A great read, especially considering this a debut novel. When I read a regency historical there are three main areas where I want it to excel: the writing, the story, and the steam. This author can write, no questions about it. She has true talent for this. And the steam was smoking hot for a regency read. Passionate, hot, appropriate and never cheesy! well done! However the story was something I felt like I read a hundred times before,(a bit predictable and not much new there), but SL made it really interesting. (In summary, the story is one where our hero doesn't believe in love/doesn't deserve love, and the heroine has been in love with the hero most of her life despite him being out of her life for many, many years.) Still, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading Olivia's story.