[[ Free kindle ]] Devil's BrideAuthor Stephanie Laurens – Gsagency.co

Also See Alternate Cover Editions For This ISBN ACEACE 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 DateBut 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


10 thoughts on “Devil's Bride

  1. says:

    Framing her jaw, Devil lifted her face, looked down on pale cheeks, at eyes awash with tears, then he bent his head and kissed her set lips You ll never lose me, he whispered I ll never leave you One of my favorite historicals This is the introduction to the Cynster family and what a family it is I was actually re reading this one, so it was kind of funny to see all those men and women who ll get their own books Most of the time, I was like Oh look, that s Vane, I love his book OMG Scandal He s so awesome Amanda and Amelia love them And then Demon My favorite So by the time I finished this book, I knew I simply HAD to re read all of them The story Rushing home to avoid a thunderstorm, Honoria stumbles upon a dying young man While trying to help him, she hears a rider approaching A mysterious absolutely gorgeous man helps her take care of the wounded fellow, carrying him to the nearest woodsman cottage They soon discover the young man was shot, and that he s a cousin to her mysterious absolutely gorgeous guy They spend the night in the cottage Trapped in her nightmare, she shuddered She gulped down a sob, only to have another rise in its place.Watching her, Devil felt a sharp ache twist through his chest The tears welled from beneath her lids, gathered, then rolled slowly, steadily, down her cheeks.His gut clenched Hard Gently, he tipped up her face She didn t wake the tears continued to fall.He couldn t stand it Devil bent his head and set his lips to hers The next morning, they are found in a compromising position by the local neighbours and by compromising I mean just the fact that they spent the night in the same room, nothing actually happened D so the logical thing is to announce their engagement Honoria only then discovers that her companion was non other than Sylvester Sebastian Cynster, the sixth Duke of St Ives, known by others as Devil Devil is intent on making Honoria his duchess, but she constantly refuses, she doesn t want to marry anyone, especially not a piratical autocrat her words XD like Devil.So basically, they work together to find Tolly s the dead guy murderer, the rest of the time Devil tries to convince Honoria she should marry him, and Honoria tries to seduce Devil and find out about passion Devil You, my lord, are the most arrogant, overbearing, high handed, tyrannical, dictatorial despot it has ever been my misfortune to meet Devil raised a brow You forgot autocratic Enough said XDXD Devil is a duke, the head of his family, and used to issuing orders His view of the world is basically Me man, you woman Me does everything, you stays home and embroiders Too bad for him, he s found a woman he can t control, and maybe that s a part of her appeal From the first they meet, he knows she ll be his duchess, the only point left was for her to accept, and he does everything he can to make it happen And now that I think of it, Devil s the only Cynster who wants to get married right from the start I think all the others pretty much ran like hell from marriage XDXD Anyway, I ADORE him, he s one of my favorite characters On the beast s back sat a man to match the horse, black clad shoulders blocking out the twilight, dark mane wild, features harsh satanic.Her heart in her throat, Honoria lifted her gaze to the rider s face and met his eyes Even in the dimness, she was sure of their color Pale, lucent green, they seemed ancient, all seeing Large, set deep under strongly arched black brows, they were the dominant feature in an impressively strong face Their glance was penetrating, mesmerizing unearthly In that instant, Honoria was sure that the devil had come to claim one of his own And her, too Honoria She is very adventurous, not afraid to do what was needed to make her point, or discover something that would lead to their murderer Not even Devil can make her bow down to his will She doesn t want to get married, to anyone, and has to constantly remind Devil of that fact BUT, he can be very persuasive, and Honoria soon discovers passion and desire through Devil s kisses, and she wants I just have to say that I loved her when she stood up to Devil, after the debacle with the tavern She had a strong f ing reason, and she wouldn t let it go, no matter how angry and strong willed Devil was YAY to her There were just two things I didn t like in this book The bad guy is obvious Too obvious So obvious, you know who it is even before he appears And when he appears it s just cemented that he s the bad guy Honoria s surname So help me God, I don t want to hear see that name ever again in my life I don t know how many times it was repeated in the book, but it was just too damn much BTW, it s Honoria Prudence Anstruther WetherbyOh, and one thing, here s for Stephanie Laurens and her writing, especially the love scenes oh she knows how to write pantie melters


  2. says:

    This is sort of how the plot of this book went Random person dies You are going to marry me There is no way I am going to marry you, so get away from me I am going to MAKE you marry me Hotness inserted here Er, wtf Back off Ooh, I smell a challenge begin seduction tactics Insert make out scenes Are you going to marry me Nuh uh, I am going to go to Egypt What about now making out, etc Oh wow, maybe I will just have sex with this guy and then leave I shall never admit I have feelings for her making out and fooling around I will not have sex with you until you promise to marry me Psh Lies making out Get away from me, Woman Maybe I do want to marry him What if she won t marry me Goes to tell him and ends up making out with him I don t believe you want to marry me, because you just want to have sex with me No, I really want to marry you Stop lying to me Repeat previous steps as needed FINALLY they get married and after that there is about an equal amount of shmexy sex scenes, one or the other driving each other crazy by running off and almost getting hurt, actual falling in love only on of them will ever admit it and that little bit of heavily foreshadowed murder mystery that I guessed since like the first chapter really, that is barely exaggerated at all Okay, I lied There are way sex scenes than anything else in the second half of the book But you know what I love this stuff The characters are real, though they are totally insane and silly, and for a historical romance there was not much damsel in distress and guy freaking out when his damsel wouldn t stay at home like a good girl which I find hilarious And it was pretty hot, even if the overprotective, egotistical guy and the reluctant, adventurous virgin girl are not very original concepts Seriously, though, how many interesting historical romances are you going to find out there This one is not bad.


  3. says:

    i love devil with an intensity that terrifies my husband i can t help it.


  4. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first quarter of this book I was thinking yes I m gonna love this but it, disappointingly, fell apart for me afterwards.In the beginning, we meet the sensible, governess heroine She comes upon a mortally wounded young man on a dark woods road Later, our hero arrives, and they work together to try to help the young man After POV switches to our hero, we are immediately treated to his insight that he has just met his future wife I LOVED THAT No pussy footing around This man found what he had been looking for And then he immediately sets about informing her and everyone else of that fact Very intriguing and hot But that didn t last long I eventually had enough of this alpha hero s dictates and high handedness I came to the conclusion that the heroine needed to deny his just no one should be that sure themselves Of course, he was a great catch, and the heroine did not cut off her nose to spite her face, she eventually realized marrying him would be a good thing That s where the sizzle, and romantic tension ended Not even halfway through the book.And then..sigh..the BIG MURDER MYSTERY It was no mystery at all I knew who done it within the first few pages I was then left with the excurciating task of reading about the h h trying to figure out whodunnit through the whole book ARGH I hate these suspense storylines messing up a good romance.So, the romantic tension has fizzled, the suspense mystery is non intriguing.what s left to read about Not much There were a multitude of sex scenes left Which, lets face it, I LOVE the sex scenes in romance novels But with these I was SKIPPING PAGES I never do that But these scenes were long and boring, filled with flowery metaphors that just went on and on and onExample She felt him within her and accepted him eagerly, taking him in, both possessed and possessing The sunburst rose and drew rapidly nearer their bodies strove, racing to their fate Then it was upon them It caught them in its heat, in its unquenchable delight, in sensation so exquisite she screamed She clutched him tightly and he was with her Locked together, they soared, gasped, then fractured into a selfless void of aching peace beyond the reach of human senses And again As usual, she was rushing he set himself to slow her down, bringing her to that plane where she could appreciate his expertise, savor all he could give her, rather than fly headlong to her fate He repeated his caresses, again and again, until she grew familiar with each new sensation Her breathing slowed, deepened he body softened beneath his hands She moaned softly and twisted in his hold, but she no longer fought him she floated, senses alive to each explicit caress, recpetive to the pleasures he wished her to know Only then, deploying every ounce of his considerable expertise, did he open the door and introduce her to all that might be It goes on like that page after page but with nothing really TANGIBLE to hang onto Just these airy references to flying, fracturing, soaring, just so much blah blah again and again she rose to the heavens again and again, he drew her back Oh get on with it already JEEZSo, I stopped reading about 2 3 of the way through But I did skim the ending just to make sure I was right about the killer.I was.


  5. says:

    Reading Devil s Bride was a very confusing experience I usually have good instincts when it comes to stories I can normally sense, even early on, whether I ll end up liking or disliking it But this book just totally floored me I was so, so sure that I ll end up giving this a 4 or 5 star rating, but I was wrong Issues with the book just kept on piling up the I read it, and at the end, they were far too much to ignore The said issues are as follows First, the writing style was unbalanced and messy The first few chapters were written in a way that was very similar to the traditional regency style, but this actually changed as the story progressed, becoming modern in tone and feel halfway through it.Another thing about the writing that annoyed me was the abrupt changes in the time setting From chapters 1 to 17, the story was divided on a continual basis Chapter 18, however, didn t follow the same pattern it fast forwarded to Honoria and Devil s wedding To make matters confusing, chapter 19, again, fast forwarded to several years later , before going back to the current timeframe, a few days after the wedding Second, the sex scenes were excessive and repetitive Don t get me wrong, I m not at all squeamish about love scenes In fact, I think I have a higher tolerance for extremely detailed and graphic ones, like those written by Elizabeth Hoyt But just like in real life, too much sex can render the act meaningless Seriously Once Honoria and Devil did the deed at around the 50 percent marker they actually do it for almost every chapter afterward Guys, give us a break. Sadly, I think this was a strategy distastefully employed to prolong the story The sex scenes prevented the story to progress, making the pacing so excruciatingly slooooooooow I was bored out of my wits.Third, the murder mystery was handled very poorly The suspense elements were placed messily throughout the story There was no proper planning at all Even though I knew who the real culprit was from the start, I didn t know about the motive thus, my curiosity spurred me to read But the mystery wasn t properly maintained By 75 percent of the story, I stopped caring about it and gave up Fourth, the characterisation was extremely unnatural, anachronistic and inconsistent Again, this was a product of bad writing I didn t like Honoria She was a selfish, irrational woman who had a very bad temper She refused to see reason, even after she was thoroughly compromised I absolutely hated how she kept on changing her mind about marrying Devil I remember how, after talking to Devil s relatives, Honoria seemed to finally see reason she, herself, admitted that she finally realised just how grave the consequences of being compromised was only to refuse Devil s proposal later on in the chapter WTF And while I liked Devil enough, I was bothered by the inconsistency in his character He changed from pursuer to prey so easily, so abruptly that I became confused He actually had to be seduced by Honoria for him to bed her Huh The abrupt reversal in roles between the two was not convincing and natural, at all The writer tried to justify this by stating that Devil didn t find it honourable to bed Honoria without procuring her acceptance to wed him While this was a passable argument, it was still a weak one, especially given how Devil was established early on in the story I also didn t like how he would go from sweet, romantic lover to one who would think this Then he would have time and to reap the rewards of his control, his care, his expertise, to slake his senses in her, with her to make her his slave.HUH HIS SLAVE WHERE DID THAT COME FROM Lastly, I hated how the novel approached the issue of adultery Let me explain Devil s younger brother, Richard Scandal , was a bastard, a product of an affair that his father had when he went to Scotland Scandal s mom died shortly after the father went back to England Scandal was then dropped at the Cynster family s doorstep a few months after the death I realized immediately that Richard was a godsend Ma man was so caught up with him she forgot about the knots in my hair From that moment, Richard had my full support My father came up I think he was about to attempt an explanation in retrospect I m sorry I didn t hear it, even if I wouldn t have understood it then But Maman immediately told him how immensely clever he was to have provided her with the one, truly most important thing she wanted another son Naturally, he kept quiet I m sorry but this handling of adultery was the one that convinced me that this was a 1 star book Adultery is absolutely my number one pet peeve, and to have a story that merely brushes it off as inconsequential without the proper punishment is insupportable And I knew then that nothing could make me like this story, this series, after that Ugh I understand why people like this Despite all the issues I raised, I can see that it has its good points Sadly in my case, they weren t enough to make me like the story the flaws were too great and far outweigh the story s allures.


  6. says:

    Enjoyable read This was quite the enjoyable read We get my favorite with a hero who decides from the start that the heroine will belong to him, and proceeds to pursue her until he gets her We also get a heroine who made him work for it, while still being a very like able character She s very stubborn and just when it started to get too much, she acknowledges her feelings for him.There is also an exciting storyline that involves a who done it mystery It did seem obvious, but I still enjoyed the process thatDevil and Honoria took to find the culprit.An added bonuswe get a lot of future heroes in the Cynister family of to look forward too I like how close his whole family was and how much they looked out for each other I m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


  7. says:

    English woodsman s cottage This is a review of the audiobook When someone wanted to do a buddy read which you know I can t resist of this one, I decided I d listen this time, even though I m not a big fan of Simon Prebble s I just couldn t get into an older man reading the love scenes to me However, now that I m older, he isn t so bad LOL Nevertheless, Mr Prebble does an admirable job of this one The old biddies of the ton are hilarious and the duke is sufficiently arrogant I definitely got caught up in his telling me the story again Why do I love this book so much I read it at least once a year sigh I think it is because I m definitely one of those readers You know the kind that the marketing people just adore who loves a duke in the story I also love books with bride in the title Combine these two, and my book budget is shot to hell.This is the first book in Ms Laurens Cynster series and it is one of the best, IMHO The 6th Duke of St Ives, Sylvester Devil Cynster is the leader of this notorious pack of handsome, aristocratic rakes He certainly is the one with the most sense of entitlement and he feels entitled to Miss Honoria Prudence Anstruther Wetherby, finishing governess extraordinaire Caught in a compromising position, these two have a battle of the wills when Devil decides she d make a perfect duchess for him Ms Laurens wastes no time getting these two together in a plausible set up, which also provides a nice little mystery Not a great mystery, mind you but, a nice one, that leads us in the right direction all along She s not trying to trick the reader it is a romance, after all I love that Honoria puts herself right in the thick of the investigation.However, I love the romance, too Devil thinks he has his feelings all under control, but he s in for as much of a surprise as Honoria The love scenes are pretty hot, especially if you haven t read the other books Alas, this author does tend to repeat the same phrases in her other books She also has a couple of funny scenes that still make me smile view spoiler Sulliman, Devil s horse eating the scones and when Honoria goes to Chillingworth s townhouse LOL hide spoiler


  8. says:

    What This book is apparently a favorite of many romance readers, but I didn t get the appeal Sentence structure was definitely sophisticated than most, but character development was not believable even by romance novel standards Disappointingly, it is not titled Devil s Bride because it is about the bride of Satan, Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, lord of hell and all evil, but the bride of some jerk with Devil as an improbable nickname The mystery was ridiculously obvious even as it dragged on INTERMINABLY As did the sex scenes Excessive talking about hero s chest, which could be off putting for readers not attracted to big chested men Eventually became constantly nervous that hero would unexpectedly take off shirt, leading to yet another breathless description.


  9. says:

    I wish I could rate this higher Unfortunately, my tolerance for characters who refuse to communicate, are constantly making incorrect assumptions, and being standoffish for no real reasonis abysmally low I liked Devil I liked that he was quiet and decisive and in charge, and that he knew almost from the moment he met Honoria that he was going to marry her That was extremely refreshing No shilly shallying from this hero Regrettably, since the hero is so amenable to the match, the author then had to make the conflict come from elsewhere Even regrettably, she placed the burden for almost all conflict squarely on the shoulders of the heroine, Honoria This book would have been one of my favorites if it weren t for the constant back and forth and push and pull Some authors are able to make that happen, to stretch the readers need for suspense in a satisfying way Laurens just makes it a chore to slog through And her sex scenes Nothing but poetic rhapsodizing via purple prose Page upon page of metaphors and feels I got to the point where I started rolling my eyes and skimming passages every time Devil and Honoria started pawing at each other Er, sorry, I mean every time they began testing the limitless bonds of their love through the jungle like sensory practice of soft hands sliding on soft skin to create a miasmic feeling of need and heat Their feather soft exhalations carried a note of sweet scent that drove each of them further toward the precipice of ecstasy Gasping, clutching, they fell over the golden cliff together, on numerous occasions, only to end sated in each other s arms, tangled in the feelings neither would dare utter.


  10. says:

    I love the alpha gamma hero who s all Mr I m in Charge with his swagger and hotness, his nothing stands in my wayness, basically his total babe ness BUT he has to have some depth to him unlike the hero of this novel, Sylvester Devil Cynster The guy is as flat as brown cardboard and never really develops into anything else This story just didn t work for me because I didn t like the jerk alpha who needed a good shaking for a wakeup call.The story grabs your attention relatively well from the start with the heroine Honoria what a horrible name, the drab governess, and Devil crossing paths where a crime has been committed They stay together in the same house unchaperoned and of course that could get the ton s tongues wagging so he decides he s going to marry her she decides otherwise His pursuit of her is of a I m going to wear you down kind of thing and she does the cat and mouse thing on her end She waivers too much can t say much without giving spoilers here So it sounds good and it could ve been what with the hot sex despite the fact that the first real scene was sooooo loooonng it became tedious , tension building and generally good romance but there s the arrogance of the hero that just never lets up and the stupid crime that needs to be solved by the Cynster clan seemed like the regency version of the mafia which could work but just didn t here Devil reminds me of Brad Pitt in the way that he looks good but he has very limited dialog scenes so his character is never really fleshed out I hate when the hero barely says anything apart from a few monosyllabic quips, barking out orders, acting like he s so hot that the sun couldn t possibly shine without him or is way too cocky in bed A hero should have some weak spot or uncertainty in him that only the heroine knows about otherwise he s just irritating sort of like some of Lora Leigh s contemporary heroes shudder shudder look of horror on the face The writing style could ve used some editing in places Laurens is comma semi colon happy which makes reading awkward and overdramatizes scenes It s similar to those authors that go crazy with the exclamation mark It just takes away from the story when it s not a smooth read because the punctuation is messed It s also very heavy on the narration in some parts bogging down the pages and inciting the reader to skim Lots of telling here and not much showing unfortunately The heroine is always, always, always described as regal yeah okay we got it after the 206th time Towards the end of the book she comes across as a stuck up snob looking down her nose at everyone sort of like the rest of the Cynster clan really eye rolling time get a grip people The epilogue was good which was what saved the book a bit for me but overall it s not a novel I d recommend.What a relief that I didn t care for this one much, the series is huge 3.5 stars and my shelves are creaking out a thank you