This is such a funny book. For those of you who don't know who this author is, she is the same woman who wrote "The Princess Diaries". Such a heart-felt book set in England in 1860, it's so darn endearing that you'll want to keep it on the "keeper" shelf.
Regency romance - Edward, Lord Rawlings, doesn't want the title. But the guardian to the rightful heir, a spinster Pegeen MacDougal, won't let the 10 year old take the title - she hates the nobility. He has to convince her.
Only one thing stood between Edward, Lord Rawlings, and a life of rakish debauchery: a spinster. Even worse, a liberal, educated, vicar's daughter-guardian to ten-year-old Jeremy, the true heir to the title Edward did not want. If Jeremy would not assume dukedom, Edward must, a fate of dire responsibility and utter boredom.
But this time, her heart was taking the reins
Since there had never been a female his lordship couldn't charm, Edward was sure he would win over the old girl. But Pegeen MacDougal was neither old, nor a girl-she was all woman, with a prickly tongue, infernal green eyes and a buried sensuality that drove him mad. Unfortunately, she loathed him and his class for their fripperies and complete disregard for the less fortunate. But for the sake of the boy, she agreed to accompany him back to his estate.
The rise was quickly apparent. For Pegeen knew she could resist Edward's money, his power, his position...his entire world. It was his kiss, however, that promised to be her undoing...