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by Stephanie Laurens
Released: 01 March 1998
Series: Cynsters #1
Published by Avon
“This book was well polished, full of intriguing characters, many of whom are of the bad boy variety, and packed full or passion and romance.” ~ Under the Covers
Miss Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby has plans, plans for adventure and excitement, so what she doesn’t need is the unwanted attention of a Duke. Especially when that Duke is a Cynster, the head of a family notorious for being wild, but Devil Cynster, Duke of St. Ives is determined to have Honoria as his bride and the more she stubbornly denies him, despite the attraction and passion between them, the more he wants her. But, he must also keep her safe, there is a murderer intent on doing harm to his family and most especially him, putting Honoria right in his sights.
I can’t believe this book has been published since 1998 and yet this is the first time I have read it; the first time but I highly doubt it will be the last. After feeling like I have been fighting my way through a field of ‘meh’ with my reads lately, Laurens has cleared the way, showing that although Devil’s Bride is an oldie, it’s a goodie. This book was well polished, full of intriguing characters, many of whom are of the bad boy variety, and packed full or passion and romance. A great start to a series.
If you like your heroes intense, arrogant and gorgeous, then Devil will charm you immediately. But despite his name I hesitate to call him a bad boy, as the Duke of St Ives and the head of the Cynster family Devil has a lot of responsibility on his broad shoulders and he takes them very seriously; nothing is more important to him than his family. Nothing maybe, except perhaps Honoria. Honoria is proud, intelligent and stubborn and I loved seeing her match wits with Devil, one of them always seemed to end up speechless either with rage, passion or incredulity- sometimes all three. However, Honoria seemed oblivious that the more of a challenge she was, the more eager Devil was to stalk her and bring her down…right to the marriage bed.
“You are riding for a fall, Your Grace,”
“I’ll be riding you before Christmas.
This is the start of a long series, fifteen full length novels so far, and in Devil’s Bride we meet a few of the likely heroes of the future books. I cannot wait to see each of the handsome and arrogant Cynster men fall in love. The quote below perfectly describes the Cynster males.
They were also invincibly arrogant, a characteristic fueled by the fact that they were, by and large, as talented as they thought themselves, a situation which engendered in less-favored mortals a certain reluctant respect. Not that Cynsters demanded respect – they simply took it as their due
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?