I am a huge fan of Kylepas and was excited when I received this book. I HATED the story, the characters, just everything about it, I understand this was Kleypas' first book and it shows, please read the reviews and stay away from this book. I am usually not a negative person but I cannot find any thing nice to say about this story, the author as we all know went on to become a most prolific writer, thank God. I will try yet once more to pick up the book and finish because I spent so much money on it. I can handle just about anything that a writer throws my way if it's at least done from the heart however, in this book Ms. Kleypas was so busy following the rules that she forgot that romance is all about heart and soul. Please don't buy this book because you will be disappointed as I was, or if you are a serious collector just buy it and don't read it...don't know why but the characters just made me so angry or sleepy....blah, blah, blah, blah....not even a rape can save this sinking ship!