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.
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"Lush sensuality, deft plotting, and charming secondary characters make this novel a stellar beginning for the Bar Cynster series." (Amazon.com review)
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.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
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.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
All of the Cynster books Recorded Books produced with Simon Prebble narrating are worth listening to, if only to wait for and truly appreciate the way he says "... and ... then ... she ... shattered!" That alone makes these books listen-worthy. It is in every single book. Wait for it...
Devil's Bride seems to be considered Ms. Lauren's best work. I probably agree. It started off with a very unique twist, especially for an historical romance. And the two main characters are both larger than life. I give Ms. Lauren's credit for creating heroines every bit as brave and stubborn as her heroes. And I also like that in her books it is typically the man who falls first and he has to work hard to convince the woman of his dreams to take him on. I also appreciate that she puts a plot in each of her books. It may not be plausible or complicated, but it is much preferable to so many historical romances that focus solely on the relationship between the two main characters.
But again, Simon Prebble's narration alone makes this book and all of the Lauren's books he narrated worth listening to. I doubt that I would ever have picked this book up in paperback.
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!
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.
Addicted to Audio Books.....
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.
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!!!
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.
I started out really into this book. It is well written and there was a lot of dramatic tension in the first half. Of course, I knew it was a romance when I got it, but I guess I was expecting more mystery than romance. Right around the second half (not coincidentally, around the time the sex scenes started) the entire mystery element disappeared in favor of protracted sex scenes that were so long they became tedius. The first of them was well over an hour long! If you are into that sort of thing, then you may not have felt as I did that it really took away from the overall story, and I found myself fast-forwarding them to get to the actual storyline. The mystery element was set up well, but by 3/4 of the way, I was getting frustrated with the main character to figure out who did it, when I had figured it out several hours earlier. Overall, the story was enjoyable, but if all the books in the series feature the mind-numbing sex scenes this one does, I don't think I will want to listen to the rest of the series.
I would have dramatically cut the sex scenes, which I think would have made them more rewarding.
I LOVE Simon Prebble, everything he does is fantastic. His narration is half the reason I listened to this book all the way through.
Less description, more left to the imagination.
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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
"A good start to the Bar Cynster cousins saga"
It was a good book to wile away the hours, nothing too tricky or needing full concentration. The books are written sequentially and I have read the first 6 - all of them fun. I think I'll stop at 6, now all 6 cousins are married.
Other than each of the cousin's nicknames being a bit daft (Devil, Vane, Lucifer, Scandal etc), Devil (head of the family) was a great alpha character, with a very large & noisy family. I have read the first 6 books in the Cynster series (not sure that I will read anymore as they are quite same-y) and was great fun if you like a bit of light froth to read without being taxed in any way.
Devil's Bride is possibly the best in the series with a good storyline. I liked Devil's future bride Honoria who was a strong female character. What I did find amusing in all the female heroine's in the 6 books is that each young lady goes from strong female type to simpering Miss once they encounter the Cynster cousins. They all quickly jump into bed with their male heroes, regardless of any resultant consequence. In those days and being well-bred I can't imagine that all 6 brides were strumpets and gagging for the love of a Cynster. Most amusing. Simon Prebble reading the love scenes was a hoot.
He is so OTT with his narration. I did find myself getting use to his dramatic pronouncements, almost as if he was reading it tongue-in-cheek, which he most probably was
No, I was happy to dib in and out
It seems that I like stories that have male family members and friends helping each other out of scrapes and being supportive to each other. This is the third set of series books that I have read that have an alpha male at the centre of the books and lots of male support from friends/family. In a very soppy way, it is heart-warming to see male bonding which is often less prominent than females, who bond/support together more naturally. It brought a smile to my face on a grey old day.
"Good Mystery Plot, Erotic"
I chose this book because I was expecting a Georgette Heyer type listening. It was not!!
Full of erotic descriptions which gave some unexpected spice, but with a good storyline running throughout. I will listen to other books by Stephanie Laurens.
I thought the whole book was full of memorable moments. It has been very well written.
Excellent narrative by Simon Prebble. Brought alive the passion between Devil Sinster and his lady. He read the book with enthusiasm and his voice suited the storyline with great aplomb. I would seek his narration again.
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