Viscount Hartleigh, Lesley,is one of the sexiest, funniest, endearing men I have read in a regency to date. He is an adonis and the poor housekeeper (really, a daughter of an earl) and a widow with a small daughter, ends up being crazy about him and his baby daughter, who is left on his front steps. It was a great story and a fun romance. I did not really like the bit with the ex-husband, whom Carissa thought was dead. It went on too long. Also, the night when Carissa approaches Lesley to sleep with him, he says no, was silly. He was obsessed with her, he desperately wanted to sleep with her; he should not have turned her down. He already wanted to marry her. It really is okay for a regency to have a couple share a night of passion!
Lord Hartleigh grows from a time-wasting ne'er-do-well to an attentive father during this book. Having no experience with children, he scours the neighborhood for a likely helper. All he can find is Mrs. Kane.
Lord Hartleigh is not well-liked in the neighborhood because of his own antics and those of his dog. However, Mrs. Kane helps him anyway.
The first half of the book was more entertaining than the last half. However, the book is Barbara Metzger all the way. A fun story.