Ms Quinn has always been a favorite author of mine; and until recently I did not realize that I had missed her very first novel. So I picked it up and was rapt from the very first.
Ms Quinn has always used humor in her books. Sometimes with ridiculous action on the characters part, and sometimes with the characters themselves. In this book we see her use the humor in both manners and it works quite well.
I loved Ms Quinn's mixing of an American woman, with the new world sensibilities and somewhat more freedom than her English counterparts have with the somewhat staid and stodgy sensibilities of the English ton.
As the book opens we learn that Emma Dunster will be sent over to England by her father to have a season, Emma has been working for her fathers shipping company and doesn't want to leave. But leave she does and almost immediately gets into a mess not of her making. In doing so she meets Alex (a Duke of course!) under the most inauspicious of circumstances. Of Course Alex is drawn to the woman even though he really doesn't know the real her! Now because both have decided that they will most likely never marry---what do you think will happen? Yep, it's love; maybe not on first sight ; they both really work on becoming friends first, but love does happen.
Yes this book does follow the general guidelines of what constitutes a 'romance', but in Ms Quinns hands it seems fresh, sexy new and funny.
What I did like is that once the 'happily ever after" is attained a secondary story is picked up with some exciting moments.
A book that I think is well worth your time and trouble, and will allow you to see as you read more of Ms Quinn's books, how she grows as an author. This book was first published in 1995 and I believe it has withstood the test of time