Sebastian St. Vincent Character Connection

One of the best plot lines in historical romance novels is the idea of a reformed rake. Unfortunately, a lot of authors don’t get it right. Their rakes aren’t rakey enough. Well y’all, Lisa Kleypas is not one of those writers. In her novel Devil in Winter, Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent is the epitome of a rake.

He isn’t one of those tortured heroes either – he is proud of his reputation! Before the Devil in Winter begins, he even tried to abduct an heiress for money!

“I’m Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent. I can’t be celibate. Everyone knows that.”

So yeah, I don’t think remorse is really a word you use in relation to Sebastian St. Vincent.

Then Evie Jenner walks into his home with a proposition. She wants to be free from her family – and she is an heiress. Therefore, their interests align. They can be married. Lord St. Vincent is a little wary because Evie is a known wallflower – with a stutter. But hey, they don’t have to live together for long. They can make it work, right?

Sebastian never imagined that he might not want to get away from Evie at the earliest possible opportunity. So what happens when an unapologetic rake suddenly finds himself desperate to please his wife?

You guys, St. Vincent is such a great character. You can’t help but love him, even when he is acting like a douchenozzle. You don’t have to read the first two books in the Wallflower quartet to love Devil in Winter, but it will give you a lot more background into the way Sebastian has acted for most of his life. It makes his transformation even more fun to read!

Evie, the unassuming wallflower, pretty much takes over all of this plans. At first, Sebastian can’t believe how attracted he is to her. Then, he finds himself jumping to defend her without a second thought and realizes his feelings run pretty deep. Seeing him change his ways to win her over? Priceless.

If you guys like a good redemption story – or just like your heroes a little tarnished, Sebastian St. Vincent is the character for you! He and Evie together make Devil in Winter one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read.

Check out Sebastian St. Vincent in Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas on Goodreads / Amazon

Character Connection was started by Jen at The Introverted Reader.

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  • Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) February 4, 2012, 3:33 pm

    Love, love, love Sebastian! The Devil in Winter is definitely one of the best historical romances out there (the whole Wallflower series is tops, I think). I like your analysis of him as a part-time douchnozzle, but I do love how he’s completely different around Evie once he starts to fall for her. MINI-SPOILER for those who haven’t read: The scene where he takes a bullet for her? And when he relies on her to protect him from the doctor? *Swoon!* PS: Love the character connection feature.
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  • OUAC_Stephanie February 5, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, yes! Sebastian is so very swoon-worthy. To be honest, Devil in Winter was my favorite in the series. Thanks for spotlighting it!
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  • Cialina February 5, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Oh my gosh, I agree with you whole-heartedly. This was one of the first romances I read, and is the reason why I fell in love with the genre. I’ve reread this one already and OMG so much fun. 🙂
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  • Melanie February 9, 2012, 6:18 pm

    This was such a fun book to read!
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  • Triniad August 13, 2013, 10:49 pm

    I have just read the 4 books and I can say that DEFINETELY, Sebastian is my favorite hero. I love every phrase he says, and the way how he fell in love with Evie. He is a villian at the beginning but he can’t help being gentle with her. I fell in love with Sebastian every page, with every kind gesture he had for her.

  • Suzanne Brownrigg August 26, 2014, 1:40 pm

    I hope it’s not too late to weigh in on St. Vincent, but I just read this book and it is the first actual romance novel I have ever read. I adore him: witty with a dry sense of humor, passionate and ardent with Evie, supercilious and callow pre-Evie. Besotted and nurturing husband with Evie. I love the way he always takes care of her while at the same time becoming aware of the strengths she really has. They totally complement each other. I am only afraid that St. Vincent has spoiled me for any other heroes–flawed or motherwise.


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