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Scandal's Bride (A Cynster Novel) (edition 1999)

by Stephanie Laurens

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Title:Scandal's Bride (A Cynster Novel)
Authors:Stephanie Laurens
Info:Avon (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Richard (Scandal) Cynster / Lady Catriona Hennessy ( )
  Talthor | Jan 1, 2014 |
The author wasn't paying much attention when she constructed this novel. ( )
  veracite | Apr 5, 2013 |
This book is definitely different from most Regency Historical stories. This story is about a disciple of the Lady. Catriona Hennessey is the "lady of the vale" she inherited the title when her mother died. This being the Regency period and the fact that Catriona is only sixteen her nearest relative is appointed her guardian. This guardian is the husband of Richard Melville Cynster's biological mother. While there is no magic in the book there is a lot of herbal lore throughout the story. While Catriona is independent, intelligent and strong willed she is a little to over sure of her power to protect herself. Richard is adrift. He needs to find a place to fit in to be the warrior and protect he was born and raised to be. I do love the way the two find their way to love and acceptance. There are a bunch of things that cause trouble between the two of the them but they do work it out. It was also nice to see Devil and Honoria (who is pregnant with a second child), Vane and Patience (who is pregnant with a first child), Helena the Dowager, Amanda and Amelia and Gabriel. This is the thing that Catriona need. She has never been around a such a large, close knit family and it is a experience that she thrives on and see that changes need to be made. Again Ms. Lauren writes for hot, steamy love scenes that will leave you fanning yourself and searching for something cold to drink. ( )
  LadyIsis | Jan 31, 2013 |
The romance kept me reading but the paganism had my eyebrow burried in my hairline.

Don't get me wrong, I actually like paranormal romances and the idea of having some goddess worshippers who don't use protective colouring in 19th Century Scotland? Nope not ringing true with me, someone would notice and it would create a huge scandal, or at least regular visits from bible thumpers.

There was also a certain amount of sub-text where the female main character had to submit to the male main character and where the relationship seemed to be less a meeting of equals and more a power play, there was a huge missed opportunity here.

I *did* enjoy the read but it left me with a certain amount of uneasy feelings about the plot and where the writer was taking me. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Feb 17, 2010 |
Story got a little boring toward the end. ( )
  itsamekatrina | Jan 24, 2008 |
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Prebble, SimonReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartels, Elkesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"HE WILL FATHER YOUR CHILDREN..."

When Catriona Hennessy, honorable Scottish Lady of the Vale, received this prediction, she was exceedingly aghast. How could she unite with a rake like Richard Cynster--a masterful man with a scandalous reputation? More shocking still was her guardian's will that decreed she and Richard be wed within a week! Though charmed by his commanding presence and wooed by his heated kisses, she would not--could not--give up her independence. So she formed a plan to get the heir she needed without taking wedding vows.

Richard was just as stunned by the will's command. Marriage had not previously been on his agenda, but lately he'd been feeling rather ... restless. Perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needed. But can he have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?
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Setting: Scotland, 1819
Sensuality Rating: 9

Beautiful Scotswoman Catriona Hennessy knows that she must eventually marry and so decides that she requires a mild-mannered, biddable husband, a man who will agree to father a daughter to inherit Casphairn Manor and who will leave her free to manage her holdings without interference. Unfortunately, the spirit of the earth that protects the manor and its valley, the Lady of the Vale, has other plans. The Lady firmly tells Catriona that the man who shall father her children is none other than Richard Cynster, better known throughout the land as "Scandal." Richard is definitely not the mild-mannered man Catriona had in mind, and even worse, he's English. Although Catriona fights the command of the Lady, all she gets for her efforts is a headache.

The two unlikely lovers are thrown together in a cold Scottish castle by the reading of a last will and testament. And while Richard is wildly attracted to the lovely Scottish lady, marriage doesn't cross his mind until the will is read and he is compelled to consider the subject. Richard's restless search for family and home becomes focused on Catriona and any doubts he has are quickly erased by his already raging physical attraction to her. Convincing Catriona that they are well-suited, however, is another matter entirely. Who will win this battle of wills--Richard or Catriona? And how will Richard resolve his need to protect and defend Catriona while leaving her free to fulfill her responsibilities to the Lady of the Vale?

Laurens's latest tale will impress readers with its intense sensuality, colorful Scottish scenery, and strong, expertly drawn characters--from the hero and heroine down to the most minor member of the cast. Combine those elements with a competent plot, throw in an intriguing glimpse of ancient mother earth worship in the British Isles, and it all adds up to a novel well worth reading. --Lois Faye Dyer

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When her guardian's will commands that Lady Catriona Hennessy and Richard Cynster marry within a week, a battle of wits ensues between the independent young lady and the arrogant rake with a scandalous reputation.

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