This Jeffries' book dragged. I usually like her novels but this one lacked her usual humor, sexiness, & pizzazz of her other books. It felt flat for the most part (2/3 of the book) & ordinary. I think the 1st 2/3 of the book had a contrived element to it & didn't flow very well. The characters were lackluster. Hero is supposedly this tortured soul but I didn't feel his pain or angst. I think the problem with this book is that it tells us who or how these characters are supposed to be but it fails to show it. Same problem goes with the sexual tension & sex scenes--it's described but lacked the accompanying emotional component. In the last 1/3, things picked up a bit but it was largely predictable & lukewarm.
A tepid read. For a more exciting Jeffries' book, read The Forbidden Lord (Lord Trilogy, Book 2), A Dangerous Love (Swanlea Spinsters, Book 1), or A Notorious Love (Swanlea Spinsters, Book 2).