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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 is summoned to the home of his mother’s husband for the reading of his will. Not expecting much of a bequest, Richard is shocked at the deceased’s demand that he marry Miss Catriona Hennessy or the family will forfeit their inheritance. While marriage is not off the cards for Catriona, she always expected to wed a meek and biddable man who would allow her, her freedom. Unfortunately, Richard is anything but subservient. Can these two fiercely independent and strong willed people make a go of it?

Richard has played a minor role in the series up until know, but this is his moment to shine and he certainly does so. Not only is he a caring, considerate and honorable man who places family above all else (much like all the Cynster men), he is also sexy and insatiable - a killer combination.

Catriona is a likable heroine right up until the moment that she drugs and virtually rapes Richard and plans on keeping the resulting pregnancy a secret from him. Her actions put a damper on a romance that would otherwise have tremendous potential. She also comes across as somewhat naive about her position and fails to understand the very real danger she is in from the “suitors” who are only interested in her land.

Aside from Catriona’s behavior, this book involves another trope that I am not at all enamored of - the lack of communication between the hero and heroine. Thankfully, this issue does not drag on for too long and is resolved quite quickly.

The minor mystery is also a weak due to a very disappointing climax and resolution. One villain is ultimately redeemed (another annoying trope as attempted murder should not be treated so lightly) and the other more or less gets way without punishment. Very unsatisfying.

All in all, not the strongest romance or story in the series thus far although I am pleased to have read it as Richard definitely make it worthwhile. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
i'd never read a 'corset-ripper' before, and now i can say that i have (it was for book club). wowzers. ( )
  pixiegenne | Nov 11, 2016 |
I enjoyed the first 4 books in the Cynster series. Nice book. I really liked. I would recommend. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
I enjoyed the first 4 books in the Cynster series. Nice book. I really liked. I would recommend. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
Another great regency. I love that the whole family is so involved with each other! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
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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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