A Smidge under 4 stars.The hero is wonderful. A kind and gentle man. The heroine is tortured and desperate (she actually irritated me at times). But she is intelligent and unconventional, which I enjoy.I would have liked a little more dialogue but the writing is beautifully descriptive. I knocked down the stars a bit because it became a little too eye-rolling sticky-sweet at times.Still, I enjoyed the book. The secondary characters make me look forward to finishing the series.