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Devil's Cub (Alastair-Audley #2)

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Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal is a bad lot a rake and seducer, reckless, heedless, and possessed of a murderous temper. He is known by friend and foe alike as the "Devil's Cub." Yet as the handsome and wealthy heir to a Dukedom, he is considered a good prospect on the marriage market. Vidal currently has his eye on the young, lovely, and unintelligent Sop
Published 1966 by E. P. Dutton & Co. (first published 1932)
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Cari It all depends. The male lead, Dominique, is my least favorite of the 3 Alastairs. And the relationship with the female lead was really not that…moreIt all depends. The male lead, Dominique, is my least favorite of the 3 Alastairs. And the relationship with the female lead was really not that well-developed for my taste. So, if you are reading it mostly for romance, I don't know if this will be a satisfying read.

I liked it mostly because of the secondary characters, Dominique's family, that appear in the first book and again here as more "grown up" versions of themselves. For me, this was more like a family comedy and as such I really enjoyed it.

That said, in this series the 3 books I've read so far (These Old Shades, The Devil's Cub and Regency Buck) all the male leads are basically just playboy-heroes, as you say, but that is very common in the Regency genre.(less)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
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.
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
Jun 21, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 30, 2009 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 31, 2014 jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2015 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank goodness for Mary Challoner. Not my favorite Heyer heroine by any means, but at least she's a semi-normal, sympathetic human being. Otherwise this would've been a dnf as I hated every single other character. Especially Leonie, God, I cringed every time she was on the page. She and her husband were so awful that it almost made me forgive Vidal for being such an asshole, which I guess was necessary for the romance to work.
Jan 21, 2012 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Jamie Collins
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
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
Oct 25, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-historic
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
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
Jenny Q
Jan 31, 2010 Jenny Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Within two pages of meeting Mary she makes fun of both her mother and her suitor, and I knew right away I was going to like this girl.

After telling her suitor that the color he is wearing, puce, does not become him, he continues nevertheless to flatter her with favorable comparisons to her sister:

"In my eyes," declared Joshua, "you are the prettier."

Miss Challoner seemed to consider this. "Yes?" she said interestedly. "But then, you chose puce." She shook her head, and it was apparent she set n
Nov 07, 2014 Irina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance, audio
BR with Sofia, Rosa and Ingela

My first Heyer...

My review of an e-book edition here
Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
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
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Reading books that features beloved characters decades later is always tricky: you may love it, you may hate it, or, as was my case, have mixed feelings about it.

Like many, I read this for "These Old Shades," whose memorable characters have stayed with me ever since. But the thing is, when the parent is fabulous, one naturally expects the child to be up to the standard, and in this case, the Marquis of Vidal isn't, in my opinion. I did separate him from comparisons once it became obvious that he
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
This is a book that is as much about the characters of a previous book (These Old Shades) as the current generation. Child of the Macchiavellian near-villain Avon and the hot-headed Leone, Vidal has the best and worst of both his parents - looks, skills, address, a strong lack of scruples and an overpowering temper.

Although Heyer isn't actually criticising the circumstances, this is a neat illustration of the separation of women into women you can treat badly and women you treat with considerabl
This was my first book of Georgette Heyer and I wanted to read for so long time. I'm glad that I did. Years ago, a friend of mine told me that her books are boring :)
Because of her commend, I was little bit reluctant about author's books. Fortunatelly, I like books of Miranda Davis and her reviews, and most importantly I trust her book taste. After I read her a few fabolous reviews about Ms. Heyer, her books became must read. So here I'm, very happy and very satisfied.

What I like most this book
Sep 08, 2012 Giedre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 17, 2015 Hana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no feminist i know
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
Mar 20, 2009 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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Jul 01, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 21, 2013 Dangermousie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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