If you love regencys you'll adore this one, of course all of ms heyer's books are good, but for the full family you need to get These Old Shades with Léonie and Justin parenting Dominic in Devil's Cub and Dominic and Mary are the grand-parents of Barbara in An Infamous Army. than again if you want to really get the whole story line be sure to get The Black Moth where the wicked Duke of Avon is known as Satanas and he really lives up to the name what a dad!!
I didn't get this book for the longest time because of all the negative reviews about violence, etc. I'm so glad I finally got it! One of my favorites!
I've loved Georgette Heyer for most of my life. This is one of her most romantic novels and even though I've read it dozens of times it still delights me.
The narration was great! The voices were quite distinct - I specially enjoyed Uncle Rupert, he was soo funny! - and the accents were dead on.
Had the same quibble as other listeners about Vidal's voice (he just sounded too old). I didn't find any fault Mrs. Challener's accent. I don't think her father was supposed to be a nobleman (he didn't have a title after all) but just from the gentry. And those "unequal" marriages were not that rare.
About the book, well...I would have wished that Vidal and Mary spent more time together so I can really believe he was finally in love.
I loved this book. It was so enjoyable I couldn't stop listening. Georgette Heyer has such great vivid characters with lines that are so quotable. This book is a must.
I really enjoyed this book. Georgette Heyer was a master story teller and I have most of her books in my library. I suggest reading These Old Shades first then the Devil's Cub.
English major, Attorney then CEO of 5000 employee company (in that order). I have over 1200 books in my Audible library.
Devils Cub is the sequel to These Old Shades, but it definitely is a stand alone book.
The "cub" is the son of Lord Vidal who was a first class rake until he settled down with the love of his life. The "cub" is following in the rakish footsteps of his father, and in fact may even surpass the Lord in his outlandish behavior. The cub is forced to leave town and he takes along a play toy. Alas it was the wrong play toy and she teaches him a mighty lesson. One of my favorite characters in this book is Rupert. He is the Lord's brother - the cub's uncle. He is one of the funniest characters in any of Georgette Heyer's books. Speaking of Heyer, she is a fantastic writer. Her mysteries are very good, but her Regency novels, such as Devils Cub, are superb. She has a Jane Austen style but her story lines are a little more active. She tells great love stories but does not write any sex scenes. Her romance scenes are even more romantic than the steamy sex scenes you can find in many other Regency books. I have read all of Heyer's books and have only been disappointed once out of the scores of books (An Infamous Army was disappointing to me).
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal 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 Dukedom, he is considered a good prospect on the marriage market. Vidal currently has his eye on the young, lovely, and unintelligent Sophia Challoner, and Sophia's greedy mother is more than happy to encourage his dubious attentions.
When lovely, saucy Mary Challoner had practiced her hold deception upon the hot-blooded, fiery-tempered young Marquis of Vidal--substituting herself for her young sister he had thought to carry off to France--she had little notion he would grimly hold her to her part of the bargain. Now he had left her, and she was alone, a stranger in a strange land, prey to the intrigues of glittering, heartless, 18th century Paris.
Only one person could rescue her--the Marquis himself. But how could she ever trust this man? How could she even hope to overcome the contempt in which he held her? And how could even the sudden flowering of her love ever bridge the terrible gap between them?
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book because I was unimpressed with the love interest, Dominic. I loved the earlier story about his parents. I understood why Dominic's father was the tortured soul he was. Not so with Dominic.
But then Heyer let slip a little insight into Dominic's own demons. Not the why of having them, but that he DID have them. That made him more sympathetic. Still not my idea of a romantic man, though. The story very much fits into the old-fashioned cliche that a man needs a good woman at his side so he can be a decent person.
Still, an entertaining listen. The narrator did a fabulous job.
How Heyer manages to come up with such varied characters and story lines amazes me. This, however is one of her best novels. Michael Drew is believable, as always. Great performance.