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"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."
Another great installment from the Bar Cynster series!
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 Yes I know, quite complex, but that is why his nickname is Scan ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Scandal's Bride started out very promising with a fascinating female character who scythe's and the reading of a will. Catriona- who has mysterious powers and is the human representation of the Lady of the Vale sees a blue eyed warrior in her future. Knowing the Lady means for him to be the father of her children. Catriona, a dominant female is concerned because ...more
Richard received the nickn ...more
Once in London, Stephanie ...more