Well, to start off, I'll tell you how much I like this book in just a few words: I stayed up until one o'clock reading it.
Yep. It's true. I couldn't put it down.
Why? Well, for one thing (1), Heyer's characters are so engaging. To be true, Sir Richard seems to be the prototype aristocrat who is bored with life (as well as handsome, good with his "fives", etc), and getting old enough so his relatives are despairing of his every marrying. But one can forgive him this, and if not, Pen far makes up for it. Her innocence, intelligence, "fertile imagination", and amusing way of looking at the world, coupled with Sir Richard's dry replies, kept me giggling throughout the whole story. Second, the plot was very interesting. It's the best one I've encountered before (but, having only read three of Heyer's other novels before, I may have yet to come upon an even better one); full of twists and turns. And for you finicky types, rest assured, it's all nicely handled by Richard's dry ingenuity and Pen's outright audacity. Thirdly... well... *a short pause* ... it's just great! I've already listed my main likey-likeys and dislikes, so I'll just exhort anyone reading this review to buy this book, or pull thy rear off the seat and make all haste for the library. Most of them (the libraries) will have at least five or six of Heyer's books, so indulge yourself there and be sure to write a long, boring review on Amazon when you're finished. Tootles!
...Yes, I'm actually going. I have much more pressing things to do than sit on my rear for any long amount of time, but I will say this: if you want to know the plot, or at least get a summary, go to someone else's review or actually drag yourself to the nearest bookstore (or the library; your choice). After all, you're supposed to read the book, not the reviews.