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When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromi Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE 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?.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 388 pages
  • Devil's Bride
  • Stephanie Laurens
  • English
  • 04 October 2019
  • 9780380794560

About the Author: Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon When she was , her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised After continuing through school and earning a PhD in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to LondonOnce in London, Stephanie.

10 thoughts on “Devil's Bride

  1. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* 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 Photobucket

    This is the introduction to the Cynster family (and what a family it is Photobucket ). 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 Photobucket So by the time I finished this book, I knew I simply HAD to re-read all of them Photobucket


    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 Photobucket ) 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 Photobucket . 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 Photobucket
    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 more about passion Photobucket



    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. Photobucket 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 Photobucket
    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 Photobucket

    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.



    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 Photobucket
    BUT, he can be very persuasive, and Honoria soon discovers passion and desire through Devil's kisses, and she wants more ( Photobucket )
    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 Photobucket

    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. Photobucket

    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-Wetherby

    Oh, and one more thing, here's for Stephanie Laurens and her writing, especially the love scenes (oh she knows how to write pantie-melters)

  2. Ilana Ilana 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...
    - *more 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 more 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 more 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. Sarah MacLean Sarah MacLean says:

    i love devil with an intensity that terrifies my husband. i can't help it.

  4. Daniella Daniella 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more. 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 more to reap the rewards of his control, his care, his expertise, to slake his senses in her, with her—to make her his slave.


    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.

  5. Wicked Incognito Now Wicked Incognito Now 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 on......

    Example: 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!!!! JEEZ

    So, 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.

  6. Mindy Lou& Mindy Lou& 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 that
    Devil and Honoria took to find the culprit.

    An added bonus...we 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. Lisa Kay Lisa Kay says:

    English woodsman’s cottage

    ★★★★½ (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. K K says:

    What? This book is apparently a favorite of many romance readers, but I didn't get the appeal. Sentence structure was definitely more 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. Addie H Addie H says:

    I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 62 on my shelf (and counting). This is book 43.

    (Tropes: Spinster/Wallflower, Marriage of Convenience, Enemies to Lovers)

    This is how my 43rd re-read held up.


    Ugh, this did not hold up.

    She repeatedly says no to his kisses, he forces himself on her anyway by grabbing and kissing her until she “succumbs” to passion. She repeatedly tells him she won’t marry him, and he repeatedly ignores her.

    It’s meant to be cute?


    I won’t argue that Devil comes off the pages as someone ridiculously attractive, but then he opens his mouth.

    - No. Honoria braced against his hold—or tried to; her muscles had the consistency of jelly.
    There's no need to panic—I'm only going to kiss you.
    Only? Honoria blinked wildly. That's bad enough. I mean— She hauled in a breath and tried to focus her wayward wits. You're dangerous.
    He actually chuckled; the sound shredded her hard-won control—she shivered.
    I'm not dangerous to you. His hands stroked soothingly, seductively, down her back. I'm going to marry you. That puts the shoe on the other foot.

    - In other words, you're bone stubborn—and I have three months to change your mind.
    She did not at all like the way he said that. I am not a vacillating female—I have no intention of changing my mind.
    His teeth flashed in his pirate's smile. You've yet to experience my powers of persuasion.

    - You are challenge personified, Honoria Prudence.
    You are riding for a fall, Your Grace.
    I'll be riding you before Christmas.

    - You have no right to decree what my life is to be.
    I have every right. Devil's expression softened not at all; his gaze was mercilous. You will be what you were meant to be—mine.

    - Her stubbornness was a tangible thing.
    In this case, her stubbornness would need to surrender.
    He wasn't going to let her go. Ever.
    At least she couldn't later say that he hadn't warned her.


    - Negotiating a tangle of exposed tree roots, she decided it was his assumption of command that most irked—she had not before met anyone with his degree of authority, as if it was his unquestionable right to lead, to order, and to be obeyed. Naturally, being who she was, used to being obeyed herself, such an attitude did not sit well.


    The murder mystery is boring, and the romance almost takes a back burner.

    Downgraded from 5 to 1.5 stars.

  10. Katrina Passick Lumsden Katrina Passick Lumsden 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 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 more 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.


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