Friday, July 20, 2012

ARC Review The Devil You Know by Victoria Vane

Title: The Devil You Know (The Devil DeVere #3)
Author: Victoria Vane
Source: Request
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date : July 27, 2012 from Breathless Press 

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?

I'm making really high-pitch girly noises right now.  
Why, you may ask? 
Because the Devil DeVere series just keeps getting better and better! 

I'm going to try my best to write this review without giving away any spoilers from the two previous Devil DeVere books.  I will say that if you haven't read them:
1. You are missing out
2. You're not going to feel as emotionally attached to the characters

We first hear of Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley in A Wild Night's Bride, though merely in a passing conversation between Ned and the Viscount DeVere you get an idea things are a bit more complicated between the Viscount and Diana.  

In The Virgin Huntress  Diana's character is expanded upon as Vesta's surrogate mother/companion.  While doing her duty as chaperone to her willful charge she is thrust into the company of the Viscount where plenty of questions arise about their relationship.  Why does Diana dislike him so much? Is it merely because of his status as a rake or is it something more personal? 

WELL! Venture back 5 years with me in The Devil You Know where we meet a still married Diana who is visiting one of the Viscount's estates with her cousin Annalise and her husband Ned.  She's been living the last ten years married to a man that makes her feel unwanted, unloved, and undesirable.  When the Viscount makes her feel all of those things with a simple glance, she knows she's in trouble.  

The Devil DeVere series is like a juicy soap opera I can't seem to turn off! It has love, lust, murder, suicide, and a mystery just waiting to be solved.  I can't wait for the conclusion of Diana and Viscount Ludovic DeVere's story when we travel back to 1783 in The Devil's Match

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? 

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!

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