Devil's Cub (Alastair Trilogy Series #2)

Devil's Cub (Alastair Trilogy Series #2)

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by Georgette Heyer
     
 

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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?

Like father, like son?
Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal and fiery son of the notorious Duke of Avon, has established a rakish reputation that

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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?

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?

WHAT READERS SAY:

"This is my favorite Heyer? It has action, romance, and humor. I couldn't put it down."

"A sequel to These Old Shades, being about the son of the Duke of Avon and Leonie? this is a must read for Heyer fans."

"This is my fourth copy of this book.? I have worn out each of my previous copies to the point of falling apart."

"Stylish, romantic, sharp and witty?her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing."
Margaret Drabble

"If you've never read Heyer's books before, prepare to be charmed. Or come rediscover her magic."
Linda Howard

"Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit."
Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."
Publishers Weekly

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to."
Katie Fforde

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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 Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"The words are like poetry, easily flowing from one page to another." - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"The Grand Dame of this genre... " - Thoughts from an Evil Overlord

"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." - HistoricalNovel.info

"A very fun book that perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. " - Readaholic

"Hooray for another fun-tabulous Georgette Heyer novel!" - The Burton Review

"The plot, an intricate maze, comes to a beautiful climax and leaves the reader SO SATISFIED." - The Long and Short of It

"An exciting and entertaining adventure complete with confusion, flaring tempers, a copious amount of chasing, and many misadventures." - Austenesque Reviews

"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." - Apprentice Writer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402228148
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Historical Romances , #2
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
46,031
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857 KB

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Excerpt from Chapter One

There was only one occupant of the coach, a gentleman who sprawled very much at his ease, with his legs stretched out before him, and his hands dug deep in the capacious pockets of his greatcoat. While the coach rattled over the cobbled streets of the town, the light from an occasional lantern or flambeau momentarily lit the interior of the vehicle and made a diamond pin or a pair of very large shoe-buckles flash, but since the gentleman lounging in the coach wore his gold-edged hat tilted low over his eyes, his face remained in shadow.

The coach was travelling fast, too fast for safety in a London street, and it soon drew out of the town, past the turnpike, on to Hounslow Heath. A faint moonlight showed the road to the coachman on the box, but so dimly that the groom beside him, who had been restive since the carriage drew out of St James's, gasped presently, as though he could no longer keep back the words: 'Lord! you'll overturn us! It's a wicked pace!'

The only answer vouchsafed was a shrug, and a somewhat derisive laugh. The coach swayed precariously over a rough stretch of ground, and the groom, clutching the seat with both hands, said angrily: 'You're mad! D'you think the devil's on your heels, man? Doesn't he care? Or is he drunk?'

The backward jerk of his head seemed to indicate that he was speaking of the man inside the coach.

'When you've been in his service a week you won't call this a wicked pace,' replied the coachman. 'When Vidal travels, he travels swift, d'ye see?'
'He's drunk - three parts asleep!' the groom said.
'Not he.'

Yet the man inside the coach might well have been asleep for all the sign of life he gave. His long body swayed easily with the lurch of the coach, his chin was sunk in the folds of his cravat, and not even the worst bumps in the road had the effect of making him so much as grasp the strap that swung beside him. His hands remained buried in his pockets, remained so even when a shot rang out and the vehicle came to a plunging standstill. But apparently he was awake, for he raised his head, yawning, and leaning it back against the cushions turned it slightly towards the off-window.

There was a good deal of commotion outside; a rough voice was raised; the coachman was cursing the groom for his tardiness in firing the heavy blunderbuss in his charge; and the horses were kicking and rearing.

Someone rode up to the door of the coach and thrust in the muzzle of a big pistol. The moonlight cast a head in silhouette, and a voice said: 'Hand over the pretties, my hearty!'
It did not seem as though the man inside the coach moved, but a gun spoke sharply, and a stabbing point of flame flashed in the darkness. The head and shoulders at the window vanished; there was the sound of a fall, of trampling hooves, of a startled shout, and the belated explosion of the blunderbuss.

The man in the coach drew his right hand out of his pocket at last. There was an elegant silver-mounted pistol in it, still smoking. The gentleman threw it on to the seat beside him, and crushed the charred and smouldering portion of his greatcoat between very long white fingers.

The door of the coach was pulled open, and the coachman jumped up on to the hastily let-down step. The lantern he held lit up the interior, and shone full into the face of the lounging man. It was a surprisingly young face, dark and extremely handsome, the curious vividness overlaid by an expression of restless boredom.

'Well?' said the gentleman coldly.
'Highwaymen, my lord. The new man being unused, so to say, to such doings, was late with the blunderbuss. There was three of them. They've made off - two of them, that is.'
'Well?' said the gentleman again.
The coachman seemed rather discomposed. 'You've killed the other, my lord.'
'Certainly,' said the gentleman. 'But I presume you have not opened the door to inform me of that.'
'Well, my lord - shan't we - do I - his brains are lying in the road, my lord. Do we leave him - like that?'
'My good fellow, are you suggesting that I should carry a footpad's corpse to my Lady Montacute's drum?'
'No, my lord,' the coachman said hesitatingly. 'Then - then - shall I drive on?'
'Of course drive on,' said the gentleman, faintly surprised.
'Very good, my lord,' the coachman said, and shut the door.
The groom on the box was still clasping the blunderbuss, and staring fascinated at the tumbled figure in the road. When the coachman climbed up on to the box again, and gathered the reins in his hands, he said: 'Gawd, ain't you going to do anything?'
'There isn't anything you can do for him,' replied the other grimly.
'His head's almost shot off !' shuddered the groom.
The equipage began to move forward. 'Hold your tongue, can't you? He's dead, and that's all there is to it.'
The groom licked his dry lips. 'But don't his lordship know?'
'Of course he knows. He don't make mistakes, not with the pistols.'
The groom drew a deep breath, thinking still of the dead man left to wallow in his blood. 'How old is he?' he blurted out presently.
'Twenty-four all but a month or two.'
'Twenty-four! and shoots his man and leaves the corpse as cool as you please! My Gawd!'
He did not speak again until the coach had arrived at its destination, and then he seemed to be so lost in meditation that he coachman had to nudge him sharply. He roused himself then and jumped off the box to open the coach door. As his master stepped languidly down, he looked covertly at him, trying to see some sign of agitation in his face. There was none. His lordship sauntered up the steps to the stone porch, and passed into the lighted hall.

'My Gawd!' said the groom again.
Inside the house two lackeys hovered about the late-comer to take his hat and coat.
There was another gentleman in the hall, just about to go up the wide stairway to the saloon. He was good-looking in a rather florid style, with very heavily-arched brows and a roving eye. His dress proclaimed the Macaroni, for he wore a short coat decorated with frog-buttons, fine striped breeches with bunches of strings at the knee, and a waistcoat hardly reaching below the waist. The frills of his shirt front stuck out at the top, and instead of the cravat, he displayed a very full handkerchief tied in a bow under his chin. On his head he wore an amazingly tall ladder-toupet, dusted with blue hair powder, and he carried in his hand a long tasselled cane.

He turned as my lord entered, and when he saw who it was, came across the hall. 'I hoped I was the last,' he complained.

Meet the Author

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. It is known that she was born in Wimbledon in August 1902, and her first novel, The Black Moth, was published in 1921.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known also as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and they had one son together, Richard.
Georgette Heyer's novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades. English Heritage has awarded Georgette Heyer one of their prestigious Blue Plaques, designating her Wimbledon home as the residence of an important figure in British history. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. A very private woman, she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. Her work included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.

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Devil's Cub 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Since Alistair #1 (These Old Shades) creeped me out just a bit with the whole relationship between the duke and his "page" (seriously, he's still calling her his "enfant" in this one, and their son is in his twenties), I was relieved to see that the two of them had supporting roles in this book. They're there in the beginning and the end, with the duchess having a small solo part toward the middle and the duke with his own at the end. Most of the story focuses on the next generation--Dominic, the marquis; his cousins, Fanny's children; and Sophia and Mary Challoner, the pretty but rather vapid girl whom Dominic hopes to make his mistress and her older sister who is determined to prevent him. In true Heyer style, the plot is a comedy of errors, with disguises and duels, elopements and escapes, and misunderstandings galore. It was a slow start, as I've found many of her books to be, but once the plot gets going, hold on for a wild ride!
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This is the second part of a trilogy dealing with the Alastair family that began with <i>These Old Shades</i> and concludes with <i>An Infamous Army</i>. Some of the author's works can found in general fiction, and I know plenty who usually eschew romance novels who love Heyer--A.S. Byatt is a fan. Her Regency novels were published from 1921 to 1972 so I think we can put her into near-classic status--although <i>Devil's Cub</i> is actually set in the earlier Georgian Era. The book is a good example of the omniscient point of view--I hate the sloppy point of views you often seen in romance books that switch between characters thoughts within scenes, or even paragraphs, but a true omniscient point of view, done consistently from the beginning and with a strong voice is an exception to that rule--and Heyer does it well and with a lot of humor. Not that hers is a style I find completely graceful. The "she marvelled" and "he interjected" and the like in the speech tags accompanied by the most awkward adverb abuse--I felt as if bounced on a trampoline by them--and it's hard to read "he ejaculated" with a straight face. It's really great, witty dialogue--I wish Heyer would have got out of its way. (Though "chit" is used so often, I think I now know where hack romance novelists get it from.) There is a wealth of period detail--slang, fashions, etc.--I couldn't help but think of what I once read of Jane Austen though--that she eschewed a lot of details because she felt it would date her works, rather than making them universal, and early on all that description struck me as cluttered, but eventually I came to see it as part of Heyer's charm. This was my first Heyer, and I have to admit that besides the style issues, I initially had a problem with the titular character--I might have dropped the book a third way through if many I trust didn't tell me they love Heyer. The romantic hero, Dominic Alastair, Marquis of Vidal, is a rake, who in the first six chapters seems a cold stone killer and seducer. I detested him. About a hundred pages in he abducts the heroine, Mary Challoner, who obstructed his plans to make her sister his mistress. I thought, well, maybe I chose the wrong book. But then Mary endeared herself to me forever: Reader, she shot him. With his own pistol. After that, I started enjoying myself :-) She's no Jane Austen, but she is heads above the usual romance writer and did charm me.
shanin More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books by Georgette Heyer. The two main characters are supreme examples of 'opposites attract'. The story is entertaining and fast paced so that I could hardly put it down. Fans of Regency romance are ,of course, fans of Heyer and this is one of her more outrageous and fun adventures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute must to read for all those people who are die-hard fans of Rebency Romances. This book is full of gaiety and melodramas, duels, abductions and escapes. It is simply another feather in Georgette Heyer's cap. All in all , it is an enticing tale woven by Heyer's genius and eloquence. It's romance is unparalleled.The book thoroughly keeps the reader out of bed until one has not devoured its last page!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love the polite circles of the Regency era, dashing heroes, brilliant heroines, fencing Lords and captivating ladies, don't wait to read Georgette Heyer. She'll spoil all other books for you, laying a precedent that few authors have been able to match. Devil's Cub is the sequel to 'These Old Shades' both of which deal with the noble Alastair family and their vivacious, sometimes chilling, protagonists as they sally forth on unforgettable adventures. The language of Georgette Heyer is so beautiful that your household will start quoting her in random instances. She's Jane Austen with verve. Please buy this book! P.S. I'm so pleased B&N is carrying more Georgette Heyer titles. By buying this book you will encourage the printing of more books by GH- a must have in any Anglophile reader's library.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
Devil's Cub--Excellent Romantic Reading Devil's Cub is the second in Georgette Heyer's Alastair family chronicles. it's one of my favorite Heyer books to re-read, with excellent character portraits, a clever plot line, and the glimpse into the upper-class lifestyle enjoyed by the aristocracy of England and France, during the Georgian period. Readers don't have to have read the first book, These Old Shades, to enjoy Devil's Cub, but those who have will find familiar characters and the events more enjoyable. For example, Justin Alastair, his grace of Avon, is reduced to a minor role in this book, but there are frequent references to him, and he makes a striking appearance towards the end of the book, where there's a wonderful denouement when he comes to the aid of his probable future daughter-in-law, Mary Challoner, and since he has not informed her of his identity, hears himself described by her as "sinister,' and "unscrupulous"-- a joy to the reader, and even, it seems, amusing to the Duke himself. They are interrupted shortly thereafter by Alastair's son, the Marquis of Vidal, who has come in pursuit of Mary, and is then surprised and chagrined to find her in the company of his father. Readers of the first book, recalling the Duke's falling in love with his ward, Leonie, now the mother of his son in this book, , will enjoy this further installment of the family chronicle. There's even an echo of the "elopement" trip taken by Rupert, the Duke's younger brother, and Leonie. Another joy of reading the book is Heyer's deft interweaving of French phrases, as most English aristocrats either had French bloodlines on at least one side of the family, or traveled to that country frequently, so the higher up socially they were, the more competent their ability to communicate in French. Of course, the main attraction of this book is the gradual taming of Dominic Alastair, the Marquis of Vidal, who quite lives up to his moniker, "Devil's Cub," through his dissolute lifestyle of drinking, dueling, and debauchery. This rake is tamed and finds salvation in his growing admiration and then love of Mary Challoner, after she has thwarted his attempt to elope with, and ruin, her sister, by substituting herself instead. His character grows as he realizes the harm he's done to Mary's reputation by kidnapping her, and by her refusal to accept his solution of marriage. By the time the end of the book comes, the reader realizes that like his father before him, he's being saved by his ability to feel love for the right woman. The edition I have re-read also has an introduction by Linda Howard, which is brief yet sets up the reader for an enjoyable time spent in the world created by Georgette Heyer. Highly recommended.
AuntBelles More than 1 year ago
Well defined characters. Good descriptions of locales
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Dominic has decided who wants to have as a lover. When he is exiled after losing a duel, he decides that he wants to take this woman with him. In the end, that woman's sister, Mary, comes between them. Mary is a strong woman who will bend to no man. She even shoots Dominic when he gets a little too comfortable with her. Soon, Dominic's family discovers that Mary is just what Dominic needs. This was a very fun book that perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heye has always written great Regency romances. I find myself qouting lines out of her books in everyday life. Not many people understand what I mean when I say 'Stop trying to fob me off!' Devil's Cub is one Heyer I never had the priveledge to read before it was rereleased. I can't believe what I was missing! Heyer never misses a beat with the witty lines, Regency details of dress or speech, or the romance that speaks to the heart. If you could combine the traits of the Marquis of Vidal from Devil's Cub, Mr Beaumaris from Arabella, and Mr. Knightly from Emma (Jane Austin) you would have the perfect man! You have to read this! You and your friends will be addicted!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
doesn't matter if you haven't read the first novel of the trilogy...
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fun story to read
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reading-mama More than 1 year ago
love every book she wrote, but this is my second favorite after these old shades.
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