This is the first book by Debra Mullins that I've read, and it will probably be the last. I realize that I'm in the minority here, but I have my reasons.
It's not that this book was terribly written (hence the two star rating), as the writing had a very nice flow and kept the reader's attention. My problem was that I couldn't connect with the hero. I guess he was supposed to come across as strong and confident, but instead, he struck me as an arrogant jerk.
My problems with him? For starters, he was a sex fiend. Yeah, a healthy sexual appetite is fine, but from the instant he saw the heroine, he thought of nothing but getting her into bed. He didn't seem to care about what kind of a person she was. All he wanted was to get her horizontal. I thought this was supposed to be a romance novel. I didn't find this very romantic. (If this had been modern times, he probably would have walked up to the heroine and said, 'nice shoes, wanna ****?' Seriously, that was about the extent of his courtship.)
Also, he had an 'every woman is just dying to sleep with me' attitude that made me want to smack him one. There's confident, and then there's arrogant, stuck-up, self-satisfied...you get the point.
I could have pushed past this (maybe he grew up later in the book, I don't know) but his 'I'm going to sleep with you, and I don't give a rip whether you want an affair or not' attitude grated at me so much that I finally gave up in disgust less than halfway through this novel. A man courting / wooing a reluctant lady? Fine. A man practially stalking a woman who's told him no more than ten times? Not romantic, but creepy. It doesn't matter if the woman secretly desires him. No means no. There is a fine line between romantic pursuit and sick obsession. I think the hero crossed that line in this book. As far as I'm concerned, and man doesn't have to actually rape a woman for his unwanted attentions to be considered abuse. How many of us would find it romantic in real life if a man we had told 'no' to (several times) kept stalking us?
If you want a book about a man pursuing a reluctant lady that doesn't stray into stalking, I recommend "The Forbidden Lord" by Sabrina Jeffries. As for this book, I don't recommend it.