't a big deal normally and clearly not Richard's fault, however, the knowledge that he is the Duke's second son and that the Duke and Duchess of Ives are featured in book 7.5 really turne ...more
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
OMG...This book was such a waste of time....OH WHY..did I even bother picking it up ?!?

Romantična Geekica
I couldn't make myself like this book, it was so wrong on so many levels...if a man treated a woman the way this heroine treated this man it would be called rape, abuse, disrespect and so much more things...I like strong women but I expect respect and equality between partners, always and especially in romance novels. It does get better near the end but I gave up, it was frustrating, boring and not at all what I expected since I read the first two novels in the series...
Jun 17, 2016 Chitra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safety-first, v-card
This was different and fun.
Interspersed with supernatural elements, the love story of Richard and Catriona emerges.
Catriona is a disciple of the "Lady", who is given a premonition that Richard shall father her kids. She decides to take the matters in her own hands to make it possible.
There was so much going on in this book. Once I got used to the PNR, i really wanted to shove the couple in each other's direction to stop hiding and COMMUNICATE.
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A story that was mostly ruined for me because of the main heroine. I stopped listening a number of times because I couldn't stand her - insanely proud, making assumptions and jumping to wrong conclusions, judgmental and manipulative, and those are only a few of my problems with her. (view spoiler) ...more
After being frustrated with Vane's story, I found Richard/Scandal's story quite refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed it although other readers weren't able to appreciate the semi-paranormal theme here, but I did, and I was all for it. Given Catriona's domineering attitude, always used to running her own show, Richard is right up her alley. Stephanie Laurens's writing is excellent, she vividly described the characters feelings, the setting, and how compromise can boost a relationship. Love scenes are ...more
This was about a 3.5 Stars read. Because while by the last third of the book, I came to care about the characters and what was going to happen, I have to admit, the first half or so, I was not real fond of Catriona. But I was really glad she didn't have a wretched name like Honoria Prudence, or Patience, the heroines from books 1 and 2. Catriona was a name I rather liked. So that was a plus for me. But at first I didn't like her personality. She was bossy and rude and seemed to be selfish, even ...more
Muuuuch better!! I was nervous and excited for this one since I found Vane's story to be somewhat lacking,especially after Devil's steamy romance and small murder mystery combined. But Richard's story was great! It was funny, sweet, and passionate. I liked the imagery of the wild, witchy, and earthly Catriona and the dark, handsome, "Scandal." Oh!

This book didn't really have a mystery, but the story was really nice and I enjoyed imagining the layout of the Vale. It also amused me to see that th
Mar 11, 2014 Jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-m, fantasy, favorite, erotica
Richard is now one of my top ten heroes. He was a phenomenal character take and what a strong man should be like. I was actually jealous at times! The story was rich-it was thought out and made sense. I did think some of the plot before that last third of the book dragged-but it definitely picked right back up and ended beautifully. I'm just happy that Lauren's wrote such a strong hero that didn't mind playing second fiddle (if you'll excuse the cliche) to his heroine. Wonderful novel-I don't ow ...more
From the very beginning I was a little thrown by the slight supernatural aspect. The heroine, Catriona, is a healer, and mistress of a small vale, that apparently is so remote it's existence isn't even known to many. Catriona and her mentor, Algaria, are disciples of the mystical Lady of the Vale, whom she and her tenants all worship. The vale and its lands have always been held and ruled by a woman, and therefore the mistress cannot marry a strong man who will try to take over. When Catriona ha ...more
Elaine Mcdonald
It took forever to finish this book. Definitely not her best work or maybe I just thought I liked Stephanie Laurens!
Sheila Melo
Mar 28, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love a Scandal. Rating 4.5

SCANDAL'S BRIDE is the third book in the Cynster series. It is the story of Richard "Scandal" Cynster, the brother of Devil, from DEVIL'S BRIDE. Richard is off in Scotland seeing to an inheritance from his mother when he meets Catriona Hennessy, known as the lady of the vale. She believes that Richard is the man who is to father her children, but cannot contemplate marriage to such a dominate man. She believes that she must find a weak man so as to not destroy her leade
Oleta Blaylock
Jan 31, 2013 Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely different from most Regency Historical stories. This story is about a disciple of the Lady. Catriona Hennessey is the "lady of the vale" she inherited the title when her mother died. This being the Regency period and the fact that Catriona is only sixteen her nearest relative is appointed her guardian. This guardian is the husband of Richard Melville Cynster's biological mother. While there is no magic in the book there is a lot of herbal lore throughout the story. While ...more
Jane Stewart
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Sooooo I did like this book for the most part. Yes, I only gave it three stars because there were things that irked me to no end. But for now here’s a quick overview…


Catriona is known has the “Lady of the Vale.” She is believed to have inherited “magical abilities” that allow her to receive messages from The Lady. One day she gets a letter saying that she must attend the reading of her guardian’s will. At the same time, Richard Cynster (aka Scandal), also received a similar letter (The

Susan (susayq ~)
I'm wondering, what does Stephanie Laurens have against the words "I love you"? Her heroes don't say it! At least the Cynster men don't. And I have a problem with that. This is a romance novel. The main characters are supposed to fall in love and express that love both physically and verbally. I'm thrilled Richard "Scandal" Cynster showed Catriona he loved her by protecting her and helping her and physically loving her, but I wanted him to say the words. As a matter of fact, Catriona never said ...more
Kathleen J
If you've not read Laurens, I recommend you begin with Devil's Bride, the first of the Bar Cynster series. It not only sets up this series but is, I think, one of her best.

Laurens is an excellent writer--not just an excellent ROMANCE writer. Her language flows so smoothly; she uses good verbs and nouns. She is not afraid of adjectives and adverbs but she uses them well. Her characters and dialogue seem so real and natural. The H's are arrogant but hot and are totally captivated by the h. The nov
Helene Harrison
Review - The way the marriage comes about between Scandal and Catriona means that they are thrown together and have to make it work - they don't have the chance before the marriage to get to know each other and fall in love. This is traditional of ton marriages where the couple barely meet before the wedding, so it's interesting to see how this develops into love and respect and a mutual friendship. I loved the unusualness of this book. The Lady of the Vale concept is intriguing and lends a very ...more
Pamela Shropshire
Thou is the third book of the Cynster family saga and features Richard, aka Scandal, the child sired by the 5th Duke to a Scottish woman.

The husband of his biological mother has died and, according to the solicitor who contacted Richard, has been holding something for Richard all the years since his mother died. Richard, summoned to the reading of the Will, travels to Scotland.

There he meets Catriona Hennessey, the Ward of the deceased man. He falls immediately in lust with her. What he doesn't
I'm not sure I can review in an entirely rational way when it comes to regency romance. Its a genre I could criticise on so many levels, but then it's my go to whenever I can't decide what to read. I love the Cynster series, the first books about the original Cynster's are far better than later books and I am glad I decided on a re-read.
The Cynster men have a lot in common. They are all fairly dictatorial, insanely possessive, have a tendency to "resist" fate yet give in so very easily. "I refu
Wendy Tavenner
Oct 11, 2014 Wendy Tavenner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 10th book in a row by the author. You gotta love Richard in this book. Richard goes to the Highlands of Scotland to see what was left to him by his mother 30 years ago. While there he meets Catorina who is the ward of the deceased whose will that is being read. In the will it says Richard must marry Catorina or all his wealth will go to charity and leave the family with nothing. The battle has begun between the 2 and it's funny!!! If you read the previous books you will love this just as much ...more
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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Cynster (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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  • A Rake's Vow (Cynster, #2)
  • A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster,  #4)
  • A Secret Love (Cynster, #5)
  • All About Love (Cynster, #6)
  • All About Passion (Cynster, #7)
  • On a Wild Night (Cynster, #8)
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  • The Perfect Lover (Cynster, #10)
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