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Book 2 of 4 in the Alastair-Audley Series

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The Marquis of Vidal is a bad lot a rake and seducer, reckless, heedless, and possessed of a murderous temper. He is known by friend and foe alike as the "Devil's Cub." Yet as the handsome and wealthy heir to a Dukedom, he is considered a good prospect on the marriage market. Vidal currently has his eye on the young, lovely, and unintelligent Sophia Challoner, and Sophia's greedy mother is more than happy to encourage his dubious attentions. The colorful and eccentric characters fall over each other's plots, get involved in very peculiar coincidences, engage in colorful derring-do, and generally make life difficult for each other. Narrator Michael Drew manages to distinguish one character from another without the verbal gymnastics that the plot would seem to require, allowing the listener to concentrate on the Shakespearian plot and priceless dialog. Enthusiastically recommended for libraries where romance and/or Heyer are popular. Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland
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"The words are like poetry, easily flowing from one page to another." - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"The Grand Dame of this genre... " - Thoughts from an Evil Overlord

"As humorous as it is romantic, Devil's Cub builds to a merry madness of misunderstandings that threaten the hopes of hero, heroine and assorted friends and relatives before all is happily resolved." - HistoricalNovel.info

"A very fun book that perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. " - Readaholic

"Hooray for another fun-tabulous Georgette Heyer novel!" - The Burton Review

"The plot, an intricate maze, comes to a beautiful climax and leaves the reader SO SATISFIED." - The Long and Short of It

"An exciting and entertaining adventure complete with confusion, flaring tempers, a copious amount of chasing, and many misadventures." - Austenesque Reviews

"A wonderful read for those who love historical fiction, comedies of manners, and stories where it's all about the banter that brings a pair of opposites together." - Apprentice Writer
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Product Details

  • Series: Historical Romances (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402219539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402219535
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I admit to being hooked on Regency romances and historicals, and it's all Georgette Heyer's fault. The first one I ever picked up at the age of 13 was her novel 'The Grand Sophy', the second one was 'Venetia', and there was no looking back. She invented the Regency romance novel and although there are many newer authors I enjoy and collect, GH remains the best, the funniest, the most skillful at drawing vivid characters and using authentic period slang. She is often imitated, but never equaled, IMHO. Heyer's historical research was so thorough (unlike many later imitators) that one of her novels is included in the recommended reading booklist on Napoleonic warfare at Oxford University.
'Devil's Cub' is part of the only trilogy she wrote -- 'These Old Shades' is the first, 'Devil's Cub' the second, and 'An Infamous Army' concludes the family history. I am glad to see these being reissued, and hope that younger readers will also enjoy Vidal's father, the extraordinarily menacing Duke of Avon, and his irrepressible and beautiful mother, Leonie. Vidal and Mary have a classic first-I-hate-you, then-I-love-you, relationship; yet the turns and twists are not only amusing but believable.
Buy this and enjoy it, but be forewarned -- you may start collecting all of her novels!
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Format: Hardcover
Devil's Cub picks up the story of the Duke of Avon and his 'page' Leon some 25 years after Justin and Leonie have married. The traditional story of love conquering all - in this case the wild and infamous Dominic meeting his match in the apparently staid and prosaic Mary is beautifully handled by the author who was the 'Queen' of the Regency romances. Others try, but fail to match her exquisite use of language, fine characterisation and intricate plotting. The similarity to Jane Austen is there but Ms. Heyer's characters are more flesh and blood. The final part of the trilogy is 'An Infamous Army', set around the Battle of Waterloo with Dominic and Mary's daughter Barbara a worthy successor to the strong characters we meet in the first two books. Georgette Heyer wrote the Black Moth first and liked her anti-hero so much that she used him as a model for Justin and also borrowed the abduction story and used it as part of Justin's past. Romance, humour, drama and characters you care about - what more can you ask?
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Format: Paperback
I have recently become a fan of Georgette Heyer (my wife suggested I read her). As such I have been reading book after book after book and really enjoying them.

For whatever reason I had a hard time getting into the Devil's Cub. I did not find it as enjoyable. For me it seemed a bit disjointed. But all in all I finished it rather quickly and did not consider it a waste of my time to have sat and read it. By far it beats anything on television these days.

I think for me the problem was that I did not like the main character. I felt he was arrogant, stuffy, pushy, etc. etc. Hmmmmm, maybe that was the point, I wasn't suppose to like him. I found that I liked the heroine of the story, so much so that I didn't want her to give her hand in marriage to such a rake!

Well, the story did hold my attention. I probably shouldn't give it only 3 stars, but I thought to be fair I can't give 4 or 5 stars just because its Georgette Heyer. I need to be reminded that there are times when a book to me is just a book, not a huge adventure.

I would recommend Regency Buck, Friday's Child or the Reluctant Widow, then maybe come back and read Devil's cub.

Now with all that said, I'm sure many of you will disagree with me and that is wonderful. Enjoy reading all of Georgette Heyer's books and then we can talk.

Enjoy!
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This is a marvelous romance. More than fifty years after it's initial publication, it is fresh, funny and puts the current crop of romance offerings to shame.
The anti-hero, Dominic, is a rake par excellence. He is reckless, selfish and addicted to his own pleasures. Having wounded his man in a duel, he is sailing on the tide for France. He plans to take along a little light entertainment, the beautiful Miss Sophia Challoner.
Sophia's foolish mother hopes to force Dominic to marry Sophia. Sophia is more than happy to throw her bonnet over the windmill.
Sister Mary is wiser than these two conspirators. The proud Marquis of Vidal will never make such a misalliance. Sophia will simply be ruined.
Mary intends to prevent this potential scandal. She plans to substitute herself for her sister. Then she shall portray such a strong rendition of a grasping, mercenary harpy that the Marquis will happily abandon her and his intended seduction.
Mary's plan fails totally. The angry, disgusted Dominic abducts her and sails for France. The rest of the story you will have to read for yourself.
This romance is fast-paced, the dialogue and conversations are utterly amusing and the characters are simply real. Dominic's mother is French, and there is a marvelous extended family on both sides of the Channel. This extended family has concerns and conflicts of their own that add to the reader's enjoyment. There is not a false note in this entire novel. This romance is an absolute keeper.
A purchase you will not regret.
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