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For devotees of the amazing The Devil DeVere series, A DEVIL’S TOUCH is free on Amazon UK and Amazon US for this weekend only!

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The Devil Devere #4.5

Setting: Medford Abbey, Kent- 1784

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 restlesss 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.

(A Devil’s Touch is an erotic romance vignette that can stand alone as a complete story, but also serves to bridge Book #4 The Devils Match, and my forthcoming Book#5 Jewel of the East (Salime and Simon’s story)


God help me. Will I ever get enough of this man?’
– Diana

Well, if the man in question just happens to be the sublime Ludovic DeVere, the answer is most definitely NO!

A Devil’s Touch, the latest addition to the fantastic Devil DeVere series, is a tantalisingly wicked treat that shouldn’t be missed. Even within the constraints of this short vignette, there is so much richness and depth to the story. I loved this glimpse into Ludovic and Diana’s marriage and sharing every moment with them:

Diana’s insecurities and fears…

now she worried he had already wearied of domesticity, or worse, if he was simply bored…with her. Maybe he had come to regret married life? The more she thought about it, the more distressed she became.

Ludovic’s frustrations…

It had been precisely eight days and six hours since he’d touched her, and he was already as edgy as a convict awaiting the noose. He still had seventy-six more days of celibacy to bear and felt so full of his own unspent essence that he thought he would burst.

The need for trust…

“It seems,” he stated, dark and ominous, “that what we really have are unresolved issues of trust between us. I have sworn my devotion, my fidelity. We will end this right now. There is no room in this relationship for jealousy and suspicion.”

Their overwhelming love for each other…

…Diana feared her heart would burst from her love for him.

“I need you, Diana. You are my light, my sustenance. You are everything to me.”

And the joys of parenthood…

He came closer to examine the tiny creature’s features,, only to have them contort and let out a blood–curdling screech.
“My God! What’s wrong with it?” he demanded.

Certain aspects of Diana and Ludovic’s sizzling hot love scene would normally be a big turn off for me but I put my faith in Ms Vane and she didn’t fail me. This scene is so beautifully written and I fully appreciate why it was essential for both the story and the characters.

I’m pleased to see that, although he may have given up his hedonistic ways, Ludovic is still the master at manipulating people…

“I have every confidence in you, my dear. Simon means a great deal to me. Should you accept this proposition, I would be exceedingly pleased. Moreover, I would provide you most generous compensation.”

Now I can’t wait to see the results of his meddling in Simon and Salime’s story, Jewel of the East!

Lushly erotic and deeply romantic, this is storytelling at its best by a mistress of her craft.

How I imagine Ludovic ~

How I imagine Diana ~



Read February 2013

Warning: This vignette contains elements of an erotic nature and may not be to everyone’s taste.

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

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Some fantastic news for fans of Victoria Vane’s The Devil DeVere series!

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Check out the sneak peek of the fantastic illustrated version of  DEVIL IN THE MAKING!  This isn’t a romance but it’s a rollicking Georgian romp and a great introduction to the characters in Victorian Vane’s fabulous The Devil DeVere series. If you haven’t read this series, this is an excellent place to start. 


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A Wild Night’s Bride, the first book in The Devil DeVere series, will be available as a FREE dowload from her publisher BREATHLESS PRESS beginning this Friday 10/26/12 for two weeks ending Friday 11/9/12.

Here is the link: http://www.breathlesspress.com/index….

The price change to FREE should occur very early this Friday.

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Once burned twice shy… but when old flames come together…passion reignites…
When burned once… Arriving in London as her goddaughter’s chaperone, Baroness Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley wants to avoid her erstwhile lover at all costs. Once nearly consumed by passion, four years has reduced the former inferno to bitterness and ashes.
By an old flame… A world-weary master of seduction, Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere is bored with his chosen life of debauchery. When Diana’s charge disappears, she is forced to seek help from the devil’s lair, and their mutual desire reignites with undeniable ferocity.
Fire is best fought with fire… While DeVere is hell-bent to have her back for keeps, Diana is equally determined to bring him to his knees…by acquiring some sensual secrets of her own.


The Devil’s Match deserves all these accolades because Ms Vane has definitely struck gold with the final part of DeVere and Diana’s story. It’s innovative, compelling, heart-breaking, passionate, romantic, and funny. An unforgettable experience.

The things I LOVED about this novella:


Once again I was swept back to the Georgian era; an age of elegance, decadence, self-indulgence and extravagance which Ms Vane captures so brilliantly.



Nothing more than a few teasers:-

The sting of a viper, a pair of lovebirds, a pitcher of water, a malevolent stare, a minuet, locked French doors, pieces of a puzzle, family secrets, a wager, almond oil, a veiled figure, a romantic idyll, a heart-rending decision, a tear-stained letter, a desperate man…


I never fail to be impressed by Ms Vane’s writing. It is highly evocative,deeply sensual and delightfully wicked, creating a real sense of mood and atmosphere.


I love watching DeVere emerge into the man I knew he could be. There were glimpses of that man in The Devil You Know; as a loyal friend and a protective brother as well as a man willing to make a personal sacrifice in order to protect Diana from scandal. Now Ms Vane gradually peels away those final layers to a reveal a sensitive, kind, generous and loving man. But I love how he still manages to retain that devilish charm and sharp wit. A truly heart-stopping romantic hero!


It is a stronger, more confident Diana who emerges in this book. I love how she challenges DeVere at every opportunity and refuses to play by his rules. This time she’ll be the one to set the rules and she has a few surprises in store for DeVere! She is certainly the perfect woman to tame this ‘Devil’ forcing him to open up his heart to her and prove that he is indeed worthy of her love.

Those ‘X’ Rated Moments

I LOVE, LOVE the sizzling sexual tension Ms Vane manages to create between DeVere and Diana with:

That sexy dialogue –

Diana spun toward the door. “You will call, my lord, or you will much regret my methods of rousing you.”
“I doubt that, my dear,” he replied. “You may rouse me any way you like.”

Those heated looks –

… and the flickering blue fire in his eyes heated her insides.

Those simple touches –

She felt his hard thighs against her backside and his hands on her waist, slowly ascending, the heat of his touch infusing her skin through the light silk of her gown. His thumbs brushed the outsides of her breasts, making her body rack with tiny but undeniable quivers of sensation.

Those wicked thoughts –

Her lush, full breasts moved freely. He could make out the hint of dusky nipple that teased his flesh as she reached across his body. He restrained the urge to grasp one of those magnificent mounds by clenching his fists by his sides.

Ms Vane’s combination of raw sensuality and emotional intensity in the love scenes really made me believe they truly love each other.

Secondary Characters

I enjoyed meeting up with Hew, Vesta, Ned and Phoebe again and they certainly added their own particular charm to the mixture. I particularly like Vesta’s devious attempts at matchmaking, Ned’s outraged father act and it is nice to see Diana and Phoebe becoming friends.


Ms Vane’s wonderful humour is very much in evidence again in this book and here are just a few of my favourite quotes.

“I confess I am impressed, Hew. I never knew that beneath that hardened soldier’s veneer lay the heart of a poet. Such a touching display. I was almost moved to retrieve my handkerchief.”
“Sod off, Vic.” Hew glowered.
“Not my usual preference,” Ludovic shot back. “Now if you lovebirds are quite finished, I have a pledge to keep. Let us depart for Upper Grosvenor.”

“Good God, Ned! Can’t a man even gather his wits before you begin the harangue? At least let me cover my arse.”
“I’ll grant you a moratorium of ten minutes, DeVere.” Ned fixed him with a menacing glare. “No more, or I’ll be dragging you through the streets bare arsed by your bollocks. I’ll be waitingin that so-called library of yours.”
“I take exception to that, Ned.” DeVere looked affronted. “Some of those books are priceless. I happen to have the finest collection of erotology in London.”

“Just look at them, Hew,” Vesta gushed as Diana and DeVere departed the dance floor. “Have you ever seen a more handsome couple? Who would ever have thought?”
“Couple? I see no couple,” said Hew, remarking Diana’s flight. “She has left my brother standing there gaping. To all appearances, she could not leave him fast enough.”


I have to mention this because it is just the perfect ending and so funny as well.

I was so delighted to learn that Ms Vane has announced there will be four more titles  in the Devil DeVere series:

Devil in the Making , Devil by Another Name, A Devil in Diamonds and Jewel of the East.

It seems she’s not ready to say goodbye yet and neither am I!



The Assembled Cast







My sincere thanks to Ms Vane for kindly providing me with an ARC in return for an honest review.

Warning: This novella contains elements of an erotic nature and may not be to everyone’s taste.

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When dealing with the devil it’s easy to be burned… especially when passion ignites the flames.

Who can find a virtuous woman… Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley has long resigned herself to her decade-long loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband…until his gambling pushes them to the brink of financial ruin.

Sometimes the devil is in disguise…as a gentleman… Viscount Ludovic, “The Devil DeVere”, is a man accustomed to taking what he wants according to his whim and heedless of the cost…until he encounters a woman who won’t be had at any price.

When dealing with the devil, it’s easy to be burned… When Diana discovers a secret that shatters the carefully built façade concealing her private pain, she seeks aid and comfort from the most unlikely place…the devil’s arms. But will a single night of heavenly passion damn them both forever?



It was so obvious in The Virgin Huntress that DeVere and Diana shared a previous history together and I couldn’t wait to find out exactly what had transpired between them to cause such tension. As soon as I started reading The Devil You Know I found myself totally engrossed and just couldn’t put it down until I got to the last page. It far exceeded my expectations.

There were so many things I loved about this novella:-


It is so refreshing to have a story set in the Georgian era and Ms Vane really brought the period to life for me with her remarkable attention to historical detail. How original as well to have Epsom and horse-racing as the setting against which the story plays out. I applaud Ms Vane for avoiding those crowded ballrooms and teeming parks of London.



Set four years before A Wild Night’s Bride, it is a compelling and darkly erotic tale of secrets, jealousy, blackmail, mystery, intrigue, passion and desire.


Ms Vane has a style that makes everything she writes immensely readable. Her dialogue is sharp and witty and she has a wonderful descriptive flair .

Viscount Ludovic DeVere

We’ve come to see DeVere as an arrogant, ruthless, unpredictable, manipulative rogue who has no qualms about exploiting people for his own purposes. Finally, we get to know a little more about the man. He’s shrewd with his own code of honour and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Most surprising is his willingness to protect Diana and secure her future. It’s obvious she means more to him than he cares to admit and so I hated him for what he said to her and made her believe at the end of the story.

Baroness Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley

I felt I could really relate to Diana. Her marriage is a mockery and she feels unfulfilled and undesirable. So it’s no wonder she’s susceptible to DeVere’s dangerous charm. She sees no harm in a little flirtation but she certainly doesn’t intend to be another notch on his bedpost. But it doesn’t stop her wondering what it would be like a have such a man as a lover and having the most erotic dreams about him. It is only when events take an unexpected turn and Diana desperately needs affirmation that she is a desirable woman that she falls into DeVere’s arms. I really felt her anger and pain when he walks away and can’t wait for him to get his devil’s horns well and truly clipped by Diana in The Devil’s Match.

Those ‘X’ Rated Moments

Ms Vane certainly knows how to maintain sizzling sexual tension between DeVere and Diana. What can I say about the love scenes? HOLY SMOKE! HOT! HOT! HOT! Pass the smelling salts!!!

Secondary Characters

I’m not sure who I hated the most Diana’s detestable husband, Reggie, or DeVere’s jealous, vindictive mistress, Caroline, Duchess of Beauclerc. It was quite sad seeing Sir Edward Chambers and his pregnant wife Annalee so happy together knowing what was going to happen. DeVere’s younger brother, Hew, also makes an appearance.

I’ll finish with one of my favourite quotes:

”You think Diana would come to your bed?” Ned threw his head back and laughed. “You’re mad! First of all, she would never break her marriage vows. Secondly, she’s certainly deduced by now what a whoremonger you are. She wouldn’t touch you with gloves, my friend.”



The Devil You Know is the third novella in Victoria Vane’s sumptuous The Devil DeVere series and the first of a two part story about Viscount Ludovic DeVere. The second part and final novella in the series, The Devil’s Match, was published on 24 August.

My thanks to the Victoria Vane for kindly providing me with a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review

How I imagine the ‘Devil’ DeVere

Hugh Jackman

How I imagine Diana

Julianne Moore

Warning: This novella contains elements of an erotic nature and may not be to everyone’s taste.

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Desperate times call for devilish measures… when the object of one’s passion has eyes for another… it’s time to take matters in hand!

Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants…Coddled and pampered, since her mother’s death, Lady Vesta Chambers is beside herself when her father goes to London to prepare for her come-out and returns with a young bride of his own. With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother, Diana, to town, where she is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain captain of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons.

But when the object of her passion has eyes for another…
Captain Hewett DeVere, younger brother and heir to Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down to a quiet and respectable life. But when the handsome and straight-laced captain turns his eyes toward the widowed Diana, Vesta is prepared to take devilish measures to prove she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of …a huntress.


Victoria Vane has done it again! Well-written, entertaining, witty, inventive and sexy, I loved every moment of this novella!

Let me introduce you to the protagonists….

Lady Vesta Chambers

~ 18 years old, wilful, spirited, clever, conniving, petulant, pampered

Captain Hewett (Hew) DeVere

~ 28 years old, handsome, dashing, brave, good, honourable, straight-laced

The minute Vesta sees Hew, she falls head over heels in love, but he seems to be smitten with her godmother, Lady Diana. So convinced she can persuade Hew that she is the perfect woman for him, Vesta decides to take drastic action. KIDNAP HIM!!

What transpires is a mad-cap romp involving…

A cup of tea with a generous amount of lemon juice and copious amounts of honey in it

A ship’s crows nest

A conveniently positioned shaving mirror

The perfect punishment

culminating in…

A sizzling hot love scene with an unusual surprise

and Vesta getting her man…

“He twined a curl around his finger and kissed it. “Taken as a whole, my love, you are infinitely greater than the sum of your parts—and everything I didn’t know I needed.”

DeVere is his usual manipulative self and I’m really intrigued by the underlying tension between him and Diana. I can’t wait to read their story.

Among the secondary characters, I really like Polly, Vesta’s Abigail, with her no-nonsense bluntness which made me laugh on more than one occasion.

“Took a faint, my sweet arse!” Polly mumbled once Diana and the others had departed. “Now, young lady, you tell me what this ruckus is all about,” she began her diatribe. “You may have fooled the rest wi’ yer damsel in distress act, but don’t think to bamboozle ol’ Polly.”

There was also Pratt, DeVere’s groom, who gets entangled in all the various shenanigans.

I have one small gripe. I thought Vesta did seem a little too young for Hew but it’s only a minor criticism and it certainly didn’t spoil the story for me. I also appreciate that in the 18th century, gentlemen did marry ladies much younger than themselves.

I’ll finish with one of my favourite quotes.

“I have found only one effective way of dealing with a recalcitrant mount,” he said, dipping his head so his deep blue eyes bored into hers. Vesta forced her breath out slowly even as her heart rate accelerated. She swallowed hard. “And that is?”
“By riding it to exhaustion.”
“Then, Captain Hewett DeVere,” she whispered. “Do your worst.”


RATING: ★★★★★

This ebook was provided by the author Victoria Vane in exchange for an honest review.

Warning: This book contains elements of an erotic nature and may not suit everyone’s taste.

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WITH THE DEVIL IN CHARGE…THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY… 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?

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! A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE, a sexy, rollicking Georgian romp!



A delicious and sparkling cocktail created by Victoria Vane


Add one measure of Sir Edward (Dull-Dog Ned) Chambers– an eminently respectable but lonely widower, celibate for the past three years

Add an equal measure of Miss Phoebe Scott (aka Kitty) – an aspiring actress harboring a secret, reluctantly seeking a rich and powerful protector

Stir well then add

a large measure of Viscount Ludovic (the devil) DeVere, Ned’s best friend – inveterate rake with a penchant for manipulating people and a fondness for embroiling himself in impossible wagers

mix in

nefarious goings on in the notorious King’s Place brothel

a rather risqué wager involving the King of England’s bed

some smouldering love scenes

copious amounts of witty dialogue

a rich historical setting



RATING: ★★★★★

Warning: This novella contains elements of any erotic nature and may not be to everyone’s tastes.

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