**A prequel to the Devil DeVere series, Library Journal’s best E-book romance of 2012**A rebellious young nobleman’s prank with the king’s lion goes comically awry, leading to a startling chain of events.
Every devil has a beginning… From the outset of young Lord DeVere’s arrival at Westminster School, his scandalous family secrets set him apart from the other aristocratic scions as an “untouchable.” Akin to a dark shadow following him, the ugly truth remained that his mother was indeed the biggest whore in England, and his presumed father was no less than a pox-ridden madman.Likewise, Simon Singleton’s poetic proclivities had instantly made him the bullies’ mark, and even Edward Chambers’ great size had served as little deterrent for the upper classmen’s taunts when accompanied by adolescent awkwardness and a broad North Country drawl. By the end of the first form, however, the three young outcasts had forged an iron-clad bond that would maintain them through nearly six years. DeVere’s finely honed shell of arrogance, Ned’s increasing brawn, and Sin’s rapier wit gave birth to an unholy triumvirate that would come to wreak perpetual and unchallenged havoc upon Westminster School.
Georgian Era, UK
Historical Novella (Romantic elements)
Heat Level: 2 (strong language and adult themes)
Reviewer rating: 5.0
Series: Devilish DeVere (Devilish Vignettes #1)
REVIEW BY PATRICE:
There are three sides to a story: His/Her/Their Side, Your Side and The Truth. So it goes when reading Devil in the Making, as readers are entranced by DeVere, Edward, and Simon, DeVere’s parents and various individuals of note. The multiple sides and angles of the delightful tale approached 4 dimensions meaning this series is off to an extraordinary beginning. What’s best is when an author does a fine job exploring every side of the story.
When young DeVere devises a scheme to avenge himself on a pompous and sadistic school master, he crosses the line, gravely offends the powerful, and is forced to answer to his despicable sire. The viscount sends his heir into temporary exile, forcing the disillusioned DeVere to abandon his loyal companions, Ned and Sin. While away on the Continent, shadows and living shades from the past confront and revisit him and new allegiances are made.
Glimpses of the man the future Viscount DeVere will become, and the choices he will be forced to make to cement his future, are captured brilliantly in this story. His fight for independence, cynicism, shrewd insight, legendary sexual prowess, and sophisticated pragmatism are captured in the snarky and rapier-witted dialogue and antics of our favorite Georgian anti-hero.
The author keeps my feet on the ground when it comes to DeVere by offering a heaping dose of reality. It wasn’t uncommon for such petty tyrants in the British school system to demonstrate sadistic and cruel behavior towards their charges. I’m certain that some of these egotistic tyrants found themselves at the mercy of men like DeVere—or worse—later in life, who recalled every moment they suffered at the hands of such educators.
The most engaging aspects of this story are how well Ms. Vane understands her characters and human nature. Cause and effect in the lives of men and women; how they choose to live and persevere is what’s explored. DeVere survives, thrives, and surpasses whatever is thrown at him with coolness a modern rocker would envy, living by his own code. It’s why readers continue to read this series and have sympathy for “Devil” DeVere.