Cover comment: I think this shows that covers can be sophisticated without being boring.
For fun, below is the cover of the original, The Rake and the Reformer, which is not too shabby, considering it is a pop culture product produced in the 1980s. It actually illustrates a scene from the book in great detail, down to the rosebush and the color of the heroine’s dress, something you don’t see that often these days.
Series: No, according to Putney’s website, although I believe one or more minor characters appear in other Putney novels.
Setting: Mainly the hero’s country estate, Strickland, in Dorset, with a few scenes in London.