This is a really cute and pretty innocent love story. It is book #2 in a series (#1 is "The Incomparable Countess). The hero is the heroine's stepbrother (his stepmother married her father three years before this story began). The hero's been in love with the heroine pretty much since he met her, but she was only 16 at the time. He watched her grow and always knew he wanted to make her his wife. The heroine's coming of age happens as she has to decide between the hero and another mysterious suitor.