Jewel of the East (The Devil DeVere #5)
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Vane Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: January 18, 2014
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).
Short review again as I continue to remain desperately behind on reviews.
I’ve read a couple of the other Devil DeVere books and while I liked them okay, I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic either. This book was very different than others in the series, and I attribute that solely to the heroine Saline. I loved her backstory and how the “exotic” middle east mixed and clashed with the England and British society.
I enjoyed Saline as a person and her acceptance of who and what she is and was raised to be. she makes no apologies nor does she have regrets. She simply is a courtesan and has no problems with that. It’s that background, along with her long period in the Middle East that finally allows her to help heal Simon, who was held in a prison ship for several years during the American Revolution and at the beginning of the book can abide no physical touch and has trouble even being in the same room with anyone.
Devil DeVere is the one who puts these two souls together and kudos to him for realizing what Simon needs to get better.
I loved the exotic flavor and history Ms. Vane works into her story with Saline. I might personally disagree with some of her writing over what is acceptable and done in a Muslim household based on what I know about Islam, but also acknowledge I don’t know this period in Middle Eastern history well enough to know for certain about how Islamic law played into sultanates and the harem and how much is the culture moreso than the religion.
In the end, I totally give this book 4 stars and hope to read more of Ms. Vane’s works.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.