I absolutely adore this author, but this story left me wanting. The plot was thin and watery - any crisis was resolved almost immediately, instead of building throughout the story. The hero was single-minded and had almost no character development. I guessed the villain as soon as he was introduced into the story. The storyline was so simplistic it was as if Ms. Laurens wrote this in her sleep. Although the love scenes were well-written (as usual), there were moments when I thought they were almost unbelievable - that a 25 year old virgin would become so wanton almost immediately, considering the mores and morals of that time - um, reality check, anyone? Her earlier work, "The Perfect Lover" had a more realistic taste of the times. On the other side of the coin, the teaser for her next book, "The Untamed Bride" really grabbed me; I can hardly wait to read that one.
Personally I found this book rather slow and I was able to put the book down to do cleaning!
An enjoyable read. The surreptitious hunt for the family's long-lost treasure was a stretch; however, the villain came as a major surprise. Ms. Laurens did a wonderful job in planting false clues and cloaking the villain's identity.
Would I keep it on my bookshelf with other treasures? No. Would I read it again? Probably.