American Emma Dunster is sent to London by her father to visit with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Emma wants to stay in Boston and learn all the aspects of her father's shipping business, which she intends to take over. Her father realizes people won't want to do business with a company ran by a woman so he sends her off to London for a distraction.
On the day of her introduction to the ton, Emma and her cousin Belle decide to sneak down to the kitchen so they won't have to arrange flowers. Once in the kitchen, Emma decides to run an errand for cook. Dressed in maids garb, she runs the errand and on the way back saves the live of a little boy, who happens to be the nephew of the Duke of Ashborne. Emma is knocked unconscious and wakes to find herself in a carriage with the Duke. They are both attracted to each other instantly. The Duke thinks Emma is a maid, not a member of the ton. He will find this out later that night at the ball. From then on he tries to catch her for himself. Of course he doesn't realize this until everyone tells him he's in love with her.
This book seemed to be a typical historical romance. The characters were typical of most romances. He doesn't want to marry except to obtain an heir. She doesn't want to marry either, but knows that when she marries she wants it to be a love match, not a marriage of convenience. I found the "romantic scenes" were rather routine. In fact, I could have read this book without reading the love scenes. They just did not get my attention. And as in most romance novels of this type there is the usual kidnapping. I would love to read historical romances where there is no kidnappings.
All in all this was an OK book to read. It was a fast, easy read. The characters for the most part were likeable, not stuffy. The plot seemed good. It was just too routine. I have read "To Sir Phillip, with Love" by Julia Quinn and liked it much better.