A dangerous game of seduction, and intrigue ... When summoned from abroad by a former lover, Lord Hadley perceives an opportunity for vengeance at last. By employing the full measure of his seductive charm, he woos the ward of the man who destroyed his life, little knowing that winning Mary's fortune will mean risking his own treacherous heart.
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ROMANTIC HISTORICAL LOVERS REVIEW BY JILL MACKENZIE
When Hadley's father, the Earl of Blanchard died, he should have inherited the earl's fortune and title. Ruined by the South Sea scandal, the late earl was used as a scapegoat, with Hadley consequently losing the right to his title, his lands sold. Over the next seven years, Hadley becomes involved in working for the Crown in exile. When an opportunity arises for him to return to England and perhaps reclaim his fortune he doesn't hesitate. The loss of his heritage has seen him determined to recover what has been stolen.
Mary Elizabeth Edwardes at nineteen is a wealthy heiress. Her guardian deems it necessary for her to now marry and brings her to London to be introduced to society and arrange a suitable match. But Mary has no desire for an arranged marriage, nor inclination to leave her country estate in Leicester.
Treacherous Temptations is Victoria Vane's first full-length historical romance. Her previous novellas, especially her popular The Devil DeVere Series have been impressive and Treacherous Temptations is no exception. An innocent, country heiress and a worldly, impoverished aristocrat are brought together in this glorious Georgian that's filled with romance, intrigue, adventure and villainy.
Hadley, once a feckless youth with little moral restraint has been tamed and molded by his time as a spy, into a cautious and discerning man. Mary is an unworldly, countrified young lady, who has the experience and ability to oversee her late father's estates, but with little knowledge and even less experience in the ways of men and society.
Ms Vane introduces a number of forceful characters and convincing villains. None more so that the delightfully wicked and scheming shrew, Lady Barbara Blanchard, Hadley's stepmother who has played a pivotal role in Hadley's life and fortunes.
Victoria Vane's meticulous research of the Georgian era yields her impressive results in this romance. With lush, flawless prose and a plot steeped in rich, historical details, Victoria Vane owns the Georgian era. Highly recommended.
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About Victoria Vane
A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane 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.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES 2012:
LR Café Best Author Nominee 2012
Swept Away by Romance Favorite Author 2012
A Breach of Promise , December 2011 Ellora's Cave
Night Owl Reviews “Top Pick”
Reading Romances 5 flames and “Pen Award”
TBR Pile 5stars/Book of the month winner September 2012
LASR Erotic Reviews 5 STAR/Book of the Month Nominee
The Romance Studio 5 Sweetheart Nominee
TRS CAPA Nominee 2012
THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES- Library Journal Best E-Book Romance 2012
LR Cafe Best Series Nominee 2012
A Wild Night's Bride
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
Amazon Top 100 Best seller
The Virgin Huntress
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
The Devil You Know
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
The Romance Reviews Top Pick
LR Café Best Historical Romance nominee 2012
The Devil's Match
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick
The Romance Reviews Top Pick
LASR Reviews Book of the Month December 2012
Swept Away by Romance Best Historical Romance of 2012
An Interview with Victoria Vane
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Victoria, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS.
VV: Thanks so much for having me back!
HH: Your featured book is Treacherous Temptations and features two very special characters in difficult situations. Where did you get the idea for their emotionally-engaging story?
VV: For those not yet familiar with my work, I should explain that I am a diehard history geek and seek almost all of my inspiration from real people and events. This is most definitely the case with Treacherous Temptations. The plot of seduction and intrigue was very much inspired by the novels of the time such as Pamela and Clarissa Harlowe by Samuel Richardson and Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Laclos. All of these three 18th century novels feature the theme of virtue vs. vice, and the seduction of a virgin as a primary trope.
As to my characters, they are closely modeled after real people who lived during the time of my story. Lord Hadley Blanchard loosely mirrors Philip, 1st Duke of Wharton, who was ruined by the South Sea Bubble and forced abroad where he flirted with Jacobitism. Sadly his brilliant young nobleman fell into a life of deep dissipation from which he never emerged, dying of alcoholism at a Spanish monastery at the age of 33. Like the duke, Lord Hadley Blanchard is also ruined by the South Sea Scandal forced to go abroad for a number of years during which time he becomes a spy on the Jacobites.
The character of Mary Edwardes is modeled very closely after an heiress of the same name. The real Mary was also closely tied to the South Sea bubble but in her case, her father (a commoner) sold out in time to make a vast fortune. After his death she made a very bad match with a younger son of the Duke of Hamilton. But rather than watching helplessly as her profligate husband squandered everything, she took drastic measures and had her marriage records destroyed, choosing to live under the stigma of illegitimacy in order to protect her young son's inheritance. Mary never re-wed.
My Mary, also a great heiress finds herself facing a similar situation when her guardian plans to arrange her marriage for his own political advancement. Although innocent and unworldly, Mary is no fool and eventually reaches a point where she also takes matters into her own hands. In Treacherous Temptations, I was inspired to give my fictional versions of these two very real people a happy ending.
HH:What do you like best about Mary and why will readers empathize with her?
VV: I think most readers will relate to Mary. She is a simple, unsophisticated, but sensible country girl, who only wishes to live a quiet life. Unfortunately, all of her choices are taken away when her father passes. Still, she's not afraid to stand up for herself when her guardian seeks to force her marriage:
Realizing the fruitlessness of any further argument for independence, Mary changed tack. "But why must I go all the way to London when there are surely many eligible bachelors right here in Leicestershire?"
"What? A gentleman curate or a crude country squire? Bah! You will have no such thing! Your father desired an advantageous match for you, and so shall it be. London is the only place to contrive such an alliance."
"But don't you see how unfit I am? I have none of the accomplishments or sophisticated wiles that such a gentleman would desire in a wife." Mary rose and paced the room. "But I have been only once to London. I don't know anyone there. I haven't the clothes or the connections." Her protests escalated to a staccato bombardment. "I don't dance. I have no notion of their manners. How should I even know to go on? I shall be nothing more than a country frump subject to scorn at every turn!"
"Preposterous, my dear! You quite underestimate your natural charms. To many gentlemen you would be considered quite a prize."
"A prize?" she laughed. "Then you must refer to my chief asset -- my bank account. If so, perhaps you could just save us both a great deal of trouble with an advertisement in The Daily Gazetteer. How about 'Vast fortune awaits marriage-minded nobleman...Only those willing to overlook the dull and dowdy heiress need apply.'"
Sir Richard gaped, his red-veined jowls quivering with the soundless motion of his mouth. To Mary he resembled nothing more than a landed trout. Knowing she had already lost the war, she could only bask in the sweet satisfaction of this tiny victory.
HH: What do you like best about Hadley and why will readers love him?
Hadley is very much an antihero in the beginning of the story. Although not without his charm, Hadley is dissolute, unprincipled, and immoral. Over time, however, the reader comes to understand the forces beyond his control that molded him, and his resentment of it. Deep down Hadley despises what he has become and desires to change. Meeting Mary only strengthens his desire to be a better man, and becomes the impetus for change. Through his love of Mary, Hadley regains his self respect and becomes his own man once more.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
VV: I loved the wickedness of it! Barbara Blanchard is my dream villain! Similar to the scheming Marquise de Meurteil in Dangerous Liaisons, she is a woman readers will love to hate! I hope readers will walk away in love with a man they once thought was a hopeless cause.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
VV: A slew of things! This is so exciting! First off I am continuing my award-winning DeVere series. I am currently building a fabuous fan site loaded with excerpts and gorgeous character portraits and scene illustrations from all of the books. I'm attaching samples but you can check it out at http://thedevildevere.com. I am also bringing the entire series to audio book! Additionally, I will be adding at least three more stories to the series this year, The Trouble With Sin, A Devil's Touch and Jewel of the East (click titles for hyperlink to excerpts). Aside from that, I am also considering bringing Barbara Blanchard and Lord Barnesley from Treacherous Temptations back for another story!
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
VV: Trying some new things. To date I have written only historicals and even those have been set exclusively in the Georgian era. While this will always be my first love and what I inevitably return to, I am going to try dipping my toes into some new waters. My first endeavor is a contemporary romance trilogy that Entangled has expressed interest in. I will only reveal that it's set in Montana with a cowboy hero.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
VV: Insane! I've always been a night owl to begin with, but now that I'm going through menopause it's much worse. I typically don't go to bed until 3 or 4AM anymore and then sleep until about 10 or 11 AM -- unless I need to get up earlier. Fortunately for me, writing and insomnia are quite compatible!
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
VV: I love to interact with readers! Mostly through email, Goodreads and Facebook. I don't Tweet a whole lot. Here are all the ways to contact me:
victoria.vane (at) hotmail.com
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
VV: I spent most of 2012 with my nose literally to the grindstone, so this year I HOPE to break away for some fun. If finances permit, I will be attending several events this year such as the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas (August 7-11), RWA in Atlanta (July 17-20), and possibly an Author/Reader cruise that Entangled is planning to put together in the autumn. I really look forward to the opportunity to meet many new friends and fans in person and to share some good times!
HH: Thank you!