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Devils Cub [Hardcover]

Georgette Heyer
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March 1 2002 1567230490 978-1567230499 Reprint
The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father’s before him. Not for nothing is the
reckless duelist and gamester called “the Devil’s Cub.”


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The Marquis of Vidal 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. The colorful and eccentric characters fall over each other's plots, get involved in very peculiar coincidences, engage in colorful derring-do, and generally make life difficult for each other. Narrator Michael Drew manages to distinguish one character from another without the verbal gymnastics that the plot would seem to require, allowing the listener to concentrate on the Shakespearian plot and priceless dialog. Enthusiastically recommended for libraries where romance and/or Heyer are popular. Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland
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The words are like poetry, easily flowing from one page to another. (Amy Jacobs My Overstuffed Bookshelf 2009-12-01)

The Grand Dame of this genre... (Elizabeth Bogardus Thoughts from an Evil Overlord 2009-12-02)

As humorous as it is romantic, Devil's Cub builds to a merry madness of misunderstandings that threaten the hopes of hero, heroine and assorted friends and relatives before all is happily resolved. (Margaret Donsbach HistoricalNovel.info 2009-12-07)

A very fun book that perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. (Bridget Hopper Readaholic 2009-12-10)

Hooray for another fun-tabulous Georgette Heyer novel! (Marie Burton The Burton Review 2009-12-14)

The plot, an intricate maze, comes to a beautiful climax and leaves the reader SO SATISFIED. (The Long and Short of It 2009-12-17)

An exciting and entertaining adventure complete with confusion, flaring tempers, a copious amount of chasing, and many misadventures. (Meredith Esaprza Austenesque Reviews 2009-12-21)

A wonderful read for those who love historical fiction, comedies of manners, and stories where it's all about the banter that brings a pair of opposites together. (Maya Missani Apprentice Writer 2009-12-21) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rake Restoration at Its Best Sept. 10 2002
Format:Hardcover
The prequel to this novel, These Old Shades, is my all time favorite novel, the joining of the worldly yet innocent Leonie with her beloved Satanas, Duke of Avon. Vidal, the Devil's Cub, is the expected product of this union, with all his mother's charm and passion combined with his father's wickedness. Naturally, his natural mate is not another tempestuous woman, but the highly intelligent, pragmatic Mary, the perfect foil for his impulsive personality. Heyer's subtle humor is at its best in this novel, her depiction of England and France historically accurate. And of course, its a joy to revisit Leonie, her Monseignor, Rupert, and others from These Old Shades. Now, if only they would reissue These Old Shades...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer spoils you for any other Romance author Aug. 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I admit to being hooked on Regency romances and historicals, and it's all Georgette Heyer's fault. The first one I ever picked up at the age of 13 was her novel 'The Grand Sophy', the second one was 'Venetia', and there was no looking back. She invented the Regency romance novel and although there are many newer authors I enjoy and collect, GH remains the best, the funniest, the most skillful at drawing vivid characters and using authentic period slang. She is often imitated, but never equaled, IMHO. Heyer's historical research was so thorough (unlike many later imitators) that one of her novels is included in the recommended reading booklist on Napoleonic warfare at Oxford University.
'Devil's Cub' is part of the only trilogy she wrote -- 'These Old Shades' is the first, 'Devil's Cub' the second, and 'An Infamous Army' concludes the family history. I am glad to see these being reissued, and hope that younger readers will also enjoy Vidal's father, the extraordinarily menacing Duke of Avon, and his irrepressible and beautiful mother, Leonie. Vidal and Mary have a classic first-I-hate-you, then-I-love-you, relationship; yet the turns and twists are not only amusing but believable.
Buy this and enjoy it, but be forewarned -- you may start collecting all of her novels!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Agree with the two star reviewer Sept. 23 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Although I will give it an extra star for readability and vividness of writing. When I have read through all my favorite GH, and I haven't read this one for a while, it's fine. However, I agree with assessment of Vidal as a spoiled brat (or a bully), and with his attempted violence toward Mary. Not romantic!
It has always bothered me, too, that the happy ending depends on Mary convincing the Duke first, that she's a "lady" (in effect, that she and Dominic have not "been together," and that there's no way anyone can gossip to the contrary); and second, that's she's so disinterested, she'd work as a servant in a foreign country rather than marry Vidal and endanger his inheritance. I don't think Dominic is worth that much selflessness, frankly. And I note that virginity is not a requirement for him, only for Mary.
The Alastairs in general are not my favorite characters. On the one hand, they have charm and charisma. On the other, arrogance, snobbery and ruthlessness. I do like Leonie, but can only take the rest of them in small doses, say every two or three years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel Oct. 18 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is the sequel to Heyer's 'These Old Shades' which was my introduction to her Regency writings. I liked 'Devil's Cub' almost as much as 'These Old Shades'. There are a lot of un-PC things that both Mary and Vidal do but at the time these books were written, a lot of un-PC things happened every day in normal life. Mary has her morals, Vidal is a charming rake, and they manage to fight more often than not in the first 7/8ths of book. The writing is superb and the plot moves along briskly. It would be wonderful to read the two books consecutively but it's almost impossible to find 'These Old Shades' nowadays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! April 12 2004
By June
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first Georgette Heyer book I've read was....Arrabella and April Lady. I didnt like them much to be frank. The romance wasn't that...romantic....Im more of a X-rated book reader XD But after reading Devil's Cub,expecting to be bored and dissapointed,I was amazed at how good it was. There was no sex.....and yet it was such an interesting book. It touched me...made me laugh....and made me cry sooo much!!! This has been the best book I've ever read. I also read all of Jane Austens book,I heard Georgette Heyers was like Miss Austen...but Heyers is so much more romantic!!!!
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