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Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
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Devil's Cub (1932)

by Georgette Heyer

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Series: Alastair-Audley (2)

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    These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (arctangent)
    arctangent: The first book of the trilogy involving the Alastair family
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    An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer (arctangent)
    arctangent: The third book in the Alastair trilogy, and one of Heyer's very best works. It is set in 1815, around the Battle of Waterloo.
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This is both ridiculous and utterly enchanting, as only a good Heyer romance can be. The family at this centre is the Alastairs, the head of the family being the current Duke of Avon, who had his own disreputable past and romance told in an earlier book, These Old Shades. In this edition, Avon's son, Vidal, is a young man, much given to being reckless and with a reputation as a rake. Enroute, he gets involved in more than one inpromptu duel and is trying to run off with a very pretty (and very stupid) young lady who expects to be able to force him into marriage, he has no such plan. In order to protect the silly Sophia, Sensible Mary takes her place and so begins a riotous romp. Mary is not at all inclined to sucumb to a fit of the vapours and has few illusions about the position she finds herself in. There are some great set pieces between the two of them,, as they spar. It gets very silly and there is much trying to escape, and the wider Alastair family get involved and there is much misunderstanding and a whole comedy of errors ensues.
It all works out in the end, which is great fun, although I find myself somewhat uneasy at the willingness with which the aristocracy think they can just re-write what has happened. But I'm happy to set aside those qualms to follow on the somewhat unconventional courting contained herein. ( )
  Helenliz | Jan 31, 2019 |
Reminded me why I stopped reading romances -- there's a trope in here that I am not a fan of. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
Heyer is a reliable feel good romance. I wish there had been more interaction with Mary and Vidal - it took a while for them to share the page and when they finally did, Mary spent most of the time running from Vidal. At least Heyer always rewards her reader with a consummating kiss. ( )
  MelissaLenhardt | Mar 11, 2018 |
Mary comes up with the perfect plan to save her sister from certain ruin at the hands of Dominique - but instead finds herself compromised by the very man. Meanwhile, Dominique (who really is a gentleman of sorts) discovers that instead of a girl with loose morals, he has carried away a gem of a girl. Love ensues, but there are plenty of obstacles before true love has its way. Lots of fun. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Feb 12, 2018 |
A sequel of sorts to These Old Shades, written with Heyer's customary aplomb and allowing her to return to some of her best characters. Great fun. The plot is deeply predictable, but frankly, does that really matter?! ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Dec 8, 2017 |
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Drew, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, LindaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was only one occupant of the coach, a gentleman who sprawled very much at his ease, with his legs stretched out before him, and his hands dug deep in the capacious pockets of his greatcoat.
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Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal and fiery son of the notorious Duke of Avon, has established a rakish reputation that rivals his father's, living a life of excess and indulgence. He is a bad lot a rake and seducer, reckless, heedless, and possessed of a murderous temper. He is known by friend and foe alike as the "Devil's Cub." Yet as the handsome and wealthy heir to a Dukedom, he is considered a good prospect on the marriage market. Vidal currently has his eye on the young, lovely, and unintelligent Sophia Challoner, and Sophia's greedy mother is more than happy to encourage his dubious attentions. Banished to the Continent after wounding his opponent in a duel, Vidal decides to abduct the silly aristocrat bent on seducing him into marriage and make her his mistress instead. In his rush, however, he seems to have taken the wrong woman?

Intelligent, practical Mary Challoner knew wicked Vidal, wouldn't marry her sister, despite her mother's matchmaking schemes. So Mary coolly prepared to protect her naive sister by deceiving Vidal. Substituting herself for her young sister, she certainly hadn't expected the nobleman to kidnap and take her to France. She had little notion he would grimly hold her to her part of the bargain. Now he had left her, and she was alone, a stranger in a strange land, prey to the intrigues of glittering, heartless, 18th century Paris. Only one person could rescue her--the Marquis himself. But how could she ever trust this man? How could she even hope to overcome the contempt in which he held her? And how could even the sudden flowering of her love ever bridge the terrible gap between them?
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Follow a dashing and wild young nobleman and the gently bred young lady in whom he finally meets his match. As the two become entangled, Mary's reputation and future lie in the hands of Dominic, a devilish rake, who finds her more fascinating every day...… (more)

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