The Virgin Huntress by Victoria Vane
Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria
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.
What is one to do when the object of your affection not only doesn’t return your feelings, but has his eyes set on your relative? Trap him and give him no escape, obviously!
Book two in the Devil Devre series starts out with us meeting Vesta, the rather bratty protagonist of the tale and daughter to Sir Edward Chambers, who we met in the first book of the series. Vesta is soon to have her coming out and is upset at her father’s rather unseemly marriage to a young women he barely knew. Here we also meet Diana, Vesta’s godmother who helped raise her after her mother died. Both had hoped that Edward would ask Diana to marry him so they were disappointed when a new wife appears. In order to avoid any awkward situations, Diana decides to take Vesta to London earlier then planned.
Enter Captain Hewett DeVere, younger brother of Viscount Ludovic DeVere, which we also met in book one and had a fairly large role in the marriage of his best friend, Edward. He also happens to be Vesta’s godfather and is asked to keep watch over both women while they stay in London. While Ludovic doesn't take anything seriously, Hewett takes everything seriously including the safety of his brother’s charges. The brothers share an agreement that Hew would marry and produce an heir so that Vic wouldn't have to chain himself to a woman and could continue his devilish ways. After meeting Diana, Hew has set his cap on her but little does he know that Vesta has him in her sights.
This book, The Virgin Huntress, was aptly named. The rest of the book shows how a rather clever Vesta plans to trap and steal away Hew and his affection from Diana. We also find out that Diana and Vic share a history that still simmers within them and most of the time becomes explosive when they are in the same room. This chemistry between the two made me very curious about what the past and future held for them.
I admit that I didn't really care for Vesta at the beginning, but once her plan is in action, my feelings towards her changed and I admired her fiery personality. Hew was lovable from page one, and met my expectations when he finally let himself see the real woman within Vesta. Everyone had a role to play and even the secondary characters, such as the servants, where charming. There were several swoony moments, including when Hew said to Vesta ; ‘“Taken as a whole, my love, you are infinitely greater than the sum of your parts—and everything I didn't know I needed.” He claimed her mouth now, deeply, passionately.’
All in all, this was a great piece by author Victoria Vane. She had me sighing, fanning myself and laughing out loud. This is not the first book I've read by this author and certainly won't be the last.