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!
Can't believe this was part of the Cynster series. There was absolutely No storyline/plot here; no character interest, no mystery, no quest, no fun secondary characters, no info about the heroine's religion....Nothing....Just rambling dialogue and many overly-typical (and mediocre) intimate scenes, along with tons of miscommunications, between two flatly written characters. Add to that the thousand-and-one times the author used the word "humph" and I could not wait for it to end.
There really isn't much of a plot to this book -- it is a vehicle for the author's sexual imaginings, which seem to go on interminably. If you like plundering, plunging, panting, probing ad nauseum, this is the book for you. However, if you are looking for a well plotted book that happens to be a romance, this is not it. I found this a big bore and a terrible disappointment. The breathy male reader doesn't help either.
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
Book3: Richard/ Scandal & Catriona "the Lady of the Vale". Starts in 1819 & into the next year. No great saga, just satisfying reading if you like historical romance that's sexy, & without BDSM or heroines who are TSTL. All the Cynster women/wives can hold their own!
I like steamy romance, but this story was over the top on the sex scenes. I had to skip some parts because it was just the same. I really liked when the family got together and that story of the Lady, I don't know, but I didn't care about that part of the story at all.
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.
"My favourite book from Stephanie Laurens"
Listening to the story of which I have read on my kindle, means I can relax, close my eyes and I'm transported back to Scotland,
I love when Scandal is poisoned and the family come, the interaction with the every one in the household, lovely detail of their lives.
I can listen to Simon Prebble all day, I have several talking books with him narrating, the inflection of his voice, he is a master at narration
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