In Devil In Spring, quirky debutante Lady Pandora Ravenel does not wish to marry, preferring to pour her heart into her board game business. After Lord Gabriel St. Vincent, a wealthy, handsome duke (it’s always a duke), accidentally compromises her, Lady Pandora has a choice to make. Will she choose to marry Lord St. Vincent, live a traditionally “successful” life and lose her right to own and manage her business without interference? Or will she risk a family scandal but preserve her financial and legal freedom?
We must suspend our disbelief in order to buy that Lady Pandora would even be thinking along such radical lines in 1876, that her family would support her right to make her own decision, or that Lord St. Vincent would work so hard to support her independence.
But this is why Lisa Kleypas pulls it off: Lady Pandora is one of the most eccentric, subversive and effervescent heroines ever. She is a breath of fresh air not only to her romantic interest but to us, the readers. Also, the conflict that could get in the way of Lady Pandora and Lord St. Vincent’s happily-ever-after feels genuine, relatable, and is resolved in a realistic and mature way.
If you love historical romance but you also love an independent, feminist working heroine, a beta hero and the sexiness of consent, than you will love Devil In Spring.