The heroine of this story is bound and determined to make it on her own. She (unwillingly) accepts help from others. She doesn't know that the man she secretly likes but thinks she doesn't have a chance of ever having a relationship with is there in the background keeping an eye on her. Betty Neels knows how to write a real romance novel based on friendship and trust and not just hormones.
That was Suzannah Lightfoot's unenviable position when guy Bowers Bentinck rescued her. She had to accept his help, though she didn't want to be beholden to such an infuriatingly arrogant man.
He's so tiresome and ill-timpered and impatient and he must hate the sight of me, Suzannah reflected as fate kept throwing them together. So it was just as well, she told herself, that she wasn't prepared to join the queue of females wanting to marry him