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Book Review: Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer

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Is it necessary that we need to read any book series in a particular order, i.e. chronologically? Yes, but if you are not able to find the previoust ones, should you skip on the sequels as well? Of course not. I mean this is what I think. So after completing The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (click on the hyperlink to check my review of this book read a month back), there were many other books recommended to me by the same author, one of which was These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub, but since I couldn’t get hold of the former one, I started off with the latter.

You know I had never heard of Georgette Heyer during my school or college days, I am sure I would have loved these even better then. In fact, the author has been very popular for many in my reading groups have entire collection of her books or have read each one of her books. But better late than never!

The book starts in a typical fashion – the male protagonist being a playboy and I wondered if it is going to end in a typical fashion. However, as I had heard that Georgette’s females have strong character sketches – feisty, witty, intelligent and sensible, I continued and glad I did that. Although there was too much drama in the end, it was an outright entertainer. And in the end, it brought a stupid smile on my face once I completed reading this book.

Please check below a few dialogues from this book:

“You will very soon be. Sit down. Why are you not at the ball?”
“I had no inclination for it, sir. I might ask, why are not you?”
“Not finding you there, I came here,” he replied.
“I am indeed flattered,” said Miss Challoner.
He laughed. “It’s all I went for, my dear, I assure you. Why was that fellow holding your hands?”
“For comfort,” said Miss Challoner desolately.
He held out his own. “Give them to me.” 

“You will like her,” he persisted. “Egad, she’s after your own heart, maman! She shot me in the arm.”

However, if I have to recommend between this book and The Grand Sophy, I will pick the latter one only.

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Book blurb:
Dominic Alistair, 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.

When lovely, saucy Mary Challoner had practiced her bold deception upon the hot-blooded, fiery-tempered young Marquis of Vidal–substituting herself for her young sister he had thought to carry off to France–she had little notion he would grimly hold her to her part of the bargain. Now he had left her, and she was alone, a stranger in a strange land, prey to the intrigues of glittering, heartless, 18th century Paris.

Only one person could rescue her–the Marquis himself. But how could she ever trust this man? How could she even hope to overcome the contempt in which he held her? And how could even the sudden flowering of her love ever bridge the terrible gap between them?

About the author:
Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her husband George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.

Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer’s greatest asset.

Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Name: Devil’s Cub
(Alastair-Audley #2)
Author: Georgette Heyer
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 1932
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