Author: Victoria Vane
Page count: 110
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy.
play with actual lines (thanks to some actresses not showing up) and this is her chance to attract a patron (which, if rich and powerful enough could move her career further), so she plays it to the fullest. The theater’s about to close down for renovations, so she’s particularly desperate. Following that, she goes to a party, still playing up her role from the theatre and meets Sir Ned Chambers. He is a still somewhat grieving widower come back to London to prepare for his daughter’s come-out and ends up taking part in a bet that could net her 1,000 pounds and involves Devil DeVere, a viscount with a quite scandalous reputation.
For the most part, this was a decent book. The characters unfortunately were a bit shallow, but I could overlook that because I liked the fact that it was a very different period. Twenty years made a huge
difference in views in the 18th/19th century. I liked that we got to see the future Regent as a young man, thoroughly debauched as seen by his part in the bet that sends Devil Devere, Phoebe and Ned into the palace to defile the king’s bed (Ned’s going along to act as guard while Devil and Phoebe do the
My problem with this book came in two places. First, the prologue which shows Ned and Phoebe in the king’s bed and the last thing is Ned being worried about being arrested/executed for what they’d done, and then the very next page, chapter one, we’re at the theatre with Phoebe about to go onstage. It was incredibly jarring and it didn’t need to be. All the author would have needed to do was put in “X hours/days ago” and I wouldn’t have even been caught off guard. Silly, but there you have it. I was quite confused for about 5 pages before I realized the prologue had been the “present”, so to speak, and we’d flashed back in time.
The second was the timeframe the two fell for each other. It was over the course of no more than a day or two, most of which Ned didn’t even know Phoebe’s real name, instead calling her Kitty, the name of her
character from the play (because that’s how she introduced herself). I just didn’t feel the intense romantic connection, more felt that we were supposed to feel the connection because the author told us they were feeling it.
Phoebe is a great character who had her moment of weakness but didn’t let it completely ruin her life (though it obviously ruined her socially for a while). Ned lost the love of his life, and I was utterly charmed as he found his way back to life. The sex scenes had some definite zest to them, and I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.