Series: The Devil DeVere #1
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Breathless Press on April 25, 2012
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What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake? With the devil in charge...there will be hell to pay!
She’s a lonely lady down on her luck... Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a closely guarded secret.
He’s steadfast and eminently respectable.. Sir Edward Chambers, Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife’s death and avowed to live out a rustic and mundane life … of celibacy.
With the devil in charge — there will surely be hell to pay. Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere, is determined to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling machinations result in a night of mind blowing passion after which “dull dog Ned” awakes to find himself in the King of England’s bed!
Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds:
Phoebe Scott is an actress at the Covent Garden Theatre. She’s getting ready to give the best performance of her career. But she receives some disturbing news.
Viscount Ludovic DeVere sees his friend Edward “Ned” Chambers whom he hasn’t seen for three years. He lets Ned know that he’s interested in an actress he saw at the theater. DeVere seems to have a reputation of being a rakehell – one he seems very proud of. They go back to DeVere’s townhouse where he gives Ned an interesting book.
Phoebe wakes to find she has received flowers from a certain rakehell as well as from several other gentlemen. Victoria reminds the reader how things were for “independent women” during that time period. She does a great job of taking us back in time when things were a lot different in London than they are now. As you read Victoria’s work, you can picture everything she writes and can almost hear them say her words – as if we’re watching a movie.
I could almost picture Keira Knightly as Phoebe and Hugh Jackman as the Devil himself. I can’t think who should play Ned but maybe you have someone in mind. But decide after you have completed the story. I also have to wonder if Victoria has given us DeVere just as he is or if he has something hidden that he’s not prepared to show us and may never be revealed. But this is what makes me want to turn the page because I need to know the answer. I also have to wonder who her inspiration was for DeVere.
Victoria also adds some comedy to her story. There have been plenty of times where I never seem to laugh at British comedy but I don’t have that problem here. We also get our sex fix but the book is so much more than that.
Please make sure to read “Victoria’s Titillating Tidbits”. Victoria gives you some interesting insights into some background into this story. This is a great way to end the book. I’m looking forward to reading book two. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)