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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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  • i. Ski
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • 05-25-09

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.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • MM
  • New Windsor, NY, US
  • 09-10-13

NOT MY FAVORITE NARRATOR!!

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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.<br/>

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 10-14-16

Super!

historical-romance, witches, relationships, suspense, supernatural
Read from January 01, 2013 to October 10, 2016

I liked it a lot better the second time around. Devil's brother is rootless and restless and received notice to go to Scotland where he winds up with a bride and her landed estate. Lots of erotica. The relationship falters, he nearly died, and yet they end up with their HEA. There's lots more going on, and the action moves along at a good pace.
This time the narrator was Simon Prebble, and he was perfect!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Great Hero

I really enjoyed this story and the hero's ability to let the heroine shine. Like the change of location from the other book in the Cynster series as it set this one apart from the others. Great passionate read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of Ms. Lauren's best

Would you consider the audio edition of Scandal's Bride to be better than the print version?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

Catronia's conversation with the girls in the still room brought home what the Cynster books are really all about - Family.

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

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dianne
  • Westford, MA, United States
  • 12-20-12

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.

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  • Kristin
  • Brookings, SD, United States
  • 12-11-12

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