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Devil's Cub (Historical Romances) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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"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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'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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On my own Georgette Heyer scale this would be a B+. My favorites (As) would be Cotillion and Friday's Child, followed by False Colours, Bath Tangle, Faro's Daughter, Frederica,... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Susan Lewis
This book is really hard to read I could not get through it, not sure how it received so many stars.Published 1 month ago by Crazy reader
This is another favorite. The hilarious romantic banter and running around different countries forcing women into marrying is truly such a fun read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by booksmoviesandmoreohmy
Second book in the series as delightful as the first. The men are ruthlessly arrogant, while wearing silk, satin, powder and beauty patches. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rowan
Tedious. Where is the wit? I was expecting so much more from this book! Other reviewers said this was a favorite and how witty it was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aleta Chamberlain