I wanted to start with Victoria Vane's newest release in this series. Please enjoy the reviews on the others in this series as well...
Jewel of the East (The Devil DeVere Series # 5)
Book # 5 in the award-winning Devil DeVere series.
May be read as a standalone
Maimed by misfortune… healed by love…
His wounds run deep… Having once lived his life only for larks, laughter, and ladies of easy virtue, Captain Simon Singleton has returned from war a shambles of a man. Although free from six years of captivity, he's still fettered by fears that confine him to a life of seclusion.
Her scars are well-hidden… Once the crowning jewel of the most lavish brothel in London, the exotic Salime finds her reputation and livelihood destroyed by a bitter rival. With a closely guarded secret stripped away, she fears no man will ever desire her again. Seeking aid from one who once saved her life, she accepts a proposition to become a companion to his war-scarred friend.
But love is the eternal cure… When circumstance brings these two damaged souls together, fate ignites a love story worthy of the Arabian Nights. (mature content warning).
I thoroughly enjoyed these characters. The men in the beginning with their devil may care attitudes and live life in the moment only found trouble for one and happiness beyond belief for another, two best friends both different paths ended back where they belong with much happiness. I loved Simon the most, the poor guy going through all he went through and thinking he'd have to live his life lonely, scared and full of nightmares was found again but he's not the same as he once was.... he's better. I loved his learning to love, being able to touch and be touched. Very erotically sexy and sweet all in one. Then there's Salime, I loved her character as well, she's a brilliant women who thought her life was only good enough to be a prostitute, she vowed never to love or be loved, her scares are not only physical they're emotional and she's ashamed. Until Simon comes along. I loved these two together, their passion for each other and their love, so much love. Very romantic, sweet, uplifting story of loss, shame, love and happy futures. Loved Devere too for the friendship of Simon, for his help with Salime and his own happiness I was truly happy for him. 4.5 stars
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HTP1P26
A wild Nights Bride (Devil Devere #1)
With the Devil in Charge ... there could be Hell to Pay!
She needs a protector... Once seduced by whispered promises of a faithless lover, Phoebe Scott is determined to make a name on the Covent Garden stage, but after three years of bit parts, she realizes she'll never achieve her goals on her own merits. Acknowledging her success is dependent on a powerful patron, Phoebe is now resolved to find a protector to secure her future. With this goal in mind, she seeks out the best prospects at London's most notorious brothel.
He's avowed to celibacy... Sir Edward "Ned" Chambers has been lost and lonely since his wife's death in childbirth. Burdened with blame, he has sworn to a life of celibacy, but after three years, he is inwardly edgy, irritable, and increasingly discontent. Perceiving the cause behind Ned's unhappiness, as well as the obvious cure, his best friend and rake of the first order, "The Devil" DeVere, is hell-bent to return Ned to the land of the living. DeVere's machinations result in an outrageous wager that could lead Ned to a new love... or land them all in the Tower!
All bets are off in in this racy Georgian romp! (romantic comedy with mature content)
Love the Devil Devere as his friends so wonderfully refer to him. He's such a rake, handsome, worldly and when he's bored watch out. Sir Edward or Ned as his friends call him needs his world shaken up or that's what Devil Devere thinks, he's vowed celibacy but his life is lonely and miserable. A wager starts the madness and this story is a wild ride of funny, sexy and twists. Very entertaining story with some great and interesting characters. Can't wait to read more. 4 stars
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXD7NXM
The Virgin's Huntress (The Devil Devere #2)
All's Fair in Love and Abduction
In the second installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, Ned's daughter Vesta is preparing for her come-out only to have her world turned upside down when her father returns from London with a bride of his own! Put out that he is so wrapped up in Phoebe, Vesta accompanies her godmother, Diana, to town where she meets and falls instantly in love with the gallant Captain Hewett DeVere.
"Hew" DeVere, younger brother to Viscount Ludovic "The Devil" DeVere, has returned from the war with plans of selling his commission and settling down. He quickly becomes enamored of the older but beautiful Diana, and barely notices eighteen-year-old Vesta. When Hew fails to respond to her feminine charms, Vesta takes extreme measures to capture the object of her desire, but Hew didn't survive the worst of the war only to succumb to Vesta's wayward wiles.
Proving the adage that opposites attract, this hilarious romp pits the would-be huntress against the gallant hero in an epic war of wills. (Romantic comedy with mature content)
The Devil Devere is back and as charming and witty and clever as ever. Love his brother Hew too, but who takes the cake in this installment is Vesta Ned's daughter. She's a riot and brash and unbelievably funny. Extreme measures doesn't begin to explain her behavior. Then there's the sexual chemistry between Diana and The Devil Devere himself. Another wild and amusing ride this story takes you on. 4 stars
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXVX3NS
The Devil You Know (The Devil Devere #3)
In this third installment of the award-winning Devil Devere series, DeVere is finally center stage when Ned, Annalee, and her cousin, Diana arrive at DeVere's estate for a weekend of horseracing. From the first meeting, DeVere makes his interest in Diana acutely known. Although she sees no harm in a light flirtation, she doesn't intend to become another notch on his bedpost. Nevertheless, DeVere fascinates her.
Ned gave her a meaningful look. "I hope you'll take extreme care in any dealing with him. He is ruthless and calculating when he chooses to be and has a strong predilection to manipulate and exploit the vulnerabilities of others when it suits his purpose. He just can't help himself. It's not that he's evil incarnate or anything like that; it's just that he has low tolerance for weakness, incompetence or buffoonery."
Diana lifted her brow. "You know I am no fool, dear Edward. I take full responsibility for my actions and have already made clear what I am willing and not willing to sacrifice."
Althought DeVere is outwardly arrogant, ruthless, unpredictable and manipulative, the private man is quite another creature--intensely loyal and fiercely protective of those few he cares about. Diana also maintains a false front to the world. Her twelve year marriage is a mockery and she feels unfulfilled and undesireable which makes her all too vulnerable to Devere's dangerous charm. After events take an unexpected turn, Diana's most erotic fantasies become reality when she seeks comfort and affirmation in the devil's arms. But little does she know that the fire he ignites within her will burn long after she leaves Woodcote Park.
Gotta love the "buffoonery" one thing I do have to say even though The Devil is charming, a rake, manipulative and more... he's loyal and caring and always protective of his friends, sometimes it's hard to see that ..lol..but he is. Diana's life with her husband is a sham, he's a jerk of the largest order in my book, I hated him (that was the point) but Diana I love, she wants more in life, she wants to feel desirable or wanted or just feel and she knows The Devil will give her that, at least for one night. I love their passion and the fire in them for each other. Very sexy. Love Ned, he tries to warn Diana about his good friends.. The Devil meaning well of course. 4 stars
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXD7U4E
The Devil's Match (The Devil Devere #4)
The Devil is the True Tempter of Women
In this fourth installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, Diana has come to London as her goddaughter's chaperone. Wanting to avoid her erstwhile lover at all costs, she nevertheless has no choice but to appeal to DeVere for help when Vesta mysteriously disappears. Although once nearly consumed by her passion for DeVere, four years has reduced the former inferno to bitterness and ashes.
Ludovic's time abroad has only served to deepen his debauchery. He's become jaded, world-weary, and bored. He also recognizes with self-annoyance that the marks of his discontent have only increased upon a certain person's arrival in London. When Diana makes her appearance in his den of iniquity in all of her glorious self-righteous fury, he suddenly feels alive again.
"Damn you to hell, DeVere!" she cried, jerking out of his hold. "Yes, I want you now, but I would despise myself for it the moment we finished."
"Why?" he asked, confounded.
"Why? Because I once confused passion for deeper feeling. I won't make that mistake again."
"But don't you remember how it was between us? I can bring you rapture. You know that. What harm is there?"
She scoffed, "Surely the same words the serpent whispered to Eve."
While DeVere is once more hell-bent to have Diana back in his bed, she will do whatever it takes to bring him to his knees. (Mature Content Warning)
I read this series starting with number 5 for my blog review and it was the newest one and I'm a sucker for historical romances but I have to say when I went back and started from book one I enjoyed all of these books. They are all witty, sexy, intriguing and the twists and turns spin your head. Love Devere and Diana together, they both want and need each other and their passion is out of control. But neither will give up their control. I rooted for Diana from the beginning I knew she would be a good match to Devere and who better then to bring him to his knees. Even though Devere is well Devere I always wanted him happy and tamed ...lol...yeh tamed is a good thing for him. Very sexy and hot hot hot. 4.5 stars
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXD7QK2
A Devil's Touch (The Devil Devere #4.5)
This short erotic installment in the award-winning Devil DeVere series can stand alone as a complete story, but also serves to bridge The Devil's Match and Jewel of the East (Salime and Simon's story).
In her last month of pregnancy, Diana, Viscountess DeVere, has barely settled into her new life and role as "the devil" DeVere's wife, when her increasingly restless husband receives an urgent summons to London. When Diana inadvertently discovers a message he received from a known courtesan with whom he was formerly linked, she fears her marriage is over before it has begun.
They were barely three months into a marriage that had begun on rather shaky ground. Was it possible that for him, the novelty of it had already worn off? This had always been Diana's greatest fear, for Ludovic was a man with a voracious sensual appetite, one he had honed with years of endless variety and constant, unrestrained indulgence. Diana, on the contrary, had known only one true lover--this same perplexing man who was now her husband--the one who had made her heavy with his child...and now left her alone in a cold bed.
I don't normally read a short in between two stories or a .5 I don't feel they are necessary a lot of times but this one did bring book 4 and 5 together. This book shares more in-depth Devere and Diana's beginnings of their lives together, their new marriage and their upcoming baby. It's good to see them so happy but Diana has concerns or worries I should say of Devere's summons and departure. I'm glad they have their HEA and since I already read book 5 (I know out of order) I'm glad this bridges 4 and 5 because I a absolutely love Salime and Simon in book 5 and Devere again is protective and caring of his friends, love that about him. 4 stars
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BF25IS6
Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her collective works of fiction have either won or been nominated for twenty-one reviewer awards to include Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Her works range from historical to contemporary settings and include everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Look for her hot new contemporary cowboy series coming from Sourcebooks in Fall of 2014.
(Library Journal Best E-Book Romance 2012)
(a full length compilation of the three Diana and DeVere stories)
Also by Victoria Vane
THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES LITERARY AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
"The “Devil DeVere” series is a variation on the rake’s progress, or the rake’s reformation, except that is doesn’t start with said rake as the main character—a device that is amazingly clever on Vane’s part and allows her to circle in on DeVere without revealing too much at the outset… The series is erotic and sexy, and sometimes you want to shake the characters until their teeth rattle, but it is absolutely marvelous... This one should be read with bonbons. And a fan!" --Marlene Harris for Library Journal
SERIES AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
IND'Tale RONE nominee
IRC Reader Choice Best Historical Nominee
IND'Tale RONE nominee
IND'Tale RONE nominee
IND'Tale RONE nominee
Two Lips Reviews Recommended Read