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Publisher's Summary

Bold, daring, larger-than-life heroes and feisty, intelligent heroines propel Stephanie Laurens' exciting historical romances. Devil's Bride is rich with engaging plot and sensuous character development. Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named. He insists that their unchaperoned night together has compromised her honor, and, therefore she must marry him. Tension levels run high as Honoria plots to thwart Devil's marriage plans and tries to help him find his cousin's killer...the same madman who is now plotting to murder Devil.
Narrator Simon Prebble tantalizes listeners as he breathes life into these intriguing characters.
Savor another Cynster novel.
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Critic Reviews

"Lush sensuality, deft plotting, and charming secondary characters make this novel a stellar beginning for the Bar Cynster series." (Amazon.com review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Maria on 10-22-09

An awesome listen!

Simon Prebble will knock your socks off with his reading of this well written book. Laurens builds up and maintains the sexual tension between the hero and heroine from their very first encounter, but Prebble's performance brings it to life. You will not be disappointed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 11-26-14

Over The Top Narration & Strong Characters

All of the Cynster books Recorded Books produced with Simon Prebble narrating are worth listening to, if only to wait for and truly appreciate the way he says "... and ... then ... she ... shattered!" That alone makes these books listen-worthy. It is in every single book. Wait for it...

Devil's Bride seems to be considered Ms. Lauren's best work. I probably agree. It started off with a very unique twist, especially for an historical romance. And the two main characters are both larger than life. I give Ms. Lauren's credit for creating heroines every bit as brave and stubborn as her heroes. And I also like that in her books it is typically the man who falls first and he has to work hard to convince the woman of his dreams to take him on. I also appreciate that she puts a plot in each of her books. It may not be plausible or complicated, but it is much preferable to so many historical romances that focus solely on the relationship between the two main characters.

But again, Simon Prebble's narration alone makes this book and all of the Lauren's books he narrated worth listening to. I doubt that I would ever have picked this book up in paperback.

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4 out of 5 stars
By F on 10-07-16

A good start to the Bar Cynster cousins saga

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was a good book to wile away the hours, nothing too tricky or needing full concentration. The books are written sequentially and I have read the first 6 - all of them fun. I think I'll stop at 6, now all 6 cousins are married.

What did you like best about this story?

Other than each of the cousin's nicknames being a bit daft (Devil, Vane, Lucifer, Scandal etc), Devil (head of the family) was a great alpha character, with a very large & noisy family. I have read the first 6 books in the Cynster series (not sure that I will read anymore as they are quite same-y) and was great fun if you like a bit of light froth to read without being taxed in any way.

Devil's Bride is possibly the best in the series with a good storyline. I liked Devil's future bride Honoria who was a strong female character. What I did find amusing in all the female heroine's in the 6 books is that each young lady goes from strong female type to simpering Miss once they encounter the Cynster cousins. They all quickly jump into bed with their male heroes, regardless of any resultant consequence. In those days and being well-bred I can't imagine that all 6 brides were strumpets and gagging for the love of a Cynster. Most amusing. Simon Prebble reading the love scenes was a hoot.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

He is so OTT with his narration. I did find myself getting use to his dramatic pronouncements, almost as if he was reading it tongue-in-cheek, which he most probably was

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I was happy to dib in and out

Any additional comments?

It seems that I like stories that have male family members and friends helping each other out of scrapes and being supportive to each other. This is the third set of series books that I have read that have an alpha male at the centre of the books and lots of male support from friends/family. In a very soppy way, it is heart-warming to see male bonding which is often less prominent than females, who bond/support together more naturally. It brought a smile to my face on a grey old day.

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5 out of 5 stars
By P on 04-21-16

Good Mystery Plot, Erotic

What made the experience of listening to Devil's Bride the most enjoyable?

I chose this book because I was expecting a Georgette Heyer type listening. It was not!!

Full of erotic descriptions which gave some unexpected spice, but with a good storyline running throughout. I will listen to other books by Stephanie Laurens.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil's Bride?

I thought the whole book was full of memorable moments. It has been very well written.

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent narrative by Simon Prebble. Brought alive the passion between Devil Sinster and his lady. He read the book with enthusiasm and his voice suited the storyline with great aplomb. I would seek his narration again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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