Beaumont writes with emotional impact & made reading this book go fast. The romance, sexual, chemistry, & sex scenes were passionate & sweet. Characters were likeable. I usually don't like characters who are pretty insecure but Beaumont made insecure heroine likeable. Heroine is an emotionally sensitive person. She's caring & means well & takes to heart others' negative treatment of her. She knows this about herself & manages it by living a simple & somewhat solitary life. She's not self-pitying or acts helpless about her sensitivity. She in fact views her sensitivity with some humor & practicality. So Hero's cynical & forceful attitude rubs her the wrong way. She promises to avoid him & erect her emotional walls when they're together yet he often manages to touch her heart anyway when he acts with tenderness & vulnerability towards her.