Not as good as [b:The Duke of Shadows|3112394|The Duke of Shadows|Meredith Duran|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348624170s/3112394.jpg|3143676], but still a cut above your average romance for me. The heroine walked the line of being too painfully naive and trying not to be, while the hero walked the line of being too painfully condescending on far too many occasions, but there's something delightfully cinematic about much of Duran's scene-setting. Yes, the plot was a little strained. Yes, the reasons the hero and heroine were keeping themselves apart felt flimsy rather than heartfelt. It's still a fun read.