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The Luck of the Devil [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Metzger
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When Rowanne Wimberley meets Carey Delverson, one of the Delverson Devils, at Almack’s, he is about to join his regiment in the Peninsula. Carey’s service is grueling, and his new sense of responsibility makes him offer (unsuccessfully) for a young relative. Rowanne isn’t waiting for this devil to capture her, but she’s in no hurry to settle for a man she doesn’t love. Regency Romance by Barbara Metzger; originally published by Fawcett


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Belgrave House/Regency Reads (15 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DX198
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story from well-loved writer 1 Feb. 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sometimes, the sheer relief of finding an "oldie but goodie" is wonderful. Here is an old Barbara Metzger trad regency from 1991 that I picked up in a UBS recently. How delightful to read one of her clever, funny, carefully plotted stories with a truly likeable H/H. Young Rowanne Wimberley meets Lt Carey Delverson at a ball just as he is off to join his regiment in the Peninsula. Although there is great attraction, nothing serious comes out of it. However, the two meet from time to time over the next couple of years and it becomes obvious that they are meant for each other. Eventually, tragedy touches Carey's life when his cousins (and very best friends) die and he inherits his cousin's dukedom. Then, invalided out of the army, now a Major, he returns to England, Rowanne and a run down and neglected estate to put right. Despite a false starts, a near engagement and marriage with the wrong girl, interfering relatives and servants (not to mention a crazy dog), the two are able to pick up the threads of their relationship, realise that they truly are serious about each other and they eventually settle down to the requisite connubial bliss. This author always gives us a tale of love spiced with comedy but this time the story seems much more satisfying because of the long time span; thus we have a couple of well developed characters that you really are cheering for. Highly recommended - a gem and a delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars charming and enough grit 21 Sept. 2013
By BR41
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I am a regency addict at one point have a 'collection' built up over 30 years of literally thousands, and can reel off the six to eight outstanding authors we all know, knowing their fictions practically by heart: better than any anit depressant. Barbara Metzger is slightly an acquired taste, as everything tips into almost unbelievable farce, but her characters are witty and almost believable, and in this the story of brothers, cousins and a heroine the relationships are believable, the growth in the characters is believable, and while the situations are slightly beyond any credibility (unlike say the best of the incomparable Georgette Heyer) there is real grit; here with a hero seasoned by the remembered horrors of the napoleonic wars, yet still on his feet....and a lot of witty and comic repartee, a lot of describing the truly circumscribed lives of the very rich, particularly the females. Of course it isn't any kind of realism,but at its best delightful escapism and characters you enjoy and like. digital has meant the best of the traditional regencies are now available, and the best of Barbara Metzger is among them. And it is truly amusing as well as surprisingly touching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luck of the Devil 9 July 2010
By Ida Kotyuk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Metzger is the Oscar Wilde of romance writers and I award 98% of her novels five stars, my top rating. To get that fifth star an author has to make me fall-down laugh. But "Luck of the Devil" is different from her other novels; but just as witty, and the only novel I have read three times in a row. Her plot is as follows:

Hero meets Girl-1. Hero leaves to fight against Napoleon. Hero becomes wounded, patched, and fights again for three more times.

Limping from his wounds, Hero has to return to England to straighten out family responsibilities. To do so, Hero proposes to Girl-2, who turns him down. Then, more family responsibilities and Hero proposes to Girl-3, who turns him down.

In the meantime, Girl-1 is turning away suitors; not until towards the end do we hear her wondering when Hero will get around to her.

Hero and Girl-1 finally hook up. But it's under the pretense of helping to remodel his home. There are no weak-kneed kisses, nor kidnappings, for Hero to recognize his love for Girl-1. What we do get, in place of formulaic romance novels, is to learn he carried her memento throughout the Napoleonic war. Now THAT is romance.

Metzger retains her wit throughout this book, and gives us a mature love which delays instant gratification.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and entertaining trad regency 8 July 2007
By Susan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sometimes, the sheer relief of finding an "oldie but goodie" is wonderful. Here is an old Barbara Metzger trad regency from 1991 that I picked up in a UBS recently. How delightful to read one of her clever, funny, carefully plotted stories with a truly likeable H/H. Young Rowanne Wimberley meets Lt Carey Delverson at a ball just as he is off to join his regiment in the Peninsula. Although there is great attraction, nothing serious comes out of it. However, the two meet from time to time over the next couple of years and it becomes obvious that they are meant for each other. Eventually, tragedy touches Carey's life when his cousins (and very best friends) die and he inherits his cousin's dukedom. Then, invalided out of the army, now a Major, he returns to England, Rowanne and a run down and neglected estate to put right. Despite a false starts, a near engagement and marriage with the wrong girl, interfering relatives and servants (not to mention a crazy dog), the two are able to pick up the threads of their relationship, realise that they truly are serious about each other and they eventually settle down to the requisite connubial bliss. This author always gives us a tale of love spiced with comedy but this time the story seems much more satisfying because of the long time span; thus we have a couple of well developed characters that you really are cheering for. Highly recommended - a gem and a delight!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable read. 23 May 2012
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Metzger's novels have a whimsical humor and I have found them all enjoyable to varying degrees, but I think this one may be my favorite. There is the requisite romance, but kept tasteful and clean,a significant dose of humor, and (for me, at least) more poignancy then I am generally wont to find in more contemporary regencies. I generally find myself more engaged with the heroine, but this hero really tugged at my heart strings. This will certainly be a keeper for me and I know that I will read it again. My only caveat is that, as seen in some of Metzger's other novels, she seems, at least at this point in her career, to lack some understanding of the way titles work, in particular, courtesy titles in regards to the difference between an heir apparent and an heir presumptive, as well as the fact that a Baronet would be addressed as "Sir.....", rather than "Lord.....".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly Fun 7 Feb. 2013
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was going to give this book 4 stars for the somewhat plodding middle but then I got to the ending and went with the rating that came to mind. Reader beware, this book spans years. The middle reads more like a newspaper than a novel but maybe that was the author's intent to provide the ending with such emotional pay-off. Looking back it seems cleverly done though it wasn't exactly pleasant at the time. The story is a good one and the principle cast is wonderful. Our Hero is exactly that, a hero both literally and figuratively. He is devilish and gorgeous and just damaged enough to be heart-throbbing. Our heroine is perfect. She is a shy debutante in chapter 1 but by chapter 20 she has carefully wrought a shield of Town Bronze and wields it in her loved one's defence bravely. I loved her penchant for miniatures! So cool and different from anything else our plucky heroines excel at. The secondary characters are fun, especially Gabe and Emmy. I couldn't really like Suky and Woody because I thought they were terribly childish and I did find myself wishing Toodles and Scratch would meet so Rowanne could make good on her offer. In all a solid Regency that was probably a little more true to life than most. Highly recommended for all Regency Romance lovers.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Well Written Book. Recommend It. 10 Sept. 2014
By Ann de Vries - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
While this book has its funny moments, it is a bit more serious than some of Barbara Metzger's other books. The main characters, other than the hero's sister and her boyfriend, were very likeable. As others have said, the hero and heroine spent a lot of time apart because of the hero's military service. Readers could see the character development that gradually took place, as the hero fought on the Penninsula and suffered losses at home and in battle. Similarly, the heroine's character showed development, as she matured throughout her years as part of the ton. Having the characters mature separately suited the realistic storyline of the hero's military service, where long absences were the norm.

The part of the plot that focused on the father's blackmailing former mistress did not seem logical. The author gave good reasons why the woman was able to get away with it, but it still did not seem credible. In that era, the mistress would not have had the power to do what she did, and she would likely have been dealt with harshly.

The story did not seem as evenly paced as most of Metzger's other books. There were a few spots where it dragged a bit, although it generally unfolded at a good pace. I still liked this book very much, and it is one I reread occasionally. It has more of a traditional regency flavour to it, than do many of Metzger's other books. It is very well written and just slightly misses being a five star book.
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