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sdmountainkat

sdmountainkat

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  • The Devil You Know: The Devil DeVere, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Eva Hathaway
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Sometimes the devil is disguised as a gentleman... In this third installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, DeVere is finally center stage when Ned, Annalee, and her cousin, Diana arrive at DeVere’s estate for a weekend of horseracing. From the first meeting, DeVere makes his interest in Diana acutely known. Although she sees no harm in a light flirtation, she doesn’t intend to become another notch on his bedpost. Nevertheless, DeVere fascinates her.

    CAROLYN says: "Well it was short - but boy did it pack a lot in"
    "Beyond My Expectations!"
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    No, no, noooooo - How can it end there?! I must start the next book right away!!

    A new to me author, and a new to me narrator too. First, the book - I really enjoyed this story and the characters. Well, except for the ones I wasn't supposed to like, they were pretty despicable! But, the protagonists, I wanted to get to know them better! Even the secondary characters grabbed my attention. Diana was an intriguing heroine. She is married to a worthless man who has brought them to the point of financial ruin. After 10 years of being beaten down by him and living in a loveless and childless marriage, she discovers something that shakes her to the core. This drives her to seek out the devil himself and perhaps even to find herself. Ludovic DeVere, otherwise known as The Devil DeVere, has a bit of a reputation, but I suspect there is a gentleman deep down inside. I really, really want to see them get their HEA!! Because I suspect they will be so very good together! They sure were hot together!! I liked the writing style too. The language felt more like books I have read actually written historically, like a Jane Austen. I liked that.

    Now, the narrator Eva Hathaway - overall, I thought she had a very pleasing voice to listen to. Her accent was different from most of the English accented narrators I've heard, not better or worse but different. At the beginning of the audiobook, my impression was that she was not putting much emotion into the reading. The characters sounded the same when they were happy as when they were distressed. There also didn't seem to be much differentiation in the characters. After listening for a while, this seemed to improve. I never felt like the level of emotions in the narration quite matched the level in the story, but it wasn't a flat reading by any stretch. And after listening for a bit, I was able to distinguish the characters well too. I will definitely listen to more by her in the future!

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  • A Devil's Touch: The Devil DeVere

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Eva Hathaway
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    In her last month of pregnancy, Diana, Viscountess DeVere, has barely settled into her new life and role as "the devil" DeVere's wife, when her increasingly restlesss husband receives an urgent summons to London. When Diana inadvertently discovers a message he received from a known courtesan with whom he was formerly linked, she fears her marriage is over before it has begun.

    sdmountainkat says: "Before the Epilogue"
    "Before the Epilogue"
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    *3.5 Stars*

    This was a novella set shortly after the end of The Devil's Match. I enjoyed it, but not as much as Diana and Ludovic's other books. In this story there is a misunderstanding that leads to doubts and fears on Diana's part. Her doubts and fears anger Ludovic, making him prove her trust. I think perhaps it was this that bothered me most in the story. When he should have been supporting her most, he was pushing her limits. But that could be the midwife in me, I am probably always going to side with the pregnant mom. It worked for them though and they were happy in the end. The audio of this book was quite good as well. And I have to say that this cover is just beautiful!

    I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this audiobook to review.

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  • The Devil's Match: The Devil DeVere

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Eva Hathaway
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In this fourth installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, Diana has come to London as her goddaughter's chaperone. Wanting to avoid her erstwhile lover at all costs, she nevertheless has no choice but to appeal to DeVere for help when Vesta mysteriously disappears. Although once nearly consumed by her passion for DeVere, four years has reduced the former inferno to bitterness and ashes. Ludovic's time abroad has only served to deepen his debauchery. He's become jaded, world-weary, and bored. He also recognizes with self-annoyance that the marks of his discontent have only increased upon a certain person's arrival in London. When Diana makes her appearance in his den of iniquity in all of her glorious self-righteous fury, he suddenly feels alive again.

    CAROLYN says: "A GEORGIAN ELEGANT DECADENT & TOUCHING LOVE STORY"
    "Yay for Happy Endings!"
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    Loved getting to the HEA!

    As much as I loved getting to the happy ending, I think I liked The Devil You Know just a little bit better. Perhaps it was the build up or the amount of interaction? I'm not sure. None the less, I quite enjoyed this book. Seeing Ludovic and Diana finally together and happy was very satisfying. The epilogue was the icing on the cake! I did want to smack Ludovic upside the head - more than once! He was beyond stubborn in some things! In the end, he came around so I am willing to forgive him. I wish we could have seen a bit more of Diana's internal thoughts that led to her actions. We got a glimpse, but I would have liked more. My biggest complaints - at times this sounded like an instruction manual and because I was listening to the audio and didn't have a print version to reference, I had a hard time keeping track of the timeline. I would like to see perhaps instead of the date alone perhaps a measure of time - a month, a year, etc. later. I think that would be helpful.

    I listened to the audio of this book and enjoyed it. I wish the narrator, Eva Hathaway, put more emotion into her reading, but she has a nice voice to listen to. Her characterizations are not greatly distinguished, but are distinct enough that I wasn't confused.

    I would like the thank the author for providing me with a copy of this audiobook to review.

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