This was the very first Georgette Heyer I read decades ago and I was intrigued by the very careful manners of Regency society—as well as its high-spirited heroine pitting herself against the alpha male.
Judith Taverner and her brother, Peregrine, are flouting their guardian’s will by coming to London; they are determined to enjoy themselves to the hilt. A chance encounter on the road sets the tone for Judith’s future relationship with her guardian and it’s will-he, nill-he for the next year as Lord Worth waits his guardianship out. Defying Lord Worth where she can, Judith yet takes comfort in the protection he offers even as she doubts his sincerity as Perry escapes death again and again.
Interesting contest of wills set against Regency England in London and Brighton as Heyer introduces us to the mores, styles, and values of the time. I am amazed at how well Heyer writes both the dialog and the content in the vernacular pulling one completely into the period. I rather like the cover as well with her standoffish interest and his protective stance set in a drawing room; the cover of the version currently available is rather jokey.