Review: The Devil You Know by Victoria Vane

The Devil You Know by Victoria Vane
Series: The Devil DeVere series (# 3)
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC
Pages: 145
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

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 decade-long loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband…until his gambling pushes them to the brink of financial ruin.

Sometimes the devil is in disguise…as 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 façade 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?

 

Review: This is book three in the series and I didn’t feel that I was missing a lot of background information not having read books one and two since the prologue set eleven years before really set the stage of what was to come. It was a quick, enjoyable and steamy read that kept my interest from beginning to end.

Yes, the Viscount, Ludovic, was the devil himself and a rogue but he also had an occasional nice side that he didn’t let anyone see. He and Lady Diana, the Baroness, had such powerful chemistry and I expected more from them as a result. I know their story continues in book four but the ending was too abrupt for me and it wasn’t until I turned the page in my ereader that I realized I was at the end. With only one hundred forty five pages there was a lot more story that could have been told. The excerpt in the back of the book for The Devil’s Match which continues their story definitely whet my appetite for more.

There were family, friends, servants, estates, horses, friendships, romance and love but I felt we didn’t delve deep enough below the surface to find out all there was to know about any of the characters – they all had so many layers! Duchess Caroline was a piece of work and there was nothing likable about her at all. She seemed to want to blackmail everyone or hold something over their head so she could get what she wanted. I felt the same way about Diana’s husband, Lord Reginald who thought he was deserving of lots of good fortune and shouldn’t be held accountable when things didn’t go his way.

I have not read books by Vane before but I will definitely be reading some of her others not only this series. I have not yet read books one and two, A Wild Night’s Bride and The Virgin Huntress, or book four, The Devil’s Match. Book five , Jewel of the East, is due out next year and there’s also two novellas, Devil in the Making and The Trouble with Sin.

Favorite Quote: Diana left DeVere’s chambers in a peculiar daze comprised of equal parts anger, confusion, and lust. She had never been so affected by a man. All he had to do was look at her to set her skin tingling and pulse racing. It had taken little more that a touch and a suggestive word from him for her emptiness to expand and a powerful yearning to take hold of her body. When his lips had seared her skin, she had almost melted away – certainly her fine upstanding resolution had.