In a quiet moonlit courtyard, Helena encounters a handsome and mysterious Englishman. Before parting, he rewards her with a special kiss....
Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn't choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not appeal....
Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life, one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status....
They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain's rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling "Kit" Cranmer to surrender....
Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a man destined for power. Except that Michael, for all his political skill and intelligence, lacks the most important element of success: a wife....
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times best-selling author of Someone to Hold....
It's December 1810, and Lady Therese Osbaldestone is looking forward to her usual Christmas with her family at Winslow Abbey....
The instant Captain Declan Frobisher lays eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knows she's the woman he wants as his wife....
Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged....
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, her indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him....
Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own...until he meets Willa. He's never lost a battle....
Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, will not rest until he gets vengeance on the man who destroyed his family. Just one more piece needs to fall into place for Alex to succeed....
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.
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
wish they would release all her books
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
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Overall I enjoyed the book, but I have two major issues with it. First is the origin of Richard’s birth. Twice Richard's father's infidelity is brought up and rationalized away as feeling sorry for her and it "accidentally" happens. I realize this is not about Richard, but repeatedly throughout the book we hear about the "Cynster Way", "to have and to hold", love, fidelity, fate. I find getting the story of Sebastian, especially after reading "A Promise in a Kiss" really detracts from Richard’s story. I think Stephanie Lauren was distracted the day she came up with this storyline and did a disservice to the entire series with this. She could have made Richard older than Devil and a by blow of Sebastian’s philandering ways PRIOR to his marriage to Helene. Devil would still be the Duke as he is legitimate and it would also make Helene’s EASY acceptance of the babe believable. As written, simply put, it is not, and it becomes like fingernails on a chalkboard every time the pompous "Cynster Way" is repeated.
My second major issue with the book is the ease and acceptance of using a date rape drug. Yes, I know that Richard is very willing and would be without the drug, but that really isn’t the point, is it? Had Richard used drugs to sleep with the Lady, I don’t think we would have been at all accepting of it. And she is trying to get pregnant and have his baby and then planning on never telling him? And this is after she spends the day with him and learns how much family means to him.
Perhaps I am just in a mood, as I generally don’t moralize when I read, but the afore mentioned plot points really spoiled the book for me. That being said, I love Richard and the rest of the book was enjoyable reading. However, like a cup of delicious starbucks coffee that someone has spit in, even though 99% is good stuff, the overall product is tainted.
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 loved everything about this book! It touched my heart and held my interest from start to finish.
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.
Any additional comments?
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.
What made the experience of listening to Scandal's Bride the most enjoyable?
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,
What was one of the most memorable moments of Scandal's Bride?
I love when Scandal is poisoned and the family come, the interaction with the every one in the household, lovely detail of their lives.
What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?
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
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
scandal the story begins
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