Victoria Vane

THE DEVIL’S MATCH

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.

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THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES by Victoria Vane
(4 scorching HOT historical novellas/One continuing story)

  • A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE (book#1)
  • THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS (book#2)
  • THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (book #3)
  • THE DEVIL'S MATCH (book#4)

 My story begins with A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, a racy rollicking adventure that pairs Phoebe Scott, a struggling actress with Sir Edward "Ned" Chamber a grieving widower in a madcap wager when 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!

(Book #1) A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE: 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 surely be hell to pay!

GOODREADS Reviews: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13454692-a-wild-night-s-bride

MINI-EXCERPT:

DeVere, on the other hand, evinced no such qualms. He had already loosened his cravat and was stripping off his coat.

"As I said earlier, there is no need," Phoebe insisted. "A couple of buttons and a raised petticoat are all the business requires."

"How delightfully unromantic you are, my dear!" He chuckled. "But while most men would be charmed to comply with your simple wishes, I have quite another game in mind. One that most definitely requires you to disrobe."

"But what if I don't want to?"

"Oh but you will," he said with a smug smile.

She glared. "You are very sure of yourself!"

He studied his buffed fingernails. "I am sure of Ned. Thus, we must put on a convincing show."

Her brows came together in a deep scowl. "What do you mean? What has Ned to do with this?"

"Everything. And at any moment, I expect him to burst through that door like a raging bull."

***

In THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS, Ned's spoiled daughter Vesta goes to London to find a husband and is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain officer of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons who happens to be DeVere's younger brother Captain Hew. But when the only man she desires has eyes for her godmother, Vesta is prepared to take devilish measures to prove just how wrong he is.

(Book #2) THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS: Desperate times call for devilish measures... Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants, but when the object of her passion has eyes for another, it’s time to take matters in hand!

GOODREADS REVIEWS: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13572637-the-virgin-huntress

MINI-EXCERPT:

"But it is so large and swollen, is it painful?

"No, just uncomfortable. Now, may we stop discussing my ... " the appropriate word for feminine ears failed him.

"Phallus?" she offered. "That is what the grooms call it."

"Why are you eavesdropping on grooms?"

"I used to watch the stallions leaping the mares."

"You what!" Hew almost choked.

"Well, how else is a girl with no mother supposed to get any education? Although I doubt Mama would have told me very much. So there's really no reason to be timid, Hew. I already know all about the mating process. And to the best of my knowledge, the stallions never 'ignored it until it went away.' Please feel free to relieve yourself of it. I would even help you if you would like. I'm not the least afraid for I have seen much larger ones."

***

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW changes the tone of the story altogether by flashing back in time to reveal the secret past of Diana and DeVere. It's a darkly erotic tale with elements of mystery and intrigue.

(Book #3)  THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: When dealing with the devil it's easy to be burned... especially when passion ignites the flames...
Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley has long resigned herself to her loveless marriage ... until her husband's gambling pushes them to the brink of ruin. Viscount Ludovic, "The Devil DeVere", is a man accustomed to taking what he wants according to his whim until he encounters a woman who won't be had at any price. But will a single night of heavenly passion damn them both forever?

GOODREADS REVIEWS: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13512643-the-devil-you-know

 MINI-EXCERPT:

She wanted him too. He could see it in the rapid rise of her breasts. He could smell her budding arousal and would relish bringing her to full bloom. God, how he loved this dance! She had taken the first tentative steps, yet she still fought her desire, refused to give in to it, but he would lead her now. He was a master... and a ruthless bastard.

He moved behind her, his fingers riffled gently through her hair. He closed his eyes to inhale her faint rose scent mixed with womanly musk. He dipped his head, letting his breath tickle her ear. She shivered. He whispered low and sultry. "Do you wish me to name the ways I can please you? I am delighted to comply if that excites you...although it would please me far more to demonstrate."

***

In THE DEVIL'S MATCH, we find Diana and DeVere finally reunited in a tale that mixes the exotic with the erotic with a number of surprising twists! Arriving in London as her goddaughter's chaperone, Baroness Diana Palmerston Wriothesley wants to avoid her erstwhile lover at all costs, but when Diana's charge disappears, she is forced to seek help from the devil's lair. But while Ludovic is hell bent to have her back in his bed, Diana is equally determined to bring him to his knees.

(Book #4) THE DEVIL'S MATCH: Once burned twice shy... but when old flames come together... passion reignites...

MINI-EXCERPT:

DeVere rose and came to her, perching himself on the arm of the settle. "My honorable and straitlaced brother could never satisfy a woman like you, Diana. He could never plumb the depths of your passion...unlock your secret desires."

His voice was low and seductive, and the flickering blue fire in his eyes heated her insides. Diana fiercely tamped down the smoldering sensation that threatened to reignite feelings she'd struggled to suppress. "And what would you know of my wants and desires after four years?"

"A great deal." He gave her a slow, confident smile. "Given that I was the one to unleash them."

Diana averted her face with a bitter laugh. "Thus you presume to have an exclusive claim to me?"

"Has any other exerted one?" he asked softly. He reached out a hand and traced a long, manicured finger along her jaw. "You are still unwed, Diana. Have you taken another lover in my absence?"

"It is none of your business whether I have or not, and you are grossly impertinent to ask."

He laughed long and low. "I think I have my answer."

She glared at him, and thus they remained, silently challenging one another for an interminable beat. Then suddenly his mouth was on hers, taking, possessing, as if it was indeed, his singular privilege.

Diana leaned into him, teasing his lower lip with her tongue and sucking it eagerly into her mouth before sinking her teeth into it. Hard. Savoring the coppery taste of his blood.

"What the hell!" DeVere jerked back with a cry. He touched his lip and examined the crimson stain on his fingertip, his expression a mix of outrage and bemusement.

"You took without invitation," Diana said. "It was a warning not to do so again."

 

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About Victoria Vane

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone, Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee (http://authoremerylee.com)

 

OTHER VICTORIA VANE TITLES:
A BREACH OF PROMISE, Ellora's Cave

 

An Interview with Victoria Vane
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Thank you for talking with us at TRS.

VV:Thank you so very much for having me!

HH: Your featured book is The Devil's Match and is part of your fantastic Devil DeVere series. First, what can you tell us about the series' origins?

VV: The DEVIL DEVERE  series began as a single romantic comedy novella, A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE,  that was largely inspired by the 2009 film, THE HANGOVER. After watching the movie on DVD, I thought how fun it would be to write something similar but set in the very bawdy Georgian Era. Adding to this idea was the incorporation of a shockingly real Otaheitian Feast of Venus that took place at Charlotte Hayes' Kings Place brothel in the late 1760's. I thought it would be the perfect setting for my erotic romantic comedy adventure.

What changed everything, however, was the introduction of Ned Chamber's rakish sidekick, Viscount Ludovic "Devil" DeVere. I think every writer dreams of creating characters who are larger than life, those so strong and intriguing that they can carry an entire series and DeVere, became all that and more. I never knew that one story would become two, and then three, and then four, all because of DeVere.

HH: What can you tell us about the first three books in the series?

VV: All four novellas are very tightly connected. Although they technically can stand alone, they really shouldn't, because so very much is lost- especially regarding DeVere whose true nature is slowly revealed by layers in the combined stories. I actually wrote the series so that one novella leads directly into the next to read much like a serial novel.

Although A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE and THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS are both romantic comedies the tone is uniquely different in each. Both are very funny but AWNB is pretty wild, whereas TVH would be considered sweetly sexy. And while not the hero of either of these books, DeVere is an absolutely integral part of both, as all six characters in the series connect through this deliciously debauched master manipulator.

The third book, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is where everything takes a 180. The tone is no longer comedic, but darkly erotic with elements of mystery and intrigue. This book is part one of Diana and DeVere's two part story and where the reader really begins to see what makes DeVere tick. It's absolutely fascinating!

HH: How does The Devil's Match continue it?

VV: I have already revealed that DeVere's story is done in two parts. It's the only way I could do justice to it, as the history between Diana and DeVere is as complex as the man himself! I just couldn't write it all as back story. It deserved to stand on its own. THE DEVIL'S MATCH reunites Diana and DeVere through Hew and Vesta from THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS. Ned and Phoebe also make an appearance. Thus, the final book serves to tie all four novellas together with a nice neat bow.

HH: What do you like best about DeVere and why will readers love him?

VV: DeVere is absolutely fabulous. Intelligent, witty, and debauched, he is the rake of all rakes and poor Diana doesn't stand a chance! Here are a few snippets from THE DEVIL YOU KNOW:

(Diana meets DeVere)

"Baroness." The timbre of his voice, the curve of his lips, was fraught with meaning, sending a jolt of heat to a place low in her belly. He gave a shallow bow that set his gaze on a horizontal plane with her breasts and lingered there much longer than proper, his eyes flickering like a blue flame. Her nipples tightened, contracting against her layers of muslin and silk, sending a tiny tremor rippling over her. Without having uttered a word beyond her name, the portentous weight of an indecent proposition hung between them.

(later that night)

“Should you later grow chilly, dear lady, you need only whisper the word, and I shall command every hearth in this monstrosity be lit. I would rather set my entire house aflame than cover such a magnificent... ” His gaze raked over Diana’s bosom with an appreciative gleam. “... gown.”

(the seduction)

She wanted him too. He could see it in the rapid rise of her breasts. He could smell her budding arousal and would relish bringing her to full bloom. God, how he loved this dance! She had taken the first tentative steps, yet she still fought her desire, refused to give in to it, but he would lead her now. He was a master... and a ruthless bastard.

HH: What do you like best about Diana and why do you think readers will relate to her?

VV: I tried very hard to make Diana a woman of her time, but not a doormat. She is strong, dutiful, and loving, but has never known the love that she so desperately craves. This makes her entirely vulnerable to such an unprincipled rake as DeVere. In THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, she comes out on the losing end, a mistake she is not about to repeat in THE DEVIL'S MATCH.

"And what would you know of my wants and desires after four years?"

"A great deal." He gave her a slow, confident smile. "Given that I was the one to unleash them."

Diana averted her face with a bitter laugh. "Thus you presume to have an exclusive claim to me?"

"Has any other exerted one?" he asked softly. You are still unwed, Diana. Have you taken another lover in my absence?"

"It is none of your business whether I have or not, and you are grossly impertinent to ask."

He laughed long and low. "I think I have my answer."

Suddenly his mouth was on hers, taking, possessing, as if it was, indeed, his singular privilege. Diana leaned into him, teasing his lower lip with her tongue and sucking it eagerly into her mouth before sinking her teeth into it. Hard. Savoring the coppery taste of his blood.

"What the hell!" DeVere jerked back with a cry. He touched his lip and examined the crimson stain on his fingertip, his expression a mix of outrage and bemusement.

"You took without invitation," Diana said. "It was a warning not to do so again."

HH: What makes you this series stand out amongst fierce competition?

VV: It is truly unique in every way -- the historical details and my distinctive writing voice are both very true to the Georgian period, the sophisticated humor, the over-the-top characters, the witty dialogue, the way the novellas are woven together, and last but most certainly not least, the scorching- hot- turn-up-the-air-conditioner loves scenes!

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

VV: I have several projects underway. I have just completed my first full-length novel for Entangled's new Scandalous historical imprint. It is a dark and erotic romance that is in a sense, an homage to the romantic novels of the 18th century which centered on the battle between virtue and vice, largely using seduction. It should be released February 2013. I am also working on a paranormal (timeslip) erotic romance with elements of mystery set in the Victorian era. After that, who knows?

HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?

VV: My goal is for readers to always expect the unexpected from me! I want to write what I love and surprise them every time!

HH: What do you enjoy reading?

VV: Anything with both strong history and romance (all sub-genres and heat levels). I am the group moderator for Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/33864 and also the creator/blog mistress for the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog. http://romantichistoricallovers.wordpress.com In both of these forums, I actively seek out and promote books and authors who strike the perfect balance between history and romance in all the historical sub-genres.

HH: What are you most looking forward to before the year's end?

VV: A significant payoff for my dedication, discipline, and really hard work! In truth, I have worked my little tail off in the past ten months. I have already written a total of 250,000 words and the year is not yet over. I believe in the Devil DeVere series with my whole being. I've offered a series that is refreshing and unique, both sexy and sold and unlike anything else out there.

Now I just hope to find my readers!

HH: Thank you!

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