- Book I of The Devil Devere Series
- Genre: Comedic (and a big naughty!) Romance
- Story Takes Place: London, England, 1783 (Georgian Era)
- Published Date: September 1, 2013
- Published By: Vane Publishing LLC, 2nd edition
- Pages: 148
- Reader: Adult reader who enjoys history and culture of the Georgian Era
- ASIN: B00EXD7NXM
About the Author: Victoria Vane is an award-winning romance novelist whose stories range from wildly comedic romps (as in The Wild Bride’s Night) to erotic romance. Victoria is the founder of GoodReads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog. If interested in following an interview with Victoria Vane from The Romance Reviews blog, please follow this link: http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/interview.php?location=5636, search Victoria Vane, then interview.
About the Story: In comes Phoebe Scott, an aspiring actress, not by choice, desperately needing to retain her employment and income from the theater, takes a seductive part in a play to entice male theater goers to continue patronage to the theater coffers. She is then approached to extend her favors by many male attendees tempted by her performance, looks, curvaceous body AND interested in a frolic in bed – their beds. She can’t tolerate the thought of this, when her helping friend, an old actress who works in the wardrobe room for the theater, proposes she rid herself of this predicament by finding herself a protector. Her scheme is to dress her in a gown from the wardrobe room and have her attend a rather debauching party masked where all sorts of wealthy and titled men attend. Phoebe thinks better a protector than prostituting herself completely. She seeks out Viscount Ludovic DeVere, well-known as Devil DeVere, at the party. She has found that he is generous with his mistresses even when he leaves them. She hopes that she can entice him to take her as his new mistress. While seeking him out at the party she meets Ned, Sir Edward Chambers, and her plans start to go awry.
Ned did not want to attend this party with Devil. He, after three long years of mourning his wife, said he no longer was interested in women. Devil lured him to the party, hoping to have his friend regain his vitality and interest in women and discontinue his dull and uninteresting life. Upon meeting Phoebe, Ned immediately sees that she isn’t like the rest of the people at the party; his protective feelings are aroused. Once she knows that he came to the party with Devil, she asks for an introduction. Ned is disgusted with the very idea.
Review: As a reader, I found myself drawn into this rather amusing, drama/comedy. The characters were all likeable, even Devil Devere with his debauched life style. It shall be interesting how he evolves throughout this series. It was a comedy of sorts and I found myself laughing and just shaking my head at the turn of events. If you enjoy a well-written, fun but daring (and a bit naughty) adventure that keeps you laughing, make sure to spend some time with this series.