The Rake (Davenport #2) by Mary Jo Putney
Do you believe in wonders? As long as you are still alive, never lose hope, especially when you are a humble gentleman or lady. This novel unleashes two different personalities, two different lifestyles and of course.
Reginald Davenport might be moving towards his end as he has adopted the world habits of alcoholism among others. He is disinherited and a total shame, but New Earl of Wargrave goes ahead to hand him Strickland, the ancestral estate his uncle had taken illegally.
Then we meet lady Alys Weston with wealth and title, who is now managing Strickland while caring for three unrelated former students. Suddenly, Reggie stimulates her passions and the story continues…