Author: Victoria Vane
Page count: 107
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy.
from the first book (hero, heroine & Devil Devere), and it's definitely building toward (I would assume) the final book in the series which will finally pair Devil and Diana.
Heroine Vesta is dismayed when her father goes to town to prepare for her come-out and comes home with a bride, eliminating the chance that her godmother, Diana, would one day become her stepmother (Diana's been watching over Vesta since Vesta's mother died). Unable to stomach staying around her father and new bride, she runs off to London to shop and prepare for her come-out. There, she
falls instantly in lust with Hew DeVere when she sees him riding in a parade of fellow soldiers/cavalry officers. When things don't fall into place as she'd like them to, she takes matters into her own hands in pursuit of the man of her dreams.
I didn't particularly care for the heroine in this book, Vesta, the daughter of the hero of the first book. She's 18 and there is no way of missing that fact. She's dramatic, whiny, and comes across very spoiled in how she pursues Hew (the hero). When he appears to be forming an attachment to another
character, she kidnaps him! Kidnaps him, including drugging him and then pouts and sulks when he doesn't immediately fall into her arms and declare his undying love for her. While it sometimes bothers me how mature 18 y/o heroines are presented as in Regencies, this time the problem was completely
the opposite: how immature she was.
Hew, on the other hand, comes across as a very mature, sensible, serious man who's been off to war and come home. He's quite honorable and takes the idea of sex and intimacy very seriously. Just how seriously, I will leave to the readers to discover for themselves. Hew is devoted to his brother, Devil,
and realizes that if Devil never settles down (which he claims he will never do, thanks to an incident in his past which ruined his view of women forever), he will be providing the next heir to the title.
We got to spend a great deal of time with the hero and heroine, but surprisingly little of that time was with the hero and heroine together. Most scenes involved the hero off with someone (usually Devil
or Diana) and Vesta off with someone (Diana most of the time). This might have been acceptable/less jarring had this not been a 107 page book. Just at the point Vesta's infatuation infects Hew and they fall in love/lust together, the book is over and they (presumably) live happily ever after. I would have liked
to have seen more time with the two characters together learning to know each other/appreciate each other and not just the abrupt transition in Hew from 'Vesta is a pest who kidnapped him, how outrageous' to 'I'm in love with this woman and want to spend my life with her' in the space of
just a few pages.
Overall, I didn't care for this book quite as much as I did the first one, though I found it a decent enough read. I will definitely keep reading this series in the future and hope to be able to review future books too.