3.5 stars. I know many of you loved this one, but in the end I skipped through the last third of the book as the story didn't seem to be moving along. And by that time the repetative sex scenes were also getting cliche'. It did have quite a tear jerker punch to it, so I can see why so many people were moved by this story. But I didn't care for Bess as too much of her story is told around a bad relationship/marriage that simply didn't make sense to me. And while Nick was great in bed, that seamed to be his entire role in the book. And for those who prefer romances, this isn't really something I would put in that category. Womans erotic fiction, but not romance.