The Devil’s Match
by Victoria VanePublished by: Breathless Press Publish Date: August 24, 2012 Genre: Historical Romance, Erotic Romance Series: The Devil DeVere #4 Source: Kindle e-book My Rating: Blurb from Goodreads:
NOTE: This is book #4 in a tightly connected series that should be read in order
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.
I have loved this entire series by Victoria Vane. Each installment in The Devil DeVere series is a novella, but each story is fully developed, very fun to read, and leaves you wanting more. The Devil’s Match is the 4th novella in the series, and wraps up the story around the Viscount DeVere himself.
The Devil’s Match picks up where book two, The Virgin Huntress left off. Vesta, DeVere’s god-daughter had absconded with Hew, DeVere’s brother, leaving Diana thoroughly angered at DeVere for aiding her charge. DeVere is not sorry in the least for his actions and becomes determined to have Diana again, to clear her from his head. Diana is still very hurt by DeVere’s leaving her and is not inclined to give into him again. However, DeVere and Diana still feel the attraction between them and their gambling natures get the better of them. The question then becomes, can DeVere overcome his insecurities and sense of honor to find his own happiness?
The Devil’s Match proved to be another excellent read. This historical is full of humor, calculating characters, and smoking hot intimate scenes. Not only is The Devil’s Match fun to read, but the story is touching. Through the series, there is depth added to the characters personalities and as I learned more about them, I grew more attached to them. In the first 2 books of the series, I was not much of a Diana fan. However, after book 3 (The Devil You Know), Diana’s personality and mannerisms made more sense to me. Diana proved to be a much bolder person than I ever would have thought. She goes out of her comfort zone in The Devil’s Match to gain more control of her life and her situations. The results are some very steamy, erotically-charged scenes.
Victoria Vane wrapped up the Devil DeVere series with The Devil’s Match, but she also set the foundations for future books. I am thrilled that there will more stories stemming from this series in the future. The combination of wit, humor, and romance in this historical setting provides quality reading experiences. For historical romance fans, if you like your books on the steamier side, you can’t go wrong with the Devil DeVere series. This series is meant to be read in order, the books will not make much sense story-line wise if you skip around. So, pick up book 1, A Wild Night’s Bride, and start reading!
I have reviewed each of the books in this series. Here is the reading order and links to my reviews: