My 1st Proctor read & it was enjoyable. I liked her crisp writing. Details about life in Tasmania for both English landowners & convicts were not overly done & added to my understanding of the underlying socioeconomic conflict b/w Hero & heroine. It was emotional-involving & well-paced. Sexual chemistry was gradually built as the main characters got to know each other more. Love scenes fit the forbidden romance & detailed enough without being considered erotica. Character development especially explored how heroine changed from a social-conforming & approval-seeking young woman to an individuated, courageous, & risk-taking one. The progression of her cheating with Hero on her fiance highlighted her transformation. I understood why she couldn't break it off with her fiance & why she indulged in her secret affair with Hero.