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Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel | [Stephanie Laurens]

Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Bold, daring, larger-than-life heroes and feisty, intelligent heroines propel Stephanie Laurens' exciting historical romances. Devil's Bride is rich with engaging plot and sensuous character development.

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. He insists that their unchaperoned night together has compromised her honor, and, therefore she must marry him. Tension levels run high as Honoria plots to thwart Devil's marriage plans and tries to help him find his cousin's killer...the same madman who is now plotting to murder Devil.

Narrator Simon Prebble tantalizes listeners as he breathes life into these intriguing characters.

Savor another Cynster novel.

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What the Critics Say

"Lush sensuality, deft plotting, and charming secondary characters make this novel a stellar beginning for the Bar Cynster series." (Amazon.com review)

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    Scottie in TX Texas 10-11-09
    Scottie in TX Texas 10-11-09 Member Since 2005

    Scottie

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    "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"

    OMG - I have wanted to listen to the early books in this series for soooooo long. I was so excited to see Scandal's Bride a few months back and now books 1 and 2 are also available. Devil's Bride shows the bar Cynster at their best. I loved how Devil knew Honoria would be his bride way before she did. However, he had to prove it to her. If you love this series - definitely read this book!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 12-21-11
    Kelley CA, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2006

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Not married to Hell"

    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.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Brighton, CO, USA 10-22-09
    Maria Brighton, CO, USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "An awesome listen!"

    Simon Prebble will knock your socks off with his reading of this well written book. Laurens builds up and maintains the sexual tension between the hero and heroine from their very first encounter, but Prebble's performance brings it to life. You will not be disappointed.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Fort Worth TX 05-10-11
    Joseph Fort Worth TX 05-10-11 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!"

    If you are into romance novels, I highly recommend it. Love the characters, storyline and the narrator does an excellent job with all the voices

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 09-21-11
    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 09-21-11

    Addicted to Audio Books.....

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    "Riveting!!!!!"

    The narration was superb and I found myself taking the long way to and from work just so I could listen to more of the story. I have since put all the Cynster's novels on my wish list.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    N. Brooks SC 02-14-10
    N. Brooks SC 02-14-10 Member Since 2007

    intoseries

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    "Devilishly interesting"

    I thought the back and forth between the main characters was amusing. They both felt they had the right to protect the other. These books are so old fashioned in their ideals about the roles of women and men. I like that the women are uniquely independent and passionate. While they are innocent, they are intelligent and independent thinkers...which sets them apart from the pack. Good read, even better listen with Simon Prebble as narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SARAH HERTFORD, NC, United States 12-21-10
    SARAH HERTFORD, NC, United States 12-21-10 Member Since 2008

    I am an ICU RN and listening to books is my get away from the stress of my job and life in general. I love Audible!!!

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    "I keep coming back to this book"

    This is the first time writing a review and the third time listening to this book. You can't go wrong with Laurens writing and Simon Prebbles narration...the whole Cynster series is wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    This book was well written. Lead man is awesome. Good narroration and good story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Litchfield, CT, United States 02-04-10
    Penny Litchfield, CT, United States 02-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Simon Probble does a great job narrating."

    Loved this book because of the narration by Simon Prebble, loved the character's.

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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-22-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An easy read and a simple plot"

    I admit I enjoyed reading this book but the plot seemed weak and obvious. I actually read The Ideal Bride before purchasing this book and did not realize that the stories are connected since that book does not show up in the series. The plot for The Ideal Bride was much more complicated and neither the hero nor the heroine were trying to overpower the other as in this book. This book’s hero is very strong-minded and pushes for marriage all throughout the book. Hard to believe a sought after Duke would be so persistent but oh well. I understand that times were different those days but for someone so strong-minded as the heroine to agree to become a wife and mother and leave her long life dream of traveling to Africa was hard to accept. Made the story a bit bookish and unreal especially since the Duke did not offer to take her to Africa after their marriage. So if you have not read the Ideal Bride, read that book instead even if like myself you are a fan of Duke stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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