"I've come to count on Victoria Vane to deliver delightful, erotic romantic escapes. But this book signals a new turn in the Devil DeVere series, and it has now become an addiction for me... Suffice it to say, this is a sensational, sultry read with a complicated plot that will tantalize and seduce any readers of the Devil DeVereseries. While it might be an entertaining read for newcomers, the rewards to starting this series from the very beginning are too many to mention--and the enticements of the next new release will surely have you coming back for more!" - The Romance Reviews
"I've been hooked from the beginning, like with no other series I've ever read. It's filled with mystery, mischief, adventure, romance and oh yes, sex that will leave you gasping for breath as you soak up each page of this sensual, romantic experience." -Night Owl Reviews
"If you still haven't fallen in love with DeVere, now you'll surrender yourself. I'm getting addicted to Victoria's writing, it's like a drug." - Reading Romances
From the Author
- A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE by Victoria Vane
1. A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE is a fun, riotous romp! What inspired this story, especially the dare?
I love the Georgian era for its truly riotous living. It was not only a golden age for prostitution, but the Georgians were extremely heavy drinkers and would wager on absolutely anything. Shockingly, most of the worst offenders were amongst the uppermost elite in society!
As far as inspiration for the story itself goes, there is certainly a hint of the 2009 film, THE HANGOVER, albeit in a 18th century setting, but everything I write also has some true historical basis. In AWNB, it is actually Prince George (the future George IV) who proposes the outrageous challenge when DeVere drops the gauntlet. In real life, George was raised by puritanical parents and ruled by various tutors and sub-governors who kept him on leading strings far longer than one would expect of an heir to the throne. When he finally did achieve some personal independence at around age 18, he completely rebelled against the King and Queen by taking up with almost anyone who opposed them! Thus, I could easily envision, George proposing anything shocking to retaliate against his parents, and his cronies would certainly have supported him.
2. I understand this is the first book of a series. Do tell us more. What serves as your inspiration? What's the common thread in all the books in the series?
THE DEVIL DEVERE series is comprised of four inter-connected novellas involving six main characters and three separate romances. DeVere is the single character who connects everyone else. This series is also very much character driven with the machinating rakehell, Ludovic, "the devil" Viscount DeVere at the center of it all. He's one of those dream characters that may come to a writer once in a lifetime, so one book became two, two became three, and then four. (I was determined to milk every ounce out of him that I could! LOL!)
The first two stories, A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE and THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS are both comedic in nature, but the tone drastically changes with THE DEVIL YOU KNOW which is dark and erotic with elements of mystery and intrigue. Another transition occurs with THE DEVIL'S MATCH which falls somewhere in between the other books with both light and dark undertones.
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3. In A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, we have our heroine Phoebe, who is an actress. What made you give Phoebe that particular profession? Please also tell us more about her.
While realistic and multi-layered male characters have always come effortless to me, until this series, I have always struggled a bit with my female characters. I had this trouble in the beginning with Phoebe. I just couldn't figure out who she really was. In my first draft she really was more of a Covent Garden strumpet but that just didn't seem to work. She needed more depth and an interesting back story. I finally nailed her down after reading about Prince George's first notorious affair with the Georgian actress Mary Robinson. Although I mention this affair between George and Mary in AWNB, I also used it as the inspiration for Phoebe.
4. What is the first thing about Phoebe that capture's Ned's attention and what about her makes him become such a dominant hero?
Phoebe, like Ned, appears very out of place at the venue of their initial meeting (an infamous brothel). Although celibate for three years, Ned has no desire to consort with the prostitutes and can't wait for the night to be over. Phoebe really doesn't want to be there either, but has come for the sole purpose of finding a benefactor. The man she has in mind is coincidentally, Ned's best friend DeVere. Phoebe is immediately attracted to Ned for his gentlemanly conduct and Ned is intrigued by this bemasked woman who he instinctively knows is not who she is pretending to be.
5. For Phoebe, what is it about Ned that drew her? What makes him a worthy hero?
It would have to be the respect he shows her and his natural chivalry.
6. What is your favorite scene in this book? Please quote a short excerpt to entice readers.
There are so very many fun scenes (some are very naughty!) but this is one of my favorites:
7. You have created an interesting secondary character in Viscount DeVere, Ned's long-time friend. Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration for his character? What it is like to write such a complicated character?
As I mentioned earlier, his character just came to me and all four stories evolved from him. DeVere was actually loosely inspired by a Georgian bad- boy Frederick 6th Baron Baltimore. I actually use Baltimore in the story as DeVere has perversely chosen to model his life after the ignoble Lord Baltimore, but where Baltimore was a truly irredeemable rake (in real life he kept a private harem and was later tried and acquitted for abducting and raping a young Quaker woman), DeVere is multi-layered and definitely hero-worthy (with the right woman of course!) I enjoyed revealing the different facets of his character as well as his back story throughout the four books.
8. I found the relationship between DeVere and Ned just as interesting as Ned's relationship with Phoebe. What do you think these two men see in each other? What was it like creating a pair like them?Their relationship is somewhat explained throughout the four books but basically, Ned sees the true DeVere that is hidden from everyone else and DeVere gravitates to Ned for his honesty and integrity. Ned is, in effect, the good angel that sits on his shoulder. They really are perfect foils for one another.
9. I loved how vibrant you made the world of Georgian England and the Drury Lane Theatre in the book. What drew you to this time period and how did your research influence the story itself?
As I mentioned earlier, I have always been drawn to the 18th century. My first novel THE HIGHEST STAKES, written as Emery Lee is set in the Georgian turf world and my second novel FORTUNE'S SON, is set in the gaming world. In my research for both of these books, I explored all aspects of 18th century England to include not only horseracing and gaming, but politics, art, literature, music, and the theatre. I feel almost as if I lived there and make it my goal as a writer to give the reader that same sense by bringing it all vividly to life.
10. Were you surprised by anything you turned up in your research? Please share with us a fun fact that you've uncovered.
I mentioned that Ned and Phoebe first meet in a high end brothel in St James, Westminster, called King's Place. This was a real place, one of several owned by Charlotte Hayes a shrewd entrepreneur who was once a famed courtesan in her own right. When Mrs. Hayes began losing valuable business to competitors, she decided to host an exclusive "subscription-only" party (read orgy) that she called the Otaheitian Feast of Venus, the details of which are recorded in Nocturnal Revels, an anonymous book written in 1779 largely about Georgian prostitutes and brothels. I used this event in my story - with my own twist, of course.
11. Aside from this series, what's up next for you?
After this project is complete, I will be working on my dark erotic story (also Georgian era) called DANGEROUS DESIGNS. After that I have a fabulous idea for a historical paranormal romance of the time slip variety - think Susanna Kearsley or Ciji Ware but with erotic undertones.