Title: A Wild Night’s Bride (Amazon)
Series: The Devil DeVere, #1
Author: Victoria Vane
Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy from author
Published: April 2012 by Breathless Press
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, a sexy, rollicking Georgian romp!
Reviewed By: J9
In a Nutshell: This novella is a sexy but light-hearted romp through one night’s adventures. Given the sexual nature of this novella the sudden epiphany of the leads proclaiming love rang false but that was a minor quibble.
The Set Up: Ned’s wife died three years ago and he’s just returned to London and his rakehell best friend, Lord DeVere. Phoebe is trying to make her way as a London actress. Phoebe’s career depends upon who her first protector is so she attends a wicked party thinking to ask DeVere but finds the lonely Ned instead. When DeVere accepts a crazy wager including Ned and Phoebe their night suddenly gets dangerous.
Why I Read this Book: The synopsis sounded good and I like reading novellas as I typically have time to complete them in one sitting.
What I Liked: This novella doesn’t take itself too seriously. The purpose of this novella is to provide a sexy adventure and it does that. The entire novella takes place in one night so there isn’t much character development, other than making lonely Ned a sympathetic character who needed to get laid and end his celibacy.
What I Didn’t Like: The focus of this novella is clearly sexual and the sudden epiphany of life-altering love felt forced to me. Of course, this is classified as a romance so I guess that’s to be expected but it did seem silly that a country gentleman like Ned would marry an actress after knowing her for one day. But suspending reality is part of some romance novels so I won’t harp on it too much.
IMO: A Wild Night’s Bride is a good erotic-romance but an average romance-romance. The emotional intimacy was non-existent but given the light-hearted sexual nature of the novella, it worked. This is the first of six erotic romance stories but given that I like more emotional intimacy between my leads I doubt I’ll pick up the subsequent stories.