Today, I have author Victoria Vane here with us sharing an excerpt from her latest release The Virgin Huntress, book 2 of The Devil De Vere series. This series is comprised of four novellas that combine to read as one continuous story - much like a serial novel. The Devil You Know (book 3) will release on July 27 and The Devil’s Match (4th and final book) will release August 24th. These books will also soon be available in print.
The Virgin Huntress by Victoria Vane
Hew slanted a gaze at her face, wondering how he would extricate himself without waking her from this entanglement of limbs, but then she opened her eyes. "Good morning, Hew." She smiled into his. "Did you sleep well?"
"What the devil are you doing on top of the counterpane?" He glowered.
"I had to get up in the night to use the necessary, and when I returned, you had taken up most of the bed. I could not get back under the covers, so I had no choice but to curl up where I could.
"And now it appears you are curled around me."
She grinned. "So it does. I find it rather pleasant, don't you?"
"Pleasant is not quite the word that comes to mind," he replied tersely.
She shifted against him. "Oh." She gasped, suddenly aware. "Does this happen regularly then?"
"Yes. It is common for a man to awaken thus."
"May I touch it?" she asked.
"Bloody hell! he cried. "No! You may not touch it!"
"But I know how. I saw you only yesterday. Is that what you do to make it go away?"
"It is one of several methods," he replied. "The other is to just ignore it."
"But it is so large and swollen. Is it painful?
"No, just uncomfortable. Now, may we stop discussing my…" The appropriate word for feminine ears failed him.
"Phallus?" she offered. "That is what the grooms call it."
"Why are you eavesdropping on grooms?"
"I used to watch the stallions mounting the mares."
"You what!" Hew almost choked.
"Well, how else is a girl with no mother supposed to get any education? Although I doubt Mama would have told me very much. So there's really no reason to be timid, Hew. I already know all about the mating process. And to the best of my knowledge, the stallions never ignored it until it went away. Please feel free to relieve yourself of it. I would even help you if you would like. I'm not the least afraid for I have seen much larger ones."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes critically acclaimed romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Desperate times call for devilish measures… when the object of one's passion has eyes for another… it's time to take matters in hand!
Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants…and what she wants is Captain Hewett DeVere…
Coddled and pampered, since her mother's death, Lady Vesta Chambers is beside herself when her father goes to London to prepare for her come-out and returns with a young bride of his own. With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother, Diana, to town, where she is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain captain of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons.
But when the object of her passion has eyes for another…
Captain Hewett DeVere, younger brother and heir to Viscount Ludovic "The Devil" DeVere, has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down to a quiet and respectable life. But when the handsome and straight-laced captain turns his eyes toward the widowed Diana, Vesta is prepared to take devilish measures to prove just how wrong he is.
And the Devil DeVere looks after his own…
Recruiting the aid of her godfather, Vesta vows to prove to Hew once and for all that she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of …a huntress.
Thanks to Victoria Vane, one lucky winner will receive a digital copy of A Wild Night’s Bride (book one in the series)!!
Good luck to all who enter!