Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book review - Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer

Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer

Summary (from the back of the book):
Like father, like son...
Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal and fiery son of the notorious Duke of Avon, has established a raking 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. Bit at the two become irrevocably entangled, Mary's reputation and future lie in the hands of a devilish rake, who fins her more fascinating every day...

My rating: 3.5/5

I thought this book was a lot of fun! Georgette Heyer has such a way with writing. The interactions between Vidal and Mary are entertaining and we get to know them very well through their words. Vidal is the definition of having a devil-may-care attitude, and his character is both shocking and enjoyable to read. Mary is a smart and level headed woman, but also has a sharp wit. I was amazed by her strength and calmness given the situations she was put into. My favorite parts of the book were the interactions between the characters. The main characters are great, but there is an excellent supporting cast as well. I had hoped for a little more romance on Vidal's part, but I think what was there fit with his character well.  All in all this book told an interesting story, had plenty of good dialouge and wit, and a good deal of scheming as well. I love a good scheme!

I would recommend this book to older teens and up. Seeing as Vidal is very much a rake, (a womanizer in other words), there are references to some acts of a scandalous nature. Nothing is described, but still. 

Rating: 2/2.5/1
There are some sexual references, but no sex acts and no explicit details of any sort. There is a murder with a short gory reference, a few duels, some threats and some other light violence. There are a few swear words, but nothing too extreme, as well as several uses of "Lord"
You can buy this book here.