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Devil's Bride

A Cynster Novel
Lu par : Simon Prebble
Série : Cynster, Volume 1
Durée : 15 h et 26 min
Catégories : Anglais - Romance, Historical

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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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"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
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  • Maria
  • 22/10/2009

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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  • Lulu
  • 26/11/2014

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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  • I like to shop
  • 09/01/2017

Pleasant surprise

I definitely enjoyed this story. It really had just the right amount of romance and mystery. Enjoyed Devil (hate that name though) and Honorias relationship, and the relative ease in which it came together. I really prefer when its not dragged out forever. There was a ton of sex in this book. A lot. Simon Prebble is a good enough narrator, though I tend to prefer female narrators, I wouldn't object to listening to SP again. It was, however, kind of awkward listening to him read the sex scenes, especially from the female perspective. Sometimes it made me chuckle. Lol All in all, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Kelley
  • 21/12/2011

Not married to Hell

Laurens has such lovely prose, and I like her characters -- until she makes them say the same two things for fifty pages. I was having quite a nice time in the beginning. The dramatic meeting, the heroine's plight -- all of that was juicy stuff. And she has real skill at setting the scene.
Then the 6 hours of repetition begin. Hero: "We're getting married." Heroine: "No we're not."
That's it. For page after page. And then, it's Heroine: "Okay, I'll marry you." Hero: "Are you sure? You need to be sure. I can wait." For page after page after page.

And then, I don't know what happened, because I couldn't make myself listen to the end.

I don't mean to be a brat. The author is immensely popular, so there are clearly people who enjoy the kind of 'battle of wills' plot she creates. I'm just not one of them.

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  • Alia
  • 16/08/2012

Not Exactly What I Expected

What did you like best about Devil's Bride? What did you like least?

I started out really into this book. It is well written and there was a lot of dramatic tension in the first half. Of course, I knew it was a romance when I got it, but I guess I was expecting more mystery than romance. Right around the second half (not coincidentally, around the time the sex scenes started) the entire mystery element disappeared in favor of protracted sex scenes that were so long they became tedius. The first of them was well over an hour long! If you are into that sort of thing, then you may not have felt as I did that it really took away from the overall story, and I found myself fast-forwarding them to get to the actual storyline. The mystery element was set up well, but by 3/4 of the way, I was getting frustrated with the main character to figure out who did it, when I had figured it out several hours earlier. Overall, the story was enjoyable, but if all the books in the series feature the mind-numbing sex scenes this one does, I don't think I will want to listen to the rest of the series.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have dramatically cut the sex scenes, which I think would have made them more rewarding.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

I LOVE Simon Prebble, everything he does is fantastic. His narration is half the reason I listened to this book all the way through.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Less description, more left to the imagination.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • N. Brooks
  • 14/02/2010

Devilishly interesting

I thought the back and forth between the main characters was amusing. They both felt they had the right to protect the other. These books are so old fashioned in their ideals about the roles of women and men. I like that the women are uniquely independent and passionate. While they are innocent, they are intelligent and independent thinkers...which sets them apart from the pack. Good read, even better listen with Simon Prebble as narrator.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Scottie in TX
  • 11/10/2009

Finally! The Book that Started it All!

OMG - I have wanted to listen to the early books in this series for soooooo long. I was so excited to see Scandal's Bride a few months back and now books 1 and 2 are also available. Devil's Bride shows the bar Cynster at their best. I loved how Devil knew Honoria would be his bride way before she did. However, he had to prove it to her. If you love this series - definitely read this book!

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 05/08/2019

TOO LONG

I don’t have much to say about this book other than it could have been 9 hours shorter and still we would have gotten the same story.
I liked Devil, once he let Honoria actually talk I did like the way he treats her.

Overall the story was ok, I just really think a lot of the actual story is repetitive.

The narration is ok.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • SARAH
  • 21/12/2010

I keep coming back to this book

This is the first time writing a review and the third time listening to this book. You can't go wrong with Laurens writing and Simon Prebbles narration...the whole Cynster series is wonderful.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Joseph
  • 10/05/2011

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are into romance novels, I highly recommend it. Love the characters, storyline and the narrator does an excellent job with all the voices

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