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Devil's Bride (Cynster #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  12,176 ratings  ·  695 reviews

When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England′s most eligible bachelor, Devil′s infamous Cynster cousins be

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 1st 1998)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
Framing her jaw, Devil lifted her face, looked down on pale cheeks, at eyes awash with tears, then he bent his head and kissed her set lips. "You'll never lose me," he whispered. "I'll never leave you."

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One of my favorite historicals Photobucket

This is the introduction to the Cynster family (and what a family it is Photobucket ). I was actually re-reading this one, so it was kind of funny to see all those men and women who'll get their own books :) Most of the time, I was like: Oh look, that's Vane, I love his boo
This is sort of how the plot of this book went:

- *Random person dies*
- "You are going to marry me."
- "There is no way I am going to marry you, so get away from me!"
- "I am going to MAKE you marry me." (Hotness inserted here)
- "Er, wtf? Back off!"
- "Ooh, I smell a challenge." >:) *begin seduction tactics* (Insert make-out scenes)
- "Are you going to marry me?"
- "Nuh-uh, I am going to go to Egypt!"
- "What about now?" *making-out, etc.*
- ...Oh wow, maybe I will just have sex with this guy and the
Wicked Incognito Now
I thoroughly enjoyed the first quarter of this book. I was thinking "yes! I'm gonna love this" but it, disappointingly, fell apart for me afterwards.

In the beginning, we meet the sensible, governess heroine. She comes upon a mortally wounded young man on a dark woods road. Later, our hero arrives, and they work together to try to help the young man. After POV switches to our hero, we are immediately treated to his insight that he has just met his future wife. I LOVED THAT!!! No pussy-footing aro
Sarah MacLean
i love devil with an intensity that terrifies my husband. i can't help it.
Lisa Kay
English woodsman’s cottage

(This is a review of the audiobook.) When someone wanted to do a “buddy read” (which you know I can’t resist!) of this one, I decided I’d listen this time, even though I’m not a big fan of Simon Prebble’s. (I just couldn’t get into an older man reading the love scenes to me. However, now that I’m older, he isn’t so bad. LOL!) Nevertheless, Mr. Prebble does an admirable job of this one. The old biddies of the ton are hilarious and the duke is sufficiently arrogant. I de
Apr 03, 2008 K rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: All About Romance Top 100 list
Shelves: romance
What? This book is apparently a favorite of many romance readers, but I didn't get the appeal. Sentence structure was definitely more sophisticated than most, but character development was not believable (even by romance novel standards). Disappointingly, it is not titled Devil's Bride because it is about the bride of Satan, Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, lord of hell and all evil, but the bride of some jerk with "Devil" as an improbable nickname. The mystery was ridiculously obvious even as i ...more
May 20, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy books like Brenda Joyce's "The Conqueror"
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Julie (jjmachshev)
I love the alpha/gamma hero who’s all Mr I’m in Charge with his swagger and hotness, his nothing-stands-in-my-wayness, basically his total babe-ness BUT he has to have some depth to him unlike the hero of this novel, Sylvester “Devil” Cynster. The guy is as flat as brown cardboard and never really develops into anything else. This story just didn’t work for me because I didn’t like the jerk alpha who needed a good shaking for a wakeup call.

The story grabs your attention relatively well from the
*gasp* Where's my "I love you?" I never realized how important this was until I finished this book and realized our hero never says it to his heroine. I even went back and skimmed through the book again, sure I had missed it. Grrrr.

Besides that, this was a really good book. I enjoyed it, immensely. Devil was adorable, with his puffed up sense of importance, and Honoria was exactly the type of no nonsense woman he needed to keep him in line. These two have quite a love affair and the fact that i
Some thoughts on this novel...

1) The mystery was very thinly veiled. I figured out who the murderer was with no issue.

2) I have never heard of an orangery that contains a daybed and full length mirror. However, for the horny Cynster family, it seemed very appropriate! ;)

3) I still can't get over the nicknames of all the Cynster cousins. Who would chose to call themself "LUCIFER"!?!??!?!

4) I can see why the book Beyond Heaving Bosoms The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels called this series "
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I wish I could rate this higher. Unfortunately, my tolerance for characters who refuse to communicate, are constantly making (incorrect) assumptions, and being standoffish for no real abysmally low. I liked Devil. I liked that he was quiet and decisive and in charge, and that he knew almost from the moment he met Honoria that he was going to marry her. That was extremely refreshing. No shilly-shallying from this hero. Regrettably, since the hero is so amenable to the match, the autho ...more
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But while it was good enough from a technical standpoint, it was not the most wonderful read. The mystery, from the beginning, is painfully obvious. Horrifyingly obvious. It is as though the author is beating you over the head with a brick, telling you who the killer is. It was so painfully obvious, in fact, that I actually managed to convince myself that the obvious answer could not have been the killer - that this kind of painful lack of subtlety could ...more
Reading Devil's Bride was a very confusing experience. I usually have good instincts when it comes to stories; I can normally sense, even early on, whether I'll end up liking or disliking it. But this book just totally floored me. I was so, so sure that I'll end up giving this a 4 or 5 star rating, but I was wrong. Issues with the book just kept on piling up the more I read it, and at the end, they were far too much to ignore.

The said issues are as follows:

First, the writing style was unbalance
Susan (susayq ~)
July 13,2012 - just finished rereading this and I loved it as much as the first time!

I LOVE DEVIL! In case you couldn't understand that cause I was yelling, let me say it in a calmer voice...I LOVE DEVIL! Sorry, I just can't help the way I feel and I need to express it appropriately.

Devil Cynster is arrogant, overbearing, possessive, and HOT. He meets Honoria and immediately knows he'll marry her, even though he's claimed he wouldn't marry. Honoria is in her own right just as arrogant and posse
I was excited when I found this at the library's used book sale because it had been praised so highly by people whose opinion I respect. "What a steal!" I thought. After trying to read it, though, I felt the $0.50 sale price was a waste of quarters. The book got off to a good start, with a smart, independent heroine who had unconventional but well-planned ambitions and could keep her cool in a difficult situation. The book rapidly went downhill, though. The story is supposed to be built around a ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Susanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susanne by: Blacky *Romance Addict*
Shelves: genre-historical
Historical romance. 4 stars.

Some books inspires you to write amazing reviews and some books just leaves you with nothing to say. This book falls for me in the latter category. I liked it and I could see all the qualities, I just did not connect to it. Let me sum it up.

What I loved:

1. Devil. Handsome, reckless, fiercely loyal to his family. How can you not love a hero named Devil?

2. The writing. It was beautiful and at times I really felt inside the story. I can see it so clearly even now - and e
19/3 - I've been reading about the Cynsters for years, now I've finally gotten a hold of a copy of the original book from the library. Can't wait to see where it all started, the book that spawned 22 further books, so far (I wouldn't be surprised to see more Cynster stories featuring the younger set's children in the future, series like that can be never-ending). To be continued...


20/3 - Tolly's (what on earth is that short for?) half brother, Charles, is looking a li
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)

Miss Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby has plans, plans for adventure and excitement, so what she doesn't need is the unwanted attention of a Duke. Especially when that Duke is a Cynster, the head of a family notorious for being wild, but Devil Cynster, Duke of St. Ives is determined to have Honoria as his bride and the more she stubbornly denies him, despite the attraction and passion between them, the more he wants her. But, he must also keep her safe, there is a murderer intent on doing harm to hi
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Dec 18, 2012 Vilda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: HR lovers!
Recommended to Vilda by: Blacky *Romance Addict*
Oh, Devil... *sigh*

I'm so glad Blacky got me to push Devil's Bride up the to-read pile! Thanks for being so teasing. ;) (Btw, she definitely does write fantastic love scenes... *fans self*) I ended up really loving this one and I wish uni hadn't pushed 5 books in my lap this past week, stealing from my time with it. It was a perfect read to use as a treat inbetween though!

Devil was absolutely swoon-worthy and of course I fell head over heels for him as soon as we were introduced. What can I say?
This took me a ridiculously long time to read, but I really did enjoy it. I was first put off because Devil (silly nicknames, but I think 'Scandal' is worse) was such a pighead. I don't generally find hardheaded alpha males really very exciting. It reminded me of my friend's ex, which could only be because she was trying to break up with him while I was reading.

My opinion only changed when Honoria (another silly name) started taking charge in their physical exchanges. There is a lot of sensual
Sophie ♥
Dec 19, 2012 Sophie ♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance readers who are looking for steamy sex scenes
I have to say one thing first. The sex scenes in this book were just out-of-this-world HOT. The story itself didn't exactly have me at the edge of my seat. I really didn't empathise much with Honoria and I really felt like hitting her on the head for half the book. You'll never find a more infuriatingly stubborn and proud heroine. I loved Devil though. He was a perfectly sexy hero

The book is mostly about Devil convincing Honoria to marry him after they meet during a storm in the middle of nowh
I'd say that there are minor spoilers in this review but I think the book is so predictable that I'm not really ruining least nothing important.

2.5 stars.
I was a little disappointed with the lack of plot in this book and the "mystery" could have been handled better (or at all). Instead it was: make-out, slip in the tiniest crumb of information about what Devil was doing to solve the murder but not enough to actually tell you anything worthwhile, sex scene, repeat. I don't mind when
From the moment that Sylvester "Devil" Cynster sees the lady hovering over his cousins listless body, he is intrigued. Devil has seen enough of war to know his cousin is dying, but the lady who is calling him a variety of names is intent on protecting him. Little does Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby realize that in that moment, she is sealed her fate to become Devil's Bride.

Honoria has no intention of marrying, in fact she has been working as a finishing governess, despite her status in the ton. Whe
Jacob Proffitt
This book rather depends on you suspending disbelief a lot in order to enjoy it. The mystery isn't really much of one (I don't think, I didn't actually get to the reveal, but you can practically hear a villain theme song start up anytime a particular character enters a scene and since the rest of the book isn't exactly subtle, I doubt it's being coy here). And the main characters take turns being kind of stupid. And the steam level is way past my preferences. I'm going to chalk this one up to a ...more
3.5 Devilious Stars it is

I was looking for a new historical romance series , & happen to stumble on this, the title indeed caught my attention. SO I picked it up & it was good for most of part, the female lead Honoria took quite a time to say YES , but thank god she said it in the middle of the story or I would have stopped it. She reminded me of "Amelia from Mine Till Midnight". Anyways moving from that, the villian was quite obvious , I wished the author would have made it less obvious
Absolutely loved devil. Such a controled man, he is my favourite of the cynsters. I always go back to this book if I have nothing to read. Its a keeper.
I've read a few book by Stephanie Laurens now and while at first I enjoyed them, I now find myself pretty fed up. It's amazing that no matter how many books she writes, no matter how many different characters she dreams up, they all make the exact same decisions. It's uncanny. It would be as if we were reading about the same people over and over again except that in trying to come up with subtly different pasts, what actually happens is that in some books the decisions they make are more logical ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
11/28/2012 $2 for Kindle on Amazon today. I've been wanting to read this author for forever. I think I have another book or two. Can't beat the price and GR has it at 4.11 Stars out of 4,806 ratings. Seriously good.
Loved it. I haven't read a good historical romance in ages. This one scratched my itch. Stephanie Laurens knows how to write a steamy love scene.
Bark's Book Nonsense
Devil's Bride has lots of things to recommend it but it just misses my "loved it" vote because I found parts of it to be very slow moving. At certain points I couldn't turn the pages fast enough but then something would happen and I'd lose interest, discover my mind wandering, and find it all too easy to put the book down. It might be because I just wasn't interested in the mystery element of the plot and that I figured it out way too early (the villain was very obvious) but I'm not sure that wa ...more
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“I’m not a gentleman, I’m a nobleman, a distinction I suspect you understand very well.” 29 likes
“You may set your mind at rest, Miss Anstruther-Wetherby." He glanced down, the planes of his face granite-hard. "I'm not marrying you because of any social stricture. That, if you consider it, is a nonsensical idea. Cynsters, as you well know, do not give a damn about social strictures. Society, as far as we're concerned, can think what it pleases—it does not rule us."
"But… if that's the case—and given your reputation I can readily believe it is—why insist on marrying me?"
"Because I want to."
The words were delivered as the most patently obvious answer to a simple question. Honoria held on to her temper. "Because you want to?"
He nodded.
"That's it? Just because you want to?"
The look he sent her was calculated to quell. "For a Cynster, that's a perfectly adequate reason. In fact, for a Cynster, there is no better reason."
He looked ahead again; Honoria glanced at his profile. "This is ridiculous. You only set eyes on me yesterday, and now you want to marry me?"
Again he nodded.
The glance he shot her was too brief for her to read. "It so happens I need a wife, and you're the perfect candidate." With that, he altered their direction and lengthened his stride even more.
"I am not a racehorse."
His lips thinned, but he slowed--just enough so she didn't have to run. They'd gained the graveled walk that circled the house. It took her a moment to replay his words, another to see their weakness. "That's still ridiculous. You must have half the female population of the ton waiting to catch your handkerchief every time you blow your nose."
He didn't even glance her way. "At least half."
"So why me?"
Devil considered telling her--in graphic detail. Instead, he gritted his teeth and growled: "Because you're unique."
Unique in that she was arguing.”
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