The Virgin Huntress
by Victoria VanePublished by: Breathless Press Publish Date: June 29, 2012 Genre: Historical Romance/ Novella Series: The Devil DeVere #2 (review of book 1) Source: E-ARC provided by author My Rating (3.5 of 5) Blurb from Goodreads:
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!
Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants…Coddled and pampered, since her mother’s death, Lady Vesta Chambers is beside herself when her father goes to London to prepare for her come-out and returns with a young bride of his own. With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother, Diana, to town, where she is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain captain of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons.
But when the object of her passion has eyes for another…
Captain Hewett DeVere, younger brother and heir to Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down to a quiet and respectable life. But when the handsome and straight-laced captain turns his eyes toward the widowed Diana, Vesta is prepared to take devilish measures to prove she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of …a huntress.
The Virgin Huntress is the second novella in Victoria Van’es The Devil DeVere series. This novella is once again full of sweet romance, sexy scenes, and a young heroine determined to get her way.
Of all the characters in the Devil DeVere series, Vesta is not exactly my favorite. She is a spoiled young lady, accustomed to getting her way and being able to do whatever she wants. Being from the country, she is put-off by all the rules of London society. She wants to ride her horse in the manner in which she is used to, and when she spies Captain Hewett in such command over his own horse, she is smitten. Vesta determines that the Captain is the man for her and will do whatever it takes to make him hers. Vesta conspires with her godfather, the Devil Viscount DeVere (who happens to be Captain Hewett’s older brother). Vesta hatches a crazy plan that shows both her immaturity and her determination. Her antics are outrageous, perhaps so outrageous that she might lose the Captain before she can ensnare him.
For most of the book, Vesta’s immaturity is evident. She is willful and determined yes, but she is also pretty spoiled. She does not like that her father re-married, which I can understand. However, she has never been told no before, and that becomes pretty obvious once she gets to London. Her antics are pretty funny, she is creative in her tactics to gain the attention of Hewett. Hewett hardly acknowledges Vesta, he thinks she is too young, and he admires Vesta’s companion and godmother. Once Vesta puts her grand plan in motion and the pair spend some alone time together, her actions catch up to her. Hewett proves to be a good match for her, he steps up and becomes a leader, and even manages to tell the girl no.
The Virgin Huntress may not be my favorite of the series, as of yet (I really liked A WIld Night’s Bride), but it is a very fun, delightful read. If you enjoy light-hearted, short stories, I highly recommend the Devil DeVere series by Victoria Vane. The characters are colorful, they get into very random, unique situations, and the novellas themselves are simply fun to read. I am looking forward to reading book 3, The Devil You Know, which is about the Devil DeVere himself.
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