An enjoyable read, with shades of Venetia one of my all-time favourite Heyer titles.
This was available at a bargain price on Amazon, and despite that (!) it was well written and didn't boast too many blatant Americanisms. I do think it could do with a decent proof-read, though.
The hero, Viscount Chetwyn has mis-spent his youth and is known all-around as an out-and-out rake; the heroine, Meg Holstock is twenty-eight, on the shelf and a bit of a bluestocking. She has also recently inherited the guardianship of her nephew after the death of his parents, and has no idea really, what to do with a grieving, ten-year-old boy.
She and Chetwyn immediately strike up a friendship which, from the outset, has flirtatious undertones and of course, she can't help but fall in love with him and he with her - but (like Venetia's Damerel) he believes himself to be so far beyond the pale as to be unworthy of her and doesn't want to ruin her chances in society.
Of course, all's well that ends well, but the book is no less enjoyable for being predictable. The central characters are well-drawn and Meg is especially appealing. The author writes about her growing relationship with Emmett (her nephew) very sensitively so that the reader is almost as unprepared as is Meg for the revelation that, though she didn't know what to do with him at first, she's become irreconcilably attached to him.
This is an ideal read for that wet Saturday afternoon, or that cold evening in front of the fire with a box of chocs!