I've read almost all of DP's books, too, & I've got to say that this is 1 of the only 2 of hers that I neither bothered to read the middle nor the ending of! Completely uninteresting & non-gripping emotionally! Don't be fooled by the earlier reviewer's raves -- I only paid $2.99 on eBay to get this, & yet, I've regretted spending even those few dollars! This one's completely unworthy of anyone's time or money in my opinion.... Lynne Graham's THE SCILLIAN'S MISTRESS has a sort of a similar storyline, but by far, far, far more interesting!!! Get that one through eHarlequin instead of this one if U wish for an interesting, emotionally gripping romance novel -- U won't be sorry with that one, I promise!