Reading the other reviews of Heyer's Powder and Patch, I am amazed at the a.) poor and b.) luke-warm reception given to this scintillating and very human love story by an author of exceptional talents.
I would recommend the book highly to anyone who loves romance and especially regency romance - the atmosphere created by Heyer is, as always, powerfully evocative of the period and, in my opinion, every bit as wonderful to read and re-read as any of her late classics, i.e. Devil's Cub or These Old Shades. Though perhaps without the darker irony.
Two young people gradually fall in love, then fall into a silly misunderstanding exacerbated by piqued pride and two very stubborn natures. Charming, charming, charming. And highly readable!