The Virgin Huntress

Victoria Vane
The Virgin Huntress
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Breathless Press
Release Date
June 2012
Book 2 of The Devil DeVere Series
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance

Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants...and what she wants is Captain Hewett DeVere...

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 just how wrong he is.

And the Devil DeVere looks after his own...

Recruiting the aid of her godfather, Vesta vows to prove to Hew once and for all that she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of...a huntress.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Aug 13, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
180 people found the following review helpful
Victoria Vane possess the unique challenge to write a romance that is as zany as it is steamy and heartfelt. Though I would have liked a little more detail in this installment of the The Devil DeVere series, I enjoyed every page of this story, and cannot wait to see what happens next!

Lady Vesta Chambers has been sent to London with her Aunt Diana in order to prepare for her first Season. Determined to take the Ton by storm, Vesta is filled with plans and dreams, and, as always, unconcerned with the niceties of polite Society. But when she sets her eyes on Captain Hewett DeVere, the younger brother of her godfather, Viscount DeVere, Vesta knows that he is the only man for her, and that she will do whatever she must to catch his eye.

Hew DeVere has only recently returned from the American colonies, having distinguished himself in the Seven-Years War and earned honor and a number of painful scars in so doing. Though he is eager and willing to find a wife and produce heirs, especially after receiving financial encouragement from his brother to continue the family name, the idea of a love match is about as far from Hew's mind as can be imagined.

Every ruse Vesta attempts to get Hew to notice her and declare his ever-lasting love proves absolutely fruitless—in fact, he seems more interested in her Aunt Di than in her! It's clear that Hew sees Vesta as nothing but a child, but she is determined to change his opinion by any means necessary, and after plotting with her godfather and his household, Hew's fate is sealed.

Having met Viscount DeVere is all his depraved glory in this book and in the previous one, it was quite a surprise to encounter his younger brother. Hew is a paragon of control and a model for what a perfect gentleman should be. He is considerate, polite and concerned—but he is also hiding behind that veneer as a way to shelter himself from the memories of his military experience and to protect his vulnerable heart. In a genre that is full of rakes and rebels, it was a pleasant surprise to meet a man who tried so earnestly to be good, without coming across as sanctimonious or hypocritical.

In the hands of another author, I don't know if I would have sympathized with Vesta as much as I did. But Victoria Vane has created a remarkable character, a woman with heart and with spirit, and her impetuousness is very well-balanced with her innocence and good intentions. Thus, her ludicrous stunts are genuinely funny, and while I could sympathize with Hew's frustration, I could also completely understand how charmed he was by her as well. The success of their bond, and the power of their evolving love and lust sprang from the way their wildly opposing natures attracted. I would have liked to have seen more in terms of how their relationship develops further, but I have a feeling that will be forthcoming as the series develops.

The premise of the story, though zany, is in fitting with the nature of the series to date and the astonishing adventures of its protagonists. But while it was obvious that the physical attraction between Hew and Vesta was growing, the deeper emotions that awareness entailed weren't always as obvious or convincing. It was clear that Vesta was the perfect antidote to Hew's stoicism and reluctance to enjoy his life, but I wanted to see the characters come to that revelation, to enjoy the discovery along with them to a greater extent.

That having been said, this was quite an entertaining story, and a welcome addition to the The Devil DeVere series. The closer we get to Viscount DeVere himself, the more intrigued I am to see what lies behind his cool expression and his debauched view of the world. In the meantime, however, watching his machination amongst his friends and family provide plenty of steamy reading, and I can't wait to see what Victoria Vane has planned for the next installment!
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