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.
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!
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!
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.
I read so I can write
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.
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.
It's never boring and very romantic!!! I always love her characters and have a hard time putting it down.
I love the whole Cynster series... but this one really hit the r I ght cord for me!
The Cynster series in general. But in a good way. They all follow the same formula and basic structure but the individuals and the sub stories ard so great that it doesn't matter.
The timber of his voice is addictive and the fact that so far he has read all I have listened to so far (I think 7) works so well that it wouldnt be Cynsters without him.
I did. You just go on the emotional ride with the characters... you feel as they do.
I just love the whole Cynster series@
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