I wanted to find out why the reviews are so polarized...I now have read the book, and I'm joining the "don't like" group. I didn't like the book because I found it disturbing. For example, on page 17, Lord Raeburn when he first met Jessica, 'he demanded "Does everyone also know that you are my brother's whore?"'. What a brute! I was so shocked with the name calling at their first acquittance that I immediately questioning hero's civility. On page 29, when Raeburn commented that Jessica looked pale and has lost some weight, Jessica responded tartly "And you look bigger than ever--too big to be quite natural. Are you sure your mother didn't mate with a Minotaur or something?". This definitely was not a lady talking, not to mention she was a clergyman's daughter, maybe they are right for each other...They are both "raw".
The whole book had strong sexual attractions between the h/h, but the feelings were carnal, languages were insulting (and it was a 20th century American English, not true to the Regency period), and lack of the proprieties for the Regency era. It was a provocative read but without much of the substance. These all disturbed me and that is why I didn't like the book.