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.