Published: December 7, 2012
Every devil has a beginning…
A rebellious young nobleman’s prank with the king’s lion goes comically awry, leading to a startling chain of events.
A riotous Georgian romp in the tradition of Fielding’s Tom Jones and a prequel to the Devil DeVere series.
**This title is NOT a romance**
A Note from the Author:
When I first conceived A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE, a Georgian set, Hangover-inspired romantic comedy, I had no idea that one devilish secondary character would spawn an entire series, but Ludovic, Viscount DeVere, proved to be a dream come true. This larger than life character has captured the hearts of so many fans who have begged for more DeVere.So without further ado…. Here is how it all began….
“But I know that look, and it always bodes ill.”
“Come now, Ned,” DeVere cajoled. “With only weeks until matriculation, we may never get another chance to serve up some revenge on ole’ Trasker.”
“What have you in mind?” Simon asked.
“Since our dear pedagogue is so fond of bear-leading, why not procure one for him?”
Ned looked stunned. “You wish to buy a bear?”
“Of course not,” DeVere answered.
“Thank God,” Ned replied with a sigh of relief.
“I only wish to borrow one.”
“A bear?” Simon repeated.
“Yes. It can be a small one. As to age, size, or gender. I am not particular.”
“And how do you propose to find one?” Ned asked warily.
DeVere replied with a look of pure devilment. “I propose a midnight foray to the Royal Menagerie.”
Tags: Devilish Vignettes, Historical, Humorous, Devil DeVere
Time Frame: England 1780’s
Heat Level: 0
REVIEW RATING : 5 stars
REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:
It seems that no matter what, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Young men in university will pull pranks, do things that make you say “doh” and forge life-long friendships so matter the time period. The Devil DeVere and his merry band of friends are wickedly wild and have adventures most will only dream of.
The Devil in the Making is not a romantic story but it is outrageously funny! I found myself snickering at some of their antics while laughing out loud at others. While I tend to gravitate to romance novels, the steamier the better, I absolutely LOVED this vignette! It’s intriguing to see how Devil, Ned, Sin and Charles all met and got to know each other. Seeing how their lives as friends began and all the trouble they got into while at university only leads more credibility to the story A Wild Night’s Bride. I now have a deeper appreciation for that story.
Victoria Vane has painted a beautiful picture, introducing each of the main characters of her later stories. All of this is done with Georgian England as the backdrop for the story. Breaking into the King’s menagerie, facing the wrath of the headmaster at school, facing the unholy wrath of his father and ultimately the wrath of the King, all part of the life of Devil DeVere. He does all these things with a passion for life and take no prisoners attitude. While he draws his friends in to all these outlandish pranks, he still has a heart and refuses to let them take the fall for his misadventures.
One of the lovely things about this book is the illustrations. These wonderful, full-color illustrations add to the overall enjoyment of the book. While each of us imagines something slightly different for the characters we read, it was pure joy to view Ms. Vane’s depictions of the characters. I truly wish there had been a few more illustrations in the book as I was getting such a kick out of them!
For any of you enjoy the Devil DeVere series, you MUST read this vignette. You’ll love it and it’ll give you a deeper appreciation for the Devil himself!
**Currently Available at Amazon for $1.99**
ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
I am a happily married mother of three very busy children. Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.