Review: Hell on Heels by Victoria Vane

hell on heelsReviewed by Shelly

This is part 1 of 2 in Victoria Vane’s Hotel Rodeo series. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, especially when there’s not a disclaimer. But surprisingly that’s not what made me dislike this story. This time I’ll blame the characters. Talk about a couple of self-absorbed jerks – the both of them!

Ty Morgan is bound and determined to renovate the hotel that he’s managing. I’m not sure what his motivation is, but he doesn’t have the finances to do it on his own and is thereby dependent on financial backers. He thought he had one pegged and ready – the owner of the hotel, but unfortunately, Tom ends up having stroke and is incapacitated. [Read more…]

Review: Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy by Victoria Vane

sharp shootin cowboyReviewed by Shelly

Unlike the first 2 books in the series, this isn’t about the Knowlton family or anyone on their ranch. But I enjoyed it just as much as I have the earlier installments. What I am enjoying tremendously in this series is that the last two books have been about war veterans – that’s appealing to me.

Spending the last eight years as a Marine sniper, Reid Everett’s home for good. He’s out of all that sand and heat and happy to be back in Wyoming working on the ranch he’s known all his life, doing what he loves to do. Haley Cooper, the wildlife biologist, is all about making the world a safer place for wolves. She’ll give up everything including friends and family to make that happen. [Read more…]

Review: Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

rough riderReviewed by Shelly

I enjoyed this the second book in Victoria Vane’s ‘Hot Cowboy Nights’ series much more than that first. The first story was about younger brother Wade and after reading that one, I really wanted to read about Dirk Knowlton- the older, obstinate, battle scarred war veteran. If you read the first story you’ll remember Dirk and Janice Combes. Vane did something interesting with this one, it doesn’t pick up from the first book as a traditional book two might – instead we get to see Dirk and Janice’s story when it initially started, some 10 years prior and it works it’s way up to present. Although this can really be read as a stand alone from Wade’s story, there are some nuances with Dirk and Wade’s current relationship that would be explained by reading these stories in order. [Read more…]

Review: Slow Hand by Victoria Vane

slow handReviewed by Shelly

I’ve read Victoria Vane’s historicals and have thoroughly enjoyed them. But you know how it is when one of your favorite authors switches genres – you just never know if the writing style will survive the jump. This is the first of Vane’s Hot Cowboy Nights series.

Nicole Powell’s estranged father just died and she’s on her way to small-town Montana to do what she needs to do and get out. While at the airport waiting for his flight, lawyer/cowboy, Wade Knowlton sees Nicole having her own personal meltdown over her flight. After some internal debate, Wade gives up his seat to Nicole and decides to drive home. Well lo and behold – they both end up in the same destination and it turns out that Wade is Nicole’s father’s lawyer. Small world, I know. [Read more…]

Review: The Jewel of the East by Victoria Vane

JOTE 2CoverReviewed by Shelly

We finally get Simon’s story. If you’ve not read any of the Devil DeVere Stories, I wouldn’t suggest reading this one, as the story lines are closely entwined. After a long sentence in captivity, Captain Simon Singleton is back from his time in the colonies. He’s returned mentally broken but physically whole – well, for the most part. Finding out that his friend needs help recovering from the trauma of prolonged imprisonment, Ludovic decides to step in like he always does and fix what he thinks is broken. Ludovic’s solution for Simon is the lovely and exotic jewel of the east, Salime. During Simon’s internment, he developed the symptoms of many war scarred survivors and it’s this that Salime will help him with. I wanted to love this story, but I ended up just liking it instead. [Read more…]

The Devil DeVere: Spotlight & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Shelly is a big fan of Victoria Vane’s Devil DeVere series.  The book covers are getting a makeover, and Vane is celebrating with the giveaway of a Kindle Fire!  Take a look:

Wild Nights

A Wild Night’s Bride (Book #1 in the Devil DeVere Series)

She needs a protector… Once seduced by whispered promises of a faithless lover, Phoebe Scott is determined to make a name on the Covent Garden stage, but after three years of bit parts, she realizes she’ll never achieve her goals on her own merits. Acknowledging her success is dependent on a powerful patron, Phoebe is now resolved to find a protector to secure her future. With this goal in mind, she seeks out the best prospects at London’s most notorious brothel.

He’s avowed to celibacy…Sir Edward “Ned” Chambers has been lost and lonely since his wife’s death in childbirth. Burdened with blame, he has sworn to a life of celibacy, but after three years, he is inwardly edgy, irritable, and increasingly discontent. Perceiving the cause behind Ned’s unhappiness, as well as the obvious cure, his best friend and rake of the first order, “The Devil” DeVere, is hell-bent to return Ned to the land of the living. DeVere’s machinations result in an outrageous wager that could lead Ned to a new love… or land them all in the Tower!

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Series Reading Order: The Devil Devere

This is the reading order for the Devil DeVere series by Victoria Vane:victoria vane

PREQUEL VIGNETTES:

Review: Devil in the Making

devil in the makingReviewed by Shelly

This is a free read on Amazon, I’m not sure if this will be indefinite but I do know that it’s been free for a few weeks now.

A prequel to the Devil DeVere series, this tell the story of Ludovic, Simon and Ned when they’re in school. I must warn you, this isn’t the same type of book as the later series because let’s face it these are still lads and the experience and expertise hasn’t been developed. If you didn’t know, I’m letting your know now – I’m a big fan of Vane’s work. [Read more…]

Review: The Trouble With Sin

Reviewed by Shelly

Continuing with the story of Ludovic DeVere and his friends, Vane’s latest is a prequel vignette (about 40 pages) to the story of Simon “Sin” Singleton and his adventures. Just the name, Sin, tantalizes the senses doesn’t it? This is also a prequel to Jewel of the East (book #5 in the Devil Devere series)

Simon loves his parents, his mom is a bit tyrannical, but that’s okay because she’s got his best interest at heart. His father rightfully thinks that Simon’s best friend DeVere is a bad influence and makes a slight adjustment in Simon’s allowance, while his mother thinks that the best thing for him is the priesthood. It’s too bad that Simon loves the ladies too much to let little things like money and his mother hold him back. After a night of drinking, Simon has found a way to do the things he loves best – poetry and whores.

In the words of Sir Walter Scott ‘Oh!‘what a tangled web we weave when we […] practice to deceive’. Simon’s interactions with his mother are absolutely brilliant! If any other man was caught in those situations I don’t know how they would be able to face themselves in the mirror but, oh no, not our Simon. He’s one part mischievous and one part naïve and gets himself in some very interesting positions all in pursuit of his two passions. I’m really looking forward to reading more about him and catching up on Ned and Ludovic.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B

*ARC provided by author for review

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The Trouble With Sin
by Victoria Vane
Release Date: March 11, 2013

Review: Treacherous Temptations

Reviewed by Shelly

I can’t tell a lie, I like Vane’s work. Her DeVere’s Series is the shit, and she’s quickly taking the place of Samantha Kane in my arsenal of historical romance reading. So with that in mind, I picked up this story, hoping that it wouldn’t disappoint me. I was sooo not disappointed. Once I started reading, I was hooked. This is one of the better reformed rake stories I’ve read because this dude was a complete and total asshole and my sympathy had to be earned. The only way that could have happened was with good character development and that’s exactly what happened.

Mary Elizabeth Edwardes’s recently departed father has appointed her guardian – Richard, the vilest person in the Kingdom of Vileness. He’s decided that it’s time that Mary marry, but of course he wouldn’t be doing his appointed duty if he didn’t have a suitor or two in mind. Hadley Blanchard is definitely not one of the chosen few. As a matter of fact, he’s a self-exiled nobleman and has decided not only that he’s through running but he wants both his name and his family’s wealth back. To get this, he sets off on a path of destruction, deceit and seduction.

I had such disdain and contempt for Hadley that I relished every bad thing that happened to him. You know when you meet someone and their duplicitous ways are just so obvious, you can’t help but just want to take a shower and pretend you never met them. That’s the way I felt about Hadley, especially in the first few chapters – until he finally found out that it’s time to stop running, stop living in the past and open himself for a bright and fulfilling future that starts with Mary.

One of the many things I enjoyed about Mary was her ability to see herself for what she was. She knew she wasn’t what society would class as ‘pretty’ but she also knew what she wanted and was deserving of both desire and love in her marriage. I equally liked her smartness and the hints of naivety in her dealings with her new surroundings especially Hadley’s stepmother. Her interactions and sexual chemistry with Hadley were well written and believable, she was no whimpering wallflower and that made for a good read.

I really liked this story and would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a well plotted storyline and wonderful character development.

Happy Reading folks!

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by author for review

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Treacherous Temptations
by Victoria Vane
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Publisher: Entangled