Venetia by Georgette Heyer
She is independent and powerful, and above all, she isn’t looking for love. Venetia Lanyon is nearly resigned to spinsterhood because of the huge responsibilities on her shoulder. This all comes from the Yorkshire estate she inherited, her disabled brother.
She then happens to her neighbor, the infamous Lord Dameral, who is shunned by the entire community. Though charming, she is that man, a good and pretty woman must away from. It’s funny, but as much as Dameral has a scandalous past and this is the main reason as to why Venetia must keep him off her back, the prince might have already attained the precious thing in life.