This Porter book was emotionally-involving & had good sexual tension & sex scenes. But it had a faulty romance & faulty characters. Their romance was flawed mostly b/c Hero & heroine gave Hero's cousin a lot of power over their r/s. They believed what he said without discussing them with each other. Instead of confronting each other, Hero chooses to be mad & hurt by heroine and heroine chooses to runaway. Their reactions both highlight their pride, emotional immaturity, & preferences to avoid & deny. As in love as they were supposed to be with each other, Hero doesn't go after heroine & heroine soon finds another man to depend on. Even at the end, neither of them openly discuss how Hero' cousin almost raped her. They still chose to avoid. Heroine was a good, protective mother to her son. But, when it came to men, she was needy, attention-seeking, & spoiled.