THE CYNSTER NEXT GENERATION Novels
DEVIL'S BROOD TRILOGY #1
On Sale: March 9, 2017
Featuring: Sebastian Cynster; Antonia Rawlings
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A marquess in need of the right bride. An earl’s daughter
in search of a purpose. A betrayal that ends in murder
and balloons into a threat to the realm.
Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he
doesn’t choose a wife soon, his female relatives will
line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not
appeal. Where is he to find the right lady to be his
marchioness? Then Drake Varisey, eldest son of the Duke
of Wolverstone, asks for Sebastian’s aid.
Having assumed his father’s mantle in protecting queen
and country, Drake must go to Ireland in pursuit of a
dangerous plot. But he’s received an urgent missive from
Lord Ennis, an Irish peer—Ennis has heard something Drake
needs to know. Ennis insists Drake attends an upcoming
house party at Ennis’s Kent estate so Ennis can reveal
his information face-to-face.
Sebastian has assisted Drake before and, long ago, had a
liaison with Lady Ennis. Drake insists Sebastian is just
the man to be Drake’s surrogate at the house party—the
guests will imagine all manner of possibilities and be
blind to Sebastian’s true purpose.
Unsurprisingly, Sebastian is reluctant, but Drake’s need
is real. With only more debutantes on his horizon,
Sebastian allows himself to be persuaded.
His first task is to inveigle Antonia Rawlings, a lady he
has known all her life, to include him as her escort to
the house party. Although he’s seen little of Antonia in
recent years, Sebastian is confident of gaining her
Eldest daughter of the Earl of Chillingworth, Antonia has
abandoned the search for a husband and plans to use the
week of the house party to decide what to do with her
life. There has to be some purpose, some role, she can
claim for her own.
Consequently, on hearing Sebastian’s request and an
explanation of what lies behind it, she seizes on the
call to action. Suppressing her senses’ idiotic reaction
to Sebastian’s nearness, she agrees to be his partner-in-
But while joining the house party proves easy, the
gathering is thrown into chaos when Lord Ennis is
murdered—just before he was to speak with Sebastian.
Worse, Ennis’s last words, gasped to Sebastian, are:
Gunpowder? And here, where?
With a killer continuing to stalk the halls, side by
side, Sebastian and Antonia search for answers and, all
the while, the childhood connection that had always
existed between them strengthens and blooms…into
something so much more.
First volume in a trilogy. A historical romance with
gothic overtones layered over a continuing intrigue. A
full length novel of 99,000 words.
DEVIL'S BROOD TRILOGY
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