Thursday, May 6, 2010

Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer

"Devil's Cub is one of Georgette Heyer's most famous and memorable novels, featuring a dashing and wild young nobleman and the gently bred young lady in whom he finally meets his match...Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal, and virtuous Mary Challoner."
(from the publisher)

my thoughts:

A thoroughly enjoyable, wickedly witty tale of a wealthy, devilishly handsome rake, Dominic Alistair, who despite all odds, meets and falls for the person you'd least expect to capture his interest, much less his heart of stone. Although this was a sequel to These Old Shades (which I have not read -- maybe I should read the back covers a little more carefully, ha!) I really had no trouble keeping up with the storyline or the characters, but I'm sure it would have been helpful had I read the previous book.

Dominic Alistair is the son of the notorious Duke of Avon, and has his own dangerous and scandalous reputation for living in the fast lane....drinking, womanizing, gambling, dueling, and enjoying every minute of living on the edge. He is one of those characters that you just love to hate...he is arrogant, self-absorbed, and devoid of emotion. Despite his rakish reputation, there is no shortage of eligible ladies who are attracted to his rank and wealth, and would love to capture his attentions. Pretty and spoiled Sophia is just one of those debutantes who would love to get her hands on Dominic and become a marchioness...and she plots and schemes to figure out a way to do this.

Meanwhile, Dominic is banished to the Continent for becoming involved in yet another shocking duel, and Sophia sees her elopement with the Marquis! In an effort to save her foolish sister from what will surely be a disastrous affair, Mary Challoner interferes in the plan.....and winds up being abducted by the Devil's Cub, with all sorts of interesting complications -- and results.

What can be said that hasn't already been said about Heyer? Her writing is charming, funny, action-packed and just a joy to read. Can't wait to add more of her books to my collection.

4/5 stars

Title: Devil's Cub
Author: Georgette Heyer
historical fiction
Sourcebooks (2009)

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