Monday, September 10, 2012

Review for A Wild Night's Bride by Victoria Vane

WITH THE DEVIL IN CHARGE...THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY... What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake?

She’s a lonely lady down on her luck...

Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a closely guarded secret.

He’s steadfast and eminently respectable

Sir Edward Chambers, Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife’s death and avowed to live out a rustic and mundane life … of celibacy.

With the devil in charge — there will surely be hell to pay. Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere, is determined to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling machinations result in a night of mind blowing passion after which “dull dog Ned” awakes to find himself in the King of England’s bed! A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE is a sexy, rollicking Georgian romp!


Victoria Vane has created a sexy and rollicking start to a new series set in the exciting and glittery world of Lodon and featuring an unforgettable character in Viscount Ludovic DeVere.  This story features his best friend Ned, who couldn't be more opposite of him, and the mysterious Kitty, who sets Ned's life upside down with her wild ways.

Widower Ned has come to London to set up the coming out of his daughter and soon finds himself embroiled in a sexy bet that almost gets him in trouble with the King.  For quiet Ned, who hasn't wanted to be with a woman since his wife's death, DeVere's night of wild and sexy abandon has him hiding out and meeting the one woman to make him rethink his celibacy.  A bit of jealousy and a fulfillment of a bet leads to a night in the King's bed and an unexpected change to his future.  While I was happy to see Ned finally show some spirit, it didn't happen until the latter stages of the book and mostly revolved around his sexual encounter with Kitty.  This encounter was steamy and bordered on the erotic.  There's was also a constant and underlining sexual tension between them from the moment they met.  Up until then I could understand why he was called "dull dog Ned".  He was overly serious and acted like a prude at times.  His staid personality made me feel a lack of connection to him and Kitty definitely outshone him.

Kitty was full of life and doing the best she could after having her future compromised.  Thinking that all she's good for is a rich man's mistress she sets her sights on DeVere (who could never settle for just one woman) and ends up part of a bet where she'll end up winning more than just money.  Kitty's a larger than life character who had a hard time trusting and sharing the truth.  She was hardened by her past and I was happy she finally found someone reliable and equal to her fiery temperament in the bedroom.  I felt a stronger connection to her with her more fleshed-out and exciting character and her HEA proved that opposites attract.

The character that stole the story for me was DeVere.  Even as a secondary character his sexiness and unapologetic debauchery drew me to him and overshadowed the main couple.  He flits from woman to woman and there's a hint that he has a past with a widowed friend of Ned's that he still can't forget.  Since our glimpse of her shows a rather prudish woman, his overtly sexual nature promises fireworks and one huckuva roller coaster ride once these two reunite.  Thank heavens we won't have to wait with DeVere's story up next.

A Wild Night's Bride was a fast-paced read with an intriguing storyline.  While Ned didn't draw me in as much as I'd hoped, the characters of Kitty and DeVere more than made up for his moments of blandness.  Victoria Vane has a pleasant writing style that nicely balanced sexiness, humor, and action and I excitedly await the next release in this series.
My rating for this is a B-

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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