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Kelley

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  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (992)
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    (688)
    Story
    (697)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    "Not married to Hell"
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    Laurens has such lovely prose, and I like her characters -- until she makes them say the same two things for fifty pages. I was having quite a nice time in the beginning. The dramatic meeting, the heroine's plight -- all of that was juicy stuff. And she has real skill at setting the scene.
    Then the 6 hours of repetition begin. Hero: "We're getting married." Heroine: "No we're not."
    That's it. For page after page. And then, it's Heroine: "Okay, I'll marry you." Hero: "Are you sure? You need to be sure. I can wait." For page after page after page.

    And then, I don't know what happened, because I couldn't make myself listen to the end.

    I don't mean to be a brat. The author is immensely popular, so there are clearly people who enjoy the kind of 'battle of wills' plot she creates. I'm just not one of them.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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