My 1st Byron book & I was impressed! Bryon's characters have depth. The romance is built on Hero & heroine's character development. Both characters were immature in all ways when they 1st got married at 17. Heroine grew out of her impulsive, manipulative & self-centered ways to be a patient, clever, & compassionate woman. Hero began as a teen who discounted the good in his life & looked for his identity & worth elsewhere. He came back as a humbled man with regrets about how he handled his past & who now embraces the good in his life. Byron showed his character change to be realistic, deeply-ingrained, & believable. In my opinion, Hero redeemed himself from his marital infidelity & selfish neglect of heroine during their time apart. I liked that heroine was strong & became level-headed as she grew up. Although some readers have a problem with her still being a virgin at 28, I didn't. Byron showed that 1.) heroine idealized Hero for years & was willing to wait for him 2.) heroine considered taking a lover but didn't b/c she wasn't attracted to any other man enough 3.) heroine was able to take care of her sexual needs herself.
This book was poignant & emotionally-involving. Dialogue was to the point & flowed well. I liked that book was written from both characters' POV. Sexual chemistry was good. Sex scenes were mildly detailed.