Review: Slow Hand (Hot Cowboy Nights, Book 1) by Victoria Vane

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Nicole “Nikki” Powell has some regrets.  And with the way her story starts off you have to feel sorry for her.  And the author does a great job at showing all the emotions that Nikki is feeling.  Wade Knowlton has a soft heart but that doesn’t mean that he’s a pushover.  The author did a great job in showing how seductive or sweet he could be.  Their first real interaction will have you chuckling.  Our couple’s second conversation shows what a great read this is going to be.  You will have to read in order to find out who won the “tug of wills”.

This book is also a great incentive to check out Montana if you’ve never been.  Another suggestion would be to check out those vacations that you could spend your time on a working ranch.  But in both instances you will want to make sure to bring this book with you.  There is tons of steam heat and you can’t blame it on the humidity – just sayin’.  There’s graphic language and some graphic sex scenes so that you will need plenty of ice or a big fan handy.  It may even spice up your love life a little.

Some authors include a character that you just seem to hate – one step above a jerk.  This is one more incentive to grab your own copy of this great book – to learn more about Wade’s brother.  And this author goes one step further and includes a real bitch that has you hoping that she gets what she deserves.

Victoria will give you your HEA ending and this book will also get you ready for Rough Rider that comes out in February.  If I have one disappointment is that I wasn’t able to get to a ranch in order to set the tone while reading this book – but never say never.  And if you would like to read a Christmas novella starring our couple, Slowly Unwrapped can be found at Victoria’s web site.  (http://www.victoriavane.com/free-reads/).

Rating: ★★★★½

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SLOW HAND, November 2014

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EXCERPT:

He went to work on his shirt buttons. His collar was soon wide open revealing a generous show of muscular chest that make her hands itch to rip it off him. She diverted her gaze and curled her itchy hands by her sides.

“Have no fear, cowboy,” Nikki replied in a tone meant to disguise the warm flush that had come over her. “I corralled all my wild impulses long ago.”

“Did you, now?” He still stood in doorway, head cocked. “Somehow, I think you may have missed a few strays.”

“Maybe I need to make myself clearer. I have an aversion to cocky cowboys.”

Just keep telling yourself that, Nikki. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it’ll become true.

“Is that so?” His brows flew upward. “I can’t say I ever met a woman with an actual aversion to me.”

“Don’t take it personally. It’s nothing against you in particular, but to your type.”

“And what do you think you know about my type?”

“Since I don’t have a pole handy, enough to keep you at arms-length. Besides that, this whole line of conversation is entirely inappropriate in light of professional ethics, don’t you think? You are my attorney, after all.”

“Well, darlin’,” he scratched his unshaven jaw, “there’s a little hitch to that.”

“What do you mean? You said you’d help me.”

“And I will, but you can’t engage my professional services until I know who you are.”

“I’ve told you who I am!” she insisted.

“Sweetheart, I’m a lawyer, and according to the law, your claim don’t weigh without authentication.”

“Authentication?”

“Proof.”

“So what are you saying? That you don’t believe me?”

“I’m not saying that at all. Only that our professional relationship will commence once you get your I.D. In the interim,”

His gaze slid over her in a way that threatened to melt her insides, “you’d best find yourself a nice, long, sturdy pole.”

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ROUGH RIDER, February 2015

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Antler pictureAUTHOR BIO: Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her collective works of fiction received twenty-one reviewer awards and nominations to include Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 and five RONE nominations for The Devil DeVere series, as well as two RONE Finalists for Treacherous Temptations and The Sheik Retold.

Her works range from historical to contemporary settings and include everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Look for her hot new contemporary cowboy series coming from Sourcebooks in Fall of 2014.

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Review: Treacherous Temptations by Victoria Vane

Treacherous Temptations by Victoria VaneReview by Lynn Reynolds

The prologue starts on December 31, 1720. It has a shocking beginning and then it jumps over a year ahead. The setting is Venice and our character describes it as if it were female. I always find it interesting how a town is described as being female. It also makes me wonder why they are never described as being male.

Hadley, the current Lord Blanchard, seems to be a man who only has one thing on his mind. And his “stepmother”, Lady Barbara Blanchard, doesn’t appear to be much better. The story then jumps ahead to the year 1727.

Mary Elizabeth Edwardes is a product of the times – there are only two things that she’s good for, but I admire that she tries to stick up for herself. She has what I consider to be an elegant name, but she prefers to go by her nickname.

It’s interesting to see how sometimes money can influence everything you do – no matter if someone gets hurt in the process. But it doesn’t matter what the time period, it still happens today. It seemed to rule everything back then and we still rely on it heavily today.

Victoria does a great job of creating Hadley. He’s one of those characters that you love to hate but hope he finds redemption and love in the end. He fits the definition of a Rake to a “T”. Does Mary have what it takes to change him or is she just too timid? You will have to get a copy of this book in order to find that out. Victoria gives the reader their sex scene but it is not rushed. Descriptions are graphic so that you can enjoy the moment the same time they do. As you read, you think things are going to work out but then Victoria adds some new twists and turns which just add to the suspense.

Some people don’t read all the way to the very end. With this book please make sure that you do. Victoria has included some “Titillating Tidbits”. It is very insightful. The end came too quickly for me. You will not be disappointed to read this latest book of Victoria’s and it will leave you wanting to read more.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Defining Moment

awildnightsbrideGuest blog by Victoria Vane

In most romance novels, there comes a moment of realization that one or both of the characters are in love. Generally this self-acknowledgment becomes the catalyst, or actualization of the romance and is followed by a verbal profession of deeper feeling.

But what happens when both characters are terrified to walk out on that limb? To acknowledge what’s really in their hearts? When these moments finally arrive where the character, especially the one who is so closely guarded must speak up or chance losing what they secretly desire most  – these are the moments that make a reader sigh and ofttimes cry.

Viscount  Ludovic “the Devil” DeVere, is such a man. Hardened and jaded, his life experience has taught him to distrust any notions of love or fidelity. But, oh when the might do fall, it’s truly a sigh-worthy event!

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“Expectations and demands—titles, money, time, attention. The female half of the species are little better than vampires, sucking away one’s very lifeblood. Thankfully, I learned my own lesson early.”

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VirginHuntressFrom THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS:

Hew protested, “Just because one woman turned out to be a shameless grasping jade—”

Ludovic interjected, “And where ever an ass falls; there he will never fall again.”

“I indeed marvel at that, Vic.”

“That I have remained unwed?”

“No, that you are still an ass.” Hew grinned, adding, “although yet an unmated ass.”

“And that is precisely the state I intend to maintain. A man who lives alone is a god unto himself.”

“And a devil unto others.” Hew gave an exasperated sigh…Hew shrugged. “I hate to think you a hopeless case. You’ve never kept a mistress above a month, never formed any lingering romantic attachment. Tell me, Ludovic, is there anything you truly care about?”

The viscount considered the question for a long moment. “Horses, he answered. “I care a bloody great deal about my stables.”

“If you weren’t my own brother, I’d think you one heartless bastard.”

Ludovic laughed outright. “Don’t let the blood connection stop you.” He then poured some brandy into his tea and raised his cup in salute. “You already know it’s true, little brother; and for the record, it’s all the more reason I should not be the one to procreate!”

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TheDevilYouKnowFrom THE DEVIL YOU KNOW:

Annalee looked to DeVere with a scowl. “I don’t relish the mortification of collecting my husband from the round house come morning. Do you understand me, my lord?”

DeVere smirked. “Absolutely, my lady.” He added to Ned in an undertone, “Since I don’t see the ring in your nose, I can only imagine she’s put one through your ba—”

“Ah! We’ve arrived!” Ned pronounced as the carriage lurched to a halt. “I’ll escort Annalee inside and return directly.”

Ludovic watched them depart arm-in-arm, musing how three short years of so-called connubial bliss had nearly emasculated his best friend. He pulled a flask of brandy from his breast pocket, up-ending it in a salute to the beneficent guardian angel who had allowed his own near escape from the same woeful fate.

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Also from THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

“No man loves his fetters, be they made of gold,” DeVere remarked.

“Perhaps she just didn’t care for his philandering ways?” Diana suggested tersely, feeling more than a slight affinity to the duke’s daughter.

“But it is a man’s world.” DeVere gave a smug smile and raised his glass.

Diana felt her hackles rise. “So you believe all women should blindly accept profligacy and faithlessness in marriage?”

“Let us say, she would be much more content who does.”

“I differ with you on that score, my lord,” the duchess remarked. “I say the sauce for the gander is just as good for the goose.”

DeVere’s expression hardened. “Speaking as one with no personal inclination toward monogamy, my answer is then why wed at all?”

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At last comes the culminating moment when DeVere begins to questions his own beliefs.

The Devil's MatchFROM THE DEVIL’S MATCH

“I know you much better than you think, my dear. You have a two-sided nature, one that craves to be cherished on the one hand and to be fucked senseless on the other. The second I could easily and willingly meet, yet I suffered reservations about being able to provide the first. You know I have never believed in monogamy.”

“Yes,” she said tightly. “You have made that clear on many occasions.”

He made a frustrated sound. “Because I have seen so few true examples of it in my life. Look no further than my own originations, for God’s sake!”

“Love requires a desire to sacrifice, Ludovic. To give up purely self-indulgent pleasure in return for something deeper and more meaningful.”

“Have you ever loved before, Diana?” he asked, deftly turning the tables.

The question caught her off guard. “No,” she said softly, but then her armor came up. “I once thought perhaps I could have, but I never really had the chance to find out.”

“Is that what truly eats at you?” he asked. “Incessantly and relentlessly plagues you? Refuses to ever give you any peace?” He dug deeper. “The lost opportunity? Never knowing for certain whether you have the capacity for it or not?” He twisted the knife.

“Yes! Damn you!” she cried, feeling the brunt of his counterstrike full force.

“Damn me, indeed,” he murmured, “for I suffer the same.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane 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 award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.

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A Breach of Promise, Ellora’s Cave 12/23/11
A Wild Night’s Bride, Breathless Press 4/27/12
The Virgin Huntress, Breathless Press, 6/29/12
The Devil You Know – Breathless Press, 7/27/12
The Devil’s Match – Breathless Press

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TREACHEROUS TEMPTATION, Coming from Entangled Publishing December 2012