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Preview — Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens
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...more
One of my favorite historicals
This is the introduction to the Cynster family (and what a family it is ). 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 ...more
- *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 then l ...more
The said issues are as follows:
First, the writing style was unbalance ...more
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 ...more
This was quite the enjoyable read. We get my favorite with a hero who decides from the start that the heroine will belong to him, and proceeds to pursue her until he gets her.
We also get a heroine who made him work for it, while still being a very like-able character. She’s very stubborn and just when it started to get too much, she acknowledges her feelings for him.
There is also an exciting storyline that involves a “who done it” mystery. It did seem obvious, but I still enjoyed ...more
★★★★½ (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. ...more
(Tropes: Spinster/Wallflower, Marriage of Convenience, Enemies to Lovers)
This is how my 43rd re-read held up.
Ugh, this did not hold up.
She repeatedly says no to his kisses, he forces himself on her anyway by grabbing and kissing her until she “succumbs” to passion. She repeatedly tells him she won’t marry him, and he repeatedly ignores her.
It’s meant to be cute?
I won’t argue that Devi ...more
The story grabs your attention relatively well from the ...more
I was a little concerned about this narrator doing both male and female voices but was pleasantly surprised at how well he did and how much I enjoyed it. The voices of not only the hero and heroine were distinctive, but so were many of the secondary characters.
I’ve had this one in my sights for years but never made a conscious effort to dig in until a good book friend recommended it to me. The kindle price was way out of my budget and it was going to be over 6 ...more
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 ...more
I have a new book boyfriend and his name is Devil Cynster.
"I’m not a gentleman, I’m a nobleman, a distinction I suspect you understand very well."
Devil has a reputation as a rake and seducer of women. He's a no nonsense, tyrant who's use to getting his way in all things! Devil is an unmovable force, feared and respected by the ton and he has just met the woman he wants to marry. Fate won't make it easy for him.
"You like my kisses - and I like k ...more
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 " ...more
Honoria Prudence Anstruther-Wetherby (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?) is just settling in to her new governess position when she inadvertently stumbles upon a dying man. To confound matters, the victim’s cousin soon puts in an appearance and the two spend the night together in a cottage. The problems begin the next morning when Honoria’s reputation is place in jeopardy and her companion turns out the be none other than Sylvester “Devil” Cynster, 6th Duke of Ives. So begins the u ...more
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 ...more
Honoria is a strong minded heroine that the Devil has to convince to marry for a nice change of pace. A romantic ideal to the max, he uses any and all weapons including sexual seduction to woo Honoria.
A plethora of hunky brothers and cousins are set to roll out the series.
Beware, the rest are more or less pale imitations of Devil and Honoria in that the heroes are the ones doing the convinci ...more
Still, it was a thoroughly enjoyable romance between Honoria and Devil. It was just what I needed to pull me out of my slump!
Yes, I gave this series a try, since one of my fav authors raved to me so much about it. Devil really was a fantastic H - apart from his constant emphasis on his über experience in all matters sexual - and Honoria as a strong and sassy h. Overall was a great read, but it was always tainted, like I expected, by his father's actions in the past (since supposedly all family men are loyal, and even the motto is even 'To have and to hold'), and then they all - specially his mother ...more
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 ...more
Soooo, I'll probably read the rest.
I hope they don't have "mystery" plotlines though. Since the mystery taking up a good portion of the 400 page of this book was simplistic and obvious to the point of silliness.
Cynsters: "Oh no, our youngest cousin has been mysteriously murdered!! Whoever could have don ...more
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 ...more
Devil Cynster has decided that Honoria is to be his future wife. He is very impressed with her and as sad as the murder of Devil's cousin Tolly is, he takes full advantage of the circumstances an ...more
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"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?"
"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.”