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Devil's Bride: Number 1 in series (Bar Cynster) [Paperback]

Stephanie Laurens
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8 Feb 2007 Bar Cynster (Book 1)
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 ton by offering his hand in marriage. No one had dreamed this scandalous rake would so tamely take a bride. As society's 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 to society's demands and marry a man just because they'd been found together unchaperoned. No. She craved adventure. Solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, but once the crime was solved, Honoria was set on seeing 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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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (8 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749937165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937164
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

Learn more about Stephanie's books from her website at www.stephanielaurens.com

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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, 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! 27 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read for romance lovers! 4 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first of the Cynster stories that I have read, and what a treat it was - I really had difficulty putting this one down! The hero and heroine were both compelling characters - exactly the way I like them. With faults like everybody else, but thoroughly engaging. Miss Laurens certainly knows how to write love scenes also. Absolutely sizzling comes to mind!. The only reason I haven't rated this novel at the five stars it should receive is that it fails completely as a thriller. The villian is entirely too obvious and it is almost insulting to the reader in it's simplicity. All in all, I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys romance with a sensual twist - but don't buy it if you're looking for a 'who dunnit' or you'll be very disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent page turner 23 Aug 2004
By "p-lin"
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Stephanie Laurens book I have read, and it has got me hooked on her work.
This is the first of the Cynster series, and is about the head of the family, Devil.
Honoria Anstruther-Weatherby, a strong minded young lady, determined never to marry. Devil Cysnter, rake, is just as determined that they will marry. The sparks fly whilst they work to revole their difference and to solve a murder.
Honoria comes across as a very realistic personality, she is intelligent, strong willed and stubborn. Devil is honorable, just as stubborn but is very protective and possessive. The writer manages to paint the scenes/backgrounds so well that it is very easy to imagine being there.
I really fell in love with all of the characters, and have gone onto the further enjoy the other Cynster books. All the books in the series can be read and enjoyed as stand alones.
Highly recommend this series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start of the Cynster series 2 Nov 2002
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"Devil's Bride is the first novel in Ms Laurens' Cynster Dynasty series. The story is set in Regency England and it takes us into the exciting lives of the ton especially the Cynster ducal family.This is my first book by the author and I have decided to read the series in order.Devil's story is a very entertaining read and I hope the others will live up to their reputation too.
Devil Cynster originally called the Duke of St. Ives is the head of his extensive family. Everyone thinks his nickname is very accurate because he is like the "devil" in appearence and behavior too.He meets Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby under very strange circumstances but he immediately knows that he has just met his fate.They find the body of a young man who was shot in the woods. The boy is Tolly, Devil's cousin and his mysterious death starts their story together. They spend a night under the same roof of a cottage together with the corpse and Devil knows Honoria is copromised in the eyes of society. He decides that the best solution for them is to marry and this is his wish as well. He wants Honoria for his Duchess because he is attracted to her and she fulfills all his requirements in a wife. And when a Cynster wants something in life they go and get it without leaving any obstacles in the way.Honoria is a well bred young lady who loves adventure. That is the reason she works as a finishing governess for aristocratic families. She plans to travel to Africa and enjoy her independent life among the pyramids of Egypt. The last thing on her mind is to marry, especially a tyrant controlling Cynster like Devil.Both leading characters are wonderfully alive, strong, intelligent and a matching pair in every possible way.
Honoria is attracted to Devil's charm, his confidence in himself and his honour to his family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning to a new series 22 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1818 England, the Cynster extended family has some of the Ton's most eligible bachelors even though they have notorious reputations and nicknames to live down or in their minds, up to. The most infamous of the next generation of bachelors is Sylvester "Devil" Cynster, the 6th Duke of St. Ives, who plans to continue his scandelous nights on the town for many years to come. However, when he is caught in a compromising position with governess, Honoria Wetherby, he bedevils everyone by announcing his plans to marry the chit.
Honoria, who seeks adventure in her ho hum life, firmly believes that Devil is the right moniker for Sebastian. Though his kisses seem to provide her plenty of excitement, Honoria has plans to see the world as soon as she solves the case of who was the assailant of the body she found? It remains for Devil to prove to Honoria that they can share the adventure of a lifetime together.
DEVIL'S BRIDE, the debut novel of the Cynster family series, is a will-written Regency romance that will add to the growing reputation of Stephanie Laurens as one of the leading writers of the sub-genre. Though the tale follows the structure of the typical Regency tale, Ms. Laurens' detailed descriptions make this a refreshingly absorbing novel. Devil is the typical arrogant rake who always stars in these books, yet in the incredibly competent hands of Ms. Laurens, he is a heroic figure who will garner deep feelings from the readers. Likewise, Honoria too will be well-liked. Though at times, the pace seems a bit slow, genre fans will want to read this enjoyable novel and the subsequent future stories starring Devil's cousins.
Harriet Klausner
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I had these in paperback & hope to now collect them all for my Kindle. Stephanie is one of my fave authors. Can't wait to get the rest.
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I enjoyed this book. I've only just started to read books by Stephanie Laurens and like her writing style. I'm sure I'll be re-reading this book at some stage. Read more
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Loved the story in this book the heroine was feisty and I look forward to reading about her in future stories about the family.
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I enjoyed the book even though the main characters took a painfully long time figuring out 'who done it' when the reader gets it very early on. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good regency romance
This is the best of the Cynster novels that I have read. I did enjoy it and liked the fact there wasn't TOO much shilly shallying over the getting married bit as it always annoys... Read more
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