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Scandal's Bride | [Stephanie Laurens]

Scandal's Bride

Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romances such as A Rake's Vow and Devil's Bride. Lauren's Scandal's Bride is the hot and exciting third novel in her riveting Bar Cynster series.
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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romances such as A Rake's Vow and Devil's Bride. Lauren's Scandal's Bride is the hot and exciting third novel in her riveting Bar Cynster series.

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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    Maureen Russell Springs, KY, United States 01-07-13
    Maureen Russell Springs, KY, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "nice"
    Where does Scandal's Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    not sure


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked his voice. Easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I could put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura United States 09-25-12
    Laura United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

    Tree-hugger, Turtle-rescuer, wild-eyed Bead-Babe

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    "The best matching of a narrator and script!"

    Wow. Simon Prebble and Stephanie Laurens -- what a match! Her story lines are brought to life by the voice and ability of Simon Prebble. You hear a voice and know who is speaking, what they are feeling and thinking. Stephanie Laurens' fully formed characters, with their strengths and weaknesses, their pride and humility find true expression in the rich embodiment given them by Simon Prebble. Laurens creates characters you would enjoy speaking with, dancing with, being with. Her rich sensuality and sense of humor are delightful. Thank you to both of you!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erin SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 11-24-11
    Erin SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2010

    Yeah, I like romance novels. So what??

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    "What happened to the last 1/4 of the book???"

    After only barely mentioning the Cynster clan during the first 75% of the book, it's ALL family back-story the last 25%.

    Boring!! Didn't even finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-16-11
    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "EXCELLENT !"

    This was my first cynster book and although I didn't read the earlier books I was not at all lost. I will be looking for more books by this author. The narration was also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S NY 10-21-10
    S NY 10-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "CYNSTER LETDOWN"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 05-25-09
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 05-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Short on plot, long on repetitive acrobatic sex"

    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.

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    MM New Windsor, NY, US 09-10-13
    MM New Windsor, NY, US 09-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "NOT MY FAVORITE NARRATOR!!"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was a good one and it held my interest, although I think there was too much reflection of the thoughts of each character rather than dialog between the characters. Simon Prebble is certainly not one of my favorite narrators. I feel he sounds too old to be the voices of the characters that are supposed to be in their 20's or 30's. The way he narrates the love scenes turns into a yelling frenzy by the time the scene is finished. As I have said once before, he sounds like he is announcing the Kentucky Derby!! Please Please Please authors, give great thought to who you chose to narrate the story that I'm sure took you a great amount of time to write. Thank you.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-24-12
    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-24-12 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "A new twist to the Cynster tales"

    Laurens is a very creative writer and I am growing to like her more and more. In this story she goes far afield from the previous two but the end result is the same - a story that is entertaining from beginning to end with great romance and love scenes. I enjoy too how she keeps bringing characters from the earlier books back into the stories. That is what a series should be like. And Prebble, what can one say. He is superb.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Westford, MA, United States 12-20-12
    Dianne Westford, MA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Doesn't disappoint"
    Would you listen to Scandal's Bride again? Why?

    Yes - Richard is a great character - well written, good depth. Story line is complex.


    What other book might you compare Scandal's Bride to and why?

    3rd in the series and the best so far.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Lots of feeling in his voice ... although it would be great if the voices of the women were better


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Richard is poisoned - it changes the whole path of the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 12-11-12
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked it but a little disappointed"

    As some other reviewers have said, this story line was a little disappointing. Still like this series and the narrator. But I had trouble liking this female. I also found the main premise a little 'out there'. And, I got really tired of the use of 'humph' ad nauseum. That said, I still recommend this listen, and the series is great. You need to listen/read this one to get the whole feel of the series. I really liked Richard's character. I enjoy hearing updates of the previous men and their families throughout this series. As usual, Simon Prebble does a great job with the different characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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