Cynster men are invariably handsome rogues, and Catriona Hennessy, Scottish Lady of the Vale is well aware of their reputation. She is aghast when it is decreed by her guardian that she must marry the scandalous Richard Cynster within one week's time. Like her mother before her, Catriona is a beautiful, independent woman who needs no man to rule over her or the Vale. But what she does need is an heir--will the charming Richard Cynster be willing to give her what she wants? Facing unavoidable marriage, Richard savors the challenge of taming spirited Catriona. Simon Prebble's masterful narration of Laurens' tale will leave listeners feeling exhilarated.
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The first half of the book places the main characters in some really funny situations.I was listening in bed and had to get up. I laughed so hard the bed shook. Simon Prebble captures the rake's character perfectly. Loved it. Gonna buy the next one in the series.
This is my favorite book. The passion and sex scenes in this series is starting to become more detailed. Not a problem for me, Simon Prebble makes everything sound so passionate anyway. Scandal's Bride has a twist in that she comes to him the first three times. I thought it was a wonderful twist. I like to hear the details of a marriage sometimes instead of always reading about the courtship. This was a great book!
I love this whole series - it is just the thing for my morning commute. Nothing serious, although the "romantic" scenes have distracted me from driving from time to time! :) The thing I love most about them though it the NARRATOR who is nothing short of amazing! There are 6 main men (and as many women) characters in this series, and he manages to give each of them and himself as narrator a slightly different voice. A true talent as I have been listening to audio books for a long time and I can tell you not many narrators can pull that off!
Love historical and paranormal romances with smart, imperfect people who against the odds find love when they are not looking for it.
This was my first Cynster book and there will be more. It is the third in the series so I srarted in the middle. The story was enjoyable on its own but had previous characters nicely woven into it. A great romance with conflict and worth the credit. Narrator was spot on both male and female voices.
I enjoyed the written version; the mystical / alternate traditions of the Vale created a wonderful backdrop. That said, Mr. Prebble's reading takes the experience to another level.
I didn't have a favorite character in this book. The main characters were enjoyable but it is their interactions with everyone else that makes this story different from the average historical / paranormal romance.
Catronia's conversation with the girls in the still room brought home what the Cynster books are really all about - Family.
I listened to the book in two sittings and wished I hadn't had to stop; unfortunately my pillows get offended if I neglect them for too long.
Simon Prebble's narration of the Cynster series is outstanding. His abilities give the Cybster novels an extra dimension that ratchets them to a different sphere.
The mix of mysticism, action, mystery, and eroticism is unique within the Cynster series. Richard's character complies with the norms of the family male, yet he is devoted to service as well as being a dominant force.
His narration is tongue in cheek at times while adhering to the spirit of the novels. This isn't a scholarly work, and he "works" the Romance novel aspect.
The couple's evolution, especially after the near-death experience, is moving.
This is a fun, sensual read that is pure escapism.
I read this book, and then later on listen to it as I was driving across the country, I have to say listening to it brought more into it, that I didn't pick up from reading the book. Listening to the love scenes from Simon was another surprise, reading it is one thing, but when another person is reading this to you, and as interesting as he makes it, that was a whole other sphere.
All of it.
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