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*Book 2 of The Devilish Vignettes*

Setting: London, 1764

**The Trouble with Sin(Devilish Vignette #2) is a comic romp that follows on the heels of Devil in the Making. It is also a prequel to Jewel of the East ( book #5 in the Devil Devere series)

Official Blurb

The Trouble with Sin … Is the devil within…
Aspiring poet Simon “Sin” Singleton, has lived his life only for larks, laughter, and ladies of easy virtue, eluding defying, and flouting all manner of authority until his impetuous misdeeds finally catch up with him. Having lost his muse, his allowance, and even his friends by edict from a tyrannical father and puritanical mother, Simon is ready to drown himself in drink, until receiving an ingenious proposition that could change everything.

The wages of Sin is……twenty-five percent of the net!It seems a fantasy come true when Simon is offered an independent income by combining his two great passions— poetry and lewd women —by writing poetry about lewd women! Unfortunately, maintaining anonymity may be much harder than he thought…

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

Those three, young, roguish friends, Ludovic (The Devil) DeVere, Simon (Sin) Singleton and Ned (Dull Dog) Chambers are back to entertain us with more bawdy misadventures! This time it is Sin’s turn in the spotlight.

Sin has two weaknesses – women and a penchant for writing lewd poetry. He also has a big problem – a lack of funds with which to indulge said inclinations. Of course, his attempts to remedy the situation involve not only subterfuge but also lead him into a number of wickedly funny situations involving:

Not only a…

But also a…

Not to mention a…

Plus assorted…

And not forgetting a…

Although this is not a romance, don’t let that put you off. It would be a pity to miss such ribald delights as this…

“Has Sin not told you, Ned? But I suppose you’ve been away too long to have heard. Sin has taken Harris’ directory of Covent Garden whores to poetic heights.”
Ned sat back and eyed Simon from beneath furrowed brows. “So you have become a pimp?”
“Come now, Ned, such contempt?” DeVere protested. “The man does the world a service. Don’t be such a prig!”
Ned only seemed to grow even more disapproving. “I only call a spade a bloody spade—and a pimp, however poetically inclined, is still a pimp. You waste your breath if you think to convince me that this is a philanthropic endeavor.”
“My dear Ned,” Simon replied, “we speak of a business dating back to man’s fall from Grace, and as long as man remains thusly, a need will always exist to provide gratification of his carnal appetites.”
Ned argued, “Judging by the thousands of whores and illegitimate spawn habiting this city, I would say that man has managed quite well unassisted.”

The darker Epilogue sets the scene for Sin and Salime’s story in the forthcoming Jewel of the East.

Ms Vane has given us another delightfully naughty Georgian romp full of witty banter and fun characters.

VERDICT:    A MUST READ

RATING:  5/5 STARS

The Devilish Vignettes(click on the books for more details):

Devil in the Making (Devilish Vignettes #1) The Trouble With Sin (Devilish Vignettes #2) Ned's Folly (Devilish Vignettes #3) and Phoebe’s Prince (cover not yet available)

My sincere thanks to Victoria Vane for providing me with a copy of this vignette in return for an honest review.

Read March 2013

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A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)

SPINDLE COVE (#2)

When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin…Time is not on their side.

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be…anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week to…

~fake an elopement
~convince family and friends they’re in “love”
~outrun armed robbers
~survive their worst nightmares
~travel four hundred miles without killing each other

All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.
What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.
Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble. And maybe . . . just maybe . . . love.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩

There are so many wonderful reviews of this book, there’s little more I can say, other than…

This book is all sorts of amazing!!  AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!!!!

Thank you Tessa Dare for writing such a truly wonderful book and creating such an unforgettable couple in Colin and Minerva! You made me laugh! You made me cry!  You made me blush! You made me sigh!

RATING : A STELLAR ★★★★★

[Read March 2012]

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DEVERE VIGNETTES #1

Official Blurb

Every devil has a beginning…
A rebellious young nobleman’s prank with the king’s lion goes comically awry, leading to a startling chain of events.

A riotous Georgian romp in the tradition of Fielding’s Tom Jones and a prequel to the Devil DeVere series.
**This title is NOT a romance**

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Take Heart! An announcement for all those readers suffering from a severe case of DeVere deprivation….he’s back!

This time, as the title suggests, the story centres on the nineteen year old Devere and his close friends, Ned Chambers (A Wild Night’s Bride) and Simon Singleton (hero of the forthcoming Jewel of the East).

DeVere definitely shows all the promise of the arrogant, irreverent, scandalous and devious rogue so adored by all the devotees of the Devil Devere series. Mischief and mayhem follow in their wake as he involves his friends in some hilarious shenanigans involving:

Not only…

But also…

Not to mention a…

And a…

I’m not sure how Ms Vane does it, but there’s real depth to DeVere’s character despite the constraints of this short story. Meeting his father and mother, we get an insight into the family dynamics that must have had a profound influence in shaping the man he became. There are also glimpses of those admirable qualities he has always sought to conceal; his generosity, his deep loyalty to his friends and his personal code of honour.

Although not a romance, Devil in the Making is a MUST-READ for all fans of The Devil DeVere series. It’s uproariously entertaining, wickedly bawdy and comes with a heavenly dose of the mouth-watering Devere!!

RATING: ★★★★★

My sincere thanks to Victoria Vane for providing me with a copy of Devil in the Making in return for an honest review.

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