This is a review on the following books by Stephanie Laurens: Devil’s Bride (Book 1), A Rake’s Vow (Book 2), Scandal’s Bride (Book 3), A Rogue’s Proposal (Book 4), A Secret Love (Book 5), and All About Love (Book 6).
Anyone who knows me knows that I am really not one to read romance novels. Its just never been a genre that has interested me much. However, I do like historical fiction and it isn’t always easy to find entertaining historical fiction novels that aren’t romance. So on a recent trip to my local library they had a display filled with the above mentioned books and on a whim I checked them out.
Overall I found the books to be entertaining. The dialogue was realistic and the settings where are described nicely. As these books are all apart of a series it was nice to see characters and certain themes from previous books appear throughout as it added a sense of realism to the story. However, my one gripe is that the couples were almost too perfectly matched for each. In one book the male lead was a horse breeder and his counterpart knew just as much about horses as he did and seemed to love them more. In another the two leads both had a remarkably superb talent for business.
Also, in all of the books it was always the male character that realized that he was in love first and had to do all that he could to convince the female of the story to she loved him too. That tone might be believable for a few of the stories…but it tends to get less believable and a little old when used 6 times in a row.
There are several more books in the Cynster Series by Stephanie Laurens which I may or may not read in the future. For now I have had enough of this family and need to go on and meet some new characters in other books before I consider returning to Regency England. If you like romance books…or just historicals in general…and you haven’t read this series then it may be something that you want to look into.
In Short: Overall not a bad series, although I wouldn’t recommend reading them back to back.
Rating: 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars
Next Up: The Guardians by Ana Castillo and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (I know I’ve said this for a while and it is in progress – I swear – I just need to concentrate on it enough to finish it!)