I have mixed reactions towards this Duran book. I admired Duran's prose. Her descriptions were elegant & had depth. But it seemed to get in the way of the emotional & sexual chemistry b/w the main characters. Emotionality of the romance was inconsistent. There were times when the book seemed to drag. Other times it was engaging & made me laugh. It had good character development. Heroine went from being compliant, people-pleasing, & superficial to being more individuated & bold. Hero was initially jaded and indifferent & noncommittal towards heroine. Later he couldn't stop thinking about her & became jealous & possessive towards her. He also started viewing the beauty & good in the world through heroine's eyes.