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Devil's Bride (Cynster Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Laurens
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England′s most eligible bachelor, Devil′s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.

But Honoria wasn′t about to bend society′s demands and marry a man "just" because they′d been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she′d go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?



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Setting: Regency England
Sensuality: 8

Governess Honoria Wetherby is determined not to marry; she plans to have adventures among the Egyptian pyramids in lieu of wedding a controlling husband. But even the best-laid plans can run afoul of luck and outrageous fortune, as is fatefully proven one stormy evening when Honoria happens upon a dying young man in the woods. After passing the night in a cottage alone with the corpse and his cousin, the rakish and very much alive Devil Cynster, it's decided--by the handsome rake--that Honoria has been compromised by the unchaperoned evening and the only remedy is to marry. Despite her flat refusal, Devil is determined to have the beautiful and feisty governess; his family is overjoyed that he's finally planning to marry. But Devil definitely has his work cut out for him as he attempts to convince Honoria to wed him and forego her plans for adventure. Luring Honoria to the altar is further complicated when she insists upon aiding him in the search for his cousin's killer. Which will Devil accomplish first: seducing Honoria or unveiling a murderer? Or will Honoria foil the first plan and solve the second before Devil can?

Devil's Bride is the first of several novels by Laurens that feature the members of the noble Cynster family in Regency England. The larger-than-life hero is bold, brave, daring, and determined and meets his perfect match in the heroine, who is plucky, intelligent, practical, and wise. Lush sensuality, deft plotting, and charming secondary characters make this novel a stellar beginning for the Bar Cynster series. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Governess Honoria Wetherby is determined not to marry; she plans to have adventures among the Egyptian pyramids in lieu of wedding a controlling husband. But even the best-laid plans can run afoul of luck and outrageous fortune, as is fatefully proven one stormy evening when Honoria happens upon a dying young man in the woods. After passing the night in a cottage alone with the corpse and his cousin, the rakish and very much alive Devil Cynster, it is decided--by the handsome rake--that Honoria has been compromised by the unchaperoned evening and the only remedy is to marry. Despite her flat refusal, Devil is determined to have the beautiful and feisty governess and his family is overjoyed that he is finally planning to marry. But Devil definitely has his work cut out for him as he attempts to convince Honoria to wed him and forego her plans for adventure. Luring Honoria to the altar is further complicated when she insists upon aiding him in the search for his cousin's killer. Which will Devil accomplish first: seducing Honoria or unveiling a murderer? Or will Honoria foil the first plan and solve the second before Devil can? Devil's Bride is the first of several novels by Laurens that feature the members of the noble Cynster family in Regency England. The larger-than-life hero is bold, brave, daring and determined and meets his perfect match in the heroine, who is plucky, int #NAME? 'Really enjoyed' CATHY Kelly

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  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (March 17, 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC11EM
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! April 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
In DEVIL'S BRIDE, we meet Honoria Wetherby, a woman determined to enjoy life to it's fullest without the shackles of marriage. One stormy night she encounters a young man who is dying of a gunshot wound. While trying to help him, she meets the young man's powerful cousin, who she later finds out is Sylvester "Devil" Cynster, Duke of St. Ives. Due to the storm and the circumstances, they end up spending the night in a cottage. Young Tolly Cynster dies during the night never being able to reveal what happened to him. Unfortunately, when Honoria and Devil are found, she is compromised. Devil immediately decided to have her as his duchess. But first he has to convince her into marrying him. This starts off a delightful cat and mouse game. We also meet the other wickedly handsome and rakish Cynster cousins, Vane, Scandal, Gabriel, Demon and Lucifer. The six are called the Bar Cynster . I nearly passed out because this book got soooo HOT! Devil is an absolute dream! Add an unknown murderer on the loose, coincidental "accidents", steamy erotic sex, and a mushy romance and you've got yourself a winner!
You just have to read A RAKE'S VOW, Vane's story, and SCANDAL'S BRIDE, Richard's story. Talk about HOOOT!!! I can't wait for the other Cynster novels to come. We still have three Cynster rakes to go.
DEVIL'S BRIDE is a wonderful romantic read filled with humor, mystery, suspense, and a passionate love. I recommend it and the other Cynster novels. You'll love them! Trust me!
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the style of Julie Garwood January 27, 2000
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In the style of Julie Garwood, this story has an interesting plot, entertaining supporting characters, a strong hero to fall instantly in love with and a lovely heroine who can go toe-to-toe with him! What a terrific book! Even though the "whodunit" was really obvious, and the intrigue was not as clever as some of Amanda Quick's novels, it's forgiveable because I doubt Laurens intended to write a true suspense. The murder plot is an interesting (albeit not compelling) vehicle for the characters, allowing the romance to ignite and the love to mushroom with an entertaining amount of relationship conflict. (I detest books that have the hero and heroine constantly acting hateful to eachother all in the name of "sexual tension." Baloney!)
This is my first Laurens book, but will not be the last. It was a terrific read. After I devoured all of Julie Garwood's books I was left bereft of a comparable historical author, and I've read several. As much as I've enjoyed Amanda Quick, Judith McNaught, et al, Devil's Bride is better. As a historical to "fall in love with," this book is nearly up to the standard of Julie Garwood. I'm leaving now for the bookstore -- must order the rest of the Bar Cynster series...
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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Based on the lavish reviews I read here and a strong recommendation from my mother, I was thoroughly anticipating a can't-put-it-down, singe-your-eyebrows-with-its-sensuality romance. Sadly, after the first chapter, I quickly became disenchanted with Laurens' tale-telling ability. First, the murder mystery, on which the plot so heavily depends, is the most elementaryish attempt at suspense I have ever encountered. Second, the heroine (Honoria) wants so desperately to visit Africa that she has suffered through years of work as a finishing governess before she can realize her dream. Yet, within a few months after meeting Devil, he convinces her of the stupidity of her dream. Why in the world did Devil not offer to visit Africa with Honoria? Instead, he arrogantly demands that Honoria stay at home, have babies and, tend to household matters. When she finally capitualtes, I threw the book down in vexation! My most glaring problem with the novel lies in the lack of unique characterization. I became so sick of Honoria's constant sewing and Devil's over-the-top alpha maleness. Yes, I want strong characters, but not one-dimensional ones. My final complaint about the novel centers on the purple prose of the love scenes. I don't know about other people's sexual experiences, but I found "sunburst's fire" and "incandescent glory" much too heavy handed a description.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect regency romance! May 6, 2001
By mirope
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This first novel in the Bar Cynster series is a tour de force for Stephanie Laurens. Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives, is a great regency romance hero - aristocratic, extremely masculine, very sexy. He's made up his mind that Honoria Prudence is the wife for him, and he doggedly sets out to win her. Honor is a refreshing change from most regency heroines. She's sophisticated, not spunky; commanding, not wilfull; elegant, not dainty. It's easy to see why Devil (yes, the names of the Bar Cynster cousins are silly - do your best to ignore it) is so determined to have her as his duchess. Their courtship is wonderful - lots of tension and steamy love scenes. Even better, we get to see their relationship mature after their marriage. I'll be reading this one again and again!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Period Piece May 21, 2000
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Okay, this book's been out a while and there are over 40 reviews on it already, so it's almost gratuitous to write this one, since it'll probably just get lost in the pile - but this book was so enjoyable that I needed to add my applause!
Sylvester, Sixth Duke of St. Ives, and the leader of the Cynster family (and otherwise known as Devil by those who love him), crosses paths with Honoria Prudence Anstruther-Wetherby when both find his cousing dying in the woods. Yes, it sounds like the stuff of melodrama, but the story is so well written that it's credible. Through some sort of sixth sense, and aided by the conservative conventions of the time, Devil sets his sights on Honoria as his bride-to-be. She, on the other hand, is much slower to warm up to him; she wants a life unfettered by social convention, even though at heart she was bred to be a peeress. In a nutshell, the book tells the story of their evolving relationship as the murder mystery is solved.
It's not too hard to figure out whodunnit if you are an experienced reader of mysteries. The pleasure of this book lies in watching these two strong personalities change one another and become attached to one another. Unlike some pieces of this period, the people and dialog are not stilted, shallow, or silly. The author spends plenty of time on developing her characters and their setting, with the result being a very sensual story with an enjoyable give and take between Devil and Honoria. Now I'm looking for the continued tales of the other Cynster men. Hope Ms. Laurens' talent holds strong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great start to the next generation of Cynsters
This is a great start to the next generation of Cynsters. Loved the Christmas theme and seeing all of the families.
Published 20 days ago by Nancy Bonnifield
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I have read many of the books in this and other series of Ms. Lauren's writing. I love each and every one of her books!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where are you Clayton Westmoreland?!
Just didn't flow...and yes I had to stop rolling my eyes with the choice of names... The male character was strong but that whole cat and mouse chase was just not written right... Read more
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LOVED THIS, KEEPS GOING BACK TO READ IT. Have all her books on CYNSTER SERIES
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An arrogant Duke,a beautiful stubborn heiress,a murder,a plot to steal a title all combine for a fantastic beginning to a beguiling series about a powerful family and their loves... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't get down with this writing style
I think Stephanie Lauren's writes for a certain kind of woman, one who really wants softcore romances. Read more
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I truly enjoyed this book, though the mystery was a bit predictable and I had the murderer from his first scene. Read more
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

Laurens's novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. Laurens has published fifty-three works of historical romance, including 31 New York Times bestsellers. All her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Her continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the genre. Other series include the Bastion Club Novels and the Black Cobra Quartet. For information on upcoming releases and updates on novels yet to come, visit Stephanie's website.

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Devil's Bride...Does he cheat on her in a later book?
I think you are talking about in Mastered By Love, I had to do some double checking because I thought Devil was cheating, but I realized that this book actually took place before Devil get's married.
Jun 6, 2011 by Tara A Seymore |  See all 3 posts
Spunky, Witty and Outspoken Heroines
Jamie in "The Bride" - Julie Garwood (really good read)
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