Title: A Devil Named DeVere
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC, 2013
Source: Free for Review from the author
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from Amazon.com:
When burned once… Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley was resigned to her decade-long loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband until a dire discovery shatters her life.
By an old flame… A master of seduction, Viscount Ludovic, “The Devil” DeVere, is accustomed to taking what he wants heedless of the cost until encountering a woman who won’t be had at any price–at least not until a dark secret compels her to seek aid and comfort in this devil’s arms. What begins as an all-consuming passion becomes a true devil’s bargain when circumstances beyond their control drive the lovers irrevocably apart.
Fire is best fought with fire…Four years later, DeVere is world-weary and bored with his life of debauchery when Diana unexpectedly reappears. Although both believe the former inferno has been reduced to bitterness and ashes, their chance reunion proves otherwise. With their passion reignited to undeniable ferocity, DeVere is hell-bent to lure Diana back into his bed… while she is equally determined to bring him to his knees.
This is a bundled and reedited version of books #3,4 &4.5 in The Devil Devere Series. It is a standalone novel with enough background from books #1  so as not to leave any doubts about what went before. However you may want to read #1 & #2 for more of Victoria Vane’s terrific writing.
Ludovic, Viscount DeVere is a rake. He lives a hedonistic lifestyle and is totally non-apologetic about his actions. Set in the decadent Georgian era of Britain, the author brings to life the steamy and seamier side of aristocratic mores. Diana, Baroness Palmerston-Wriothesley is an upstanding married woman who after receiving a terrible shock allows herself to be seduced by Ludovic. Although true love may be in the offing, there are complications that keep the lovers apart for years.
Ludovic “Devil” DeVere is not a nice man. He is rather all wrapped up in himself and in his pleasures. Even when he is doing the right thing by Diana he is thinking of himself. Diana made a mistake by falling for the rake and now finds it impossible to resist him even when she knows it is not in her best interest to capitulate. DeVere is a difficult hero to like although he does redeem himself in the end. Diana’s lack of ability to stand up for herself and resist his manipulation does not make her the ideal heroine. That said, these two characters are made for each other.
Ms Vane can write sex scenes that positively combust off the page (or in my case melt the circuits in my Kindle). She has a knack of bringing the late Georgian era to life and her dialog puts the reader right back in the midst of the 1700’s. Her superbly nuanced characters leap off the page to become real human beings. She has the ability to infuse personalities in all characters, including minor side characters. Her grasp of the historical details of the period is spot on.
I recommend this book to all HR fans but please note that there is explicit sex scenes and many of them.
THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES:
A Wild Night’s Bride #1
The Virgin Huntress#2
The Devil You Know #3
The Devil’s Match #4
A Devil’s Touch #4.5
Jewel of the East #5 available now
Devil in the Making #1
The Trouble with Sin #2