The Devil You Know

Victoria Vane
The Devil You Know
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Breathless Press
Release Date
July 2012
Book 3 of The Devil DeVere Series
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance

When dealing with the devil, it's easy to be burned...especially when passion ignites the flames.

Who can find a virtuous woman... Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley, has long resigned herself to her twelve—year loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband...until his gambling pushes them to the brink of financial ruin.

Sometimes the devil is in a gentleman... Viscount Ludovic, "The Devil DeVere," is a man accustomed to taking what he wants, according to his whim and heedless of the cost...until he encounters a woman who won't be had at any price.

When dealing with the devil, it's easy to be burned... When Diana discovers a secret that shatters the carefully built facade concealing her private pain, she seeks aid and comfort from the most unlikely place...the devil's arms. But will a single night of heavenly passion damn them both forever?

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Oct 11, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
326 people found the following review helpful
I've come to count on Victoria Vane to deliver delightful, erotic romantic escapes. But this book signals a new turn in the Devil DeVere series, and it has now become an addiction for me.

Devotees of this series who have wondered and guessed at the history shared by the infamous Ludovic, "The Devil DeVere", and Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley, prepare to have those tantalizing questions answered—and a whole new set arise. Because once upon a time, four years before the two earlier books in this series, Diana was a very different woman than the one we have come to know. Married to the feckless and inconsiderate Lord Reggie, Diana spent ten years in a loveless marriage, arranged when she was too young to realize how poor the match really was. When Reggie decides to take his horse to a race in Epsom, Diana, her cousin Annalee and Annalee's husband, Sir Edward, journey to the races, to stay with Edward's best friend—Viscount DeVere.

From the moment they set eyes on each other, the spark between DeVere and Diana is palpable—as is the challenge that both present to each other. For Diana, DeVere is all that she never wants to become: hedonistic, selfish, and utterly decadent. For Ludovic, Diana's inner strength, her passion and her complete refusal to give in to the desire between them is as bewildering as it is stimulating. But Diana is a woman of honor and rare mettle, and refuses to give in to the temptation DeVere presents.

But when Reggie's vices bring Diana herself to the brink of ruin, she realizes she has no choice left but to learn to live for herself. Which means not only finding a way to pay off her husband's debts, but to seek out the pleasure she has been so long denied—both problems that can be solved with the help of one man—Ludovic DeVere. But tragedy and intrigue surround this pair, and no decision will come without dangerous consequence to them both.

I'll be honest; I had a hard time sympathizing with Diana in the first two books of this series. Having a chance to get to know her, and to see just how deep, emotional and strong a woman she really is completely changed how I felt about her. In fact, this book is worth reading for the character study alone. Diana is not and never was a stereotypical spinster, or a cold woman, and watching her find herself in this story made for a wonderfully memorable read.

Similarly, I felt like I learned more about DeVere than I had in the series to date. Rather than acting as the puppet-master of this story, DeVere had the chance to play the hero, and for all his legendary debauchery, he played it very well. Not one for self-sacrifice by any means, seeing the lengths he was willing to go for Diana's sake were impressive to say the least. Knowing the wealth of desire and need and fulfillment that existed between them, their final encounter at DeVere's country estate were touchingly poignant, making me realize the depth of both these characters and their capacity both to love and to hate.

It's very difficult to discuss this book without giving away some of the startling twists and turns of the plot, or without alluding to the fiery passion that made it impossible to put down. Suffice it to say, this is a sensational, sultry read with a complicated plot that will tantalize and seduce any readers of the Devil DeVereseries. While it might be an entertaining read for newcomers, the rewards to starting this series from the very beginning are too many to mention—and the enticements of the next new release will surely have you coming back for more!
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