I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. Even though the couple gets their happily ever after, the story didn't feel like it followed the standard historical romance plot. Probably the characters were far different than the what I usually encounter. In that way, Balogh's writing reminded me a bit of Laura Kinsale, whom I love. That's not to say there weren't times when the characters in this book annoyed me, because there were plenty. But it was still pretty good.