Series: The Devil DeVere #5
Author: Victoria Vane
Format: ebook 1204 KB
Published: January 20th 2014 by Vane Publishing LLC
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Maimed by misfortune… healed by love…His wounds run deep…Having once lived his life only for larks, laughter, and ladies of easy virtue, Captain Simon Singleton has returned from war a shambles of a man. Although free from six years of captivity, he’s still fettered by fears that confine him to a life of seclusion.
Her scars are well-hidden…Once the crowning jewel of the most lavish brothel in London, the exotic Salime finds her reputation and livelihood destroyed by a bitter rival. With a closely guarded secret stripped away, she fears no man will ever desire her again. Seeking aid from one who once saved her life, she accepts a proposition to become a companion to his war-scarred friend.
But love is the eternal cure…When circumstance brings these two damaged souls together, fate ignites a love story worthy of the Arabian Nights.
(mature content warning).
A veiled woman with secrets and a man who has lost his will to live. Vane’s Jewel of the East is a nice addition to her Devil DeVere series.
Don’t you love when an author keeps building off of the main characters and bringing in those closest to them happy endings? Vane does perfectly in Jewel of the East. DeVere’s friend Simon disappeared on them, they thought he was dead. And maybe inside he really is. He has some bad PTSD which inhibits him from being able to stand another’s touch. Quite a blow for such a ladies man.
Then you have the heroine, Salime. She wears a veil for a very real purpose, but it also adds to the air of mystery surrounding her. She may share her body readily, she was trained as a concubine for the sultans harem, but she with holds her heart and soul.
Simon and Salime are brought together by DeVere, that devil...it will always be about DeVere for this reader. Anyway, he brings them together because he never lets a friend down. He wants to help Simon find healing and he wants to help provide for Salime. But when you put two people under the same roof, two people who have strong attraction to one another, you will get more than bargained for.
Jewel of the East is a sweet romance, the first time Salime and Simon come together he is so tender and caring. There were a few parts that felt a little rushed, and Simon’s recovery happened a little too quick. Some relapses would have made it feel a bit more real. Overall an enjoyable read and a nice addition to the series. You still get to see your beloved characters, and if you are a DeVere fan you may agree that he will steal the show no matter how small a part he plays.
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