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Devil's Cub (Alastair-Audley #2)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  7,730 ratings  ·  625 reviews
The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father's before him. Not for nothing is the reckless duelist and gamester called the Devil's Cub. But when he is forced to leave the country, Mary Challoner discovers his fiendish plan to abduct her sister. And only by daring to impersonate her can Mary save her from certain ruin...
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Published February 1st 2004 by Chivers Audio Books (first published 1932)
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Update: I found it a LOT funnier on second reading! I laughed from the beginning with "What have you done with the corpse, my boy?" "Done with it? WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH A CORPSE?!?!?!?!!!" to the end "Give Sophia a glass!! We're drinking your health!" "IT'S MARY!!!"

**Contains spoilers and strong language**

" 'They're all mad, every one of 'em,'"

That's what I thought at about 1/3 of the book, and then I decided to view this story as just a fun, silly screw-ball comedy.

And....I loved it. When I
Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
Mary Challoner is a practical girl. She's well-educated. She has common sense. She needs to be sensible, since her widowed mother and her lovely younger sister Sophia are so utterly bubble-headed. So, logically, she realizes that it's insane to get a crush on Vidal, the sexy rake who's been pursuing Sophia.

Nevertheless, when Mary accidentally finds out that Vidal has convinced Sophia to run off to Paris with him in the middle of the night to begin (euphemistically speaking) a relationship withou
Written November 9, 2014

4 1/2 Stars - Magnificently adventurous, fun and romantic in a still strong 1930's 'Pre-Regency'

Devil's Cub is an quite old romance novel from 1932 by Georgette Heyer. Mrs Heyer is an British classic author that I completely missed in my earlier reading-life. I'm so glad i "found" her at last. - From a recommendation and help from Sofia of course. ~ Thanks dear!

~ This ended in a very fun last-minute weekend "buddy-read & buddy-listening" with my always so sweet book-l
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Aug 10, 2009 Rane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old school regency readers
Mary Challoner is in a bind, she have to stop her feather brain sister from running away to Pairs and becoming the mistress of the Marquis of Vidal. Knowing only one way , Mary takes her sister’s place and tricks the Marquis, only her plan backfires when she’s dragged along to Pairs with him!
Vidal can’t believe his rotten luck of late, after shooting a man for calling him a cheat at cards, then having to run off to Pairs to avoid going to trial, Vidal thought getting a girl to run away with h
Rosa, really

Okay, this isn't my favorite Heyer mainly due to the fact that I'm not highly enthused by anything that takes place in France about 20 years prior to the French Revolution (1789). I'm constantly distracted by the thought, "Laugh it up, chuckleheads, it'll be off with your motherfuckin' heads soon enough." Foreknowledge kills some of my enjoyment.

While this book is awesome, I'd recommend going with one of Heyer's Regency novels. For instance, Frederica, Sylvester or Arabella. Or The Corinthian.
Oh boy, I still feel lightheaded after finishing the book. While I always count on Georgette Heyer to give me an entertaining read, this is beyond my expectation. It's the best love-hate relationship I've read in a long time. Some scenes were so freaking romantic, it still tugs at my heart. What's more, it's all written without so much as a kiss. (Yes, there's one kiss at the end, in case you wonder.) That's the strength of well written characters. Current YA authors could learn a lesson or two ...more
What a delightful introduction to this wonderful author! I'm so ashamed to have just discovered Georgette Heyer. Thank you, Sofia, for bringing her books to my attention!

Devil's Cub has made me happy and put a wide satisfied smile on my face.

This kind of books is the reason I love romance genre so much. I can easily put Heyer on the same level as my favourite Jane Austen or even higher still. This had similar feel. Written with class, propriety, wit and humour, weaved into a simple yet masterfu
Jun 21, 2012 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who like men tall,dark & psycho, masochists/sadists,bodice-ripper-junkies
Holy Moly!
Georgette Heyer is brilliant, and this is one of her most famous regency novels.
Its...two worlds colliding.
One world is the over the top one of handsome, passionate cruel rakes, who love duelling, drinking, gambling, screw-- ok, you get the picture. This is the world from which the hero, a marquis, named Dominic, hails. The other is down to earth, normal practical world where someone knows the cost of a pint of milk, where to buy curtains,and has sensible bedtimes. This is the world f
This is These Old Shades, the next generation. Twenty-five years have passed, and we're presented with Leonie and Avon's son, Lord Vidal, who has grown up to be even more unpleasant than his father. In the first few pages he shoots two men and brutally abducts a young woman because he has been tricked into thinking that she's not respectable. Now, I enjoy a reformed rake as much as the next Regency romance fan, but there is only so much vileness that we should ask our heroine to find attractive ...more
Quite honestly, I don’t think I can do this book justice. Clever humor pours all through the pages of this wonderful story. I spent last Sunday afternoon with a beatific smile plastered on my face laughing uncontrollably. My cat, who was sleeping right next to me, was awaken several times and made me well aware with some glaring looks that I was disturbing his comfortable nap.

The characters are a true delight, attaching and far from perfect, which made them even more attractive to my eyes. But i
Another Georgian era romance. The scandalous dueling rake dallies with a girl! But her sister takes her place to save her honor! And he kidnaps the sister to Paris! And then he must marry her to save her reputation (because she, unlike her sister, has upper class graces, and is therefore worthy).

Okay, I think I officially have the wrong-shaped brain for historical romance. The hero demonstrates his willingness to strangle the heroine and I think, oh, God, she's about to mistake adrenalized terro
BR with Sofia, Rosa and Ingela

My first Heyer...

My review of an e-book edition here
4.5 stars. Watching the devil fall for sensible Mary was delicious! Loved revisiting favorite characters from the prequel, These Old Shades. The sequel following after Devil's Cub is An Infamous Army, which is set at the Battle of Waterloo, starring Dominic and Mary's daughter Barbara.

But first, Georgette Heyer wrote The Black Moth (in public domain, free). She liked her anti-hero so much that she used him as a model for Justin Alastair, His Grace, the Duke of Avon, the hero in These Old Shades
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How do you review your favourite book, especially when you love it beyond all reason?

My love for what I think of as Georgette Heyer's masterpiece doesn't mean I would want Vidal in my own life as either a spouse or a son. Vidal's fondness for solving his problems by either murdering or threatening to murder people who cross him wouldn't make him a very comfortable companion! & I don't see myself as the normally sensible Mary. No these characters are right where I want them - between the page
My review is partial and prejudiced. This is the sequel to These Old Shades so of course I'm going to love it. I wanted more of Avon and Leonie in the book, though. You could tell Heyer still loves them and the pages shine when they come back on stage.

Dominic's an okay hero, though he's even more pushy and headstrong than the norm with a pushy and headstrong hero, and he lacks Avon's polish and wit. He is redeemed somewhat by his occasional charm, and his passion when it isn't overboard possessi
Eh. So I did like this one a little bit better than These Old Shades. There were some amusing bits which made me crack a smile. Though, by page 150, I wanted to throttle everyone. Well, mostly Leonie (bleh, not a fan of hers). The others, well, I just wanted them to stop talking so damn much. They kept prattling away and, honestly, it just grated on my nerves. I liked Mary. Despite her poor taste in men, namely Vidal, that psycho. But what do you expect from the child of a reptile (Avon) and a b ...more
April 2015 Georgette Heyer Fan group read. This was great fun! I'm not overly fond of bad-boy romances, but I'll make an exception for Vidal.
Apr 14, 2013 D rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no feminist i know
Shelves: regency, romance
who are these assholes?

so, my first-ever georgette heyer novel opens with the Devil Cub nonchalantly shooting a highway man and not bothering to inform the authorities or even pull the body from the road because he can't be bothered -- he's en route to My Lady's Drum. (ha, hah. oh, Devil Cub. you iconoclast.) and believe me, with increased exposure he doesn't become any more charming. an abductor, would-be rapist, rage-a-holic bully, his only redeeming qualities are evidently the fit of his jac
You know, if there were some way of getting rid of both Leonie and Dominic, I would be a lot happier. And if the age differential weren't so great, I'm sure Mary and Avon would be as well. Not that Mary has much more sense than Leonie (she doesn't want to marry Vidal, because doing so would bring the disgraced, louche, alcoholic, gambling, murdering, childish brat down to her level; despite how fluttery she feels when he acts all Dominant and Masterly towards her [to which, I can only vomit]), b ...more
When the handsome but notorious Lord Vidal attempts to make the gorgeous Sophie Challoner his mistress, he gets her down to earth no nonsense sister Mary instead, as Mary bids to save her sisters reputation. In doing so, she ruins her own, and so Vidal offers to marry her to save it...

Hands down my favorite Heyer - I've read this one a few times. And I'm not alone - I was reading it on the train the other day and a woman tapped me on the shoulder and says, "I just wanted to say that you're readi
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 01, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Regency Romance and Historical Fiction
This is the second part of a trilogy dealing with the Alastair family that began with These Old Shades and concludes with An Infamous Army. Some of the author's works can found in general fiction, and I know plenty who usually eschew romance novels who love Heyer--A.S. Byatt is a fan. Her Regency novels were published from 1921 to 1972 so I think we can put her into near-classic status--although Devil's Cub is actually set in the earlier Georgian Era. The book is a good example of the omniscient ...more
Probably my favorite Heyer, this story of the devil-may-care Dominic Alastair, Marquis of Vidal, who is forced to flee to France after fighting a duel and accidentally takes the wrong sister as a 'companion' is just as good on my umpteenth reread.

Mary Challoner remains one of my all-time favorite heroines - remarkably commonsense and strong-willed (but with a secret fondness for the dashing, sulky rake that is Vidal), she pretty much owns the book and her sparks with Vidal are out of this world
Very 1930's old-skool read. Once I was able to get into the story line, it became almost Benny Hill-esque as everybody goes chasing Dominick and Mary off to France. It was a soap opera that was for sure.
I absolutely loved this one. If you love regency, adventure and comedy then you must read this one. I laughed out loud.
I have never read Georgette Heyer before even though I have seen her books around for a long time. I am glad I finally got a chance to read one of her famous Regency romances through Sourcebooks who kindly sent me this book.

I loved Devil's Cub. It is beautifully written, I truly enjoyed working my way through each page of Ms. Heyer's writing. I also loved the witty conversations and the humor she imparts. I loved the subtleties of it. It reminded me very much of Jane Austen's works with the witt
Well, I am convinced. Georgette Heyer is one of the most accomplished writers of the 20th Century, writing about the Regency and Georgian Eras of the late 1700's and early 1800's. Her characters are deliciously drawn. They are much more dynamic than Hemmingways, and yes, even F. Scot Fitgeralds. I thought I was getting a ho-hum Romance novel, but instead I got a novel filled with dramatic irony as the reader knows and anticipates far more than poor Mary Challonger and her pursurer Lord Vidal. Th ...more
I give this book 4 stars because I very much enjoyed reading it. I would be a little slow to recommend it though for a couple reasons. All of Heyer's books have some language but it seemed like this one had a bit more than normal which is too bad. Also, I was bothered by Vidal's complete lack of morals. I guess the Duke of Avon was the same in TOS, but somehow it wasn't so much the focus of that book I think. I think it's terrible that at that time it was viewed as perfectly acceptable for a you ...more
Ana T.
I've read Heyer's These Old Shades earlier this year (my review was a part of the Heyer Season on HT) and I loved it. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel - The Devil's Cub - and now that I have I think I love it even more than TOS.

Intelligent, practical Mary Challoner knew wicked Dominic Alastair, Marquis of Vidal, wouldn''t marry her sister, despite her mother''s matchmaking schemes. So Mary coolly prepared to protect her sister by deceiving Vidal. But she certainly hadn''t expected t
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