I generally love Liz Carlyle, this book, however, flopped for me.**THIS MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS**This story felt disjointed, like LC never found her groove.I didn't care about the characters and I had to make a lot of assumptions about a relationship developing between them because I was never shown.I never got to really know Esme. She was supposed to be "a sensible girl" but between all her tears and histrionics, I didn't see it.Alasdair was the worst kind of man-whore. In fact I had to witness him being with other women (plural) and I don't like that! It was never made clear to me that he stopped sleeping around once he met Esme.Was he reformed by the end? I sure didn't feel it.I will try the next in the series. Maybe this suffered from The-First-In-The-Series syndrome??