By: Stephanie Laurens
Synopsis from Amazon:
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 date.My Thoughts:
But 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?
"Devil's Bride" is one of my most favorite romances. Originally published in 1998, "Devil's Bride" is the first book in the Cynster family series. Stephanie Laurens is still writing books in this series, so that alone can tell you there are a ton of these books out there. Yet, this one still holds a special place in my heart of being the first and perhaps the best of the series.
"Devil's Bride" tells the story of Devil, the head of the Cynster family, and Honoria, a governess who has no interest in marriage let alone marrying a Duke! The story starts out with the murder of a Cynster cousin and Honoria is just unlucky to be coming up upon the dying man in the first pages. Honoria originally is interested in Devil because he sets out to find his cousin's murderer...but as the book progresses she finds his arrogance, intelligence, and keen mind of interest as well.
I think this is best described as a character driven romance. The plot is ok, somtimes plodding along, yet the characters make the story. Honoria is strong minded and independent, which I love. She doesn't just acquiese, she states her opinions and sticks to them. Devil is also strong minded, yet he is quick witted and genuinely comes to care for Honoria. They are both really funny characters and its really quite entertaining to watch them have a battle of wills.
I've honestly read this book probably 6 times and every time I take something different away from it. An excellent romance featuring great characters, witty dialogue, and a pretty wonderful romance. If you have never read it before, today is the day!
Date of Publication: March 1, 1998
# of Pages: 416