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Devil's Cub

(Alastair-Audley #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  11,930 ratings  ·  900 reviews
Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal and fiery son of the notorious Duke of Avon, has established a rakish reputation that rivals his father's, living a life of excess and indulgence. He 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 ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Arrow (first published 1932)
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Dawn Ireland Hi Cari,
I hope you read on. I have a soft spot for this book, as it was the first romance I ever read. I didn't know books like this existed, and to…more
Hi Cari,
I hope you read on. I have a soft spot for this book, as it was the first romance I ever read. I didn't know books like this existed, and to this day I can tell you the story.

And, it is the reason I'm a romance author today. Of course, as I hadn't read any other romances, I didn't mind the playboy type. It was all new to me.

So, I recommend the story, as long as you realize it was written a long time ago and our ideas of 'romance' have changed.(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 a relationship without the benefit of marriage,
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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
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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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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: Domini
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
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 30, 2009 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
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.
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
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 page
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, historical, romance
BR with Sofia, Rosa and Ingela

My first Heyer...

My review of an e-book edition here
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
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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
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
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
Mar 17, 2015 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.
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
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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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Alastair-Audley (4 books)
  • These Old Shades (Alastair-Audley, #1)
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