Review: Devil in the Making Illustrated Edition by Victoria Vane

Review: Devil in the Making Illustrated Edition by Victoria VaneDevil in the Making by Victoria Vane

Series: #1 Devilish Vignettes
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 19, 2014
Pages: 87
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars  

How many times did I wonder what Devil DeVere was like as a younger man to start him along the lusty larger than life journey that became the intriguing man I met in Wild Night’s Bride?  There are hints and flashback memories through the series that made me more than curious.  So when I was given the chance to read this prequel story of just that very thing, there was no way I was going to say no when I was offered the book for honest review.  But then to discover that each chapter came with a lovely jewel-toned illustrated page that could only serve to enhance what was written?  Hey, that’s just icing on an already decadent cake.

This was the first time I have read an illustrated adult novella so I have to say that the artwork was phenomenal.  Not only were the characters portrayed just as I would imagine them to look; the facial expressions and the ability of each illustration to communicate the scene were fantastic.  As I stated before, the rich jewel tones were a feast for the eyes and I adored the attention to historical authentic detail. Polina Ipatova and Victoria Vane who worked together to bring us the illustrated story are definitely a powerful one-two punch.

As to the story line itself, it opens with DeVere attending prep school with his close chums Ned Chambers and Simon Singleton who make up with DeVere the Unholy Triumverate.  They came together and forged a strong friendship that helped spare them the typical prep school bullying.  But that being said, it doesn’t prevent a professor from settling on DeVere as his target only to have Ludovic insolently best him at his own game.  This led Ludovic to the incident mentioned in Wild Night’s Bride involving the lion and the result being to fall in disfavor from King and in further disfavor from the crazed and diseased man that was his father.  His father sends him into exile which leads him to make another good friend and have a reunion that leaves him with a new perspective on his past and his future.

I truly enjoyed the mayhem that ensues wherever DeVere is present and there were several laugh out loud moments in the story.  But there were also several places in the plot when the seeds of what grew into the Devil DeVere we encounter in the later books are revealed.

It was a splendid Georgian romp that I can recommend not only to the fans of the DeVere series, but to anyone who enjoys authentic historical with a dash of spice.

 

About Victoria Vane

Victoria Vane is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
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Email: victoria.vane@hotmail.com Website: www.victoriavane.com
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Praise for SLOW HAND
“Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…”
—Publishers Weekly

“Slow Hand by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page-turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria’s characters straight off the page and into real life…”
—Unwrapping Romance

“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy…Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.”
—RT Book Reviews

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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