on April 25th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Novella
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When The Devil Plays Cupid ... There Could Be Hell To Pay..
She needs a protector… Once seduced by whispered promises of a faithless lover, Phoebe Scott is determined to make a name on the Covent Garden stage, but after three years of bit parts, she realizes she'll never achieve her goals on her own merits. Finally acknowledging her success is dependent on a powerful patron, Phoebe determines to seek out a protector at London's most notorious brothel.
He's avowed to celibacy… Sir Edward "Ned" Chambers has been lost and lonely since his wife’s death in childbirth. Burdened with blame, he has sworn to a life of celibacy, but after three years, he is inwardly edgy, irritable, and increasingly discontent.
Desperate times call for devilish measures... Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, a rake of the first order, is hell-bent to return his best friend Ned to the land of the living. Perceiving the cause behind his best friend’s unhappiness—as well as the obvious cure—DeVere takes matters in hand. DeVere’s meddling machinations result in an outrageous wager that could lead Ned to a new love… or land them all in the Tower.
Hijinks and passion abound in this sexy, rollicking Georgian romp.
4.5 Stars!! A deliciously naughty, sexy, fun romp!
Wild Night’s Bride is a unique, fresh, wonderfully written novella, with some truly memorable characters and a plot that left me chuckling. It’s true to the Georgian time period in setting, lifestyle and linguistics, which added to the appeal of the book.
Sir Edward “Ned” Chambers has come to London to secure a house for the upcoming season. He runs into Viscount Ludovic DeVere, his best friend, and godfather to his daughter Vesta. Three years prior Ned lost his beloved wife Annalee and has never sought the companionship of another woman. His loneliness is all too apparent and DeVere is appalled by Ned’s celibacy. He makes it his mission to change that. Who better than the “Devil” himself to help Ned find some good clean quim, allow him to release his male essence and re-acquaint him to the pleasures of the flesh! *snicker* Problem is, Ned wants what he had before, someone to love and DeVere’s debauched ways is not his style.
Phoebe is an up and coming actress. She is looking for someone to offer her protection and help further her career. She seeks out DeVere after he leaves a calling card when she makes her debut performance as Kitty. Phoebe is willing to offer herself in exchange for what she wants from DeVere, but what you want isn’t always what you get.
She encounters both Ned and DeVere after a friend sneaks her into the brothel where DeVere is an active participant in all the sinful pleasures, and Ned, well he’s just too proper to engage in such activities. Much to Phoebe’s surprise as well as Ned’s they are attracted to one another. DeVere takes note and schemes to get them together. What ensues is funny, full of witty dialogue and very, very HOT! Neddie, Neddie, Neddie…not so proper are we now?!
DeVere is blunt, brash, and oh so wickedly depraved. YUM!! Ned is sweet, humble, kind and three years worth of abstinence ready to explode!! Double YUM!! When he finally lets loose, he has no problems letting Phoebe know how he feels and EXACTLY what he wants. RAWRRR! The writing is sensual, tasteful, with an appropriate heat level for the storyline.
I had only one issue and that was the relationship between Phoebe and Ned developing into love at warped speed. However, it didn’t detract from the story and the length of the book has to be taken in to consideration . This was a pleasure to read and I’m looking forward to reading The Virgin Huntress as well as the rest of the books in the series when the “Devil” finally gets his due!!
Originally posted 3/12