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Preview — Scandal's Bride by Stephanie Laurens
How can an honourable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard′s agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs - if he can have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises...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
"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
Thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Cynster series. I didn't expect to love his character so much. What a pleasant surprise that Scandal turned out to be my kind of man. He's strong, intelligent and protective. Best of all, he's a slow patient lover that likes to go all night.
"I want you in the worst possible way.... In every way known to man. I want to see you flower for me. Spread your legs for me and hold out your arms for ...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.
Look, I went in knowing that there was going to be a contentious issue so I shouldn't be surprised that I didn't like it. I decided to take a risk and not judge by other peoples opinions. Honestly, the "issue" wasn't even the reason I stopped. By the time I got there, I was done and it had just given me a good enough reason to say enough is enough.
I ABSOLUTELY HATED THE HEROINE!!
Such a self-absorbed, arrogant and manipulative character ...more
If I ignore that particular incident, this book was totally fantastic. Scottish vales and a beautiful, characteristically strong willed Cynster series heroine who looks much like Disney's Scottish heroine Merida.
But incidents like those are hard to ignore. (view spoiler)[ The heroine drugs the hero so that she can sleep with him and get impregnated. (hide spoiler)]
Just total rubbis ...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
I liked Richard's character, very much, but Catriona's not at all ... I just found her and a lot of her actions quite unlikeable and that made the whole story kind of unlikeable ...
Too bad, my expectations were much higher ...
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
I can put up with a lot in romance. Authors can make me believe so many things, put up with situations I wouldn't in real life, and enjoy stories that I find unbelievable and ridiculous. But I can't and won't tolerate rape in any form in any book I read that is supposed to be a romance. I would give this negative stars if I could. The heroine drugs the hero for the purpose of having sex with him without his knowledge so she can get pregnant and he neve ...more
While I love Catriona and her spunkiness, this is probably my least favorite book in the Cynster series. I usually skip this one when I do re-reads. I decided to read it this time around since it had been so many years since I had read it. I have no clue if I'll ever read it again.
Whelp, this one was odd. But I loved Catriona and her strength. Scandal was the typical Cynster so I liked him. The story itself was different. A lot of "The Lady" mentions which was ok but overly used. My real issue with the story was the lack of communication between the two to drive a wedge of misunderstanding between them. It was a crutch to add angst to the drama. That kind of stuff drives me a little crazy.
Lauren's can be relied on to deliver an entertaining story. Catriona and Richard Cynster make an interesting couple, one a witch the other a bastard son travel a hard road to find their true feelings. A delightful story in the Cynster series.
Interspersed with supernatural elements, the love story of Richard and Catriona emerges.
Catriona is a disciple of the "Lady", who is given a premonition that Richard shall father her kids. She decides to take the matters in her own hands to make it possible.
There was so much going on in this book. Once I got used to the PNR, i really wanted to shove the couple in each other's direction to stop hiding and COMMUNICATE.
(view spoiler)[ I was ok with the sperm stealing- b ...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
Once in London, Stephanie ...more