First, and most importantly : this book is a REPRINT (from 1992), which the "Product Details" should indicate, instead of a 2011 date. However, I either must have missed it the first time around, or forgotten reading it, because I have read all of the other books in the "Rogues" series. This is the weakest. I am not panning it for the threatening and ultimately violent character of the "hero", though I prefer my romance novels without that element. What bothered me more was that the heroine was the stereotypical "feminist ninny", who purports to hold progressive modernist views about female freedom, but almost immediately "unemancipates" herself and succumbs to a life of contented luxury and patriarchy. Beth gives feminism a bad name. She spends most of the book agonizing over a choice she's already made. It's boring - and the abrupt declaration of mutual devotion that occurs is jarring. As well, the book references two great previous Beverley characters - Nicholas and Eleanor Delaney - against whom Lucien and Beth suffer dramatically by comparison.