Our Hero: Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt, was born with his navel cord wrapped around his neck which apparently caused him to be a slow learner. His father was very displeased with his firstborn son and decided to send Giles away to an orphanage in Ireland to be raised by nuns when he was 8 years of age. When Giles' father dies a few years later, his mother immediately remarries and a second son is born, Simon Appleton. Once Giles grows up, he inherits the title and is reunited with his mother and meets his brother, Simon, for the first time. Giles has a very wounded heart because his parents abandoned him at a young age and never visited him again. He and Simon have very little regard for one another because they have never had the opportunity to become acquainted. Giles doesn't have very many words for anyone, much less his mother who he feels never wanted him or she would have visited him in far off Ireland and brought him home.
Our Heroine: Lucy Whitaker, a servant girl, has a past which included being ruined by a young lord who got her pregnant - her sweet, inventive son, Seth, is the result. Seth is forever attempting to find his mama a husband so he can have a father. Once he meets Simon, who was beaten and left wounded near the cottage where he lives with his mother, Seth believes he might have finally succeeded in finding himself a father.
The Story: When Seth tells Lucy he has found a wounded gentleman near their home, they drag Simon to their home so they can nurse him back to health. When Simon is asked who Lucy can send for, he tells her to send for Giles who is nearby at a house party. Giles is more than eager to get away from the house party because social situations are very awkward for him. Although he can't imagine why Simon would send for him since they barely speak, he takes advantage of the situation and immediately heads to Lucy's home.
Once Giles and Lucy meet, there is an immediate spark between the two of them. However, he is very reticent and Lucy, for her part doesn't trust young lords at all. Little does she know that much of Giles' reticence is due to his lack of a normal social life having only one true friend in his life and never, absolutely never, having been with a woman - not even to share a kiss. To complicate matters, Simon has a crush on Lucy so Giles determines to do nothing that would give the appearance of encroaching on his brother's preserves.
When Lucy loses her job in the village and cannot find another one due to her tarnished reputation, both brothers insist she come with them to London and work with their mother in her lending library. As times goes by, all the relationships get sorted out. Giles begins to understand a lot of things he believed about his life might not have been true and some truths are indeed a little astonishing. Lucy begins to realize that perhaps not all young lords are selfish and lacking in gentlemanly qualities. Both Giles and Simon are quality and loving and kind. Which one will Lucy choose? I rooted for Giles because he was such of an underdog - yet, handsome and super sweet. He was/is not your typical regency rake hero - rather, he was much better. He eventually learned he didn't have to be fast to catch his lady.