» DEVIL’S BRIDE

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Author: Stephanie Laurens

Genre: Historical Romance

Published March 1998

Goodreads: Devil’s Bride

Rating: ★★


“You like my kisses - and I like kissing you. Why deny ourselves such innocent pleasure?”

Synopsis:


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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THE GOOD

Devil is the type of hero you will definitely fall in love with. As a Duke and leader of his clan, he’s reliable, powerful and intelligent. He is the type of man you will want to be a husband because he will protect you with his life. With him, any woman he chooses will be assured of her safety. And he’s sensual but in a respectable way. Yes, respectable, because he never forced Honoria. Sure he steals kisses and caresses, but that was his way of convincing Honoria to marry him, since it was obvious she’s attracted to him but just being hardheaded and haughty. I find it fascinating that Devil never attempted to lure Honoria to his bed until she told him she will marry him. Devil certainly is the reason why I gave this book three stars.

THE BAD

As much as I like Devil and his cousins, I find the story too long for its own good. The only major conflict, aside from Honoria’s hardheadedness and haughtiness, was their search for their cousin’s murderer. However, I have already discovered the murderer since the day of their cousin’s funeral while it took them months before they realized who he was. As a reader, it should have gripped me more if I didn’t know from the start who the killer was. Or maybe the author should have tried to mislead me just to spice up the story. But she didn’t. It became dragging for me. Even their sensual scenes bored me eventually. I continued reading because I really adore Devil and his cousins.   

As for Honoria, I liked her at first. She’s strong, intelligent and independent. But as the story goes, I just thought her strong character turned to plain hardheadedness. She doesn’t want to succumb to Devil and she gave him a hard time. So maybe that was one of the reasons why Devil fell for her. But most of the time, I find it too much.  And I was shocked when her character suddenly changed at the second part of the book, when she finally succumbed to Devil’s seduction. It was out of her original character. Unfortunately, it turned me off.

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» FEBRUARY READS….

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these were my treasure finds from National Book Store’s Warehouse sale today. 80% off on book and school supplies? Wow. I was also able to buy four pretty journal notebooks (hoarding kung hoarding talaga). 

It was an exhilarating experience. I love digging piles of books and finding the one i like. And I was amazed because there were so many people! I am happy that many Filipinos love books. And a little dismayed (blame my selfish side) because I have so many rivals to books I want to keep for myself! haha.  

Anyway, I’m still happy with what I got. All brand new in less than 250 pesos. I hope they could organize another warehouse sale again soon. :)

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my new treasure finds

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He wanted to chase her as the sun chased the moon across the sky
—Cam Rohan. Mine Till Midnight
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He closed his eyes for a moment, and the color of his eyelashes was like the color of regret. With a kind of piercing sorrow, she knew that she would never forget this prince.

It wasn’t his dark head and fierce eyes, his unruly hair. It was the way he’d taken his odd relatives, the menagerie, his aunt’s reader, even the ostrich and the pickle-eating dog. It was the way he looked at her, the way he laughed, the way he brushed the weeds from Merry’s face.

And she would never, ever forget the moment when a prince knelt at the side of her chair. When she was old and gray, and contemplating a life that she hoped would be richly satisfying, she would still remember this.

—Katherine Daltry. A kiss at midnight
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i didn’t start reading Kleypas’ wallflower series in chronological order (i started with devil in winter). So i decided i will start her Hathaway series in proper order. Cam first. :)

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Hear me well. I cannot begin to list all the things about you that are beautiful. A man could lose himself in your eyes, in your lovely, full lips, in your silken hair, in your soft, luscious curves, in your nearly, perfect skin and the way you blush and turn it the color of an exquisite, ripe peach. And that’s without considering your warmth, your intelligence, your humor and the way I am utterly drawn to you when you enter a room.

-Lord Ralston, Gabriel St. John.

=”> I am irrevocably in love with this book.

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done reading. i’m giving it five stars. :)

CALLIE SAID:

I love him! I’ve love him for a decade. And I had him for one day before I made a complete and utter mess of things. Or he did. I’m still not sure about that. But you cannot really believe I wont fight to save him?”

THEN RALSTON SAID…

"Promise me you’ll tell her that I was an idiot. That the money didn’t matter. That last night, faced with the terrifying possibility that I had lost her… I realized that she was the most important thing I have ever had… because of my arrogance and my unwillingness to accept what has been in my heart for too long.." he trailed off… ”What the hell have I done?” 

NICHOLAS: ”It appears that you’ve gone and fallen in love.”

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Just finished reading The Countess Below Stairs. I give it four stars. :)
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» Now Reading…

A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS by Eva Ibboston


aside from my enjoyment while i’m reading this, i am also in love with it’s cover. I swear I could not help but stare at it every five minutes. ^_^

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» BOOKS TO READ/ JUST GOT

I am happy that i am able to explore different book genres now. It makes my reading list longer but it’s okay. I love it when i have so many books i want to buy and read. here’s my latest finds

COMING OF AGE

ASIAN CULTURE

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Now, where should i start? ^_^

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» HISTORICAL ROMANCE

I am new to this genre. But i am enjoying it as of now. A good fast read. These are my latest new finds on this genre. 

A KISS AT MIDNIGHT by Eloisa James

The first book on Eloisa James’ Fairy tale series. This got my attention because it was a retelling of a fairy tale. 

IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN by Lisa Kleypas

MARRIED BY MORNING by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Winter was the first historical romance book i ever read in my life and i was hooked. So now, i tend to buy all her books that i could fine in thrift bookstores. 

BELLADONNA by Karen Moline

This is a novel about revenge. Historical but i am not really sure if this is romance. This is a very interesting book. ^_^

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This is my first attempt to read a historical romance novel. In fact, it is only recently that I am trying out different genres since I read by author before. And in my attempt to widen my book collections (and with a friend’s convincing prowess), I began to read this book (unfortunately, pdf version because I am yet to find the book. but i will find it, that’s for sure). My plan is to just take a peek on Kleypas’ writing style because  I am really careful when it comes to reading something from an author I haven’t tried yet.

And guess what, I wasn’t able to stop reading! And that was despite the fact that I never had the patience to read a book in soft copy form. But I just could not make myself stop reading. Her words totally captured me. I fell in love with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent so much that when I glanced at the clock, it was already 3 in the morning. =”>

This might be my first attempt to read a book like this, but it will definitely not going to be the last.

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You’re beautiful, Evie,” came his soft comment.
Having been raised by relations who had always lamented the garish color of her hair and the
proliferation of freckles, Evie gave him a skeptical smile. “Aunt Florence has always given me a bleaching
lotion to make my freckles vanish. But there’s no getting rid of them.”
Sebastian smiled lazily as he came to her. Taking her shoulders in his hands, he slid an appraising glance
along her half-clad body. “Don’t remove a single freckle, sweet. I found some in the most enchanting
places. I already have my favorites…shall I tell you where they are?

Devil in Winter.

falling in love with Lord St. Vincent

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