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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer

Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (310 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Like father, like son…
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. Banished to the Continent after wounding his opponent in a duel, Vidal schemes 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…

A young lady of remarkable fortitude…Determined to save her sister from ruin, virtuous Mary Challoner intercepts the Marquis's advances and throws herself into his path, hoping Vidal will release her upon realizing his error. But as the two become irrevocably entangled, Mary's reputation and future lie in the hands of a devilish rake, who finds her more fascinating every day…

The world of DEVIL’S CUB teems with taboos, and temptations, sparkles with wit, and borders on the farcical at times, as the characters all scheme to get what they want. The chases in France are not to be missed—incomparable.

Men bent on partaking of all the vices available and mothers bent on marrying their daughters off to the man with the best title and most money regardless of his morals make DEVIL’S CUB a bubbling cauldron of maneuvering, machination, and mayhem.

Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal, flaunts his outrageous behavior with an air of invincibility. His fiery temper and caustic remarks are well known but few know how quickly he yields to his mother’s wishes or how he abides by his father’s judgment in important matters. His ability with pistols is legendary and his exploits with willing women are unsurpassed. His reputation rivals that of his father’s during the Duke of Avon’s rakish days—days before Leonie came into his life.

Mary Challoner, educated, intelligent, and not given to airs, despairs of her mother and sister Sophie’s scheme to make an advantageous marriage for Sophie who flaunts her beauty as she foolishly tries to out maneuver Dominic. Mary’s efforts to save her sister from ruin and to teach the high-handed Marquis a lesson makes herself a target for his fiery temper and gets her into a peck of trouble. She is trapped but picks her battles, uses her intelligence, and gains the grudging respect of Dominic who has never had a relationship with a woman that could carry on an intelligent and interesting conversation, could see logic, and was not forever flirting.

The many secondary characters add spice and variety to the main ingredients that make up the bubbling cauldron of DEVIL’S CUB. Each of them, so expertly developed by Ms. Heyer, plays distinct roles in moving the plot along.

Georgette Heyer’s story is a joy to read. It transports one to another time and teases the senses with exquisite description, compelling action, and captivating characters. The plot, an intricate maze, comes to a beautiful climax and leaves the reader SO SATISFIED.