Scandal's Bride (Cynster Series)

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How can an honorable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard's agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs?if he can have the rights of the marraige bed without making any revealing promises of love?

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How can an honorable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard's agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs—if he can have the rights of the marraige bed without making any revealing promises of love?

Author Biography:

Romance set against the backdrop of Regency England were the first Stephanie Laurens ever read, and they continue to exert a special attraction. On escaping from the dry world of professional science to carve out a career as a writer, Stephanie published either Regency romances, then turned to longer, historical romances set in the Regency period. Her first — Captain Jack's Woman — was published by Avon Books in 1977. Subsequent books from Avon have told the tales of the Bar Cynster — a group of masterful, arrogant cousins of the ducal Cynster dynasty. Devils' Bride, A Rake's Vow, Scandal's Bride, A Rouge's Proposal and A Secret Love have documented handsome Cynsters. All About Love continues the series.

Residing in a leafy bayside suburb of Melbourne, Australia,Stephanie divides her free time between her husband,two teenaged daughters, and two cats, Shakespeare and Marlowe.

Stephanie loves to hear from readers. Letters can be sent to
Stephanie Laurens
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an Imprint of HarperCollins
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022-5299
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slaurens@vicnet.net.au
or via Stephanie's website. Updates on the Cynster series can be found on the website.

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When Catriona Hennessey's uncle's cleverly crafted will offers her the choice of either marrying the scandalous Richard Cynster or leaving her innocent cousins penniless, Catriona is appalled. If she marries at all, she wants a consort who would allow her to continue to act as healer and serve "The Lady," as the women in her family have always done. She knows Cynster is far too overbearing to be that person. The Lady, however, has other ideas. Laurens takes full advantage of the current New Age interest in ancient Goddess worship to weave a steamy story with strong, well-matched protagonists, lively action, and love scenes that melt the pages. Although the novel is set during the British Regency, the period has little influence on this patricular story; readers who want a bit more Regency flavor might enjoy earlier books in the Cynster series. Laurens (A Rake's Vow, Avon, 1998) lives in Victoria, Australia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380206414
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Series: Cynster Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Stephanie Laurens

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

Laurens's novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. Laurens has published fifty-one works of historical romance, including thirty New York Times bestsellers. All her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Her continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the genre. Other series include the Bastion Club novels and the Black Cobra Quartet. For information on upcoming releases and updates on novels yet to come, visit Stephanie's website.

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Scandal's Bride

December 5, 1819

Keltyburn, The Trossachs

Scottish Highlands

"Will there be anything else, sir?"

An artful arrangement of sleek, nubile, naked female limbs sprang to Richard Cynster′s mind. The innkeeper had finished clearing the remnants of his dinner--the feminine limbs would satisfy that appetite still unappeased. But ...

Richard shook his head. Not that he feared shocking his studiously correct gentleman′s gentleman, Worboys, standing poker-straight at his elbow. Having been in his employ for eight years, Worboys was past being shocked. He was, however, no magician, and Richard was of the firm opinion that it would take magical powers to find a satisfying armful in Keltybum.

They′d arrived in the hamlet as the last light left the leaden sky; night had fallen swiftly, a black shroud. The thick mist that had lowered over the mountains, hanging heavy across their path, obscuring the narrow, winding road leading up Keltyhead to their destination, had made passing the night in the dubious comfort of the Keltyburn Arms an attractive proposition.

Besides, he had a wish to have his first sight of his mother′s last home in daylight, and before he left Keltybum, there was one thing he wished to do.

Richard stirred. "I′ll be retiring shortly. Go to bed--I won′t need you further tonight." Worboys hesitated; Richard knew he was thinking of who would brush and hang his coat, who would take care of his boots. He sighed. "Go to bed, Worboys."

Worboys stiffened. "Very well, sir - but I do wish we′d pressed on to McEnery House. There, at least, I could have trusted the bootboys."

"Just be thankful we′re here," Richard advised, "and not run off the road or stuck in a drift halfway up that damned mountain."

Worboys sniffed eloquently. His clear intimation was that being stuck in a snowdrift in weather cold enough to freeze the proverbial appendages off brass monkeys was preferable to bad blacking. But he obediently took his rotund self off, rolling away into the shadowy depths of the inn.

His lips twitching into a slight smile, Richard stretched his long legs to the fire roaring in the grate. Whatever the state of the inn′s blacking, the landlord hadn′t stinted in making them comfortable. Richard had seen no other guests, but in such a quiet backwater, that was unsurprising.

The flames flared; Richard fixed his gaze on them--and wondered, not for die first time, whether this expedition to the Highlands, precipitated by boredom and a very specific fear, hadn′t been a trifle rash. But London′s entertainments had grown stale; the perfumed bodies so readily--too readily--offered him no longer held any allure. While desire and lust were still there, he′d become finicky, choosy, even more so than he′d already been. He wanted more from a woman than her body and a few moments of earthly bliss.

He frowned and resettled his shoulders--and redirected his thoughts. It was a letter that had brought him here, one from the executor of his long-dead mother′s husband, Seamus McEnery, who had recently departed this earth. The uninformative legal missive had summoned him to the reading of the will, to be held the day after tomorrow at McEnery House. If he wished to claim a bequest his mother had made to him, and which Seamus had apparently withheld for nearly thirty years, he had to attend in person.

From what little he′d learned of his late mother′s husband, that sounded like Seamus McEnery. The man had been a hothead, brash and vigorous, a hard, determined, wily despot. Which was almost certainly why he′d been born. His mother had not enjoyed being married to such a man; his father, Sebastian Cynster, 5th Duke of St. Ives, sent to McEnery House to douse Seamus′s political fire, had taken pity on her and given her what joy he could.

Which had resulted in Richard. The story was so old thirty years old, to be precise - he no longer felt anything over it, bar a distant regret. For the mother he′d never known. She′d died of fever bare months after his birth; Seamus had sent him post-haste to the Cynsters, the most merciful thing he could have done. They′d claimed him and reared him as one of their own, which, in all ways that mattered, he was. Cynsters bred true, especially the males. He was a Cynster through and through.

And that was the other reason he′d left London. The only important social event he was missing was his cousin Vane′s belated wedding breakfast, an occasion he′d viewed with misgiving. He wasn′t blind - he′d seen the gleam steadily glowing in the eyes of the older Cynster ladies. Like Helena, the Dowager, his much-loved step-mother, not to mention his fleet of aunts. If he′d attended Vane and Patience′s celebration, they′d have set their sights on him. He wasn′t yet bored enough, restless enough, to offer himself up, fodder for their matrimonial machinations. Not yet.

He knew himself well, perhaps too well. He wasn′t an impulsive man. He liked his life well ordered, predictable - he liked to be in control. He′d seen war in his time but he was a man of peace. Of passion. Of home and hearth.

The phrase raised images in his mind - of Vane and his new bride, of his own half-brother, Devil, and his duchess, Honoria, and their son. Richard shifted and settled, conscious, too conscious, of what his brother and cousin now had. What he himself wanted. Yearned for. He was, after all, a Cynster; he was starting to suspect such plaguey thoughts were ingrained, an inherited susceptibility. They got under a man′s skin and made him ... edgy. Dissatisfied.

Restless.

Vulnerable.

A board creaked; Richard lifted his gaze, looking through the archway into the hall beyond. A woman emerged from the shadows. Wrapped in a drab cloak, she met his gaze directly, an older woman, her face heavily lined. She measured him swiftly; her gaze turned frosty. Richard suppressed a grin. Spine stiff, her pace unfaltering, the woman turned and climbed the stairs.

Scandal's Bride. Copyright © by Stephanie Laurens. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    Lauren's Hits the Mark -- Again!

    Scandal's Bride was my most favorite of the four of Stephanie Lauren's books that I have read! I loved the way that Richard let Catriona be true to her calling without making him seem less than the 'epitome of masculinity'. When Richard's family arrive to 'help', I couldn't believe the amount of awe I felt -- as though I were a part of the story line!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2003

    awsome book

    I must say out of all the Cynster books this was one of my favorites. All of the Cynster books i must say were all good, i have all of them. i couldn't put any of them down and when i was done with one i had to get the next one. i hope after simon she'll think of some other Cynster family memebers to write about. if you haven't read the whole series of the bar cynster i suggest that you do. you wont be sorry

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    don't even get me started

    Let me just start by saying this - if Richard called Catriona his 'witchy wife' one more time, I was going to gouge my eyes out. This book was ok, definitely not one of my favorites. If I had the chance to read it again, I wouldn't take it. The one good thing about this book was that Richard wasn't called his nickname throughout the whole book - those reallllly irritate me. In fact, there were a lot of things about this book that irritated me. If you want something interesting and fun to read, skip this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2003

    Outstanding!

    Catriona and Richard are wonderful characters! This is my favorite Bar Cynster novel! Stephanie Laurens captures the essence of old Scottish lore and brings it forth into the era of the ton!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    Excellent, EXCELLENT, did I mention Excellent!

    Another great Cynster/Laurens book...Devil's Bride is still the absolute best on my list but Scandal's Bride certainly runs a close second..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Great book and wonderful series!  Recommend Very Highly!!

    Great book and wonderful series!  Recommend Very Highly!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Best book in series so far

    Only read the first three so far but this was probably my fav

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    The best of the series

    This is the best of the Cynster books I have read more story less TMI sex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Read when you just want to get away and not think

    Quick reads. Don't have to think.

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    Highly recommend it

    I have read all of the Cynster Series. I have enjoyed each one
    for various reasons but mainly because of the characters in each
    book. The Cynster family has such a great compassion and love of family.
    I only wish that I had been part of their family. Oh my! You will get
    hooked on these series.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Another winnier

    I absolutely love the Cynster series by Stephanie Laurens. This book is not my favorite but it was very well written and I enjoyed the characters and story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Love it

    This was the first book in the Cynster family series that I read. I just had to go out and buy the rest of the series. Love, love, love it!

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    Definitely the best book so far in the Cynster series!! Devil's

    Definitely the best book so far in the Cynster series!! Devil's Bride was very good, and Rake's Vow was kinda boring. This one, tho, is full of great romance, sex and love! Can't wait to read the rest; expensive at $8 per book, so I use the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Not my favorite but still really good!

    I didn't really like this book as much as the others in the series. I thought it was well written, but it was dragging a bit while the two lovers were at odds and I got bored. It picked up at the end and overall I was not disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    not too good for me

    did not care for this too detailed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Love Laurens

    I have loved everyone of the Cynster series so far. The witch was overplayed a little bit but still loved the book. Loved the characters, the story line, and the romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Excellent - each one better than the one before.

    I love this entire series !!

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