Monday, 30 April 2012

Scandal's Bride by Stephanie Laurens

Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0749937181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937188
  • How can an honorable lady like Lady Catrioria Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cyster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard's agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs--if he can have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?

Cover:  I much prefer the newer editions of Stephanie's books, much less cheesy, nice and subtle.  Yes it's a romance book but it does scream it from the cover like on some romance novels (come on you know it's true!)

I have been undecided with what to read recently and so on a whim I went for something completely different to what I had been reading, and I am a sucker for some regency romance!
This is book 3 in the Cynster series of novels by Stephanie Laurens, each book about a different member of the wealthy Cynster family finding themselves trapped by fate and falling in love.
And I have to say out of the 3 I've read so far, this is my favourite.  I enjoyed Scandal's (real name Richard) character much more than Devil or Vane, but Catriona frustrated me sometimes (I mean she drugs him to have sex with him without his knowledge which I did find a little strange).  There are sooo many crossed wires and misunderstandings that got me so frustrated that I wanted to scream! 
However I did feel there was more than attraction between them, that they did truly love each other- more so than with the couples in the first two books, despite them never saying 'I Love You', which may be pedantic but I like to have that in my romance novels.
I really enjoyed this, and it was a really quick & light read.  I do recommend this for fans of historical romance, and you don't have to read the first 2 books to enjoy it.  For me this was 4/5 stars.  I took away a star for the drugging and no 'love you' thing.

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