#Review: Jewel of the East (The Devil DeVere #5) by Victoria Vane {@authorvictoriav }

JOTE-New-Cover-281x450Maimed by Misfortune… Healed by Love…

In the fifth installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, DeVere once more plays the unlikely cupid by bringing together Simon (The Trouble with Sin) and Salime (The Devil’s Match), two injured souls who find ultimate healing in each other’s arms.

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).

review

First, let me say that Ms. Vane has crafted a deliciously, scandalously, erotic series that will leave you thoroughly satisfied. She has crafted stories that will make you feel like you have been blown back in time and you will see everything through the characters eyes. Ms. Vane make you feel all of what her characters are feeling – all the highs and the lows. She will make you feel their pain and their elation. Her stories are breathtakingly great.

Simon, better known as Sin to his friends, is a man that has been through hell and back. Back in his prime, he was a lover not a fighter… that is until his parents had enough of his shameful acts and shipped him off to the military. Simon would have accepted death over going into the military but he had no choice but to go. After his career there, the life he once knew back home is no longer. With a crushed spirit, he does not want to see anyone. But his friends cannot allow him to go down the road of loneliness alone… They rally by his side, they stand by him to make sure he does not live a life of seclusion. Simon’s heart is crushed just like his spirit but with the words of one woman, he begins to see a life he thought he could never have.

Salime is an erotic beauty. We actually meet her in one of the other books, if you have not read it don’t worry as Ms. Vane does an awesome job at allowing us back in Salime’s life again. She is a woman with a past that has followed her no matter where she goes. She stays behind her veil in order to protect herself and her heart. She knows that no man will ever replace the one man that she thinks holds her heart… DeVere. But she knows that DeVere is happy with his new wife but she knows she still owes him her life. So, when he asks her for a favor she knows she owes him that and much more for saving her life. So she says yes to the favor. Can saving a friends life save her heart?

This is a very emotional story as these two characters have a backstory that will leave you feeling their pain. Both of them have been through their own hell and back and that has left both of their hearts hiding behind a wall that will never come down. That is until they meet each other. Pieces of the walls start to fall but admitting feelings is a very difficult thing to do when you are use of keeping feelings in a box on a shelf. These two will teach you that if you want something bad enough, you will fight for what you want. No matter the length, you will travel to the end of the world to have what you know is for you.

Ms. Vane did an awesome job with Simon and Salime’s story. Giving them a happily-ever-after story was very difficult for these two because their past really left scars on them, physically and mentally. To do justice to these two was short of a miracle but Ms. Vane did it… Thank you for a wonderful story!

To learn more about Victoria and her books visit her at http://www.victoriavane.com/

 

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