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The Lady By His Side

(Devil's Brood Trilogy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,109 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A marquess in need of the right bride. An earl’s daughter in search of a purpose. A betrayal that ends in murder and balloons into a threat to the realm.

Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn’t choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not appeal. Where is he to find the right lady to be his march
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Savdek Management Pty Ltd
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Kat Valentine
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Sebastian and Antonia's love story. Once again Stephanie Laurens has taken us on a journey were the cynster's and now their children are coming of age and falling in love and serving their country and in this new tale the mystery is to find out were barrels of gun powder are being kept before the bad guys use them. Theirs mystery, great sex and a great love story,all the things that we come to expect from the cynster's and the powerful families of the haut ton !!!
Ivy H
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, 2-stars
The Lady By His Side was surprisingly much better than I thought it would be — or at least a whole lot less annoying than Laurens’ more recent work. It was definitely a significant improvement over the preceeding Adventurers Quartet series, which in my opinion was appalling.

The good:
By this point, I pretty much read Stephanie Laurens only to see what situations/plots she puts her characters in. It’s interesting to see the political happenings of the periods she writes about, and how she incorpor
Barbara Rogers
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Laurens has begun another exciting trilogy featuring the Cynsters. We'll see all three of Devil Cynster's children marry as well as Wolverstone's oldest and Gyles Rawlings oldest.

What didn't I love:
1. Sebastian just didn't feel 'real' to me. He grew up in the Cynster family that is absolutely filled with strong, intelligent, willful women and he has the wonderful example of his father, fathers cousins and uncle to see how to treat them. Yet -- Sebastian has no clue??? Sorry -- couldn'
Chitra *CJ*
"The Lady By His Side" is the story of Sebastian and Antonia.
Lord Sebastian Cynster, Marquess of Earith, is the oldest son of Devil and Honoria, and now in search for a bride as his age advances to mid 30s. His plans seemingly come to a halt, when Drake Varisey, eldest son of the Duke of Wolverston, and a servant to the crown asks his aid.
Drake had received an urgent missive from Lord Ennis, an Irish peer- and convinces Sebastian to attend the latter's house party with the help of Sebastian's ch
Snigdha Prakash
So disappointed.
Couldn't even finish the book.
I just could not get past 60%.
I tried really hard because I like the author but this was a major disappointment.
I liked the premise a lot but the execution was so dull.
Bored me out of my freaking mind.
The romance was on such a back burner that it was completely dead.
The romance and the chemistry did nothing for me. At all.
I couldn't just connect to the characters.
I wish this was better since it had potential but
Can't do it.
Kristina Deluise
I want to say that the lady by his side was very well written and the plot was really good. I also want to say that having waited almost 20 years for a book, I've never been more disappointed. I have been waiting since honoria found out about the bet.. (devils bride).. I have been waiting for Sebastian's book and did not get the pay off I was looking for......... The buccaneer books had it but this book did not. I wanted FAMILY, i wanted to see devil interact with sebastian, and honoria, finding ...more
Cardyn Brooks
The Lady by His Side launches into the Devil's Brood trilogy about the next generation of Cynsters with Devil's son, Sebastien. And as has become a signature element of S.L.'s love stories, Antonia is as smart and savvy as the man who wants her. Hart to Hart transported back in time to the mid-19th century.

Political intrigue sets the stage for murder and mayhem among the glittering world of the privileged elites. These younger Cynsters and their future mates display as much emotional range and g
I really enjoyed this book. It is book one of the newest Cynster Triogy. Part of the next generation series. During this time in England The sons, or daughters of dukes, or Earls, or other royalty, were called to help in any secret threats to the crown. Sebastian Cyntser, who is a,marquees, is asked by a spy master, and friend Drake Varisey, who is a dukes son. to help him be two places in one. Drake needs to head to Ireland, and he needs Sebastian to go to a house party in the country to accept ...more
Gaby Cordova
¿Lo recomiendo? No. No sí, es tu primera vez leyendo a la autora y si no has terminado le leer la serie de Los Cynster y el Club Bastión (no creo que se puedan disfrutar igual por individual).
La novela me aburrió, me pase muchos párrafos rápidamente, estos tres libros manejan un "misterio" de los cuales Stephanie Laurens ya me tiene cansada, como he comentado sigo con la serie por el amor a los primeros libros de esta y sus personajes. Por esto mismo me molestó ( y no sé si será spoiler) pero e
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick airplane read, going into the lives of the next generation of the St Ives gang. Part one of a trilogy our characters are involved in a very shaky murder mystery at a house party, intended to introduce the overarching plot. Just did the sex scenes need to be so long??
Lissy Liz
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Loving these stories by Staphie Laurens, these feisty women crack me up.
Good to know they have a back bone.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian is a true Cynster, like all the Cynster males in his family. Lady Antonia is her father's daughter (Earl of Chillingworth). Two Strong Personality. Each seeking the mate to the other. Shocking things happen when they come together.
Marian Johnston
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the Cynsters

I have read all of the Cynster novels and this one was as great as all the others. It is wonderful to see what happens to the children.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where, oh where, has Stephanie Laurens gone? Her original Cynster series was wonderful - well written, great pacing, memorable characters. The series began to weaken as she moved to the younger generation and it hit bottom as she brought in all kinds of friends and relatives with tenuous connections to the original Cynsters. But now she has managed to make Sebastian Cynster so boring that it's definitely time to end the series. Added to the lackluster writing and plot is the latest twist in her ...more
Devil's son and Chillingworth's daughter... interesting! Dalziel's son as a character too... sign me up! :)
Sheila Melo
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FINAL DECISION:  Good story, good romance, but I wish there was more on the romance and less on the mystery.  These were highly anticipated characters and I wish there was more about their journey.  That being said, I understand it is more difficult to write stories about well-adjusted happy characters so I appreciate that their story needed more.

THE STORY:  Sebastian Cynster knows that it is time for him to find a wife because the women in his family are never patient about helping the men alon
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I will buy/download/read any book with Stephanie Laurens' name on it!
Recommended to Jeanine by: I am adding to my Stephanie Laurens' - Cynsters Next Generation series - & beginning my - Devil's Brood Trilogy - Bookshelves as part of my 2017 New Year's Resolution. 'The Lady By His Side' is Book 4 in the Cynsters Next Generation series & Book 1 of 3 in the Devil's Brood Trilogy.
The Caveat: I will be the first to admit Ms. Laurens' 'Quartet' series was not my favorite of her series works; however, her 'Brides' series had me at the edge of my seat, biting my nails, until the next installment was in my hands.  With that said, I was a bit ambivalent about her current 'Next Generation' and 'Devil's Brood' offerings.

The Tease: "A marquess in need of the right bride. An earl’s daughter in search of a purpose. A betrayal that ends in murder and balloons into a threat to the re
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I really enjoy reading historical romance novels. And this one is chocked full historical era descriptions. But I was not satisfied with the narrator, so there is a possibility that I would have enjoyed the story more so if I had read it on my own. It started way too slow, but eventually improved some. The women are way too bold and daring for the era they belong to. Sexual scenes were extremely lengthy and way too detailed, which I personally can do without.

The H/H belonged to the same social
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, good. I gave it 4 stars, because I think it wasn't as strong as some of her other books. I didn't realize that the story was going to span over three books- and by that, I mean the mystery that the hero and heroine were solving, actually isn't going to be solved until the third book.

I was a bit frustrated that the last 8% of the book wasn't actually the book but sneak peeks and other things. I read on a kindle, and I really dislike it when this happens with books. I thought I had 8% lef
Kristen Lewendon
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. But then, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by this author. I am from that extremely rare breed that’s read Stephanie Laurens’ work but has never read a single Cynster novel. This is my very first exposure to the family, and so I’m not disappointed as so many of the long-time fans appear to be. I didn’t walk into this book with preconceived notions of who Sebastian and Antonia were supposed to be or how they were supposed to behave. I thought Sebastian was protective and honorable, ...more
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
I have loved the Cynsters since the first book and Stephanie Laurens continues to create stories filled with love, intrigue and strong characters and plots. The Lady By His Side is the first of a new series featuring Devil and Honoria's children. This is Sebastian and Antonia's story. Sebastian is a true Cynster in that he is a little arrogant, somewhat rakish, overly protective, and about to meet his downfall - the love of his life. Antonia Rawlings is her mother's daughter in that she is feist ...more
I stumbled across this in my local library and since I had read the stories related to this series, I picked it up.

It was an enjoyable if wordy story of Sebastian and Antonia, children of characters of earlier series. They are caught in intrigue where people are murdered and there is a plot that endangers the realm.

Antonia is a strong minded character with the aptitude to play by the rules yet plan to be treated as an equal partner in a match based on love. Sebastian is fighting against such e
Rosemarie Grainer
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great Cynster Next Gen story by Stephanie Laurens

This is the start of a new trilogy about Devil Cynster's children. Since Devil and Honoria are their parents, you know they will be devilish, loyal, smart and also stubborn and fiercely protective of anyone they care for. This can make falling in love with one of them difficult. Sebastian Cynster, Devil's heir embodies all of these qualities. Fortunately, Antonia Rawlings has known him all her life and knows how he can be. She is more than
I like Regency-era stories, and I like some romance books. This one just didn't hold my attention, and I did not end up finishing it.

There wasn't anything really bad about this. It was an okay storyline, with fairly likable characters, and a not bad setting. I think that was the problem for me - it was just "not bad", but there was nothing about the plot or the characters that really grabbed hold of me and drew me into the story, or connected me to the characters.

The story was fine, but I realiz
I have read all of the other Cynster books, and this one was a bit of a disappointment for me. It was so long, I found myself skimming a lot of the details. I was so disappointed when I got to the end and found out the story wasn't closed and I'd need to read on to book 2 and book 3 for a resolution.

And just from a pet peeve standpoint, these Cynster men are so instinctive. I used the search feature, and "instinctively" was used 18 times in a 17 chapter book. It is certainly something distincti
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
I have read almost everything that this author has written, and for being Devil's son, Sebastian's story just didn't ring true for me. For one thing the book was a little boring, what with at least 3 chapters of fighting his attraction to Antonia, then the sex scene chapters, to a lot of chapters devoted to searching the grounds of the estate for the barrels of gunpowder, from North to South visiting every hut or outbuilding. I believe in descriptive writing, but this was a little over the top. ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
It took me a while to read, but it was much better, than SL's last few books.

Only two guest appearances, which just wasn't enough, IMO. I wanted to see Devil and Honoria, at the very least! Or some Devil and Gyles interaction! Grrr.

Also there were a few bits where ther just wasn't much going on...very slow paced...and
I wish I knew more about the Young Irelanders, just to get my head around the time period.

Oh and the cover is awful! The next book sounds great, though the cover's not mu
While I did not enjoy the Adventurers Series, I enjoyed the return to the Cynster Books and this was a classic Stephanie Laurens read.

However I agree with others readers that more appearances by the older generation, particularly the parents of these characters, (and a touch more wit we have come to expect from the Cynster Clan and Bastion Club series) would have increased my enjoyment and lifted the story to 5 stars for me.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always found Stephanie Laurens a little iffy in her ability to make me stick to her books. This book grabbed me and made me read. I liked the blend of romance and suspense. However, it is not a stand-alone book. If you want to find out the ending you have to read the three books in the series.
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie

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Devil's Brood Trilogy (3 books)
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“Get out of here, Antonia. Now.” There was no real force behind the command, as if only a part of him meant it.” 3 likes
“That woman who was her true self saw Lord Sebastian Cynster, Marquess of Earith, as, quite simply, hers.” 0 likes
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