This delightful and often very funny story starts with a description of the reputation (deservedly earned) of the Dukes of Wainridge. Mothers warn their daughters to behave, “or Wicked Wainridge will ride off with ye.” However, the heir to the eighth duke, Alexander Drummond, really doesn’t want to be a rake, though the appearance of Mary Callahan, supposedly an experienced children’s nurse hired to take care of his daughter, sorely tests his resolve. Mary is a spunky and engaging character whose speech is sprinkled with terms in use during the Regency period (the author credits the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue). While Mary’s wide-eyed wonder at Alexander’s lifestyle, in comparison to her impoverished upbringing, may not be a new descriptive technique, it is effective in highlighting the strict divisions and wide gulfs found in England at the time. If you enjoy romantic tales, Pamela Britton is an author to watch.