My 1st Howard book & I was pleased with it. It was an emotionally-pulling romance. The barriers between heroine & Hero were poignant to read about. Heroine's reasons for separating from & avoiding further r/s with Hero were understandable & painful. I wished she discussed them with him as to give him a chance to work them out with her. But I also understood her reluctance. She wanted to preserve the little pride & self-respect left after she felt ravaged by what she discovered. Heroine was emotionally insecure but managed it with her icy demeanor & work focus. I liked that Hero was truly heartbroken over their breakup, although he tried to get over her by marrying for convenience. He never got over her & tried to win her back the 2nd time around.