Nicole Jordan's book had me feeling directionless as I read it. The main characters are a previously betrothed couple, Eleanor Pierce and Damon Stafford, Viscount Wrexham, whose break-up two years
ago was terribly traumatic for Eleanor. Damon went overseas directly after their split,
which was caused by his being seen with his mistress. He has now returned, just as Eleanor is trying to decide whether to respond to the advances of an Italian prince.
Damon finds he can't leave Eleanor alone; the prince isn't good enough for her, particularly when it seems that attempts are being made on the prince's life and Eleanor may be put in harm's way. Damon wants to keep close to Eleanor, little realizing that she has a plan to seduce him into genuine love.
Something remains unsatisfying about this book. It's unmemorable - having read it three days ago, I struggled to recall the major points of the plot. The
awkward pacing drags at times; at other times, events happen too quickly. There
are a number of predictable events and the central romance isn't particularly engaging. However, the
book boasts some good aspects, including an attractively independent heroine. The hero's motives
are suspect, and the historical accuracy suffers in order for the author to have scenes that she wanted, but overall it
is an inoffensive if unmemorable read.