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Devil's Cub

(Alastair-Audley Tetralogy #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  14,191 ratings  ·  1,121 reviews
Duellist and gamester, the young Marquis of Vidal had fairly earned the sobriquet 'Devil's Cub' - a tribute to the wilder excesses of his father, the Duke of Avon.

When Mary Challoner discovered Dominic's plans to run away with her lovely sister, she donned cloak and mask in a daring impersonation and found herself bound for France with the most notorious rake in Georgian L
Paperback, 282 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Arrow (first published 1932)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This book has the distinction of being the very first Georgette Heyer novel I ever read. Maybe that’s part of the reason I give it all 5 stars, but it also has one of my favorite heroines, a man madly chasing down the girl he loves, and my favorite chapter in any Heyer novel, starring a sardonic old gentleman. So all the stars!

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
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
This is my second read of this title on Goodreads (first read on Goodreads here but I have read this title over a 100 times.)

It is my favourite book of all time.

This time I am reading my Dad's old paperback. He gave all his old GH paperbacks to me - except for this one. It was beside his Lazyboy when he died. He also reread this book often.

I don't have much to add to my original review other than it is an interesting character study of two couples, one romantic and one practical and they may
mark monday
An apt title! Dominic, the Marquis of Vidal, is the devil's "cub" indeed - a devilish beast who may one day grow up into a human. This bestial young nobleman immediately resorts to violence or threats of violence when angered, is quietly and eerily dangerous when drunk, nonchalantly guns down any who may annoy him - whether that be an intrusive highwayman or a fellow gambler who calls him a liar (personally I can't blame him for either), and less understandably, has no notion of chivalry when it ...more
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.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingie by: Sofia
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-lovin
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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There might not be any sex in Georgette Heyer regency romances, but man that woman can pack more drama into these puppies than Julia Quinn at her most malicious. DEVIL'S CUB is downright soap opera-ish in terms of scope and characterization.

The plot is basically this - hold onto your bonnets: D
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
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 pages of
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jan 21, 2012 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
Jacob Proffitt
This is a sequel to another book and I couldn't read this one without reading the other first. I tried.

Towards the end of this, I had flashes of memory that indicates that I have, indeed, read this before. If I had reviewed it then, I probably wouldn't have needed to read it again to feel like I had given it a chance. It's definitely not one of my favorite Heyer romances.

Dominic is such a harsh jerk for the first parts of this book that I had a hard time being engaged with him at all. He's callo
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, romance-hist
This is laugh-out-loud, rollicking fun, a farce.

I actually liked this more than Avon and Leonie's story, These Old Shades. Vidal, their son, is an apple off the old tree, which is comeuppance, but of course with parental hypocrisy becomes "unacceptable". La!
"You must think me witless, my dear boy. I am perfectly aware that you would like to throw my extremely reprehensible past in my teeth."

"I confess, sir, I find your homily a little ironic."

The extremes of sense and sensibility, if you will.
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

Have you ever watched someone's favorite movie with them, and they just sit there quoting along? That is the internal dialogue that goes through my head when I read this one. I think I know every look and word by heart. Then I re-read it and find a hidden pause, a different context to the quote I thought I knew, a lost smile. My heart melts. I'm in love all over again.
Brian Johnson
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Witty Georgian shenanigans with a surprising edge (but no naughty bits) from the author who by all accounts basically invented the contemporary version of the Regency genre. In this one, written in 1932, level-headed heroine Mary Challoner hatches a plot to save her naive younger sister from ruin at the hands of the “Devil’s Cub” of the title: out-of-control aristocrat, the Marquis of Vidal, son of the “Devil” whose story was told in a previous novel.

Following her interception of a secret love
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
Seema Khan
4.5* to Devil's Cub.


I had such great expectations from this book! Especially after These Old Shades. It's not that I didn't like the book. I did. In fact I loved it. But somewhere down in my heart I was comparing it all the time to TOS and unfortunately it did not catch up :(

Firstly TOS had Avon. AVON. The hero I love the most. My All Time Favourite Heyero. And nothing compares to Avon. Not even his son.

Secondly, the result of the first point. Avon’s presence overshadowed Vidal’s.
Oct 25, 2012 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
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
On reread, still a very enjoyable historical romance. For me, not quite the 5 stars of its predecessor, These Old Shades, but still lots of fun, and a sweet romance. The later part of the book with its slightly madcap journey through France is classic Heyer. The scenes with Justin and Leonie (from These Old Shades) are lovely, with their characters still the same and just as wonderful. Rupert has become crustier and more eccentric, and the final section with his obsession with the burgundy wine ...more
Jenny Q
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The wild Marquis of Vidal is flirting around with Sophia Challoner, who thinks that she might ensnare him to marry her. But her sister, Mary Challoner, believes she is naive. When it comes to Mary's notice that the two are going to elope, she decides to save Sophia by running away in her stead and confronting the Marquis. But she hadn't bargained on his black temper and gets abducted away to France, which might very well end up ruining her life.

Now, I wouldn't normally touch a book with such a
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to change my rating but I don't think I loved this as much the second time around. I think in the last five years I've become more sensitive to abusive/controlling behaviors and Vidal had too many qualities that now are red flags to me. Also (and maybe this is because I've been reading a lot of slow burn romances lately), the love felt a little insta to me.

I think what I liked about this the first time (so soon after reading These Old Shades), was the presence of so much of
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
I started reading this novel with mild skepticism and ended it by ordering three other books from the same author. Needless to say, me and my wallet felt empty inside after finishing this.

So how did we get to this series of fortunate events? Usually, I'm not a big fan of romance or romance heavy books. Especially not historical romance. And yet, here I am. Giving this piece a full 5 star rating while throwing it straight into my favourite shelf.

To understand this unexpected development we have t
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 07, 2014 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
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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. Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance nov

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