Friday, 31 August 2012

Book Review: A Wild Night's Bride by Victoria Vane

Title: A Wild Night's Bride
Author: Victoria Vane
Series: Book #1 in the Devil DeVere series
Release Date: 25 April 2012
Number of pages: 105 pages
Publisher: Breathless Press
Source: ebook provided by author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!

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.

My Thoughts: Recently I discussed seeing a new sub-genre emerging: that of the erotic historical romance, and Victoria Vane's Devil DeVere series fits the bill. A Wild Night's Bride is the first in the series, the introductory novella where we get to meet the Devil DeVere and his best friend, widowed and still mourning solitary Ned.

Viscount Ludovic DeVere (alias The Devil DeVere) is notorious for his roguish partying ways, enjoying life at the fullest, so he can't stand to see his good friend still moping and alone after years have gone by since the death of his wife, so he takes matters into his own hands and starts some machinations to find him a companion to cheer him up.

Despite the short length of the novella I was satisfied with the characterisations Victoria Vane provided for the hero and heroine, both were likable, sympathetic characters. But what came as a surprise was discovering how, despite his awfully debauched ways, I grew to like Viscount Ludovic DeVere. It was clear that he had a good, generous heart even if he had a problem even spelling monogamy. *cough*

Victoria Vane gave us a vivid and colourful historical setting and the love scenes were truly scorching but what was a bonus for me was that A Wild Night's Bride besides being a hot novella is also a romantic story.

“You’re trembling,” she whispered. She gazed up into his face, and what she saw made her heart seize.
“Because I want you so much, my bloody teeth ache! My entire being is about to explode for want of you!”

Although the story was quite well paced I found the language often archaic which made the dialogues a bit lumpy.

I had one minor but crucial doubt regarding the plot: Ned is 36 years old and his daughter is about to become 18. I found it unusual that he got married at such a young age (barely 17-18) back then, when men were encouraged to experiment and gain some knowledge in the way of the world before setting down to produce heirs...

I found the research Victoria Vane carried out impressive: from the Venus feast (which was a memorable and stunning scene) to the blueprint of St. James palace, the fictional story was peppered with actual historical tidbits which I enjoyed a lot.

Verdict: A Wild Night's Bride is a nice quick bite of a story. It is a light and entertaining, steamy romp with a vivid and colourful historical setting and plenty of hot scenes!

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 7/10
Cover: 7/10

Order of the series:

Book #1 - A Wild Night's Bride - only $0.99
Book #2 - The Virgin Huntress
Book #3 - The Devil You Know
Book #4 - The Devil's Match

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