I loved, loved, loved how Long showed the romance versus telling us about it. The rich & nonverbalized thoughts & feelings of Hero & heroine are more evident in what they don't say than what they say to each other. Their silence, understated comments, subtle & quick changes in facial expression, how they look or don't look at each other speak more loudly of what's truly going on inside of them than their witty banter. I was moved by the emotions bubbling inside these 2 characters. Their sexual chemistry & sex scenes were passionate. Even just the slightest touch & physical proximity was sizzling! Other characters were peripheral but added to the tension of Hero & heroine's secret romance. I liked how Hero understood heroine when no one else did. He was inexplicably drawn to her, even though he acted like he didn't care. I loved how he became poetic about her & was annoyed by it. Heroine had a quiet intelligence, kindness, courage, & innocence that appealed to me.
Definitely read this.